Issue 312 of Passenger Transport is published on May 3.
Contents include:

 

 
LEAD STORY

Taking control
Six metro mayors in England – representing 11.6 million people – were elected last week having pledged to take back control of local bus networks

 
NEWS EXTRA: Metro mayors

Metro mayors plan bus franchising revolution
If metro mayors deliver on their manifesto pledges, almost three-quarters of bus journeys in England will be on publicly-controlled bus networks

 
NEWS

Government urged to commit to HS2 Euston
The High Speed Rail Group has called on the next government to commit to high speed rail as rumours suggest Euston funds could be released

RDG seeks talks in bid to end ASLEF strikes
The first talks in over a year suggest a motive to resolve pay dispute

Go-Ahead swoops as Arriva announces cuts
Group plots return to High Wycombe 24 years after sale

Lincolnshire aims for growth and rural pilots
County outlines long-term plans in BSIP refresh

MSPs back First Bus push for modal shift
A group of cross-party MSPs have signed a pledge that backs the Project 75 campaign lobbying for policies that aim to tempt motorists back to the bus

Council reveals savings from in-house bus firm
The Highland Council reveals progress from bus pilot’s first year

TfW defends plans to boost branch line trains
Services on the Fishguard branch line are to be increased by 33% – despite loadings of less than six passengers per train. Rhodri Clark reports

TrawsCymru upgrade quadruples subsidy
T1 route saw subsidy leap from £157,000 to £609,000 in one year

 
NET ZERO

Stagecoach announces CO2 reduction targets
Bus and coach group sets target to reduce scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 55.6% by 2032 and commits to source 100% renewable energy

 
INNOVATION & TECH

Bus Éireann is latest to use CitySwift platform
Ireland’s national bus company working with Galway-based firm

 
COMMENT

Jonathan Bray: The look and feel of public transport
It’s time for bold and fresh thinking about how we design public transport to best serve a changed market in changing times

Alex Warner: Revenue raising ruses to rescue rail
We keep hearing that the railway is short of money, but have we made the most of the commercial opportunities in front of us?

Nick Richardson: How do we ensure the safety of staff?
The safety and wellbeing of staff should be considered alongside big ticket items such as new vehicles or infrastructure

Great Minster Grumbles: Reviews and railways go hand-in-hand
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 
SPECIAL REPORT: Edinburgh Bus Tours

Sightseeing service eyes growth
Lothian has revamped it Edinburgh Bus Tours operation as tourism booms in Scotland’s capital

 
CAREERS:

WiBC offers director mentoring opportunity
Scheme aims to give aspiring female leaders chance to advance

 
RECRUITMENT:

Commercial Manager – Stagecoach South

Network & Schedules Manager – Go North East

Commercial Development Manager – Go North East

Business Development Manager – Rotala Group

Passenger Transport Manager – Portsmouth City Council/strong>

 
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