Out now: Issue 242 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 242 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 242 of Passenger Transport

Issue 242 of Passenger Transport is published on May 28.
Contents include:



The review to end all reviews?
Keith Williams and transport secretary Grant Shapps published their long awaited rail White Paper last week – but will it stand the test of time?


Great British Railways to be ‘guiding mind’
The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail has been published and reveals the new public body that will absorb Network Rail and manage the network

FirstGroup agrees to National Rail Contracts
New-style contracts offer ‘better balance of risk and reward’

‘Too early to commit to long term bus funding’
The government has committed to spend an additional £3bn on buses over three years – Baroness Vere says it’s too early to say what happens after that

Translink outlines plans for Covid secure future
Enhanced cleaning regimes are key for public transport users

Business group anger at 10-day TfL funding
Government and TfL still talking over a long-term settlement

Welsh municipals reveal difficult trading
The last two council-owned bus operators in Wales reported poor financial results before the onset of the Covid pandemic. Rhodri Clark reports

New mayor axes CAM but pledges franchising
Nik Johnson axes Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro

Eurostar’s breathing space with new funding
Financing package aims to secure operator’s future


Network Rail joins industry climate pledge
Infrastructure controller signs UIC climate declaration


Welsh operators launch m-ticketing scheme

Differing m-ticketing platforms join up for Cardiff-Newport link

COMMENT: Plan for Rail

Norman Baker: Great destination – but can we get there?
There is much to like about the Williams-Shapps ‘Plan for Rail’ – but this document also contains a number of contradictions

Alex Warner: A readable and radical rail review
Plan for Rail is gutsy and I’m pleased the customer is at its heart – but how can we ensure that we deliver on its lofty aspirations?

Thomas Ableman: Will GBR allow room for innovation?
Plan for Rail has much to admire, but I worry about whether the structure will drive long term customer-centric innovation

John Nelson: Finally, an end to fragmentation
The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail promises the integrated railway that many of us have long called for – but it’s easier said than done


Claire Haigh: Devolution is vital to achieving net zero
A radical rewiring of the role of the state is needed to level up the country and deliver net zero, but will Number 10 support it?

Nick Richardson: Will we be able to Bus Back Better?
The DfT has released the first guidance for the National Bus Strategy. It addresses some problems but skims over others

Great Minster Grumbles: A case of trying to please everyone?
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT


Brown announces Go-Ahead retirement
Group’s chief executive to stand down later this year


Non-Executive Members – Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company

Commercial Director – Stagecoach East – Cambridge

Service Delivery Manager – Cardiff Bus

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