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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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Electric bus returns for further Tyneside trial

Electric bus returns for further Tyneside trial

Trial will help shape future thoughts on electric buses     An Optare Metrocity EV electric bus has returned to bus operator Go North East for a further trial. The bus will be running on the Quaylink Q3 service alongside Newcastle’s Quayside and through the busy city centre. The trial will help shape future thoughts...
The problem with Transforming Cities

The problem with Transforming Cities

  Government funding has helped selected urban areas but more will be needed   We have seen a lack of value attached to bus services in the scramble to create space in the wake of the pandemic   The Department for Transport has awarded substantial funding to some cities under the heading of the Transforming...
GWR receives first 'tri-mode' train

GWR receives first ‘tri-mode’ train

Flex fleet will expand services on North Downs line     Train operator GWR has received its first ‘tri-mode’ multiple unit – able to run on overhead and third-rail electrified lines as well as under its own power using a diesel generator. Converted from a Class 319 unit previously used on Thameslink services by ROSCO...
Coronavirus claims Travel de Courcey

Coronavirus claims Travel de Courcey

Bus and coach operator collapses in wake of pandemic   Travel de Courcey pioneered the introduction of a new generation of electric buses in 2012   The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another high profile transport operator with the news that Coventry-based bus and coach operator Travel de Courcey has gone into administration. It follows the...
Crossrail chaos: New delay until 2022

Crossrail chaos: New delay until 2022

Costs set to rise as Covid-19 plays a part in delaying troubled project further     Crossrail Ltd has announced a further delay to the project following a board meeting last week. It means the central section of the route between Paddington and Abbey Wood is now scheduled to open in the first half of...
Bus and tram patronage grows but rail lags behind

Bus and tram patronage grows but rail lags behind

Bus and light patronage growing in Greater Manchester     Transport for Greater Manchester has reported that passengers are returning to bus and light rail services across the Greater Manchester region, but rail patronage continues to disappoint. While Metrolink and local buses are now carrying approximately 35% to 40% of pre-Covid patronage, estimated rail patronage...
Mike Cooper named as new Arriva CEO

Mike Cooper named as new Arriva CEO

Cooper succeeds Dr Manfred Rudhart who is stepping down after nearly five years in the role   Cooper will join Arriva as Group CEO in early October   Arriva has announced that Mike Cooper, the chief executive of international train operator Eurostar, will join the group in early October as chief executive. He will succeed...
Campaign for Better Transport seeking new CEO

Campaign for Better Transport seeking new CEO

Current CEO Darren Shirley is joining the Department for Transport’s new Acceleration Unit   Darren Shirley joined the sustainable transport charity in August 2018   Campaign for Better Transport has announced it is looking to appoint a new CEO to replace Darren Shirley. Shirley, who joined the sustainable transport charity in August 2018, is leaving...
ADL begins consultation on up to 650 job losses

ADL begins consultation on up to 650 job losses

Bus builder plans to stop manufacturing in Guildford and transfer chassis production to its Falkirk factory     Alexander Dennis Limited has today announced that it has begun the formal consultation on its previously announced restructuring programme in response to the significant fall in demand for new buses and coaches in the United Kingdom as...
ADL offers solutions to slash virus risk

ADL offers solutions to slash virus risk

New range of semi-permanent and permanent solutions to protect drivers and passengers     Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis has announced a new range of semi-permanent and permanent solutions for the protection of drivers and passengers, designed to be fitted to new and existing vehicles to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. The new solutions build...
Leeds suspends work on Clean Air Zone

Leeds suspends work on Clean Air Zone

Air quality improvements may mean government funding will no longer be forthcoming     Leeds City Council has announced it has decided to suspend plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The city had planned to introduce the scheme in January, but this was postponed as a...
Stagecoach's 'Flexi 5' helps flexible workers

Stagecoach’s ‘Flexi 5’ helps flexible workers

Greater Manchester bus users can save 20% when they buy a bundle of five dayrider tickets     Stagecoach has launched a new ‘Flexi Day 5‘ ticket in Greater Manchester. The ‘five for the price of four’ deal is aimed at people who are now working more flexible hours, part-time or shifts, and leisure commuters...