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‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide

‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide

Chief executive Tim O’Toole says profit margins at some of the group’s regional bus operations ‘are simply unsustainable’ and action is required   UK Bus operating profit margins have fallen to 3.2%   FirstGroup has instructed all its UK bus businesses to draw up and accelerate plans to cut costs and revise timetables in a...
ASLEF raises safety issues after tram crash

ASLEF raises safety issues after tram crash

Drivers’ union raises questions in wake of first tram crash in the UK causing passenger fatalities since 1959, as interim report is published by RAIB   ASLEF pointed out that the crash could not have occurred on the mainline railway   Train drivers’ union ASLEF and MPs have called for the investigation into the Croydon...
NCT crowned bus operator of the year

NCT crowned bus operator of the year

Local authority-owned company wins top prize just two years since it last won the coveted title in a competition dominated by ALBUM members   The Nottingham City Transport team at this week’s UK Bus Awards   Nottingham City Transport was crowned Operator of the Year at this week’s UK Bus Awards in London. The local...
Make passengers aware of rights, urges DfT

Make passengers aware of rights, urges DfT

Train operators will be required to highlight compensation rights     The Department for Transport has announced that it will require train operators to raise passengers’ awareness of their right to claim compensation when trains are delayed. The move follows research by Transport Focus which showed that only 35% of eligible passengers claim. Although claims...
Options explored for renationalised ScotRail

Options explored for renationalised ScotRail

CalMac model said to be among the options that Scottish Government is investigating for returning Scotland’s railway to public ownership   Humza Yousaf (centre) pictured earlier this month with Phil Verster, MD of ScotRail Alliance (left), to mark Living Wage Week 2016   Scottish Government ministers are said to be “preparing the ground” for introducing...
Awards recognise cycle-rail revolution

Awards recognise cycle-rail revolution

2016 National Cycle-Rail Awards show how work by the rail industry and its partners is oiling the wheels of a cycle-rail boom across Britain   East Midlands Trains won two awards   Better bike facilities at stations and on trains are helping to fuel a rapid rise in the number of people combining cycle and...
Brexit currency slump will increase bus prices

Brexit currency slump will increase bus prices

Volvo and Alexander Dennis bosses warn operators that price increases are inevitable following post-referendum decline in the value of Sterling   A £1.3m fleet of eight brand new ADL Enviro200 buses entered service with First Potteries in October   Bus manufacturers have warned that the slump in value of Sterling that followed June’s vote to...
Welsh franchise to emulate NHS ethos

Welsh franchise to emulate NHS ethos

Emphasis will ensure that rail services embody the principles of fairness, cooperation and value that underpin other public services, like the NHS   Cardiff Queen Street station and the rest of the core Valley Lines will transfer from Network Rail to the Operator and Development Partner for electrification and other enhancements   The Welsh Government...
‘Improving bus services helps poorest people’

‘Improving bus services helps poorest people’

Report shows impact of buses on reducing social deprivation     Improving local bus services boosts employment and improves income, helping to reduce social deprivation, according to a new report published this week by Greener Journeys, the sustainable transport lobby group. The report responds to the changing political agenda in the wake of last June’s...
Grayling: ‘We need HS2 more than ever’

Grayling: ‘We need HS2 more than ever’

Transport secretary warns of approaching ‘crunch-point’ and says new line will deliver essential extra capacity, adding ‘the case is stronger than ever’     Chris Grayling made a firm commitment to HS2 this week. Speaking at a conference in London, the transport secretary said: “We need HS2 more than ever, for the capacity it will...
Go-Ahead sets the pace for UK Bus Awards

Go-Ahead sets the pace for UK Bus Awards

Almost 100 finalists have made the shortlist for this year’s prestigious UK Bus Awards, with the winners to be announced on November 23   Over 100 industry representatives gathered at the Volvo Technical Centre in Warwick to hear this year’s UK Bus Awards Finalists   Go-Ahead has received the highest number of shortlisted entries for...
Rail campaign can start ‘honest conversation’

Rail campaign can start ‘honest conversation’

Rail Delivery Group wants multi-million-pound ‘Britain Runs on Rail’ campaign to trigger a public debate about issues the industry must tackle   A ‘Britain Runs on Rail’ highlights investment by the industry   Rail Delivery Group chief executive Paul Plummer has called for an “open and honest conversation” about the future challenges facing Britain’s railway....