Out now: Issue 209 of Passenger Transport

Issue 209 of Passenger Transport is published on May 17.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

‘We can get you there’
The Committee on Climate Change’s new advice for government is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. As the largest source of UK GHG emissions (23% of the total), transport will need to see major changes – and modal shift towards public transport must be part of the solution

 

NEWS

Groups launch legal action over DfT row
Catriona Henderson, the DfT’s head of buses and taxis, offered helpful insights to bus operators at last week’s ALBUM Conference in Cardiff

‘You need to think about what you want’
Airline-style model proposed for long distance routes that would see the government abandon monopoly franchising for a free market model

First takes battle with Lothian to Edinburgh
Group is advertising for drivers and on-street sales advisors for a new tour bus venture, which would compete with rival’s highly profitable operation

HS2 will soon ‘cross the Rubicon’ says NAO boss
Sir Amyas Morse says HS2 almost at the point it can’t be axed

NIC urges devolved transport investment
Graham calls for move away from short term funding pots

East Yorkshire revamps Scarborough network
Improvements also see new through ticketing partnership

NatEx growth driven bySpain and America
Group reports Spanish operation’s revenues growing by 11.8%

Bus budgets raided for rail infrastructure
The Welsh Government admits that it chose to invest in rail infrastructure projects at the expense of bus services. Rhodri Clark reports

Stagecoach and NatEx win at Coach Awards
Perth-based group on top as it wins five Gold Awards in Blackpool

 

ENVIRONMENT

‘We don’t make enough of green credentials’
Ticketer and Transport Focus bosses consider bus industry’s message

Wales probes funding for greener vehicles
The Welsh Government says it is seeking support from Development Bank of Wales to deliver plans for public transport to be zero emission by 2028

TfL orders world’s first hydrogen double decks
Wrightbus lands order to supply Metroline with fuel cell vehicles

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev

Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver
Ride-hailing app wants to become ‘one-stop shop’ for transport

Trent leads way on contactless
Deal with Ticketer will see company invest £2.5m in around 350 tap-on, tap-off terminals

 

TRAVEL TEST: British Rail

It really wasn’t so great in the ‘good old days’
Depressed about the current state of our railway, I undertook a ‘customer journey mapping exercise’ on the railway of my youth – and I feel better

 

COMMENT

Jonathan Bray: Northern Ireland is getting ahead
You may not have yet noticed, but it’s become the place to watch, with growing bus and rail demand and plans for unified ticketing

Claire Haigh: We need bold and ambitious solutions
Climate change is back on the political agenda and government must respond with radical new policies that achieve modal shift

Nick Richardson: Will electrification keep us on track?
Talk of electrifying road and rail raises some big questions about the approach that is being taken at present in the UK

Great Minster Grumbles: ‘Uneasy’ Jones faces committee
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

Arriva appoints new boss for bus division
As Iain Jago moves to a group role, Paul O’Neill takes the top job

 

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