Issue 251 of Passenger Transport is published on October 15.
Contents include:



Could driver shortage break viability of buses?
National media coverage has focused on the impact that driver shortages are having on haulage, but some bus operators fear long term consequences

NEWS EXTRA: Driver shortages

Concerns mount over growing driver shortage
The bus industry is short of 4,000 drivers and there are fears this could do untold damage to the future commercial viability of the sector


Haines named as lead of GBR transition team
More details about GBR emerge including HQ competition

PM offers no firm commitment on HS2
Prime minister fails to address future of project’s eastern leg

NI pushes ahead with transport growth plans
Glider and train service expansion are all on the cards

Burnham’s franchising aims for £1.55 flat fare
The mayor of Greater Manchester aims to replicate London’s flat fare and capping systems but warns the planned Bee Network will come at a cost

Devon plots ambitious path for bus growth
‘Devon Bus’ network to plug into wider south west plans

Arriva prepares to withdraw from Surrey
Closure follows spiralling losses at south east business

Bidding hots up for Fastrack BRT contract
Kent plans to let new eight-year contract for Thameside network

Stagecoach patronage passes 70% mark
Group sees strong return to bus following end of the summer


UK transport NGOs to host event at COP26
Sustainable Transport Alliance will highlight community action

Harrogate bus firm backs Car Free Fridays
Bus company offers two-for-one travel to tempt motorists


New autonomous mass transit system launches
World’s first operational system will open in 2025 at the National Railway Museum in Shildon, but UK-based firm plans global transport revolution

Ticketer and Padam to develop DRT solutions
Partners pledge to offer smooth modal integration


Jonathan Bray: Party conferences and a crunch-point
The big issues were debated at this year’s lively party conferences, but there are huge questions to be answered on transport policy

Alex Warner: The final nail in the franchising coffin?
Govia being stripped of Southeastern should bring the curtain down on franchising and hasten the introduction of concessions

George Muir: Bob Reid – the railway’s best leader
I have spent the past six years writing the life story of Bob Reid, a reformer who left us with a growing, successful railway

Nick Richardson: How do we tackle the shortage issue?
Much has been made of the shortage of drivers, but the reality is it’s a much wider problem. Now it is one that has come to a head

Great Minster Grumbles: PM hails ‘supreme leveller-uppers’
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT


Fernandes appointed chair of Women in Rail
CAF employee to head networking and support group

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