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Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Two Lithuanian cities have chosen a total of 30 climate-friendly Solaris buses to renew their fleets over the coming months. Different technologies will be used, with the new buses fuelled by biogas or built as diesel-electric hybrids. The orders were placed by operators in Kaunas and Panevėžys.

 


“These contracts confirm Solaris’s excellent expertise in eco-friendly buses. They demonstrate that our offer is valued by our Lithuanian customers, who have come through challenging times and now are once again able to invest in innovative, sustainable public transport,” said MaÅ‚gorzata Olszewska, Director Global Sales & Marketing at Solaris.

In Kaunas, municipal operator Kauno Autobusai has chosen the environmental benefits of biogas. The sustainably produced fuel will be used to power 24 Solaris Urbino 12 CNG. These standard-length low-floor city buses will enter service in Lithuania’s second-largest city by the end of April 2012.

Panevėžio Autobusų Parkas runs city buses in the northern city of Panevėžys. The company has ordered six diesel-electric Solaris Urbino 12 Hybrid. Their parallel hybrid system, supplied by Eaton, reduces fuel consumption and lowers emissions. Solaris and Panevėžys will be jointly leading the way towards climate-friendly transport, with the Solaris Urbino 12 Hybrid set to be the first hybrid buses in Lithuania.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
If they haven't already, the new royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, should soon be visiting the Shire from which they take their title. The reason: the world's longest guided busway just opened there, connecting the famous English university town of Cambridge with Huntingdon, a growing community that's home to many commuters who currently drive into London on an increasingly clogged A14 highway. The 16-mile Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (CGB) provides a high-quality, sustainable public transport alternative for Cambridge and surrounding areas.
 
The Cambridgeshire County Council's choice of guided busway over high-speed rail was prompted by the desire to provide local riders with a travel experience equal in quality to rail, yet at less than half the construction and operational costs. Since August 2011, passengers have been riding comfortable, well-appointed buses that can attain speeds of 60 miles per hour on the guideway. Passengers wait for service on platformed stops with CCTV surveillance and updated travel information and purchase tickets in advance at dedicated vending machines. 

Why Guided Busway?
Passenger comfort was not the only reason the council chose a guided busway rather than a light rail or tram system. Due to space constraints, the designated route had to make use of an abandoned railway track that runs through a highly sensitive floodplain. A traditional road for a designated bus lane would have required widening the original Victorian-era railway embankment, which in turn would have negatively affected floodplain storage volume. The narrow guided busway corridor, on the other hand, fits safely within the existing envelope.

Vehicles on the guided busway have two small extra guide wheels in front that can connect with the curbed precast concrete track. Once the buses come to the end of the guided roadway, they are able to operate normally on streets and highways. That means the new infrastructure does not have to penetrate further than the city outskirts — a primary reason why guided busways are more economical than light rail.

Creative Construction
The busway was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff in joint venture with Arup, on behalf of BAM Nuttall, which had a design-build contract with the Cambridgeshire County Council to deliver the facility.

To achieve maximum cost efficiency, a decision was made to pre-cast all guideway components on site. The assembled guideway was then laid onto a pre-prepared foundation, requiring a purpose-made gantry, and fed with pre-assembled sections by special delivery vehicles running along the completed guideway. To keep expensive moulds to a minimum, only four radii were adopted throughout the alignment. Most of the project utilized "pad foundations," which spread the weight of each guideway track over a nine-foot, nine-inch to six-foot, six-inch area. They were seated on either concrete blinding or a compacted material made of graded aggregate and sand.

A 2.5-mile stretch through the River Great Ouse floodplain required more creative engineering. As it turned out, thickness, depth and location of the gravel on the site were very unpredictable - making it not only impossible to use pad foundations, but also to probe ahead and determine the required length of piles that would secure the superstructure. Luckily, subcontractor Aarsleff found a creative solution to the problem: It ordered piles with half joints at the top that could be adjusted in size by adding a half-jointed overpile with simple single-pinned connections. As a result, any pile that could not be founded in the gravel could be retrofitted on the spot and driven securely into the clay. Altogether, 2,150 precast concrete piles were used to support the busway over the 2.5-mile stretch between St. Ives and Swavesey. 

Preserving, Enhancing Landscape
Working within a floodplain adjacent to a river that regularly breaks its banks — as the "Great Ouse" is known to do - is never an easy task. For starters, pre-construction procedures had to be put in place to ensure that the construction plant could be evacuated quickly if required. Water levels also affected the construction schedule, since the new seven-span, 722-foot-long viaduct, which replaced the original 150-year-old structure, had to be built during the months of the year when flood risk was at its lowest. Originally, the old 19-span Victorian-era bridge was to be reconstructed, but ultimately, it was decided the structure should be replaced.

