Out now: Issue 177 of Passenger Transport

Issue 177 of Passenger Transport is published on February 2.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Young people ditch the car – and won’t go back
New Department for Transport-commissioned research investigates why young adults are driving less, and concludes that trend is unlikely to reverse

 

NEWS

Patchy reliability hits satisfaction scores
81% of passengers satisfied overall – but just 73% of commuters

Alliance progresses but other options probed
Merseytravel looks at alternative options to Bus Alliance

McGill’s hits out at Holyrood bus debate
Bus operator brands MSP’s bus debate ‘poorly researched’

Major fluctuations in financial performance
Profitable companies have fallen into the red after new contracts

Rail suppliers warn over renewals planning
Action urged to reduce the impact of peaks and troughs in activity

TC blasts bus operator for overnight closure
10 year disqualification after Somerset bus operator closure

Khan brokers ‘Licence for London’ driver deal
London drivers now able to transfer their skills and experience

Bus operators deny exploiting free travel
Industry rejects claims by the Welsh Government that reimbursement arrangements have contributed to fare inflation. Rhodri Clark reports

West Yorks plots bus cuts
Combined authority seeks to work with bus operators in order to identify financial savings

Stagecoach exit could see expansion for Lynx
Stagecoach could close the former Norfolk Green operation

 

ENVIRONMENT
In association with the Go-Ahead Group

Bi-mode trains to switch to hydrogen?
Hydrogen power could replace diesel in new bi-mode train fleet

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev PLC

Car ownership is dying, and MaaS is the future
Mobility as a Service has the potential to transform our society by changing the way we travel. There’s some way to go, but the revolution has started

Transport IT family heads to Karlsruhe
Technology will be in the spotlight at this year’s IT-TRANS

 

INSIDE TRACK: Market monitor

Season ticket decline hits rail patronage
Major closures at London Bridge and Waterloo plus continuing social and economic change drive major shift in rail demand patterns

European electric bus market doubles in 2017
The growth of the European market for electric buses shows no signs of abating, with Go-Ahead operating the biggest fleet of this type last year

 

TRAVEL TEST: Southern rail replacement

Rail replacement – is it time for a rethink?
On those occasions when your train becomes a replacement bus, the brand experience goes out of the window. I think operators could do much better

 

COMMENT

George Muir: Cold water on the driverless car hype
In a new book Christian Wolmar argues that issues are being glossed over and full automation may never be possible

Nick Richardson: Is transport’s future really on-demand?
Mobility as a Service is on the rise while Uber foresees the end of car ownership. What next for on-demand transport technology?

Great Minster Grumbles: East Coast – where did it all go wrong?
If we were to start a new city today, we should start with the transport principles rather than create a car dependency

 

INTERVIEW: David Waboso

‘There will be a DOO incident’
‘The first thing is to get over ‘this will never work’,’ says Network Rail’s David Waboso. ‘Yes it does’

 

CAREERS

Delivering the digital railway
The search is on to find the best in the business with the launch of the Talent in Mobility Awards

 

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