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Big guns back bus regulation

Big guns back bus regulation

On visits to Manchester, chancellor George Osborne agrees bus franchising powers for new mayor and opposition leader Ed Miliband backs adoption of London-style regulation   Pictured: George Osborne during his visit to Greater Manchester last week   The Conservative and Labour parties have each issued strong statements of support for moves to reverse bus deregulation...
Carne vision to deliver ETCS 30 years early

Carne vision to deliver ETCS 30 years early

Network Rail boss is challenging his colleagues to implement the digital European Train Control System nationwide much earlier than planned   Pictured: Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne   Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has set out an aspiration for signalling across the British railway network to be replaced by digital European Train Control...
Project efficiencies fund station innovation

Project efficiencies fund station innovation

Network Rail and Merseyrail partnered to find savings   Pictured: A visualisation of the planned platform at Hamilton Square station   Network Rail is including new approaches to improve customer experience in the £4m refurbishment of Hamilton Square station, funded by project efficiencies agreed with train operator Merseyrail. The funding has been freed up by Merseyrail...
ScotRail franchise win ‘a huge day for Abellio’

ScotRail franchise win ‘a huge day for Abellio’

Contract win makes Dutch group the UK’s second largest train operator as it emerges that quality played a significant part in the franchise award     Abellio has won the new ScotRail franchise in a tight contest ahead of National Express and FirstGroup. MTR and Arriva were the other two bidders. The 10-year contract awarded by...
Go-Ahead in the race for Singapore contract

Go-Ahead in the race for Singapore contract

City state launches search for operators as part of bus shake up     Go-Ahead Group is eyeing expansion into Singapore where the government has just put its first bus contract out to tender using a model based largely on methods used in London. The Singapore Land Transport Authority has highlighted an expectation of strong...
Best of the best: awards shortlist is revealed

Best of the best: awards shortlist is revealed

Almost 100 finalists have made the shortlist for this year’s prestigious UK Bus Awards, with the final winners set to be revealed on November 18     Arriva and FirstGroup have set the pace for this year’s prestigious UK Bus Awards by gaining the most shortlisted entries. The two groups have tied to achieve the most...
Creagh’s ‘full support’ for Quality Contracts

Creagh’s ‘full support’ for Quality Contracts

Shadow transport secretary pays tribute to efforts to re-regulate buses in Tyne & Wear and West Yorkshire. ‘I wish them luck,’ she tells conference     Plans to use Quality Contracts to re-regulate buses in Tyne & Wear and West Yorkshire have been boosted by unequivocal support from shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh last week....
Class 700 Thameslink train on show in Berlin

Class 700 Thameslink train on show in Berlin

Three fully-assembled cars for the new Class 700 train were among 145 rail vehicles exhibited at last week’s InnoTrans show in the German capital     Siemens exhibited the new Thameslink Class 700 train for the first time at the InnoTrans show in Berlin last week, with a launch event led by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin....
Whatever the result, devolution has won

Whatever the result, devolution has won

Scottish referendum has let the devolution genie out of the bottle, and the implications will be huge     The passenger transport sector is wrestling with the broad implications of this week’s Scottish independence referendum. As Passenger Transport went to press the result of the ballot was not yet known, but whether or not Scots...
National Express exits German coach business

National Express exits German coach business

25-vehicle city2city operation faced ferocious competition     National Express Group is to close its German city2city coach business in October, 18 months after it started, due to ferocious competition from five rival operators. The company had grown steadily to run 25 vehicles on routes connecting Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg. However, a final attempt...
Northern franchise will reflect ‘angry’ feedback

Northern franchise will reflect ‘angry’ feedback

DfT franchising director Peter Wilkinson stands by franchise consultation. ‘We asked tough questions and yes they will get some people angry,’ he says     The Department for Transport has pledged that it will design the next Northern Rail franchise around the responses to its contentious consultation which included suggestions for ‘trade-offs’ to help modernise the...
On-bus audio visual is ‘pitiful’ outside London

On-bus audio visual is ‘pitiful’ outside London

Guide Dogs chief criticises lack of action by operators     The chief executive of Guide Dogs has praised the audio visual equipment on buses in London as “amazing”, but has slammed the “pitiful” provision elsewhere. “We have some horrific statistics of the number of people with sight loss who have been left on a...