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362 - 15 May 2009: News
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Rail News
ORR Bill Emery has sought personal assurance from Iain Coucher that Network Rail will deliver the actions set out in the plan
Meera Rambissoon
The Office of Rail Regulation has today welcomed the signing of a joint performance improvement plan between Network Rail and Virgin Trains aimed at... continue
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Bus News
Stagecoach 52 service has 52 seen ridership increase of 94% over the last four years
Meera Rambissoon
Stagecoach Sheffield has clocked up more than 100,000 extra journeys per week during the last 12 months compared to the same period in 2005 –... continue
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Bus News
Damian Brewer, JP Morgan
Trimming 09/10E EPS, PER premium remains Go Ahead’s 65% venture Go-Via recently retained the Southern rail contract, and we wrote about this in... continue
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Bus News
megabus.com, the Stagecoach-owned budget inter-city coach service, has attracted one million passengers in North America in the past six months as... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
The RMT have said that their 48hour tube strike, currently underway on most but not all of the London Underground, has gone ahead after lawyers for... continue
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Bus News
NedRailways today completed its acquisition of National Express Group’s London bus business, Travel London - a deal which represents... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
London mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London have unveiled a raft of extra services to help Londoners and commuters get around the Capital,... continue
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Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis today awarded the South Central rail franchise to Govia subsidiary Southern Railways - the current franchise... continue
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People
Blackpool Transport has announced that its operations director, Oliver Howarth, is to leave the company in August as part of a package of savings... continue
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People
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... continue
Categories: Bus, People, First, Scotland
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People
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... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
New transport secretary Andrew Adonis has announced today that the government has taken formal control of London & Continental Railways and its... continue
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
Stagecoach announced today that it is investing more than £9m in an entire new fleet of vehicles for its Oxford Tube network. The fleet of 26... continue
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In brief
Find out what life is like for Sir Moir Lockhead, head of rail and bus giant First Group.  Lockhead muses over 20 years at First Group's helm,... continue
Categories: All of UK
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London Underground interim MD Richard Parry says their offer is very fair
London Underground today met with all trade unions for negotiations towards a revised four-year offer of 1.5% this year and RPI +0.5% in future... continue
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
First Group has defended itself against West Yorkshire PTE's claims that the number of fare-paying bus passengers in the area could drop by more than... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
National Express East Anglia has appointed Colin MacConnachie to the role of Station Manager at London Liverpool Street.   MacConnachie joined... continue
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Bus News
Rotala, which owns the Diamond Bus business in the West Midlands, announced profits of £1.2m
Andrew Garnett
AIM-listed transport group Rotala has broken into annual profitability for the first time according to its results for the year ending November... continue
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
Transport for London has today announced that six bus manufacturers have qualified to bid for the contract to design and build the new bus for... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
The Office of Rail Regulation has today published its national rail review, looking back over the past five years, and Network Rail monitor covering... continue
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Passenger Focus has welcomed today’s news that more trains than ever are running on time but has warned punctuality continues to be a priority... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
Gatwick Express, the non-stop link between London's Victoria station and Gatwick Airport, has created what it describes as a "fun video",... continue
Categories: Rail, Southeast England
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
By the end of summer 2009, Metro will have equipped eight major West Yorkshire bus stations with yournextbus real-time information... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
CrossCountry has announced that it has sold over 24,000 e-tickets since the rail operator launched the online initiative in November... continue
Categories: Rail, Arriva, England
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
Latest figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show that rail operator Virgin Trains has now captured 77% of the rail/air sector compared with 75%... continue
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Meera Rambissoon
Southeastern has announced that a limited high speed ‘preview’ service on High Speed 1 between Ashford International, Ebbsfleet... continue
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Collins: Offering staff level of uncertainty very few Londoners have
Meera Rambissoon
London Underground chief operating officer, Howard Collins, has said that the RMT is making "vastly inflated pay demands" and ignoring a... continue
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
After a three year gap, the Dunn-Line family are back with a 10 minute bus service from Bulwell to Nottingham city  centre. From June 1, 7... continue
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
Stagecoach has said it was dismayed at the "bizarre" decision by the Office of Fair Trading to refer its recent acquisition of Preston Bus... continue
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
The government's response to the Transport Select Committee’s second report on School Travel has been welcomed by David Blunkett MP, chair of... continue
Categories: Bus, Government, First
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
Peterborough residents are increasingly choosing to use local bus services rather than travel by car, according to new figures showing that bus... continue
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Lead Story
New Transit Logo revealed
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... continue
Categories: All of UK
