Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Sales of Electric ADL/BYD Vehicles Reach 100

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD Europe have jointly announced that the companies’ electric vehicle partnership, which delivers the leading UK electric bus, has already topped 100 double deck bus sales. 

ADL is a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (NFI), one of the world’s largest independent global bus manufacturers and BYD is a global leader in batteries and electric buses.

The news comes as BYD ADL receives another significant fleet order for its 100% emissions-free electric double deck Enviro400EV with National Express confirming 19 vehicles for its West Midlands bus operation in Birmingham.

These impressive figures for BYD ADL’s double deck include significant fleet deals with some of the UK’s major bus operators including Metroline, Stagecoach, National Express and RATP Dev London. 

The BYD ADL partnership has seen the move to electric mobility within the passenger transport sector gathering pace over the past 12 months as more and more operators realise the operational benefits of combining ADL’s stylish and comfortable bus design with 100% emissions-free, pure-electric operation. 

Importantly, BYD designs and installs charging infrastructure systems, to provide its customers with a complete one-stop-shop solution to fleet electrification.

37 vehicles on programmed delivery to Metroline for service on TfL’s Route 43 (Friern Barnet to London Bridge)

32 for Stagecoach Manchester scheduled for Q4 2019 (routes including Manchester City Centre, Piccadilly Gardens and Manchester Airport)

29 for RATP Dev London in Q1 2020 for use on TfL’s Route 94 (Acton Green to Piccadilly Circus)

19 for National Express West Midlands for operation in Birmingham, delivery planned for Q1 2020

“This is a notable achievement by the BYD ADL team in the UK, underlining the strength and depth of the partnership,” said Arthur Whiteside, Managing Director, UK Sales at ADL, “We have achieved significant market penetration in just three years, while the uptake for the Enviro400EV has been extremely encouraging since we started production in February. 

The move to electrification is well underway and we’re pleased to be leading the charge. Operators appreciate the significant benefits the Enviro400EV offers – which combines 100% emission-free operations with the comfort, style and safety that make the Enviro400 the UK’s favourite double deck bus.”

“We see the demand for full electric mobility only increasing," added Frank Thorpe, Managing Director at BYD (UK), “and for two good reasons – public demand and fleet productivity. An increasingly well-educated public is calling for a sustainable future and zero-emissions public transport can play a key role in helping people switch to an energy-saving mindset. 

Pure electric operation is having a truly dramatic impact on air quality in our towns and cities, and that’s good news for everyone.

“For operators,” he went on, “electric mobility offers long-term productivity gains for scheduled-service bus fleets, regardless of their size, as proven by public transport operators right across Europe. We look forward to engaging further with UK operators in our mission to bring 100% emissions-free mobility to our streets.”


Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Royal Edinburgh Ticket is top of the World's Hop on Hop off Experiences

Edinburgh Bus Tours Royal Edinburgh Ticket has been named the number 1 Hop-On, Hop-Off Experience in the World in the Trip Advisors 2019 Travellers Awards.

The Royal Edinburgh Ticket came top of the list followed by the Cape Town City Sightseeing Tour and the San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour.

This unique ticket offers the perfect way to explore the Royal splendours of Edinburgh. Valid for 48 hours, it includes fast track admission to Edinburgh Castle, The Palace of Holyrood House and The Royal Yacht Britannia.

Also included on the ticket, are all three Edinburgh Bus Tours City Tours – Edinburgh Tour, Majestic Tour and City Sightseeing Edinburgh which allow visitors to hop-on and hop-off to discover Edinburgh from a different perspective. 

These easily accessible tours offer the option of a live tour guide or commentaries in multiple languages Each tour boasts a panoramic view of the must-see sights for any tourist visiting the city.

The accolade was awarded to Edinburgh Bus Tours Royal Edinburgh ticket after winners were chosen using an algorithm based on reviews and ratings in destinations worldwide over a 12-month period.

The methodology considers quality and volume of reviews to surface destinations that consistently deliver the best overall experience for travellers.

