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Lothian launches new app

Lothian Buses has announced the launch of its official app.

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Cummins Turbo Technologies reveals future fuel saving devices

Cummins Turbo Technologies, a specialist in turbocharger technology, revealed a suite of near-market and future technology capable of improving the fuel efficiency of any modern diesel engine by at least 6% at Busworld Kortrijk.

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Lothian goes live with Trapeze DAS_Web system

Edinburgh-based Lothian Buses has gone live with Trapeze’s DAS-Web.

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China develops new type of electric bus compressor

CHINA: SORL Auto Parts, Inc. a Chinese supplier of brake and control systems to the global commercial vehicle industry, has announced a new generation of electric air brake compressors for use in electric buses.

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Volvo introduces web-based fleet telematics tool

The operator is able to follow each bus’s location and receives comprehensive feedback

Volvo Buses is introducing a new Web-based tool designed to give bus operators better control over their vehicles’ fuel consumption and allow them to tailor maintenance to meet individual needs.

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Help needed to create industry-first website

CPT is in the process of creating a new ‘one stop shop’ website for young bus users and is inviting all UK bus operators to get involved. The new website will aim to raise awareness and promote the key values and benefits of bus travel to young people.

This is in direct response to a personal request from Transport Minister Norman Baker and recent government findings which reveal that more effort is required to get young people on to buses.

The as yet unnamed site, which has a provisional autumn launch date, will help visitors find who their local operator is and local timetable and route information, along with details of best value fares/tickets and how to purchase them. There is no other single site which offers all of this information on bus travel in the UK and feedback from Youth Parliament and a recent Passenger Focus report supports that there is a real gap in the market for it.

For the site to be able to act as a reliable and comprehensive source of information, CPT is inviting all UK bus operators to get involved and share information through it.

If you are interested in becoming part of this industry-first initiative, contact CPT’s Deputy Director of Communications Christopher Nice on chrisn@cpt-uk.org or 020 7257 2521. He will talk operators through the finer details and requirements.

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Nexus urges operators to take up smart ticketing

Operators in the North-East could get a potential grant of £1,000 per bus

Operators in the North-East could get a potential grant of £1,000 per bus

North-East operators told to contact Nexus before the end of June

Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, is urging North East bus operators to sign up for a scheme to fund the preparation of their vehicles for smart ticketing.

All companies operating registered services within or into the Tees Valley, County Durham, Darlington, Northumberland or Tyne and Wear are included and have been asked to contact Nexus before the end of June.

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Nationalexpress.com customers stay mobile

The simplified mobile site brings in 27% of new online visitors to National Express

The simplified mobile site brings in 27% of new online visitors to National Express

Digital marketing agency, One Black Bear, has launched a new mobilefriendly website for National Express, which it claims has displayed incredible success and proves smartphone adaptations are essential for good business.

The mobile version was launched last December alongside the brand-new website, also designed by One Black Bear, as a stand-alone application using only the key elements and features essential for planning a journey while out and about.

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Go North East launches mobile ticketing

Go North East (GNE) has partnered with Corethree to develop a mobile ticketing system for passengers. The new service was launched on February 8.

The Corethree mobile platform, Core Engine, delivers both service information and mobile ticketing to passengers using iPhone, Blackberry and Android smartphone devices.

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Sustained benefits gain four-year extension

Go-Ahead Group says installing the MiX system across its fleet, including konectbus, has led to improved fuel and accident rates

Go-Ahead Group says installing the MiX system across its fleet, including konectbus, has led to improved fuel and accident rates

The fleet management partnership between Go-Ahead Group and MiX Telematics has seen fuel efficiency increase by 12% and accidents reduce by 17.6% since 2007/8. This has resulted in the contract between the two companies being extended for a further four years.

Originally covering 3,500 buses nationwide, including 1,500 in London, the on-going and sustained success of the programme has seen the contract grow over the past three years. MiX now monitors the performance of 4,000 Go-Ahead buses.

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