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Can Buses Bill become law before the election?

Can Buses Bill become law before the election?

England’s Bus Services Bill is close to becoming law, but time is running out following the prime minister’s decision to call a general election in June     The Bus Services Bill faces a race against time after prime minister Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap general election on June 8. The Bill, which...
Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Network Rail chair endorses Independent Transport Commission report concluding railway development too important to be left to rail industry alone   Sir Peter Hendy   Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy has endorsed a report from the Independent Transport Commission calling for the industry to become more outward-looking in order to attract local private and...
Quality decisive factor in South Western swap

Quality decisive factor in South Western swap

First time a bidder offering lower premium payments but higher quality proposals has won a DfT rail franchise since new approach began in 2013   Stagecoach ordered a £210m fleet of new Class 707 trains for South Western, but First/MTR will phase them out   First/MTR has won the new South Western franchise despite offering...
TrawsCymru buses to be free at weekends

TrawsCymru buses to be free at weekends

Welsh first minister pledges 12-month trial ‘to strengthen bus services’, but bus operators raise concerns about the plan. Rhodri Clark reports   TrawsCymru   Carwyn Jones, first minister of Wales, has announced free weekend travel on TrawsCymru bus services, funded by the Welsh Government. The bus industry was not consulted before the announcement. At the...
Kent - the garden of innovation?

Kent – the garden of innovation?

The county known as the ‘Garden of England’ is emerging as a testbed for bus groups to cultivate new approaches to bus service provision     Arriva and Stagecoach have each begun trials of new approaches to bus service provision in Kent this month, with a view to rolling them out across the country. Arriva...
TV ad shows how 'Britain Runs On Rail'

TV ad shows how ‘Britain Runs On Rail’

Second phase for rail industry media campaign   TV advertisement highlights the industry’s value   The Rail Delivery Group has launched the second phase of its multi-media Britain Runs on Rail campaign which includes its first TV advertising spot. The advert, which is also running in cinemas, demonstrates the railway’s value by showing its importance...
Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Changes could include profit share and boardroom influence   The proposals reflect concern in the DfT that background industrial relations are partly responsible for recent strikes at Southern   The Department for Transport has set out initial ideas on how the rail industry could form a new approach to industrial relations to smooth the introduction...
‘I wouldn’t invest my own money in UK rail’

‘I wouldn’t invest my own money in UK rail’

National Express Group boss Dean Finch says slowdown in UK rail growth is likely to present significant financial challenges for many operators   NEG boss Dean Finch believes that rival companies have been competing over-aggressively for rail franchises   Dean Finch has emphasised his belief that transport companies are facing significant and growing financial risks...
Burnham plans to ‘call time on deregulation’

Burnham plans to ‘call time on deregulation’

Manchester mayoral candidate backs bus franchising   Andy Burnham: ‘The public has been subsidising a poor service’   Andy Burnham, the Labour MP for Leigh and the contender considered to be the frontrunner to become Greater Manchester’s first metro mayor in May, has pledged to push ahead with the introduction of London-style bus franchising if...
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...