Elaine Green, Edinburgh Bus Tours Sales Manager said:

“The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is a fantastic example of a successful partnership within Edinburgh Tourism benefiting our many valued visitors. Our Royal partners are delighted to be at the top of such a prestigious list and look forward to welcoming even more visitors, keen to explore Edinburgh’s royal delights in the coming months.”

Bob Downie, Chief Executive of The Royal Yacht Britannia said:

“The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is the perfect example of collaboration between Edinburgh’s best attractions and its No.1 bus company, to offer a great experience to all who visit our wonderful city.”

Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager at Edinburgh Castle said

“Well done to all involved in the Royal Edinburgh Ticket Hop-On, Hop-Off experience for this winning accolade from TripAdvisor users. We are delighted to be working with partners across the city as part of this bespoke experience that lets visitors experience this pivotal part of Edinburgh’s story and what better endorsement than from visitors themselves!”


Monday, 15 July 2019

Heathrow to Guildford Coach Service Launched

Heathrow has teamed up with First Bus to offer passengers and colleagues travelling from Guildford a more sustainable way of getting to and from the airport, starting this month. 

The partnership sees the launch of a new route and RailAir service from Guildford to Heathrow, which will take just under 60 minutes from Guildford and has the potential to take thousands of cars off the road every year.

The service will operate hourly starting at Guildford Railway station from 3:40 a.m. and latest arrival 11:00 p.m. every day. It will call at the University of Surrey, RHS Garden Wisley and on through to Heathrow Terminal 5, the Compass Center and Central Bus Station.
The new route will provide the South of England with better connections, timed to connect with fast trains from Portsmouth, Petersfield, Havant and Haslemere. Teaming up with First Bus supports the airport’s plan to increase connectivity with local communities and the wider UK, through sustainable and reliable routes. Currently over 80 percent of passenger mode share travelling from the Guildford area to Heathrow is private car or taxi – a statistic the airport is keen to change.

The Guildford RailAir coach link will also make passenger journeys easier to plan and purchase with the introduction of through ticketing. Linked to the rail network, passengers will be able to purchase one ticket to use on the South Western Railway network between Portsmouth and Guildford and for an extra £9 add-on the coach service, making journeys seamless and faster.
Speaking at the launch event, Heathrow’s Director of Surface Access Tony Caccavone said:
“The new Guildford rail air service is a fantastic addition to the range of public transport options available to passengers and colleagues to get to Heathrow by sustainable means. We are proud to be partnering with First Group to encourage more people out of their cars and onto public transport, helping to reduce congestion and emissions on local roads.”
Simon Goff, Interim Managing Director, First Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire who operate RailAir, First Bus said:
“It’s long been an aspiration to grow the RailAir coach link from its Reading base where we have been serving Heathrow for over 50 years. I am pleased to say that the dream has now become a reality, and we can’t wait to make travel to Heathrow easier for our new customers.”
Peter Williams, Commercial Director for South Western Railways said:
“This is great news for SWR customers looking to travel to and from Heathrow Airport. The RailAir coach service puts Airport Heathrow within reach for many of our customers. For the first time, customers travelling from Portsmouth can be in Terminal 5 in under two hours with only one easy change at Guildford Station.”
Currently the best-connected airport and busiest coach and bus service interchange in the UK, Heathrow is aiming to go further by working with our transport partners to connect the top 100 towns and cities in the UK via public transport, including coach and bus. Today, Heathrow links with 60 of these. The airport is fully backing plans to more than double the number of trains serving Heathrow per hour and treble the seat capacity by 2040 through improved transport links which take into account the introduction of the Elizabeth Line, an upgraded Piccadilly Line, and proposed rail links from the West and South.
Earlier this month Heathrow announced plans to take more cars off the road to reduce local congestion and emissions.

By 2022, Heathrow plans to introduce an Ultra-Low Emission Zone targeting older, more polluting passenger cars and private hire vehicles, before a wider Vehicle Access Charge (VAC) is introduced for all passenger cars, taxis and private hire vehicles entering the airport with the opening of the new runway.

