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Read our supplement: UK Bus & Coach 2022

Read our supplement: UK Bus & Coach 2022

Welcome to UK Bus & Coach 2022.     Welcome to UK Bus & Coach 2022. This special publication accompanies the Confederation of Passenger Transport’s second annual UK Bus & Coach Conference 2022, which will take place virtually on January 25 and 26, 2022. Speakers at this event include transport...
51 rising stars in passenger transport

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   Alex Warner writes – Our industry continues to adapt to change,...
Out now: Issue 256 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 256 of Passenger Transport

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’...
Hold tight! Bumpy road ahead for buses

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   The National Bus Strategy was launched by the prime minister in March 2021   There may have been champagne corks popping when the government finally committed to introduce a...
Stop giving a free ride to fare dodgers

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   It wasn’t always like this. Pictured is South Central boss David Franks checking tickets in 2002   Between Christmas and New Year, I caught two...
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‘We want to be more than just contractors’

‘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   There are differing views over how much credit the commercial train operating companies can take for patronage growth   The Go-Ahead Group is urging the government to ensure that the skills of the private...
How can we plan for the railway's future?

How can we plan for the railway’s future?

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   I know we are entering the festive season, which is meant to be a time of good cheer, but I fear I have to end the year on a cautionary, if not...
Stagecoach and National Express agree merger

Stagecoach and National Express agree merger

Two groups agree all-share merger, creating worldwide transport group worth £1.9bn   Deal creates worldwide group with 40,000 vehicles and 70,000 employees   The Boards of National Express Group and Stagecoach have announced they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended all-share combination of the two groups. The two groups have been in...
National Bus Strategy has £5bn funding gap

National Bus Strategy has £5bn funding gap

The government’s spending review offered £2.1bn to improve bus services in England but Bus Service Improvement Plans have requested £7.2bn   Graham Vidlier: “Current funding is likely to be able to transform bus services in only a small number of places”   The funds made available by the government to transform bus services fall drastically...
England is UK ‘outlier’ on transport policy

England is UK ‘outlier’ on transport policy

Welsh deputy minister for climate change seeks ‘alternative axis’   Lee Waters, deputy minister for climate change in Wales   Transport policy in England is increasingly at odds with the other nations of the UK, and even with its own regions, according to Lee Waters, deputy minister for climate change in Wales. Waters explained his...
Waters isn’t willing to go with the flow

Waters isn’t willing to go with the flow

  Lee Waters, the deputy minister for climate change in Wales, is supporting bold changes rather than ‘responsible’ inertia   Lee Waters became deputy minister for climate change in Wales last May   Small countries can do big things on transport – look at the public transport paradise of Switzerland. And when Rhodri Morgan was...
Yorkshire’s shame - are we the same?

Yorkshire’s shame – are we the same?

  It’s vital that those of us who work in public transport don’t think that what occurred in cricket isn’t happening in our own backyard     Yorkshire County Cricket Club is facing the biggest crisis in its history now that the allegations made by former player Azeem Rafiq have reached the public domain. Officialdom...
TfW and CitySwift pilot to optimise buses

TfW and CitySwift pilot to optimise buses

Partners embark on an AI-driven bus strategy to optimise public transport services in Wales using data and machine learning.   Left to right: Marina Donohoe, Director UK and Northern Europe at Enterprise Ireland, Transport for Wales CEO James Price, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin and CitySwift COO Alan Farrelly  ...
Ministers strip TfN of responsibility for NPR

Ministers strip TfN of responsibility for NPR

In a move branded ‘inconsistent with the government’s devolution agenda’, Transport for the North will no longer be paid to develop East-West links     Ministers have removed funding and powers from Transport for the North after it dismissed the government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the North and the Midlands as “woefully inadequate”. TfN was...
Franchises ‘will ensure bus staff are well paid’

Franchises ‘will ensure bus staff are well paid’

Following a series of strikes, the Welsh Government says bus franchising will safeguard workers’ pay and conditions. Rhodri Clark reports   Ebbw Vale’s deserted bus station during this month’s strike by some Stagecoach employees   The Welsh Government says that future bus franchises will safeguard workers’ conditions and ensure staff are well paid. Legislation to...
Reid’s career offers us lessons for today

Reid’s career offers us lessons for today

  With our industry transitioning back to a more centralised set-up, George Muir’s book on Sir Robert Reid is essential reading   Sir Robert Reid   ‘There’s just not the characters left in the game anymore’ is a phrase oft-used to describe a less interesting sporting landscape and it’s a comment that could be levied...
How Boris scored a £96bn own goal

How Boris scored a £96bn own goal

  Unveiled last week, ‘the biggest ever public investment in Britain’s rail network’ was almost universally slated. So what went wrong?   Boris Johnson toured the North of England to coincide with the announcement of the Integrated Rail Plan   The most striking element of last week’s Integrated Rail Plan was the reception it received....