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DfT slated for ‘shoddy’ consultation approach

Failure to understand costs and impact of changes among reasons for criticism from MPs; confusion caused ‘could sound death knell for community transport’ warns one as Minister softens on contracts

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  • New parking charges spark concernCouncillors have vowed to continue their fight against new parking charges in a town if their fears about an impact on trade are realised.

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  • Registrations decline in first quarterRegistrations decline in first quarter. Double-digit drop for double- and single-deckers, but minibuses bounce back. New bus and coach registrations fell 4.5% in the first quarter of 2018, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures. There were 1,793 PCVs hitting the UK’s roads in the period. This is the fifth consecutive quarter the UK’s new bus and coach market has fallen.
  • ADL and Abellio alliance strengthensWith a recent delivery of 16 ADL Enviro400H double-deckers for Abellio London, the alliance between the operator and the manufacturer has strengthened.

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  • ‘Solid-state batteries set to be game-changers’UNITED KINGDOM The electric vehicle (EV) market is experiencing rapid growth as a result of several global trends says consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan.
  • Welsh Government raises concerns about DfT Section 19 & 22 proposalsKen Skates AM, the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, has recently written to Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani MP to voice the concerns of the Welsh Government in regards to the UK Department for Transport’s proposed changes to Section 19 and 22 permits.
  • E-mobility on the mapIrizar has officially opened its purpose built e-mobility manufacturing centre in Aduna in the northern Spanish province of Gipuzkoa, and took the opportunity to unveil an unexpected new addition to its electric vehicle range that underlines its commitment to provide customers with one-stop solutions. Andy Izatt reports
  • Growing social impactJames Day meets Dai Powell OBE, Chief Executive of HCT Group, for an update on the social enterprise’s exciting recent history

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  • MPs back Waverley Route reopeningThe Campaign for Borders Rail organised an event in Carlisle on May 22 to discuss the potential for reopening the entire former ‘Waverley Route’.

Route One (Bus and Coach)

  • First bus tickets available from ‘vending machines’From Tuesday 29 May passengers will be able to buy a range of First bus tickets from vending machines located at seven bus interchanges around South Yorkshire.
  • DVLA Chief Executive appointedJulie Lennard has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) – becoming the first woman appointed to the role.
  • Stagecoach appoints UK Bus Business Change DirectorStagecoach has appointed Clare Burles as UK Bus Business Change Director from 1 June. Joining from Virgin Trains East Coast, where she has been People Director since 2015, she will lead a new Business Change team which “aims to ensure Stagecoach is fit for the future across all parts of its UK Bus business including aspects relating to people, commercial, technology, communications and safety,” [routeone/23 May/News].
  • ‘From nothing to all this’ Travelling Around Scotland, an operator that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and built a flourishing tour company
  • Reading’s accident free record Over 230 Reading Buses drivers have completed between one and five years of accident free driving. The recognition comes from the Road Operators Safety Council (ROSCO) Safe Driving Awards scheme.
  • Stagecoach South hires DirectorStagecoach South has appointed Richard Smith as their new Engineering Director, replacing Chris Remnant, who moves to Stagecoach London as Engineering Director.
  • Contactless payments on all Stagecoach East Midland servicesContactless payment systems have been installed on over 480 Stagecoach East Midland buses, speeding up boarding times and taking away the need for customers to carry and pay with cash.
  • DfT slated for ‘shoddy’ consultation approachFailure to understand costs and impact of changes among reasons for criticism from MPs; confusion caused ‘could sound death knell for community transport’ warns one as Minister softens on contracts

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