Bus industry in talks about new grant for Covid recovery stage

The bus industry is in talks with the Government about a new round of funding to support the sector as Covid-19 travel restrictions start to be eased. Bus operators and the Government are wrestling with how to maintain social distancing on board vehicles as passenger numbers start to climb. Options being studied range from seating…

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Public transport users could make fewer trips

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Public transport use could fall by 20% even after COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted, as passengers told transport researchers SYSTRA that they will avoid journeys unless health concerns are taken seriously, and commuters change their working travel habits. These results are from a representative survey of 1,500 adult residents across the UK undertaken between 8…

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DfT tracks Covid-19 slump in travel demand

Data released by the DfT suggests that by the middle of last week motor vehicle traffic was down about 60 per cent, bus use outside London by just under 90 per cent, bus use in London by about 80 per cent, National Rail and Tube use by more than 90 per cent. Google has also…

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Public transport will be ‘natural first choice’, says Shapps

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

The past month has presented a monumental challenge to public transport. With the government instructing people to stay home in response to the coronavirus pandemic, passenger volumes have plummeted and revenue steams have slowed to a trickle. But the good news is that, if public transport operators can survive the lockdown, they are the future…

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£167m Covid-19 lifeline for England’s bus operators

£167m Covid-19 lifeline for England’s bus operators

The DfT has announced a £167m emergency fund for bus operators in England to help them survive the Covid-19 virus pandemic. The Covid-19 Bus Services Support Grant will be paid over the next three months and comes on top of the Government’s commitment to pay operators Bus Service Operator Grant on the basis of pre-virus…

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CORONOVIRUS UPDATE: Shapps reveals implications for transport

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Grant Shapps updated MPs on the transport implications of the coronavirus outbreak and his immediate priorities last week. Addressing the Transport Select Committee via Skype on Wednesday, the Secretary of State for Transport said there had been nothing comparable to this in modern government. He offered evidence that the public is heeding government advice not…

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COVID-19: Rail franchises suspended, bus and coach firms seek £1bn

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The DfT has temporarily suspended rail franchises in response to the Covid-19 pandemic that has prompted patronage to collapse. All revenue and cost risk has passed to the Government, with operators being paid a management fee. The Confederation of Passenger Transport has called for £1bn of Government emergency support for bus and coach operators over…

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Coronovirus could cost TfL ‘up to £500m’

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Transport for London has warned that Coronovirus could reduce its passenger income by up to £500m. A growing number of firms and individuals have changed their travel behaviour, with greater numbers of people working from home, and this has led to a significant reduction in passenger numbers. In the week commencing 9 March, passenger volumes…

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Stagecoach Manchester reveals partnership offer made to Burnham

Stagecoach Bus Manchester

Stagecoach Manchester has released details of a new partnership offer it has made to Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham in the hope of killing off the threat of bus franchising. Stagecoach has proposed that bus company profits above a benchmark be shared between itself, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and a partnership investment fund. It is…

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