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.
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.
National Express has awarded a new contract to Autoglass Specials, the specialist arm of the UK’s largest glass repair and replacement company.
Irizar UK has secured an order for three i6 integral coaches from Ellisons Travel, which supplies half the Premiership football team coaches.
Large number of new appointments made after a 50% growth in passenger numbers in Europe
Stagecoach Group announced that it has strengthened the management team at its megabus.com business with a number of new appointments as the brand continues its expansion in the UK and mainland Europe.
Eight new buses are taking to the region’s roads, following an investment from Go-Ahead owned Salisbury Reds to provide Park & Ride services in the city.
Courtney’s of Finchampstead, Berkshire has added two 11.7m Optare Versa Hybrids to their fleet. The Versa Hybrids were purchased with support from the Government’s Green Bus Fund.
Go-Ahead London has taken delivery of the first production Euro 6 New Routemasters, 39 buses some of which inaugurated the type on route 453 (Deptford Bridge – Great Central Street) from October 18. They operate with the rear platform closed when moving and without ‘conductors’ as is already the case with routes 8 (Bow Church – Tottenham Court Road Station) and 148 (Denmark Hill/Camberwell Green – White City Bus Station).
All but one Go-Ahead operator achieves a passenger satisfaction score above 90%, with a company average of 92%
Passengers have given Go-Ahead’s bus services the stamp of approval, with an impressive 92% saying they are satisfied with the service.
Arriva North East celebrated the introduction of eight new micro-hybrid buses for their 306 service with a giant piece of sand art on Tynemouth beach.