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‘Immigration reform risks labour shortage’

‘Immigration reform risks labour shortage’

Existing plans would require future migrants to show that their job pays more than £30k – shutting off opportunities to work in the bus industry     Plans to introduce a £30,000 annual salary threshold as part of a future immigration system risk a shortage of workers across the bus and coach industry, the Confederation...
Wrightbus delivers buses under new ownership

Wrightbus delivers buses under new ownership

The first 36 units of a 55 bus order have been delivered to FirstGroup   Left to right: Buta Atwal, chief executive at Wrightbus; Jo Bamford, executive chairman at Wrightbus; Jon Harman, head of fleet at FirstGroup UK Bus and John McLeister, sales and business development director at Wrightbus   Wrightbus has completed its first...
Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5

Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5

Dismay at Department for Transport’s suggestion that electric vehicles with green number plates could get cheap parking and access to bus lanes     Access to bus lanes and cheaper parking could be offered to motorists to encourage uptake of zero emission electric vehicles. This suggestion was put forward by the Department for Transport last...
Bamford on brink of deal to save Wrightbus

Bamford on brink of deal to save Wrightbus

Following a breakthough in talks last week, a team has been resident in the bus manufacturer’s factory in Ballymena, preparing to restart production   Frozen in time: A glimpse inside the dormant Wrightbus factory   At the time of writing the last stage in lifting Wrightbus more or less intact out of administration was awaiting...
Bold new vision for a billion more bus users

Bold new vision for a billion more bus users

The Confederation of Passenger Transport’s plan contains a range of new commitments from the industry and desired actions from government     Bus operators have unveiled a bold new strategy to improve services in England, help tackle climate change and get a billion more passenger journeys by bus by 2030. It contains a range of...
Translink networks record patronage boost

Translink networks record patronage boost

Passenger numbers have increased across Northern Ireland’s public transport networks according to new figures released by Translink   With the introduction of Glider services connecting East Belfast to West Belfast and to Titanic Quarter, Metro passenger journeys grew to over 30 million   Belfast’s Metro bus services recorded a 7.1% increase in passenger journeys last...
Scotland to spend £500m on bus priority

Scotland to spend £500m on bus priority

Bus operators welcome commitment to invest in improved infrastructure – ‘it is fantastic to see buses at the heart of the Scottish Government agenda’   First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with pictured Scottish bus operators ahead of the PfG announcement   The Scottish Government this week announced a “landmark investment” of £500m to improve bus infrastructure...
Boris Johnson - I will transform bus services

Boris Johnson – I will transform bus services

Prime minister Boris Johnson declared his love for buses during a speech in Manchester and pledged to support delivery of ‘London style bus system’     Prime minister Boris Johnson declared local bus services to be among his government’s domestic priorities in a speech in Manchester last month. Johnson told an audience at the city’s...
Wrightbus reviews its options for the future

Wrightbus reviews its options for the future

Company appoints Deloitte to advise on investment options     Ballymena-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus has appointed financial advisors Deloitte to find potential investors. It is understood that this could also ultimately lead to a sale. A number of turnaround funds have been approached to canvas their interest in ploughing tens of millions of pounds into...
Go-Ahead to spend £3m on Manchester operation

Go-Ahead to spend £3m on Manchester operation

Group sets out priorities for Go North West   David Cutts, left. David Brown, right   Go-Ahead has announced plans to invest £3m in its recently acquired bus operation in Greater Manchester. Formally launching the new Go North West operation at a special stakeholder event this week, group chief executive David Brown committed to the...
Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’

Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’

Group explores open access opportunities in Spanish rail market   Virgin is expected to hand back the keys to the West Coast franchise next year   Virgin Group says it intends to explore opportunities outside the UK following the collapse of its bid to operate the West Coast Partnership franchise with Stagecoach and SNCF. It...
FirstGroup coup fails, but chairman departs

FirstGroup coup fails, but chairman departs

Shareholders decline Coast Capital’s proposals, but Wolfhart Hauser leaves the group following ‘a very clear shot across the bows of the board’   Wolfhart Hauser   FirstGroup avoided an overhaul of its current board of directors after shareholders this week voted against proposals put forward by activist investor Coast Capital. All of the resolutions put...