Young Bus Managers in the West Midlands

Tuesday 30th May 2023 Last Wednesday and Thursday saw another successful Young Bus Managers’ conference which once again I had the pleasure to jointly host with Martijn Gilbert and imbibe the energy, enthusiasm and positivity not only of the attendees who came from a wide range of different size companies from all over the country... Continue Reading →

Seen around

Saturday 27th May 2023 Good customer service from First and Southern Firstly a couple of follow ups from last month's round up and bouquets and praise for both First Bus and Southern Rail's customer service teams. On that long wait at Crewe rail station on a route 3 due to what looked like an error... Continue Reading →

Opportunities and challenges for McGills

Thursday 25th May 2023 While in Edinburgh enjoying autonomous bus riding last week I took the opportunity to take a look at some of the routes McGills inherited with last September's purchase of First Scotland East. First Scotland East ended its days as a business in two halves. Livingston based routes providing a network around... Continue Reading →

Two days to save Day Travelcards

Sunday 21st May 2023 Readers nay recall a gloom laden blog I posted back in January 2022 warning that London Mayor Sadiq Khan was drawing up proposals to end Day Travelcards as part of funding negotiations at that time for continued financial support from Government. Sure enough, 16 months later on 18th April, TfL launched... Continue Reading →

K is for Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire

Saturday 20th May 2023 It would have been another family owned small bus company on the back of a coach hire business to tell you about as my alphabetical ramblings continue, but the Sutton family who’d owned Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire Ltd since it was formed in 1991 sold it on to a company called... Continue Reading →

The driverless bus with two drivers

Tuesday 16th May 2023 In what's describe as a “world first”, Stagecoach began operating the much hyped and long awaited autonomous bus trial across the Forth Road Bridge yesterday. And if you’re thinking that “world first” claim rings a bell - you're not mistaken as it was just over two months ago I reported on... Continue Reading →

East Sussex joins the DRT club

Thursday 11th May 2023 Not to be left out of the firmly rolling bandwagon of local authorities expending vast sums of public money from Government on Demand Responsive Transport (DRT), East Sussex County Council joined in the fun on Tuesday with a “soft launch” of five of ten designated zones covering the entire county. The... Continue Reading →

Exploring Pembrokeshire with fflecsi

Tuesday 9th May 2023 “Fflecsi is the perfect way to enjoy fun days out and explore the beauty of this part of Pembrokeshire” encourages a colourful Transport for Wales (TfW) leaflet extolling the virtues of its fflecsi DRT service and the scenic county of Pembrokeshire and the Coastal National Park. I didn’t need convincing about... Continue Reading →

J is for JMB Travel

Saturday 6th May 2023 It may not be among the most well known bus companies in Britain, or even Scotland where it’s based (Wishaw just south of Motherwell) but now in its fifteenth year of operations, JMB Travel has carved out an impressive presence amid the otherwise domination of First Bus across Lanarkshire. JMB Travel... Continue Reading →

Aldershot’s bus station is closing

Thursday 4th May 2023 Moves are in hand to refresh and regenerate the area outside Aldershot railway station. But in a move that's described as "access improvements to Aldershot station and town centre" the adjacent bus station is about to close. I know, I was puzzled too, so took a wander over to the town... Continue Reading →

Life after Arriva in Cheshire

Tuesday 2nd May 2023 Following the closure of Arriva's bus garages in Macclesfield and Winsford and the company’s withdrawal from Mid Cheshire on Saturday 22nd April I took a few rides around the area last Friday to see how the first week of the new regime was going with D&G Bus principally at the helm.... Continue Reading →

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