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Crossrail delays caused by desire to cling to ‘unrealistic’ timeframe

Team made choices that damaged public value, says National Audit Office report. Crossrail was driven over its budget and schedule because its management team clung to an unrealistic opening date, according to a National Audit Office report into the delayed transport project.

HS2 coupled with £700m pension risk, Stagecoach warns bidders [subscription]

The government is demanding that bidders to run the trains on HS2 take on potential workforce pension liabilities of nearly £700 million, Stagecoach says.

ScotRail punctuality up for fifth time in six months

ScotRail passengers have seen punctuality improve for the fifth time in the last six months, new figures showed today.

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Coach and Bus Week

  • On the dotAhead of this year’s CV Show, Road Tech unveiled the latest addition to its range: the Tachomaster DOT. Peter Jackson was there
  • Putting colour back into BournemouthYellow Buses Managing Director David Squire gives Andy Izatt an insight into a multifaceted strategy that has helped the Bournemouth-based business reinvent itself over the past year and a half and is now delivering growing patronage
  • Arriva owner Deutsche Bahn sets deadline for expressions of interestDeutsche Bahn (DB), the German railway operator and owner of Arriva, has asked for potential buyers to express their interest in the company by 3 May, news agency Reuters has reported.
  • MAN poised to increase UK market shareAhead of the CV Show, we receive an update on MAN’s plans for the UK market MAN’s lacklustre performance in the UK passenger transport market could be about to receive a boost from a sector the manufacturer has only just entered.
  • TfL and Mayor launch three Low Emission Bus ZonesFollowing closely behind the launch of the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on 8 April, Transport for London and Mayor Sadiq Khan have introduced three new Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZ), aiming to further reduce emissions.
  • Take-off for Glasgow Airport fleet renewalFleet investment running into millions and a canny attitude to cost containment is driving FirstGroup’s programme towards increasing already high bus ridership in Glasgow. MD for its Scotland businesses, Andrew Jarvis, speaks to Ken Mann about setting the standard, its premium airport 500 service and new operating challenges
  • East Yorkshire announces £450k investment and new brandScarborough Locals brand will share East Yorkshire’s livery but feature a new logo East Yorkshire has unveiled plans to invest £450,000 in its summer open-top buses and services 12 and 13, which run between Scarborough and Bridlington. Additionally, it has announced Scarborough Locals, a new brand for buses in Scarborough.

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  • Crossrail to open by March 2021 as bosses confirm new timetableThe Elizabeth Line will open by March 2021 at the latest as a new six-month delivery window for the Crossrail’s crisis-hit central section is revealed by the project’s bosses. The announcement confirms that Crossrail, already heavily delayed and overbudget, will be completed at least...
  • £1.46bn railway arches sale 'overlooked' tenants and businesses, says NAONetwork Rail’s £1.46bn sale of railway arches “overlooked” small firms and businesses operating in the arches, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. The sale saw 5,261 commercial properties sold to US firm Telereal Trillium and Blackstone in a 150-year lease last...
  • London Underground workers to strike over 'safety-critical cuts'London Underground maintenance and engineering workers are preparing for three-days of strike action in a row over cuts to train preparation and inspection schedules. The RMT said over a thousand of its members will walk out from 17 May to 20 May over the changes. The news comes days after...

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