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Stagecoach withdraws from rail to focus on UK bus market
Andrew Forster

Stagecoach is to focus almost entirely on the UK bus and coach markets, saying it will not bid for any rail franchises unless the Government changes the risk profile.... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Lothian reports ridership fall

Municipally-owned Lothian Buses has reported a two million fall in passenger numbers in 2018, and a sharp drop in operating profit. Patronage fell from 121.1 million in 2017 to 119.2 million “driven by decreasing journey speeds because of the impact of congestion across the city region as... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

DLR deal extended

Transport for London is to extend Keolis Amey Docklands Ltd’s franchise to run the Docklands Light Railway by two-and-a-half years, from 31 March 2021 to October 2023.  Jonathan Fox, TfL’s director of rail and sponsored services, said the operator was delivering “consistent... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Bewegen wins SEstran e-bike hire

Canadian e-bike share firm Bewegen Technologies has won a contract from SEStran, the South East Scotland transport partnership, to supply a system in East Lothian and Midlothian featuring four docking stations. Bewegen recently launched the Forth Bike scheme in Stirling, Falkirk and... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Birmingham PFI road deal near?

Birmingham City Council has agreed heads of terms with parties to the city’s troubled highways maintenance and management PFI contract, paving the way for the exit of Amey LG, the main sub-contractor. The council has been negotiating with special purpose vehicle Amey Birmingham Highways Ltd... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Telefonica wins TfW data contract

Transport for Wales has awarded Telefonica a £115,000 contract to supply origin-destination mobile phone network data for the whole of Wales and bordering areas of England, to inform matrices for two new regional transport models.... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

London-Blackpool by open access rail

Open access trains between London and Blackpool North will commence next spring, operated by Arriva’s Grand Central subsidiary. Up to five services a day will run each way, calling at Nuneaton, Preston, Poulton-le-Fylde, and Kirkham & Wesham. The Office of Rail and Road granted rights... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Prestwick Airport up for sale

The Scottish Government is to try and sell Prestwick Airport in South Ayrshire. Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson said: “Good progress continues to be made by the airport to increase revenue, deliver operating efficiencies and pursue exciting opportunities, including Spaceport.... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

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