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MPs have said they are “increasingly alarmed at the continual shortcomings” of Crossrail and the DfT as its nearly Ł3bn overspend and substantial delays still “may not be enough.” The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has slammed Crossrail and the DfT’s lack of...

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  • Miami gives Branson celebrity welcome for train renamingMIAMI (AP) - Billionaire businessman Richard Branson got a rock star's welcome at Wednesday's public rollout of his Virgin Group's partnership with Florida's privately owned, higher-speed passenger rail service that backers hope will soon stretch from Miami to Orlando.

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  • The railway’s annus horribilisThis has been the railway’s annus horribilis. Nothing may have burnt down but almost everything else that could have gone wrong has done so. The list is almost too painful to go through: the timetable meltdown; the new Hitachi trains that seem to have endless problems and seats that make you wish you had brought your own cushion; the laughable failure of Crossrail’s promise to be on time and on budget;

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  • DfT allocates funding for transport appOn the 26 March, Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani announced the allocation of Ł4m for a platform which will provide passengers with location information about bus services. This will enable passengers to have more knowledge about bus arrivals in rural areas and reduce uncertainty which has been identified as one of the biggest factors dissuading young people from bus travel.
  • Stagecoach appoints new Managing Director of East Scotland Bus OperationsStagecoach East Scotland has announced a new Managing Director, Douglas Robertson, who who takes on the role from 1 April.
  • Growing the coach marketSnap is a service which has been expanding rapidly in the last few years, providing independent coach operators with a doorway into the intercity coach market. Its CEO, Thomas Ableman, tells James Day the full story
  • Electrifying HarrogateIt has been a sometimes challenging journey, but the Harrogate electric bus project is now fully operational. Transdev Blazefield’s Alex Hornby, Gordon Irvine and Ben Mansfield talk to Andy Izatt about what is a pioneering project
  • ArrivaClick is coming to LeicesterFollowing a unique partnership with the landowner, the Drummond Estate, Arriva is set to introduce ArrivaClick, its demand responsive ride-sharing service to the residents of New Lubbesthorpe from April 29.
  • Deutsche Bahn considers sale of ArrivaThe sale will help reduce Deutsche Bahn’s debt pile which reportedly stands at €20bn Arriva’s German owner, Deutsche Bahn (DB), announced on Wednesday 27 March that it was exploring options for selling Arriva in a bid to lower its debt pile, which news agency Reuters reported to be around €20bn after its €1bn investment in high-speed trains in 2018.
  • 13.2m Plaxton Elite now available on the Volvo B8R chassisThe B8R chassis is now available for the Plaxton Elite coach. At 13.2m in length on two-axles, it seats up to 53 passengers and offers a centre sunken toilet at the continental exit door. The increased wheelbase maximizes the luggage locker space available. This can be fully utilised due to the lighter chassis, which delivers an increase in luggage carrying capacity of around half a tonne compared with the 12.6m Plaxton Elite on B11R chassis.

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