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Norfolk MP George Freeman sacked

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Nus Ghani out as transport minister in Cabinet reshuffle

AN MP has lost her job as transport minister in a ruthless Cabinet reshuffle. Wealden MP Nus Ghani will no longer be Under-secretary of State for Transport after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a Government shake-up.

Friday, 14 February 2020

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Coach and Bus Week

  • DfT announces funding for first electric bus townDetails of how a £170m is to be spent also include funding for ‘Superbus networks,’ demand-responsive service trials and the support and restoration of existing networks
  • Government commits £5bn to bus and cycling investmentThe funding, which will be delivered over five years, promises higher frequency services, lower and simpler fares, new priority schemes and at least 4,000 zero emission buses
  • Harrogate’s free Sunday buses power onHarrogate’s Sunday economy has seen a significant boost as customer numbers on its free Sunday buses continue to rise, The Harrogate Bus Company has announced. The services are now set to continue thanks to local businesses.
  • Scotland’s Bus industry sets out Vision for 2030Bus companies across Scotland are getting together to set out a vision for buses for 2030, highlighting the importance of buses in tackling the climate emergency, in a project led by Transform Scotland (TS), the national body for sustainable transport.
  • Bus use in North East grows for first time in a decadeTyne and Wear growth highest in Northern England, only surpassed nationally by areas with successful bus partnerships
  • Gender diversity conference aims to get more women on the busesNorth East has hosted a ‘Women in Bus’ conference at Newcastle’s Vermont Hotel as part of the group’s Women in Bus initiative to increase gender diversity in the bus roles. 80% of the conference attendees were female, with nearly 50 representatives from Go-Ahead’s bus operations across the UK, including Sophie Moorby who is the chair of the national network as it is based in the North East where she works as Operations Manager for Go North East’s Gateshead Riverside depot.
  • First silent Solaris buses for Beethoven’s BonnPolish manufacturer Solaris has won a tender for the delivery of three articulated electric buses for SWB in Bonn. It will be the first time the manufacturer has supplied SWB. The buses will be Urbino 18 electrics featuring the new generation of Solaris High Energy+ batteries, and are expected to hit the streets of Bonn in 2020.

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