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Unanimous vote for Quality Contracts

Operators say they are disappointed, but not surprised, at the decision to press on with the QCS. This is Eldon Square bus station in Newcastle upon Tyne. STEVE HODGSON

Operators say they are disappointed, but not surprised, at the decision to press on with the QCS. This is Eldon Square bus station in Newcastle upon Tyne. STEVE HODGSON

Members of the North East Combined Authority reject operators’ partnership proposal and vote for franchising. Gareth Evans reports

In a move which could signal the biggest changes to the way buses operate across Tyne & Wear since de-regulation in 1986, members of the North East Combined Authority (NECA)  voted unanimously last Tuesday (October 21) to submit proposals for the introduction of a Quality Contracts Scheme (QCS) for consideration by the special QCS Board.

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Go-Ahead continues steady growth

Go-Ahead Group has released an Interim Management Statement for the period from June 29, 2014 to October 20, 2014.

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Roland Eglinton makes Chalkwell return

Roland Eglinton has spent the last four years in Australia

Roland Eglinton has spent the last four years in Australia

After spending the last four years working in Australia, Roland Eglinton has returned to the Sittingbourne-based family business of Chalkwell in a newly created role.

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Carmel Coaches ceases trading

A series of maintenance issues lead to Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell revoking the Carmel Coaches licence

A series of maintenance issues lead to Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell revoking the Carmel Coaches licence

Operator’s appeal against O-licence revocation fails

Devon-based coach firm, Carmel Coaches, will stop trading on November 14 after losing an appeal to keep its O-licence. The company has been operating in Exeter since the 1970s.

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Stagecoach critical as Liverpool loses majority of bus lanes

Liverpool City Council has chosen to remove all but four of the city’s bus lanes, a move which has drawn criticism from Stagecoach.

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More low carbon buses for Scotland’s fleet

First Glasgow is putting the funding it secured towards ‘vertual electric’ buses, made by ADL

First Glasgow is putting the funding it secured towards ‘vertual electric’ buses, made by ADL

Nine operators benefit form £3.7m of funding, including First, Stagecoach and Lothian Buses

The Scottish Government has allocated £3.7m of the Scottish Green Bus Fund (GBF), to help fund 83 new buses.

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North East QCS given go-ahead

In a move which could signal the biggest changes to the way buses operate across the region since de-regulation in the 1980s, members of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) have agreed to submit proposals for the introduction of a Quality Contract Scheme (QCS) for consideration by the national QCS Board.

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King Long’s private show

King Long has said that owing to the success of its road shows, with an overspill of customers who wanted to go but were prevented from doing so due to their location, the company has taken the decision not to attend this year’s Euro Bus Expo show. Instead it is offering the chance to both view and drive the vehicle.

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Autoglass wins National Express contract

National Express has awarded a new contract to Autoglass Specials, the specialist arm of the UK’s largest glass repair and replacement company.

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Ellisons Travel orders three Irizar i6 coaches

One of the vehicles will be on display at this year’s Euro Bus Expo

One of the vehicles will be on display at this year’s Euro Bus Expo

Irizar UK has secured an order for three i6 integral coaches from Ellisons Travel, which supplies half the Premiership football team coaches.

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