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Out now: Issue 306 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 306 of Passenger Transport

Issue 306 of Passenger Transport is published on February 9. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Tap-in, tap-out’ train travel trial for 2025 Over 90 rail stations in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester will be included in ‘pay as you go’ schemes, moving towards a London-style system   NEWS Mayoral precept to be invested...
‘Tap-in, tap-out’ train travel trial for 2025

‘Tap-in, tap-out’ train travel trial for 2025

Over 90 rail stations in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester will be included in ‘pay as you go’ schemes, moving towards a London-style system   Stations across the West Midlands and selected routes in Greater Manchester are to participate in the trial   Rail users in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester will benefit...
Labour must extend ‘face up’ to HS2 - Steer

Labour must extend ‘face up’ to HS2 – Steer

Government has axed ‘the most critical section of the route’   Concerns raised country will be left with a £67bn white elephant   A key proponent of HS2 says that if Labour forms the next government it must extend the project to Crewe and Manchester or the country will be left with a £67bn white...
Ukrzaliznytsia and its ‘iron people’

Ukrzaliznytsia and its ‘iron people’

On a recent visit to Ukraine I was inspired to meet so many brave, committed and talented people, who believe in the power of rail   This shell-damaged wagon was carrying civilian evacuees   BY David Brown I recently had the honour of visiting Ukraine as part of an international delegation working with the Global...
Building a more diverse team

Building a more diverse team

At First Bus we are helping to futureproof the industry with a diverse apprenticeship programme   Maddi Simmons joined First Bus’s engineering programme after her daily bus commute to and from college sparked an interest in the sector   From the granite streets of Aberdeen right down to the Cornish coast, First Bus is proud...
Why AI isn’t a silver bullet for buses

Why AI isn’t a silver bullet for buses

The true measure of success of the latest transport technologies lies in the hands of the people who know the industry best   Bus systems are influenced by a myriad of real-world factors   BY Brian O’Rourke From self-driving cars to artificial intelligence (AI) – we’ve been through the tech hype cycles that were big...
Let’s have some detail from Labour

Let’s have some detail from Labour

  While Labour’s intention to repeal the minimum service levels legislation is clear, not much else is. We’ve heard little of substance   Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves, the duopoly at the top of Labour   I see that Germany has been hit by a wave of strikes by 90,000 transport workers affecting rail, bus...
‘They wouldn’t be seen dead on a bus’

‘They wouldn’t be seen dead on a bus’

  There are times in the bus sector when some organisations and individuals appear embarrassed to be associated with bus travel   It’s rare to stumble across a business or sector where you get that disconcerting vibe that those at the helm would deep down rather not be doing what they’re doing and would prefer...
Labour - ‘No more tinkering on the edges’

Labour – ‘No more tinkering on the edges’

With a general election drawing closer, shadow transport minister Simon Lightwood addressed bus and coach operators in London last week   Simon Lightwood at last week’s CPT Conference   An incoming Labour government would use simplified and extended franchising powers to grow public transport, and provide the sector with greater certainty. That was the message...
Bus Partnership Fund pause disappoints CPT

Bus Partnership Fund pause disappoints CPT

Scottish Government pledged £500m – but has spent only £26.9m   As recently as last October, Scotland’s minister for transport, Fiona Hyslop, told Passenger Transport that the Bus Partnership Fund was “a key area of investment”   Formally launched in November 2020, Scotland’s Bus Partnership Fund was hailed as a “landmark long-term capital investment of...
Lothian - municipal and entrepreneurial

Lothian – municipal and entrepreneurial

  Edinburgh is a city where every kind of person uses the bus and where everyone owns their local bus company, Lothian Buses   An initial fleet of 50 new Volvo BZL electric double deck buses will enter service in the spring   It’s good to be in the warmth of the great value Lothian...
Walking and public transport are allies

Walking and public transport are allies

  Walking is good for our mind and body, our environment and public transport. Hana Sutch of Go Jauntly wants to make it easy   Hana Sutch set up Go Jauntly in 2018   I’ll be honest, before the pandemic I had zero interest in walking for fun. But then, apart from model railways and...