Heathrow to Guildford Service Information here

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Class 92 for Caledonian Sleeper Service

GB Railfreight have announced that Locomotive 92006 has re-entered service following a £2 million refurbishment at Wabtec’s Brush Traction facility in Loughborough. The Class 92 will be used on the Caledonian Sleeper route once it has completed testing.

Originally completed in 1996, the Class 92 last ran in 2006 before being placed into storage in France. The full overhaul and re-instatement of this locomotive is the last in a series of successful programmes of work developed jointly with Brush Traction, part of the Wabtec Group.
With the introduction of Mark 5 Coaches on the Caledonian Sleeper, GBRf have fully rebuilt 92006 to haul the Coaches on both the Lowlander Caledonian Sleeper route between Euston and Edinburgh and Glasgow, and in due course the Highlander Caledonian Sleeper routes to Fort William, Aberdeen and Inverness.

The Class 92 has been fitted with special Dellner couplings, providing additional safety measures, improved communication equipment, and power upgrades to operate the more intensive services offered on this route.
The locomotive has been painted in Caledonian Sleeper Livery and will now undergo test runs before entering traffic.

John Smith, Managing Director of GBRf, said:

“Our investment in the refurbishment of Class 92s for the new Caledonian Sleeper service means that customers will experience a reliable, state of the art, modern locomotive on their journey from London to Scotland.

We are delighted with the work Wabtec has carried out on the 92006 and we look forward to continuing our partnership to meet the growing demands in the rail freight sector.”

Paul Bain, Managing Director of Brush Traction, said:

“Brush are proud to have been involved with this truly collaborative project where we fully utilise our highly experienced skills. We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with GBRf as a value-added solution provide

Saturday, 13 July 2019

New S-Bahn Trains for Berlin*

The first of the 106 train-sets which a consortium of Stadler Pankow and Siemens Mobility is building for the Berlin S-Bahn have been shown.

The four-car set on show at the Berlin trade fair is the first to be fitted out with car interiors.

While the yellow and red livery gives the train a very similar appearance to the existing fleet, there are significant technical changes. Of particular interest to guests in the heat of a late summer Berlin launch day is the inclusion of air-conditioning for the first time on the Berlin S-Bahn. Restricted clearances in the tunnels mean the air-conditioning equipment is distributed both in the ceiling and beneath the floor.

The cab is designed to provide the driver with a better view ahead, and includes integrated display screens.

External LED displays show the route and destination, while high resolution electronic displays provide passenger information inside the cars.

The 73.6 m long four-car set has 184 seats and wide gangways to encourage passengers to distribute themselves along the train.

Consortium leader Stadler Pankow is responsible for design and development under the contract awarded, as well as the bodyshells and mechanical equipment including the air-conditioning and doors.

'As a train manufacturer based in Berlin, we are naturally especially proud to be presenting the first new S-Bahn from Berlin for Berlin', said CEO Ulf Braker. 'We’ve combined our experience in trains precisely tailored to meet customer needs with the high quality standards expected by passengers here in Germany’s capital.'

Siemens Mobility is responsible for the electrical components, including drive and brake systems, onboard power supplies, control and train protection systems, passenger information systems and the bogies. The traction systems give a maximum speed of 100 km/h and are designed with a high degree of redundancy.

Siemens Mobility is responsible for the electrical components, including drive and brake systems, onboard power supplies, control and train protection systems, passenger information systems and the bogies. The traction systems give a maximum speed of 100 km/h and are designed with a high degree of redundancy.

CEO Sabrina Soussan said the train 'combines tradition with high-tech, and carries a young heart beneath its almost hundred-year-old colour combination of yellow and red.'

The new trains will operate on Berlin’s Ring/Southeast network from 2021. The pre-series fleet of five four-car ‘half trains’ and five two-car ‘quarter trains’ is to be delivered in 2020 and enter service on Line S8 from January 2021. The remaining 96 sets will be delivered by the end of 2023 for use on the Ringbahn Lines S41 and S42 and on Lines S45, S46 and S47.

'Our anticipation is growing with every step that brings the train closer to passenger service', said Peter Buchner, CEO of the S-Bahn Berlin GmbH subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn which operates the metro-style suburban rail network.