An important side-effect of this infrastructure project was the creation of 14 landscape and ecological mitigation areas, providing about 25 acres of additional habitat for rare flora and fauna, such as grizzled skipper butterflies, wild liquorice and twiggy mullein. The wildlife corridor created by the abandoned railroad was further enhanced through the installation of bat and bird boxes and improved ditches for water voles and invertebrates as well as ponds for the great crested newt. Reptiles and other crawling species received their own designated dead wood piles.

Those features and the fact that existing materials, including railway ballast, were used as substrate for the natural colonization of plants and animals, won the consortium the 2011 Green Apple Award for setting a precedent for balancing construction with long-term ecological goals. Another award was achieved for the use of around 1.8 million shredded tires as drainage material.

Since its opening, approximately 11,500 journeys per day are being taken by commuters and others, a number that will undoubtedly grow as the busway continues to perform, as planned, and gains greater public recognition. And, maybe Will and Kate will even choose to ride it back to Buckingham Palace, rather than risk seeing their motorcade get stuck in the London commuter traffic.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Rotterdam council bus company RET has won the concession to provide bus services in the city but has pledged to cut the budget by 40%, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Wednesday.

Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam are being forced to put their public transport services out to public tender, which the government says will generate savings of €120m.

RET said it can provide bus services similar to current levels for €28m. Competitor Connexxion, which lost out in the tender process, told the Financieele Dagblad this is an 'uneconomic' amount and 25% below its own offer.

Rotterdam will also have to put its tram and metro services out to tender from 2016.

The concession runs for the next seven years and will start at the end of 2013.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW



 


Bristol bus improvements launched by transport minister


Transport Minister Norman Baker fended off criticism that government cuts were pushing up prices

Millions of pounds worth of improvements to bus services in Bristol have been officially launched.

The five-year £79m project will provide 120 new buses and almost 1,000 improved bus stops, more than 300 of which will have new information displays.

Transport Minister Norman Baker had to fend off criticism that government cuts were pushing up prices.

The Department for Transport put in more than half the money and millions also came from local councils.

The plans are aimed at reducing congestion and improving services for commuters and shoppers.

Next month, the cost of fuel for buses will increase because the government is cutting the rebate bus companies get, meaning many fares will go up.

Justin Davies, regional managing director of First Bus (South West and Wales), said: "We are seeing a fuel price rise of 27%. We have to be able to recover an element of that price rise in the prices we charge.

"We have all seen the price of petrol and diesel going up at the pumps, all we are doing is reflecting those price changes.

"It's an economic commodity fuel, we have to pay as much as everybody else."

'Packed out'
Mr Baker said the government had inherited "a very difficult economic situation from the previous administration".

He said the government had given 18 months notice of the bus service operators' grant being reduced.

"At the time the operators said that the notice given was sufficient and they could incorporate that without putting up fares or cutting services," he added.


The plans are aimed at reducing congestion and improving services for commuters and shoppers

A regular bus user who gave his name as Michael said: "I travel from Clifton mainly into Broadmead but some weeks ago I came back to Bristol from Stafford.

"The train took an hour and 45 minutes. I waited at Temple Meads for a number 8 bus to take me to Clifton and it took me an hour and 35 minutes to get from the station to Clifton."

Drivers and some businesses also said continuous roadworks had caused tailbacks.

Mr Baker said the investment was a success and the number of bus passengers had risen.

"I came in on the bus this morning, the 54 bus into the city centre and it was packed out, so quite clearly people are voting with their feet and getting on the bus," he said.

Mr Baker said the long-term aim was to integrate bus and train travel in the West.

He said nationally he wanted to improve journey times around the country and roll out smart card technology to enable people to use the same tickets on buses as on trains.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

BYD, Finnish Transport Group Partner on Electric Bus


BYD Co., Ltd (BYD), a leading-edge provider of green energy technologies based in Shenzhen China and Veolia Transport Finland Oy, a public transport operator that is setting the standard of innovative and sustainable mobility solutions in Finland, announced today a partnership to operate BYD’s electric bus in a world-class test bed for electric buses in Espoo city, part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, the capital of Finland. This unique project gathers together major Finnish public transport and technology players - Veolia Transport Finland Oy, Espoo city, VTT, Helsinki Regional Transport Authority, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), Ministry of Transport and Communications and Ministry of Employment and Economy – to make the BYD eBUS-12 the first pure electric city bus in Finland.

