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‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

ALBUM chairman predicts large groups will be forced to withdraw from less profitable areas, opening up expansion opportunities for smaller rivals   Midland Classic is in talks to take over Arriva’s operation in Burton-on-Trent   With powers contained in the forthcoming Buses Bill enabling the introduction of bus franchising in England’s city regions, large groups...
CILT members vote to remain in EU

CILT members vote to remain in EU

Survey finds that 64% say that as individuals they think the UK should remain in union     Almost two-thirds of members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport believe that the UK should remain in the EU. A recent survey asked members whether they thought as an individual the UK should remain in...
Groups sought powers to hold NR to account

Groups sought powers to hold NR to account

Arriva, Go-Ahead and National Express denied punitive powers, including the right to withhold payments, in final Shaw review recommendations   Go-Ahead said concentrating on enhancements left a ‘capability drain’ in core areas   The Shaw review’s proposals to create a more effective working relationship between train operators and Network Rail fell short of providing operators...
‘Flabby’ TfL can fund my fare freeze - Khan

‘Flabby’ TfL can fund my fare freeze – Khan

Favourite to win mayoral election says he would fund fares freeze by cutting waste at Transport for London, and by taking bus contracts in-house   Labour candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan speaking at a debate in London this week   Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for the London mayoral election, has set out plans for...
TransPennine to bring in three new train fleets

TransPennine to bring in three new train fleets

Overall fleet size will rise by two-thirds after trains are delivered   AT300s are due to be delivered in June 2019   FirstGroup has announced an order for 19 five-car Hitachi AT300 bi-mode trains for its new TransPennine Express franchise – one of three new fleets the operator will introduce. The AT300s are due to...
Are traders waking up to value of buses?

Are traders waking up to value of buses?

There are also signs in some other town and city centres that shopkeepers are increasingly aware of the value of buses. Rhodri Clark reports   Newport Transport has returned to the High Street   Buses are returning to a pedestrianised area of Newport, South Wales, in response to campaigning by local traders. There are also...
Arriva wins London Overground contract

Arriva wins London Overground contract

Deutsche Bahn-owned group sees off competition from Go-Ahead/Keolis, MTR and Metroline Rail to capture £1.5bn Transport for London contract   A London Overground train at Haggerston station   Arriva has won the new contract to operate London Overground services, seeing off competition from its current joint venture partner MTR as well as Go-Ahead/Keolis and new...
Cardiff Bus to transfer services to sister firm

Cardiff Bus to transfer services to sister firm

In the face of increased competition on core routes, local authority-owned Cardiff Bus is setting up a new low-cost operation. Rhodri Clark reports   One of Cardiff Bus’s older vehicles. A candidate for the VBL fleet?    Cardiff Bus is preparing to transfer some of its services to a sister company which will have lower...
Osborne ‘green light’ for HS3 and Crossrail 2

Osborne ‘green light’ for HS3 and Crossrail 2

In his budget statement this week, the chancellor said he was accepting recommendations from the National Infrastructure Commission   George Osborne   Chancellor George Osborne has billed new government funding to develop Crossrail 2 in London and the HS3 route between Leeds and Manchester as giving the “green light” to both schemes. In his budget...
Shaw seeks immediate start on reforms

Shaw seeks immediate start on reforms

Network Rail devolution should be ‘deeper and faster’   Nicola Shaw   The Shaw review into the future shape and financing of Network Rail has recommended that the government and the rail industry should start work immediately on a series of reforms to improve customer service and value for money. They include “deeper and faster” devolution...
Wilkinson wants hard line approach to ASLEF

Wilkinson wants hard line approach to ASLEF

TOCs tell government that it must put its money where its mouth is to address industrial relations challenges after franchising director’s outburst     Department for Transport franchising director Peter Wilkinson has warned train drivers’ union ASLEF that he is prepared to back a hard line approach to pushing through reforms to pay and conditions....
Uber is biggest threat to buses, says TfL chief

Uber is biggest threat to buses, says TfL chief

Although much of the current bus debate is centred on the structure of the industry, Leon Daniels says the ‘real news’ is app-based personal mobility   Leon Daniels, Transport for London’s managing director of surface transport   To regulate or not to regulate? That is the question that dominated much of last week’s UK Bus...