Friday, 12 July 2019

B11R Jonckheere JHV2 for Birmingham International Coaches

Long-established family owned operator, Birmingham International Coaches, has returned to Volvo for another high specification Volvo B11R to join its fleet of more than 30 vehicles, a repeat order from exactly one year ago.

With a seating capacity of 53, the new coach provides a spacious environment for passengers travelling on the company’s corporate private hires.
The vehicle, a Volvo B11R with Jonckheere JHV2 bodywork, will provide coach services for a number of professional Midlands football and rugby teams, so all the ‘mod cons’ and lavish extras are essential for the coach. The luxurious interior includes USB charge points for each seat and a motorised centre monitor.
Andy Watkiss, Director of Birmingham International Coaches, said: “We keep returning to Volvo because of the great experience we’ve had over the years with the vehicles we have specified, and we have also built a solid working relationship with our Volvo Bus and Coach Sales Manager Phil Hudson and the team.

“More than half of the vehicles that make up our fleet are built on the Volvo chassis and we have always been impressed by their reliability, fuel efficiency and build quality. Following the success of the B11R JHV2 we purchased last year, we had no hesitation in repeating the order as the high specification is imperative for the contracts it’s earmarked for.”
Phil Hudson, said: “It’s great to be working with Andy and the team at Birmingham International Coaches. The Volvo B11R has built a strong reputation and it’s encouraging to see it’s highly regarded by so many of our operators and keeps delivering repeat business.”
Birmingham International Coaches was founded back in 1977. Situated in an ideal location, near to Birmingham Airport, the company also operates throughout the rest of the UK.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

TransPennine Accept Nova 1 Trains

Friday 5th July 2019 marked a major milestone for rail customers across the North and Scotland as TPE officially welcomed the first of of their brand new Nova 1 trains following formal acceptance from the Office of Rail and Road.

Built by Hitachi Rail and financed by Angel Trains, the bullet-style Nova 1 trains will mean more carriages and extra seats for customers and the on-board experience will be completely transformed.

Thefe will be 19 five carriage Nova 1 trains, each containing 342 seats, an extra 161 compared to its current trains.

The futuristic fleet will carry customers on the route between: Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Morpeth and Edinburgh and will start to be phased into service, as planned, before the end of the year.

Rigorous testing of both the Nova 3 and Nova 2 fleets is currently ongoing and three Nova 3 trains have now been accepted, however as a result of further faults that have emerged, the first of the Nova 3 trains will now enter
 service towards the end of summer 2019.

TPE are working closely with manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) to resolve the issues but the delay has had a significant impact on staff training and more time will now be required to complete this.

Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director for TransPennine Express commented: “Today’s acceptance of the first Nova 1 train is a key step towards the introduction of more trains and more carriages for customers.

“Together with our partners, we are working hard to get each of our Nova fleets into service as soon as possible. By the end of this year, trains from all three fleets will be operating across the North and into Scotland providing 13 million extra seats.”
Karen Boswell, Managing Director Hitachi Rail said: “This is another fantastic milestone which will soon see the Northern Powerhouse connected with modern reliable trains. They will double the number of seats for TransPennine passengers on intercity services between major cities across the North.”

Each, high quality Nova train features spacious, comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi in both First and Standard Class, plug sockets and USB charging points, improved information systems and access to complimentary Exstream entertainment.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

New ADL Enviro200's for Stagecoach in Hull

Now being delivered to Hull are 21 11.8m ADL Enviro 200MMCs. 
They will carry fleet numbers 26255-75 and have been allocated registration marks YW19VRC/D/E/F/G/J/K/L/M/N/O/P/R/T/U/V/X/Y/Z, VSA/C, 
Deliveries so far have been 26255/26 on July 5th, 26257/66 on July 8th and 26259/60 on July 9th.

Stagecoach 26555 © Daniel Dearing

Hull residents got the chance to see the new environmentally-friendly buses which will be hitting the roads in Hull this summer at a launch event in Hull town centre. The high-spec vehicles are fitted with Euro VI engines with low emissions and the latest start/stop technology as well as modern CCTV equipment and a new audio and visual ‘next stop’ announcement feature.

