Friday, 27 April 2018

Nottingham City Transport

World’s Largest Fleet of Bio-Gas Double Deck Buses Now Running in Nottingham


The world’s largest fleet of Bio-Gas double deck buses is now fully operational after Nottingham City Transport’s 53rd Bio-Gas bus entered service this week, completing a £16.8m investment in greener transport for the city.
A £4.4m grant from the government’s OLEV Low Emission Bus Scheme, alongside a significant £12.4m investment by NCT has seen gas fuelling facilities installed at NCT’s main Parliament Street Bus Garage and the first 53 Bio-Gas double deck buses enter service on seven routes – 6, 10, 24, 25, 36, 44 and 45.
With all 53 Bio-Gas double deck buses from this initial order now in use, over 3,500 tonnes less CO2, 35 tonnes less NOX and ¾ tonne less particulate matter will be emitted each and every year from the NCT fleet, delivering significant improvements to air quality in Nottingham.
Bio-gas is produced naturally through anaerobic digestion, using food waste, farm waste and sewage. The methane emitted from the digestion process is captured, treated and turned into fuel.
With plans for further Bio-Gas double deck buses to be ordered (subject to funding) and the £3m funding announcement in February from DEFRAs Clean Vehicle Technology Fund to convert 185 existing buses to the latest Euro VI emission standards, Nottingham City Transport is on track to reduce emissions by 90% by 2020 and be compliant with the forthcoming Clean Air Zone in the City.
Mark Fowles, NCT Managing Director commented, “Our Bio-Gas double deck buses are the greenest buses on the road, with significantly lower emissions throughout the entire ‘well to wheel’ process of fuel generation, transportation and use. With Nottingham City Transport now operating 53 of these super environmentally friendly buses, we’re delivering cleaner air for Nottingham with the largest fleet of Bio-Gas double deck buses in the world.”


The engines and chassis of the sleek new Enviro400CBG City Bio-Gas buses have been developed by Swedish giant Scania and are bodied in Britain by the country’s largest bus manufacturer, Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).
Mark Oliver, Scania UK Bus & Coach Fleet Sales General Manager said, “With emissions of carbon dioxide reduced by up to 84 percent, the introduction of this gas-powered double-deck bus fleet – the world’s largest fleet of its type – represents an important milestone for Nottingham City Transport and Scania as together we look to drive the shift towards a more sustainable transport future.  We are delighted to be involved in this important environmental programme, and are sure many other public transport operators around the country will now look to follow Nottingham’s lead.”
Frank McGhee, ADL Regional Sales Manager, commented: “Bio-Gas is a key technology in our low emission bus portfolio, particularly suited to the conversion of large fleets of high capacity vehicles in demanding operations. We’re delighted to support NCT’s investment in greener transport, and to help improve passengers’ journeys with our state of the art buses.”
As well as being the greenest buses on the road, customers travelling on the new Bio-Gas buses enjoy a smoother, quieter ride in comfy high specification seats and are able to keep their devices fully charged with USB charging points on board and free 4G Wi-Fi.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

ADL SmartSeat Launched

Bus passengers are faced with sitting on a wide range of bus seats that vary from nothing more than a padded board to more traditional seats found in older vehicles. Passengers travelling on ADL's latest vehicles will now be sitting on ADL'sSmartSeat™.  




According to the recent press release the new seat, which will be fitted on Enviro200 and Enviro400's, has been developed to the manufacturer’s demanding brief by a market-leading supplier. Operators will benefit from direct aftermarket support for the SmartSeat through ADL’s own organisation.






The new ADL SmartSeat features a contemporary design with ergonomically formed backrests and seat upholstery as part of a robust and durable construction with a low total weight. 



Passenger amenities will be accommodated by a seatback console, and USB power sockets can be integrated into the back shells or mounted on the seat frame to suit operators’ preferences. Care has been taken to ensure the easy replacement of parts, maximising vehicle uptime.


Arthur Whiteside, ADL’s Managing Director UK Sales, explains: “We’re constantly working to enhance the customer experience for bus operators and the ADL SmartSeat takes this to a new level by providing a fully integrated, quality seating solution that gives our customers a single point of contact during vehicle specification, and ensures direct and reliable support through our best-in-class aftermarket network.”
The ADL SmartSeat is available for immediate delivery on Enviro200 stock, as well as to order on all Enviro200 and Enviro400 models. Seat-belted versions will follow from the third quarter of this year to complete the range.

