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Bus franchising proposals in Greater Manchester have come under renewed attack from a group of operators in the region.

Friday, 08 January 2021

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  • If Boris Johnson had any vision he would invest in people, not buildings | Simon JenkinsThe prime minister can't resist his hi-vis and hard hat, but spending on quality of life and culture would be better for our communitiesWhat do politicians desperate for headlines always promise? They promise to build something. On the day I heard my penniless local youth club was about to close, Boris Johnson offered a staggering £100m every week for 20 years to build just one new railway, HS2.Last weekend it was announced that two-thirds of small youth clubs in England were facing closure, with 20% already closing or closed and 30% likely to go by June.

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  • £161m improvement work at Leeds train station completedThe new Platform 0 at Leeds station will allow more trains, more seats and fewer delays for rail passengers using the station, including the many thousands of Bradford residents who usually travel to Leeds for work on a daily basis.

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  • Santander Cycles welcomes record new users during its tenth anniversary yearNew figures released by Transport for London (TfL) show that its Santander Cycles scheme has provided a lifeline to tens of thousands of Londoners by enabling them to safely make essential journeys during the coronavirus pandemic. New 24-hour Santander Cycles membership registrations rose by 167 per cent in the year to December 2020, representing the largest increase in the scheme’s 10-year history. Meanwhile, registrations for new annual memberships increased by a quarter. Total hire numbers for 2020 were 10,434,167 – an increase of around 6,000 hires from 2019 – despite a ...
  • Coronavirus testing for hauliers to continue following decision by French governmentCurrent testing arrangements for hauliers crossing the Channel – where they must have had a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of crossing – are set to continue following a decision by the French Government.   The continuation means that hauliers – including drivers and crew of HGVs, drivers of LGVs and van drivers – planning to cross the Channel should get a negative test before travelling to Kent or other Channel Crossing points.   Following the French Government’s original decision to close the border to the UK, and the subsequent reopening of ...
  • Mandatory Covid-19 testing introduced to bolster border measuresPassengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that from next week inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train will have to take a test up to than 72 hours before departing the country they are in, to help protect against the new strains of coronavirus such as those seen in Denmark and South Africa. The decisive action is in response to the changes seen in the tr...

Coach and Bus Week

  • Wish you were here?At the time of writing, there was still no sign that operators in England would receive any kind of financial assistance, and many were still fearful for their survival. Jonathan Welch speaks to some of those involved in the Wish You Could Hear campaign.
  • Go North West buses in Greater Manchester now offer hand sanitiser as standardAll of Go North West’s 170-strong bus fleet operating across Greater Manchester are now fitted with a hand sanitiser dispenser in a safe area for customers to use as they board and leave the bus.
  • FirstGroup leads industry on Green ReportingFirstGroup plc has become the first UK-based transport operator to sign up to support the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), agreeing a new green governance framework to drive progress against the TCFD’s recommendations.
  • Marching through the mireWe all know 2020 was extremely tough for anyone involved with passenger-carrying vehicles – especially coaches – thanks to the small matter of a global pandemic. But it’s easy to overlook how many strides were made last year in the industry despite this adversity. For CBW’s review of 2020, Peter Jackson focuses on the positive stories that kept the sector on its feet (just), and promises not to mention Covid-19 (phew!)
  • RHA launches new membership category for coach operatorsThe RHA is bringing together its expertise and the knowledge gained from supporting operators of commercial vehicles for over 76 years to introduce a brand-new membership designed specifically to support coach operators.

Railnews

  • Minister resists calls to cancel HS2 The transport minister responsible for HS2 has dismissed suggestions that HS2 should be cancelled, along with an allegation that the government ordered work to start early last year to ˜bail out™ the construction industry.

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