Matt Cranwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “This is a major investment in new, environmentally-friendly buses for customers in and around Hull. We want to support a low carbon future and give commuters, shoppers, families and students a fantastic travelling experience.

“We encourage people to come to the event and learn about the benefits of travelling by bus. The latest Euro VI diesel buses are incredibly clean and produce fewer emissions overall than a Euro VI diesel car, and ten times fewer on a per passenger basis.”

Leading up to the launch event, Stagecoach East Midlands gave away 1000 free bus tickets to promote the environmental benefits of bus travel and encourage people to reduce carbon emissions by leaving their cars at home and catching the bus instead.

This follows an investment of £1.25 million last year in contactless payment systems, making purchases available to all and on-bus transactions quicker and easier than ever. They also use a telematic system, which enables Stagecoach to monitor its vehicles in real time to improve fuel economy and provide a smooth, safe and comfortable journey for its customers.

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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Contract Awarded for Completion of Patriot 'Unknown Warrior'

The LMS-Patriot Company Board has announced that it has reached a decision on the award as to the contractor who will complete 'The Unknown Warrior' .

None of the original 52 'Patriot' class locomotives were preserved leaving a massive gap in the story of LMS express power. A new 'Patriot' will provide the link between the 'Royal Scot' and 'Jubilee' classes and will clearly enhance the UK steam collection.

The 'The Unknown Warrior' will be the new National Memorial Engine and will be a unique contribution for Remembrance - a permanent memorial to all fallen servicemen and women.

The successful bidder is the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT), based at West Shed at the Midland Railway - Butterley, in Derbyshire. The Board concluded that PRCLT were the best fit for the Project to complete the loco in the timescales discussed.

The decision to award the contract to PRCLT was because they scored most highly on the set criteria which comprised: Capacity, Continuity, Main Line Preparation and Operation, Volunteer Input, Capability, Resource, Inspection and Preparation, After-support, Warranties, Relationship, Culture and Safety.

The company have entered into a partnership with PRCLT who will supply an agreed level of manpower, technical management, support and facilities but will allow our volunteers to assist wherever possible in the completion of the locomotive and permit the involvement of an on-site Project Engineer.

The final stage of the construction of 'The Unknown Warrior' is essentially an assembly job, with most of the large components having been sourced, manufactured, delivered and already fitted. The boiler is the final outstanding and largest assembly to be completed, with work continuing on this by another contractor.

The The LMS-Patriot Company's involvement in this process is absolutely critical in assisting the PRCLT. As this is not an overhaul job but a new build, it requires a very different approach to most other steam locomotive projects. The Engineering Team are looking forward to working with the PRCLT with the aim of completing 'The Unknown Warrior' to the highest possible standards and for mainline running.

To date in excess of £3 million has been raised, but more funds are required to finish the locomotive, the tender, main line running gear and purchase a support coach.

To help ‘finish the job’ donations are be welcomed and should be sent to The LMS-Patriot Project please click here, or send a cheque to: The LMS-Patriot Company Ltd. at: The Hub, 17 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ, or call the office on 01785 244156.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Major Railway Bridge in Manchester City Centre to be Restored

Passengers, motorists and residents are being informed about work to carefully restore a railway bridge next to Deansgate station in Manchester city centre.

The Great North Rail Project work will see the Victorian-built bridge deep cleaned, repaired and repainted to ensure it remains safe and reliable for decades to come.

Network Rail is holding a community drop-in event from 4pm – 7pm on Monday 8 July at ManCoCo Limited in Manchester (M15 4GB ), where staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the project.

Sarah Padmore, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “As part of the Great North Rail Project, we are carrying out vital repair work to the bridge spanning Deansgate, immediately west of the station.

“We have been working closely with Manchester City Council on our plans, which will see the structure refreshed for the benefit of passengers and the local community.

“We thank the local community and road users in advance for their patience while we deliver this essential work.”

