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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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It's time for decisive action on railway costs

It’s time for decisive action on railway costs

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   One of the things I’m increasingly hearing is that the cost of the railways with the new Emergency Measures Agreements (EMAs) in place is simply not sustainable. Mind you, that’s hardly rocket...
'Head Out to Help Out' campaign is needed

‘Head Out to Help Out’ campaign is needed

Get passengers back on board with better fares deals, says Transport Focus   The government has persuaded people to return to restaurants with its Eat Out to Help Out campaign. Is a similar initiative needed to get people back on board trains?   Transport Focus is calling on the government and train companies to work...
NXWM uses AI-driven tech to help bus users

NXWM uses AI-driven tech to help bus users

Technology uses CitySwift’s bus data engine to help spread demand peaks and encourage social distancing as government restrictions on using public transport are relaxed   Passengers can now determine the best time to travel, based on predicted available bus capacity data   National Express West Midlands has launched an innovative new information service for bus...
Wales lifts essential travel restrictions

Wales lifts essential travel restrictions

Lifting of the restriction comes as the number of coronavirus cases continues to fall     The Welsh Government this morning lifted the essential travel restriction on public transport, opening up trains and buses to more potential passengers. The message was introduced to prioritise the travel of key workers, as well as those with no...
Stagecoach Manchester boss Tasker to retire

Stagecoach Manchester boss Tasker to retire

Elisabeth Tasker has headed the Manchester business since late 2016   Tasker joined Stagecoach in 2000   Stagecoach has announced that Elisabeth Tasker, managing director of its Manchester bus operation, is to retire after 20 years’ service in the bus industry. Tasker joined Stagecoach in 2000 as operations director at Manchester, having previously held a...
Nat Ex will use job bonus to reduce bus fares

Nat Ex will use job bonus to reduce bus fares

Employers are able to claim a one-off payment of £1,000 for every employee who was furloughed and stays employed to the end of January 2021 – National Express will reinvest the money in lower fares   ‘This is the right thing to do for our customers’   National Express West Midlands has pledged to reinvest...
Network Rail pledges immediate action

Network Rail pledges immediate action

There has been speculation that torrential rainfall and flooding was the cause of Wednesday’s Stonehaven derailment. Precautionary measures are being immediately implemented     Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has vowed to understand the cause and put immediate additional safety measures in place following Wednesday’s derailment near Stonehaven, in which three people died and...
Planning agenda needs reform, but not like this

Planning agenda needs reform, but not like this

  Decisions will continue to be made that undermine effective transport solutions   Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government   The UK planning system is often vilified as obstructing development and reaching inappropriate decisions. The reality is that while there are faults with the system, decisions are made carefully and...
TfN sets out £5bn infrastructure pipeline

TfN sets out £5bn infrastructure pipeline

Government called on to back the North’s plans for £5bn pipeline of infrastructure projects to create up to 20,000 jobs     Transport for the North has today set out its initial plans for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infrastructure projects to underpin greener Northern growth. Its £5bn pipeline includes...
'Government should cancel 2021 rail fare rise'

‘Government should cancel 2021 rail fare rise’

Campaign for Better Transport says government should hold fares at the current level and prioritise the introduction of flexible season tickets     Ahead of the announcement of July’s Retail Price Index figure next week, which will be used to set the rail fare rises for January 2021, Campaign for Better Transport has urged the...
Tyne and Wear Metro celebrates 40 years

Tyne and Wear Metro celebrates 40 years

Transport North East boss Tobyn Hughes and transport minister Baroness Vere hail success story for the region   Metro has carried 1.5 billion passengers over four decades of operations   The Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating its 40th anniversary today. Events marking the occasion include a virtual Metro depot tour, the launch of a...
Flythrough shows how pro-bus scheme will look

Flythrough shows how pro-bus scheme will look

Over 100 buses pass through The Headrow every hour. Leeds City Council says the scheme will make them more reliable   The Headrow scheme will reduce the number of cars and make buses more reliable   Leeds City Council have released a new animation which shows how the £30m Headrow scheme will look once completed...