Saturday, 22 April 2017

Farewell to the London Underground D78 stock trains

It’s the end of an era for the London Underground D78 stock train.

This also marks the end for single leaf door trains for the London Underground. The second rolling stock with single leaf doors was the 1983 tube stock for the Jubilee Line which was withdrawn in mid 1998.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Blackpool Transport launches more Enviro400 City buses

In Blackpool, Lancashire, Council owned bus company Blackpool Transport has launched 25 of the new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 City buses.

The promenade at Blackpool was awash with new buses on Sunday 9th April when Blackpool Transport officially launched 25 new Enviro400 City buses, manufactured by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).

These buses are the latest investment by the company in the last 3 years and at a cost of over £5m they significantly bolster the existing fleet.

Stagecoach orders new buses for 2017

Stagecoach has announced their order for new buses costing £70 million.

  • More than 340 new buses and coaches ordered.
  • More than £1billion orders for around 7,000 new vehicles placed over past 11 years.
  • Latest intake of vehicles all meet latest Euro 6 emissions standards and have USB charging points.
  • Innovative emissions-reducing stop-start technology on majority of new buses.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

London Bus tender awards: Retains for RATP-Dev and Go-Ahead London

New tender awards for London Bus routes have just come in with big retains for London United, London General, Metrobus and Quality Line.

LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:

Sunday, 9 April 2017

New buses for independent bus companies and the closure of Epsom Coaches

In this article, I will be relaying articles from Route-One and Alexander Dennis regarding new bus purchases and deliveries made by the independent bus companies in Britain. I’m not referring to the Big 5 bus companies which are Arriva, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead Group, National Express Group and Stagecoach Group.

First off, ‘Borders Buses’ has invested £3.5 million for 30 new vehicles after they took over the First Scotland East operations in the Scottish Borders.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Bus feedback trial launched for route 363 and Stratford Bus station

Recently, TfL added an article to their ‘News Articles’ section about London Buses providing feedback machines on buses serving route 363.

During the trial, bus passengers on the 363 bus - which runs from Crystal Palace to Elephant & Castle - will be asked to rate their journey by using a push button.

There will be one unit near the exit of every bus to gather 'in the moment' feedback from passengers.

It is hoped the trial will help TfL understand more about how customers feel about bus services and how this changes throughout the day.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sunday, 2 April 2017

First and MTR wins South Western railway franchise

More bad news for Stagecoach!

Stagecoach have already lost London Bus routes 5, 15 and 115 to Go Ahead Blue Triangle and now they have lost the South West Trains franchise to First and MTR.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Stagecoach loses routes 5, 15 and 115

A new month and some new bus news!

We’ll start off with Stagecoach who after losing routes 103 and 175 to Arriva London, have now lost their flagship routes 5, 15 and 115.

From LOTS:

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

TfL board papers for 29th March 2017 meeting

It’s that time of the month again and TfL have released their board papers for the 29th March 2017 board meeting.

In this article I will show you some parts of the TfL board paper - like the budget and proposals.

First off, we’ll look at the 2017/18 budget board paper. This board paper contains some interesting infographics which you can see below.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Subsidies for London Bus Route 465 saved!

Surrey County Council were planning to cut subsidies for route 465 which would have shortened the route which runs from Kingston to Dorking, with the shorter route terminating at Leatherhead. Thankfully though, due to a campaign held by local residents who use the route, Surrey County Council announced they will continue to fund the route for the next 5 years.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Consultation for South Eastern rail franchise

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation for the South Eastern Rail franchise to improve services.

Passengers in the south-east are on track to get improved journeys, as the government seeks views on a new franchise.

Passengers in south east London, Kent, the Medway towns and East Sussex are on track to get improved journeys, as the Department for Transport (DfT) seeks views on a new franchise in the south-east.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Reports, publications and statistics on TfL website

On the Transport for London (TfL) website, you can view more information in relation to service performance and usage statistics etc.

First of all I’ll begin with the London Buses publications and reports.