DATE FOR THE DIARY - Saturday/Sunday 28/29th April - Nene Valley Railway





Ever wanted to be part of the 'Night Mail'? Now you can. The NVR is one of the few locations in the UK where non-stop mailbag exchanges can take place using our specially designed coaches. This year both the Travelling Post Office (TPO) train and main line trains will be hauled by both steam locomotive 34081 and Class 31. To make it even better, standard fares apply! 

For all details see their web page www.nvr.org.uk/events/mail-rail-weekend

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Rail ticketing news

Rail passengers who make 'honest' ticket mistakes can now challenge penalties via an independent body


Rail passengers issued with a penalty fare after making an "honest mistake" will have greater protection under rules which come into force recently.
Anyone with a genuine reason for not having a valid ticket will be able to challenge a penalty through an independent committee unconnected to train companies.
Once an appeal is received the clock will stop on the 21-day deadline for payment until the outcome of the dispute is decided.


The new system will give greater consideration to the circumstances of how and why penalties are issued in a bid to ensure people are treated fairly, according to the Department for Transport.
Rail minister Jo Johnson said: "Rail users should make every effort to get the right ticket for their journey, but if you make an honest mistake you should feel confident that the appeals system will recognise this and treat you fairly.
"We are simplifying the rules around penalty fares and introducing an independent appeals process to help those who make a genuine error when using the railway."
Penalty fares can be issued when someone travels without a ticket, is unable to produce a railcard on a discounted ticket, travels in first class with a standard ticket or stays on a train beyond the destination they paid for.
Passengers receive a charge of either £20 or twice the cost of a full single fare, whichever is greater. That can lead to penalties reaching hundreds of pounds for long distance trips.
Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, representing train companies, said: "Customers sometimes make genuine mistakes and the changes to the penalty fares system, which is meant to deter fare dodgers, will help those who feel they have been mistreated and ensure there is enough time to deal with their appeal.
"Fare dodgers deprive the railway of about £200 million every year, money which would otherwise be invested to improve Britain's railway for customers, communities and the economy."
Alex Hayman, managing director of public markets at consumer group Which?, said: "Some people will occasionally make a genuine mistake when travelling by train - that could include a commuter accidentally leaving their season ticket at home, or a passenger choosing the wrong option because of a complex and confusing ticketing system.
"It's encouraging that these passengers will now have an independent body to turn to if they decide to appeal their penalty, so that they can be confident that the issue will be resolved fairly.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

P2 Motion Gear Appeal

The P2 Steam Locomotive Company, who are building the most powerful express passenger steam locomotive, has announced their new £210,000 appeal to manufacture the motion gear for the P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, who already operate and maintain A1 No. 60163 – the newest mainline steam locomotive, have set themselves the target of raising the £210,000 through ‘The Motion Club’ with 175 supporters donating £1,000, plus gift aid, in 8 payments of £125 by standing order.
The Mikados’2-4-2's were the most powerful express locomotive in the UK. Designed in the 1930s by Sir Nigel Gresley, they were designed to haul 600-ton trains. The build of 2007 is at an estimated cost of £5 million and will use modern construction techiniques, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD)
For the project to remain on schedule to complete No. 2007 by 2021, the motion needs to be ordered in 2018. The trust has already has had success with The Founders Club (getting the project to the point of cutting the frames), The Boiler Club (funding the construction of the boiler), The Mikado Club (to wheel the locomotive), and The Cylinder Club (to make the cylinder block), the trust has established The Motion Club to manufacture the motion.
 Picture - Mandy Grant
In return for supporting the appeal, the following special benefits are included:
  • Opportunity to buy a ticket (seat already reserved) on one of the first trains hauled by No. 2007 Prince of Wales
  • Reasonable access to No. 2007 at all times
  • Opportunity to buy exclusive Motion Club badge
  • Opportunity to join one of the teams building No. 2007
  • First choice of other components to sponsor
  • Special Motion Club day with Tornado
  • Special limited-edition version (signed/numbered) of Stuart Black’s drawing of No. 2007 Prince of Wales.
The following work is involved in the manufacturing of the motion:
  • Redesigning of the coupling and connecting roads to use modern materials.
  • Incorporate the late-pattern BR-type continuous white metal lined crank pin bearing bushes
  • Use of the late-A1 design of inside connecting rod which overcame the tendency for the original design of inside connecting rods on LNER ‘Pacifics’ to big-end failure
  • Open die forging of six coupling rods, two outside connecting rods and the inside connecting rod and strap
  • CNC machining of all rods
  • Manufacture of oil box lids, coupling rod knuckle pins, nuts and washers and bearing bush keys
  • The casting of leaded gunmetal and phosphor bronze castings of the crank pin bearing bushes
  • Machining and white metalling of bearing bushes
  • Fitting oil box tops
  • Assembly of bearing bushes to rods
  • Polishing rods.
Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director and Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:
“We are delighted with the level of support that the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has received since its launch. Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, over £2.9m has now been donated or pledged. Recently we have been focused on preparing to wheel No. 2007.
“We now want to turn our attention to the motion which is our next major design and manufacturing challenge. If we can raise £210,000 through The Motion Club over the next few months we are confident that we will be able to place order for the motion on No. 2007 Prince of Wales by the end of 2018 and remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021.
“I would encourage all steam enthusiasts who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a member of The Motion Club or a monthly ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer a week’ covenantor. It’s time to get on board! This year will see further major announcements as the construction of new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales gathers pace.”