As part of the agreement, Veolia Transport Finland will conduct real operations with BYD eBUS-12 in Espoo for three years. The Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) will take the role of monitoring and measuring during BYD eBUS-12’s daily operations, so that EV buses can be verified as one of the key solutions for Veolia Transport Finland to ensure sustainable mobility solutions for the future.

Henry Li, Senior Director of BYD stated: “BYD is thrilled to partner with Veolia Transport Finland Oy to demonstrate this significant project in Finland, which gives BYD an opportunity to prove that our EV technologies are feasible and reliable even in such harsh climatic conditions. BYD eBUS-12 has proven to be a product that not only can significantly reduce pollution in large cities, reduce the operating costs, but also can provide great comfort to the passengers. We believe that this project in Finland will be a big success.”

“Given challenging climatic Finnish conditions, we are honored to cooperate with BYD, which has already created the largest EV bus fleet in the world, to bring the first electric city bus to the Finland. Our temperature variations during the year are from -30 to +30 degrees Celsius. If that can be handled accordingly, we are confident that electric buses can replace diesel or gas buses and realize real zero-emissions in the future in Finland”, said Sami Ojamo, Development Director of Veolia Transport Finland.

The BYD eBUS-12 is able to run 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge in urban conditions, and its energy consumption is less than 130 kWh per 100 km. The core technology of the BYD eBUS is BYD’s self-developed Iron-Phosphate or “Fe” battery technology. The “Fe” battery boasts the highest safety, longest service life and most environmentally-friendly rechargeable chemistry (containing no heavy metals or toxic/flammable electrolytes). The BYD eBUS-12 is now in regular passenger service in four cities in China including Shenzhen, Changsha, Shaoguan and Xi’an. The accumulated mileage of the eBUS in Shenzhen alone has reached over 3.2 million kilometers (or 2.0 million miles) achieved by the end of January 2012. Recently, Shenzhen City announced it will add 1000 more BYD electric buses to its public transportation fleet, already the largest zero-emissions fleet in service world-wide.


 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
The net "automatic translation machine" sais:

«Madam, Sir, 
You perhaps don't do nothing without knowing that the company of the TRN
(Transport Neuchâtel Company) envisaged to stop the use of the trolley buses
in our city, benefitting for that from the refitting from the place from the
railways station. 
Our action can be only limited when it is known that our Town council, by
his representative, also goes in this finding direction of right reasons to
the abandonment of the electric transport with the profit of hybrid vehicles
more polluting, noisier, at the shorter lifespan, but more practical in the
event of work and less expensive with their purchase. 
If the first sleeve seems lost vis-a-vis these technocratic logics, we can
do all that is in the order of possible to ask the maintenance of the
existing lines. To withdraw the lines will make us lose the concession of
exploitation of transport by trolleys. 
So in ten or fifteen years, a new administration council (after the fusion
of the two companies) wishes to re-establish vehicle with trolleys, the
re-starting will be thus facilitated by it. 
The small group made up ready to want to defend at least the maintenance of
the lines, kindly requests to you to sign its petition whitch it will sent
to the Council d' administration of the TRN. 
Thank you with you and dispostion if you wish to have more d' information on
the subject. 
For the group: White Pierre-Yves»

Myself just try to retransmit the alert to all trolleybus enthusiast to
anyone do what think better for them.

Emídio Gardé


-----Mensagem original-----
De: Dale Laird 
Enviada: sexta-feira, 16 de Março de 2012 02:31
Para: Emídio Gardé
 Chaux de Fond

The writting has been on the wall since I was there in 1992. The route that
went up the hill to the north east was closed. The route that goes due
south stops short of the airport. Considering the beautifull trees on the
main street, why would they want Diesel exhaust fumes?
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

A white double-decker bus says "Better off with Boris", while a red one says "Better off with Ken". It will be left to the 5.8 million registered voters in the capital to decide on 3 May who they want to be the next elected mayor of London, while the candidates will be stepping up their campaigns next week.

Nominations will open on Tuesday as the formal race for the 2012 mayoral election begins against a backdrop of spending cuts, cost of living pressures and a lack of affordable housing in the capital.

Separate elections for the 25-strong assembly will be staged on the same day, but these will be overshadowed by the personality-led mayoral contest, which is fought under the supplementary vote system.

