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£2.7bn plan for links to HS2 hub at Toton

£2.7bn plan for links to HS2 hub at Toton

Plan unveils new bus, rail and tram connections to the HS2 East Midlands Hub for over 20 villages, towns and cities   Phase Three of the transport plan   A £2.7bn transport plan to guarantee fast, frequent connections to the HS2 East Midlands Hub station at Toton has been published, promising to spearhead the region’s...
'We see a lasting effect of the COVID-19 pandemic'

‘We see a lasting effect of the COVID-19 pandemic’

Stagecoach braced for long recovery period. Go-Ahead expects bus profits to plunge outside London. FirstGroup reveals details of government’s £254m support package for buses in England     Three UK passenger transport group statements published over the past week have shed light on how bus and rail businesses are performing during the coronavirus pandemic and...
Transdev set to boost operations

Transdev set to boost operations

Operator emphasises it is ‘clean, safe and ready to go’     As the coronavirus lockdown lifts, Transdev Blzefield has announced timetables on many of its services will be revised from this weekend. The move will see additional journeys and extra buses introduced at busy times, to allow more room for social distancing on board,...
Byford confirmed as transport commissioner

Byford confirmed as transport commissioner

Andy Byford to join TfL next month   Andy Byford during his time as chief executive of the Toronto Transit Commission   Sadiq Khan and the board of Transport for London have confirmed months of speculation with the news they have appointed Andy Byford as London’s transport commissioner. It follows an international recruitment and selection...
The baseline bus network - a new beginning?

The baseline bus network – a new beginning?

Dai Powell explains why support provided to the bus industry by government during the coronavirus pandemic may have implications for transport policy afterwards   Dai Powell   It can take the darkest of times to shine a light on what really matters – and there can be no mistaking that these are the darkest of...
£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 services in England “as quickly...
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 before” you can bet your...
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...