Tuesday, 21 August 2018

First Upgraded HST Arrives in Scotland

ScotRail has announced that its first fully upgraded InterCity train has arrived in Scotland.
The high-speed train travelled from Doncaster and crossed the border, ahead of its arrival at Haymarket depot in Edinburgh.

It will enter service between Aberdeen and Edinburgh "in the coming weeks", once crew training is complete.
A total of 17 five-carriage and nine four-carriage trains will be used on lines linking Scotland's seven cities.
ScotRail said the upgraded trains offered more seats and increased luggage space than its current fleet.
Each train also has a new cafe area on board in addition to the usual trolley service.
The upgrade is part of ScotRail's planned £475m investment in rolling stock over seven years.

Chris Tait, ScotRail's high-speed trains project manager, said: "I'm delighted that the first of our iconic trains has arrived in Scotland.
"They will transform rail travel in Scotland by providing more seats and a much-improved on-board environment.
"It's all part of our work to build the best railway Scotland's ever had."
Transport Scotland's rolling stock manager, George Davidson, said: "This is an important milestone in our efforts to improve capacity on our rail services, alongside an enhanced passenger experience."

Monday, 20 August 2018

Indcar and EVM Join Forces in Ireland

Spanish minibus bodybuilder Indcar joins forces with EVM Limited as it seeks to build on its presence in Ireland. The joint venture will operate under the name of INDCAR Ireland. The new partnership is part of Indcar's company growth strategy into the European market. The cooperation with EVM Indcar will be a great opportunity to expand the dealer network.

The agreement gives EVM exclusive rights to the distribution of Indcar models in Ireland which consist of the following three models; Next L8 and Next L9, which are both built on Mercedes-Benz chassis, and the Wing Iveco model, which has more than 3,000 units already operating on the roads throughout Europe.
Since 2001, Indcar has sold more than 300 vehicles in the Irish market. Together with EVM it will support its customers nationwide with a strong and experienced network of aftersales agents.
“We are very excited to re-establish in Ireland and start this collaboration with EVM. We have a shared objective to provide both high-quality minibus solutions to operators and a reliable customers’ service net. We are sure customers will benefit from this alliance”, says Gaël Queralt, CEO of Indcar.

For Danny Mc Gee, EVM, joining forces with Indcar was an easy decision. “Our relationship with Indcar stretches back many years. Our strong presence in the Irish market uniquely positions us to market, sell and support the product.” Indcar and EVM will be celebrating their partnership with a soon to be announced roadshow.
Indcar is a family business founded in Arbúcies (Spain) in 1888, which is nowadays run by the fifth generation and has more than 300 employees. It has a second production facility in Romania and commercial offices in Italy and France. The annual turnover is 32 million euro. Indcar builds 450 minibuses per year. EVM is established in 2009 and is specialised in manufacturing bespoke Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibus and minicoach from 8 to 22 seats in low and high floor variants and accessible options.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Phase Two of New Lothian Services


Two days prior to commencing their operations in West Lothian, Lothiancountry have announced that customers in West Lothian are to receive a further two new routes from Sunday 30th September.

Service 280 will connect Blackridge and Armadale with Bathgate, Livingston North, Eliburn, St John’s Hospital, West Lothian College and Livingston Centre, 7 days a week. While Service 287 will connect Bathgate, Blackburn, Seafield, Eliburn, St John’s Hospital, Howden and Livingston Centre, also 7 days a week.

As a result of these new services, a further 21 new jobs will be created, further boosting the local economy and cementing the company’s long term commitment to the local community of West Lothian.

Nigel Serafini, Commercial Director, Lothiancountry said: “As a socially responsible operator, we know that providing lifeline connections for residents and commuters is vital. We are excited to already be able to further enhance our operations in the West Lothian area and are delighted to introduce these new services further expanding our network. We look forward to welcoming our first customers on-board this Sunday.”

Vice chair of West Lothian Council’s Development and Transport Policy and Development Scrutiny Panel, Councillor David Dodds, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lothian Country to West Lothian, and look forward to their services starting on 19 August.

