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This is not the new normal we hoped for

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   TfL enforcement officers   September brought an abrupt end to the dreams of the summer of a linear recovery from Covid-19, where empty office blocks would spring back into strip-lit...
Home working will change our world

Home working will change our world

  Changes in how, where and when many of us work will challenge the assumptions upon which mobility for society is designed   Will Tube patronage ever fully recover?   As the world grapples with lockdowns, economic disruption and public health challenges there is a longing desire to return to a ‘normal’. But what does...
Out now: Issue 231 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 231 of Passenger Transport

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...
Listen to Episode 2 of our 'After Press' podcast!

Listen to Episode 2 of our ‘After Press’ podcast!

Listen to Episode 2 of ‘After Press’, the new podcast from Passenger Transport!     Having just completed Issue 231 of Passenger Transport Robert Jack and Andrew Garnett get together for a post-press debrief. The pair chat about some of the stories in the latest issue, including the impact of new lockdown restrictions on public...
Second wave threatens bus and rail recovery

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   Stagecoach revealed that commercial revenues from its bus operations outside London had returned to 50-60% pre-Covid levels   Public transport operators are already seeing the steady recovery of passenger...
We must rise up and fight for our lives!

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   The car driver thinks ‘I won’t be long’, writes Ralph Roberts – meanwhile dozens of bus users are delayed   If nothing else, we should have...
Can better transport links save the union?

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     So here we go with another transport review. This time we have a ‘Union Connectivity Review’ to be chaired by Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail. The review, we...
Rail replacement is just not working

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   This recent tweet from LBC’s James O’Brien sums up how many of us feel about rail replacement services   There are a few phrases in life that trigger a heart-sinking, soul-sapping feeling....
Listen to 'After Press' - our new podcast!

Listen to ‘After Press’ – our new podcast!

Listen to Episode 1 of ‘After Press’, the new podcast from Passenger Transport!     Having just completed Issue 230 of Passenger Transport – the “comeback issue” after a six-month Covid pause – Robert Jack and Andrew Garnett get together for a post-press debrief. The pair chat about some of the stories from the latest...
Hendy - we must all be proud of our response

Hendy – we must all be proud of our response

As we return to print after a pause of six months, we join Sir Peter Hendy in paying tribute to the dedication of passenger transport professionals   Facing up to the challenge: Govia Thameslink Railway’s St Albans station manger   It has been six long months since Passenger Transport was last published. We took the...
How can the railway overcome fear factor?

How can the railway overcome fear factor?

Government’s strong ‘avoid public transport’ message has created the impression that it was ‘fundamentally unsafe’ and will be hard to reverse   Fundamentally unsafe?   Strong warnings to avoid public transport in the UK have created a culture of fear that will be difficult to reverse. This issue was discussed by speakers at last month’s...
Will we build back better - or worse?

Will we build back better – or worse?

  The government has bought itself breathing space over the past six months. It’s time for big decisions that will shape the future   The planned National Bus Strategy is also now more relevant than ever   If a week is a long time in politics, then the last six months have been a lifetime....