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GTR announce £55m fleet modernisation

GTR announce £55m fleet modernisation

270 Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern trains to be updated     Govia Thameslink Railway and rolling stock lessor Porterbrook have announced a five-year, £55m programme to modernise the Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern ‘Electrostar’ fleets, 270 trains in all. Enhancements range from real-time passenger information screens and...
Nexus reveals new colour scheme for Metro

Nexus reveals new colour scheme for Metro

New livery harks back to classic Metro livery     Nexus has revealed a vibrant new yellow colour scheme for the Tyne & Wear Metro’s £362m new train fleet and has also announced a major public consultation on the interior design of the new fleet. The transport executive has chosen...
UTG calls for post-pandemic investment

UTG calls for post-pandemic investment

Empower urban transport authorities to build back better, urges report     Transport authorities can play their part in shaping a positive legacy of COVID-19 for the UK’s city regions, provided they are given both the funding and powers they need to respond to the challenges that lie ahead, according...
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...
Achieving better air quality

Achieving better air quality

  Poor air quality is recognised as a widespread problem but attempts to deal it with are failing     The air we breathe in many places is unacceptably polluted. We live with it because we have to but there is increasing recognition of the harmful effects of poor air...
Omnibus ahead of the game on open data

Omnibus ahead of the game on open data

Module helps operators submit BDOS data   Transdev Blazefield is using the new system   Omnibus is launching a new module to help clients to provide seamless, compliant timetable data for the Bus Open Data Service (BODS). From its launch in the Autumn, clients will be able to produce TransXChange...
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...
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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...
Railcard discounts now on smart card

Railcard discounts now on smart card

Discount Railcards get smart on Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern     Railcards giving discounts of between a third and 50% can now be used on Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern’s “keyGo” pay-as-you-go smartcard service. The innovation completely removes the need to queue or book ahead for most paper or online tickets, which supports social...
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...
Trentbarton's Mango app a 'world first'

Trentbarton’s Mango app a ‘world first’

App offers account-based ticketing on a smartphone     Bus passengers in the East Midlands are pioneering public transport’s digital future with the launch of Trentbarton’s Mango app for smartphones. The operator claims the new Mango app is the world’s most advanced ticketing app for buses. Trentbarton worked with technology provider ACT, a Fujitsu company,...
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....
The (transport) times they are a-changin'

The (transport) times they are a-changin’

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   When I commented, in not very favourable terms, on Grant Shapps’ decision to set up and chair a new Northern Transport Acceleration Council I suggested that it would need a team of...
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...
Scotland launches £9m green bus scheme

Scotland launches £9m green bus scheme

Move aims to help drive a post-pandemic green recovery     The Scottish Government has opened a new Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme. This year, the scheme will provide £9m to help bus operators invest in ultra-low emission vehicles to help drive a green recovery out of the COVID-19 crisis while improving air quality. This...