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Beginning the Bus Revolution

Beginning the Bus Revolution

Welcome to Beginning the Bus Revolution: Building on the National Bus Strategy for England.     “I love buses, and I have never quite understood why so few governments before mine have felt the same way,” wrote prime minister Boris Johnson in the foreword to the government’s National Bus Strategy for England, Bus Back Better....
Out now: Issue 243 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 243 of Passenger Transport

Issue 243 of Passenger Transport is published on June 11. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Leisure drives public transport bounce-back With many Covid restrictions still in place, there are encouraging signs of bus and rail patronage recovering – especially among leisure travellers   NEWS EXTRA ‘Time is running out’ – Vere urges action Transport...
Leisure drives public transport bounce-back

Leisure drives public transport bounce-back

With many Covid restrictions still in place, there are encouraging signs of bus and rail patronage recovering – especially among leisure travellers   Scarborough’s Beachcomber buses   Recent statistics confirm that leisure travel is driving a post-pandemic resurgence on public transport, with the last Sunday in May seeing buses outside London carry 80% of the...
‘Time is running out’ - Vere urges action

‘Time is running out’ – Vere urges action

Transport minister Baroness Vere offered new insights into her thinking on buses at an online meeting of the Young Bus Managers Network last week   Baroness Vere   With a few notable exceptions we’ve seen some pretty unenthusiastic buses ministers over the years. Baroness Vere is not one of them. It has now been more...
I tried to stop a  rail privatisation

I tried to stop a rail privatisation

  Our high profile campaign failed to prevent rail privatisation. In the end it collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions   I was the coordinator of the ‘Save our Railways’ campaign   Since the Williams-Shapps rail plan was published it seems like everybody has been telling their story of rail privatisation. So I’m...
Will we really let GBR ‘get on with it’?

Will we really let GBR ‘get on with it’?

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT     When I listened to the Transport Select Committee take evidence on our Rail White Paper the other week, I was hoping to hear some information on how, exactly, the reforms proposed...
The rail review to end all rail reviews?

The rail review to end all rail reviews?

Keith Williams (and transport secretary Grant Shapps published their long awaited rail White Paper last week – but will it stand the test of time?   Keith Williams (left) and Grant Shapps   It was more than two and a half years ago that former British Airways CEO Keith Williams was signed up to chair...
‘Too early to commit to long term bus funding’

‘Too early to commit to long term bus funding’

The government has committed to spend an additional £3bn on buses over three years – Baroness Vere says it’s too early to say what happens after that   Baroness Vere   The government is not ready to commit to additional funding for local bus services in England beyond its existing commitment to invest £3bn over...
Great destination - but can we get there?

Great destination – but can we get there?

  There is much to like about the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail – but this document also contains a number of contradictions   Back to the future: Transport secretary Grant Schapps launched Plan for Rail at the National Rail Museum in York   It was not quite an out-of-body experience when I found myself dreamily...
Will GBR allow room for innovation?

Will GBR allow room for innovation?

  Plan for Rail has much to admire, but I worry about whether the structure will drive long term customer-centric innovation   The ability to ‘think different’ is at the core of Apple’s ideology. Can the same be said of GBR?   The White Paper skewers the existing structure with impeccable accuracy and defines customer...
Non-Executive Members - Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company

Non-Executive Members – Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company

  Non-Executive Members for the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company   The Department for Infrastructure is recruiting five Non-Executive Members to the Board of the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC). Details The appointments will be effective from 1 October 2021 and terms will be for a period of either three or five years. All...
Commercial Director - Stagecoach East - Cambridge

Commercial Director – Stagecoach East – Cambridge

  Commercial Director Stagecoach East – Cambridge   How do you fancy leading the commercial proposition of a £60 million pound business that delivers services which keep our communities connected? We’re currently recruiting a Commercial Director – part of the senior team in the business, who will be at the heart of developing strategic partnerships...