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Go North East's £4.5m bus fleet

Go North East’s £4.5m bus fleet

Move sees two routes moved over to premium X-lines brand   Bus operator Go North East has announced a £4.5m investment in new buses for its routes between Consett, Gateshead and Newcastle. They will be used to upgrade the X70 and X71 routes, which are the latest to join the company’s premium X-lines brand, and...
Boost for Beachcomber open toppers

Boost for Beachcomber open toppers

Scarborough open top bus season extended as UK holidays boom     The boom in people holidaying in the UK rather than abroad means that bus operator East Yorkshire has extended its Beachcomber open-top service in Scarborough into the autumn. The popular Beachcomber buses were due to finish for the year on 6 September, but...
NatEx highlights congestion impact

NatEx highlights congestion impact

Buses in the West Midlands running far smoother post-lockdown     The latest data from National Express West Midlands (NXWM) shows that bus journeys across the region are taking half as much time as they did before the lockdown. NXWM says in the morning peak, less than 2% of buses are late in current conditions....
Greater Anglia delivers on punctuality pledge

Greater Anglia delivers on punctuality pledge

Partnership working a factor in improvement   Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s MD   Train operator Greater Anglia says it has succeeded in its pledge to work towards improving the punctuality of its services. It follows the news that it has recorded punctuality results in excess of 90% for the last six months. In March, Managing...
HS2 heralds formal start of construction

HS2 heralds formal start of construction

Major milestone for Europe’s largest infrastructure project follows approval for Notice to Proceed in April   Construction underway at the South Portal Site   HS2 Ltd has today announced the formal start of construction on the project and highlighted the jobs the project will create in the coming months and years. Earlier this year, on...
CPT warns over the future of the coach sector

CPT warns over the future of the coach sector

£14bn and tens of thousands of jobs at risk if sector collapses   Protestors at last month’s ‘Honk for Hope’ in London which aimed to highlight the plight of the coach sector   The collapse of the coach travel sector this winter could wipe almost 10% off the value of UK tourism, the Confederation of...
GWR emergency measures extended

GWR emergency measures extended

Agreement extended until June 2021     FirstGroup has announced the Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement (EMA) for Great Western Railway until at least 26 June 2021. In late March the transport group announced it had signed an agreement with the DfT to continue operating GWR until...
SWR announces Island Line closure

SWR announces Island Line closure

Closure to facilitate introduction of new rolling stock   Vivarail is currently working on the first Class 484 for Island Line at its Long Marston workshops   South Western Railway has announced the Island Line network will close in January for almost three months in advance of the introduction of new rolling stock in 2021....
Go-Ahead wins Singapore contract extension

Go-Ahead wins Singapore contract extension

Group will continue to operate buses from Loyang bus depot until at least 2023     Go-Ahead Group has won a two-year extension to its contract with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to continue operating around 450 buses in the Loyang region of the city state. The extension, granted on the basis of strong operational...
Coronavirus claims Travel de Courcey

Coronavirus claims Travel de Courcey

Bus and coach operator collapses in wake of pandemic   Travel de Courcey pioneered the introduction of a new generation of electric buses in 2012   The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another high profile transport operator with the news that Coventry-based bus and coach operator Travel de Courcey has gone into administration. It follows the...
Crossrail chaos: New delay until 2022

Crossrail chaos: New delay until 2022

Costs set to rise as Covid-19 plays a part in delaying troubled project further     Crossrail Ltd has announced a further delay to the project following a board meeting last week. It means the central section of the route between Paddington and Abbey Wood is now scheduled to open in the first half of...
Bus and tram patronage grows but rail lags behind

Bus and tram patronage grows but rail lags behind

Bus and light patronage growing in Greater Manchester     Transport for Greater Manchester has reported that passengers are returning to bus and light rail services across the Greater Manchester region, but rail patronage continues to disappoint. While Metrolink and local buses are now carrying approximately 35% to 40% of pre-Covid patronage, estimated rail patronage...