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Shapps - bus rescue package is days away

Shapps – bus rescue package is days away

Shapps tells MPs that bus sector is next in line for help, and writes letter to CPT boss Graham Vidler   Shapps said that the plight of smaller bus operators was a particular concern   Transport secretary Grant Shapps told MPs this week that buses would be the next sector to have a specific deal...
Emergency support for the Scottish bus industry

Emergency support for the Scottish bus industry

Concessionary travel reimbursement and Bus Service Operator Grant payments to be maintained at the levels forecasted prior to the impact of COVID-19     The Scottish Government has announced that it will provide bus operators with additional financial assistance to maintain essential services. This is intended to offset the impact that reduced demand is having...
Bus companies offer free travel to NHS staff

Bus companies offer free travel to NHS staff

Edwards Coaches and Warrington’s Own Buses offer support to healthcare workers during period of “uncertainty and angst”     Two bus operators are offering free travel to NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic. South Wales-based Edwards Coaches has been offering free travel on its local bus services to NHS staff since March 23. The services...
FirstGroup and Stagecoach updates

FirstGroup and Stagecoach updates

Groups reveal precipitous declines in passenger volumes resulting from the response to Covid-19     Passenger transport groups FirstGroup and Stagecoach have this morning published new figures revealing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their businesses. Both groups warned investors that they are not yet able to predict how it will effect their financial...
Rail franchise agreements suspended

Rail franchise agreements suspended

Train operating companies will continue to run services day-to-day for “a small predetermined management fee”     The Department for Transport announced this morning that it will temporarily suspend normal franchise agreements and transfer all revenue and cost risk to the government for a limited period, initially six months. Britain’s train operating companies will continue...
Bus operators urge action to prevent job losses

Bus operators urge action to prevent job losses

Britain’s bus operators today warn that tens of thousands of jobs could go within weeks unless the government agrees an immediate £1bn rescue package     Ministers are being urged to get behind the industry now or risk the decimation of a national bus network that is getting critical sector employees to work during the...
Lost passenger income could reach £3bn

Lost passenger income could reach £3bn

Government measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus are already impacting on demand for public transport – with predictions that passenger volumes could reduce by three-quarters     The coronavirus pandemic could deprive the UK’s passenger transport sector of around £3bn of revenues in the next three months. Amid government advice to only make essential...
Coronavirus could hit transport revenues

Coronavirus could hit transport revenues

With COVID-19 already causing events to be cancelled and companies placing travel restrictions on staff, demand for public transport could fall     Bus and rail operators could suffer turbulence in the coming weeks and months if people amend their behaviour in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. UK authorities are not advising people to avoid...
‘Ebbw Vale illustrates flawed DfT modelling’

‘Ebbw Vale illustrates flawed DfT modelling’

Patronage was double that of forecasts for reopened railway line   Turbostars from Greater Anglia have replaced older units on the Ebbw Vale line   Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford has made a stinging attack on the Department for Transport’s funding model for rail enhancements, noting that the reopened Ebbw Vale line – which the...
Bus franchising now mayor’s ‘leading option’

Bus franchising now mayor’s ‘leading option’

Steve Rotheram says Liverpool’s year-long ‘Big Bus Debate’ has influenced his thinking on franchising and ‘doing nothing is simply not an option’   Go-Ahead Group will recruit a record-breaking 1,200 apprentices this year   Steve Rotheram, the mayor of Liverpool City Region, says that he now considers a London-style franchised bus service as the “leading...
‘We’ve nationalised the wrong train operator’

‘We’ve nationalised the wrong train operator’

Northern Powerhouse Partnership director attacks TransPennine   FirstGroup’s TransPennine franchise began in April 2016   A representative of major business interests in the North of England has criticised FirstGroup over its “absolutely shocking” stewardship of the TransPennine Express franchise. The attack came from a director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership think-tank, which is chaired by...
Street launches £15bn West Midlands rail plan

Street launches £15bn West Midlands rail plan

Mayoral hopeful plans 20-year programme of rail improvements     West Midlands metro mayor Andy Street has launched his bid for re-election in May with an ambitious £15bn, 20-year plan to significantly ugrade public transport in the region. The former John Lewis boss envisages opening eight new light rail lines as part of the West...