“It’s great to see a new operator enter the commercial bus network in West Lothian, offering increasing choice for local bus users in one of the fastest growing areas in Scotland.”

Lothiancountry begins operation in West Lothian this Sunday, 19th August, and will operate a fare structure based on a simple and customer friendly zonal system. Along with great value single fares the company will be offering three Dayticket options for customers.

- The countryWEST Day Ticket provides customers with unlimited travel across West Lothian for £5 per day.

- The lothianWEST Day Ticket will allow unlimited access and unrivalled value across all Lothian Country services and Lothian city services for just £7.50 per day.

- The NETWORK Day Ticket, which will allow Lothian Country customers access to all Lothian day services, Airlink and East Coast Buses services at just £9 for a whole day.

For regular customers and users, discounted m-ticket bundles will also be available to purchase for Lothiancountry services via the Lothian app at special introductory offer prices.

A bespoke fleet of double deck vehicles in Lothiancountry’s distinctive green and cream livery fitted with USB charging points and Wi-Fi have been sourced for use on these services, offering customers high levels of comfort and quality for their journeys.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Now Glasgow Considering Pedestrianisation

Following our posting on 13th August announcing that Key roads across Edinburgh will be closed to traffic once a month, it has now been announced that Glasgow City Council is looking at permanently pedestrianising George Square.

The square was closed off to traffic during the recent European Championships sporting event and the council is now looking at whether or not to make the move permanent.

It is conducting a consultation to seek views on the issue.

The council stressed it was not currently conducting a statutory consultation on a traffic order.

A number of bus services pass through the Square. Here a 398 circular service travels on West George Street towards George Square

Pedestrianising the square could have a significant effect on businesses and the surrounding streets as well as disturbing bus transport routes which pass through the area.

George Square is one of the most prominent public spaces in Scotland. It is at the heart of Glasgow city centre and includes both the City Chambers and Queen Street railway station.
'World-class culture'

The consultation on the council's website says: "The European Championships have now finished. Alongside the sport we had two weeks of world-class culture in George Square which we temporarily closed to traffic.

"We're considering permanently closing the square and we'd like to know what you think about that."

The Federation of Small Businesses said permanent pedestrianisation could have pros and cons.

 Above, Buses that currently pass through the Square
It is also the main operating centre for City Sightseeing

Martin Little, the FSB's area leader for the West of Scotland, said: "On one hand, this move could help make our city centre more attractive to visitors and open up the space for a range of activities. On the other, it could create difficulty for businesses that need vehicle access to their premises in the vicinity of George Square.

"While we'll ask our members what they think of the proposals, we'd urge the council to be open to any concerns raised by local firms."

Were the square to be pedestrianised, arrangements would be put in place to allow access for delivery vehicles and the emergency services - as happens in other pedestrianised areas.

Although some nearby streets would not actually be closed to traffic, inevitably closing off the square could have implications for how busy they were.

Glasgow's former Labour leader Gordon Matheson previously called for George Square to be revamped completely but faced intense opposition from critics.

The plan was dropped following an international design competition.

The council's online questionnaire runs until September. It can be found 

Friday, 17 August 2018

Major East Coast Main Line Improvements Approved

A Network Rail proposal to construct a new section of railway underneath the East Coast Main Line has been approved by the Secretary of State for Transport.

The improvement is part of the Railway Upgrade Plan and will see a new rail line running underneath the East Coast Main Line, linking the Stamford lines and the Great Northern Great Eastern lines at Werrington Junction near Peterborough, removing the need for freight trains to cross over the East Coast Main Line.

Currently, slow moving freight trains need to cross over three lines of the East Coast Main Line, causing high speed passenger trains to have to slow down on the approach to Werrington Junction. This multimillion pound investment will mean freight trains no longer need to do this and can dive under the East Coast Main Line.

Capacity on many stretches of the East Coast Mainline is restricted to two tracks. The differing speeds between freight and passenger traffic creates delays.

