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Bus speeds in decline as road congestion rises

Bus speeds in decline as road congestion rises

Report by David Begg warns that congestion could ‘destroy’ bus sector and calls for Bus Services Bill to respond with targets for average bus speeds   The report was commissioned by industry campaign group Greener Journeys   Buses are under threat from a growing congestion crisis on Britain’s roads as journey times rise and passengers...
Ellman ‘appalled’ by DfT at GTR hearing

Ellman ‘appalled’ by DfT at GTR hearing

Select committee chair demands performance answers   Louise Ellman   The chair of the parliamentary transport select committee Louise Ellman has criticised the government for its management of the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise and for not making key information available to her committee. In a letter to rail minister Paul Maynard, Ellman said she was...
Keolis starts driverless minibus trial in Lyon

Keolis starts driverless minibus trial in Lyon

Multinational group teams up with Navya to launch one-year trial of automated shuttle service in growth area of France’s third largest city   Sans chauffeur: A Navya vehicle in Confluence, Lyon   Driverless vehicles reached  a new milestone this week when French transport group Keolis launched a one-year trial of automated electric minibuses in Confluence,...
A new breed of public transport campaigner?

A new breed of public transport campaigner?

Young professionals are harnessing the power of social media to put pressure on transport operators and policy-makers   A demonstration by Southern passengers   Rail operators will have to deal in future with a new type of passenger lobby group organised by young professionals who are adept at using social media, the Campaign for Better...
Abellio to pay ‘heroic’ £3.7bn Anglia premium

Abellio to pay ‘heroic’ £3.7bn Anglia premium

Dutch group named as preferred bidder for the new East Anglia franchise – but nine-year deal requires it to pay the government a £3.7bn premium   383 electric and bi-mode vehicles will be supplied by Switzerland’s Stadler   Abellio has committed to a £3.7bn premium and a 93% performance target in its winning bid for...
Now another Welsh bus operator folds

Now another Welsh bus operator folds

Financial concerns lead another Welsh operator to shut down   Lewis Coaches of Llanrhystud, south of Aberystwyth, had operated for more than 35 years   Ceredigion-based Lewis Coaches ceased to trade on Friday last week, becoming the third bus operator in Wales to close this summer. Lewis Coaches of Llanrhystud, south of Aberystwyth, had operated...
RATP launches shared ride-to-work service

RATP launches shared ride-to-work service

‘Slide’, an app-based travel solution developed by RATP Dev, launched exclusively in Bristol this week and is the first service of its kind in the UK   Slide Bristol fares ‘only cost a little more than taking the bus’   RATP Dev has ventured into the world of app-based personal mobility with the launch of...
Lothian is on-track for East Coast launch

Lothian is on-track for East Coast launch

Council-owned firm announces details of East Lothian network   East Coast Buses will launch on August 14   Lothian Buses has announced timetable and fare details of its new East Coast Buses subsidiary which will launch on August 14. The new operation has been created to take on the Musselburgh and North Berwick depots of...
Electrification sees rail overcrowding easing

Electrification sees rail overcrowding easing

Crush reduces slightly on Manchester trains following investment   The introduction of four-car Class 319 EMUs has increased capacity between Liverpool and Manchester   The commuter crush on trains into and out of Manchester appears to be easing off as the North West Electrification scheme begins to make its mark. The Department for Transport’s latest...
Khan seeks immediate control over Southern

Khan seeks immediate control over Southern

London mayor calls for a Transport for London management team to be put in charge of the ‘failing’ Southern service, until problems are resolved   Sadiq Khan: ‘There is no doubt that the franchise must now be in default’   London mayor Sadiq Khan this week called for a Transport for London management team to...
‘Transport investment more crucial after vote’

‘Transport investment more crucial after vote’

Transport secretary reiterated the case for £55bn HS2 project     Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has reiterated the importance of continuing to invest in transport infrastructure, following the economic and political uncertainty created by the vote to leave the European Union. Speaking at last week’s National Infrastructure Forum event in London, he acknowledged that the...
Belfast buses enjoy passenger growth

Belfast buses enjoy passenger growth

Bus use in England’s metropolitan areas declined 3.1% in 2015/16, but Northern Ireland’s capital saw a marginal increase. Rhodri Clark reports   Belfast’s Metro bus services carried 85,000 more passengers   Belfast’s Metro bus services experienced a growth in passengers last year, primarily driven by investment in the Belfast Rapid Transit scheme and promotional campaigns....