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ITS (UK) backs flexible bus technology

ITS (UK) backs flexible bus technology

Lobby group says flexible bus service would offer more efficient mobility ITS (UK) says DRT technology could offer a bright future for bus services. Pictured is a screenshot of the recently launched Stagecoach Connect app   The UK’s Intelligent Transport Society has responded to a government consultation about the future...
Study find no virus contamination on Tube

Study find no virus contamination on Tube

Initial independent monitoring finds all locations visited on the Underground to be absent of coronavirus   London’s new transport commissioner saw work to clean and reopen Southwark station on the Jubilee line this morning. Andy Byford, who joined TfL on June 29, joined Heidi Alexander, London’s deputy mayor for transport,...
Net zero board paves the way for a green recovery

Net zero board paves the way for a green recovery

Industry leaders meet to ensure joined up approach to tackling transport decarbonisation   Transport secretary Grant Shapps this week launched the first meeting of the Net Zero Transport Board to help guide the decarbonisation of UK transport. The board brings together high-profile leaders from a range of fields including behavioural...
CPT - Buy new buses and lease them to operators

CPT – Buy new buses and lease them to operators

The traditional model of government grants to support the increased costs associated with the purchase of green buses is now considered unsuitable   The government has pledged to invest in 4,000 new zero emission buses   Bus operators want the government to team up with private financiers to purchase thousands...
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£9m for Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams

£9m for Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams

SPT and Edinburgh Trams Limited have used existing reserves over the past three months to continue to deliver services for people across Edinburgh and Glasgow – but additional funding is now available     The Scottish Government is to provide up to £9m of emergency funding for Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams in response to...
Treaty paves the way for direct Eurostar services

Treaty paves the way for direct Eurostar services

New treaties make direct train services from Amsterdam to London possible   Image: Malek Azoug   Direct high-speed train services from Amsterdam to London will be possible later this year, after new agreements were signed today (July 7). For these services to operate, existing agreements between the UK, France and Belgium, signed in 1993, have...
Transport's role in regenerating high streets

Transport’s role in regenerating high streets

  Retailing is changing rapidly – but what is passenger transport’s role?   Covid-19 schemes have been opportunist and laudable for walking and cycling but haven’t done much for buses. In Aberdeen, bus services have been barred from the city’s Union Street thoroughfare   What we buy and how we buy it is changing rapidly....
c2c completes rollout of new ticketing system

c2c completes rollout of new ticketing system

New system combines all ticketing operations into single platform     Trenitalia UK has launched a new mobile app for c2c passengers, completing the roll-out of the Pico4UK ticketing system at the Essex train operator. The new app allows passengers to buy tickets and manage their account from their own devices, and will also include...
NEG merges coach operations

NEG merges coach operations

Move sees The Kings Ferry and Lucketts operations combined     National Express Group has announced a restructuring of its coach operations in the UK. It sees the group’s existing Kent-based The Kings Ferry business and the recently acquired Lucketts Group operation merged into a single business division. The move aims to deliver a comprehensive...
NXWM launches first electric buses

NXWM launches first electric buses

Operator’s pledge to never buy another diesel bus becoming a reality     National Express West Midlands is making good on its promise never to buy another diesel bus with the introduction of its first fully electric double deckers. Early on Sunday morning (July 5), vehicle number E008, named ‘Laura’, entered service on Route 6...
'There is little evidence that we have a strategy'

‘There is little evidence that we have a strategy’

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   So lockdown is gradually coming to an end. But the transport industry is struggling to get patronage back to anywhere near pre-lockdown levels, not least because we have the rather curious spectacle...
Megabus resumes as bars and restaurants reopen

Megabus resumes as bars and restaurants reopen

Most popular destination for trips revealed as London with Birmingham and Bristol also high on the list     Megabus intercity coach services resumed today and the operator has revealed the top journeys being booked by customers as lockdown restrictions are eased. London has come out as the top spot to visit as many hotels,...
SPT calls for urgent financial assistance

SPT calls for urgent financial assistance

Transport partnership highlights financial support for rail systems in England     Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has warned it faces significant financial challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic unless it receives financial assistance from Transport Scotland. During the pandemic, SPT has continued to operate Subway services and maintain strategically necessary bus services...
Omnibus enhances stop information package

Omnibus enhances stop information package

More than 20 individual changes to the software to enable operators to rapidly update their publicity     Tech specialist Omnibus has updated its bus stop and station information display software package to make it easier to use as a result of feedback from customers. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many bus operators...
Watchdog calls for urgent rail fares reform

Watchdog calls for urgent rail fares reform

Flexible season tickets or carnets could help people returning to work part-time and suit the way people travel now   End of the Monday-Friday commute? Half of people told the latest Transport Focus survey that they expect to work from home more often in the future   Transport Focus has written to the transport secretary...
ITT Hub 2021 launches weekly podcasts

ITT Hub 2021 launches weekly podcasts

Run-up to the show in May 2021 will see a series of podcasts     Organisers of ITT Hub have announced the launch of a series of regular new podcasts featuring business leaders and industry personalities. The first podcast “Lunch with Leon” hosted by Leon Daniels, the former managing director of surface transport at Transport...