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£283m for buses and trams in England

£283m for buses and trams in England

Transport secretary Grant Shapps announces further £254m for buses and £29m for trams and light rail to help protect and increase services   Shapps: ‘We are increasing capacity on buses and light rail’   A further £283m has been made available to increase the number of bus and light rail...
We're in for some really turbulent times ahead

We’re in for some really turbulent times ahead

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   When the chancellor of the exchequer has the courage to admit that we are going to experience a recession “the like of which we have never seen...
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Warner is chair of the Grand Rail Collaboration

Warner is chair of the Grand Rail Collaboration

Passenger satisfaction is priority for new chair of GRC, which is committed to leading the rail industry in the West Midlands by working together to provide passengers, freight operators and stakeholders with a better service   Alex Warner has nearly 30 years of experience in the transport industry   Alex Warner has been appointed as...
TfL to reinstate bus fares on 85 routes

TfL to reinstate bus fares on 85 routes

First phase of reinstating fares across London’s bus network     Transport for London has announced the phased reintroduction of fare collection on London’s buses from tomorrow (May 23). Passengers on 85 routes services by single-door and New Routemaster vehicles, plus the Route 507/521 ‘Red Arrow’ routes, will need to touch in with an Oyster...
Virus woes for open access operators

Virus woes for open access operators

Grand Central extends suspension as MPs raise fears for future of Hull Trains     Britain’s two open access train operators continue to face significant impacts from coronavirus. This week Grand Central announced it is to extend the suspension of all operations until the end of June. Meanwhile, Hull MPs have warned that Hull Trains...
Irizar solutions aim to combat transmission

Irizar solutions aim to combat transmission

Spanish manufacturer offers operators retrofit virus solution   Transparent passenger and driver screens aim to reduce the risk of infection   Spanish bus and coach manufacturer Irizar has announced it has launched two systems that aim to help UK operators protect passengers and drivers alike from coronavirus. Both systems can be easily installed to vehicles...
Old Oak Common station wins approval

Old Oak Common station wins approval

Green light for the largest new railway station in the UK     HS2’s Old Oak Common station received planning permission from the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) this week. The green light means that work can progress on building what will be the largest new railway station ever built in the...
TfL's Dial-a-Ride service adapts to pandemic

TfL’s Dial-a-Ride service adapts to pandemic

Operation steps up to coronavirus challenge     Transport for London’s Dial-a-ride service has revealed how it has adapted its service in order to support service users and local residents who are in need during the coronavirus pandemic. The operation usually offers a free door-to-door service for older people or those with disabilities who have...
UCL to help TfL review infections and deaths

UCL to help TfL review infections and deaths

Latest survey shows that the number of people happy to use transport as soon as restrictions are lifted has fallen   The range of measures that have been introduced to protect bus workers will be examined   Transport for London has asked University College London Institute of Health Equity to provide independent advice as part...
Welsh operator warns on financial pressures

Welsh operator warns on financial pressures

NAT Group says the need for social distancing is making things ‘very difficult financially’     Welsh bus and coach operator NAT Group has warned of the huge financial pressures that the sector is facing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes as the South Wales operator and ComfortDelGro subsidiary said it...
Growing caution over return to public transport

Growing caution over return to public transport

Latest survey shows that the number of people happy to use transport as soon as restrictions are lifted has fallen     Four out of ten people say they won’t use public transport again until they feel safe in the latest survey findings from Transport Focus. The latest survey of 2,000 people from the independent...
Post-pandemic passenger transport - a new world

Post-pandemic passenger transport – a new world

  When we enter the ‘new normal’, our passenger transport services could be very different   Both the secretary of state for transport and the prime minister have told the travelling public not to use passenger transport   There is much speculation about the impact of coronavirus on passenger transport services. Currently, everyone is being...
Long waits for rail season ticket refunds

Long waits for rail season ticket refunds

Transport Focus survey finds that almost 60% of rail season ticket holders who have requested a refund have got it, but some are still waiting after six weeks   Transport Focus is calling for train operators to communicate clearly with their customers   Some rail passengers are waiting six weeks or more for a refund...
ADL unveils vision for 10,000 clean buses

ADL unveils vision for 10,000 clean buses

Bus builder wants to lock in benefits of improved air quality in UK towns and cities, and return investment in new buses to traditional levels   ADL says that battery electric buses are “available in volume supported by proven expertise in rolling out fleets”, but hydrogen buses “will play a role”   Britain’s largest bus...