Issue 198 of Passenger Transport is published on December 7.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Stagecoach considers US coach business sale
Increasing competition sees Stagecoach write down the value of North American assets and consider whether to exit the US market or adapt

 

NEWS

TfL Crossrail claims ‘factually incorrect’
Terry Morgan has raised questions following government leaks that he will be sacked imminently from his roles as chairman of Crossrail and HS2

First orders another 75 new buses for Glasgow
Latest spending takes total fleet investment to £30m in two years

‘Radical action’ needed to reconnect Glasgow
Connectivity commission publishes new report

Arriva rejects Welsh politician fleet claims
German-owned group responds to claims that it left an ‘appalling fleet of trains’ for the new operator of the Wales & Borders franchise to take on

GTR profits capped for May timetable failure
Termination of the franchise would cause ‘undue disruption’

Operators put free travel under spotlight
Bus chiefs highlight the tricky question of reimbursement rates

‘Bus driver training is not an apprenticeship’
Trades unions brand driver training schemes ‘a scam’

CBT finds rural public transport is in crisis
Campaign group calls for new approaches to solving rural mobility

 

ENVIRONMENT

ADL surprises with new fuel cell option
Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis has revealed that it has been working on a prototype hydrogen fuel cell-powered double deck vehicle

ScotRail exceeds ambitious targets
Train operator ahead on energy and carbon reduction requirements

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev

Slide experiment ends – but the idea lives on
It was the first service of its kind in the UK, but RATP Dev’s Slide shared ride-to-work service has now ceased operating in Bristol after two years

New technology to end ‘manual strapping’
Switching off rail power will be a less laborious process

 

TRAVEL TEST: TCS

A tale of romance and Delay Repay solutions
It started with a Facebook friend request, then love blossomed along with an innovative platform for managing compensation to passengers

 

COMMENT

Norman Baker: Reaching behind the rhetoric on rail fares
The responses to this year’s annual rail fares increase were all too predictable. The industry should consider some different tactics

Meera Rambissoon: The day I did a pirouette at work
Even though I’d been through it before, it felt like I would never get out. But I’m back and I want to talk about mental health

Nick Richardson: What’s driving bus patronage changes?
A new report by KPMG explores the drivers of change in the bus market. It provides some interesting analysis of what’s happening

Great Minster Grumbles: What drove rail patronage growth?
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

Bus Users UK launches management course
Scheme to offer industry managers important new skills

 

RECRUITMENT

Marketing Manager – First Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire

Operations Manager – First Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire

 

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