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Fears of ‘chaotic’ race for northern franchises

Fears of ‘chaotic’ race for northern franchises

  The shortlisted bidders for the Northern and TransPennine franchises have been named, but some fear the competitions will conflict with each other The announcement of shortlisted bidders for the new Northern and TransPennine rail franchises has been accompanied by claims from within the rail industry that the competition for the new contracts risks “becoming...
First consults on rival plan to NGT trolleybus

First consults on rival plan to NGT trolleybus

  First takes forward plans for New Bus for West Yorkshire with a new exhibition for stakeholders ahead of a wider consultation in the region FirstGroup is pushing ahead with its alternative to plans for the introduction of the £250m NGT trolleybus scheme in West Yorkshire with a new consultation into its own plans for...
Arriva's Gilbert to take charge at Reading Buses

Arriva’s Gilbert to take charge at Reading Buses

  Martijn Gilbert has been named as the new chief executive officer of council-owned Reading Buses. Gilbert (pictured), currently business director of Arriva’s 125-vehicle Yorkshire Tiger business, will take up his new role on November 1. He will spend time with his predecessor, James Freeman, before and after that date to make sure that there...
£466bn transport vision for London

£466bn transport vision for London

  The capital’s first long term infrastructure plan forecasts a 50% increase in demand for public transport over the next 35 years. (The illustration shows the density of employees in Greater London) London mayor Boris Johnson has set out proposals for a £466bn upgrade to London’s transport system over the next 35 years. The proposals form...
Coach marketing nous to kick start c2c growth

Coach marketing nous to kick start c2c growth

Personalised marketing and new timetable National Express Group plans to introduce personalised marketing techniques tested in its coach business to achieve rapid growth required during the early years of its new c2c franchise. The schedule for c2c’s premium payments to the DfT, published last week, shows significant increases of £13-14m during the first three years...
Judgement day for QC plans in Tyne & Wear

Judgement day for QC plans in Tyne & Wear

Timetable for decision revealed as Nexus moots bigger scheme Nexus, the North East Combined Authority’s transport executive, has confirmed that the North East Leadership Board will make a formal decision on whether to proceed with plans for a Quality Contract Scheme in Tyne & Wear this Autumn. In a paper to the committee meeting held...
Finch: New processes have inflated bid costs

Finch: New processes have inflated bid costs

  DfT’s new franchising process has inflated costs The new franchising processes introduced by the Department for Transport and Transport Scotland have added further to the rising costs of bids. National Express Group chief executive Dean Finch said the cost of the company’s bids for the Essex Thameside and ScotRail franchises had been inflated by...
Griffiths warns Labour: ‘We could stop bidding’

Griffiths warns Labour: ‘We could stop bidding’

  After Ed Miliband confirms Labour’s support for allowing DOR to bid for franchises, RDG’s Martin Griffiths warns private sector could be deterred Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has confirmed that the law would be changed to allow a publicly-owned body to bid for rail franchises if Labour wins the May 2015 general election. Speaking...
'Light rail investment can spread benefits of HS2'

‘Light rail investment can spread benefits of HS2′

  Report provides ‘hub and spoke’ transport blueprint Investment in new, modern tram networks will help UK regions maximise the economic benefits of High Speed 2, argues a new report from French transport group Keolis. Launched this week, the ‘Integrated Cities’ report features contributions from shadow rail minister Lilian Greenwood, think tank the Institute of...
Cardiff bus station future uncertain

Cardiff bus station future uncertain

  Concerns have been raised over plans to relocate Cardiff’s bus station from its position beside the city’s main railway station. Rhodri Clark reports The future of Cardiff’s central transport interchange is uncertain, with the site of the current bus station earmarked for other uses. Last month, BBC Wales unveiled plans for a new headquarters...
NEG bid £300m more than rivals to retain c2c

NEG bid £300m more than rivals to retain c2c

  National Express Group committed to pay the Department for Transport £1.1bn over the next 15 years to avoid the loss of its only UK rail franchise National Express Group has kept its place in the UK rail business after retaining its Essex Thameside (c2c) franchise with a bid that was over £300m ahead of...
Osborne seeks HS3 for 'Northern Powerhouse'

Osborne seeks HS3 for ‘Northern Powerhouse’

  In a speech delivered at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester this week, chancellor George Osborne said he wanted to explore the potential for a new east-west high speed rail line linking major cities in the North of England to create a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ Chancellor George Osborne has identified high speed transport...