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Out now: Issue 246 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 246 of Passenger Transport

Issue 246 of Passenger Transport is published on July 23. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Public transport sector braced for ‘pingdemic’ Hull-based East Yorkshire was already seeing up to eight bus drivers a day ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace App ahead of ‘Freedom Day’ on July 19   NEWS Bus operators make...
Public transport sector braced for ‘pingdemic’

Public transport sector braced for ‘pingdemic’

Hull-based East Yorkshire was already seeing up to eight bus drivers a day ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace App ahead of ‘Freedom Day’ on July 19     Bus and train operators across the country are bracing themselves for the impact of the ‘pingdemic’ as coronavirus cases soar and their staff are ‘pinged’...
Go-Ahead names new group chief executive

Go-Ahead names new group chief executive

Christian Schreyer will take the helm on November 5   Christian Schreyer, 53, a German national, has been working for Transdev   Go-Ahead Group has this morning announced the appointment of Christian Schreyer as group chief executive with effect from the conclusion of the group’s Annual General Meeting on November 5. He will join the...
Jam tomorrow - we need a plan for 2021

Jam tomorrow – we need a plan for 2021

  In many ways the Transport Decarbonisation Plan is ambitious – but promises for 2050 are easier to make than immediate actions   Huw Merriman, chair of the Transport Select Committee, pictured in May at the launch of a campaign to get more people back on public transport. Let us see some ministers visibly on...
Bus operators make most of ‘Freedom Day’

Bus operators make most of ‘Freedom Day’

National Express West Midlands, Go North West and Brighton & Hove are among those seeking to entice users back with offers and promotions   Left to right: West Midlands mayor Andy Street; NXWM master driver Rekha Sehdeva; NXWM boss David Bradford   Bus operators in England sought to capitalise on the removal of remaining Covid...
‘Face mask confusion will discourage travel’

‘Face mask confusion will discourage travel’

CPT warns that ‘mixed messaging’ will stall the recovery as polls suggest that public want face coverings to remain mandatory on public transport   Polls show support for face masks   The ability of public transport to play a full role in the country’s recovery from the pandemic is being put at risk by the...
Brown: ‘Embrace it, be collegiate, be positive’

Brown: ‘Embrace it, be collegiate, be positive’

Go-Ahead Group chief executive David Brown urges audience of young bus managers to use the bus strategy as an opportunity for positive change   David Brown will retire as Go-Ahead Group chief executive at the end of this year after more than 10 years in the role   Go-Ahead Group boss David Brown has urged...
From Point A to B, with a bit of poetry

From Point A to B, with a bit of poetry

  Transport authorities fought hard to bring trams back to our cities. How can we insulate light rail against Whitehall’s mood swings?   The caff sits in the centre of the turning circle outside the station. A tram moves forward to pick up passengers heading into Lviv’s centre   Leeds 1953 Leeds was one of...
£226m to aid recovery of England’s buses

£226m to aid recovery of England’s buses

‘Final’ tranche of emergency funding for bus operators in England will offer greater flexibility to adapt services to meet changing travel patterns   Baroness Vere: ‘Buses are the lifeblood of our communities’   England’s bus operators will receive £226.5m of government funding to support their recovery as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, transport minister Baroness Vere...
Managing Director - Brighton & Hove and Metrobus

Managing Director – Brighton & Hove and Metrobus

  Managing Director – Brighton & Hove and Metrobus   Did you know, outside of London, there are more bus journeys in Brighton per person than anywhere else in the UK? We are recruiting for a Managing Director to lead our busy Brighton & Hove and Metrobus brands. The two companies – operating across Brighton,...
What my transport journey taught me

What my transport journey taught me

  After nine enjoyable and rewarding years in the transport industry, I’m moving on. But before I go, I want to offer some observations   We must persuade more people to leave their cars at home   As I prepare to bid farewell to The Go-Ahead Group, this month marks the end of a stint...
Flexible season tickets ‘a missed opportunity’

Flexible season tickets ‘a missed opportunity’

Commuters in England will be able to purchase paperless tickets that offer travel on any eight days within a 28-day period – but some are disappointed   Transport secretary Grant Shapps: “They give us greater freedom and choice about how we travel, simpler ticketing and a fairer fare.”   New flexible rail season tickets, reflecting...