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No legal basis for councils to buy First bus businesses
Rhodri Clark

The law does not explicitly permit councils to buy bus businesses, which FirstGroup is seeking to divest, Aberdeen councillors were informed last week. Councillors... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Four train operators to sue DfT

Four train operating companies – Stagecoach, Virgin Trains, SNCF and Arriva – are taking the Government to the High Court, alleging that former transport secretary Chris Grayling breached his duties under English and EU law over how he conducted train franchise competitions.  At... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

CAF wins Birmingham tram deal

Public transport vehicle manufacturer CAF has won an order to supply 21 catenary-free trams – with an option for a further 29 – for Birmingham. The contract has been awarded by the West Midlands Combined Authority, the organisation that manages transport and economic development in the... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

West Yorks gears up for First sale

West Yorkshire Combined Authority is considering its options for participating in the sale of First West Yorkshire, which carries 70% of the region’s bus passengers. Helen Ellerton, WYCA’s policy manager, said there is a “potential opportunity to engage in the process” of... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing
Eurostar and Thalys sign Green Speed partnership

Eurostar and Thalys sign Green Speed partnership

Two high-speed train service operators, the London-based Eurostar and the Franco-Belgian firm Thalys, have announced a joint venture called Green Speed. The project has five key objectives,... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

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