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Sheffield Rotherham ‘Tram Train’ services to start in THREE WEEKS

The UK’s first Tram Train services between Sheffield and Rotherham will begin in three weeks, it was announced today.

Below six months to Brexit: What about coaches?

What does Brexit mean if you run coaches? Nobody seems to know. That includes the government, which has taken the remarkable step of advising operators who have bookings for continental trips that take place after 29 March 2018 to examine whether they will be able to subcontract that work to EU operators.

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  • In-house training: The way forwardIn-house training is the only way forward. This seems to have fallen by the wayside since the introduction of the Driver CPC. Although it is necessary, it is a baseline vocational qualification akin in status to the annual vehicle test in an operator’s vehicle maintenance programme, i.e. a bare minimum requirement. It does not address the detailed operational requirements of a particular employer.

Route One (Bus and Coach)

  • Director promotion at Trentbarton Vicky Williams has been promoted to Director of Commercial services at Trentbarton.
  • Scottish Citylink launch improved services Service improvements for customers travelling between Stirling and Edinburgh have been announced by Scottish Citylink.
  • New route a ‘game changer’Commuters travelling through the Midlands are set to benefit from a new multi-million-pound route linking the M54 to the M6.
  • ‘Buses are in crisis’ stats show The Department for Transport‘s Quarterly Bus Statistics for England April-June 2018, show local bus passenger journeys in England have decreased by 1.7% since 2017, and fares have increased by 2.2% in metropolitan areas and 6.6% in non-metropolitan areas.
  • CPT expresses concern over no-deal Brexit falloutUK plans to rejoin Interbus agreement, but ‘important questions remain unanswered,’ says Salmon
  • ‘Stash’ your bags with megabus.comStasher, described as ‘the Airbnb of luggage’, is the world’s largest luggage storage network with more than 600 StashPoints in over 80 cities across four continents. Since the company began in 2015, they have “stashed” over 100,000 bags world-wide.
  • Time to ‘modernise’ London’s bus network?Transport for London (TfL) has published its proposals to “modernise” central London’s bus network.
  • CEO of TfGM heads for SydneyJon Lamonte, Chief Executive of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), has announced he is leaving the organisation to take up a post as CEO of the new statutory authority of Sydney Metro.
  • Scottish affairs debated at 43rd CPT conferenceThe CPT Scottish Conference is the top annual event for coach and bus operators in the country to consider future challenges. Stagecoach co-founded Sir Brian Souter addressed the 140 delegates
  • Indcar Wing midicoach to make UK debut at EBEMoseley companies set to fill gap in 29-seat segment with Iveco-based model to meet ‘strong demand’
  • Below six months to Brexit: What about coaches?What does Brexit mean if you run coaches? Nobody seems to know. That includes the government, which has taken the remarkable step of advising operators who have bookings for continental trips that take place after 29 March 2018 to examine whether they will be able to subcontract that work to EU operators.
  • McGill's launches new passenger appScottish bus operator McGill’s has launched a new app aimed at being a ‘one stop shop’ for passengers.
  • CityFox Group unveils new South Wales bus operationBristol-based CityFox Group hopes its new South Wales venture offering bus services between Bettws and central Newport from 3 December might lead to route expansion across the city and other areas.
  • 2 Guildford services launch 24 hour optionsUniversity students are among passengers set to benefit from new 24-hour operating bus services six days a week on two Stagecoach routes in the Guildford area.

Aviation Industry

  • EU regulators urged to take action on labor loopholesTen European airlines and two bodies that unite Europe’s pilot and transport workers’ unions have called on European Union (EU) regulators to take action on atypical-employment structures, arguing that these practices distort competition. read more
  • AerCap leases 62, buys 12 aircraft in 3QNetherlands-based aircraft lessor AerCap signed lease agreements for 62 aircraft in the 2018 third quarter, comprising nine widebodies and 53 narrowbodies. read more
  • Icelandair may break bond terms after profit warningIcelandair has started talks with bondholders who invested $190 million in the company, cautioning that it may not be able to meet the original terms of the financing following a recent profit warning. read more

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