The P2s were conceived to haul heavy trains over the Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. The original scheme combined the 2-8-2 wheel arrangement with an A3 boiler but this was subsequently worked up into a design with a longer firebox and double chimney. The 2-8-2s were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to run in Great Britain and their mechanical innovations were matched by their bold outward appearance. The doyen of the class, No. 2001 Cock o’ the North, was radically equipped with Lenz rotary valve gear, an ACFI feed water heater in place of injectors, a 50 sq. ft. fire-grate and streamlined steam passages to three cylinders which exhausted via a double Kylchap chimney. Gresley was greatly influenced by the work of the French engineer Andre Chapelon who had pioneered the use of these features and was determined to incorporate them in the P2s. Externally the design hid the tapered boiler in a parallel, elliptical cladding running from a V-fronted cab to a muscular, streamlined smoke-box (which incorporated integrated smoke deflectors), the whole affair sitting on a high running board which exposed the 6’2″ drivers entirely. The 220lb/sq in boiler fed three 21″ x 26″ cylinders and the locomotive developed a nominal tractive effort of 43,460lb. As a final touch Cock o’ the North was the first L.N.E.R. loco to carry a chime whistle.

Visit the P2 website for more information about the project https://www.p2steam.com/category/news/

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A second set of artics and bendibuses has been added to an album on the Focus Flickr site, which can now be viewed by clicking   here

Monday, 23 April 2018

DATE FOR THE DIARY - Sunday 13th May - Dereham, Norfolk








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DATE FOR THE DIARY - Sunday 13th May - Minehead, Porlock & Lynmouth

From QUANTOCK HERITAGE comes the following message

 

Minehead Day 13th May

We are pleased to announce that vehicles from our heritage fleet will be running a frequent service on this spectacular route. Guest buses and coaches from the 1960’s and earlier will be very welcome; please contact us on sales@quantockheritage.com
Further details will be included here as our plans develop. KEEP WATCHING THIS SPACE!

Operates Sunday 13 May 2018 only
Minehead – Lynmouth via Porlock (Showing connections to / from Taunton)
TAUNTON, Castle Way (for Bus Station)

09:25
09:55
10:40






TAUNTON STATION (Station Rd, Stop S4)

09:30
10:00
10:45






BISHOPS LYDEARD, WSR Station

09:45
10:15
11:00






MINEHEAD, opp WSR Station (arr)

10:40
11:10
11:55









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c
c






MINEHEAD, WSR Railway Stn (dep)
10:00
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
13:00
13:30
14:00
14:30
15:00
PORLOCK, Church
10:20
10:50
11:20
11:50
12:20
12:50
13:20
13:50
14:20
14:50
15:20
COUNTY GATE
10:40
11:10
11:40
12:15
12:40
13:10
13:40
14:15
14:40
15:10
15:40
LYNMOUTH, Lyndale Car Park (arr)
11:05
11:35
12:05
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13:05
13:35
14:05
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15:05
15:35
16:05
LYNMOUTH, Lyndale Car Park (dep)
11:15
11:45
12:15
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13:15
13:45
14:15
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15:15
15:45
16:15
COUNTY GATE
11:35
12:05
12:35
12:35
13:35
14:05
14:35
14:35
15:35
16:05
16:35
PORLOCK, Church
12:00
12:30
13:00
13:00
14:00
14:30
15:00
15:00
16:00
16:30
17:00
MINEHEAD, opp WSR Station (arr)
12:25
12:55
13:25
13:25
14:25
14:55
15:25
15:25
16:25
16:55
17:25









c
c

MINEHEAD, opp WSR Station (dep)







