Out now: Issue 134 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 134 of Passenger Transport

Issue 134 of Passenger Transport is published on May 13
Contents include:

 

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LEAD STORY

Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan
New mayor wants to set up a Transport for London commercial arm with the ability to operate local transport services in London, the UK and abroad

 

NEWS

Rapid recovery needed after VTEC falls behind
Analysts worried about franchise ‘won on aggressive terms’

Is this the return of East Thames Buses?
London mayor Sadiq Khan says he will allow TfL to bid for its own bus contracts. Operators have concerns, but others welcome the move

EMT to personalise customer contact
Neil Micklethwaite of East Midlands Trains told a meeting in London how the firm is working to create personalised relationships with its customers

Union says GTR strike tactics broke EU law
Union prepares for period of prolonged industrial action

Liverpool open minded on bus franchising plan
Liverpool City Region is planning to implement a bus alliance, suggesting that plans for the introduction of bus franchises could take years to achieve

West Yorkshire probes bus improvements
Partnership aims to give buses a boost in advance of 2018

Milestone for busway service
150,000 passengers travel on First Manchester’s new Vantage guided busway service to Leigh

 

ENVIRONMENT

Over 150 hybrids to join London bus operator
Go-Ahead London is on course to introduce significant numbers of hybrid buses as it prepares to also introduce Europe’s largest electric bus fleet

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Smart apps allow direct access for bus drivers
Cardiff Bus has introduced new technology that is allowing bus drivers to access company data and shift scheduling systems. Rhodri Clark reports

Incubator boost for intelligent mobility
New facilities aim to spur on innovative transport apps

 

TRAVEL TEST

‘Sorry’ has become an over-used word
We used to be an industry that struggled to say ‘sorry’ for failing customers, now it’s a word that is used so often that at times it has become noise

 

COMMENT

Christian Wolmar: Why Britain has no transport policy
If you want to know why Britain’s transport policy is a mess and how to put it right, you have to study history and learn from it

Martijn Gilbert: Are we selling ourselves short?
Some may feel that we’re often bashed by the media, but what do we do in return to promote our good work and news?

Nick Richardson: Ensuring a stable power supply
Incidents of power problems can be hugely disruptive to passenger transport, but can measures be taken to avoid problems?

Great Minister Grumbles: Are we really going to de-scope HS2?
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

EVENTS: ITS European Congress

Shaping the future of transport in Glasgow
Next month the global Intelligent Transport Systems community gathers in Scotland’s largest city for the four-day ITS European Congress

 

CAREERS

Wrights Group pays tribute to apprentices
Ballymena-based bus manufacturer recognises 30 engineering apprentices who have graduated from their apprenticeship schemes with flying colours

 

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