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National Express leads way on Living Wage

National Express leads way on Living Wage

Commitment will benefit 700 staff at group’s bus, coach and rail business in the UK and ‘lays down a marker’ for others in transport sector to follow     National Express has become the first private sector UK transport group to commit to paying all employees the Living Wage. The commitment covers all staff employed...
SWT deal will enable £50m of improvements

SWT deal will enable £50m of improvements

The Department for Transport and South West Trains have agreed a major package of customer service improvements under amended franchise deal   Tim Shoveller, chief executive of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, and rail minister Claire Perry mark the deal   South West Trains and the Department for Transport have agreed a deal for...
First swoops as limping Greyhound shuts down

First swoops as limping Greyhound shuts down

Insurance-related financial  issues see Western Greyhound collapse as FirstGroup makes a grab for the bulk of the operator’s network in Cornwall   First has leased former Western Greyhound vehicles (Picture: Dave Godley)   FirstGroup has swooped on the network of Western Greyhound, just days after the Cornish independent bus operator was forced to cease all...
ScotRail alliance sees Verster join as MD

ScotRail alliance sees Verster join as MD

Abellio and Network Rail have announced plans to enter into an alliance and revealed Phil Verster as the train operator’s new managing director     ScotRail managing director Steve Montgomery is to leave the train operator in May, just a week after Abellio announced he would remain in the post as part of its new...
Mayors to debate transport issues

Mayors to debate transport issues

30 mayors from around the world invited to attend UITP World Congress     UITP secretary general Alain Flausch met with the mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, last week to announce a joint initiative to invite 30 mayors from some of the world’s largest cities to attend the upcoming UITP World Congress & Exhibition in...
First challenges airlines and Virgin East Coast

First challenges airlines and Virgin East Coast

Group says open access London-Edinburgh service would offer travellers ‘significantly lower’ fares than Virgin Trains East Coast, Easyjet and Ryanair   First’s existing open access operator, First Hull Trains   FirstGroup has applied to run 10 new open access services per day from London to Edinburgh on the East Coast Main Line. The proposal is...
Carne makes case for a more diverse workforce

Carne makes case for a more diverse workforce

Network Rail  must recruit more women and ethnic minorities   Network Rail apprentices. Pictured in 2011   Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has called on the rail industry to target significant improvements in workforce safety and the recruitment of more women and ethnic minorities as part of a major culture change programme. He said...
Labour turns up the heat on private sector

Labour turns up the heat on private sector

Shadow transport secretary says Labour will ‘bin’ rail franchising system and calls Stagecoach executives ‘boneheads’ for stance on bus regulation     The Labour Party has indicated that it would begin the process of reforming bus and rail industry legislation to provide options for greater public sector control immediately “on Day 1” if elected to...
Brown: Ability to adapt is key to our survival

Brown: Ability to adapt is key to our survival

Go-Ahead points to record in helping local authorities to deliver their objectives at low cost in making the case for voluntary bus partnerships     Go-Ahead has predicted that the ability to adapt services to meet local authority policies along with building strong reputations in local communities will define whether bus companies survive. At the...
Osborne floats devolved Rail South West agenda

Osborne floats devolved Rail South West agenda

Chancellor George Osborne has challenged councils in the south west of England to come together and create new body to oversee local transport     Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the government is exploring the case for creating a “dedicated Devon and Cornwall rail franchise for the south west of England”. The announcement came...
‘Rail users are still treated as criminals’

‘Rail users are still treated as criminals’

Revenue protection must join 21st Century, says Passenger Focus     Passenger Focus has called for an overhaul of the way the rail industry deals with passengers who make innocent mistakes when buying tickets in order to provide customer service fit for the 21st Century. In a new investigation into the issue, the watchdog concluded...
DfT review to examine role for bus franchising

DfT review to examine role for bus franchising

Department for Transport asks KPMG to consider if franchising might be an appropriate model for buses, and whether candidate locations exist   Nexus is seeking to take control of bus services in the North East   The government is seeking to enhance its understanding of bus market dynamics in response to growing interest in regulatory...