The project, when combined with upgrades elsewhere along the route, will mean greater capacity for passenger services on the line, as they will no longer need to slow down on the approach to Werrington Junction, meaning it would be possible to run additional passenger services.

Network Rail submitted a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) in 2016 to begin work on the project, which is one of the crucial pieces of work to improve travel on the line. Network Rail has worked closely with members of the public and key stakeholders on the project, and the dive under was selected as the preferred option for the scheme based on their feedback.

This investment, combined with the introduction of new trains, other schemes on the route and revised timetables will not only create space for additional train services between London and the North, but will also help ease congestion and reduce journey times.

Work on the project will begin later this summer and the dive under is expected to be completed by early 2021.

Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, said: “We’re delighted that these plans to improve capacity on the East Coast Main Line have been approved by the Secretary of State for Transport.

“This is a significant investment into the railway in this area which, when coupled with other upgrades on this route, will have widespread benefits for those travelling between London and the North through an increased capacity of 33 per cent.

“This vital upgrade will ensure we can provide an improved service for passengers and will create a more modern, reliable and resilient railway suitable to meet the needs of the communities and economies our railway serves.”

Network Rail continues to work closely with residents and businesses and is holding regular community information events for them to find out more about the scheme. The next drop-in session takes place on Friday, 17 August at The Loxley Community Centre, Davids Lane, Werrington, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE4 5BW between 14:00 and 18:00.

For more information, and to watch a 3D video of the dive under, visit www.networkrail.co.uk/werrington


Thursday, 16 August 2018

Massive BYD Order

The Chinese Bus Market is booming, with production of around 300.000 buses per year. 
The city of Guangzhou the Guangdong Machinery & Electric Equipment Tendering Center Co., Ltd. and Guangzhou Guoke Bidding Agent Co., Ltd., have issued tenders for a total 4,810 electric buses. 
BYD has now received confirmation to build 4,473 of these buses.

BYD, Build Your Dreams, entered with two bids by its Guangzhou BYD Auto Sales Company Limited subsidiary. It announced that it recently received successful bid confirmation notices for two bidding projects, worth RMB 3,707,841,600 and RMB 1,813,619,600 respectively (700 million euro in total). 

BYD is to deliver 4,473 electric buses (889 of their new 8 metre model, 2,419 of the 10 metre model and 1,165 12 metres) to several public transport operators in the city of Guangzhou for which BYD will sign individual agreements with the customers. 

China is market leader when it comes to the use of electric buses. Last year over 106.000 electric and hybrid plug-in buses were registered.

Above & below, BYD have had success in the UK with single and
double deck vehicles being used in the London fleets.


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

200 Scottish Rail Jobs on Offer

Network Rail Scotland will be creating around 200 jobs this summer in one of the biggest recruitment drives in its history.

The jobs will be based across Scotland, including in the North East, Highlands, Perthshire and the South West as well as across the Central Belt.

The roles are now being advertised as Network Rail prepares to invest billions in Scotland’s railway over the next five years.

Posts on offer include administrative, logistics and planning jobs, technician and team leader roles as well as construction and project management posts and rail operative jobs.

Scotland’s railway is currently undergoing a period of enhancement unmatched since the Victorian era and across the country Network Rail is working on projects to expand the railway, improve passenger facilities and introduce greener, faster electric trains.

Between 2019 and 2024 more than £4bn will be spent on running and maintaining the country’s rail infrastructure and the company needs to add to its highly-skilled workforce to help deliver a rail network fit for 21st century Scotland.

Nick Pascazio, Network Rail Scotland’s head of human resources, said: “We’re currently building the best railway Scotland has ever had and to do that we need to recruit and retain the best people.

“The railway is an exciting and fast-growing industry and Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career whether you are returning to work after a career break, a school leaver, a graduate, or looking for a change of career or industry.

“Rail travel is more popular now than ever before, with more than 96m passengers travelling in Scotland each year, and our industry makes an important contribution to keeping the country and its economy moving.”

