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ORR reveals significant punctuality improvement

ORR reveals significant punctuality improvement

Stats show 74.7% of trains arrived on time in late 2020   ‘On time’ performance was the third highest quarterly percentage since the time series began in 2014-15   The latest statistics from the Office of Rail and Road have found that between October to December 2020, there were 1.7...
Leaders reject 'cheap and nasty' option for NPR

Leaders reject ‘cheap and nasty’ option for NPR

Political leaders have sent a strongly worded letter to transport secretary Grant Shapps   Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram is among the signatories of a strongly worded letter to transport secretary Grant Shapps   Political leaders from Liverpool City Region, Warrington, and Cheshire West and Chester have joined...
Academic forum to guide investment planning

Academic forum to guide investment planning

Transport for the North says move will help inform transport investment decisions   The first meeting of the Forum will take place virtually on February 24   A new collaborative approach to infrastructure planning and policymaking is being introduced by Transport for the North (TfN) to ensure investment decisions are...
Go North West staff to stage all-out strike

Go North West staff to stage all-out strike

Outdated working practices risk closure of business, company claims   Company has offered drivers an upfront payment of £5,000 to accept new terms   Bus drivers at Manchester-based Go North West have announced they will commence an all-out continuous strike from February 28. The Unite trade union says staff are...
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What's in a name?

What’s in a name?

  Avoiding ambiguities in common transport parlance   George Shillibeer provided the first omnibus service in London in 1829   We still create confusion about some of the key means of transport simply because of the nomenclature we use. Everyday descriptions such as ‘bus’ conjure up different images to different people, some of which may...
Governments working on Eurostar deal

Governments working on Eurostar deal

French transport minister makes commitment to struggling operator   Eurostar patronage has slumped by 95%   Reports suggest that the French and UK governments will step in to provide financial support to troubled cross-Channel rail operator Eurostar. Eurostar has seen passenger numbers slump by 95% since the start of the pandemic and it now operates...
Reading Buses suspends services

Reading Buses suspends services

Changes reflect national lockdown   Green Line 702 services into central London will be suspended   Council-owned Reading Buses has announced the suspension of a small number of their services over the next couple of weeks. The operator says that with the current lockdown it makes sense to make the changes due to significantly fewer...
New faces join Trentbarton

New faces join Trentbarton

Key appointments in commercial operations and marketing and communications   Matt Holton and Ross Hitchcock have joined Trentbarton   Two key managers have joined bus operator Trentbarton to lead the bus company’s commercial operations and its marketing and communications. Ross Hitchcock has joined as commercial manager and Matt Holton is the marketing and communications manager....
First completes air quality retrofits

First completes air quality retrofits

Retrofit programme has made 1,000 buses cleaner   Driver Grahame Stott left, with engineering manager Kevin Farricker at the Oldham depot, where 33 buses have undergone the retrofit procedure   First Bus has announced that it has reached a significant milestone in its air quality retrofit programme, completing the refit of 1,000 buses across its...
Scotland moves ahead with free travel plan

Scotland moves ahead with free travel plan

Draft legislation will facilitate free bus travel for young people   Matheson: ‘Not only is this good news for young people, it’s good news for bus operators’   The Scottish Government is making preparations to extend free bus travel to all young people under the age of 19 who reside in Scotland. Once the scheme...
Oxford Bus Company reveals lost and found list

Oxford Bus Company reveals lost and found list

Firm reveal thousands of items lost by bus passengers   Did you leave a novelty animal head on the bus?   The Oxford Bus Company has revealed the unusual items which were left on services by passengers last year. Among the items left on buses and coaches in 2020 were a pair of Bermuda shorts,...
TfL action on face coverings

TfL action on face coverings

Hard line taken against minority flouting face covering regulations   Around 1,700 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to those who have travelled on the network without a face covering and who are not exempt   Transport for London has stepped up its enforcement of face coverings seven months after the measure became mandatory on...
First Bus names new West of England MD

First Bus names new West of England MD

Former Addison Lee director to succeed James Freeman   Doug Claringbold   First West of England has announced that Doug Claringbold will succeed James Freeman as managing director of the company when Freeman retires on March 31. Claringbold bas a background in the ground transport sector and was latterly global services director at London-based PHV...
Former colleagues remember Brian Cox

Former colleagues remember Brian Cox

Former Stagecoach director was ‘one of the good guys’   With over 30 years’ public transport experience before his retirement in 2002, Cox was one of the few people to have worked in both buses and trains under nationalised and privatised regimes.   Former colleagues of Brian Cox have paid tribute to the former Stagecoach...
Passenger Transport: We will be back soon

Passenger Transport: We will be back soon

  WE WILL BE BACK SOON We regret to announce that Passenger Transport will suspend print publication for the next three issues. We were scheduled to return from our festive break on January 22. However, having reflected upon the reintroduction of lockdown restrictions, we have decided to postpone this by six weeks. We will now...
We must not repeat the SRA’s mistakes

We must not repeat the SRA’s mistakes

  It makes sense having a strategic body overseeing the rail industry. The concept should have worked last time, but it didn’t. Why?   Established in 1999, the SRA was placed on a formal legal basis in 2001. It was abolished in 2006   In early December, it will be the 20-year anniversary of the...