Friday, 26 May 2017
This is an update to my previous article titled ‘2016 London Tour Bus Prices’.
The purpose of this article is to compare the prices of open top tour bus companies which serve Central London - so here’s the table below.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
A brief news update on the bus scene - Nottingham City Transport (NCT) unveiled their gas buses on Friday 19th May 2017 at the Market Square, Nottingham.
This is the press release from NCT which was released on 16th May 2017.
Five of the buses – one from each route the first 30 buses will be operating on – will be parked in the square from 10am until 6pm, and will be officially launched by Nottingham’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Edwards at the start of the event.
This occasion marks an exciting time for Nottingham’s award-winning bus operator, as it sees a £17m investment in the greenest buses on the road finally begin their journeys in and around the city this summer.
Thursday, 18 May 2017
Transport for London (TfL) has announced in their press release about the new trains for the driverless Docklands Light Railway system.
Customers on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are set to benefit from new walk-through air-conditioned trains from 2022.
The new trains, which will increase capacity by over 30%, will be more reliable and provide customers with real time information, air-conditioning and mobile device charging points.
Sunday, 14 May 2017
After completing works between Brentwood and Shenfield, a full TfL service is set to return on Monday 22nd May 2017.
From TfL news
Upgrade work has been completed to prepare for Elizabeth line services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield in December 2018.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Citymapper, the most popular mobile phone app for commuters has launched their own bus service in the heart of London.
Introducing the Citymapper Smartbus
Sunday, 7 May 2017
Stagecoach South have recently upgraded their bus fleet on the Route 1 which runs from the Sussex Coastal town of Worthing into the South Downs National Park via Pulborough, Storrington and Petworth to Midhurst.
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
From GLA Press release
Mayor trials new Tube-style colour approach to simplify bus network
- Routes given their own distinct colours to make travelling on the bus as easy as taking the Tube
- Buses and signs will be clearly labelled with the colours to help passengers navigate local areas
- Innovative new trial begins in east London
The Bus Services Bill is now in force which will enable powers for local authorities in Britain to franchise bus services in their own area.
CPT has today welcomed Royal Assent of the Bus Services Act 2017 and has confirmed its on-going support for the new partnership measures that will see operators able to continue to operate in a commercial market thereby providing the best possible service to passengers.
Monday, 1 May 2017
Routes 128, 150, 167, 169, 247, 275 and 462 will have ‘branded buses’ as part of the trial to promote the bus services which serve the Barkingside area.
The route numbers will have their own colour to designate their particular service. It will also appear on timetables, route tiles on bus stop flag posts and new livery with each route being identified by a colour with route description on the side and rear of the bus.
London Buses also promote the frequency of the bus service, for example “up to every 12 minutes” for route 128, which is seen on the side of the bus. The bus spider maps will also be updated to the specific route colour.
Saturday, 29 April 2017
We are close to seeing the iconic London taxi going full electric as TfL plan to set up a scheme enabling drivers to switch their fossil fuel vehicle over to a zero-emission electric vehicle.
- Dedicated points for taxis to help iconic black cabs go green
- Plans will encourage drivers to ditch the most polluting vehicles and go electric to help clean up London's filthy air
- Customer friendly scheme means drivers can pay as they go using a credit or debit card, without having to sign up to membership
- Transport for London (TfL) has appointed the suppliers who will provide the rapid charging points that the capital needs to make it easier than ever before to use electric vehicles. After a competitive bidding process, the Centrica Consortium, BluepointLondon, Chargemaster, Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and Fastned were successful. They will fund, maintain, operate and install the network.
Friday, 28 April 2017
Recently, TfL has opened up a consultation on improving Oxford Street to create a more ‘pedestrian friendly’ environment.
From TfL Consultations
"Oxford Street is one of the best known shopping destinations in the world. Around half a million people visit or work in the street and surrounding area every day and thousands of people and families live close by.
Oxford Street is already very busy and growth in London’s population and economy will bring even more people to the area.
There are lots of issues. Pedestrian spaces can get crowded. We recognise there is a road safety problem and air quality in the area is poor. Significant congestion delays passengers using buses and taxis.
Monday, 24 April 2017
Recently, TfL has confirmed changes for the bus routes serving Central London after 3,415 stakeholders responded to the consultation.
40 per cent fewer buses will run on Oxford Street, supporting Europe's busiest shopping district. The reliability of the bus network in central London is set to be improved, cutting congestion and helping tackle air pollution, as Transport for London (TfL) today confirmed that it will implement a range of changes to bus routes.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
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
In Blackpool, Lancashire, Council owned bus company Blackpool Transport has launched 25 of the new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 City buses.
From Alexander Dennis
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 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.
Friday, 14 April 2017
News from the London Underground, the tunnelling for the Northern Line extension to Battersea begins!
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
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
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
Recently, TfL added an article to their ‘News Articles’ section about London Buses providing feedback machines on buses serving route 363.
From TfL News Articles
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
Network Rail aren’t just replacing the railway infrastructure as part of the Thameslink Programme, they’ve also improved parts of the street surfacing.
Sunday, 2 April 2017
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
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.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
From Optare news
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
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.
From NCT press release
Monday, 6 March 2017
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.
From Alexander Dennis
Sullivan Buses adds TfL route with eight new ADL Enviro200
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
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
To round this month off, I will show you my videos which feature London Buses, Tramlink, and Docklands Light Railway services.
Buses and Trams outside East Croydon station
Sunday, 26 February 2017
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
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 London have just published a news story on their website announcing preparations to operate route 48 from Stagecoach London.
From Arriva 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
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
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
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.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
National Express has sold their Essex Thameside franchise to Trenitalia, owned by Italian state railways.
Monday, 13 February 2017
Tottenham Court Road Tube station becomes step-free in preparation for the Crossrail Elizabeth Line service.
From TFL press release
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.
Friday, 10 February 2017
Some more news to report on - but this time it’s from the recent London Bus tender awards.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
This is hot off the wire as TFL is currently proposing an extension for the Bakerloo Underground line.
From TFL Consultations
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
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
Swindon Borough Council has sold the municipal bus company Thamesdown Transport to Go Ahead South Coast.
From Swindon 24
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
|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
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
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
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.
Thursday, 19 January 2017
‘Abellio wins East Anglia railway franchise’.
Abellio has sold 40% of their Greater Anglia stake to Mitsui Group, which is one of the largest trading companies in Japan.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
At last! A new ticket hall and entrance has opened at Victoria Station. A long wait tends to go very quick!
From TFL Press release
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
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.
From First Group
First West of England invests £750k in brand new 'Severn Express' buses
As Stagecoach rolls out their contactless bank cards - the next major bus operator in Britain, First Group, is set to roll out theirs.
From First Group
Thursday, 12 January 2017
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.