16:30
17:00

BISHOPS LYDEARD, WSR Station







17:20 R
17:50 R

TAUNTON STATION (Railway Bridge)







16:40 R
18:10 R

TAUNTON, Castle Way (for Bus Station)







17:45 R
18:15 R

 c – change buses at Minehead for connection from / to Taunton
 R – Sets down only as required by passengers. Time is approximate
Additional Service – Taunton – Porlock Weir(Showing connections to / from Taunton)
TAUNTON, Castle Way (for Bus Station)
09:25
09:55

10:40







TAUNTON STATION (Station Rd, Stop S4)
09:30
10:00

10:45







BISHOPS LYDEARD, WSR Station
09:45
10:15

11:00







MINEHEAD, opp WSR Station (arr)
10:40
11:10

11:55









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v

v







MINEHEAD, WSR Railway Stn (dep)
10:15
10:45
11:15
11:45
12:15
12:45
13:15
13:45
14:15
14:45
15:00
15:30
PORLOCK, Church
10:35
11:05
11:35
12:05
12:35
13:05
13:35
14:05
14:35
15:05
15:20
15:50
PORLOCK WEIR, Ship Inn (arr)
10:45
11:15
11:45
12:15
12:45
13:15
13:45
14:15
14:45
15:15
15:30
16:00
PORLOCK WEIR, Ship Inn (dep)
10:50
11:20
11:50
12:20
12:50
13:20
13:50
14:20
14:50
15:20
15:35
16:05
PORLOCK, Church
10:55
11:25
11:55
12:25
12:55
13:25
13:55
14:25
14:55
15:25
15:40
16:10
MINEHEAD, opp WSR Station (arr)
11:20
11:50
12:20
12:50
13:20
13:50
14:20
14:50
15:20
15:50
16:05
16:35










v
v
v
MINEHEAD, opp WSR Station (dep)








16:00
16:30
17:00
BISHOPS LYDEARD, WSR Station








16:50 R
17:20 R
17:50 R
TAUNTON STATION (Railway Bridge)








17:10 R
16:40 R
18:10 R
TAUNTON, Castle Way (for Bus Station)








17:15 R
17:45 R
18:15 R
v : Through journey from / to Taunton
 R – Sets down only as required by passengers. Time is approximate


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Something for the weekend whilst you're here sir?

Truro store becomes bus waiting room


A Cornwall store has been inundated with customers.................waiting for a bus.
The Wilko shop on Boscawen Street flung open its doors to bus users while the main bus station undergoes a major rennovation.
They are now being invited to sit inside the store, out of the rain, while a temporary bus stop is in place.
Paul Merret, store manager, said: "It started on the back of the bus station closing, while they regenerate it.
"One of the main bus stops they are using as an alternative is right in front of the store.
"It was evident after the first couple of days that it was going to be busy.
"Obviously with the bad weather, there were some people that were struggling.
"I just thought that I have some space in the store and that I might be able to help.
"So I moved a few fixtures around and got some authorisation from head office, and was able to place some seats inside the window."
The idea is being celebrated by shoppers, after Paul put up signs in the window inviting them to help themselves to seats while they wait.
Paul said: "The customer feedback just from the point of having somewhere warm to sit on the inside out of the rain while they wait has been very positive.
"They like having somewhere to come and are appreciative of that."
Paul says the shop has become incredibly busy with those waiting, and can have as many as 15 people sitting on the seats at one time during peak times of the day.
He tells Pirate FM the impact has been quite minimal to the store though - minus have to move a couple of chairs around.
He said: "The good thing is in terms of the people and the morale, within the store people like to have positive things to talk about.
"I think we've got a responsibility if you like.
"We're enticing people to come into all the stores in the city and anything we can do to make people's journeys more pleasant, we should be doing."

https://www.piratefm.co.uk/news/latest-news/2557139/truro-store-becomes-bus-waiting-room/

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Re-location for Blackpool's Rigby Road Depot?


Blackpool’s Rigby Road bus depot could be relocated because of the rising cost of maintaining the present buildings.