To complete the work safely, the road beneath the bridge needs to be closed to vehicles from Monday 5 August to Wednesday 18 December. One lane on Hewitt Street, which is next to the bridge, will also be closed for the duration of the project.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place on Hewitt Street and diversion signs put up to direct motorists from one side of the bridge to the other. Access for pedestrians will remain open throughout the work.

Network Rail has written to local residents to inform them about the project and advise when noisy work is planned to take place.

The refurbishment of the bridge at Deansgate is being delivered by the same team who have been working to restore three Grade II listed structures back to their former glory next to Manchester Victoria station.

Sunday, 7 July 2019


The first batch from a total fleet of 37 new zero-emission, fully electric BYD ADL Enviro400EV double deck buses have been delivered to London bus operator, Metroline.

The first five vehicles entered service on Metroline’s route 43 as part of the bus operator’s contract with Transport for London (“TfL”), operating out of Metroline’s Holloway Bus Garage.

Route 43 runs from Friern Barnet to London Bridge, a total distance of nine miles.

 BDE 2614 at Archway Station

Adrian Jones, Engineering Director at Metroline, said, “The launch of the new electric buses on route 43 is a triumph for both Metroline and for London. Providing a new challenge for Metroline’s engineering teams, we worked closely with engineers at ADL and BYD to develop these new buses. As a result, they are perfectly designed to deliver Londoners to their destinations, whilst helping to keep London’s air cleaner with zero-emissions.”

The new Enviro400EV possesses the same DNA as its proven Enviro200EV stablemate, albeit with a new chassis and lightweight aluminium double deck bodywork measuring 10.9m in length, 4.3m high and 2.55m wide. 
Power is delivered via BYD’s fully electric drivetrain technology featuring high capacity 382 kWh BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries providing an impressive 160 mile range. 

 BDE 2624 at Muswell Hill Broadway (rear view)

The new double deck layout specifically for the Metroline order boasts a lower saloon capacity of 24 forward-facing seats and 43 forward-facing seats in the upper saloon – 67 seats in total. 
A modern exterior retains the traditional design cues of London’s iconic red double deck buses with thoroughly modern bodywork designed and manufactured by ADL. ‘City’ styling features includes a striking glazed staircase providing aesthetic appeal for passengers, other road users and pedestrians. 
Further specification is to TfL’s standards including a long wheelchair bay and automatic wheelchair ramp at the rear doors.

BDE 2624 at Muswell Hill Broadway. BDE 2624 has the staircase panelled over, to facilitate the use of T-shaped adverts. This will be applied to some but not all of this batch of vehicles. Apparently ADL will offer the unglazed staircase as an option on the City bodywork going forward. 

ADL Chief Executive, Colin Robertson, commented: “Since it began in 2015, the collaboration with BYD has gone from strength to strength – our best-selling Enviro200EV single deck buses hit a landmark 2 million miles of zero emissions service earlier this year and we are delighted to see the relationship evolve with the first pure electric double decks now on the streets of London. 
We’re confident the Enviro400EV can emulate the success of its single deck equivalent, delivering cleaner air, less noise pollution and extreme passenger comfort for all.”

“We are thrilled to be able to present the first BYD ADL double deck bus for London at the start of what we believe will be a continuation of our highly successful partnership with Metroline and TfL,” said BYD Europe Managing Director, Isbrand Ho.

BDE 2617 at Archway Station - this holds the honour of being the first one to enter service

The new Enviro400EV is built in Britain at ADL’s facility in Scarborough, Yorkshire, using BYD components assembled into a powered chassis built in Europe at BYD’s plant in Komarom, Hungary.

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Saturday, 6 July 2019

Bombardier Wins Cairo Monorail Order

Bombardier in Derby to build monorail trains for Cairo

Monorail trains for the Egyptian capital Cairo will be built in Derby. 
Bombardier Transportation will work with Egyptian firms on the Cairo infrastructure and will develop and build the rolling stock in Derby, after being named as the preferred bidder.

The Derby site employs 1,800 workers and this will be the first export of overseas rolling stock from there since 2010 when Bombardier built trains for South Africa.