With nearly 3,000 staff at locations across Scotland, and around 40,000 UK-wide, Network Rail can offer a wide range of career-development and professional learning opportunities as well as excellent staff benefits which include flexible working and a defined benefit pension scheme to those joining the company.

In additional to its general recruitment activities, Network Rail also runs highly-successful apprenticeship and graduate training schemes.

In Scotland, as part of the ScotRail Alliance, Network Rail maintains more than 2,800 miles of track, 359 stations and over 14,000 structures – including the world-famous Forth Bridge and Glenfinnan Viaduct – on a network which carries over 2,500 trains a day.

More information about the company and the careers it can offer can be found at: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/careers/

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

ADL Careers Roadshow


Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), is to hold a series of four Careers Roadshow events at key UK locations this September to highlight available job opportunities. Openings include engineering roles at all levels to support the manufacturer’s growing development of passenger-friendly low and zero emission buses for domestic and international markets.

The Enviro 400 double decker is a hugely popular vehicle in UK fleets

ADL is looking for Design Engineers, Lead Engineers and Principal Engineers across all its disciplines of chassis, body, electrical, test & development and homologation engineering. Candidates could be based at any of the company’s UK locations in Scotland, the North of England and Surrey.

ADL also hopes to attract graduate talent as well as looking for qualified Project Managers, Procurement Engineers and Commodity Buyers/Commodity Managers.

 ADL have partnered with Chinese manufacturer BYD to produce the
electrically powered Enviro200EV
The events will take place in Manchester, York, Guildford and Glasgow on dates between 10th and 25th September 2018, each running from 12pm to 8pm to give interested people the opportunity to visit in their lunchbreak or after finishing work in the evening. Senior engineers and other members of the ADL team will be on hand to talk about the roles the company is seeking to fill, and to kick-start the application process.

 ADL are building a successful export market in
the USA, Asia Pacific and in mainland Europe
(See below)
More information about the Careers Roadshow events is available on the ADL website at



Monday, 13 August 2018

Key Edinburgh Roads Will Be Closed Each Month

Key roads across Edinburgh will be closed to traffic once a month.
Councillors agreed to approve the roll-out of the Open Streets programme on the first Sunday of every month, between 10:00 and 17:00.
A major public consultation into radical plans to reduce air pollution in Edinburgh could also see the city's main shopping streets pedestrianised.
Another idea being looked at is for vehicles to be able to "go to, but not through" the city centre.
The plans could also see widened pavements and improved public spaces.
The consultation will begin in September and last eight weeks.

'No decision has been taken yet on which roads will close in the pilot project, Open Streets programme, which will also act as a test for any future restrictions on vehicles in certain parts of the city.
The closures could include "key parts of the city centre and town centres" across the capital.
Conservatives voted against moving forward the plans for regular Open Streets days, citing a lack of evidence linking road closures to air pollution levels.
Nick Cook, Conservative councillor for Edinburgh's Morningside ward, called for a "high level of public confidence" in the plans and an "assurance that this is what the public and businesses want".
He said: "We are in a situation where we are using anecdotal evidence. We are putting forward a full programme without enough data. We need a more cautious and data-driven approach."
Commenting on the wider consultation plans, Lesley Macinnes, the city council's transport convener, said: "This prospectus is a truly ambitious document which is bound to generate some lively debate right across the city about what kind of place we want Edinburgh to be.
"It's a powerful opportunity to make some really transformational changes to our city centre and town centres for the benefit of everyone who lives and works in, or visits them.
"Frankly, the status quo is just not an option anymore. As a council we are serious about tackling poor air quality, reducing congestion and making it as easy as possible to get around Edinburgh, especially by walking, cycling and public transport."
Karen Doran, the council's transport vice convener, added: "The ideas in this hugely significant consultation have come from a series of workshops held in the spring with a huge range of organisations and interest groups, including transport providers."
Sustrans Scotland is providing funding of £750,000 to help support the plans. Deputy director Grace Martin said: "It is fantastic to see our capital city developing solutions to make the city a better place for people to live, work and visit.
"We are particularly pleased to be able to support a vision of more walking and cycling with funding through our infrastructure and behaviour change programmes."
Joseph Carter, head of British Lung Foundation Scotland, said: "Poor air quality must be recognised for what it is - a major public health crisis.
"Reducing the level of noxious pollutants in Edinburgh's air must be a priority in the coming years.
"The publication of these proposals brings additional clarity on the council's approach to reduce emissions from the most polluting vehicles and encourage active travel."
He added: "We want to see ambitious proposals for the low emission zone and we will be urging councillors to take the bold steps needed to ensure that everyone in Edinburgh can breathe easier in the years to come."

