Issue 202 of Passenger Transport is published on February 8.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

First poised to sell off Manchester business
Loss-making operation expected to be broken up and sold to three buyers as poll finds three-quarters are in favour of re-regulating the region’s buses

 

NEWS

Rail user satisfaction at lowest level for decade
Latest passenger satisfaction scores sink to 2008 levels

‘Superficial’ Grayling praises bus industry
Transport secretary hails the important role of the bus and coach industry – but fails to respond to key points of concern raised by CPT’s Martin Dean

Gloomy reading in latest patronage stats
Buses in England outside London see patronage decline by 3.2% in the last year with mileage also falling by 3.4% as service cuts continue to bite

Haines aims to restore status of rail operation
New chief executive aims to return reliable operation to the heart of Network Rail strategy and raise the status of the railway as a profession

‘Review must make industry accountable’
Watchdog calls for passengers to be placed at heart of reforms

Tough trade-offs in East West Rail options
Five routes shortlisted but all will involve some compromises

Wild claims progress on huge Crossrail tasks
Despite ‘considerable progress’ in the past two month, incoming Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild confirms that there is no firm opening date yet

TfL reaps windfall from digital advertising
Organisation reports rise in advertising on London network

Storm clouds gathering over free travel funding
Funding has been cut by 60% since 2011/12 for free travel scheme

Metrobus update finds performance is mixed
However, operator still being sought for services on two routes

Compensation could be scrapped in Wales
Transport for Wales is examining axing compensation payments between operators and Network Rail in a bid to creater lasting partnerships

Cardiff Bus raises fares and cuts services
Operator grapples with rising costs and falling patronage

 

ENVIRONMENT

Lothian extols green credentials of its buses
Company’s fleet will be Euro 5 or better by the end of 2020

Vivarail progresses hydrogen train plans
Company is working on a prototype hydrogen fuel cell-powered train that aims to avoid some of the drawbacks with rival designs

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev

Corethree powers complex zonal fares
Ticketing data firm works to deliver solution for Metrolink

 

TRAVEL TEST: Chiltern Railways

A beacon of brillance amid the mediocrity
The latest set of National Rail Passenger Survey statistics make depressing reading – yet Chiltern Railways continues to delight its customers

 

COMMENT

Norman Baker: Trams are back, and a good thing too
Light rail networks have returned to some of our cities, and the prospects for expansion are good. It’s something to celebrate

Ray Stenning: It’s all about respect for each other’s jobs
As in life, in this great industry we work in, no-one is really less important than anyone else. We all have our roles to play

Nick Richardson: Bypassing the real transport issues
Proposals keep emerging for bypasses, but they should be discouraged in favour of a more sustainable approach

Great Minster Grumbles: I reckon HS2 is in trouble – big trouble
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

SPECIAL REPORT: The ’40 under 40′ list

Transport leaders for the 2020s
Who are the rising stars in UK public transport? Passenger Transport has teamed up with Flash Forward Consulting, the executive search, selection and interim management specialists, to identify 40 dynamic passenger transport professionals under the age of 40

 

CAREERS

TfL seeks apprentices
Transport for London has announced plans to create over 130 new apprenticeships in 2019

 

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