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Thursday, 23 July 2020

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  • Stagecoach plans job cuts and predicts bus passenger reduction is long termOperator expects pandemic effect to continue as people work and shop from homeThe coronavirus pandemic will lead to a long-term reduction in the number of people travelling to work or the shops, one of Britain’s biggest bus operators has warned.Stagecoach, which runs major bus services across Britain, said on Wednesday that it did not expect passenger numbers to return to 2019 levels for several years. It plans to cut an undisclosed number of jobs in office-based roles to save £9m. Continue reading...

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  • Crossrail costs rise again, and new delays are likely The price of Crossrail has risen by another £140 million, and rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris described the further increase as ˜very disappointing™. It also seems likely that completion of the project will be delayed yet again. The extra funding is needed to complete the surface sections in east and west London, which are run by Network Rail, and there is no connection with the coronavirus pandemic, because it has emerged that the additional costs were calculated before lockdown. However, work on Crossrail sites was paused for a while until ˜safe working™ could be introduced, and this may ...
  • Transpennine boost as £589m budget is announced The Department for Transport has announced a budget of £589 million to launch work on upgrading the Transpennine main line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester. A Northern Transport Acceleration Council is being set up today, which will be ˜dedicated to accelerating vital infrastructure projects and better connecting communities™ in the north of England, the DfT said. Labour responded: ˜Whilst we welcome an announcement of devolution of transport powers, we™ve heard all this before.™

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  • Stagecoach revenues plunge 25%Pandemic and loss of final two rail franchises behind move   Stagecoach’s revenues plunged by 25% in the 53 weeks ending May 2 as the loss of its final two UK rail franchises and the coronavirus pandemic took their toll on the Perth-based group. Turnover fell from £1.88bn to £1.42bn, while operating profit, adjusted for one-offs, tumbled from £161m to £119.7m. It’s a bitter blow for the group which revealed that its regional bus revenue trends were improving prior to the pandemic; it had experienced 2.7% like-for-like revenue growth in the 14 weeks ended February 1, 2020. Desp...
  • No trains will run between Southampton and Winchester this weekendRAIL passengers are facing more disruption following a major incident at a Hampshire station earlier this year.
  • Boris Johnson outlines £750m green spending for heavy industry and aviation Boris Johnson has unveiled a £350m funding pot for technologies like carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen alongside a £400m sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) pledge, to be spent as part of the UK's Covid-19 recovery effort.

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