Twelve candidates, including five independents, have so far declared their intention to stand – but all eyes will be on Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone as they head for a rematch. Polling has the two neck and neck in a race that will determine who gets to preside over the 2012 Olympics.

The formal election period kicks off on the eve of the coalition government's third budget. There is widespread anticipation that the chancellor, George Osborne, will announce the scrapping of the 50p top rate of tax for top earners – a move likely to be welcomed by Johnson, who has repeatedly criticised it as the mayor of a city in which more people fall into the £150,000 salary bracket than elsewhere in the UK.


Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate who is standing again after coming third in the 2008 election, warned on Sunday that it would be "a tragedy" if the budget gave "tax cuts to the rich" at a time when ordinary families are struggling to make ends meet.

Paddick told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show: "I don't care whether it's a tycoon tax, a mansion tax or a 50p tax – what we need to do is make sure that the high earners are paying at least as much tax as ordinary families."

Any move to scrap the 50p rate will be seized on by Livingstone, the former mayor who has cast himself as the candidate for the "99%" against the "privileged 1%" he accused Johnson of defending.

Osborne declined to comment on speculation that the top rate of tax will be reduced, but made it clear he wanted to see "real and substantial progress on lifting low income people out of tax" .

Tony Travers, the director of the Greater London group at the London School of Economics, said both camps will be watching the measures outlined on Wednesday closely.

"Ken will be hoping that the announcement of a cut in the top rate of tax will make the Conservatives look out of touch, whereas Boris will be hoping that the package of announcements will signal that the Conservatives are the party of lower taxes," he said. "It will play differently in London than elsewhere."

Johnson, who spent his first two years at City Hall in the shadow of a Labour government, has made securing a better deal for Londoners from No 10 one of the campaigning bullet points in his nine-point plan for the future of Greater London.

He will highlight the way he ensured the capital escaped major cuts to key infrastructure schemes – the Crossrail project and tube upgrades – in the 2010 spending review.

David Cameron, who has made a Tory win in London his top priority for 2012, is widely expected to press home the constructive relationship between City Hall and his government when he campaigns with Johnson over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, joined Livingstone on the campaign trail last week as Labour seeks to cast the election as a "referendum on fares".

Livingstone's Fare Deal Express battle bus will be on the road next week to highlight his key pledge to reverse the fare rises introduced under Johnson's watch in January – averaging 5.6% – through a 7% fares cut in October which he says would save Londoners £1,000 over four years.

The former mayor says the costed plan would be funded from a £729m surplus in Transport for London's operating budget – a claim strongly disputed by the transport body chaired by Johnson which insists there is no surplus and "every penny of TfL's budget is accounted for".

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

The Go-Ahead Group plc is pleased to announce the acquisition of First London East’s Northumberland Park bus depot in Tottenham, north east London for a gross cash consideration of £14.0m. The transaction will be completed on 30 March 2012.

The acquisition increases Go-Ahead’s share of the London bus market from 22% to 23%.

The business has around 400 employees and a fleet of 130 buses. It operates 13 Transport for London contracts including route 67 from Wood Green to Aldgate, route 476 Euston to Northumberland Park and a number of school contracts. The annual turnover of the business is around £24.5m.

Northumberland Park will complement Go-Ahead’s existing Docklands Buses and Blue Triangle operations based in Silvertown and Rainham respectively.

David Brown, Group Chief Executive for Go-Ahead said: “We have great confidence in the London bus market and our management team in London and this acquisition provides the opportunity to operate in a new area of the capital. Northumberland Park is located near both Tottenham Hale and White Hart Lane, where regeneration is either planned or already underway.


“We look forward to working with the Northumberland Park team to build on their success to date and to continue to deliver a good service to passengers in this area of London on behalf of Transport for London.”

Northumberland Park will become part of Go-Ahead London, under the leadership of Managing Director John Trayner.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Two Lithuanian cities have chosen a total of 30 climate-friendly Solaris buses to renew their fleets over the coming months. Different technologies will be used, with the new buses fuelled by biogas or built as diesel-electric hybrids. The orders were placed by operators in Kaunas and Panevėžys.

 


“These contracts confirm Solaris’s excellent expertise in eco-friendly buses. They demonstrate that our offer is valued by our Lithuanian customers, who have come through challenging times and now are once again able to invest in innovative, sustainable public transport,” said MaÅ‚gorzata Olszewska, Director Global Sales & Marketing at Solaris.