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
The rail industry has today set out its vision for what the railway should look like and be able to deliver for passengers and freight users in 20 to... continue
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Bus News
The Office of Fair Trading has referred the acquisition of Preston Bus by Stagecoach Bus Holdings to the Competition Commission. Stagecoach and... continue
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
First Group’s longest-serving managing director, bus operator First in Aberdeen’s George Mair is leaving the business after 38... continue
Categories: Bus, People, First, Scotland
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
First Group is to run its first ‘in-service’ ftr vehicle between Morriston and Singleton via Swansea city centre from June 1 before... continue
Categories: Bus, First, Wales
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Rail News
Robin Gisby says record punctuality reached through sheer hard work of tens of 1000s of rail staff
Meera Rambissoon
Train punctuality has exceeded the 90% mark for the first time, as 90.6% of train services arrived on time between April 2008 to March 2009 - the... continue
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Bus News
The government's financial exposure to the rail industry could worsen amid predictions that a shortfall in fare sales could cost taxpayers up to... continue
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Regular News
Meera Rambissoon
The future is looking bright for a talented team of footballers from across the west of Scotland thanks to a funding boost from First... continue
Categories: Funding, First, Scotland
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Rail News
Transport minister Lord Adonis has said high speed rail in the UK is: “Just a matter of dates” in a speech to ICE members at the Arup... continue
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People
Meera Rambissoon
The Go Ahead Group has appointed Graham Eccles as deputy chairman of rail franchise London Midland.   Eccles, who will be responsible for... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
ScotRail will begin to trial the smartcard tickets among their staff members later this month, with Season Ticket holders travelling between... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
Northern Rail will be the first rail operator to issue BlackBerries to all of its conductors - over 1,000 - so that they can give customers faster... continue
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Train journeys from London to Birmingham could be cut to 40 minutes as the government makes its firmest commitment yet to high speed rail. continue
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Meera Rambissoon
First Capital Connect has provided its customers with a new way to access important travel information, using the fast-growing microblogging site... continue
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Artist impression of Pacemaker configured for the UK rail environment
Meera Rambissoon
CSR Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock company has confirmed that it hopes to bid for a contract to supply train operator London Midland with between 40... continue
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
Passenger growth of more than 7% since 2006 has marked the second anniversary of Stagecoach Yorkshire’s major revamp of its Barnsley and Dearne... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group, has urged a rehaul of the rail franchising system. Calling for 20 year franchises, ownership of... continue
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Bus News
Meera Rambissoon
Changing market conditions have led bus manufacturer Optare and bus leasing firm Mistral to end their arrangement where Mistral had exclusive rights... continue
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London Midland MD Steve Banaghan
Meera Rambissoon
London Midland has announced that industrial action by members of the RMT Union, scheduled for Tuesday May 19 Thursday May 21, has now been suspended... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
The Department for Transport's promise of bringing 1,300 new rail carriages into service by 2014 is "over-optimistic", according to a House... continue
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Bus News
Left to right: Barry Young, GMTV reporter, Dave Pugh, Linda Coyle, GMTV cameraman
Meera Rambissoon
Two First bus drivers in Leeds appeared on national GMTV this week to highlight adult learning opportunities during National Learning Week (May... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
Association of Train Operating Companies chief executive Michael Roberts has called for commitment on high speed rail with the go-ahead of... continue
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Crossrail services should be run in the public sector and its rolling stock built in Britain, the RMT rail union has said. As work on the... continue
Categories: Rail, Crossrail
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Regular News
Sir Moir Lockhead:
Robert Jack
First Group has claimed it is unique among UK transport groups in its ability to combat the recession. The triumphant statement came as First... continue
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Rail News Lead Story
Michael Roberts:
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... continue
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Regular News
Next month sees the launch of a ground-breaking new monthly magazine. To meet the changing needs of the passenger transport sector and map out the... continue
Categories: Other, All of UK
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Jorge Cosmen: opposed by 17%
James Dark
Shareholder discontent with financial performance and corporate governance at National Express Group has manifested itself in large numbers refusing... continue
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The Association of Train Operating Companies and Network Rail have set a target to improve the poor rating the rail industry achieves for the quality... continue
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Adonis:
Train operators will be required to meet more rigorous station standards when new franchises are let, transport minister Andrew Adonis has... continue
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Transport minister Andrew Adonis has told train operators that they should pay greater attention to promoting good value walk-on fares as well as... continue
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In brief
Public transport offers better value for money than usually stated. These are the findings of a focus paper by UITP, the international association of... continue
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In brief
Network Rail’s chief executive Iain Coucher has announced that he will be forgoing any annual bonus this year. Coucher has informed the... continue
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In brief
East Midlands Trains employee Ted Ingle has been named as the Stagecoach Group Green Champion after being selected as the staff member who has... continue
