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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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Dean Finch quits National Express Group

Dean Finch quits National Express Group

National Express boss leaves for new role with Persimmon     National Express Group has announced that chief executive Dean Finch has tendered his resignation in order to take up a new role as CEO of house builder Persimmon. Finch, who has been with NEG for a decade, will leave the group towards the end...
Zenobe secures £20m for electric bus rollout

Zenobe secures £20m for electric bus rollout

Funding will assist with electric bus expansion     Zenobe Energy, one of the UK’s largest independent owners and operators of battery storage, has secured up to £20m of contracted receivables funding from NatWest Specialist Structured Finance, to support the continued growth of the company. The funding is the first financing arrangement to support electric...
Transport for Wales joins Urban Transport Group

Transport for Wales joins Urban Transport Group

UTG chair says Transport for Wales offers ‘unique perspective’     The Urban Transport Group has announced that Transport for Wales is joining the network as an Associate Member. Transport for Wales joins the existing 13-strong membership of transport authorities, with full Members in Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, London, Sheffield City Region, Tyne and...
Cityswift secures €2m funding for growth

Cityswift secures €2m funding for growth

Additional funding to accelerate growth in UK & European markets with creation of 25 jobs   Go-Ahead has rolled out Cityswift’s AI-based bus capacity checker technology across its bus operations in the UK   Transport data and tech firm Cityswift has closed a funding round that has raised €2m for the Galway-based firm. It brings...
Commuters planning to shun public transport

Commuters planning to shun public transport

Covid-19 pandemic predicted to make dramatic changes in UK workplace travel patterns     A survey of commuters found that more than a third of those who previously used public transport were not planning to return once the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. In May, 829 commuters from 49 employers from across England were surveyed by...
Two-thirds of bus users willing to return

Two-thirds of bus users willing to return

Bus Users Twitter poll offers insights on how people feel about getting back on the bus     Two-thirds of bus users are willing to continue using buses, according to a Twitter survey by Bus Users. The survey, which attracted nearly 1,500 responses, sought information on the extent and nature of people’s concerns around bus...
'Do we really want to return to traffic jams?'

‘Do we really want to return to traffic jams?’

Go-Ahead chief executive calls for government to back Britain’s buses     David Brown, the chief executive of The Go-Ahead Group, has called on the government to launch a three-point plan to put the bus at the centre of planning for a green, post-Covid Britain. In an article for the Red Box column in The...
Consultation shows support for franchising

Consultation shows support for franchising

83% support proposals as bus operators offer partnership-based alternatives     The vast majority of respondents to a consultation on how buses are run in Greater Manchester support proposals for the combined authority’s plans for a franchising scheme. In total 8,516 people and organisations took part in the public consultation on the proposed franchising scheme...
Compensate customers, or pay the price later

Compensate customers, or pay the price later

  Different public transport operators have taken different approaches to compensation during the coronavirus pandemic. Nick Richardson has hit the blunt end of the spectrum ‘in which the operator keeps the money regardless’     The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the loss of many passenger transport journeys. There are arrangements in place for season...
Private firms seemed to get 'favourable treatment'

Private firms seemed to get ‘favourable treatment’

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   As we slowly ease out of lockdown, I wonder what the most significant issue has been for the transport sector, and what the long-term impact on the sector will be. At one...
Concerns raised over pedestrianisation plans

Concerns raised over pedestrianisation plans

Lasting impact feared after key corridors are closed to buses in Manchester and Aberdeen   Since May 30, from 6am to 6pm every day, Aberdeen’s Union Street, a key thoroughfare for buses, has been closed to all traffic between Market Street and Bridge Street   Concerns have been raised over pedestrianisation schemes that exclude buses...
New Stagecoach Connect trial begins in Hull

New Stagecoach Connect trial begins in Hull

‘We are pleased to widen the trial of the Stagecoach Connect app to help support our brilliant NHS staff with getting to and from their shift’   The ‘Stagecoach Connect’ app enables NHS staff to ‘pre-book’ their travel to and from work for free   Stagecoach East Midlands has widened the trial of its new...