In Kaunas, municipal operator Kauno Autobusai has chosen the environmental benefits of biogas. The sustainably produced fuel will be used to power 24 Solaris Urbino 12 CNG. These standard-length low-floor city buses will enter service in Lithuania’s second-largest city by the end of April 2012.

Panevėžio Autobusų Parkas runs city buses in the northern city of Panevėžys. The company has ordered six diesel-electric Solaris Urbino 12 Hybrid. Their parallel hybrid system, supplied by Eaton, reduces fuel consumption and lowers emissions. Solaris and Panevėžys will be jointly leading the way towards climate-friendly transport, with the Solaris Urbino 12 Hybrid set to be the first hybrid buses in Lithuania.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

The Go-Ahead Group and Williams Hybrid Power (WHP), a subsidiary of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, have signed a ground-breaking agreement to develop a flywheel energy storage application for use in buses.

Go-Ahead and Williams Hybrid Power have agreed to work together to develop and produce six prototype buses with a retrofitted hybrid flywheel system, providing electro mechanical energy to drive the bus and deliver substantial improvements to fuel economy and reductions in CO2 emissions.

Williams Hybrid Power has been at the forefront of hybrid flywheel systems within motor racing, originally developing it for the Williams Formula One car and providing systems to Porsche for the 911 GT3 Hybrid and recently Audi for the R18 e-tron Quattro that will compete at this year’s Le Mans 24 hour race. The company is now making the technology available to applications such as hybrid buses, hybrid passenger vehicles, electric trains, rapid transit systems and smart grid infrastructure to meet their high power energy storage needs, save fuel and reduce emissions.

Phil Margrave, Go-Ahead’s Group Engineering Director, commented, “In the on-going quest to significantly reduce the CO2 emissions of the Go-Ahead Group we are very excited to be working with Williams Hybrid Power, a British technology company at the cutting edge of alternative energy solutions. We are convinced that the experience and expertise they have gained from developing and using the flywheel technology in motorsport will migrate to the bus market and deliver a ground-breaking solution to the issue of fuel efficiency.”


Speaking about the announcement Ian Foley, Managing Director of Williams Hybrid Power, added, “I am delighted that we have signed this agreement with a forward thinking company like Go-Ahead. From the very beginning we identified public transport as an ideal customer for our flywheel technology and I am excited about meeting the challenge of delivering this innovative solution for the bus industry.”




 
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW



Open-top bus tours come to Manchester as local students win University Challenge

The sun shines, the youth are celebrating in Oxford Road and the big red sight-seeing bus will even take you past the Guardian Northerner office







Look no roof... an open topdeck view of the Town Hall. Photograph: Peter Barritt/SuperStock/Corbis


Glory days just now for Manchester as its brainy youth thrash Cambridge in the final of University Challenge and radiant March sunshine keeps the city's traditional rain at bay.

The youthful team, crucially led by a Yorkshireman - English literature student Tristan Burke from Ilkley – is the third from Manchester University to win the contest in the last seven years. Only Magdalen College, Oxford, has taken the trophy more often (four times since the programme began in 1962); and that record won't stand much longer, you watch.

Blackpool's another place to take an open-top and enjoy northern England's purer urban air. Photograph:Colin Mcpherson
The sunny weather is even more timely, because Manchester has just trialled its first open top sightseeing bus. This is long overdue with a tremendous list of interesting places to view, including the Northerner's office on the fifth floor of Centurion House in Deansgate. We promise to wave.
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Public services start on Good Friday – 6 April – and will then run every Saturday until the end of September with extra runs likelyduring high summer. The two hour journey on the big red double deckers, 30 years old and refitted with extras including a hefty 10,000 watt sound system, will cruise past the town hall, both football club grounds, theNational Football Museum in Urbis, the Roman fort at Castlefield, Chinatown, Ancoats and Salford Quays. You will be able to see the site, I hope, of the post-Leveson successor to the Press Complaints Commission (if our campaign to bring it to the purer and more invigorating north succeeds).

Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, says:


The city's professional tour guiding has concentrated on excellent walking tours over the past 30 years. The launch of this open top bus tour service is a fantastic development, especially for those who would like to travel further than the city centre to places like Old Trafford and Salford Quays. We wish Manchester Open Top Bus Tours every success.


Elizabeth Sibbering of Manchester Guided Tours, says:


People often ask for bus tours of Manchester and I'm delighted that we're now delivering this service. It's a unique opportunity for visitors to see more than just the city centre, whilst gleaning essential information from a professional tour guide.


Look out for our brainy students too, anywhere near Oxford Road.