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Bus News Lead Story
Stagecoach acquired Eastbourne Buses last year
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... continue
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Bus News
Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy told members of the Young Bus Managers Network this week that it was important for industry managers to... continue
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Bus News
Passenger Focus is backing a new campaign by First that aims to reduce anti-social behaviour on its buses across the UK. The on-bus advertising will... continue
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Bus News
First UK bus punctuality
First has issued punctuality statistics for its UK bus division that reveal that none of its operations around the country met the group’s... continue
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Bus News
First has announced that it is to withdraw its Ftr trambuses in York from services on weekday evenings and Sundays in order to make savings. At these... continue
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In brief
The PlusBus integrated bus and rail ticket scheme has been expanded further with five more rail-served towns have joining the scheme. Three existing... continue
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In brief
New research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that bus and coach fares have increased by 17% in real terms since 1997 and by 55% since 1979,... continue
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Excel Coaches and Manchester Airport have teamed up to begin a new service linking the airport with Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport. The... continue
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Rail News
Approval ratings for each design area
Virgin’s Pendolinos have received the worst rating of any long distance train in a Passenger Focus survey aimed at influencing the interior... continue
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Angus: need for a long term view for projects
James Dark
Network Rail has called for the government to endorse a detailed long term vision for the rail industry. Without such a vision, the company warned... continue
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Southeastern Trains will not impose the full 35% premium fare it is entitled to charge for its 140mph services which will operate on the Channel... continue
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Rail News
Scottish transport minister Stewart Stevenson last week unveiled a mock-up of the new Class 380 units that will enter service with ScotRail on... continue
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In brief
Arup, last week signed a three-year contract with ORR and Network Rail, to act as their data assurance, finance and efficiency reporter over Control... continue
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In brief
Greater Manchester PTE has successfully concluded its Transport & Works Act application for the extension of the Metrolink light rail system to... continue
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In brief
Train operator London Midland says that it is to hold further talks with the RMT union, despite it calling two 24-hour strikes next week. Some senior... continue
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Bus News
Metrolink extensions will go ahead under new funding plan supported by transport secretary
Andrew Garnett
Transport secretary Geoff Hoon this week made a surprise visit to Manchester to announce his support for a £1.5bn package of transport... continue
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Regular News
Oxfordshire County Council is to press ahead with controversial plans to close a number of central Oxford streets to bus traffic. It has also... continue
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Regular News
Transport for London has announced a six-month trial of an intelligent speed limiting device that will be initially installed on a single London... continue
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Regular News
A Labour-led motion calling for the reregulation of bus services in Greater Manchester was rejected by councillors in Bolton last week. Nick Peel,... continue
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Bus News
Passenger lobby group Bus Users UK has backed a joint statement by several international transport organisations calling for controversial European... continue
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Regular News
An investigation into bribery allegations at German bus and truck manufacturer MAN is far larger than previously thought with more than 100... continue
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In brief
National Express’s Travel London business has secured new bus contracts in the capital that will increase its peak vehicle requirement by 31... continue
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Transdev Yellow Buses has introduced the first of 11 new Optare Tempos on its 1A route between Bournemouth and Somerford. The vehicles feature... continue
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Stagecoach last week celebrated the first anniversary of its Barnstaple depot in north Devon at an event attended by local dignitaries. The group... continue
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People Lead Story
Finch leaves to head Tube Lines
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... continue
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Rail News
The European Commission has approved a final package of UK state aid for London and Continental Railways in a decision which could lead to rival rail... continue
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People Lead Story
Malcolm Buchanan, chairman of consultancy Colin Buchanan and Partners, has retired from the board after 35 years with them. He joined the consultancy... continue
Categories: People, Other, All of UK
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People
Council-owned bus operator Reading Transport has appointed Jacqui Gavaghan as its new performance manager - the culmination of an 18-month... continue
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People
The London Assembly transport committee has appointed Caroline Pidgeon as is its chair for the coming year, replacing Labour member Val... continue
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People
The Confederation for Passenger Transport North West have made two new vice chair appointments. Duncan Aspinall, who works for Holmswood Coaches,... continue
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People
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... continue
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People
Transport consultant Halcrow has appointed Gordan Buchan as regional development director of its transport planning team in Scotland. Based at the... continue
Categories: People, Other, Scotland
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Rail News
Network Rail has published a proposed strategy on electrification as part of a formal consultation examining the expansion of the electrified... continue