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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...
Passenger Transport: Covid-19 statement

Passenger Transport: Covid-19 statement

  COVID-19 STATEMENT Magazine will be temporarily suspended, but we will be online Subscribers will see their subscriptions extended accordingly We will return in a strong position At this difficult time our thoughts are with our friends and colleagues across the UK and around the world. We are especially mindful of the hugely important efforts...
Will office culture be a thing of the past?

Will office culture be a thing of the past?

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   I’m going to break the habit of a lifetime and on this occasion will refrain from any grumbling. The situation we face today is too serious and any grumbling from me, no...
Shapps - bus rescue package is days away

Shapps – bus rescue package is days away

Shapps tells MPs that bus sector is next in line for help, and writes letter to CPT boss Graham Vidler   Shapps said that the plight of smaller bus operators was a particular concern   Transport secretary Grant Shapps told MPs this week that buses would be the next sector to have a specific deal...
Emergency support for the Scottish bus industry

Emergency support for the Scottish bus industry

Concessionary travel reimbursement and Bus Service Operator Grant payments to be maintained at the levels forecasted prior to the impact of COVID-19     The Scottish Government has announced that it will provide bus operators with additional financial assistance to maintain essential services. This is intended to offset the impact that reduced demand is having...
Bus companies offer free travel to NHS staff

Bus companies offer free travel to NHS staff

Edwards Coaches and Warrington’s Own Buses offer support to healthcare workers during period of “uncertainty and angst”     Two bus operators are offering free travel to NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic. South Wales-based Edwards Coaches has been offering free travel on its local bus services to NHS staff since March 23. The services...
How will coronavirus change transport?

How will coronavirus change transport?

  The severe restrictions placed on the UK population may have legacy benefits     We are living in strange times in which a Conservative government is delivering a socialist agenda, complete with temporary nationalisation of the railways and wholesale centralised funding to retain jobs across the economy. This has presented lots of challenges to...
FirstGroup and Stagecoach updates

FirstGroup and Stagecoach updates

Groups reveal precipitous declines in passenger volumes resulting from the response to Covid-19     Passenger transport groups FirstGroup and Stagecoach have this morning published new figures revealing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their businesses. Both groups warned investors that they are not yet able to predict how it will effect their financial...
Rail franchise agreements suspended

Rail franchise agreements suspended

Train operating companies will continue to run services day-to-day for “a small predetermined management fee”     The Department for Transport announced this morning that it will temporarily suspend normal franchise agreements and transfer all revenue and cost risk to the government for a limited period, initially six months. Britain’s train operating companies will continue...
Bus operators urge action to prevent job losses

Bus operators urge action to prevent job losses

Britain’s bus operators today warn that tens of thousands of jobs could go within weeks unless the government agrees an immediate £1bn rescue package     Ministers are being urged to get behind the industry now or risk the decimation of a national bus network that is getting critical sector employees to work during the...
Lost passenger income could reach £3bn

Lost passenger income could reach £3bn

Government measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus are already impacting on demand for public transport – with predictions that passenger volumes could reduce by three-quarters     The coronavirus pandemic could deprive the UK’s passenger transport sector of around £3bn of revenues in the next three months. Amid government advice to only make essential...