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Wales buses bill: Franchising among proposals

Franchising for buses in Wales and the creation of local authority (LA)-owned operators in the country are among powers that are proposed in the Bus Services (Wales) Bill, which was published on Monday 16 March.

Leeds CAZ to launch on 28 September

Leeds City Council (LCC) has confirmed that the city’s delayed Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will go live on 28 September.

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  • Heritage organisations start to shut down after latest government advice **updated 19th March**The situation with closures and changes to openings of heritage tramways and museums continues to change rapidly as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to make itself felt. It is inevitable, sensible and understandable that these decisions have to be made and the below list gives all the details as know at the moment. At a time when government advice is that we should be exercising social distancing and only undertake essential travel it is no surprise that these decisions are made and hopefully the situation will improve in the coming months.

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  • TfL announces planned services to support London’s critical workers during the COVID-19 pandemicFollowing the Government’s advice to stop non-essential social contact, the Mayor of London has asked Transport for London (TfL) to make a number of changes to services to ensure a safe and reliable service to enable London’s critical workers who need to make essential journeys. The Mayor of London and TfL are urging all other customers to follow the Government’s advice and not make anything but essential journeys. From tomorrow, up to 40 London Underground (LU) stations that do not interchange with other lines will be closed until further notice. Anyone who needs to make es...
  • Coronavirus: 40 London Underground stations to be closedUp to 40 stations on the London Underground network are to be shut as the city attempts to reduce the effect of the coronavirus outbreak. Transport for London (TfL) announced there would be a partial shutdown of the network from Thursday morning. Additionally, there will be no night Tube and bus services will also be reduced, TfL said. It comes after Boris Johnson said the virus was spreading faster in London than other parts of the UK. Latest government figures show there have been more than 900 confirmed cases of coronavirus in London and 34 people have died in the city as a result of th...
  • Government and airlines working to get British passengers affected by Coronavirus back to the UKThe government and UK airlines are continuing to work closely together to ensure British passengers overseas are able to return home through commercial means in light of the impact on overseas travel. Many countries have introduced border restrictions and closed hotels since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began and during a call today (18 March 2020), both the airline industry and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps underlined their commitment to helping those currently overseas to return to the UK. The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, chaired the calls with major airlines and airports e...

Coach and Bus Week

  • CPT reacts to school closuresConfederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) Chief Executive Graham Vidler has issued a statement reacting to the Government’s decision to close schools across the UK as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Operators issue updates on Coronavirus precautionsAs the coronavirus gains momentum, coach and bus operators are communicating with their customers to ensure them that they are taking the necessary precautions to ensure vehicles are clean and safe for them to travel on
  • Stagecoach unveils Greater Manchester’s first electric double-deckersStagecoach has revealed Greater Manchester’s first double-decker electric buses as part of a Ł16.5m investment. The 32 ADL buses will operate on routes 111 and 43, connecting Manchester city centre with Manchester Airport, five hospitals and three universities. The zero emission buses can travel 190 miles on a single charge and will help to ease pollution on some of Europe’s busiest roads.
  • Coach and bus industry reacts as COVID-19 crisis deepensCoach and bus operators across the UK are currently addressing the COVID-19 pandemic situation after Boris Johnson released further advice and voluntary travel restrictions on all non-essential travel. Many operators have acted immediately by cancelling tours and coach holidays from the end of this week, whilst some bus operators are scaling back operations due to passenger numbers falling following advice from the Government to work from home where possible.

Rail Advent

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  • The rail industry's response to Coronavirus With coronavirus sweeping the headlines and the country over the past few weeks, Rail Delivery Group (RDG) have issued a statement regarding the rail industry. They began by saying, “the health and wellbeing of everyone who uses the railway and our staff is always our priority. We know...


  • Coronavirus: TfL set to close up to 40 Underground stations Transport for London is reducing public transport in the capital, with up to 40 Underground stations expected to close within 24 hours. Headways on Underground and Overground lines will be longer, and all-night services will be suspended on both systems. Night buses are to continue running. The Mayor has urged Londoners not use TfL services unless their journeys are essential.

Route One (Bus and Coach)

  • Ł1bn among coronavirus support package callsThe Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has called for a Ł1bn government support package to help the coach and bus industry to secure jobs and services over the next three months during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
  • McGill’s Yutong e-bus order first in ScotlandMcGill’s Buses has become the first Scottish operator to place an order for a Yutong battery-electric bus.
  • Transdev Happy Travels campaign launchedTransdev has introduced a Happy Travels promise. It gives customers their next ride on one of its buses free of charge if they are not happy with their current journey for whatever reason.
  • Buses main subject at Transport QuestionsCan buses operations elsewhere in the country really be the same as the London bus model? Buses were a central topic for discussion at Transport Oral Questions last week in the House of Commons.
  • Wave electric bus launch set for Euro Bus ExpoDesign and manufacturing company CAD CAM Automotive (CCA) and Belarusian company BKM Holding have founded a joint venture called Wave Industries that will see electric bus models for both the UK and export markets produced in Coventry.
  • Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400EV fleet into serviceStagecoach Manchester has launched 32 BYD ADL Enviro400EV battery-electric double-deckers in the south of the city. They represent an investment of Ł16.5m.
  • Ensignbus fits hand sanitisers on busesEssex-based Ensignbus has fitted hand sanitiser dispensers to its entire fleet in response to the coronavirus crisis.
  • Wales buses bill: Franchising among proposalsFranchising for buses in Wales and the creation of local authority (LA)-owned operators in the country are among powers that are proposed in the Bus Services (Wales) Bill, which was published on Monday 16 March.
  • Leeds CAZ to launch on 28 SeptemberLeeds City Council (LCC) has confirmed that the city’s delayed Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will go live on 28 September.

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