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UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

Transport minister Andrew Jones told this month’s ‘UK Bus Summit’ that the bus sector must end its reliance on public funding   Andrew Jones: ‘An industry which requires public subsidy is not an industry which has a healthy, robust, sustainable future’   The government will not provide extra funding to prevent the further erosion of...
Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

It is unclear at present whether Network Rail will be allowed to retain ‘some, all or none’ of the £1.8bn it plans to raise from property sales   Redeveloped: A restaurant in a railway arch in Vauxhall, London   Network Rail’s plans to raise £1.8bn from property sales to help offset cost increases in infrastructure enhancement...
‘Economy not to blame for falling bus growth’

‘Economy not to blame for falling bus growth’

Downbeat assessment of UK’s regional bus market concludes that weak bus usage trends have existed for many years, and are unlikely to end soon   Investing in buses: Stagecoach North East is to launch a new service between Sunderland and Newcastle next week   Regional bus revenue growth at the UK’s largest operators will remain...
Crossrail denies delivery date risk

Crossrail denies delivery date risk

A number of contractors are understood to be requesting additional payments     Crossrail Ltd has denied that negotiations with contractors fitting signalling and electrical systems and facilities on the new cross-London rail route are putting on-time delivery of the £14.8bn scheme at risk. It is understood that a number of contractors have told Crossrail...
DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul

DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul

Trials represent breakthrough in persuading ministers to consider revising historic regulations which prevent better value, fairer and simpler tickets   Paul Maynard   The Rail Delivery Group is intending to define a “a whole new territory” for rail fares in a series of pilot projects agreed with the government. Industry sources told Passenger Transport that...
National Express exits, Trenitalia enters

National Express exits, Trenitalia enters

UK group agrees deal to sell c2c franchise to Italian state railway     National Express Group has agreed a £70m deal to sell its c2c franchise to Trenitalia, the Italian state railway company. The deal marks the departure of National Express from the UK passenger rail market. The group was once the market leader,...
Southern strikes have cost DfT £65m - so far

Southern strikes have cost DfT £65m – so far

Franchise holder Go-Ahead has revealed figures that suggest £50m in lost revenue, in addition to £15m already set aside for ‘hardship’ compensation     The industrial dispute by guards and drivers on the Southern network is estimated to have cost the Department for Transport a total of £65m since June – and with no sign...
Bus Users blasts NHS chief’s bus pass plan

Bus Users blasts NHS chief’s bus pass plan

Simon Stevens suggests bus pass funding should move to care     Passenger lobby group Bus Users has hit out at suggestions made by the chief executive of NHS England that free buses should be phased out in favour of extra funding for social care. Simon Stevens told MPs on the communities and local government...
Brexit: ‘Economy is our main concern’

Brexit: ‘Economy is our main concern’

Bernard Tabary of Keolis and Manfred Rudhart of Arriva see no post-referendum threat to their continued involvement in UK passenger transport   Bernard Tabary (pictured left) and Manfred Rudhart (right)   Two of the world’s largest multi-national passenger transport groups see no hurdles to their future involvement in the UK in the wake of this...
‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide

‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide

Chief executive Tim O’Toole says profit margins at some of the group’s regional bus operations ‘are simply unsustainable’ and action is required   UK Bus operating profit margins have fallen to 3.2%   FirstGroup has instructed all its UK bus businesses to draw up and accelerate plans to cut costs and revise timetables in a...
ASLEF raises safety issues after tram crash

ASLEF raises safety issues after tram crash

Drivers’ union raises questions in wake of first tram crash in the UK causing passenger fatalities since 1959, as interim report is published by RAIB   ASLEF pointed out that the crash could not have occurred on the mainline railway   Train drivers’ union ASLEF and MPs have called for the investigation into the Croydon...
NCT crowned bus operator of the year

NCT crowned bus operator of the year

Local authority-owned company wins top prize just two years since it last won the coveted title in a competition dominated by ALBUM members   The Nottingham City Transport team at this week’s UK Bus Awards   Nottingham City Transport was crowned Operator of the Year at this week’s UK Bus Awards in London. The local...