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Stagecoach bid £900m more for East Coast

Stagecoach bid £900m more for East Coast

Winning bid from Stagecoach/Virgin includes far more ambitious schedule of premium payments to Department for Transport than offered by rivals   Artist’s impression of an IEP train in Virgin branding   Stagecoach/Virgin has won the new intercity East Coast rail franchise with a commitment to pay the Department for Transport £3.3bn in premium payments over...
Howarth finds buyers for limping Greyhound

Howarth finds buyers for limping Greyhound

Weeks of speculation about the future of Cornish independent operator Western Greyhound have ended with the news the business has been sold   Western Greyhound’s Mark Howarth is pictured with a Plymouth Citybus vehicle in Liskeard   Weeks of speculation about the future of Cornish independent operator Western Greyhound have ended with the announcement of...
Rapid transit for Wales by 2020 - bus or rail?

Rapid transit for Wales by 2020 – bus or rail?

The Welsh Government expects to implement a 13-mile ‘rapid transit link’ by 2020, but is undecided on the transport mode. Rhodri Clark reports   Cardiff’s City Line provides a right of way through the inner suburb of Canton but its use for light rail might require tram-train technology, since the City Line is earmarked for...
Rail plans first national campaign since BR

Rail plans first national campaign since BR

Rail Delivery Group is working on post-privatisation railway’s first national advertising campaign, focusing on growth, future ambitions and wider role     The Rail Delivery Group has started drawing up plans for the first national campaign to promote the rail industry since privatisation. Current thinking is that the multi-media advertising and promotion will focus on...
NCT crowned UK bus operator of the year

NCT crowned UK bus operator of the year

Nottingham City Transport wins the top prize for the second time in three years while Arriva leads the major groups by winning total of nine awards   Pictured: The Nottingham City Transport managing director Mark Fowles   Nottingham City Transport was again crowned Operator of the Year at last week’s UK Bus Awards in London....
Wales-wide smart ticketing abandoned

Wales-wide smart ticketing abandoned

The Welsh Government is no longer working on its GoCymru-branded nationwide bus and rail smartcard for Wales. Rhodri Clark reports   Pictured: Newport Transport’s freedom smartcard   The Welsh Government has revealed it is no longer actively implementing a nationwide smartcard for buses and trains. In the week that Abellio predicted that one in three...
Eurostar increases e320 order as it unveils train

Eurostar increases e320 order as it unveils train

Certification alongside new Deutsche Bahn ICE trains will assist German national operator in starting services through the Channel Tunnel   Pictured: Eurostar chief executive Nicolas Petrovic at St Pancras with the new e320 train   Eurostar has added an extra seven trainsets to its initial order for 10 new generation e320 trains. The announcement was made at the...
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...