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In Brief: 1/4/2020

In Brief: 1/4/2020

Network Rail has installed vinyl stickers on the floor around Manchester Piccadilly station   Driver CPC rules relaxed The Department for Transport has announced a temporary relaxation on Driver CPC rules. This means that drivers whose Driver CPC card expires in the period from March 1, 2020 to September 30,...
Welsh bus support hinges on free NHS travel

Welsh bus support hinges on free NHS travel

Combined support of £69m for bus operator hardship fund   NHS staff will receive free travel on buses throughout Wales in return for hardship funding from the Welsh Government over the next three months. Transport for Wales will receive additional funding support and a hardship fund has been set up...
Passenger Transport: Covid-19 statement

Passenger Transport: Covid-19 statement

  COVID-19 STATEMENT Magazine will be temporarily suspended, but we will be online Subscribers will see their subscriptions extended accordingly We will return in a strong position At this difficult time our thoughts are with our friends and colleagues across the UK and around the world. We are especially mindful...
Will office culture be a thing of the past?

Will office culture be a thing of the past?

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   I’m going to break the habit of a lifetime and on this occasion will refrain from any grumbling. The situation we face today is too serious and...
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‘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...
The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award

The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award

  The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award, sponsored by CitySwift Schedulers play a vital role in the UK bus industry, but they rarely get the recognition they deserve. That’s why Passenger Transport has teamed up with CitySwift, the data-driven bus scheduling and business intelligence platform, to launch a new award for 2020 –...
Public Transport 2.0 - the future of travel

Public Transport 2.0 – the future of travel

Public Transport 2.0 – the future of travel This publication focuses on how public transport is evolving to meet our mobility needs, harnessing new technologies and commercial models. We hope you find it an interesting read and we welcome all feedback. Click on the image above to view the supplement. If you are viewing the...
DfT could terminate ‘unsustainable’ SWR

DfT could terminate ‘unsustainable’ SWR

Transport secretary Grant Shapps says Department for Transport will now consider options, which include calling upon the Operator of Last Resort   First and MTR Corporation have operated SWR since August 201   The Department for Transport may decide to terminate the current South Western Railway franchise, replacing it with a short-term term management contract...
Metrobus users face ‘appalling disruption’

Metrobus users face ‘appalling disruption’

Bristol bus boss warns that flagship service risks being ‘entirely discredited’ if services are bogged down in ‘areas of increasingly chronic congestion’   The northern section of the m1 route   It is marketed as “a modern public transport system for the greater Bristol area”, but users of the flagship Metrobus network are facing “appalling...
Stagecoach blasts DfT for franchising crisis

Stagecoach blasts DfT for franchising crisis

Transport group claims rail franchising regime is in crisis as High Court trial gets under way probing government’s decision to disqualify group from bids   Virgin and SNCF have joined Stagecoach in its action   Lawyers for Stagecoach blasted the Railway Pensions Scheme as a “basket case” and claimed rail franchising was in crisis in...
Six tests for PM’s London-style vision

Six tests for PM’s London-style vision

  The Prime Minister wants other UK cities to enjoy the kind of integrated transport system that London has. Can he deliver it?   New Merseyrail trains and bus reform could give Liverpool city region a single, modern and fully integrated network   Boris Johnson wants transport in the rest of the UK’s metro areas...
Minister: buses will see  ‘transformational year’

Minister: buses will see ‘transformational year’

Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, buses minister Baroness Vere says that ‘fantastic opportunities’ have been created to grow bus use   Baroness Vere: ‘2020 will prove to be an exciting year for buses’   2020 will be “a transformational year for the bus network”, says buses minister Baroness Vere. In the...
UK Bus Summit Review 2020

UK Bus Summit Review 2020

UK Bus Summit Review 2020, a publication devoted to the UK’s main mode of public transport. This publication has been produced by Passenger Transport, in association with Transport Times Events, to co-incide with the sixth annual UK Bus Summit. This event will be held in London at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, on February 6...
Stakeholders blast Berkeley’s HS2 report

Stakeholders blast Berkeley’s HS2 report

Critics claim peer shows ‘disgraceful ignorance’ of project Lord Berkeley has published an alternative to the Oakervee review into HS2 Lord Berkeley has published a new report into the troubled HS2 high speed rail project that suggests it is “the wrong and expensive solution” to improving connectivity in the Midlands and North of England. In...
So what does 2020 herald for transport?

So what does 2020 herald for transport?

  The New Year will bring change for Britain’s railways, a green light for HS2 and a greater focus on transport in the North of England The Labour government under Tony Blair had progressed a tram system for Leeds, only to cancel it   The good people at Passenger Transport have once again asked me...