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National Express breaks records with Glastonbury Festival transport

The coach operator transported almost 28,000 people to the festival, with thousands more arriving through Kings Ferry

The coach operator transported almost 28,000 people to the festival, with thousands more arriving through Kings Ferry

National Express ferried record-breaking numbers of festival-goers to Glastonbury Festival and back this year. Read More »

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National Express launches ‘Youth Promise’ at LTM

Seen at the launch are Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express Coach with Ellie Emberson, Tamanna Miah and Ceirney Eddie, who all sit on the British Youth Council, and Marc Kidson Chairman of the British Youth Council

Seen at the launch are Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express Coach with Ellie Emberson, Tamanna Miah and Ceirney Eddie, who all sit on the British Youth Council, and Marc Kidson Chairman of the British Youth Council

National Express unveiled a package of commitments for young people during an event at London’s Transport Museum on Wednesday (July 9) Read More »

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Sleafordian celebrates golden anniversary

Decorations outside the Sleafordian depot

Decorations outside the Sleafordian depot

Sleafordian Coaches has celebrated its 50th anniversary as a limited company. Read More »

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First major service station opens in Cornwall

The site can accommodate 15 coaches

The site can accommodate 15 coaches

The services provide 15 dedicated coach parking spaces and a filling station which is open 24 hours a day Read More »

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Transport for All on London Bus Accessibility

Transport for All member Jeff Harvey spent an afternoon travelling on six different buses with DfT official Ben Jones, a policy advisor on bus and taxi access.

The journey aimed to highlight the need for access to be considered in the design and route commissioning of buses.

Twice on the journey, Jeff found the access ramp was too steep to ascend independently, necessitating the assistance of the driver.

A ramp on the number 2 bus jammed and refused to extend, leaving Jeff unable to get off the bus, although the driver made it extend after restarting the engine. Later, on the 24 bus, a driver left the stop without extending the ramp after Jeff had pressed the bell, leaving him on the bus until the next stop.

The journey took included a trip on a Mercedes-Benz Citaro on route 507. Here, the wheelchair could easily share the bus with buggy users and people with luggage.

Jeff also tried the New Routemaster, which was found to have a disappointingly small wheelchair bay, with larger wheelchairs struggling to get into the space. All Transport for London buses give priority to wheelchair users over buggy users but on the New Routemaster, if there is already a buggy user in the space, it cannot be shared, creating conflict.

Transport for All is calling for buses with short, steep ramps have new ramps retrofitted, so that wheelchair users can always enter the bus independently and be confident that they will not tip backwards.

The body is also calling for a change in DfT’s Best Practice guidelines on bus access to encourage bus operators to go beyond the legal minimum size of the wheelchair bay.

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Arriva to withdraw Liverpool night services

Arriva is stopping its weekend cross-river night bus services in Liverpool, after the operator said they are no longer economically viable due to falling passenger numbers.

Notices have gone up on the firm’s fleet of buses stating that the N23 Liverpool to Moreton, N37 Liverpool to West Kirby and N450 Liverpool to New Brighton services will be withdrawn from Saturday, July 26.

A spokesperson for Arriva Merseyside said: “Unfortunately, the number of customers travelling on the Wirral night bus services has fallen significantly during the past few years.

“The night bus services are costly to operate and the falling passenger numbers have resulted in the decision to withdraw the services. We apologise to our customers who are affected by this change.”

The N23 and N37 night buses currently depart Queens Square every half hour from around 1230hrs until around 0400hrs on Sunday mornings. The N450 runs on Saturday and Sunday mornings every 20 minutes between 1210 and 0500hrs.

It leaves Wirral with the 500 Liverpool to Birkenhead night service run by Ace Travel, which operates seven days a week but travels a shorter distance to Hamilton Square.

Merseytravel’s 150 service, which was brought in to cover days when there was no commercial cross-river night bus services, will be withdrawn on August 3 following the introduction of the 500 service.

A spokesperson for Merseytravel said: “We are aware of Arriva’s decision to withdraw its weekend night bus services between Liverpool and Wirral from later this month.

“We recognise that these services are important to the night time economy and we’re currently in talks to explore the potential for additional services.”

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EYMS delivery includes its ????irst MCV-bodied vehicles

Examples of the new buses. (L-r) Wrightbus Gemini-bodied Volvo B9TL, MCV Evolution-bodied Volvo B7RLE and ADL Enviro200s

Examples of the new buses. (L-r) Wrightbus Gemini-bodied Volvo B9TL, MCV Evolution-bodied Volvo B7RLE and ADL Enviro200s

East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) has recently taken delivery of 14 new buses, moving closer to its target of having a fully low-floor bus fleet by the end of 2014. Read More »

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First launches new accredited driver training programme

First has announced details of a new, fully accredited driver training programme.

The operator’s Better Journeys for Life Driver Training Programme has been awarded the highly prestigious City and Guilds accreditation, which the company claims is a first for the bus industry in the UK.

The programme is currently being rolled out to new First drivers in Bolton and Southampton. From this September, new drivers from other First depots will begin to receive the new and improved training. Some of the improvements in the new 25 day course include:

  •  Three days of intensive customer service training;
  •  A guarantee to ensure a minimum 2:1 driver/trainer ratio at all times;
  •  An increase of around 30% in the amount of time a driver spends behind the wheel in training;
  •  New drivers will undergo the Smith System Advanced Safe Driving course and learn how to manage conflict issues;
  • Drivers will also perfect their ability to manoeuvre a bus on ‘skill stations’ in the depot before going out on the road;
  •  Drivers will undergo specific disability awareness training; and
  •  First has invested in its training rooms and is providing its trainers with extra support and coaching.

The training investment also complements a change of strategy in the recruitment of drivers. First is placing a greater emphasis on attracting new people with a background in customer service who can then be trained to drive buses. An online application, featuring an online assessment, ensures candidates with a customer service and safety focus reach the interview stages.

The overall programme, a £250k investment, was officially launched at First Bolton on July 3. Managing Director of First Bus, Giles Fearnley, said: “Our drivers play a vital role in attracting and retaining our customers. They are our ambassadors and therefore we must ensure they have the right training and the best training.

“Our programme, which is designed to meet the specific needs of our business, places our driver training at the forefront of the bus industry and lays the foundations for further progress. We recognise that the bus sector must became more customer focused and our new driver programme further underlines our commitment to our Better Journeys for Life customer promise.”

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First makes £20m investment in new vehicles ahead of Commonwealth Games

ADL Enviro400s form the double-decker side of the investment. The single deckers are Wrightbus StreetLitesDelivery of the 109 new vehicles has started, forming part of a 380-strong fleet providing transport for the sporting event Read More »

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FirstGroup Q1 trading update

UK Bus is benefiting from First’s transformation programme. An Optare Solo SR delivered this year is seen here in GosportFirstGroup says trading for the first quarter of the 2014/15 financial year is in line with management’s expectations and the firm’s ‘transformational programmes.’ Read More »

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    Routemaster 60 - 60th anniversary of the unveiling of RM1, July 12-13, 2014

    Location: Finsbury Park, London

    Contact: www.routemaster.org.uk

    Walworth Bus Garage Open Day, July 19, 2014

    Location: Abellio London, 301 Camberwell New Road, Southwark, SE5 0TF

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    Alton Bus Rally, July 20, 2014

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