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Europeís largest electric double-decker fleet on its way to London

Metroline is to receive the largest fleet of double-decker electric buses in Europe which will operate on two Transport for London (TfL) contracts.

NR shakes up supplier barriers by streamlining standards and recruiting devolved leaders

As its response to the Hansford Review, which looked at how barriers can be broken to make it easier for organisations to invest in and build on the railway, Network Rail has produced a national framework which will help drive a consistent and transparent approach for third-party involvement. As...

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  • Ryanair passengers are charged £2.65 for water Clive Block, 70, from Poole, was travelling with his wife, Bev, a counsellor. She asked for a glass of water once they landed - after the Boeing 737 shook for 40 minutes when they were diverted to Madrid.

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  • London further electrifiesMayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced 68 new zero-emission electric double-deckers will join Londonís fleet next summer. The new buses are to be manufactured by the BYD/ADLpartnership and Optare. It is thought this will be the largest double-decker electric bus fleet in Europe.
  • First ever order for Optare MetrodeckerThe operator has requested five of the double-deckers to operate on the Green Line 702 route between London and Windsor.
  • Harry Shaw wins £9.5m college contractCoventry-based Harry Shaw has won a contract worth around £9.5m over five years. Comprising of 24 coach services, it will see the operator transport students to and from Reaseheath College in the outskirts of Nantwich, Cheshire.
  • Electric avenueAmsterdam has zero ambitions Ė emissions-free bus services within its franchised network. A month ago, VDL delivered Transdevís Connexxionoperation an electric fleet for the cityís most prestigious contract. Stuart Jones visited to find out what theyíve learned

Coach and Bus Week

  • BYD shows off new look for ebusFRANCE A new exterior appearance for its ebus range of pure electric buses has been unveiled by BYD at the Transports Publics show in Paris. The new look will be the standard for all models including the Midibus revealed at Busworld, Kortrijk last year. An 18m artic ebus with the new frontal appearance is expected to be unveiled later this year.
  • Lothian positive despite profit decrease as patronage risesLothian Buses has posted its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2017.
  • Celebration Class for ShearingsShearings is taking delivery of 30 Mercedes-Benz Tourismos to its new Celebration Class specification.
  • Stagecoach launches 11 new Pronto busesStagecoach has launched 11 new high-spec double-deckers on its Pronto service.
  • Working as oneDavid Cutts is Go-Ahead London Operations Director, but he only returned to the UK in April to take up his old job again after spending 18 months as Managing Director of Go-Ahead Singapore where he was tasked with ensuring the start-up operationís success. Heís very clear that working in such a different business environment required an open mind and a sense of cultural acceptance.
  • Europeís largest electric double-decker fleet on its way to LondonMetroline is to receive the largest fleet of double-decker electric buses in Europe which will operate on two Transport for London (TfL) contracts.
  • Go-Aheadís Oxford PickMeUp service underwayG0-Ahead Groupís brand new ride-sharing service, branded PickMeUp, began operating in Oxford on Monday, 25 June.

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  • NatExís ticket inspector teamThe Whisperer is old enough to remember when inspectors were an everyday sight on the buses, and now he hears that National Express has introduced a dedicated Coventry ticket inspector team.
  • Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor praises bus operatorsSteve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, has praised the work Liverpool bus operators are doing to tackle air pollution.
  • OíConnor to leave in SeptemberArriva UK Bus MD Kevin OíConnor is leaving his post at the end of September for a new, undisclosed role, outside the coach and bus industry.
  • Reading Buses cracks down on vandalsVandals who damage Reading Busesí vehicles have been warned that they will be prosecuted and costs recovered.
  • Playing the waiting gameHow do you choose who you buy from? Are your decisions based on price, quali/ty of service, hours of support, location, customer service or cost of ownership?

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