Blackpool Transport chiefs are looking at potential new sites for the depot with a move to land at the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone among the options.

However the heritage trams would be likely to remain at Rigby Road.
If the bus move went ahead, the land could then be used for housing. The surrounding area is already being developed for 400 new homes at the Foxhall Village.The plans were revealed at a meeting of Blackpool Council’s Shareholder’s Advisory Board, which also heard proposals were in place to trial a park-and-ride scheme.


Jane Cole, managing director of Blackpool Transport, said: “Rigby Road is costing us a lot of money in terms of maintenance and renewals.
“And the sooner we can get a new bus depot, the sooner we can look at new technology for 2023 to 2028. “We may be using electric buses by then, for example, so we need to future-proof our depot.”


Antony Lockley, director of strategy and assistant chief executive at Blackpool Council, added: “As part of the Enterprise Zone masterplan there is provision for the moving of bus services.

“The existing Rigby Road site could then accommodate the extension of good quality housing in the area.


“That’s many years in the future, but it’s right that we are looking at this now.”
The Rigby Road depot was built in 1935. Ms Cole also told the meeting a park-and-ride scheme was being considered, based at Squires Gate during the summer and Illuminations. She said: “We want to see if we can entice people to park outside of the town centre to keep traffic to a minimum, and then use a shuttle service. “That will keep our revenue up and keep cars out of the town.”

Ms Cole added other initiatives included working more closely with other businesses such as coach companies and hotels to make it easier for visitors to buy tickets. The successful rail replacement service has also boosted revenue, with the company now set to run a service between Preston and Wigan.





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It is a welcome return (some might disagree), to the mini and midibus subject, with a further set from the UK Provinces. Now in an album on the site they can now be viewed by clicking  here

Friday, 20 April 2018

DATE FOR THE DIARY - Saturday 26th April - Cardiff






Hope Valley Line Improvements

Plans for a scheme aiming to reduce delays and improve reliability for trains on the congested Sheffield to Manchester route have been given the green light.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved the granting of the Transport and Works Act order, a key step in the process to secure the improvements to the Hope Valley Line.

The route between Bamford and Dore is affected by slow freight trains, and the planned improvements will allow passenger trains to overtake.
Two fast passenger trains an hour and one stopping train every two hours currently use the line, but the scheme would allow that to rise to three fast trains per hour and one stopping train each hour.
Under the Northern Hub plans, a 1,000-metre loop would be built at Bamford alongside the existing railway line, and the Hathersage West foot crossing replaced with a footbridge. The Dore South Curve will also be extended and the capacity of Dore and Totley station improved, including a second track through the station.
The news has been welcomed by longstanding supporters and promoters of the improvement, Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership.

“Improved rail connections to Manchester are a key SCR priority and something we have been pressing very hard for with ministers, and something the private and public sectors have been working together to achieve for some time,” said Martin McKervey, lead member for transport.
“It's good to see that the secretary of state has been listening to us, and our collaborative efforts have paid off with this important decision. We will now be working with Network Rail to make sure the scheme happens.”

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Mortons Travel Limited

Lucketts Group acquires 35-coach North Hampshire firm




Lucketts Group has accelerated its expansion plans, with its second acquisition in just four months.
The coach company has as of the 16th April acquired North Hampshire-based Mortons Travel Limited, just a few months after adding Solent Coaches to its growing portfolio.
The move brings Lucketts’ total number of vehicles to around 175 and widens its reach in the north of the county and beyond into Berkshire.
As part of the acquisition all 60 staff of Mortons Travel will be retained by the company and managing director Tony Lawman said the plan is to grow the fellow family business.
"There were a lot of synergies between Lucketts and Mortons, not least the fact that it’s a family owned company with our same core values of safety, reliability, quality and attention to detail."
Mortons Travel will retain its name, coaches and extensive client portfolio. Should, however, it need to call on extra resources it now has the operational backing of Lucketts Group – which incorporates Lucketts Travel, Coliseum Coaches, Solent Coaches and Worthing Coaches.
The former shareholders of Mortons Travel, Adrian and Joanne Morton, say they wanted to pass the thriving company on to a fellow family business and now look forward to spending more time with their young children.
Mortons Travel is synonymous in the industry for its smartly-presented fleet, most notably its 100-seat high-capacity tri-axle double deckers. It has built itself a formidable reputation across all areas of coach travel.


