Issue 222 of Passenger Transport is published on November 29.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Virgin’s journey ends as the age of Avanti begins
New owners FirstGroup and Trenitalia this week unveiled the brand for the new Intercity West Coast franchise, ending Virgin’s 22-year tenure

 

NEWS:

‘Profits must improve before First Bus sale’
Six months after announcing plans to separate ‘non core’ First Bus from the group, chief executive Matthew Gregory offered an update on progress

Cooper maps out vision for Eurostar merger
Eurostar chief executive Mike Cooper says a merger between his company and Thalys could open the door to new destinations in a quest for growth

London operators back call for bus franchising
Abellio, Metroline and Tower Transit support think tank report

NCT is UK’s best bus operator for fifth time
Sadiq Khan’s 2016 election pledge on fares is set to continue

TfL confirms plans to freeze fares in 2020
Traffic commissioners to consult on changes to methodology

RDG updates on UK rail investment plans
Rail companies outline plan for £20bn investment in report

Some school services win PSVAR exemptions
Talks continuing over rail replacement service situation

UTG probes how bus users spend their time
Group says research has implications for future bus designs

Glider success prompts second Park and Ride
Belfast’s bus rapid transit system is attracting a growing number of commuters to the system’s park and ride sites. Rhodri Clark reports

First Cymru apologises after vehicle problems
Fleet reliability issues lead to fine from traffic commissioner

Election 2019: What the manifestos say
Our summary of the party policies on transport

 

ENVIRONMENT, supported by Ticketer

Eurostar extols its green credentials
The international train operator used its 25th anniversary to announce a number of new environmental commitments, such as ditching plastic

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

‘We want our people with us on this journey’
This month’s CAVScotland heard about trials of automated transport by Stagecoach and Addison Lee who both agree that they still need people

 

TRAVEL TEST: Virgin Trains

Farewell Virgin Trains, I enjoyed the journey
It began on March 9, 1997, and it will end on December 7, 2019 – but how will we remember Virgin’s tenure of the Intercity West Coast franchise?

 

COMMENT

Norman Baker: Parties set out their transport policies
If we can join the dots on climate then public transport can thrive. It’s about doing all the right things, and all at the same time

Ray Stenning: We are not entitled to customers
If we want bus users to become advocates for bus travel, and press politicians, then we must give them a service worth fighting for

Nick Richardson: Bus franchising gains traction
Greater Manchester and a number of other areas are moving in the direction of franchising their local bus networks

Great Minster Grumbles: We need a review of this review!
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

Garcia receives royal honour
Brighton & Hove’s accessibility manager receives MBE at Buckingham Palace ceremony

 

RECRUITMENT

Commercial Manager – Stagecoach South West

Network and Forward Planning Officer – Hertfordshire County Council

 

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