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Abellio to pay ‘heroic’ £3.7bn Anglia premium

Abellio to pay ‘heroic’ £3.7bn Anglia premium

Dutch group named as preferred bidder for the new East Anglia franchise – but nine-year deal requires it to pay the government a £3.7bn premium   383 electric and bi-mode vehicles will be supplied by Switzerland’s Stadler   Abellio has committed to a £3.7bn premium and a 93% performance target in its winning bid for...
Now another Welsh bus operator folds

Now another Welsh bus operator folds

Financial concerns lead another Welsh operator to shut down   Lewis Coaches of Llanrhystud, south of Aberystwyth, had operated for more than 35 years   Ceredigion-based Lewis Coaches ceased to trade on Friday last week, becoming the third bus operator in Wales to close this summer. Lewis Coaches of Llanrhystud, south of Aberystwyth, had operated...
RATP launches shared ride-to-work service

RATP launches shared ride-to-work service

‘Slide’, an app-based travel solution developed by RATP Dev, launched exclusively in Bristol this week and is the first service of its kind in the UK   Slide Bristol fares ‘only cost a little more than taking the bus’   RATP Dev has ventured into the world of app-based personal mobility with the launch of...
Lothian is on-track for East Coast launch

Lothian is on-track for East Coast launch

Council-owned firm announces details of East Lothian network   East Coast Buses will launch on August 14   Lothian Buses has announced timetable and fare details of its new East Coast Buses subsidiary which will launch on August 14. The new operation has been created to take on the Musselburgh and North Berwick depots of...
Electrification sees rail overcrowding easing

Electrification sees rail overcrowding easing

Crush reduces slightly on Manchester trains following investment   The introduction of four-car Class 319 EMUs has increased capacity between Liverpool and Manchester   The commuter crush on trains into and out of Manchester appears to be easing off as the North West Electrification scheme begins to make its mark. The Department for Transport’s latest...
Khan seeks immediate control over Southern

Khan seeks immediate control over Southern

London mayor calls for a Transport for London management team to be put in charge of the ‘failing’ Southern service, until problems are resolved   Sadiq Khan: ‘There is no doubt that the franchise must now be in default’   London mayor Sadiq Khan this week called for a Transport for London management team to...
‘Transport investment more crucial after vote’

‘Transport investment more crucial after vote’

Transport secretary reiterated the case for £55bn HS2 project     Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has reiterated the importance of continuing to invest in transport infrastructure, following the economic and political uncertainty created by the vote to leave the European Union. Speaking at last week’s National Infrastructure Forum event in London, he acknowledged that the...
Belfast buses enjoy passenger growth

Belfast buses enjoy passenger growth

Bus use in England’s metropolitan areas declined 3.1% in 2015/16, but Northern Ireland’s capital saw a marginal increase. Rhodri Clark reports   Belfast’s Metro bus services carried 85,000 more passengers   Belfast’s Metro bus services experienced a growth in passengers last year, primarily driven by investment in the Belfast Rapid Transit scheme and promotional campaigns....
First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows

First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows

UK bus revenue growth in first half of group’s financial year was almost completely wiped out in the second half. Rail also experienced slowdown   FirstGroup is considering the closure of one of its six Manchester depots   FirstGroup will consider closing one of its Manchester depots in a new round of cost cuts at...
ScotRail faces summer of industrial action

ScotRail faces summer of industrial action

Conductors’ strikes over extension of driver controlled operation spread to ScotRail in echo of dispute between RMT and Govia Thameslink Railway   Visualisation of ScotRail’s new AT200 trains ScotRail is facing a summer of industrial action after the RMT union called conductors’ strikes on seven days from June 21 to July 17 over the company’s plans...
HackTrain: The force is with them

HackTrain: The force is with them

Infectious enthusiasm and bright ideas were on display at last week’s HackTrain Conference. But there were also some difficult questions for the rail industry     This was a transport conference like no other. The presentations were positive and pacey, and many of the speakers held lightsabres as they addressed an audience of 250 in...
Congestion is a ‘disease’ that could kill buses

Congestion is a ‘disease’ that could kill buses

Author of new report on the impact of congestion on bus passengers says Bus Services Bill should encourage setting of targets for average bus speeds   Buses in rush hour in Manchester city centre   “Traffic congestion is a disease which if left unchecked will destroy the bus sector,” warns Professor David Begg in a...