Out now: Issue 239 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 239 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 239 of Passenger Transport

Issue 239 of Passenger Transport is published on April 16.
Contents include:



‘Government must fly flag for public transport’
Transport secretary Grant Shapps says public transport ‘will be the natural first choice’ – but campaigners are urging action to encourage modal shift


Abellio reports ScotRail losses spiral to £64.5m
Operator blames the impact of the pandemic for spiralling losses despite lockdown only coming into force in the last days of the accounting year

MPs back commitment for wider electrification
Rolling programme would drive down cost and speed up delivery

Partnership probe as north east counts cost
Tobyn Hughes, the managing director of Transport North East, says bus networks will need additional financial support for up to the next two years

Reading aims for growth with rebrand
Courtney Buses gains a new name following Reading acquisition

FlixBus talks big with renewed assault on UK
German-based operator aims to be largest in UK by 2025

Council borrows £70m to finish line restoration
Ebbw Vale line project will enable hourly service to Newport

NI Railways prepares for 21 new carriages
New vehicles will ‘play significant role’ in post-Covid recovery


Scrutinising the strategy
Leon Daniels and Thomas Ableman got together to analyse the government’s ambitious bus vision


£120m funding scheme for zero emission buses
Government reveals new green bus funding for England


Blackpool’s Passenger deal
Bus and tram operator hails partnership with Passenger and signs new three-year contract

INSIDE TRACK: Quarterly Bus Statistics

Autumn bus recovery despite lockdowns
New restrictions to combat the pandemic did not prevent bus use from recovering to 48% of pre-Covid levels in the October-December quarter


John Carr: Last chance for bus? Begin the fightback!
England’s National Bus Strategy is strong on principles, but weak in many delivery areas. We must use it as something to build on

Alex Warner: A game changer for customer service
A well-designed Service Quality Reporting regime could ensure that the needs of rail users are met – and perhaps bus users too

Nick Richardson: Analysing the Welsh Transport Strategy
Llwybr Newydd – New Path aims to change how people travel but will we see radical improvements when it is implemented?

Acceleration Unit failing to move fast
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT


Geliamassi named as MD at Stagecoach West
Former graduate trainee wins top job in subsidiary reshuffle


Scheduling Assistant – trentbarton

Service Delivery Manager – Transdev

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