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Out now: Issue 227 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 227 of Passenger Transport

Issue 227 of Passenger Transport is published on February 21. Contents include:     LEAD STORY HS2 and £5bn for ‘local transport revolution’ £1bn-a-year boost for buses and cycling over five years will give towns and cities ‘the modern, joined up network needed to fire up economic growth’   NEWS: Plea to put congestion at...
Bus franchising now mayor’s ‘leading option’

Bus franchising now mayor’s ‘leading option’

Steve Rotheram says Liverpool’s year-long ‘Big Bus Debate’ has influenced his thinking on franchising and ‘doing nothing is simply not an option’   Go-Ahead Group will recruit a record-breaking 1,200 apprentices this year   Steve Rotheram, the mayor of Liverpool City Region, says that he now considers a London-style franchised bus service as the “leading...
‘We’ve nationalised the wrong train operator’

‘We’ve nationalised the wrong train operator’

Northern Powerhouse Partnership director attacks TransPennine   FirstGroup’s TransPennine franchise began in April 2016   A representative of major business interests in the North of England has criticised FirstGroup over its “absolutely shocking” stewardship of the TransPennine Express franchise. The attack came from a director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership think-tank, which is chaired by...
Street launches £15bn West Midlands rail plan

Street launches £15bn West Midlands rail plan

Mayoral hopeful plans 20-year programme of rail improvements     West Midlands metro mayor Andy Street has launched his bid for re-election in May with an ambitious £15bn, 20-year plan to significantly ugrade public transport in the region. The former John Lewis boss envisages opening eight new light rail lines as part of the West...
Comfort or ‘capitalist realism’?

Comfort or ‘capitalist realism’?

  Many are unhappy about the utilitarian nature of modern train design in the UK. We could learn much from elsewhere in Europe   NS is working on train designs that enhance the experience for customers   There are a lot of new trains – faster and with more seats. So that’s good. Some of...
Network Planner - Hertfordshire County Council

Network Planner – Hertfordshire County Council

  Network Planner Location: Main Base: Hertford Salary range: £31,371 – £33,799 pa Hours: 37 Contract: Permanent An opportunity has arisen for a new Network Planner within the Passenger Transport Unit. The role will support the Network and Travel Planning team to implement the county council’s Local Transport Plan 4. Forecasts predict that by 2050,...
North of England Transport Summit Review 2020

North of England Transport Summit Review 2020

Welcome to the North of England Transport Summit Review 2020, a publication devoted to transport in the North of England. This publication has been produced by Passenger Transport, in association with Transport Times Events, to coincide with the fourth annual North of England Transport Summit. This event will be held in Manchester on February 12...
Transport groups scale up apprentice intakes

Transport groups scale up apprentice intakes

Stagecoach and Go-Ahead used National Apprenticeship Week in England to reveal that they will recruit an extra 800 apprentices in 2020   Go-Ahead Group will recruit a record-breaking 1,200 apprentices this year   Transport groups Stagecoach and Go-Ahead used National Apprenticeship Week in England (February 3-9) to announce plans to scale up their recruitment of...
Bus use falling, but new markets emerging

Bus use falling, but new markets emerging

New report reveals that traditional bus markets are declining but new ones, such as ‘Millennial Bus Man’, offer a fresh long-term focus for revival   The report finds that while traditional bus markets are in decline, new ones are emerging among millennials   A new report by the Independent Transport Commission uncovers major changes in...
‘Taking back control’ could bite Shapps

‘Taking back control’ could bite Shapps

  The transport secretary appears to have developed an enthusiasm for bringing franchises back under public control – but will it help?   Grant Shapps   It was interesting for me as an amateur Kremlinologist with a ministerial background to listen to transport secretary Grant Shapps addressing the annual parliamentary reception for the Campaign for...
Could you have done a better job at Northern?

Could you have done a better job at Northern?

Grant Shapps has stripped Arriva of the Northern franchise, blaming the management. But I think that responsibility for its problems lies elsewhere – writes Alex Warner   Chris Burchell   Grant Shapps got what he wanted, so too did Andy Burnham, the trade unions and the media – because Arriva being stripped of the Northern...
Head of Network Transformation – Transport for West Midlands

Head of Network Transformation – Transport for West Midlands

  Head of Network Transformation Salary range: Circa £75,000 per annum Hours: 36.5 Contract: Permanent   Are you ready to take on an exciting new challenge and play a significant role in transforming the public transport system in the West Midlands? About the role The Head of Network Transformation is an exciting new role which...