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Yutong on Trial in Oxford

The Yutong E12 all-electric bus hit the streets of Oxford for the first time last week, however, transport bosses say there are still 'practical concerns' over plans to introduce a zero emissions zone (ZEZ) in the city centre by 2020.

The comments from Oxford Bus Company boss Phil Southall come as the firm launched a two-week trial of the zero-emission, all-electric bus.

Under current Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council proposals, diesel and petrol vehicles would be banned from some streets in the city centre from 2020.

As vehicle technology develops it is proposed the Zero Emissions Zone will extend to cover all non-electric vehicles across the city centre by 2035.

The council has insisted the ZEZ should be introduced within the timescales as it looks to reduce illegally-high levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide, which contributes to diseases including cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease.

The bus to be used in the trial, currently the ‘best on the market’, according to Mr Southall, only has a range of 130 miles - more than 100 miles short of the daily bus routes on which it would be used.

However, the trial will allow the company to gain a better understanding of battery life and performance and to gauge customer and driver feedback.

He said: “This trial is an important part of the journey and will enable us and key stakeholders to better understand the technology, what the current standard is and better inform everyone involved in developing a strategy to deliver a greener future for the city of Oxford.

However he said there would need to be major advancement in the technology in order to make the 2020 time frame feasible: “Based on the technology available today, the Zero Emission Zone as it is currently proposed is not realistic or practical.

“The aspiration to have one is absolutely right but there is no point in trying to rush it.”

The single decker bus, developed by Chinese manufacturer Yutong Bus, emits zero tail pipe emissions and has no engine noise or vibration.

The white single decker will operate for one week on services 3A and 6, with the first week of the trial being used to allow drivers to get used to the state-of-the-art vehicle, which is charged via a diesel generator at the Cowley depot.

Leader of Oxford City Council, Susan Brown, said: “The trialling of the fully electric single-decker bus is another exciting step forward for Oxford, moving along the road to zero.

“We are looking forward to seeing the bus in operation and to hearing Oxford Bus Company’s thoughts on how we can continue to work together to deliver the Zero Emission Zone proposals and cleaner buses in Oxford.”

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Annual Cost of Congestion in the UK will Rise 63 Percent by 2030 to £21 Billion

The true impact of traffic congestion on quality of life has been revealed by a new poll showing that commuters leave home an average of 13 minutes early every day to allow for jams on Britain’s roads.

A study by polling agency Walnut Unlimited commissioned by The Go-Ahead Group, one of the UK’s leading public transport operators, highlights the level of inconvenience suffered by road users from worsening traffic and slowing speeds.

 During the rush hours his Go North East vehicle will be delayed
 by severe traffic congestion during the 24 mile journey into the
 centre of Newcastle

By building in a 13-minute buffer on every morning journey, commuters are missing out on an hour and five minutes extra sleep a week, or just over 55 hours’ free time annually.

Even with this buffer, many are still late – 40% of road commuters have been late for work over the last six months due to traffic jams, while 18% have been late for a family event. Perhaps the worst suffering are the one in 20 (4%) who admit to being late to a job interview thanks to a traffic jam.

Official figures show that traffic congestion is getting worse, with delays on A roads up by more than 10% since 2014[1]. Last year, the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimated that congestion would cost the British economy more than £300bn by 2030[i].

