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Concerns over bus ‘funding gulf’ in Wales

Concerns over bus ‘funding gulf’ in Wales

The Welsh rail industry has received £167m in emergency support, ahead of the extra £45m the bus industry has received. Rhodri Clark reports   Buses account for approximately four times more passenger journeys in Wales than trains   The Welsh Government has decided to give 3.7 times more Covid-19 emergency funding to rail services than...
Online ceremony for scheduler finalists

Online ceremony for scheduler finalists

We’re pleased to announce the first winner of the Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year award will be revealed on November 19 and we want you to join us     Schedulers play a vital role in the UK bus industry, but they rarely get the recognition they deserve, so earlier this year, Passenger Transport...
Listen to Episode 3 of our 'After Press' podcast!

Listen to Episode 3 of our ‘After Press’ podcast!

Listen to Episode 3 of ‘After Press’, the Passenger Transport podcast!     Having just completed Issue 232 of Passenger Transport Robert Jack and Andrew Garnett get together for a post-press debrief. The pair chat about some of the content in the latest issue, including UITP’s assertion that “public transport is Covid-safe”, the malign influence...
‘Public transport is Covid-safe’ - UITP

‘Public transport is Covid-safe’ – UITP

UITP says growing number of international studies are finding that transmission risk is ‘very low’   Reacting and evolving: More than 200 UV light sanitising devices are being installed on 110 escalators on the London Underground network. A successful trial found that they improve sanitisation levels on escalator handrails by at least 50%   “There...
Treasury must look beyond bottom line

Treasury must look beyond bottom line

  On too many occasions knee-jerk, prejudiced interventions from No 11 have had a negative and long lasting impact on transport     Follow the money. That is the guiding principle followed by the FBI, and doubtless other such agencies, when they try to unravel complex crime. Follow those who control the money might be...
Do we really want to take over TfL?

Do we really want to take over TfL?

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   Surely we aren’t really going to take over control of Transport for London? Sure, TfL is technically insolvent and had we not given that second tranche of money a couple for weeks...
‘There’s still much to be done’ on racial equality

‘There’s still much to be done’ on racial equality

To support Black History Month, Reading Buses is profiling a different BAME employee each week. Meet employee director Mark Adams   Employee director Mark Adams approached the company with an idea to celebrate Black History Month in 2015   It was in 2015 that Reading Buses employee director Mark Adams approached the company with an...
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...
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...