Friday, 17 March 2017

TfL updates on the London Bus ‘Hopper fare’ scheme

London Buses’ one-hour Hopper fare was launched back in September 2016 and now TfL have given us an update in their news section on the continuing success of the scheme.

From TfL news

The fare, which was introduced on 12 September, enables passengers to take a £1.50 bus or tram journey and then change onto another bus or tram for free within an hour. The Hopper fare is automatically given to anyone who uses pay as you go with a contactless bank payment or Oyster card.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Mid March 2017 London Bus Tender Awards with New Euro VI hybrid buses!

As we approach the middle of March 2017, we see new contracts being awarded for London Bus Services as part of the new tender awards.

Contract awards: LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Optare reports on their Metrodecker success with Go Ahead London

Bus manufacturer, 'Optare,' has reported on the trial of  their Metrodecker which is demonstrating on selected London Bus routes from Bexleyheath (BX) garage - operated by Go Ahead London.

The pre-production 10.5m Transport for London (TfL) specification Metrodecker demonstrator has completed a successful trail with Go-Ahead London. The Optare double decker was put through its paces operating on routes from Go-Ahead’s Bexleyheath bus garage.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Fare Rises for Nottingham City Transport

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) are increasing their fares from 26th March 2017. It will be the first time in three years for cash fare payers, and the first time for five to seven years for weekly, monthly and annual ticket holders for NCT services. This will be a mix of good and bad news for commuters in Nottingham.

Monday, 6 March 2017

New Buses for Sullivan buses

I know this news is old but it’s still worth relaying the story about an independently owned bus company purchasing new buses for their London Bus route contract.

Sullivan Buses adds TfL route with eight new ADL Enviro200

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Shortlisted bidders for East Midlands Rail franchise

As we enter the month of March (2017) the Department for Transport has announced the shortlisted bidders for the East Midlands rail franchise.

The names of the 3 train operating companies in the running for the next East Midlands franchise competition were announced today (1 March 2017) by the Department for Transport.

After submitting an expression of interest, the following have been successfully shortlisted:

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Optare MetroDecker EV comes to London Bus route 36

LOTS have published their usual weekend London Bus news and they’ve given us another update on the electric bus project for London.

From LOTS:

1) The all-electric Optare MetroDecker-EV is due to be trialled with Go-Ahead on route 36 during April.  New Cross Garage’s limited charging facilities are being upgraded to allow for this and the two Irizars (EI 1 and 2) to enable a more long-lasting overnight charging. Trustybus has a Citaro-K demonstrator (BT66 TZE) for the next two weeks, usually to be found on route 410 Harlow – Waltham Cross.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

London Bus tender awards: retains for Metroline and Metrobus

A short news update for you all showing the recent London Bus tender awards.

From LOTS News

LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:

Friday, 24 February 2017

Arriva are preparing to operate London Bus route 48

Arriva London have just published a news story on their website announcing preparations to operate route 48 from Stagecoach London.

Arriva London is pleased to have been awarded the contract to operate TfL bus route 48 between Walthamstow Central and London Bridge.

The new contract starts this Saturday 25th February operating from Ash Grove garage in Hackney, requiring 70 drivers and 25 buses.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

New logo for Arriva

A major transport company owned by the German government ‘Deutsche Bahn’ (DB) has unveiled their new logo for their subsidiary company Arriva.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Electric buses and SRM Volvo B5LHC update

TfL's favourite estate || *NEW* Go-Ahead London Blue Triangle: LT906 | LTZ2106 || EL3: Barking Reach - Little Heath

The three-door two-staircase hybrid New Routemaster buses entered service on route EL3 on Saturday 18th February 2017. We are still waiting for them to appear on the rest of the East London Transit routes, EL1 and EL2.

Here’s an update from LOTS:

1) At Stagecoach, the first few E400Hs for route 277 at Bow and E20Ds for route 273 at Catford have entered service in the past week. Saturday 18th saw the first suburban route to go over to LTs when Go-Ahead took over the 387 at Barking from Stagecoach and renumbered it to EL3. For a while the EL1/2 will keep its WVLs until more LTs are available.

