A conference held by Greener Journeys for the ‘Bus Priority Works’ campaign has highlighted the value of investing in ‘simple’ bus infrastructure for the wider economy.Greener Journeys partnered with KPMG to create an 81-page report evaluating three examples of bus priority measures in place around the UK, at an event held at the Institute for Mechanical Engineers last week.Greener Journeys CEO Claire Haigh led the panel of leading industry figures, including Buses Minister Andrew Jones MP, who recognised â€œthe progress in the industry that deserves real credit.â€He added that the 31,000-word report made a â€œcompelling case for investing in bus infrastructure,â€ with every 1 invested generating 3.82 back to the economy.The report, available online, investigates the benefits of bus priority measures in case studies on two core routes linking Horley, Gatwick Airport and Crawley; a new fully-enclosed bus station in Mansfield with a connecting footbridge to the railway station; and South East Hampshire’s sub-regional public transport network.Mr Jones also invited local authorities to bid for the 5m Clean Bus Technology Fund, with grants up to 500,000 on offer (see p6-7). Hilary Chipping, Head of Infrastructure for South East Midlands LEP, said it was difficult to apply for such funding in regions with a mixture of urban and rural areas, where the air quality is not necessarily poor throughout.Also on the panel was Kevin O’Connor, MD for Arriva UK Bus, who stressed the focus needed on partnerships between operators and local authorities.The panel also discussed how to get key decision makers viewing bus priority measures from the industry’s perspective, and getting passengers themselves to speak up and take action.Leon Daniels, Managing Director for Surface Transport at Transport for London, said: â€œThe industry sees itself as a retailer, but in the eyes of the consumer â€“ buses are a utility. How do we get bus priority to the top of the agenda?â€Greener Journeys has partnered with the Campaign for Better Transport, Confederation of Passenger Transport, Pteg, Bus Users UK and Transport for London for the ‘Bus Priority Works’ campaign â€“ the first time a coalition of this size has come together to support bus priority measures at a national level.Report at zigs.me/50b
The developers at Ticketer have been busy adding to their farmyard repertoire. Once again, in support of Ipswich Buses’ involvement in fundraising for St Elizabeth Hospice, the team has adapted all ticket machines to emit a farmyard animal sound.Ipswich Buses ticket machines will ‘baa’ whenever someone buys a Family 5 ticket during Woolly Pully Week which runs 12-16 DecemberDuring Woolly Pully Week, when people are encouraged to wear festive Christmas jumpers to raise money for the Hospice, Ipswich Buses ticket machines will ‘baa’ whenever someone buys a Family 5 ticket.Woolly Pully Week runs from 12th to 16th December 2016, and supporters wear their ‘craziest Christmas knit’ and donate £2 to St Elizabeth Hospice.Ipswich Buses is also doing its bit by encouraging drivers and supervisors to join in, as well as collecting credit tickets from customers to turn into cash donations for them. All the money raised helps ensure nobody has to face their illness alone this Christmas. This is not the first time Ticketer has been asked to create an audible response to a ticket being issued. Earlier this year Ipswich Buses ticket machines were ‘oinking’ in response to another fundraising initiative for St Elizabeth Hospice.Jeremy Cooper, Director for Ipswich Buses, says: “Our ‘noisy’ ticket machines were a big hit in the summer and so we were keen to do something again for the Hospice. Woolly Pully Week gave us the perfect opportunity to go baa-king mad.”John Clarfelt, Managing Director of Ticketer, adds: “Ewe will never find Ticketer turning down a challenge, and once again we were more than happy to say yes, and avoid looking sheep-ish.”The Ticketer system is designed to put ticketing control back in the hands of the operator, regardless of the size of the operation.It has removed the need for depot infrastructure as the system is supported via a hosted managed service, accessed via the internet. The fixed budget cost structure ensures that there are no hidden costs or unexpected future payments.Ticketer is a UK based company; the software is developed and devices are manufactured in the UK, using industry standard components.This approach ensures technical, manufacturing, and assembly are all handled locally, in order to enable it to control production changes, maintain quality standards and keep timelines to a minimum.
