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Issue 362 - 15 May 2009: News
Announcing New Transit Magazine

Announcing New Transit Magazine

This June will see the launch of a new kind of magazine to meet the changing needs of the passenger transport sector and map out the future of its vital role in a changing society. This will take over the pioneering mission... continue

Rail News
ATOC - don’t blame us for rising fares

ATOC - don’t blame us for rising fares

The Association of Train Operating Companies has called on the government to be more honest about the reason for large increases in rail fares. Chief executive Michael Roberts said that the Department for Transport’s... continue

Bus News
OFT Eastbourne referal met by disappointment from Stagecoach

OFT Eastbourne referal met by disappointment from Stagecoach
Andrew Garnett

The Office of Fair Trading has announced  that it is to refer the acquisition of council-owned bus operator Eastbourne Buses and local independent Cavendish Motor Services by Stagecoach earlier this year to the... continue

Grant moves up at First Group as Finch moves out

Grant moves up at First Group as Finch moves out

Dean Finch has left First after 10 years with the company to become the new chief executive of Tube Lines. Finch was group chief operating officer at Aberdeen-based First and was regarded as the heir apparent to chief... continue

Buchanan retires from consultancy

Buchanan retires from consultancy

Malcolm Buchanan, chairman of consultancy Colin Buchanan and Partners, has retired from the board after 35 years with them. He joined the consultancy - founded by his father in 1964 - in 1975. Before that he worked for the... continue

Reading Transport gets new manager

Council-owned bus operator Reading Transport has appointed Jacqui Gavaghan as its new performance manager - the culmination of an 18-month process. “It has taken that long to find the right person to take on the... continue

Assembly has new transport chair

The London Assembly transport committee has appointed Caroline Pidgeon as is its chair for the coming year, replacing Labour member Val Shawcross. Pidgeon’s work programme for the year includes responding to the... continue

CPT North West appointments

The Confederation for Passenger Transport North West have made two new vice chair appointments. Duncan Aspinall, who works for Holmswood Coaches, has been appointed as the senior vice chair and Chris Bowles, who works for... continue

GoSkills has new head of policy

GoSkills has appointed Robert Spano as its new head of research and policy. He was most latterly head of research at the Engineering and Technology Board. Spano has previously worked for the Automotive Skills Sector... continue

Halcrow has new regional director

Transport consultant Halcrow has appointed Gordan Buchan as regional development director of its transport planning team in Scotland. Based at the firm’s Edinburgh office, Buchan will be responsible for expanding the... continue

Graham Eccles is Go Ahead new London Midland deputy
Meera Rambissoon

The Go Ahead Group has appointed Graham Eccles as deputy chairman of rail franchise London Midland.   Eccles, who will be responsible for assisting the London Midland management team in recovering operational... continue

Sadiq Khan Tweets about new transport minister role

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has announced his promotion to the role of transport minister on Twitter. "...I have been asked to be Minister of State for Transport and a Privy Councillor attending Cabinet on transport... continue

Howarth leaves Blackpool as concessionary fares bite

Blackpool Transport has announced that its operations director, Oliver Howarth, is to leave the company in August as part of a package of savings required because of deep cuts in the concessionary reimbursement rates paid to... continue

Bob Dorr takes helm at First Aberdeen
Meera Rambissoon

City bus operator, First Group in Aberdeen, has this week appointed Bob Dorr as managing director of the company. Bringing a wealth of bus industry experience with him, Lincolnshire-born Dorr (55) is delighted to be moving... continue