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'Buses are central to delivering New Deal'

‘Buses are central to delivering New Deal’

CPT boss says National Infrastructure Strategy is an opportunity to ensure that buses are given priority   Boris Johnson speaking in Dudley this week   Boris Johnson set out the first steps in the strategy to “rebuild Britain and fuel economic recovery across the UK” in a speech in Dudley on June 30. Before the...
Grand Central announces ‘measured’ restart

Grand Central announces ‘measured’ restart

‘Vital services’ to relaunch later this month     Train operator Grand Central has announced a ‘measured’ return to service following a four-month period of hibernation during the Covid-19 lockdown. As an open access operator, Grand Central does not receive government funding and relies on tickets sales. The company will relaunch services on its West...
£46.7m for Scottish bus services

£46.7m for Scottish bus services

Funding boost has been welcomed by bus operators Michael Matheson   The Scottish Government has approved additional expenditure of £46.7m to support bus operators as the country comes out of lockdown. Bus travel typically accounts for just under three quarters of all public transport journeys but this has fallen substantially as a result of the...
FlixBus confirms UK network launch

FlixBus confirms UK network launch

Firm aims to be UK market leader by 2025   FlixBus will launch UK services on four routes from tomorrow   Growing international coach operator FlixBus has confirmed rumours surrounding plans to launch an assault on the UK market with the announcement it will commence services tomorrow on several routes from London. Last year, the...
Confidence in public transport slips further

Confidence in public transport slips further

39% say they will use public transport less once all restrictions are lifted, with 65% of those predicting a switch to car     The current advice to avoid public transport could have far-reaching implications on the way we travel, long after the Covid-19 lockdown ends, according to a representative survey of 1,500 adult UK...
Shapps reveals hydrogen bus town plan

Shapps reveals hydrogen bus town plan

Following sustained lobbying from JCB heir Jo Bamford, the transport secretary is backing a hydrogen bus town experiment   Shapps: I think we can also steal a march on other places in the world by having British bus manufacturers lead the market   Transport secretary Grant Shapps is “very, very keen that we push hydrogen”...
Shapps confirms move to concession model

Shapps confirms move to concession model

Government plans to speed up process to end the current franchising system     Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed that the government plans to end the rail franchising model used since privatisation in the 1990s. In its place it will introduce the concession model floated in the Williams Review, Speaking to the transport select...
Dean Finch quits National Express Group

Dean Finch quits National Express Group

National Express boss leaves for new role with Persimmon     National Express Group has announced that chief executive Dean Finch has tendered his resignation in order to take up a new role as CEO of house builder Persimmon. Finch, who has been with NEG for a decade, will leave the group towards the end...
Transport for Wales joins Urban Transport Group

Transport for Wales joins Urban Transport Group

UTG chair says Transport for Wales offers ‘unique perspective’     The Urban Transport Group has announced that Transport for Wales is joining the network as an Associate Member. Transport for Wales joins the existing 13-strong membership of transport authorities, with full Members in Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, London, Sheffield City Region, Tyne and...
Commuters planning to shun public transport

Commuters planning to shun public transport

Covid-19 pandemic predicted to make dramatic changes in UK workplace travel patterns     A survey of commuters found that more than a third of those who previously used public transport were not planning to return once the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. In May, 829 commuters from 49 employers from across England were surveyed by...
Two-thirds of bus users willing to return

Two-thirds of bus users willing to return

Bus Users Twitter poll offers insights on how people feel about getting back on the bus     Two-thirds of bus users are willing to continue using buses, according to a Twitter survey by Bus Users. The survey, which attracted nearly 1,500 responses, sought information on the extent and nature of people’s concerns around bus...
'Do we really want to return to traffic jams?'

‘Do we really want to return to traffic jams?’

Go-Ahead chief executive calls for government to back Britain’s buses     David Brown, the chief executive of The Go-Ahead Group, has called on the government to launch a three-point plan to put the bus at the centre of planning for a green, post-Covid Britain. In an article for the Red Box column in The...