Friday, 17 February 2017

New Routemasters come to East London Transit services

I haven’t given you a New Routemaster update for a while now so I thought it was about time that I did.

The new East London Transit routes EL1, EL2 & EL3 contract starts on Saturday 18th February 2017 operated by Go Ahead Blue Triangle from River Road (RR) garage. The new contract requires the three-door two-staircase hybrid buses called the New Routemaster, purchased directly by TfL and leased to private operators for their route contracts.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Step-free access for Tottenham Court Road station

Tottenham Court Road Tube station becomes step-free in preparation for the Crossrail Elizabeth Line service.

The final milestone in the upgrade of Tottenham Court Road Underground station has been reached, with the station now providing step-free access to both the Central and Northern lines.

Tottenham Court Road becomes the 71st Tube station providing step-free access, making travel in central London easier for older and disabled people and other customers who find it difficult to use stairs or escalators. It will give a greater choice of travel options for everyone, and will directly benefit parents and carers with children and buggies.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Consultation on Bakerloo Line Extension

This is hot off the wire as TFL is currently proposing an extension for the Bakerloo Underground line.

We are proposing to extend the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle to Lewisham, serving Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate, and would like to hear your views.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Papers for 8th February 2017 TFL board meeting

TFL have released the first board papers for this year, so I will be showing you bits from the board papers (dated 8th February 2017) to see how Transport for London are progressing.

To begin with I will show you some extracts from the Commissioners report.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Council owned bus company “Thamesdown” sold to Go Ahead South Coast

Hot off the press:
Swindon Borough Council has sold the municipal bus company Thamesdown Transport to Go Ahead South Coast.

Thamesdown Transport Limited has been taken over by a major commercial bus operator after councillors agreed to sell the Council’s shares in the company.

Monday, 30 January 2017

New Buses for January 2017

More to come for route 388
As we approach February, the rollout of new buses continues in Britain.

We begin with Arriva who have taken delivery of 174 Volvo B5LH double deck hybrids.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Metroline wins London Bus Route 266 contract with 10-year-old Euro IV buses

This is a short news update about London Bus services. TfL have awarded the 266 contract to Metroline using 2007 Euro IV double deck buses.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Construction for Northern Line extension begins in March

After the long wait, the construction for the Northern Line extension begins in March.

  • Two new 3.2km tunnels will be created as the Northern line is extended to Battersea, via Nine Elms
  • The extension – set for completion in 2020 – is the first major Tube line extension since the Jubilee line in the late 1990s
  • Two 650-tonne tunnel boring machines, named Helen and Amy, are undergoing final testing
The Mayor of London has announced that tunnelling to create an extension of the Northern line between Kennington and Battersea will begin in March.

Monday, 23 January 2017

10 Low Emission Bus Zones and minimum wage for London Bus drivers

I’ve combined various ‘London Bus related’ news items in to this article.

First up we have the news that the London Mayor has announced 10 Low Emission Bus Zones for London.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced plans for 10 more Low Emission Bus Zones deploying the greenest buses on the capital’s most polluted routes to cut harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

The buses are part of the Mayor’s hard-hitting measures to tackle London’s filthy air – responsible for the premature deaths of more than 9,000 Londoners every year – with major plans set to be implemented in 2017 to tackle the dirtiest vehicles.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

New Underground ticket hall and entrance opens at Victoria Station

At last! A new ticket hall and entrance has opened at Victoria Station. A long wait tends to go very quick!

Journeys through Victoria Underground station are set to become easier as a new North ticket hall, a key part of the £700m project to upgrade Victoria Tube station, has opened. A new entrance on Victoria Street, at the junction of Bressenden Place, near Cardinal Place, is now open and leads to the ticket hall and Victoria line. ‎The entrance means that customers can now easily exit the station onto Victoria Street without having to cross the series of busy road junctions outside the station.

Friday, 13 January 2017

January 2017 bus purchases for First Bus and London Bus tender awards

More investments made by First bus, to increase the usage for their services.

