Issue 254 of Passenger Transport is published on November 26.
Contents include:

 

 
LEAD STORY

Ministers strip TfN of responsibility for NPR
In a move branded ‘inconsistent with the government’s devolution agenda’, Transport for the North will no longer be paid to develop East-West links

 
NEWS

Anger as government axes HS2’s eastern leg
Government scraps plans to take HS2 to Leeds for now but promises investment in local transport and upgrades to existing main lines instead

ORR calls for Covid performance boost
Regulator presses Network Rail on further action

TfL warns of impact of 1970s-style cuts
TfL is now planning to budget on the basis of ‘managed decline’

Franchises ‘will ensure bus staff are well paid’
Following a series of strikes, the Welsh Government says bus franchising will safeguard workers’ pay and conditions. Rhodri Clark reports

Independent pulls the plug on Hereford
Rising fuel costs and lack of support see Yeomans wield axe

Awards place Covid response in spotlight
Joint awards praise sector for going above and beyond

 
ENVIRONMENT

Employees are seeking green travel options
But only 64% of firms have a clear policy for reducing travel impact

UITP makes COP26 plea
‘It’s time to be clear: Rail and public transport are the quickest way to reach decarbonisation’

 
INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

TfW and CitySwift pilot to optimise buses
Partners embark on an AI-driven bus strategy to optimise public transport services in Wales using data and machine learning

New livery revealed as CAVForth gets closer
Autonomous bus trial due to go live in Scotland next year

 
COMMENT

Norman Baker: How Boris scored a £96bn own goal
Unveiled last week, ‘the biggest ever public investment in Britain’s rail network’ was almost universally slated. So what went wrong?

John Nelson: Northerners won’t forget IRP u-turn
The reaction in the North to the government’s Integrated Rail Plan could never have been positive given the earlier promises

Alex Warner: Reid’s career offers us lessons for today
With our industry transitioning back to a more centralised set-up, George Muir’s book on Sir Robert Reid is essential reading

Nick Richardson: Transport policy can’t go both ways
Despite positive noises from both the recent COP26 climate summit and the government, we still can’t commit to change

Great Minster Grumbles: ‘Biggles’ takes flak over general aviation
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 
CAREERS

Roberts named as 2022 CPT president
McGill’s chief exec will take over as trade body’s president

 
RECRUITMENT

Operations Manager – Cardiff Bus

Public Transport Officer – Brighton & Hove City Council

 
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