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Bus market troubles hit Wrightbus

Northern Ireland bus manufacturer Wrightbus has begun consultation on reducing its workforce by 95 amid challenging market conditions. Chairman of Wrights Group, Mark Nodder OBE, said: “Wrightbus, along with the rest of the industry, is facing some very difficult conditions in its domestic market at present, with current order intake for new vehicles at relatively low levels. In order that the business remains competitive in the long-term, it is vital that we promptly take appropriate steps."... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Four shortlisted for East Midlands rail

Four bidders have been shortlisted bidders for the next East Midlands Trains franchise, which is due to commence in August next year. They are: Abellio, Arriva, Stagecoach (the current incumbent), and a joint venture of First and Trenitalia. ... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

WSP and Arup lead HS2 station designs

Design teams led by consultants WSP and Arup have won the contracts to design the four stations on the London-West Midlands high-speed rail route. Details are: Birmingham Curzon Street – WSP UK Limited (working with Grimshaw Architects LLP); Birmingham Interchange – Ove Arup &... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

East Coast franchise to end ‘within months’

The DfT is to terminate the East Coast rail franchise with the Stagecoach/Virgin joint venture in the next few months because of the operator’s mounting losses.    Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced last November that the franchise would end early, in 2020, because of its... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Comfort Del Gro buys New Adventure Travel

Singapore-based ComfortDelGro has acquired Wales’ largest independent bus operator, New Adventure Travel (NAT), for S$25m, about £13.6m. NAT has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2008 by Kevyn Jones. The company employs more than 300 people and operates 117 buses and coaches from... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing
16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

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