Issue 213 of Passenger Transport is published on July 12.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Midlands – ‘We won’t take no for an answer’
Midlands Connect director Maria Machancoses tells transport summit: ‘This month marks a turning point … The Midlands deserves investment’

 

NEWS

Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’
Group explores open access opportunities in Spanish rail market

Minister ‘top-sliced’ fund for bus in his area
Welsh Government reveals it removed £80,000 from BSSG funds to help sustain a bus service in transport minister Ken Skates’ constituency

Group to spend £3m on Manchester operation
Go-Ahead sets out priorities for Go North West

RATP Dev sells Yellow Buses to management
French group pulls out of South Coast after management buy out

Better reliability and new trains please users
Latest National Rail Passenger Survey reveals improvement

DfT probes options to extend LNER to 2025
State-controlled East Coast operator could remain in post

Jarvis – We want slice of growing tourist market
First’s new open top tour bus operation in Edinburgh has been interpreted as a swipe at rival Lothian – but boss cites opportunity in a growing market

Report lifts the lid on urban transport trends
Bus down, rail up as PHV numbers start to show signs of slowing

 

ENVIRONMENT

Diesel trains fuel city centre pollution fears
Operators ordered to switch off engines at Network Rail stations

‘Greenness helps, but it doesn’t guide decisions’
Transport Focus will study environmental concerns of travellers

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev

TfGM trials SCOOT bus priority technology
Four-week trials saves buses 31 seconds per junction on A6 corridor

 

INSIDE TRACK

Good news at last – bus use grows during Q1
Bus passenger journeys grew 0.5% across Great Britain in January-March. It was a welcome return to growth, but the decline continues in London

 

TRAVEL TEST

Selling the tickets, but who will run the trains?
Alex Warner and Chris Cheek reflect on what the distorted valuation of Trainline.com says about the current state of British transport policy

 

COMMENT

Jonathan Bray: We know the pledges – but what’s the plan?
In signing up to climate change pledges politicians are also signing up to a seismic public policy shift – especially for the way we travel

Claire Haigh: Passenger transport brings us together
If government is serious about tackling loneliness, it must support bus services and encourage the switch from car to public transport should be its highest priority

Nick Richardson: Apprenticeships are good for business
Apprenticeships are helping businesses and individuals discover new ways of working and enriching the workplace

‘Serious flaws’ – but a ‘fantastic team’
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

SPECIAL REPORT: Midlands Connect

No more ‘nicey-nicey’
Midlands Connect director Maria Machancoses told last week’s Midlands Transport Summit that this month marks a turning point for the region. ‘We’re here today to make ourselves heard,’ she said. ‘We’re not going to take no for an answer’

 

CAREERS

Mental health champions day
Network Rail staff are given the opportunity to provide new ways of tackling mental health issues

 

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