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Out now: Issue 249 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 249 of Passenger Transport

Issue 249 of Passenger Transport is published on September 17. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Operators should not rush back to normal’ New research by Transport Focus concludes that operators need to keep up additional Covid-19 measures and communications to reassure passengers   NEWS Government ‘not able to deliver...
‘Operators should not rush back to normal’

‘Operators should not rush back to normal’

New research by Transport Focus concludes that operators need to keep up additional Covid-19 measures and communications to reassure passengers   Wearing a face mask is the key safety measure for more nervous passengers   Although restrictions have eased and passenger volumes continue to recover, public transport operators have been...
Barbara Castle showed how to get things done

Barbara Castle showed how to get things done

  Harold Wilson said he wanted a ‘tiger in the tank’ of his transport policy when he appointed Barbara Castle – and that’s what he got   Barbara Castle showed us that you need to go out there and relentlessly sell radical change   On September 8th more than 350 people...
Don’t get complacent about punctuality

Don’t get complacent about punctuality

  Punctuality and reliability soared when lockdown took rail users away. We must not now regard the return of delays as inevitable   Unless we’re all over the detail, a trend of worsening punctuality could become a crisis in a few months’ time   “The problem with you is that...
Rethinking the railway for a post-Covid world

Rethinking the railway for a post-Covid world

  We have an opportunity to fundamentally reconsider how we use space on trains as well as the role of the national rail network   Before the pandemic, Dutch railway NS worked on train designs that enhance the experience for customers   The last 18 months have been a time...
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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...
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...
‘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...
Root and branch? This is twig and leaf

Root and branch? This is twig and leaf

  This week’s announcement on flexi-tickets for rail travel falls short of what is required. We must continue to press for reform   The key test is whether what has been put in place will encourage more people back onto the train   We’ve all been waiting on the platform for ages – years in...
NX and CitySwift start three-year partnership

NX and CitySwift start three-year partnership

Andy Foster explains how CitySwift’s products suite will help National Express West Midlands optimise its network through the Covid recovery   NXWM first tested CitySwift’s platform back in November 2019   National Express West Midlands and data specialist CitySwift have announced a three-year technology partnership to optimise bus routes. Covid recovery presents a daunting and...
Beginning the Bus Revolution

Beginning the Bus Revolution

Welcome to Beginning the Bus Revolution: Building on the National Bus Strategy for England.     “I love buses, and I have never quite understood why so few governments before mine have felt the same way,” wrote prime minister Boris Johnson in the foreword to the government’s National Bus Strategy for England, Bus Back Better....
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...