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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...
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...
£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...
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...
‘Boris in Wonderland’ plan will ‘end in tears’

‘Boris in Wonderland’ plan will ‘end in tears’

Bus entrepreneur Julian Peddle offered his own bleak and controversial assessment of the National Bus Strategy for England at a meeting last week   Prime minister Boris Johnson at the launch of Bus Back Better in March   The National Bus Strategy for England is flawed and “will all end in tears”, bus entrepreneur Julian...
Leisure drives public transport bounce-back

Leisure drives public transport bounce-back

With many Covid restrictions still in place, there are encouraging signs of bus and rail patronage recovering – especially among leisure travellers   Scarborough’s Beachcomber buses   Recent statistics confirm that leisure travel is driving a post-pandemic resurgence on public transport, with the last Sunday in May seeing buses outside London carry 80% of the...
‘Time is running out’ - Vere urges action

‘Time is running out’ – Vere urges action

Transport minister Baroness Vere offered new insights into her thinking on buses at an online meeting of the Young Bus Managers Network last week   Baroness Vere   With a few notable exceptions we’ve seen some pretty unenthusiastic buses ministers over the years. Baroness Vere is not one of them. It has now been more...
The rail review to end all rail reviews?

The rail review to end all rail reviews?

Keith Williams (and transport secretary Grant Shapps published their long awaited rail White Paper last week – but will it stand the test of time?   Keith Williams (left) and Grant Shapps   It was more than two and a half years ago that former British Airways CEO Keith Williams was signed up to chair...
‘Too early to commit to long term bus funding’

‘Too early to commit to long term bus funding’

The government has committed to spend an additional £3bn on buses over three years – Baroness Vere says it’s too early to say what happens after that   Baroness Vere   The government is not ready to commit to additional funding for local bus services in England beyond its existing commitment to invest £3bn over...