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Metro mayors plan bus franchising revolution

Metro mayors plan bus franchising revolution

If metro mayors deliver on their manifesto pledges, almost three-quarters of bus journeys in England will be on publicly-controlled bus networks   From left: Pete Bond, TfWM director of integrated transport services, West Midlands Mayor Richard Parker and Cllr Stephen Simpkins, leader of City of Wolverhampton Council and WMCA Board member   This autumn it...
Go-Ahead swoops as Arriva announces cuts

Go-Ahead swoops as Arriva announces cuts

Group plots return to High Wycombe 24 years after sale   Go-Ahead’s Carousel Buses operation will step in on most of the routes Arriva is proposing to withdraw   Go-Ahead looks set to benefit from a rival operator’s retrenchment following the news that Arriva is consulting on proposals to close its depots in Aylesbury and...
Private TOCs on borrowed time

Private TOCs on borrowed time

Labour’s plan for Britain’s railways confirms intention to bring all franchised operations in-house   Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh, pictured on a visit to Hitachi   When the new South West Trains and Great Western franchises commenced on February 4, 1996, they became the first private sector-operated rail franchises...
Partnership at heart  of new era for industry

Partnership at heart of new era for industry

Headwinds see bus industry entering a defining new phase   Martin Dean   According to Martin Dean, Go-Ahead’s managing director of UK regional bus, Britain’s bus networks are moving into a new and potentially unsettling era. Speaking at last week’s ALBUM Conference in Cheshire, Dean hypothesised that bus deregulation had gone through three phases since...
Labour vows to fast-track bus franchising

Labour vows to fast-track bus franchising

Party says that its plan will allow 250 million more bus passenger journeys a year, but ‘it will require no additional central government spending’   Labour launched its plans in the West Midlands. Left to right: Angela Rayner, Richard Parker and Louise Haigh   Labour has promised to help local authorities to introduce bus franchising...
West Mids frontrunner pledges bus franchising

West Mids frontrunner pledges bus franchising

Polls suggest Labour’s Richard Parker will win mayoral election   Labour’s launch event was hosted by National Express West Midlands   Labour’s candidate in next month’s West Midlands mayoral election has pledged to bring bus services back under public control if he wins power on May 2. The Labour Party chose the West Midlands as...
Elizabeth Line order could plug Derby gap

Elizabeth Line order could plug Derby gap

Order for 10 new trains could solve Alstom order desert   Harper (right) met Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge this week   Rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has confirmed that it is in “intense discussions” with transport secretary Mark Harper about the future of its Derby plant and a potential order for additional rolling stock for the...
Metroline wins £422m Bee Network growth

Metroline wins £422m Bee Network growth

London subsidiary of Singapore-based ComfortDelGro has won four Tranche 3 bus franchises in Greater Manchester, boosting its size by 30%   Metroline’s contracts are worth £422m and comprise a total of 232 services, 420 buses and over 1,350 employees   Metroline has been revealed as the big winner in the third and final round of...
Rail re-nationalisation is ‘tragedy’ - Whitehorn

Rail re-nationalisation is ‘tragedy’ – Whitehorn

Former Virgin executive Will Whitehorn tells Lunch with Leon podcast why he believes that Britain’s railway is ‘back in a mode of managed decline’ Whitehorn says there is no doubt that Virgin’s tenure of the West Coast route was a success Will Whitehorn, a close colleague of Sir Richard Branson throughout the nineties and much...
Government u-turn on bus lane restrictions

Government u-turn on bus lane restrictions

The National Bus Strategy says bus lanes ‘should be full time’ but new guidance from DfT says they should ‘only operate when it makes sense’   The National Bus Strategy for England declared ‘bus lanes should be full-time’   In the week that marked the third anniversary of the publication of Bus Back Better, its...
SPT says franchising is the only game in town

SPT says franchising is the only game in town

A new report by the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has concluded that bus franchising is the only option to stem long-term network decline     BY Andrew Garnett Strathclyde could become the first region in Scotland to franchise its bus network after Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) members approved plans for a consultation about the...
Speculation mounts over Tranche 3 winners

Speculation mounts over Tranche 3 winners

Stagecoach could face major upset in final franchising phase   Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis is in the process of delivering 67 Enviro200 buses to Rotala subsidiary Diamond Bus for use on Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 services of Greater Manchester’s franchised Bee Network   As Greater Manchester’s franchised Bee Network prepares to launch its second...