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Burchell quits Arriva for energy sector role

Burchell quits Arriva for energy sector role

David Brown named as successor   Chris Burchell   Arriva has announced that Chris Burchell, managing director of the group’s UK rail division, will leave his role in October to join energy supplier SSE where he will take on the role of managing director of distribution. He will be succeeded on an interim basis by...
Rail restoration schemes move forward

Rail restoration schemes move forward

Ten schemes win share of funding pot to develop schemes   This summer South Western Railway ran a special fact-finding train to investigate the potential for re-opening the Fawley to Totton line   The Department for Transport has revealed the rail restoration schemes that have successfully passed the first hurdle in the inaugural round of...
Why are we arguing?

Why are we arguing?

  There are extremes on both sides of the face covering debate   The only people who have the power to challenge someone not wearing a face covering are the police   We seem to have become a nation divided into ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ face coverings, with both sides unwilling to let others make their...
Merseyrail's landmark cover up

Merseyrail’s landmark cover up

Train operator launches new campaign to highlight face coverings     Merseyrail has gone one step further to reinforce the message to customers by “covering up” five of its trains. A large yellow face covering has been added to the outside of five of the rail operator’s trains alongside the message “Have you got it...
Freeman quits First West of England

Freeman quits First West of England

James Freeman has announced he will retire next May     James Freeman, who rose from bus conductor to becoming managing director of First West of England, has announced that he is retiring from the business next May. Freeman, who lives in Bath, has overseen a major transformation of the bus company in the region...
TfWLab reveals second cohort

TfWLab reveals second cohort

New batch of talented start-ups for KeolisAmey Wales innovation programme     KeolisAmey Wales, the parent company of Transport for Wales Rail Services and AltLabs have revealed the 11 companies who will take part in the second cohort of the innovative Lab by Transport for Wales (TFWLab) programme. Having been chosen from over 100 entries...
Go North East's £4.5m bus fleet

Go North East’s £4.5m bus fleet

Move sees two routes moved over to premium X-lines brand   Bus operator Go North East has announced a £4.5m investment in new buses for its routes between Consett, Gateshead and Newcastle. They will be used to upgrade the X70 and X71 routes, which are the latest to join the company’s premium X-lines brand, and...
A late night for Martijn

A late night for Martijn

Go North East puts new bus into service on the stroke of midnight   As the clock ticked over to a new month at 00:01 on Tuesday 1st September, bus operator Go North East put into service what is believed to be the UK’s first 70 plate bus as the new registration mark period started....
Boost for Beachcomber open toppers

Boost for Beachcomber open toppers

Scarborough open top bus season extended as UK holidays boom     The boom in people holidaying in the UK rather than abroad means that bus operator East Yorkshire has extended its Beachcomber open-top service in Scarborough into the autumn. The popular Beachcomber buses were due to finish for the year on 6 September, but...
NatEx highlights congestion impact

NatEx highlights congestion impact

Buses in the West Midlands running far smoother post-lockdown     The latest data from National Express West Midlands (NXWM) shows that bus journeys across the region are taking half as much time as they did before the lockdown. NXWM says in the morning peak, less than 2% of buses are late in current conditions....
Greater Anglia delivers on punctuality pledge

Greater Anglia delivers on punctuality pledge

Partnership working a factor in improvement   Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s MD   Train operator Greater Anglia says it has succeeded in its pledge to work towards improving the punctuality of its services. It follows the news that it has recorded punctuality results in excess of 90% for the last six months. In March, Managing...
HS2 heralds formal start of construction

HS2 heralds formal start of construction

Major milestone for Europe’s largest infrastructure project follows approval for Notice to Proceed in April   Construction underway at the South Portal Site   HS2 Ltd has today announced the formal start of construction on the project and highlighted the jobs the project will create in the coming months and years. Earlier this year, on...