Out now: Issue 167 of Passenger Transport

Issue 167 of Passenger Transport is published on September 8
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

TOCs seek to counter escalating RMT strikes
Abellio Greater Anglia has trained 160 managers to cover for conductors, while South Western Railway is said to be well equipped to face action

 

NEWS

Tributes paid to father of minibus revolution
Harry Blundred OBE was the owner of Transit Holdings and he was credited with spearheading the minibus revolution of the 1980s

Passengers tolerant during Waterloo works
‘Extremely well-managed’ project from passenger perspective

Virgin claims ‘historic shift’ from air to rail
London-Edinburgh market share was 37% in June

North presses Grayling on rail commitments
‘It is time now for the north to pool its political influence’

Community transport operators fight back
A new campaign has been launched in response to a DfT letter heralding a fundamental change in the way that community transport operates

Go-Ahead captures Dublin bus contract
Group wins first NTA tender to operate buses in Ireland

£1bn investment plan for West Mids contract
West Midlands mayor Andy Street says West Midlands Trains rail franchise ‘will not only improve people’s journeys but keep our economy growing’

Renewed calls for DfT to rethink fares policy
Regulated rail fares are due to rise by 3.6% in January

Assembly moots the return of the bendy bus
A new report investigating London’s bus network has suggested that articulated buses could be the answer to bus improvements in the suburbs

PM visits ADL to see export order progress
Prime minister views progress on major Mexico City order

Majority support bus franchising in Wales
Three-quarters of respondents to a public consultation into improving buses in Wales have backed a franchising regime. Rhodri Clark reports

Bus infrastructure schemes win funding
However, most schemes just improve general traffic flow

 

ENVIRONMENT
In association with the Go-Ahead Group

Government commits £11m for green buses
Funding released for 153 low emission buses in England and Wales

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev PLC

Four out of five open to autonomous vehicles
Report finds public broadly support driverless technology

Bytemark tackles NFC
App developer claims it has cracked technology to allow NFC transport ticketing on iOS

 

TRAVEL TEST: Piccadilly Line

Piccadilly line is the Tube’s neglected gem
It bursts with character but all is not well with London’s Piccadilly line. Regular customers, such as I, have noticed a downturn in the past year

 

COMMENT

Jonathan Bray: The Scandi approach to public transport
Devolution, franchising and innovation are getting results for the ‘nearly perfect people’ of Scandinavia. What lessons can we learn?

Ray Stenning: Embrace technology, but don’t let it rule
We must make sure that any technology – old and new – first and foremost makes how we help passengers get around ever better

Robert Montgomery: BUSreinvented!
Technology-enhanced, high frequency, urban bus corridors can combat poor air quality and traffic congestion in the UK – but it will require a willingness to work constructively together

Nick Richardson: There is a lack of a spatial policy
Much criticism has been levelled at government about recent rail investment decisions. A spatial perspective is required

Jason Cotterrell: The ‘whole journey’ experience
Smart and engaging solutions are needed to deliver the best experience across the ‘whole journey’

Great Minster Grumbles: Congratulations – victory at Waterloo!
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

SPECIAL REPORT: Communities

‘We could be doing so much more’
Karen Booth believes it’s time for the railway to rethink its approach to working with communities – and go much further

 

CAREERS

Joyner named as MD of Arriva Trains Wales
London Midland director moves to Welsh train operator

 

RECRUITMENT

Head of Commercial – Stagecoach in South Wales

Operations Manager – Go South Coast

Unilink Manager – Go South Coast

Principal/Associate Public Transport Planner – ITP

 

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