Issue 182 of Passenger Transport is published on April 13.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Is this the home of the mobility revolution?
The West Midlands is hosting the UK’s first trial of ‘Mobility as a Service’, launched this month with help from a creative three-storey marketing ploy

 

NEWS

Concern at car sharing vehicles using bus lanes
Idea is part of Greater Manchester mayor’s ‘Congestion Deal’

Eurostar launches first Amsterdam services
The international train operator has launched 12 weekly services linking London with Amsterdam. Andrew Garnett was on the first service

Stakeholders back Scottish bus reforms
Support for open data: concerns over implementation remain

A first for First with Metrobus contract
HCT will operate Metrobus route on behalf of First

TOCs want action to limit reputational risk
Concerns follow furore over the collapse of the East Coast franchise, which saw Stagecoach/Virgin ‘unfairly’ accused of receiving a taxpayer ‘bail out’

Will anyone gain from halting electrification?
National Audit Office is unclear whether government’s decision to cancel the electrification of rail routes will pay off for passengers and taxpayers

ScotRail plan to fix ‘underlying problems’
New 20-point plan devised by former TransPennine boss

Transport for Wales to operate bus station
As the TrawsCymru network grows, Transport for Wales will expand with operation of the new Cardiff Central bus station. Rhodri Clark reports

Brown: ‘London bus network is recovering’
Patronage ahead of budget as TfL examines further cuts

 

ENVIRONMENT
In association with the Go-Ahead Group

Government announces £48m for greener buses
Scheme aims to offer grants to buses that beat Euro 6 regulations

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev PLC

‘No-one can do it alone’ – says Whim founder
Speaking at the launch of his innovative Whim app in the West Midlands, Sampo Hietanen explained his strategy for breaking car dependence

 

TRAVEL TEST: Central line

Let five-star hospitality influence your business
A recent stay at a luxury resort provided me with a masterclass in excellent customer service, and I believe there are lessons here for public transport

 

COMMENT

Jonathan Bray: West Midlands reaps the devolution dividend
A new ‘metro mayor’, growing commuter rail use, light rail expansion projects, HS2… this is a region that’s going places

Norman Baker: Government must face up to congestion
Ministers and their shadows pretend not to notice a problem that is choking off buses, because they’re afraid of upsetting motorists

Phil Stockley: In defence of bus route branding
Roland Scull made valid points in his recent article, but I disagree with his assertion that bus route branding is bad for business

Nick Richardson: Turning round the image of transport
The old arguments for building more roads are still with us. Perhaps it is time for public transport to consider an image change?

Great Minster Grumbles: Has HS2 become unaffordable?
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

Xplore Dundee boss to retire
Elsie Turbyne is to retire from the National Express-owned bus operator later this month

 

RECRUITMENT

Commercial Manager – Stagecoach in South Wales

 

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