The buses will leave from Chorlton Street, just off Portland Street. Visitors can turn up on the day, although booking is recommended - call 0800 288 8746, or visit http://www.manchesterbustours.co.uk
Fares are: Adult - £15.00, Child (4 – 16 yrs) - £8.50, Senior / Student - £12.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) - £40.00. Further discounts for large group bookings.





 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW


Europe Bus
 

The 88 new vehicles being launched by Bus Éireann as part of a €30m upgrade will come equipped with Wi-Fi.


According to the public transport operator, 23 coaches began operation this week with the free Wi-Fi service.

Selected seats on the buses have power sockets ISOFIX attachment points for child safety.

The rollout will see the introduction of eight double-deck coaches, which will be the largest ever vehicles deployed by Bus Éireann, as well as 10 double-deck buses, 25 single-deck buses and 25 single-deck coaches.

All the vehicles will be Wi-Fi enabled and are calculated to attract a new type of commuter.

“With free Wi-Fi, power sockets and extra comfort seating, they are sure to be a hit with customers and attract new users," said Andrew McLindon, PR manager, Bus Éireann.



 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

A new Volvo B13R coach with 9700 Prestige Plus bodywork has recently been delivered to Suffolk based operator Galloway European Coachlines Limited.

 


Suffolk based Operator Galloway European Coachlines Limited has recently taken delivery of a new Volvo B13R coach with 9700 Prestige Plus bodywork.


The company’s new tri-axle vehicle is the first Volvo B13R to join Galloway’s main fleet, although they do operate Levante bodied Volvos on their National Express contracts.

An important factor in Galloway’s decision to specify Volvo was fuel economy. “The Volvo Levante coaches we run for our National Express contract get some excellent mileage to the gallon, so we’re hoping to replicate that type of fuel economy with this new B13R 9700,” explained Galloway Coach Travel Transport Manager, Andy Kemp.


“The tri-axle coach allows for 53 passenger seats, plus facilities, which is ideal for us considering that the vehicle will be used for a variety of work including tour work, private hire, school excursions and day trips,” continued Andy Kemp.

“In addition we liked that the B13R was specified with the theatre style seating system, allowing passengers the optimum viewing experience whilst travelling on our tours.”

Andy Kemp was also quick to praise the Volvo sales and support team, “We haven’t had any issues as far as back-up and support is concerned, but it’s certainly re-assuring to know that you get that commitment with Volvo Bus. It was also really easy to deal with Volvo Bus Regional Sales Manager, Jo Standbridge, as she certainly knows her stuff and is always very helpful.”


The Volvo B13R is equipped with the strong and fuel efficient D13C engine, capable of 420hp connected to the Volvo I-Shift gearbox. The vertical engine installation, coupled with a swing out cooling system radiator also provides excellent service and maintenance access.


“This is a first for Galloways,” explained Volvo Bus Regional Sales Manager, Jo Standbridge. “They’ve bought Volvo coaches before, but this is their first B13R to be used in the main fleet.


“We’ve built up a strong relationship and trust with this operator over the last couple of years, so it’s pleasing to see this new vehicle order come to fruition.”

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW


Tallinn to Merge Transport Agencies, Bus Lines Replace Some Trolleys (1)


Published: 11:21







The City of Tallinn plans to merge the municipal companies responsible for the city's bus, tram and trolley services by September.


Currently, Tallinn's buses are operated by one company while trams and trolleys are operated by another.

One of the largest changes resulting from the merger will be a reduced number of trolley routes, which will be replaced with buses, Toomas Sepp, executive director of the municipal tram and trolleybus company, told Postimees. This year and next year, 47 trolleys - around 40 percent of the city's trolley fleet - will be put out of service and replaced by buses.

Trams, on the other hand, will not disappear anytime soon, as the national government recently decided to buy new trams and rebuild a fourth route with revenue from the sale of carbon credits.

In April, the City Government will draft a merger agreement, which will be reviewed by parties and approved by the City Council in May.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

High Fuel Prices to Increase Bus Fares in Bulgaria

Tourism
The National Association of Bus Carriers (NABC) has warned about an upcoming increase in bus fares.

Bus tickets are expected to cost 10-12% more from May due to the high fuel prices.

According to Galya Topalova, Deputy Chair of the NABC, diesel prices currently make up around 50-60% of the cost of bus tickets.

"We are keeping prices down because we introduced an 8% increase in February. In the past year, however, diesel prices went up by around 20%," Topalova said Friday in an interview for private TV station TV7.

