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Honk for Hope UK draws attention to coach plight

Honk for Hope UK draws attention to coach plight

Coach drivers blast horns in central London   Staff from Hampshire-based coach operator Angela Holidays protest in Parliament Square   Hundreds of coaches passed slowly, and noisily, through central London yesterday for the Honk for Hope UK protest, designed to draw attention to the financial crisis the industry faces. Over 500 coaches met at five...
England is told: 'you can use public transport'

England is told: ‘you can use public transport’

PM: ‘We are making clear that anybody may use public transport, while of course encouraging people to consider alternative means of transport’   Boris Johnson made the the announcement on July 17   Boris Johnson has dropped the ‘avoid public transport’ message in England. In a statement on Friday the prime minister said “from today...
Competition aims to shape future stations

Competition aims to shape future stations

Designers asked to reimagine small to medium-sized stations There are more than 2,000 small-to-medium stations across the UK   Network Rail and RIBA Competitions have launched an international competition to shape the future of Britain’s railway stations. The competition will provide architects, engineers and designers the chance to improve the travel experience for the millions...
Edinburgh plans radical transport shake-up

Edinburgh plans radical transport shake-up

Merger would end ‘duplication’ between bus and tram   City of Edinburgh Council has announced plans for a major shake-up of its arms-length public transport businesses with plans to merge bus operator Lothian and Edinburgh Trams into a single operation. While the Lothian and Edinburgh Trams brands would remain, “unnecessary” competition between the two networks...
Young people express fears over free travel axe

Young people express fears over free travel axe

London TravelWatch probes reaction to Oyster Zip suspension   Young people across London have shared their concerns over the axing of free Oyster Zip card travel with London TravelWatch. Their worries, which included fears about the financial cost, threats to independence and safety concerns are highlighted in a report published by the watchdog today. One...
CBI and KPMG back return to public transport

CBI and KPMG back return to public transport

Report probes options for rebuilding sector for a greener future     A new report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and consultancy KPMG has called on the government to proactively encourage increased use of public transport while maintaining a “health first approach”. It is one of a series of recommendations contained in the...
'Near-miss' driver reset emergency brake

‘Near-miss’ driver reset emergency brake

RAIB investigates incident at Chalfont & Latimer last month Footage from the Chiltern train’s CCTV system shows how close the two trains came to colliding   The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has disclosed that the driver of a Chiltern Railways service that almost collided with a London Underground train last month had passed a red...
Train operator debt to move to public sector?

Train operator debt to move to public sector?

Move marks effective ‘renationalisation’ of the industry   Although the number of people travelling is increasing, many stations and services remain quiet (pictured: London Waterloo)   Train operator debt could be moved onto the public sector balance sheet as a result of the emergency funding measures for rail franchises that were introduced on March 23....
UTG warns on schools transport capacity crunch

UTG warns on schools transport capacity crunch

Call for additional funding and dialogue with government     The Urban Transport Group has warned that additional funding will be required to support getting pupils to school safely when schools reopen in September. UTG says that in normal circumstances public transport plays a key role in enabling access to education at schools and colleges....
CPT aims to unlock work opportunities for staff

CPT aims to unlock work opportunities for staff

Database aims to match spare staff with job opportunities   The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has launched a database to help unlock temporary and permanent work opportunities for employees across the bus and coach industry. As bus services are ramped-up further over the coming months in line with government guidance, it is likely that...
First Bus ramps up capacity

First Bus ramps up capacity

Move follows new guidance from governments First Bus was the first operator to introduce seat markings to assist with social distancing   First Bus has confirmed that as of this week the capacity across its buses will increase to 50%. It follows the reduction of social distancing restrictions in England, Scotland and Wales, the operator...
TfL reintroduces bus fares across London

TfL reintroduces bus fares across London

Reintroduction of revenue collection on London buses completed last weekend   All London buses once again require passengers to pay a fare after Transport for London and the capital’s operator’s announced they have completed a programme to install additional safety measures across the bus fleet. Passengers are now required to touch in with Oyster, contactless...