Issue 169 of Passenger Transport is published on October 6
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Burnham undecided on bus franchising
Mayor of Greater Manchester blames deregulation for decline in bus use, but says that he is ‘open minded’ about how to improve service provision

 

NEWS

Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’
Train manufacturing giants plan to merge their rail and mobility services operations in a bid to drive away competition from Far East newcomers

Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance
Patronage is rising, but franchising remains an option

TfL refuses Uber licence
Taxi app’s London operation loses its licence over ‘potential public safety and security implications’

Optare confirms £21m New Zealand bus order
Bus manufacturer wins its largest ever export order from Tranzit

Abellio aims to refocus nationalisation debate
Companies House filing reveals the Dutch state-owned parent of Abellio’s ScotRail franchise made a £10m loan to fund on-going commitments

Funding to link HS2 to Northern rail upgrade
£300m released to fund rail connections to new high speed line

Partnership powers – but franchising on table
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on plans to reshape bus partnerships. However, it could also streamline the route to franchising

HCT Group looks to Manchester expansion
Community transport operator seeks to merge with HCT Group

Welsh Government invites franchise bids
Despite uncertainty regarding funding, the Welsh Government has invited final bids from four bidders for the next Wales and Borders rail franchise

Greater Anglia strike has minimal impact
Only one morning peak cancellation during RMT action

Skates encouraged by free TrawsCymru loads
Free travel on the TrawsCymru network at weekends has led to a major uplift in patronage but much of it in urban areas. Rhodri Clark reports

Electrification axe was ‘undemocratic’
East Midlands Councils hit out at DfT’s decision

 

ENVIRONMENT
In association with the Go-Ahead Group

UK tour for Volvo’s ‘OppCharge’ solution
Demonstration starts in Manchester, before heading to Heathrow

Electric bus fleet arrives in Liverpool
City takes delivery of first ADL BYD buses outside London

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev PLC

A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow
Cubic’s Innovation Centre in central London is the testbed for new technologies that could transform the public transport journey experience

Citymapper’s taxibus option
After launching a commercial night bus route, Citymapper is now offering a shared taxi service

 

COMMENT

Robert Montgomery: A radical new model to rescue shire buses
Bus use is declining in England’s shire counties. It’s time to go back to the drawing board and reinvent buses for a digitally aware world

Nick Richardson: Can Southern Railway be mended?
Bad press is an understatement after the industrial woes that have hit Southern over the last year and some fixes are definitely needed

Great Minster Grumbles: What can we offer young people?
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

SPECIAL REPORT: Communities

‘We could be doing so much more’
Karen Booth believes it’s time for the railway to rethink its approach to working with communities – and go much further

 

CAREERS

Leathley joins TravelWatch
The former director of corporate affairs at Virgin Trains has joined London TravelWatch as chair

 

RECRUITMENT

Marketing Manager – Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire

Administrator – Best Impressions/Classic Bus

Head of Commercial – Stagecoach in South Wales

 

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