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New routes for buses: the Bus Services Bill

New routes for buses: the Bus Services Bill

England’s Bus Services Bill promises to deliver greater choice, greater flexibility and greater growth   MHD Partnership’s vision of what a franchised bus service could look like in Greater Manchester could become a reality as soon as 2018   Orange buses look set to return to Greater Manchester following the publication of the Bus Services...
Full competition inquiry into Northern franchise

Full competition inquiry into Northern franchise

Watchdog concerned by bus and rail overlaps   Visualisation of a new Northern Rail train   The Competition and Markets Authority has called a full ‘Phase 2’ inquiry into the reduced competition between public transport services resulting from Arriva’s takeover of the Northern rail franchise in April. It means Arriva faces an in-depth route-by-route investigation...
Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan

Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan

New mayor wants to set up a Transport for London commercial arm with the ability to operate local transport services in London, the UK and abroad   Sadiq Khan arrives at London Bridge Tube station on his first day at City Hall (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images)   London’s newly elected mayor, Sadiq Khan,...
‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

ALBUM chairman predicts large groups will be forced to withdraw from less profitable areas, opening up expansion opportunities for smaller rivals   Midland Classic is in talks to take over Arriva’s operation in Burton-on-Trent   With powers contained in the forthcoming Buses Bill enabling the introduction of bus franchising in England’s city regions, large groups...
CILT members vote to remain in EU

CILT members vote to remain in EU

Survey finds that 64% say that as individuals they think the UK should remain in union     Almost two-thirds of members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport believe that the UK should remain in the EU. A recent survey asked members whether they thought as an individual the UK should remain in...
Groups sought powers to hold NR to account

Groups sought powers to hold NR to account

Arriva, Go-Ahead and National Express denied punitive powers, including the right to withhold payments, in final Shaw review recommendations   Go-Ahead said concentrating on enhancements left a ‘capability drain’ in core areas   The Shaw review’s proposals to create a more effective working relationship between train operators and Network Rail fell short of providing operators...
‘Flabby’ TfL can fund my fare freeze - Khan

‘Flabby’ TfL can fund my fare freeze – Khan

Favourite to win mayoral election says he would fund fares freeze by cutting waste at Transport for London, and by taking bus contracts in-house   Labour candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan speaking at a debate in London this week   Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for the London mayoral election, has set out plans for...
TransPennine to bring in three new train fleets

TransPennine to bring in three new train fleets

Overall fleet size will rise by two-thirds after trains are delivered   AT300s are due to be delivered in June 2019   FirstGroup has announced an order for 19 five-car Hitachi AT300 bi-mode trains for its new TransPennine Express franchise – one of three new fleets the operator will introduce. The AT300s are due to...
Are traders waking up to value of buses?

Are traders waking up to value of buses?

There are also signs in some other town and city centres that shopkeepers are increasingly aware of the value of buses. Rhodri Clark reports   Newport Transport has returned to the High Street   Buses are returning to a pedestrianised area of Newport, South Wales, in response to campaigning by local traders. There are also...
Arriva wins London Overground contract

Arriva wins London Overground contract

Deutsche Bahn-owned group sees off competition from Go-Ahead/Keolis, MTR and Metroline Rail to capture £1.5bn Transport for London contract   A London Overground train at Haggerston station   Arriva has won the new contract to operate London Overground services, seeing off competition from its current joint venture partner MTR as well as Go-Ahead/Keolis and new...
Cardiff Bus to transfer services to sister firm

Cardiff Bus to transfer services to sister firm

In the face of increased competition on core routes, local authority-owned Cardiff Bus is setting up a new low-cost operation. Rhodri Clark reports   One of Cardiff Bus’s older vehicles. A candidate for the VBL fleet?    Cardiff Bus is preparing to transfer some of its services to a sister company which will have lower...
Osborne ‘green light’ for HS3 and Crossrail 2

Osborne ‘green light’ for HS3 and Crossrail 2

In his budget statement this week, the chancellor said he was accepting recommendations from the National Infrastructure Commission   George Osborne   Chancellor George Osborne has billed new government funding to develop Crossrail 2 in London and the HS3 route between Leeds and Manchester as giving the “green light” to both schemes. In his budget...