Issue 256 of Passenger Transport is published on January 14.
Contents include:

 

 
LEAD STORY

Covid forces operators to amend timetables
The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has seen a spike of Covid-related absences among passenger transport staff, forcing operators to respond

 
NEWS

‘We want to be more than just contractors’
Martin Dean, managing director, business development at Go-Ahead Group, wants private sector expertise to retain a place in railway operation

End of an era as NEG snaps up Stagecoach
The ‘Big Five’ become the ‘Big Four’ as National Express and Stagecoach agree to combine in a move that creates a 40,000 vehicle transport group

Wales explores electric bus transformation
Welsh Government mulls options to make zero emission switch

Hitachi and Alstom JV win HS2 train contract
Contract will see 54 new 200-metre long trains supplied

City regions seek rail reform involvement
UTG calls for ‘seat at the table’ in pushing forward rail reform

Applications open for free bus travel scheme
Young people now invited to apply for Scottish scheme

TfL wins breathing space with interim deal
Government seeks clarification on mayor’s funding plans

Government opts for 3.8% rail fare increase
Mixed response as regulated fares set to increase from March

Vere admits to peers that IRP lacks detail
Minister admits detailed plans for IRP have yet to be decided

 
ENVIRONMENT

‘Transport’s road to net zero is among toughest’
Transport is one of the top three industries that will struggle most to decarbonise, says new report. Enabling behaviour change is key challenge

Hydrogen buses enter service in West Mids
Wrightbus-built fleet of buses are now carrying passengers

 
INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

How do we make public transport personal?
Having acquired FARA in 2019, Ticketer is starting to expand its portfolio. John Clarfelt and Solveig Ellila Kristiansen told me about their plans

 
COMMENT

Norman Baker: Hold tight! Bumpy road ahead for buses
Ministers have shown imagination and commitment in producing the National Bus Strategy, but its lofty ambitions risk falling flat

Alex Warner: Stop giving a free ride to fare dodgers
The rail industry is giving the impression of a complete dereliction of duty when it comes to taking steps to prevent fare evasion

Ray Stenning: We shouldn’t accept shoddy bus stations
Bus stations and bus stops are a shop window. Too often they are neglected and we shouldn’t declare ‘that’s nothing to do with us’

Nick Richardson: Rethinking rural transport provision
Exclusion is widening for our rural areas where transport more often than not means car-dependency. How can we change that?

Great Minster Grumbles: Three predictions for the New Year
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 
SPECIAL REPORT

The ‘Rising Stars’ List: 51 rising stars in passenger transport
Who are the rising stars in UK public transport? Passenger Transport has teamed up with Tracsis Transport Consultancy, the executive search, selection and interim management specialists, to identify 51 dynamic passenger transport professionals to keep an eye on

 
CAREERS

Fowles leads honours list
Former Nottingham City Transport MD awarded OBE for transport and charity work

 
RECRUITMENT

Commercial Assistant – Uno

Rheolwr Strategaeth Amserlen/Timetable Strategy Manager – Trafnidiaeth Cymru/Transport for Wales

 
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