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Translink orders 30 coaches for Goldline

Translink orders 30 coaches for Goldline

Follow-up order follows 2019 deliveries   One of the 30 new coaches on the Sunsundegui production line   Translink, Northern Ireland’s state-owned has ordered a further 30 coaches from Spanish manufacturer Sunsundegui. Production of the vehicles is now underway and it follows delivery of 30 14.3-metre Volvo B11R triaxle coaches in 2019. The high specification...
FirstGroup reports patronage bounce back

FirstGroup reports patronage bounce back

Patronage improvements accelerating at UK bus division     FirstGroup has reported an “encouraging acceleration” in the rate of patronage recovery in recent weeks at its UK bus division. In an update to the City this morning, the Aberdeen-based group says passenger volumes across the division have increased from around 10% of pre-pandemic levels at...
Grand Central's service hits the buffers

Grand Central’s service hits the buffers

Open access operator scraps plans as a result of pandemic   Grand Central had acquired Class 90 locomotives and former LNER rolling stock to operate the new service   Grand Central will not launch its planned North West route train service between Blackpool and London after Covid-19 rendered plans ‘unfeasible’. The open access train operator...
Giles Fearnley announces retirement

Giles Fearnley announces retirement

Janette Bell named as successor   Janette Bell will join FirstGroup from P&O Ferries in October   Giles Fearnley, managing director of FirstGroup’s UK bus division, has announced his retirement. He will be succeeded by Janette Bell who joins the group in October. Fearnley has been MD of First Bus since February 2011. Since then,...
Global bus and coach industry loses an ‘icon’

Global bus and coach industry loses an ‘icon’

Bus and coach specialist Doug Jack has died, aged 78   Doug Jack: lifelong passion for buses   Doug Jack, the widely respected bus and coach industry consultant, has died aged 78. He passed away peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday, September 2 after a short illness. Doug’s passion for the bus and coach...
Routemaster classic helps Go North East out

Routemaster classic helps Go North East out

Extra buses, including a classic 1964 Northern General Routemaster, deployed to keep people moving     Go North East, has deployed 56 extra buses to ensure there is sufficient extra capacity on its network as more schools and workers return and use the region’s buses. The extras are covering both Go North East’s and some...
Burchell quits Arriva for energy sector role

Burchell quits Arriva for energy sector role

David Brown named as successor   Chris Burchell   Arriva has announced that Chris Burchell, managing director of the group’s UK rail division, will leave his role in October to join energy supplier SSE where he will take on the role of managing director of distribution. He will be succeeded on an interim basis by...
Rail restoration schemes move forward

Rail restoration schemes move forward

Ten schemes win share of funding pot to develop schemes   This summer South Western Railway ran a special fact-finding train to investigate the potential for re-opening the Fawley to Totton line   The Department for Transport has revealed the rail restoration schemes that have successfully passed the first hurdle in the inaugural round of...
Freeman quits First West of England

Freeman quits First West of England

James Freeman has announced he will retire next May     James Freeman, who rose from bus conductor to becoming managing director of First West of England, has announced that he is retiring from the business next May. Freeman, who lives in Bath, has overseen a major transformation of the bus company in the region...
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....