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In brief: 92 new buses for Cornish network

In brief: 92 new buses for Cornish network

  ADL supplies new buses for Cornish network Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis has announced that will supply 92 new buses to Go-Ahead’s Go Cornwall Bus operation. Go Cornwall Bus launched operations on the revamped Transport for Cornwall tendered bus network at the end of March, less than three months after...
TfL and operators act to improve bus driver safety

TfL and operators act to improve bus driver safety

Abellio to launch trial off middle-door only boarding on several routes     London bus operators have agreed to new measures aimed at reducing the risk of exposure to coronavirus following talks with trade unions and Transport for London. It follows the news that a total of nine London bus...
Transport groups stretched, but not broken

Transport groups stretched, but not broken

Transport analyst explains why Britain’s four PLC passenger transport groups can get through the shutdown     Britain’s passenger transport groups will survive the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and normality will return after a six-month period of disruption. This is the conclusion of transport analyst Gerald Khoo, who is...
In brief: New vehicles enter service early

In brief: New vehicles enter service early

New buses ushered into service early   First invests £3m in Bath to Bristol service First West of England has introduced new buses on its X39 route linking Bristol with Bath. The move is ahead of their planned launch as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The £3m investment in...
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SYPTE plans to take Supertram in-house

SYPTE plans to take Supertram in-house

Move is part of planned £300m modernisation of light rail network   Operation of Supertram could return to the public sector in 2024   South Yorkshire PTE has announced that it’s preferred option is to take operation of the South Yorkshire Supertram network in-house when the current contract for operation of the network with Stagecoach...
Five London bus drivers have died from virus

Five London bus drivers have died from virus

London mayor says TfL working with operators to ensure safety TfL have ensured bus operators are taking steps to keep staff as safe as possible This weekend it was revealed that at least five London bus workers have died after contracting covid-19. Unverified reports this morning (Monday) suggesting that figure has now increased. London mayor...
Leaders urge government to bail out the Metro

Leaders urge government to bail out the Metro

Politicians warn system will need £10m payment before July Patronage has slumped 90% on the Tyne & Wear Metro as a result of Covid-19 pandemic Politicians in the north east of England have called on the government to provide urgent cash support to the Tyne & Wear Metro system. The Metro is continuing to operate...
Stagecoach - too early to estimate impact on buses

Stagecoach – too early to estimate impact on buses

Britain’s biggest bus operator says it remains difficult to reliably estimate and forecast the effects of the Covid-19 situation on its business   Commercial sales at Stagecoach’s local regional bus operating companies are now at around 15% of “normal” levels   Stagecoach today offered an update on the impact that the Covid-19 outbreak is having...
£397m funding package for England's buses

£397m funding package for England’s buses

New funding, totalling £167m over three months, comes on top of pledge to guarantee existing £200m investment   Shapps: ‘This multi-million-pound investment will protect crucial local transport links’   The government has today announced a £397m funding package, agreed jointly with the bus industry, to keep England’s bus services running in England during the coronavirus...
Public transport will be 'natural first choice'

Public transport will be ‘natural first choice’

Amid all the gloom about coronavirus, modal shift to public transport is centre stage in the government’s vision to decarbonise transport   Shapps: We will use our cars less   Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said that public transport and active travel “will be the natural first choice for our daily activities” as the UK...
In Brief: 2/4/2020

In Brief: 2/4/2020

Motor traffic (the blue line) jumped by 10% in a single day   Concerning increase in car use this week New data has revealed a concerning increase in car trips despite UK Government advice to stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. At yesterday’s daily Downing Street briefing, Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public...
National Express to suspend coach services

National Express to suspend coach services

Full suspension of national network of scheduled coach services from the end of this week     National Express will fully suspend its national network of scheduled coach services with effect from midnight Sunday, April 5. Chris Hardy, managing director of National Express UK Coach: “We kept a limited coach network running to be able...
ADL and Optare cease production

ADL and Optare cease production

Bus manufacturers react to Covid-19 pandemic Optare’s factory at Sherburn-in-Elmet   Bus manufacturers Alexander Dennis and Optare have both suspended production of new vehicles as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. ADL said it was suspending production at our UK manufacturing facilities, but its aftermarket and service teams will continue to support customers. Chief executive...
Our sector depends on face-to-face meetings

Our sector depends on face-to-face meetings

Before you extol the benefits of home working to your friends and followers on social media, consider what a future of home working means for public transport – writes Alex Warner     It’s difficult to defy Boris and do travel testing right now, so my apologies for some mystery shopping of industry colleagues attempts...
In Brief: 1/4/2020

In Brief: 1/4/2020

Network Rail has installed vinyl stickers on the floor around Manchester Piccadilly station   Driver CPC rules relaxed The Department for Transport has announced a temporary relaxation on Driver CPC rules. This means that drivers whose Driver CPC card expires in the period from March 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020 can continue driving. Most...
Welsh bus support hinges on free NHS travel

Welsh bus support hinges on free NHS travel

Combined support of £69m for bus operator hardship fund   NHS staff will receive free travel on buses throughout Wales in return for hardship funding from the Welsh Government over the next three months. Transport for Wales will receive additional funding support and a hardship fund has been set up to help bus companies as...