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North-south divide in bus network recovery

North-south divide in bus network recovery

DfT figures show bus use recovering fastest in the South East and East of England – contrasting with weaker growth, and even decline, in the North   The National Bus Strategy for England stated: “As we build back from the pandemic, better buses will be one of our major acts of levelling-up.”   Analysis of...
Bee Network users asked to be patient

Bee Network users asked to be patient

Vernon Everitt asks passengers to ‘bear with us’ ahead of launch   Bee Network’s next phase launches on March 24   Greater Manchester transport commissioner Vernon Everitt has urged bus users to remain patient as the second phase of the franchised Bee Network is set to launch on March 24. This phase will cover Oldham,...
‘Tap-in, tap-out’ train travel trial for 2025

‘Tap-in, tap-out’ train travel trial for 2025

Over 90 rail stations in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester will be included in ‘pay as you go’ schemes, moving towards a London-style system   Stations across the West Midlands and selected routes in Greater Manchester are to participate in the trial   Rail users in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester will benefit...
Labour must extend ‘face up’ to HS2 - Steer

Labour must extend ‘face up’ to HS2 – Steer

Government has axed ‘the most critical section of the route’   Concerns raised country will be left with a £67bn white elephant   A key proponent of HS2 says that if Labour forms the next government it must extend the project to Crewe and Manchester or the country will be left with a £67bn white...
Labour - ‘No more tinkering on the edges’

Labour – ‘No more tinkering on the edges’

With a general election drawing closer, shadow transport minister Simon Lightwood addressed bus and coach operators in London last week   Simon Lightwood at last week’s CPT Conference   An incoming Labour government would use simplified and extended franchising powers to grow public transport, and provide the sector with greater certainty. That was the message...
Bus Partnership Fund pause disappoints CPT

Bus Partnership Fund pause disappoints CPT

Scottish Government pledged £500m – but has spent only £26.9m   As recently as last October, Scotland’s minister for transport, Fiona Hyslop, told Passenger Transport that the Bus Partnership Fund was “a key area of investment”   Formally launched in November 2020, Scotland’s Bus Partnership Fund was hailed as a “landmark long-term capital investment of...
Stagecoach pledges new ways of working

Stagecoach pledges new ways of working

Claire Miles has indicated a new approach to bus franchising and wants to turn the page on ‘cultural and political baggage’ of Souter years   Claire Miles is keen to cast aside Stagecoach’s “cultural and political baggage”   The recently appointed chief executive of Stagecoach has expressed regret over the group’s confrontational approach to bus...
First plans Sheffield open access service

First plans Sheffield open access service

New service aims to woo motorists to rail with faster journeys   FirstGroup said the venture would form part of its Hull Trains open access business   FirstGroup has revealed it has submitted an application to launch a new, faster open access rail service between London and Sheffield via the East Coast Main Line. It...
Christmas cheer for public transport!

Christmas cheer for public transport!

London’s buoyant retail and hospitality sectors has spurred public transport recovery in the capital. Outside of London, bus groups reveal ‘very encouraging’ year-on-year passenger growth of 5-10%   Bus use is up by 8% in London   The festive period has brought encouraging signs of continued recovery in public transport passenger volumes. Transport for London...
Grand Union applies to run non-London trains

Grand Union applies to run non-London trains

Open access operator plans Edinburgh-Cardiff service   GUT’s Cardiff to Edinburgh services could use Class 222s   Grand Union Trains is seeking access rights to run the first open access passenger services which would exclude London. It says its proposed services between Cardiff and Edinburgh via Birmingham would provide a much-needed uplift in capacity and...
UK cities need million more bus and rail users

UK cities need million more bus and rail users

Britain’s big cities should significantly increase public transport commuters to catch up with European counterparts, says Centre for Cities think tank   The UK’s big cities outside of London are outliers and would need nearly one million (963,000) additional workers taking public transport to work to bridge the gap with other cities overseas   The...
Go South Coast wins best operator award

Go South Coast wins best operator award

Rail Reform Bill, aimed at legislating rail reforms, was included in last week’s King’s Speech but concerns linger about the pace of the process   Winners celebate on stage at last week’s UK Bus Awards in London   Go South Coast was named UK Bus Operator of the Year at this week’s UK Bus Awards...