Martin Dean, MD of Bus Development at The Go-Ahead Group, said: “Traffic congestion causes frustration, anxiety and inconvenience. It hurts Britain’s productivity as well as affecting quality of life.

 Cities such as Oxford have supported the idea of
Park & Ride for many years. A reliable service will
convince travellers to leave their cars at home.

“Public transport can be a part of the solution to that problem – a fully loaded double decker bus can take as many as 75 private cars off the road, easing congestion and improving air quality. Yet unfortunately we’re seeing many local authorities cutting back on funding for local buses as they face a budget squeeze.

“This study shows the true impact traffic jams have on peoples’ lives. It’s in everybody’s interests to get the country moving more quickly.”

Congestion affects those who travel by bus as well as those who drive. Go-Ahead’s research finds that the typical bus passenger hits a tipping point of impatience after 20 minutes, 16 seconds in stationary traffic, prompting them to get off and walk.

Asked what should be done to improve speeds on the roads, 51% of respondents advocated more investment in public transport, while 30% backed workplace incentives to subsidise bus travel. Only one in five (22%) suggested building more roads.

It is a fact that congestion drastically affects pollution so many UK towns and cities are failing miserably to meet pollution targets

A major problem is that many Councils are reluctant to tackle congestion and pollution head-on as they see car restrictions as vote losers. Car drivers are affronted when new bus lanes are introduced as they expect to have the right of unrestricted access to towns and cities.

Councils are desperate to do something so in some cases have targeted buses and coaches on pollution but ignored cars, taxis and delivery vans. In other words they start at the wrong end because they know that bus and coach companies are soft targets.


Friday, 10 August 2018

Azuma Production Starts in UK

Hitachi’s train factory in the North East begins construction of the new fleet for the East Coast main line
LNER’s Azuma fleet to start carrying passengers later this year

Passengers are a step closer to experiencing new trains as work steps up on Azuma.

The new fleet for the East Coast main line is being built at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe factory in County Durham. The factory, home to 730 permanent employees and has recently seen 50 apprentices graduate.

This milestone for Newton Aycliffe follows Azuma trains built in Japan being tested on the East Coast route.

Azuma is due to begin carrying passengers later this year along the East Coast main line, connecting London and Yorkshire, and from 2019 running in Scotland.

Hitachi has designed the trains using their Japanese bullet train technology, with the front of the train using a sleek aerodynamic design. With much faster acceleration passengers can expect their journey times to be cut once the fleet is fully introduced. The name Azuma means “east” in Japanese, an acknowledgement of Hitachi’s roots and Japan’s advanced railways.

David Horne, Managing Director of LNER explains:

“We’re delighted that manufacturing has now commenced on Azuma in County Durham. Our customers can expect a fleet of high-tech, modern trains that will deliver more seats and space, as well as faster journeys. Azuma will play a key role in revolutionising travel on the east coast mainline, delivering first-class service as well as extra services for Bradford, Lincoln, Harrogate and Edinburgh"

Karen Boswell , Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe said:

“Newton Aycliffe continues to go from strength to strength, now building three separate fleets to serve passengers across the country.

“Our pioneering Azuma trains, inspired by Japanese bullet trains, will transform journeys on the East Coast main line. By building them at Newton Aycliffe, we are supporting thousands of jobs with a strong British supplier base”

Hitachi delivered the hugely popular Javelin HS1 fleet in advance of the 2012 London Games, the company is delivering major orders for new trains, with 281 due to be in service by 2021. The first wave of new trains is being made at the purpose-built factory in County Durham entered passenger service in 2017 as part of the UK Government’s £5.bn Intercity Express Programme. Hitachi rail is growing rapidly, employing over 2,000 people and soon to be operational at 15 locations across the UK.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Go-Ahead Awarded Fourth Rail Network in Germany

The Go-Ahead Group are continuing their expansion into mainland Europe by announcing that it has been awarded the ‘E-Netz Allgau’ routes by the Bavarian rail authority and the Baden-Wurttemberg public transport authority.
 Allgäu Electric Network services will be
 operated by new Stadler Flirt EMUs.
The network provides regional services and important links between Munich and Lindau, within the German federal states of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg.  Electric trains will run approximately 2.5m train kilometres on the route, which is currently operated by Deutsche Bahn.