The project - worth 3bn euros (£2.65bn) - will involve building 70 four-car trains to be exported to Egypt between 2021 and 2024.

The government said it was evidence of the UK's global competitiveness.

Thirty-four miles of monorail will connect the New Administrative City with East Cairo. A second line of 26 miles will run between Sixth of October City and Giza.

Phil Hufton, managing director of Bombardier Transportation, said the monorail was "a new product line. It will create a situation where we will probably employ about 100 people on this contract - that includes apprentices as well."

Mr Hufton added that it was "excellent news for Bombardier and for our teams in the UK and in Egypt. It shows that the British rail industry is world class and can compete and win in global markets," he said.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: "This is a strategically important project in a growing market like Egypt, demonstrating how UK manufacturing expertise is competing and winning in global markets against tough competition. The British rail industry is world class. Derby has been making trains for 180 years, and this project shows that the Derby Litchurch Lane facility remains globally competitive."

Thursday, 4 July 2019

York Railway Museum Appoints Director to lead 'Vision 2025' Redevelopment

YORK'S National Railway Museum has appointed Julie Moody as campaign director to lead its £50m ‘Vision 2025’ fundraising campaign.

In the new role, the former company director - who co-founded estate agency business Hudson Moody - will oversee a six-strong team delivering the NRM's most significant redevelopment since it opened in 1975, said a spokesman.

She will also secure funding from sources including corporate donors and the public.

He said Julie joined the museum from Leeds Cares, formerly known as the Leeds Hospital Charity Foundation, where she was Director of Communications & Income Generation.

"Prior to that, she held a number of senior roles, including Regional Major Gifts Manager at Marie Curie Cancer Care and Business Development & Events Coordinator for a world-renowned fine art auction house," he said.

He said she also had extensive political experience, having worked on numerous campaigns.

Julie said she had fond memories of coming to the museum as a child and was a regular visitor with her three children.

“The National Railway Museum is poised to embark on a transformational, £50m masterplan and it is a tremendous opportunity to join at such a crucial moment," she said.

"Having visited many times with my own family, I know first-hand how important educational and cultural centres such as the NRM are to York and the wider region.

"But this also represents a significant challenge as this former railway site needs a complete overhaul and we must invest in our future if we want to have museums that rival the best in the world.”

The Vision 2025 campaign will see extensive redevelopment of the museum’s galleries, buildings and public spaces, with work due to be complete by 2025, said the spokesman.

"Vision 2025 is part of the York Central scheme, which as well as redeveloping the National Railway Museum, will also see 2,500 homes built and up to 6,500 jobs created."

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Bournemouth Yellow Bus Sale

RATP Dev has announced the sale of its subsidiary Bournemouth Transport Limited (trading as Yellow Buses and Yellow Coaches) to the management team led by David Squire (Managing Director) with Phil Pannell (Service Delivery Director) and Simon Newport (Commercial Director). 

The associated non-trading company of Vintage Yellow Buses Limited was also included in the sale.

“Our decision to step down from our commercial bus operations in the Bournemouth deregulated sector pertains to our strategic focus on our franchise operations in London, together with our sightseeing and coach businesses in Bath, London and the North West. Under the leadership of David Squire and his team, Bournemouth Transport has undergone a major transformation. 

The agreement completed today will ensure the company has local ownership and management. We are delighted that we can enable Bournemouth Transport Ltd and its employees to pursue a promising way forward and wish them every success”, said Laurence Batlle, Chief Executive Officer of RATP Dev.

David Squire, Managing Director, said “The company has been transformed and energised over the last 18 months, we are seeing growth and increased ridership across our bus network, having improved punctuality significantly in 2018, together with a revamped, colour coded and easy to understand network. 

Meanwhile, our coaching business continues to grow with National Express, private coach hire for groups and individuals and rail replacement activities all contributing to a much improved commercial performance. Under local ownership, the company will still be able to react quickly to opportunities as they arise and look forward to working with BCP Council and other stakeholders to deliver the vision of the transforming cities fund to ease congestion and promote model shift in the conurbation”.

More information and history here and here