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SPT calls for urgent financial assistance

SPT calls for urgent financial assistance

Transport partnership highlights financial support for rail systems in England     Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has warned it faces significant financial challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic unless it receives financial assistance from Transport Scotland. During the pandemic, SPT has continued to operate Subway services and maintain strategically necessary bus services...
Omnibus enhances stop information package

Omnibus enhances stop information package

More than 20 individual changes to the software to enable operators to rapidly update their publicity     Tech specialist Omnibus has updated its bus stop and station information display software package to make it easier to use as a result of feedback from customers. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many bus operators...
Watchdog calls for urgent rail fares reform

Watchdog calls for urgent rail fares reform

Flexible season tickets or carnets could help people returning to work part-time and suit the way people travel now   End of the Monday-Friday commute? Half of people told the latest Transport Focus survey that they expect to work from home more often in the future   Transport Focus has written to the transport secretary...
ITT Hub 2021 launches weekly podcasts

ITT Hub 2021 launches weekly podcasts

Run-up to the show in May 2021 will see a series of podcasts     Organisers of ITT Hub have announced the launch of a series of regular new podcasts featuring business leaders and industry personalities. The first podcast “Lunch with Leon” hosted by Leon Daniels, the former managing director of surface transport at Transport...
E-scooter rental trials get green light

E-scooter rental trials get green light

Users will have chance to test devices while government assesses their impact on public spaces and the environment     New regulations allowing trials of rental e-scooters will come into force this weekend, transport minister Rachel Maclean has announced. The first trials are expected to begin next week. Local authorities and devolved administrations hosting the...
ArrivaClick launches in Watford

ArrivaClick launches in Watford

Demand responsive bus service is latest scheme in Watford to promote alternative modes of transport   From today, the service will operate with three minibuses, at a reduced capacity of a maximum of four people at any one time   ArrivaClick has this week launched in Watford in order to deliver “a safe, reliable and...
'Buses are central to delivering New Deal'

‘Buses are central to delivering New Deal’

CPT boss says National Infrastructure Strategy is an opportunity to ensure that buses are given priority   Boris Johnson speaking in Dudley this week   Boris Johnson set out the first steps in the strategy to “rebuild Britain and fuel economic recovery across the UK” in a speech in Dudley on June 30. Before the...
Grand Central announces ‘measured’ restart

Grand Central announces ‘measured’ restart

‘Vital services’ to relaunch later this month     Train operator Grand Central has announced a ‘measured’ return to service following a four-month period of hibernation during the Covid-19 lockdown. As an open access operator, Grand Central does not receive government funding and relies on tickets sales. The company will relaunch services on its West...
£46.7m for Scottish bus services

£46.7m for Scottish bus services

Funding boost has been welcomed by bus operators Michael Matheson   The Scottish Government has approved additional expenditure of £46.7m to support bus operators as the country comes out of lockdown. Bus travel typically accounts for just under three quarters of all public transport journeys but this has fallen substantially as a result of the...
FlixBus confirms UK network launch

FlixBus confirms UK network launch

Firm aims to be UK market leader by 2025   FlixBus will launch UK services on four routes from tomorrow   Growing international coach operator FlixBus has confirmed rumours surrounding plans to launch an assault on the UK market with the announcement it will commence services tomorrow on several routes from London. Last year, the...
First signs of COVID-19 effect in bus stats

First signs of COVID-19 effect in bus stats

Passenger numbers down by 13% in January-March quarter. Chris Cheek offers his analysis Bus patronage in Great Britain over the past 10 years   The downward trend in bus demand in Great Britain accelerated in the quarter ended March 31, falling by 13%, according to statistics published by the Department for Transport. The fall includes...
Confidence in public transport slips further

Confidence in public transport slips further

39% say they will use public transport less once all restrictions are lifted, with 65% of those predicting a switch to car     The current advice to avoid public transport could have far-reaching implications on the way we travel, long after the Covid-19 lockdown ends, according to a representative survey of 1,500 adult UK...