Out now: Issue 224 of Passenger Transport

Issue 224 of Passenger Transport is published on January 10.
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Minister: buses will see ‘transformational year’
Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, buses minister Baroness Vere says that ‘fantastic opportunities’ have been created to grow bus use

 

NEWS:

‘Franchising will put pressure on bus profits’
Stagecoach warns that franchising or alternative partnership arrangements will have a significant impact on Manchester bus business profitability

SPT’s Subway upgrade faces 18-month delay
Hitachi-Stadler JV encounters significant infrastructure issues

Stakeholders blast Berkeley’s HS2 report
Critics claim peer shows ‘disgraceful ignorance’ of project

Abellio’s ScotRail contract to end in 2022
The Dutch-owned operator says it is ‘hugely disappointed’ after the Scottish Government took the decision not to extend ScotRail contract

First loses out in Cornish bus tender
Plymouth Citybus gain equates to 50% of county’s bus network

Drivers to be balloted over exhaustion claims
Unite demands action over London bus driver exhaustion

Funding for electric buses and rail in Wales
Grants for electric buses and related infrastructure will be the first offered by the Welsh Government. TfW rail franchise is to receive an extra £15m

No further action over Skates bus funding
Ministerial code not fully observed but no improper behaviour

 

ENVIRONMENT, supported by Ticketer

York backs plan for car free city centre by 2023
Proposal is part of the authority’s response to climate emergency and aims to make city carbon neutral by 2030 – 20 years ahead of UK net zero target

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY, supported by Passenger

CodingCats win HackTrain
Algorithm to improve operational performance on rail network wins prize from hackathon

 

TRAVEL TEST: New Year

My hopes, fears and resolutions for 2020
Strap yourselves in for a tumultuous 12 months. What do you want to see? I’d like the Williams Review to retain commercial flair, among other things

 

COMMENT

So what does 2020 herald for transport?
So what does 2020 herald for transport?

Nick Richardson: An electrifying start for buses in Wales
The trial of an electric bus in Newport demonstrates the
direction of travel. It could pay dividends in boosting bus use

Great Minster Grumbles: We have enough ‘weirdos and misfits’
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

Stagecoach is best for diversity and inclusion
Group finished ahead of its ‘Big Five’ peers in BMAC survey

Search begins for UK’s best bus scheduler
The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year, sponsored by CitySwift, has been launched to raise awareness of the profession and its importance to buses

 

RECRUITMENT

Network Manager – Cornwall by Kernow / the buses of Somerset (First Bus)

Head of Operations – Cardiff Bus

Commercial Manager – First UK Bus

Network Resilience Communications and Engagement Apprentice – TfWM

Commonwealth Games Programme Director – TfWM

Commonwealth Games Head of Road Network Management & Traffic Engineering – TfWM

Commonwealth Games Spectator Transport Manager (Bus) – TfWM

Commonwealth Games Senior Data Analyst – TfWM

Commonwealth Games Project Manager – TfWM

Commonwealth Games Communications and Engagement Officer – TfWM

Commonwealth Games Programme Administrator – TfWM

 

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