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ORR reveals significant punctuality improvement

ORR reveals significant punctuality improvement

Stats show 74.7% of trains arrived on time in late 2020   ‘On time’ performance was the third highest quarterly percentage since the time series began in 2014-15   The latest statistics from the Office of Rail and Road have found that between October to December 2020, there were 1.7 million trains planned (11% fewer...
Leaders reject 'cheap and nasty' option for NPR

Leaders reject ‘cheap and nasty’ option for NPR

Political leaders have sent a strongly worded letter to transport secretary Grant Shapps   Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram is among the signatories of a strongly worded letter to transport secretary Grant Shapps   Political leaders from Liverpool City Region, Warrington, and Cheshire West and Chester have joined forces to reject the government’s...
Academic forum to guide investment planning

Academic forum to guide investment planning

Transport for the North says move will help inform transport investment decisions   The first meeting of the Forum will take place virtually on February 24   A new collaborative approach to infrastructure planning and policymaking is being introduced by Transport for the North (TfN) to ensure investment decisions are based on the most relevant...
Oyster-style ticketing ‘essential' for Midlands

Oyster-style ticketing ‘essential’ for Midlands

Could be up and running in some areas as soon as 2022, and implemented region-wide by 2024, if the chancellor provides funding   ‘Swift’ in the West Midlands is the UK’s second biggest public transport payment system after London’s Oyster scheme   MPs have urged the government to invest in a Midlands-wide ‘tap and cap’...
Go North West staff to stage all-out strike

Go North West staff to stage all-out strike

Outdated working practices risk closure of business, company claims   Company has offered drivers an upfront payment of £5,000 to accept new terms   Bus drivers at Manchester-based Go North West have announced they will commence an all-out continuous strike from February 28. The Unite trade union says staff are walking out “as a result...
Welsh rail franchise now in public ownership

Welsh rail franchise now in public ownership

The move, which was announced in October 2020, comes in the face of a significant reduction in passenger numbers   A subsidiary of Transport for Wales is now operating the Wales and Borders rail services   The Welsh Government has taken the Wales and Borders rail franchise into public ownership “to protect services, safeguard jobs,...
Go-Ahead is 'most admired' transport group

Go-Ahead is ‘most admired’ transport group

Group tops table of 11 UK transport companies in independent ranking on community and environment     Go-Ahead has been recognised as the ‘most admired’ transport company in the UK in terms of community and environmental responsibility according to an influential report. Britain’s Most Admired Companies (BMAC) studies corporate reputation as judged by competitors and...
West Yorks reveals mass transit plans

West Yorks reveals mass transit plans

Nine corridors identified   WYCA says no decision has been made on vehicle type   Plans for a transformational multi-billion pound mass transit system have been revealed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Forming part of a wider transport strategy, the mass transit proposals aim to improve connectivity for up to 675,000 people in the...
Crawley vaccination clinic is on the bus

Crawley vaccination clinic is on the bus

Metrobus vehicle is transformed into mobile vaccination unit     The NHS and Go-Ahead subsidiary Metrobus have launched one of the UK’s first Covid-19 Mobile Vaccination Units in a bus today in Crawley, targetting hard-to-reach and vulnerable communities. Metrobus and the Alliance for Better Care, which represents GPs across Crawley, Horsham, mid-Sussex and East Surrey,...
Stagecoach sets out GM partnership plans

Stagecoach sets out GM partnership plans

Two-year bus programme would assist pandemic recovery, claims group   Stagecoach has pledged an accelerated roll out of electric buses in Greater Manchester as part of its proposals   Stagecoach has set out a package of proposed partnership measures in Greater Manchester to help the post-Covid acceleration of bus use in the region and act...
SPT says transport is key to Covid recovery

SPT says transport is key to Covid recovery

Transport partnership calls for support from the Scottish Government   Glasgow Subway patronage has fallen by around 90% as a result of Covid-19   SPT, the regional transport partnership for the Strathclyde area of West of Scotland, has called on the Scottish Government to put public transport at the forefront of this week’s budget announcement....
Bus operators launch vaccination shuttles

Bus operators launch vaccination shuttles

Go North East and The Harrogate Bus Company step in to make travel easier for those attending jab appointments   Go North East’s ‘ConnectorShuttle’ serves the NHS Nightingale Hospital North East   Go North East and The Harrogate Bus Company have this week launched dedicated vaccination shuttle bus services. Go North East’s new ‘ConnectorShuttle’ serves...