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First Bus Scotland gains political backing for Project 75 work

Various MSPs have signalled their backing for the Project 75 campaign that was launched by First Bus Scotland in 2023. It highlights how one double-decker can take up to 75 cars off the road and...

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Labour’s grand plans for bus need substance

When I started in the bus industry in the 1980s, it had a poor image and a low profile. Then, as now, it was the pre-eminent public transport mode, but barely featured in national debates and certainly...

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How can bus franchising be made to work better for SMEs?

Bus franchising is underway or has been signalled in each of England, Scotland and Wales. It is a controversial topic for the industry. Some operators are vehemently opposed, while others are...

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Zero-emission must sit with wider bus policy objectives: Warrington

Zero-emission buses should sit alongside wider bus policy work and funding if they are to maximise their impact, representatives of Warrington’s Own Buses and its parent Warrington Borough Council...

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Bus services ‘are in a hybrid age’, says Go-Ahead’s Martin Dean

Bus services are entering a third post-deregulation “hybrid” age as a reflection of their operating climate, Go-Ahead Group Managing Director UK Regional Bus Martin Dean told the ALBUM conference in...

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SME bus operators ‘must feed into pre-election policy debate’

SME bus operators should use time before the general election to feed into policy matters that impact them, ALBUM members heard at the group’s recent conference in Cheshire. Policy Advisor Tony...

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Bus must align itself with other political priorities, CPT advocates

Ensuring that bus sits well with other political priorities beyond the general election is at the centre of Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) work for the mode in 2024, Director of Policy and...

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Spring elections keep bus franchising to the forefront

No amount of sugar-coating can disguise how bad the local and mayoral elections, along with the Blackpool South by-election, were for the Conservative Party. In fact, it was the party’s worst local...

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New mayors have the power to improve coach and bus services

Our President’s column this month highlights some of the issues we’re grappling with ahead of the much-anticipated general election. However, this month’s elections of the metro mayors of London and...

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West Midlands bus franchising process set to start in 2025: Mayor

The process for franchising bus services in the West Midlands is hoped to begin in 2025, with the first such services starting around two years later under plans announced by newly elected mayor...

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