First up - the new bus purchases for their West of England services.

First West of England invests £750k in brand new 'Severn Express' buses

Contactless payments for First Bus services

As Stagecoach rolls out their contactless bank cards - the next major bus operator in Britain, First Group, is set to roll out theirs.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Rebuild of Custom House DLR station starts in February

The Custom House DLR station which serves the ExCeL centre in East London is set to be rebuilt on 3rd February 2017 to link with the new Crossrail service.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Bus types revealed for new London Bus routes - 13, 360 and 388

Route 13 will be using buses of this design
As the real route 13 will be withdrawn soon and route 82 will be renumbered to 13 in order to retain the route 13 identity, London Bus Routes has revealed the bus type for the new route 13 contract.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

First Tube Strike of 2017

Another year, another strike, another quick update - this one came as a surprise as one of the world’s largest metro systems - the London Underground is facing strikes!

Transport for London (TfL) is advising customers that there will be a severely reduced service across the network on Sunday evening and all day on Monday should strike action currently planned by the RMT and TSSA unions go ahead.

Station staff who are members of the unions are currently planning to strike from 18.00 on Sunday 8 January for 24 hours. This would mean severely reduced services on Monday. TfL will try to run as many services as possible, but customers are advised to complete their journeys by 18.00 on Sunday, and that most Zone 1 stations are likely to be closed throughout the action.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Stagecoach comes to Kingston Upon Thames

Greater London receives its new route which is the 715. The route runs from Guildford towards Kingston Upon Thames and is funded by Surrey County Council - the service is not part of London Bus network.

From 31st December, Stagecoach will run a new service 715 from Guildford to Kingston upon Thames, via Ripley, Cobham & Esher, operated on behalf of Surrey County Council.

To mark the start of the new service, some journeys on Saturday 31st December 2016 will be run using an historic London bus, a double deck Routemaster coach that previously operated the former Green Line route 715 during the 1960s.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Arriva helps Wirral passengers stay connected during track renewal works

I’ve just come across the following news story - Arriva has purchased up to 30 brand new hybrid buses for their Liverpool service.

From Arriva

If you think you know rail replacement buses, think again; a dedicated fleet of up to 30 brand new Arriva hybrid buses will be taking Merseyrail passengers cross-river during the Wirral Loop Line track renewal works, between January and June 2017. This comes as part of a £340m investment in the Liverpool City Region's railways, which will see Network Rail’s engineers working day and night, 40 metres underground, replacing the track and concrete.

The Bermondsey Dive Under comes into use for Thameslink

More news about Britain’s railway industry - the new Bermondsey Dive Under finally comes into use!

Passengers have been thanked for their patience after a busy programme of improvement work took place across the south east over the last two weeks.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Class 387 trains for GWR service

Every year we are seeing more new trains for Britain’s Railways – and now the following news from First Great Western Railway has just caught my eye:

Passengers travelling from Hayes & Harlington are enjoying a new improved service to mark the start of the new year, with an extra 6,550 seats available following Network Rail’s biggest ever festive upgrade.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Update on the 2017 TFL Fares

First of all, Happy New Year everyone!

I’ve found a recent press release from TFL containing a recap for you on the fare changes for London Transport services.

  • Recent introduction of the Hopper fare, as well as the Mayor's pay as you go fares freeze on TfL services, mean Londoners will benefit even more in the coming years
  • Fares not in TfL's control, including Travelcards, daily and weekly caps, and pay as you go fares on suburban rail services, to increase from 2 January 2017
  • TfL urging customers to check they are using the right travel product to ensure they don't spend more than necessary to get around the city
  • Transport for London (TfL) is urging all customers to check they are using the right travel product to ensure they do not spend more than necessary to get around the city, ahead of the annual fares revision on 2 January 2017.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year! - What I’m expecting to see in 2017

First of all, Happy New Year everyone; this is a follow up to my roundup of 2016 article.

So, what kind of things am I expecting to happen in the transport world in 2017?

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