Issue 231 of Passenger Transport is published on October 16.
Contents include:

 

 
LEAD STORY

Second wave threatens bus and rail recovery
As further restrictions are imposed across different parts of the UK, the steady upward trend in public transport use looks set to flatten or decline

 
NEWS

DfT urged to produce a clear vision for bus
A National Audit Office report probing the value for money of local bus services in England outside London backs funding reform and bus strategy

Rail industry patronage now at Victorian levels
ORR reports lowest patronage since the mid-nineteenth century

Concerns raised over future of HS2 to Leeds
New design changes to phase 2b all focus on route to Manchester

Inquiry reveals rift led to Halton collapse
Operator dogged by claims of nepotism and ‘industrial language’

Stagecoach names new UK managing director
Carla Stockton-Jones takes charge of £1.3bn business

 
ENVIRONMENT

New bus battery range impresses Newport
Council-owned operator is adding more electric buses to its fleet despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Rhodri Clark reports

World’s first hydrogen decker in Aberdeen
Wrightbus owner says buses could kick-start hydrogen economy

 
INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY, supported by Passenger

Station accessibility boost with open data
Network Rail feed will report status of station lifts and escalators

 
COMMENT

Jonathan Bray: This is not the new normal we hoped for
As we brace ourselves for a difficult period, we need to get a grip on face masks, bus-friendly active travel and collaborative working

Anthony Smith: Far from normal – where are we going?
Throughout the lockdown and beyond, Transport Focus has tracked concerns about transport. Here’s what we have learned

Ray Stenning: We must rise up and fight for our lives!
Public transport faces a huge struggle to get back on its feet again. We know the future should be ours, but we will have to seize it

Alex Warner: Rail replacement is just not working
That such little progress has been made in the management of engineering works suggests the solution is complex. It is not

Nick Richardson: Navigating the world of bus fares
For new users bus fares can be difficult to understand. It’s the lack of consistency or information that hinders patronage growth

Great Minster Grumbles: Can better transport links save the union?
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 
FEATURE

The highs and lows of lockdown
We asked six transport professionals for their best and worst moments of the coronavirus pandemic

 
CAREERS

Lockdown hero honours
Three First Bus staff honoured for their tireless service to the community during lockdown

 
RECRUITMENT

Managing Director – First West of England

 

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