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Out now: Issue 220 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 220 of Passenger Transport

Issue 220 of Passenger Transport is published on November 1. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5 Dismay at Department for Transport’s suggestion that electric vehicles with green number plates could get cheap parking and access to bus lanes   NEWS: £500m to be offered via Bus Partnership Fund...
Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2019

Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2019

Welcome to Scotland’s Buses 2019, a publication devoted to Scotland’s main mode of public transport. Buses make an enormous contribution to Scotland, carrying 388 million passenger journeys annually, providing the vital links that enable communities to function. This publication from Passenger Transport puts the spotlight on Scotland’s bus industry and its partners, celebrates their achievements...
Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5

Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5

Dismay at Department for Transport’s suggestion that electric vehicles with green number plates could get cheap parking and access to bus lanes     Access to bus lanes and cheaper parking could be offered to motorists to encourage uptake of zero emission electric vehicles. This suggestion was put forward by the Department for Transport last...
The price is right, the time is right

The price is right, the time is right

  The £28bn a year that the Treasury collects from fuel duty will disappear as electric vehicles roll out. Road pricing is coming   Road toll revolution: On December 23, 2017, The Times reported that Britain’s first national pay-per-mile road charging system was being considered by the Department for Transport. I noted no explosion of...
Will LRT ever have traction in the UK?

Will LRT ever have traction in the UK?

  The slow expansion of light rail in the UK does not seem to fit well with the need to address the challenge of climate crisis   Midland Metro   The UN Climate Action Summit in New York City at the end of September highlighted the need for urgent and comprehensive activity to address the...
Bamford on brink of deal to save Wrightbus

Bamford on brink of deal to save Wrightbus

Following a breakthough in talks last week, a team has been resident in the bus manufacturer’s factory in Ballymena, preparing to restart production   Frozen in time: A glimpse inside the dormant Wrightbus factory   At the time of writing the last stage in lifting Wrightbus more or less intact out of administration was awaiting...
Mr Williams, I urge you to read this book

Mr Williams, I urge you to read this book

My friend John Nelson has drawn on his 50 years of experience to write an insider’s story of Britain’s railway through privatisation to the present day     Hold the front page, Keith Williams, don’t press ‘Send’ on your review just yet. There’s a new book in town, Losing Track, written by one of the...
What is the scope for boosting bus use?

What is the scope for boosting bus use?

  Our analysis of the ‘Intrinsic Bus Potential’ of local authority areas in England shows why we need a new deal for the bus     “How much have we as an industry put into research and development in the last five years? We’re getting worse, not better, and we have to change that.” These...
What’s the strategy for Go North West?

What’s the strategy for Go North West?

It’s the question everyone is asking. So we asked Nigel Featham, the new boss of Go-Ahead Group’s Greater Manchester operation   Nigel Featham joined Go North West a month ago after 10 years with Arriva   Eyebrows were raised when it was confirmed in February that the Go-Ahead Group had agreed terms to acquire First...
Is this the sad end of a 73-year-old story?

Is this the sad end of a 73-year-old story?

  A short time now exists for someone to lift Wrightbus out of administration, saving a valued supplier and hundreds of jobs The loss is being most firmly felt in Ballymena, where thousands of jobs have already gone At the time of going to press old established bus manufacturer Wrightbus was on the brink of...
It’s time we talked about modal shift

It’s time we talked about modal shift

  Modal shift to a revitalised public transport system is the way to deliver our social, economic and environmental objectives Road traffic levels increased by 29% between 1990 and 2018 while over the last five years the number of bus journeys taken has plummeted by more than 300 million   Modal shift is the concept...
Van Hool to present three world premieres

Van Hool to present three world premieres

Fuel cell-powered tram-bus for the French city of Pau is among the innovations being exhibited In 2017 the French city of Pau placed an order with Van Hool for eight Exqui.City18 FCs   Belgium will host the world’s largest bus and coach show in Brussels later this month, Busworld Europe, an event that attracted 37,000...