£4.35m of Innovate UK funding awarded to operator and its partners in scheme; work will start soonThe five autonomous Enviro200s will operate across the Forth Bridge2019 will see work start on the first trial to deliver autonomous passenger-carrying full-sized buses in the UK. Five such self-driving Alexander Dennis (ADL) Enviro200s will ultimately be operated by Stagecoach East Scotland.Government body Innovate UK has awarded £4.35m to Stagecoach and its partners ADL, Edinburgh Napier University, mobility specialist ESP Group, technology company Fusion Processing, Transport Scotland and the University of West of England.Additional investment has been provided by ADL, ESP Group, Fusion Processing, Stagecoach and Transport Scotland.Enviro200s comingThe 11.8m Enviro200s will run between Fife and Edinburgh across the Forth Bridge via its dedicated public transport corridor. Stagecoach estimates that they could deliver an estimated 10,000 passenger journeys per week.They will be autonomous to Level 4 standard, which means that a human driver must be on board during any journey, in line with UK regulations. Work on the vehicles is expected to begin in Q2 2019 at ADL’s Guildford plant, with an entry to service date planned by 2021.The buses will observe both on-road and hard shoulder running between the Ferrytoll park-and-ride site and Edinburgh Park train and tram interchange, operating every 20 minutes.According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, which has detailed six categories of autonomous capability, Level 4 requires that the vehicle is able to accelerate, brake, steer, monitor the road and respond to events that occur there without intervention. It will notify the driver when conditions are safe for autonomy and he or she then switches it into that mode.In depot autonomy soonerAdditionally, Stagecoach says that it expects the first bus capable of self-driving within a depot to be ready for use “at the beginning of 2019.” Work on the Enviro200 is currently underway at ADL’s Guildford factory.In the short term, it will operate autonomously to carry out movements such as parking and shunting, which the operator says will improve safety and space utilisation within the depot.
Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has welcomed its NCTX Buses App’s second birthday by introducing ‘ticket gifting’ for journeys.Nottingham City Transport’s NCTX Buses app in useThe latest version of the app, which is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, enables users to use one device for buying a ticket, which can then be transferred using a gift code to another person and/or device.“This will help users to look after dependants without needing to give them cash or a debit/credit card, while opening up public transport to a whole generation of travellers through the safe use of a mobile app,” says NCT.The introduction of NCTX Buses App along with other payment methods, including Easyrider smartcards and Robin Hood cards, has seen the percentage of journeys where customers are paying with cash on the bus falling to just 15%, according to NCT. This is set to drop further in 2019 when contactless payments is introduced on to its buses.
Reays Coaches is holding a charity Halloween ball to raise funds for Blood Bikes Cumbria on Saturday 2 November at Crosby-on-Eden near Carlisle.The evening has been organised in association with Arriva Bus and Coach and will include a drinks reception, three course meal, a charity auction and raffle, and entertainment from Explosive Productions.Kerrie Allison, Head of Sales and Marketing at Reays, says: As a local, family run business, Reays recognises the importance of supporting the local community in which we live and work.“We are proud to be hosting our charity ball where we will hopefully raise lots of money for a fantastic cause.”Reays hopes to raise more than £15,000 this year for Blood Bikes Cumbria, with the ball being its finale event.For more information or to book tickets, call Ms Allison on 016973 49999 or email [email protected]
Volunteers from Arriva’s Liverpool head office have kickstarted a new partnership with the Marine Conservation Society by helping to collect 241kg of rubbish that had been dropped at Formby Beach.Lisa Pearson, Head of Marketing at Arriva North West and Wales, says: “We are always looking at ways in which we can do our bit for the planet. We know that using the buses is often better for the environment than travelling via car, but we wanted to go one step further.”