She explained that if fuel price spike forecasts about May 2012came true, bus fares would follow suit.

"We do not expect an outflow of passengers because people who are used to travelling by bus will continue to do so," she stated.

No increase in railway fares is expected, according to a statement of the state-owned Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) company.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Commuters and bus passengers across England will see more eco-friendly buses on the roads, congestion reduced and services upgraded, thanks to a new £101 million package of improvements approved by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.

Today’s announcement will see:


  • £31 million spent on 439 low carbon buses, part of the Government’s Green Bus Fund which aims to bring down fuel emission and air pollution levels and encourage bus operators and local councils to make the switch to hybrid-electric, fully electric or gas buses.

  • Winning local authorities across England will also receive a share of £70 million under the Better Bus Area (BBA) fund to boost growth, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus passenger numbers.

Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said:

“This funding means a better deal for passengers and encourages more people to travel by bus. It updates and improves services and infrastructure, reduces congestion, gives quieter journeys and with the introduction of new carbon friendly buses, reduces fuel costs and CO2 emissions, creating a greener network.”

The £70 million will be shared between 24 local authorities who have impressed the Department with their bid for funding. They will benefit from up to £5 million each. This will support a range of targeted improvements including:


  • smarter multi-operator tickets.

  • traffic lights that can help buses beat the queue.

  • real time information; and

  • improvements to shelters and stops.

Following a two month bidding process the department has also provided funding for 439 new eco-friendly buses for 2012/2013. Passengers will see 128 single-decked and 311 double-decker buses in service from spring 2013, saving over 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. The 26 bus operators including Stagecoach, Arriva and First are receiving more than £22 million, with more than £8 million split between five local authorities.

Five bus manufacturers will benefit from orders for their eco-friendly hybrid, electric and gas buses. They comprise: Volvo, Wrightbus, Optare, MAN and Alexander Dennis Limited, all of which are based in, or partly in, the UK.

By switching to low carbon buses, the winners will also be eligible to claim additional government subsidy through the Bus Service Operators Grant to run these buses. Bus operators and local authorities will be given six pence per kilometre to support them with operational costs.

 
 
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Hybrid electric buses and 'transport hub' to be introduced


A new "transport hub" is to be created for bus services in Southport and hybrid electric buses introduced on River Mersey tunnel services.
The changes will be paid for with £5m from the Better Bus Area Fund.

Southport's bus interchange facilities will be improved with new stops and shelters built, including real time information screens.

The double-decker hybrid electric buses, operated by Arriva, will be fitted with leather seats and wi-fi.

There will also be improvements to a waiting area for patients at Wirral's Arrowe Park Hospital and a mobile phone app developed to provide public transport information.

Bus stops in Crosby and Heswall will also be improved with information screens added to some routes.

Jim Barclay, Merseytravel interim chief executive, said: "The funding is a real boost in our bid to encourage people across Merseyside to leave their cars at home and switch to sustainable travel, whilst the existing passengers will also benefit from the improved facilities and increase in real time information provision."

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW


Transport Minister Carl Sargeant has announced a £25m grant to improve public transport across Wales.

The money will be divided between four regional transport consortia to support travel plans and improve road safety.

The south east Wales consortium (Sewta) will receive £10.6m, south west Wales(SWWITCH) £5.7m, north Wales (Taith) £5.6m and mid Wales (TraCC) will get £3.1m.

Mr Sargeant said he expected the consortia to "use this money wisely".

The groups represent local authorities for their regions and previously submitted regional transport plans to the Welsh government.

In south east Wales, more than £2.5m will be spent on improving "bus reliability, punctuality and journey times between Pontypridd and Cardiff".



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This funding will enable local authorities to deliver improvements to the transport infrastructure in their region”


Carl SargeantTransport Minister

Another £900,000 will improve Newport bus station, while £60,000 will help develop a park and ride scheme at Chepstow.

In south west Wales, £700,000 will go towards improving the Waterston bypass, while £450,000 will develop a bus corridor between Port Talbot and Swansea, and £50,000 will improve Llanelli Railway Station.

In north Wales, £750,000 will go towards improvements at Llandudno railway station and £250,000 to develop the Vale of Clwyd cycle route in Ruthin.

Another £300,000 will help create a walking and cycling path at Lon Deheuol Llyn.

In mid Wales, £939,000 is allocated for the Pont Briwet bridge replacement scheme at Penrhyndeudraeth, while £300,000 will help improve the Aberystwyth Passenger Transport Gateway.

Another £240,000 will go towards improving the A493 Aberdyfi to Machynlleth road.