Due to commence in 2021, the 12-year franchise is the fourth network that Go-Ahead’s Germany company, Go-Ahead Bus and Bahn, has been awarded.  The other contracts start in June 2019 and December 2019.
Go-Ahead Chief Executive, David Brown, said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded this important regional route. Our growing local team continues to look for opportunities in the region as part of our strategy to build a long-term German transport business. 
This network complements our existing contracts in the region and builds on our desire to provide end to end journeys including through our stake in German electric car sharing business, Mobileeee.”

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

More Orders for Volvo7900 e-buses

Volvo Buses has announced contracts for more new electric buses. New Volvo 7900's will be going to the Dutch public transportation company Arriva and to Sweden for another order.

Dutch public transport company Arriva operates throughout Europe and is a key player in alternative propulsion tech. It was among the first in Europe to order hybrid buses from Volvo. Subsequently it has now ordered 23 Volvo 7900 e-buses.

This order was followed by an order from Sweden. The Dutch ceremony coincided with the Volvo's Ocean Race, which finished recently in the Hague, NL.

The new Volvo 7900 e-buses have 200 kWh battery packs. Deliveries are estimated between Q1 and Q3 in 2019.

Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses, said: “We are delighted to establish our first large-scale system of fully electric buses in the Netherlands in cooperation with Arriva, a pioneer in sustainable city transportation. The order is yet another example where also smaller cities are shifting to sustainable, electric bus systems as a means of solving the problems with air quality and noise in the city.”

Anne Hettinga, CEO of Arriva in the Netherlands: “This is a big step in making public transport more sustainable in the province of Zuid-Holland. With shared sustainability ambitions, the province of Zuid-Holland, Arriva and Volvo are able to make the public transport of a complete city emission-free in one go.”

The Dutch Volvo 7900 e-buses will use four fast-charging stations from ABB. They will use an open interface, OppCharge, allowing other e-buses access. Volvo worked hard to get the efficiency of its e-buses to around 80%. The e-buses are a turnkey platform, with Volvo in charge of all vehicle maintenance. They are on regular daily service in Sweden, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Poland, and now the Netherlands. So far, the company has sold more than 4,000 electrified Volvo buses worldwide.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Lothian Launches New Airport Service

Lothian have launched a new cross city service for Edinburgh Airport customers, boosting the company’s existing airport services and creating new links for residents and visitors to the city.

Skylink 400 will connect Edinburgh Airport with Fort Kinnaird via Gracemount, Oxgangs and Colinton, introducing vital links for customers from the south east and south west of the city directly to the airport.

Nigel Serafini, Commercial Director, Lothian said: “As Edinburgh Airport continues to expand and customer demand on our Airport Services continues to grow, it is important that Lothian recognise this and support the increased demand for direct, reliable, value for money services to various key locations in Edinburgh. The introduction of our new Skylink 400 service will boost our existing Airport offering and better connect residents and visitors with our city.”

Lothian’s other airport services consist of Airlink 100, Skylink 200 and Skylink 300, which has also been re-routed to now serve Cameron Toll, linking air travellers with hotels and guest houses in the Southside of the city.

Judy George, Head of Property and Commercial Transport, Edinburgh Airport said: “We’re Scotland’s busiest airport with more than 13.4 million passengers passing through ever year so providing easily accessible links to areas across the city is important to us because we want to make that journey to and from the airport as easy as possible. We’ve worked closely with Lothian and other transport partners to provide a greater variety of choice and routes like the Skylink 400 will allow people to get their holiday off to a relaxing start.”

To mark the launch of the new service, Lothian staff spent the morning of the launch in International Arrivals handing out tickets to potential customers.