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  • BEAR continues to deliverThe Bus Emission Abatement Retrofit Fund (BEAR) is making Ł8.85 million available in 2019/20. The money is to support the Scottish Government’s commitment to introduce Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s four biggest cities by 2020. The money is to be used to upgrade vehicles to Euro VI. Transport Scotland will be monitoring air quality performance from the buses fitted with the funded technology.

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  • McGill’s Buses to improve punctuality after Ł75,000 fineScotland bus operator McGill’s Buses will ‘strive further’ to further improve punctuality on its routes, the firm said.
  • Government issues practical guidance for operators and drivers after BrexitThe government has issued guidance for operators and drivers on what steps they need to take to continue to operate in the EU after Brexit, which can be found on the website.
  • Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses now under one roofThe Daimler Group has launched a new corporate structure: The spin-off of the business divisions for cars and vans as well as trucks and buses into subsidiaries became effective at the end of October.
  • New e-busway fleet takes over in NantesThe city of Nantes has introduced the first of its fleet of new electric bi-articulated buses. Based on an existing 7 km right-of-way line, the first bi-articulated electric bus, made by HESS and re-charged with ABB TOSA technology started operating on 20 August 2019, with the remainder of the 22 new electric buses due in service to replace the existing bus fleet by the end of autumn 2019.

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  • TfSE looks to balance economy and environmentThe sub-national transport body (STB) for the South East has launched a 30-year strategy document that warns indulging continued traffic growth is ‘no longer sustainable’.
  • Survey reveals rail businesses expect industry to stagnate in 2020Several UK rail companies are concerned about the industry’s growth in 2020, a survey conducted by polling company ComRes on behalf of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has revealed.
  • New bus interchange proposed for MiddletonPlans have been unveiled to make changes to bus stops at Middleton Park Circus creating a new bus only ‘interchange’ on a quieter section of Middleton Park Road close to the Aldi store. The scheme is being developed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

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