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ITS (UK) backs flexible bus technology

ITS (UK) backs flexible bus technology

Lobby group says flexible bus service would offer more efficient mobility ITS (UK) says DRT technology could offer a bright future for bus services. Pictured is a screenshot of the recently launched Stagecoach Connect app   The UK’s Intelligent Transport Society has responded to a government consultation about the future...
Study find no virus contamination on Tube

Study find no virus contamination on Tube

Initial independent monitoring finds all locations visited on the Underground to be absent of coronavirus   London’s new transport commissioner saw work to clean and reopen Southwark station on the Jubilee line this morning. Andy Byford, who joined TfL on June 29, joined Heidi Alexander, London’s deputy mayor for transport,...
Net zero board paves the way for a green recovery

Net zero board paves the way for a green recovery

Industry leaders meet to ensure joined up approach to tackling transport decarbonisation   Transport secretary Grant Shapps this week launched the first meeting of the Net Zero Transport Board to help guide the decarbonisation of UK transport. The board brings together high-profile leaders from a range of fields including behavioural...
CPT - Buy new buses and lease them to operators

CPT – Buy new buses and lease them to operators

The traditional model of government grants to support the increased costs associated with the purchase of green buses is now considered unsuitable   The government has pledged to invest in 4,000 new zero emission buses   Bus operators want the government to team up with private financiers to purchase thousands...
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E-scooter rental trials get green light

E-scooter rental trials get green light

Users will have chance to test devices while government assesses their impact on public spaces and the environment     New regulations allowing trials of rental e-scooters will come into force this weekend, transport minister Rachel Maclean has announced. The first trials are expected to begin next week. Local authorities and devolved administrations hosting the...
ArrivaClick launches in Watford

ArrivaClick launches in Watford

Demand responsive bus service is latest scheme in Watford to promote alternative modes of transport   From today, the service will operate with three minibuses, at a reduced capacity of a maximum of four people at any one time   ArrivaClick has this week launched in Watford in order to deliver “a safe, reliable and...
'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...
First signs of COVID-19 effect in bus stats

First signs of COVID-19 effect in bus stats

Passenger numbers down by 13% in January-March quarter. Chris Cheek offers his analysis Bus patronage in Great Britain over the past 10 years   The downward trend in bus demand in Great Britain accelerated in the quarter ended March 31, falling by 13%, according to statistics published by the Department for Transport. The fall includes...
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...
£350m for first mainline digital railway

£350m for first mainline digital railway

Scheme will see conventional line-side signals replaced     The East Coast Main Line is set to become Britain’s first mainline digital rail link with £350m of new investment to install state-of-the art electronic signalling. The upgrade, between London King’s Cross and Stoke Tunnel in Lincolnshire, will see ETCS Level 2 in-cab signalling installed that...
How realistic is electrification?

How realistic is electrification?

  There is a movement towards adoption of electric propulsion on the roads and railways – but it may not be the best way forward     Network Rail and others have expressed the view that wider electrification of the railway network should be pursued. This is despite several curtailed schemes and a longstanding history...