Out now: Issue 196 of Passenger Transport

Issue 196 of Passenger Transport is published on November 9.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

‘Cities ignoring buses would be missing out’
Campaigners point to new research and urge government not to overlook the benefits of buses when allocating £2.4bn Transforming Cities Fund

 

NEWS

Members consider new plan to reform CPT
Revised proposal aims to equip trade body for industry challenges

Efficiency plans could see £500m for renewals
Network Rail’s planned efficiency savings will rise to 10% providing an extra £500m for renewals across the network in Control Period 6

TOCs slam inadequate NR punctuality plans
Network Rail told to find more productive ways of working

CILT urges radical bus legislation rethink
CILT’s bus and coach policy group chair calls for change to the way that bus services are viewed, operated and funded to end spiral of decline

Delay to consultation on Welsh bus legislation
Welsh Government delays bus consultation as first minister moots opportunities to integrate bus and rail networks. Rhodri Clark reports

Stagecoach reveals Inverness expansion
Operator to acquire ‘certain assets’ of independent firm

New Virgin ticket policy removes Friday crowds
Scrapping Friday afternoon peak ticketing restrictions has led to singificant reductions in crowding while attracting additional passengers to services

Northern Connect faces ‘capacity issues’
Rail North aware ‘compromises are likely to be required’

ADL could build Berlin deckers on continent
UK-based bus builder is ‘reviewing options’ on manufacturing sites

TfL plans ‘vision zero’ bus safety standards
Strategy aims to eliminate deaths from London buses by 2030

£350m loan to bail out Crossrail completion
Short term loan aims to facilitate the completion of project

 

ENVIRONMENT

Wrightbus takes wraps off hydrogen decker
Manufacturer reveals progress towards low or zero emissions

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev

Data is inaccurate for 14,000 GB bus stops
Bus Stop Checker initiative seeks to highlight inaccuracies that could be accidently overlooked in NaPTAN’s vast datasets, and start a conversation

NCT launches trial of beacon-based ticketing
Trial will test the feasibility of beacons to track passengers

 

TRAVEL TEST: Management

Can Arriva balance central and local?
The history of Britain’s bus industry has witnessed constant grappling with the ‘local versus central’ dilemma. Can Arriva find the right balance?

 

COMMENT

Jonathan Bray: The best transport secretary we’ve had?
Half a century after Barbara Castle’s landmark 1968 Transport Act received Royal Assent, it’s a good time to examine her legacy

Norman Baker: Hammond bankrolls roads to ruin
Chancellor Philip Hammond earmarked £28.8bn for new and upgraded roads in last week’s budget. It’s a policy with many flaws

Christian Wolmar: It’s late, but that will soon be forgotten
Crossrail is delayed, but this is not surprising give the complexity of the project – but when it arrives we will all be impressed

Nick Richardson: Are we trapped in car dependency?
Research shows what we have known for a long time – many communities are now utterly dependent on the private car

Great Minster Grumbles: Were we really in the dark over Crossrail?
A recent report highlights reductions in bus services and suggests how this problem should be addressed with a coordinated response

 

CAREERS

Greater Anglia aims to promote diversity
Train operator appoints its first ever female yard controller

 

RECRUITMENT

Head of Operations/Director – Lucketts

Bus Network Managers/Schedulers – National Express West Midlands

 

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