Issue 204 of Passenger Transport is published on March 8.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times
Measures put in place during 2018 have enabled the company to ‘change the tide’ with speeds improving by 1% – and revenue per mile is up 4%

 

NEWS

Williams signals major rail franchising reforms
Declining punctuality, disruption caused by industrial action and complex fares are symptomatic of an industry that has lost sight of its customers

Coaches – ‘there is a big potential market’
Transport operators are told to promote coaches as the ‘savvy’ option for getting to the airport as watchdog reveals findings of new research

GMCA releases £11.5m for bus reform probe
TfGM receives funds to progress plans for bus reform

GM clean air proposals are ‘bus passenger tax’
‘High polluting’ buses would face £100 a day penalty from 2021

‘Cabinet’ will decide railway standards
Andrew Haines has outlined plans that will see centralised control at Network Rail phased out in favour of new ‘cabinet-style’ decision-making

Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality
Industry needs to accept ‘greater realism’ on rail performance

Community transport shunned by fare payers
Free bus passes account for 99.5% of journeys with one Welsh community transport operator as it’s suggested the sector suffers from image problem

Reading expands with Courtney acquisition
Council-owned operator takes over independent operator

Wilkinson steps into Welsh rolling stock row
Peter Wilkinson, the DfT’s managing director passenger services, has refuted claims over where responsibility lies for Wales and Borders issues

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev

This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’
Transport for London says that non-financial objectives will guide its trial of demand-responsive minibus technology in the south London suburbs

Step towards superfast 5G Wi-Fi on trains
FirstGroup and Blu Wireless announce project

 

TRAVEL TEST: Strategy

NXWM’s bus growth offers encouragement
Under the stewardship of David Bradford, National Express West Midlands has a formula that has succeeded in getting more people on buses

 

COMMENT

Norman Baker: Ambition essential to get a bus strategy
It’s easy to talk about a national bus strategy, but it won’t be easy to get different government departments and stakeholders on board

John Dowie: Tackling congestion is essential for buses
Ever worsening traffic congestion is not the only issue facing the bus industry, but it weighs heavily on the prospects of bus markets

Nick Richardson: How can ministers help bus services?
Ministerial rhetoric about the state of the industry is fine, but an action plan for Britain’s buses would be better for all concerned

Great Minster Grumbles: Tell us something we don’t know!
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

Go-Ahead to double apprenticeship places
Group plans to recruit 1,000 apprentices over the course of 2019

Nexus trains management
Transport executive puts over 50 staff through a training scheme to boost their management skills

 

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