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Minister tells industry: ‘We believe in buses’

Minister tells industry: ‘We believe in buses’

Buses minister Andrew Jones has sought to reassure the industry about the forthcoming Buses Bill, claiming that objective is ‘a healthier industry’   Andrew Jones (right) at last month’s launch of Transdev Blazefield’s  revamped Route 36   Addressing an audience of bus operators in London last week, buses minister Andrew Jones sought to reassure them...
RSG launches strategy on skills shortages

RSG launches strategy on skills shortages

Patrick McLoughin: ‘We estimate we need 10,000 new engineers’   Left to right: Rail Supply Group chair Terence Watson, skills secretary Sajid Javid, and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin   The UK’s rail industry supply sector has launched a strategy to address existing skills shortages and create the expertise required to deliver major railway engineering projects...
Lacklustre high street hits First’s bus business

Lacklustre high street hits First’s bus business

UK bus revenue was flat in the final quarter of 2015     FirstGroup has warned that its full year 2015/16 profits will be hit by lower than expected patronage at its UK bus division and further cost increases at its US school bus business. In a trading update covering the last three months of...
Stagecoach to face only one rival in SWT race

Stagecoach to face only one rival in SWT race

It is understood that only one rival bidder has expressed interest in competing for the new South West Trains franchise, due to start next year     Stagecoach is set to face very limited competition to retain its South West Trains franchise. It is understood only one other bidder has submitted an expression of interest...
McGill’s conductors aim to beat congestion

McGill’s conductors aim to beat congestion

Trial aims to assess viability of conductors to tackle congestion     Greenock-based bus operator McGill’s has taken the unusual step of introducing conductors at peak hours on one of its routes linking Paisley with central Glasgow for a trial period. The operator says that it has made the move as a result of the...
Rail North-style body needed for South East?

Rail North-style body needed for South East?

A new think tank report has concluded that a Rail North-style body for the south east of England may be required to manage future rail demand     A Rail North-style body to manage the south east network may be required to ensure future demand for rail travel in south London can be met, a...
Khan: ‘I’ll let TfL bid for transport contracts’

Khan: ‘I’ll let TfL bid for transport contracts’

Labour’s London mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, would allow Transport for London to bid for bus and rail contracts in the UK and abroad     Could Transport for London soon be bidding to operate buses in Greater Manchester and other cities, in the UK and abroad? Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate in this year’s London mayoral...
ScotRail sets out £475m train fleet programme

ScotRail sets out £475m train fleet programme

Two-thirds of fleet will be refurbished by the end of 2018     Abellio ScotRail has set out full details of its plans to expand and refurbish its train fleet, which will see the fleet size increased by more than 20% and £475m spent on new and refurbished trains. The programme covers three quarters of...
PTEG and TfL unite as Urban Transport Group

PTEG and TfL unite as Urban Transport Group

City region transport body PTEG will rebrand next month with Transport for London as a full member, becoming ‘the voice of UK urban transport’     City region transport group PTEG will rebrand as the Urban Transport Group next month, with Transport for London as a full member, offering a single, authoritive voice for UK...
Can DfT drive projects after 37% budget cut?

Can DfT drive projects after 37% budget cut?

Concerns have been raised over department’s future capabilities after chancellor slashes its operational budget in last week’s spending review     Chancellor George Osborne cut the Department for Transport’s operational budget by 37% in last week’s spending review, from £2.6bn this year to £1.8bn in 2019/20. However, spending on transport infrastructure over the next five...
Awards highlight cycle-rail successes

Awards highlight cycle-rail successes

The winners of the 2015 National Cycle-Rail Awards show how the industry is working together to contribute to the country’s cycling revolution   Bike & Go   Cycle-rail continues to be an industry success story. This year 38 million rail journeys included a bike – a staggering 66% increase since 2009/10. Operators and Network Rail...
Reading Buses crowned at 20th UK Bus Awards

Reading Buses crowned at 20th UK Bus Awards

UK Bus Awards showcases talent, innovation and achievement for a 20th year     Bus companies, local government and supporting organisations across Britain are celebrating their shining success in the 2015 UK Bus Awards which this week reached a momentous milestone as it announced the winners of its 20th annual competition. The scheme has played...