We’re back!: Issue 230 of Passenger Transport

We’re back!: Issue 230 of Passenger Transport

We’re back!: Issue 230 of Passenger Transport

Issue 230 of Passenger Transport is published on October 2.
Contents include:



Hendy – we must all be proud of our response
As we return to print after a pause of six months, we join Sir Peter Hendy in paying tribute to the dedication of passenger transport professionals


A long haul, but Hendy is positive about future
Downing Street’s trusted transport expert warns of ‘long haul back to any sort of normality’, but concludes that ‘case for mass transit is still strong’

Bus stats show 83% GB patronage slump
Statistics for latest quarter highlight impact of lockdown

RDG restructures to reflect industry change
Paul Plummer to leave with Jacqueline Starr named as successor

Welsh Government awards £35m for buses
Administration also seeks to build alliance with bus operators

‘Use it or lose it’ warns Cambs mayor Palmer
Mayor says that unless passengers return service could be cut

German rail woes push Go-Ahead into the red
Brown emphasises 90% of pandemic revenues protected

NEWS: UK Rail Summit

How can the railway overcome fear factor?
Government’s strong ‘avoid public transport’ message has created the impression that it was ‘fundamentally unsafe’ and will be hard to reverse

This is only the end of the beginning – Hendy
Summit considers how pandemic will change public transport

Covid has ‘hastened’ the rail reform agenda
Network Rail chiefs says reforms are ‘absolutely necessary’

Haines confident that funding will continue
‘We have ambitious plans and very positive noises at this stage’

Byford – Crossrail is key to TfL’s recovery
Commissioner says over-reliance on farebox must end


Rail industry urged to tackle green agenda
Electrification should be at the heart of cutting rail emissions

HS2 uses new tech to tackle carbon emissions
Artificial intelligence and carbon neutral concrete make debut

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY, supported by Passenger

Midlands-wide ‘tap and cap’
Plans submitted for new region-wide payment platform, covering all public transport operators


Norman Baker: Will we build back better – or worse?
The government has bought itself breathing space over the past six months. It’s time for big decisions that will shape the future

Claire Haigh: We need a green recovery from Covid
The pandemic may have distracted attention from the climate crisis, but that overwhelming threat has far from diminished

Alex Warner: It’s time to get back on public transport
I have been observing how the industry has responded to the coronavirus crisis. It’s brought out the best and worst of us all

Nick Richardson: The end of the line for rail franchising
The system of franchising has hit the buffers. What next for the rail industry and how can it move forward in the post-pandemic era?

Great Minster Grumbles: Recovery? I don’t see much sign of that
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT


Bell to become First Bus MD
Giles Fearnley is retiring after nine years at First Bus. Former P&O Ferries boss will take over



Managing Director – First West of England


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