The future of the Bonded Coach Holidays scheme has been secured through the formation of a “strategic alliance” between the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) and the Association of Bonded Tour Organisers Trust (ABTOT).It means that BCH will continue to be available exclusively to CPT members. Costs will be “broadly in line with existing levels,” the Confederation says. It adds that BCH members will continue to take advantage of a dedicated administration function, advice on brochure wording and access to an exclusive travel and tourism helpline.Bonded Coach Holidays scheme under ‘unique strain’ during pandemicCPT explains that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed “unique strains” on BCH. The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – which authorises CPT to run BCH – requires providers of such consumer protection schemes to hold significant financial reserves and shortfall insurance to cover payments in the event of a bond being insufficient.While current bond levels were enough to cover business failures before the pandemic, subsequent decisions by BCH members to issue refund credit notes means that there have been “a number” of calls on BCH’s shortfall insurance. That left it “unlikely to be renewed,” says CPT.It adds that the terms of BCH require CPT to hold reserves at a level that under the current climate is neither realistic nor sensible for it to achieve.‘Alliance means BCH will continue to be available’Says BCH spokesperson Ray Coyne: “The Bonded Coach Holidays scheme provides the industry with a valuable asset to reassure customers that their money is safe and secure. I am delighted that our new partnership with ABTOT will mean that this scheme will continue to be available to CPT members.”Adds ABTOT Managing Director Richard Watson: “We are thrilled to be working with CPT. Both BCH and ABTOT focus on providing a cost-effective way of meeting the package travel regulations. It will be our mission to continue BCH’s high standards, and in the longer term, to look for ways to add additional value to the membership offering.”CPT will hold a meeting for BCH members on 2 February. Alongside ABTOT, it will answer members’ questions about the new scheme.www.bch-uk.org
HCT Group has transferred its fleet management to a cloud-based IT platform provided by software supplier Freeway Fleet Systems. The Amazon Web Services (AWS)-hosted platform removes the use of internal servers, with resulting improvements to access, connectivity and security.Benefits of a cloud-based, paperless approach have been particularly felt by HCT Group thanks to its geographic spread of operations. It has six operations running from 12 sites. With cloud hosting providing group-wide access to the same software, the need to arrange access to servers at each location has been displaced by a simpler ‘global’ method of fleet management.That allows the Freeway Fleet Systems compliance, maintenance and procurement platform to give HCT a universal view of its assets and their availability. Real time management reports are generated and there is group-wide purchasing and cost control thanks to a common asset database.Says Director of Business Systems Donna Norman: “The switch to Freeway’s cloud-hosted service has transformed the performance of the software. It is a lot faster and more reliable. The combination of the Amazon Web Services platform and a centrally-managed Freeway software service gives us assurance that we now have a secure and future-proofed solution.”Freeway Fleet Systems says that the use of AWS hosting brings “a new level of protection that was not possible previously,” displacing any system and data securing concerns. It provides and maintains the cloud infrastructure that is hosted on the AWS platform. Freeway also manages users that need to connect to the cloud to run its product.www.freewayfleet.com
Alliance Transport Technologies has been appointed by Temsa to provide aftersales service and support to the Turkish manufacturer’s products in England, Scotland and Wales.The development represents a second step in recementing Temsa’s position in the market. That task began in November 2020 when it appointed Paul Gardner to lead the process.Mr Gardner says: “Working in partnership with Alliance will bring a new and improved level of customer service to Temsa customers. Alliance’s comprehensive knowledge of the sector will reinforce the current Temsa offering while presenting new opportunities for the brand to explore.”Alliance will provide service and warranty work and parts sales for Temsa products. The collaboration represents what Alliance Director Marc Haley refers to as the start of “a sustainable partnership for years to come.”He adds: “Temsa’s growth plans and ambitions require a professional and consistent level of support. Temsa’s business ethos and etiquette aligns itself perfectly with where we are as a company.”Adds Alliance Director Stuart Raikes: “Our long association with and understanding of the UK coach and bus market means that Alliance understands the needs of the operator very well. We are looking forward to sharing that expertise with our existing and future Temsa customers.”Mr Gardner says that Temsa’s work to appoint a sales outlet in the UK remains ongoing.
Previous articleColumbia City babysitter charged in 2018 death of young childNext articleElkhart Fire Department: Chemical reaction the cause of fire at Altec Engineering 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. South Bend Int’l. Airport serving most passengers since 2001 Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – June 2, 2019 0 649 Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp (“20120218 17 South Bend Airport” by David Wilson, CC BY 2.0) South Bend International Airport served the most passengers during the first quarter of 2019 since 2001. 193,252 passengers flew in and out of the airport in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 188,273 in 2001.Additionally, the airport served 23.42% more passengers in the first quarter of 2019 than 2018.Airport leaders credit the growth in part to their Project Propel initiative, which encourages companies to invest in our own regional economy by adopting a Fly Local First policy that favors the South Bend/Elkhart and southwest Michigan region over the Chicago region.“The recent increase of passengers flying in and out of South Bend would not be possible without the continued dedication and support of our community,” said Mike Daigle, SBN’s executive director. “Choosing to fly local will lead to more flight options and will make doing business with our region easier, faster and less expensive.” WhatsApp Google+