Stagecoach’s east coast escape

Stagecoach's east coast escape

Several papers report that HSBC analysts believe Stagecoach is close to a deal with the DfT to end its ambitious programme of payments. Robert Lea has reported that its 90%-owned Virgin East Coast franchise was meant to generate enough profit to cover a £278m payment to the Treasury this year, rising to £346m next year…

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FirstGroup wins franchise to run trains from London Waterloo

FirstGroup wins franchise to run trains from London Waterloo

It was reported widely across the press that Stagecoach Group has lost the franchise to run South West Trains to a consortium of FirstGroup and Hong Kong’s MTR. The Financial Times Robert Wright reported that South West has had the same operator since privatisation in 1996, longer than any other British rail franchise. The DfT’s…

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The Buses Bill: What’s in it for rural services?

The Buses Bill: What's in it for rural services?

In a comment piece, Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users UK, has said it is critical that rural communities are not left even further behind their urban counterparts than is already the case. She goes on to say that Bus Users is contacted on a weekly, almost daily, basis by passengers concerned that their…

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Confirmed projects receiving support from £100m Growth and Housing Fund

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There is updated allocation of some of the £100m available as part of the Growth and Housing fund established by Highways England in 2015 in their Road Investment Strategy. The Government’s £15bn Road Investment Strategy included a £100m Growth and Housing Fund (GHF) pot which provides financial contributions towards the cost of road improvements that…

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New Transport Knowledge Hub launched to help drive local growth

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The Transport knowledge Hub will give local decision makers the tools to make effective transport investments The online resource will help drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth The future of local economies has been given a boost today with the launch of a new Government-supported Transport Knowledge Hub to assist with transport spending decisions which…

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Run trains on batteries, says rail boss

Graeme Paton has reported that Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, has said the electrification of the UK’s railway lines should be scaled back in favour of cheaper alternatives. In an interview with The Times, Mr Carne said technology was developing at such a pace that better reliability could be achieved with the introduction…

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Replacing diesel buses key to cutting London air pollution, claim experts

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Luke John Smith has reported that bus operators are facing fresh calls to swap their diesel fleets to low emissions equivalents, from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). New research by the SMMT reveals that replacing London’s buses with Euro VI vehicles could cut NOx emissions produced by buses in the capital by…

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