"Having grown the company over a period of 14 years it felt like the right time to pass the business on to someone who could develop it long into the future. Lucketts has an enviable reputation in the business and we felt our loyal customers and staff would be in safe hands."
Lucketts currently employs more than 300 people and provides popular day trips, European holidays and coach hire services. It runs more than 100 journeys each day for National Express.

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Keith Valla has kindly supplied a set of pictures from last Sunday's Penzance Bus Running Day. These are now in an album on the site and can be viewed by clicking   here

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Latest London Bus Contract awards

The latest awards have recently been announced by Transport for London as follows


292    (Borehamwood & Colindale) LBSL contract awarded to Metroline Travel using existing fleet 2011 Euro-V Volvo B9TL diesel double-decks from route 105. Full details of the contract to be confirmed in due course as it crosses the Greater London/Hertfordshire border. Currently operated by RATP London Sovereign with Scania double-decks from Edgware (BT) Garage (contract start date 8th December 2018)



317    (Enfield Town & Waltham Cross) LBSL contract awarded to Metroline Travel with new Euro-VI hybrid double-decks. Currently operated by Arriva London North with DAF diesel double-decks from Enfield (E) Garage (30th March 2019)

393    (Homerton Hospital & Islington) LBSL contract awarded to Metroline Travel with new Euro-VI diesel single-decks. Currently operated by Arriva London North with ADL E20D diesel single-decks from Clapton (E) Garage (23rd March 2019)

603    (Muswell Hill Broadway & Swiss Cottage Station, Mon-Fri peaks only) LBSL contract awarded to Sullivan Buses with existing dealership sourced 2009 Euro-V diesel double-decks. Currently operated by Metroline Travel with ADL E40D and Volvo B9TL diesel double-decks from Holloway (HT) Garage (12th January 2019)

Want more information on the full London bus scene, then why not have a look at the London Omnibus Traction Society's website at  http://www.lots.org.uk/
Better still why not join and gain the benefits of the regular monthly newsletter along with other useful publications

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Order for Six Volvo 7900 Buses From Norway

Norway’s public transport administration Brakan has ordered six 7900 Electric buses from Volvo to operate on the 12 km route 51 between Drammen and Mj√∂ndalen.
Volvo is to deliver the buses in January 2019, and will maintain the vehicles and batteries.




Siemens has supplied opportunity charging stations for the termini. These use the OppCharge common interface, so they can be used by buses from other manufacturers. The chargers will be powered by renewable energy.

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After several albums of minis and midis attention is now focused on a larger model of propulsion in the shape of the articulated bendibus. The first of a couple of sets can now be viewed by clicking  here

Monday, 16 April 2018

Heathrow Airport

Busiest ever day with 136,000 passengers



Heathrow recorded its busiest ever day on Good Friday with more than 100,000 people flocking to the travel hub, according to figures published by the airport.
More than 136,000 passengers boarded flights from the west London airport on March 30 as holidaymakers took advantage of the Easter weekend coupled with half term.
A total of 6.5 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in March, up 5.5 per cent year-on-year.
Long-haul, emerging destinations were some of the best performers, as the airport reported double-digit growth in African (12 per cent) and Middle Eastern markets (11 per cent).
Latin America also experienced significant growth, up 7.3 per cent.
Cargo volumes increased by 1.5 per cent, with the US and Japan among the fastest growing markets.


The figures were published ahead of a vote in Parliament on Heathrow's third runway plans, expected in the coming weeks.
Last month the Commons' Transport Select Committee called on MPs to support the expansion project once concerns over air quality, noise, regional connectivity and airport charges have been addressed.
Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: "The booming growth in passenger numbers and cargo, particularly from emerging markets, underpins the urgency to secure Britain's economic future with a third runway at Heathrow."
Outline planning consent will be given by Parliament if it approves the Government's National Policy Statement (NPS) setting out objectives and requirements for the scheme.
The final NPS is due to be published for a vote in the Commons by the end of July.
Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe with 78 million passengers in 2017.
A third runway would allow hundreds of thousands more flights a year.
The airport hopes to begin construction in early 2021, with the runway completed by the end of 2025.
March saw Qantas set a new record for the longest non-stop scheduled passenger flight from a UK airport, with the start of flights from Heathrow to Perth, Australia.
New Heathrow routes were also launched by Hainan Airlines and Tianjin Airlines last month, providing the UK's first direct connections to the Chinese cities of Changsha and X'ian.