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Rail fares to rise by 2.7% in January

The rise is below the benchmark inflation rate, but still means big increases for many commuters.

London pollution far worse on Tube than streets, study finds

Research finds that air quality is on average 15 times poorer than levels above ground

Fury at council plans to sell woodland haven close to one of Cardiff's busiest roads

The woodland is the only leaf cover on the street and separates a residential area from the busy A48 Eastern Avenue in Cardiff

Further clarification of Bristol’s Clean Air Zone

Following details in a CBW news story in issue 1418 about the Bristol Clean Air Zone (CAZ), James Freeman, Managing Director of First West of England has provided CBW with further clarification on the scheme which is planned to be introduced during 2021.

Saturday, 30 November 2019

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  • UK rail fares to rise 2.7% in JanuaryLabour says latest above-inflation rise means fares have risen at double the rate of wages over a decadeRail fares in Britain across the board will rise by an average of 2.7% in January, train operators have announced.Confirmation of the above-inflation fare increase was met with dismay by campaigners and passenger groups. Continue reading...

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  • Volvo Buses demonstrates electric autonomous depot solutionVolvo Buses has demonstrated an autonomous bus at a Swedish bus depot, which it says represents an important milestone in the firm’s journey towards safer, cleaner and more efficient public transport.
  • Further clarification of Bristol’s Clean Air ZoneFollowing details in a CBW news story in issue 1418 about the Bristol Clean Air Zone (CAZ), James Freeman, Managing Director of First West of England has provided CBW with further clarification on the scheme which is planned to be introduced during 2021.
  • City Circle to take delivery of its 100th Scania Irizar coachCity Circle (UK) Limited has placed an order for 20 Scania Irizar coaches for delivery in 2020. Of these, the first delivered will be the 100th Scania Irizar vehicle to be taken by City Circle (UK), and as such will represent a significant milestone in the companies’ premium partnership. All 20 coaches in the order are Scania Irizar i6S models, of which 18 will be tri-axles with the remaining two based on 4×2 chassis.
  • Delivering local solutionsPrimarily a school contract operation, it might seem unusual for Newbury & District to have been acquired by Reading Buses in September 2018, but there was careful business thinking behind the move as Reading Buses CEO Robert Williams and Newbury Operations Manager Dave Fulford explain to Andy Izatt
  • ArrivaClick to commence operations in Watford next yearArriva has signed a new contract with Watford Borough Council to introduce a new digital Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service to the town from March 2020. The contract will last four years, with the option of a two-year extension. Residents and visitors will benefit from a new and easier way to get around, that will reduce the need for private car ownership and provide a more environmentally friendly way to travel.
  • Carousel Buses and Heathrow Airport to restore High Wycombe coach linkThe subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group, employing around 80 people and operating 45 buses based in High Wycombe, is to restore a coach service to Heathrow with the support of the Airport
  • The best in the businessThis year’s UK Bus Awards saw Nottingham City Transport take the top gong once again,
  • DfT announce a temporary exemption of PSVAR for some school servicesThe complexity surrounding Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations took another turn last week, with the Department for Transport announcing a temporary exception in certain circumstances
  • Manifestos launched ahead of election looks to reinstate axed bus servicesThe vast majority of political parties, with the exception of the SNP, have now launched their manifestos ahead of the 2019 United Kingdom general election, which is scheduled to be held on 12 December 2019.

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  • RSSB appoint Arup to review hydrogen trains The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has tasked Arup with developing a case for hydrogen-powered trains on the Great Britain (GB) mainline. The review will move to establish a high-level operational concept, any relevant operational hazards and obligations of regulation. This comes after...

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  • Battery trains to be tested in DenmarkDENMARK: Suppliers are to be invited to test battery-powered trains on regional lines in late 2020 and early 2021, ahead of a potential order which could see battery trains enter passenger service from 2025.

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