Issue 211 of Passenger Transport is published on June 14.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

A glimpse of the future
Scania’s futuristic NXT concept was on show at the Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm this week, where public transport was hailed as ‘the art of the future’

 

NEWS

First Bus for sale, but group faces showdown
Activist investor Coast Capital will attempt to unseat FirstGroup’s board at meeting in London later this month, as group plots sale of UK bus business

Virgin partners launch open access service bid
Customer service pledge for planned Liverpool service

Northern: ‘Enough is enough’ say mayors
Metro mayors urge government to pull the plug on Arriva contract

DfT prepares to step in as Govia talks continue
Operator of last resort could be appointed to run Southeastern

Watchdog backs RDG poll’s fares findings
Passengers call for government to prioritise fare reform

Politicians mull First Cymru nationalisation
The Welsh Government has not ruled out a Plaid Cymru suggestion that bus operator First Cymru could be brought into public ownership

Bus Users sets out plan to revive rural buses
Lobby group’s report offers 10-point plan to halt decline

Keolis rumoured to be looking at Arriva bid
French group one of a number of potential bidders for DB firm

Virgin plans to launch revolutionary ticket app
Oyster-style price capping aims to save £1bn each year

Edinburgh crowned ‘congestion champions’
Report reveals that Scottish capital has UK’s worst congestion

Go-Ahead growth as PickMeUp succeeds
David Brown highlights Oxford DRT success in trading statement

 

ENVIRONMENT

Zenobe launches £120m electric finance scheme
Newport Transport wins financing to order 15 electric buses

Sector welcomes May’s net zero emissions plan
‘Investing in right transport policies is key,’ says UTG

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev

Future arrives in Stockholm
UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit showcased a range of innovations from around the world

 

TRAVEL TEST: Psychology

Uncertainty is weighing heavily on our people
Tens of thousands of passenger transport workers are wondering who they will be working for – and the Williams Review is adding to this instability

 

COMMENT

Jonathan Bray: How can we support towns like Batley?
Towns can help themselves – but they need big institutions, including the transport sector, to think carefully to back them up

Claire Haigh: New housing must consider transport
We need a joined-up approach to housing and transport, leading to developments that are well served by sustainable transport

Nick Richardson: How can we curb the use of the car?
While some planners assume that car use will decline over time, there are many complex issues to be explored before this happens

Great Minster Grumbles: Our ‘strategic vision’ has become blurred
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

Transport faces named in birthday honours
Alexander Dennis boss receives a CBE for services to exports

 

RECRUITMENT

General Manager, Engineering – Translink

 

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