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Scotland moves ahead with free travel plan

Scotland moves ahead with free travel plan

Draft legislation will facilitate free bus travel for young people   Matheson: ‘Not only is this good news for young people, it’s good news for bus operators’   The Scottish Government is making preparations to extend free bus travel to all young people under the age of 19 who reside...
Oxford Bus Company reveals lost and found list

Oxford Bus Company reveals lost and found list

Firm reveal thousands of items lost by bus passengers   Did you leave a novelty animal head on the bus?   The Oxford Bus Company has revealed the unusual items which were left on services by passengers last year. Among the items left on buses and coaches in 2020 were...
TfL action on face coverings

TfL action on face coverings

Hard line taken against minority flouting face covering regulations   Around 1,700 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to those who have travelled on the network without a face covering and who are not exempt   Transport for London has stepped up its enforcement of face coverings seven months after...
First Bus names new West of England MD

First Bus names new West of England MD

Former Addison Lee director to succeed James Freeman   Doug Claringbold   First West of England has announced that Doug Claringbold will succeed James Freeman as managing director of the company when Freeman retires on March 31. Claringbold bas a background in the ground transport sector and was latterly global...
Former colleagues remember Brian Cox

Former colleagues remember Brian Cox

Former Stagecoach director was ‘one of the good guys’   With over 30 years’ public transport experience before his retirement in 2002, Cox was one of the few people to have worked in both buses and trains under nationalised and privatised regimes.   Former colleagues of Brian Cox have paid...
Passenger Transport: We will be back soon

Passenger Transport: We will be back soon

  WE WILL BE BACK SOON We regret to announce that Passenger Transport will suspend print publication for the next three issues. We were scheduled to return from our festive break on January 22. However, having reflected upon the reintroduction of lockdown restrictions, we have decided to postpone this by...
Out now: Issue 235 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 235 of Passenger Transport

Issue 235 of Passenger Transport is published on December 11. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘We must make Covid a defining moment’ Bus operators see opportunity to deliver ‘fundamental changes’ that shift the dial in favour of public transport as minister praises sector’s response   NEWS Bold vision for...
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Richard Sherratt is Scheduler of the Year

Richard Sherratt is Scheduler of the Year

At a special virtual awards ceremony last week, Trentbarton scheduler Richard Sherratt was named as the first Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year   Richard Sherratt   Despite disruption as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, last week saw Trentbarton’s Richard Sherratt named as the first ever Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year. The awards...
Go North East celebrates planners and schedulers

Go North East celebrates planners and schedulers

‘It’s only right that we praise the hard work of our scheduling team on Transport Planning Day’   Left to right: Graham Hill and Christopher Strong   Today is Transport Planning Day and bus operator Go North East is celebrating the hard work that goes on behind the scenes from its network planning and scheduling...
Listen to Episode 4 of our 'After Press' podcast!

Listen to Episode 4 of our ‘After Press’ podcast!

Listen to Episode 4 of ‘After Press’, the Passenger Transport podcast!     Having just completed Issue 233 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 CPT’s plea for £500m and ‘Recovery Partnerships’ and the Urban...
CPT seeks £500m for 2021/22 Covid recovery

CPT seeks £500m for 2021/22 Covid recovery

‘Recovery Partnerships’ touted for England, but Urban Transport Group wants new model for an industry that is ‘now reliant on public funding’     Positive news about a vaccine has led many to dream of a post-pandemic world, but there are opposing views on the best funding model for England’s bus industry as it seeks...
How can we predict with any confidence?

How can we predict with any confidence?

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   A quick read of the recent letter from the chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Meg Hillier MP, to our permanent secretary will confirm to you, just in case you are...
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...