Out now: Issue 197 of Passenger Transport

Issue 197 of Passenger Transport is published on November 23.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Pension deficit clouds FirstGroup break-up
On his first day as the group’s new chief executive, Matthew Gregory says that £430m pension deficit would have to be accounted for in any disposals

 

NEWS

Burnham makes plea for extra powers
Mayor fears that transport could derail economic success

FirstGroup’s half-year rail profits plummet
Group is running large part of UK railway for virtually no fee

Gregory ‘not carried away’ by bus recovery
Improved profitability was largely due to cost reduction

‘Background factors’ drove growth of rail
Economic change explains huge shift in rail commuting

Rail competition leads to changes for the X90
Fares slashed on X90 and Oxford Tube express coach services

TfL told to probe costs of second fares freeze
Assembly calls for mayoral hopefuls to be briefed in TfL finances

TfW pledges to prevent repeat cancellations
Weather conditions, rolling stock shortages and engineering requirements lead to a less than auspicious start for the new Wales and Borders franchise

£2m allocated for Welsh Government bus review
Funding aims to be targeted at improving local bus services

RAIB concern over parallels with Clapham
A report has found that a partial derailment at Waterloo station in 2017 suggests the rail industry has ‘forgotten’ Clapham Junction disaster

Skip stop ban correct despite punctuality fall
ScotRail now only allows skip stopping as a ‘last resort’

Ultra Low Emission bus grants await green light
Brussels investigates if scheme breaks state aid rules

NXWM’s dominance is a benefit – TfWM
Transport executive claims that National Express’s dominant position in the West Midlands offers significant advantages over a franchised network

ALBUM tops medal table at bus awards
Grouping leads way by winning total of 15 medals at 2018 UK Bus Awards, but ‘Bus Operator of the Year’ is retained by Go-Ahead’s Go South Coast

Lothian thinks big with 100-seat tri-axles
Alexander Dennis is building buses for Edinburgh again. January will see the first of 42 new high capacity double deckers enter service in the city

 

ENVIRONMENT

Electric progress for London’s buses
RATP Dev has successfully completed a project to upgrade Shepherd’s Bush Garage to support the introduction of 36 new electric buses

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev

Stagecoach to launch autonomous bus route
Group and partners secure £4m funding stream to become the first in the world to trial autonomous technology on full-sized buses in service

Network Rail launches automation tool quest
Competition aims to create tools for automated design

 

TRAVEL TEST: Snap

Ableman’s Snap-py plan to change coaches
I have long believed that coaches are an under-exploited form of transport – and now there’s a tech savvy entrepreneur with the vision to change that!

 

COMMENT

Norman Baker: How can we move buses up the agenda?
Should CPT abandon its steady National Trust-style lobbying and move towards a more vigorous and confrontational approach?

Giles Bailey: The impact of new ways of working
The culture of working nine-to-five, five days a week at the same desk in the same building is in retreat, and transport must adapt

Nick Richardson: Making the case for bus infrastructure
Differences of opinion about the effectiveness of bus priority measures detract from the case for more – how can we change that?

Great Minster Grumbles: Jones makes return journey to DfT
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

Management changes at NatEx bus division
Bradford promoted to MD of group’s UK bus division

 

RECRUITMENT

Marketing Manager – First Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire

Operations Manager – First Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire

Head of Operations/Director – Lucketts

Bus Network Managers/Schedulers – National Express West Midlands

 

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