Issue 220 of Passenger Transport is published on November 1.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5
Dismay at Department for Transport’s suggestion that electric vehicles with green number plates could get cheap parking and access to bus lanes

 

NEWS:

£500m to be offered via Bus Partnership Fund
Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson has revealed details about ‘landmark’ bus priority investment as operators discuss their aspirations

Shapps moots new ‘Rail for Britain’ body
Longer term contracts and a new national rail body have been identified by transport secretary Grant Shapps as outcomes from Williams Rail Review

Northern reveals plans to retain 30 Pacer units
Move follows delays to rolling stock replacement

Bamford completes Wrightbus acquisition
Bus operators welcome lifeline: ‘It’s fabulous news’

£400m a year lost from funding in last 10 years
CBT report reveals extent of government cuts to bus funding

Palmer brands Cambs buses ‘not good enough’
Mayor has an open mind but calls for improvements

Skates’ constituency bus funds not requested
It has been claimed that Welsh transport minister Ken Skates diverted bus funding to a route in his Clwyd South constituency. Rhodri Clark reports

Funds ‘should have reduced’
‘Government should now be ‘tapering off’ extra funding and restoring it to BSSG allocation’

 

ENVIRONMENT, supported by Ticketer

Sydney to go electric with 8,000 new buses
The government of New South Wales has announced a major shake-up for buses in Sydney with new franchises required a move to electric vehicles

AccessBus goes green with clean bus funding
First of 33 buses now meets the latest emissions standards

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Corethree and First offer a new way to pay
M-tickets can now be downloaded onto Android phones and validated on First Glasgow buses using NFC. Facility will be rolled out after initial trial

£2m fund for ‘talking buses’
Government partners with RTIG to fund equipment on smaller operators’ bus fleets

 

TRAVEL TEST: Transport for London

A loop of inner London on a system that works
The capital’s transport network allows seamless travel on different modes. I went from the Victoria line, to the Overground and a trusty London bus

 

COMMENT

Norman Baker: The price is right, the time is right
The £28bn a year that the Treasury collects from fuel duty will disappear as electric vehicles roll out. Road pricing is coming

Giles Bailey: Will LRT ever have traction in the UK?
The slow expansion of light rail in the UK does not seem to fit well with the need to address the challenge of climate crisis

George Muir: Listen to Alex, don’t do stupid things
Have I been suckered by another convincing presentation? I don’t think so and I hope that the Williams Review has been listening

Nick Richardson: Are we looking for the right bus users?
The Urban Transport Group’s recent report into ‘Intrinsic Bus Potential’ has interesting conclusions but there’s more to consider

Great Minster Grumbles: Rail reforms won’t make much impact
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

SPECIAL REPORT: Busworld

Electric vibe at Busworld
The biennal Busworld Europe show is something of a playground for everyone interested in the latest developments in the bus sector

 

CAREERS

Mike Brown to step down next year
Commissioner to take on Parliament restoration role

 

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