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Scotland moves ahead with free travel plan

Scotland moves ahead with free travel plan

Draft legislation will facilitate free bus travel for young people   Matheson: ‘Not only is this good news for young people, it’s good news for bus operators’   The Scottish Government is making preparations to extend free bus travel to all young people under the age of 19 who reside in Scotland. Once the scheme...
TfL action on face coverings

TfL action on face coverings

Hard line taken against minority flouting face covering regulations   Around 1,700 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to those who have travelled on the network without a face covering and who are not exempt   Transport for London has stepped up its enforcement of face coverings seven months after the measure became mandatory on...
Former colleagues remember Brian Cox

Former colleagues remember Brian Cox

Former Stagecoach director was ‘one of the good guys’   With over 30 years’ public transport experience before his retirement in 2002, Cox was one of the few people to have worked in both buses and trains under nationalised and privatised regimes.   Former colleagues of Brian Cox have paid tribute to the former Stagecoach...
‘We must make Covid a defining moment’

‘We must make Covid a defining moment’

Bus operators see opportunity to deliver ‘fundamental changes’ that shift the dial in favour of public transport as minister praises sector’s response   Vere: ‘I am confident that public transport will … continue to make a huge contribution to a green and prosperous economy’   Bus operators have urged the government to use Covid as...
TfW reforms aim to beat pre-Covid income

TfW reforms aim to beat pre-Covid income

Direct operation of Wales and Borders rail franchise and a growing role in bus services aim to boost TfW’s revenue. Rhodri Clark reports   Transport for Wales felt a ‘reset’ was needed at Wales and Borders franchise in order to focus on delivery   Transport for Wales is aiming to exploit its direct operation of...
Stockton-Jones - ‘I am incredibly optimistic’

Stockton-Jones – ‘I am incredibly optimistic’

In her first interview since becoming Stagecoach’s UK managing director Carla Stockton-Jones explains why she remains positive about the future   Carla Stockton-Jones   Passenger numbers are about half what they were pre-Covid and the industry is dependent on life support government funding, but the boss of Britain’s biggest bus, coach and tram operator remains...
‘I’m spending money like water’ - minister

‘I’m spending money like water’ – minister

Baroness Vere remarks on ‘incredible’ scale of emergency funding and says national bus strategy will target non-users as well as existing ones   Baroness Vere (centre), pictured during a visit to York in September   Transport minister Baroness Vere offered an insight into her current thinking at an online event organised by Transport Focus this...
Go North East celebrates planners and schedulers

Go North East celebrates planners and schedulers

‘It’s only right that we praise the hard work of our scheduling team on Transport Planning Day’   Left to right: Graham Hill and Christopher Strong   Today is Transport Planning Day and bus operator Go North East is celebrating the hard work that goes on behind the scenes from its network planning and scheduling...
CPT seeks £500m for 2021/22 Covid recovery

CPT seeks £500m for 2021/22 Covid recovery

‘Recovery Partnerships’ touted for England, but Urban Transport Group wants new model for an industry that is ‘now reliant on public funding’     Positive news about a vaccine has led many to dream of a post-pandemic world, but there are opposing views on the best funding model for England’s bus industry as it seeks...
Concerns over bus ‘funding gulf’ in Wales

Concerns over bus ‘funding gulf’ in Wales

The Welsh rail industry has received £167m in emergency support, ahead of the extra £45m the bus industry has received. Rhodri Clark reports   Buses account for approximately four times more passenger journeys in Wales than trains   The Welsh Government has decided to give 3.7 times more Covid-19 emergency funding to rail services than...
‘Public transport is Covid-safe’ - UITP

‘Public transport is Covid-safe’ – UITP

UITP says growing number of international studies are finding that transmission risk is ‘very low’   Reacting and evolving: More than 200 UV light sanitising devices are being installed on 110 escalators on the London Underground network. A successful trial found that they improve sanitisation levels on escalator handrails by at least 50%   “There...
Second wave threatens bus and rail recovery

Second wave threatens bus and rail recovery

As further restrictions are imposed across different parts of the UK, the steady upward trend in public transport use looks set to flatten or decline   Stagecoach revealed that commercial revenues from its bus operations outside London had returned to 50-60% pre-Covid levels   Public transport operators are already seeing the steady recovery of passenger...