Issue 235 of Passenger Transport is published on December 11.
Contents include:

 

 
LEAD STORY

‘We must make Covid a defining moment’
Bus operators see opportunity to deliver ‘fundamental changes’ that shift the dial in favour of public transport as minister praises sector’s response

 
NEWS

Bold vision for future of travel on M4 corridor
Commission proposes public transport boost to counter congestion

DVSA boss blasts role of traffic commissioners
Scrapping TCs would ‘save us millions and millions of pounds’

Legal challenge sees Deansgate reopened
Street to reopen after Diamond Bus North West legal action

Network Rail told to take note on planning
Office of Rail and Road praises planners but expresses concerns

TfL secures funding for Crossrail completion
Legislative changes will allow GLA to borrow £825m

TfW reforms aim to beat pre-Covid income
Direct operation of Wales and Borders rail franchise and a growing role in bus services aim to boost TfW’s revenue. Rhodri Clark reports

 
ENVIRONMENT

100 zero emission buses bound for Translink
Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure announces £66m order for 145 zero and low emission buses, supplied by local firm Wrightbus

 
INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY, supported by Passenger

Government support for ITT Hub confirmed
Innovation and technology show will feature a ‘Government Hub’, co-ordinated by Innovate UK, creating a forum for up to 16 organisations

Lyft to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver
Customers can plan and pay for travel in one place

 
COMMENT

Jonathan Bray: The world turned upside down?
What if the ‘normal’ we had before Covid isn’t there anymore? How will public transport respond to a fundamental realignment?

Ray Stenning: We must learn the art of seduction
When someone has paid to travel with us, they are not simply cargo. We must seduce them wickedly, devastatingly, completely

Alex Warner: Are we ready to evolve the message?
As Covid recedes, the messaging to public transport users is going to take delicacy, acute skill, emotional intelligence and judgement

Nick Richardson: Innovation booms – and so do the claims
Amid a flood of new innovations, it is important to remember that new technology does not always create universal benefits

Great Minster Grumbles: Do we have a plan for the railway?
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 
CAREERS

Mann named as SWR managing director
Claire Mann will leave TfL to take up new position in early 2021

 
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