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Core Valley Lines asset transfer is not a template for elsewhere, says ORR
Andrew Forster

The regulatory framework for transferring the Core Valley Lines from Network Rail to Welsh Government ownership does not form a template for any future devolution of railway assets, the Office of Rail and Road has... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

That’s enough rail, says First, after West Coast win

A joint venture of FirstGroup and Trenitalia has won the DfT’s competition to operate the West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchise, commencing in December and running to 2031.  The franchise encompasses the existing West Coast intercity services and the delivery of the first services on... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Go-op train plan vague - DfT

An aspiring open access train operator’s plan for a rail service in South-west England could have a financial impact on multiple franchises but the plan is too vague to properly assess its impact, the DfT has told the Office of Rail and Road.  Taunton-based Go-op Cooperative Ltd has... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Profit margins for most bus operators too low, says analyst

Most bus operators in the UK are not making the necessary profit margets to meet their financial obligations, according to the annual analysis of the sector by industry expert Chris Cheek. The new edition of Bus Industry Performance analyses the performance of 107 operators in... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Sustrans to supply TfL Healthy Street officers

Transport for London has appointed active travel charity Sustrans to provide Healthy Streets officers for the capital.  TfL advertised a three-year  contract for the supply of officers this spring. They will work  alongside borough officers to help deliver local transport priorities... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Bidder challenges Silvertown Tunnel deal

Construction of Transport for London’s Silvertown Tunnel may be delayed after the losing bidder launched a legal challenge to the contract award. In June, TfL named Riverlinx as preferred bidder for the design, build, finance and maintain contract for a twin bore tunnel under the Thames in... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Zenobe strikes London e-bus deal

Bus operator Abellio has struck a financing deal with battery owner and operator firm Zenobe Energy to facilitate the introduction of 34 electric buses in south London next March. Zenobe will own and operate the batteries on the bus, run and maintain the charging infrastructure in the depot, and... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

New Southeastern franchise shelved

The DfT has cancelled the Southeastern franchise competition, saying it has “significant concerns” that continuing the process “would lead to additional costs incurred to the taxpayer, with no certainty that this would deliver envisaged benefits for passengers in a timely... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Karhoo expands with iVcardo partnering

Karhoo has announced the next stage of its global expansion by partnering with booking and dispatch platform iVcardo. Karhoo allows taxi and private hire vehicle fleets to offer their services through the apps and web portals of organisations such as airlines, train operators, hotels, Mobility as a... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

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