Mr Sargeant said: "We're committed to developing integrated transport throughout Wales and this funding will enable local authorities to deliver improvements to the transport infrastructure in their region.

"I expect the consortia to use this money wisely and help create a safer and more sustainable transport network across Wales."

 

 
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW


 










 

IVU Traffic Technologies AG : Berlin, 22.03.2012 New specialist book on IT systems for public transport companies

03/23/2012 09:47am

Berlin, 22.03.12 Public transport companies work with advanced information technology in order to plan, optimise and manage their fleets. The buses themselves have meanwhile also become high-tech vehicles. The complex IT systems that are involved are described in the new book 'IT-Systeme für Verkehrsunternehmen: Informationstechnik im öffent-lichen Personenverkehr' (IT systems for transport companies - Information technology in public transport). Dr Gero Scholz, expert in logistics and computer sciences, describes the demands faced by modern transport companies and the operational data and processes they have to deal with. Considering transport questions in combination with IT questions makes it possible for the first time to establish a common basis for public transport operators and system providers, and considerably simplifies the communication between the actors. This 520 page standard work has been published in December by dpunkt.verlag.
Dr Scholz was chief software architect of IVU Traffic Technologies AG for many years, specialising in the development of IT solutions for public transport. The practical experience gained from his daily work has found its way into the book. The final product is a comprehensive volume which for the first time brings together practical and theoretical expertise from the transport sector and computer sciences. A key contribution is the detailed analysis and extensive modelling of numerous operational processes in public transport as a basis for their integration in IT systems. Using UML modelling language, a domain model is developed for bus and rail transport which integrates the core business processes with a class model as the basis for the architecture of the IT systems and their networking. All the activities of a transport company are dealt with in detail - from planning and dispatching vehicles and crews through the control and monitoring of fleets during operations to comprehensive passenger information and ticketing and the settlement for services provided.  

"Public transport networks are important for the development of towns and cities, and with increasing urbanisation, the logistical challenges are constantly growing. Without powerful IT systems, it is no longer to meets these demands effectively," explains Dr Scholz. "Therefore it was necessary to bring together the expertise from both sectors in order to create a common standard for the sustainable development of public transport". The book has been written for a broader readership, and not exclusively for software engineers, the author explains. It is suitable for university teachers and students of transport engineering or computer sciences, and equally also for actors in the public transport sector and users of the relevant IT systems. The intention is to present the complex interrelationships in public transport clearly and understandably, but without losing sight of the necessary detail, concludes Dr Scholz.

IT-Systeme für Verkehrsunternehmen: Informationstechnik im öffentlichen Personenverkehr
Author: Dr Gero Scholz
520 pages, published in dpunkt.verlag
ISBN: 978-3898647700

Contact:
Madlen Dietrich
Corporate Communications
IVU Traffic Technologies AG
Bundesallee 88, 12161 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 30 85906-0
Fax: +49 30 85906-111
Email: Madlen.Dietrich(at)ivu.de
http://www.ivu.com





IVU Traffic Technologies AG has been working for more than thirty years with some 300 engineers to ensure that transport in the world's major cities operates reliably and on time. People and vehicles in expanding cities are continually on the move - a logistical challenge which calls for intelligent and reliable software systems. The standardised software products of the IVU.suite and tailor-made IT solutions are used to plan, optimise and control the scheduling of vehicle fleets and personnel, support the choice of branch locations and ensure that election results are determined correctly.
IVU. Systems for vibrant cities.

Dr. Gero Scholz worked intensively on logistical processes while studying at LMU Munich. After gaining a doctorate in operations research, he was responsible for various major projects at sd&m, e.g. for Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa. From 1995 to 2003 he was in charge of the IT department at Dresdner Bank and was later CIO of Transaction Banking. From 2004 to 2007, he was in charge of development at IVU Traffic Technologies AG, and from 2008 to 2010 was chief architect, while also carrying out research on the ITVU book. Dr.Gero Scholz is now a consultant in the fields of transport, logistics and information technology.







 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Cambridgeshire bus services to receive £1.7m funding


The guided busway between Cambridge and St Ives opened last August




The money, from the Department for Transport's Better Bus Area fund, will form part of a £5m plan to improve transport in and around the city.

New buses, priority lanes and improvements to interchanges and routes around the city are planned.

Extending bus services from around the county to link with the guided busway into the city will also be considered.

The bid for the money was led by Cambridgeshire County Council.

South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Council, plus bus operators Stagecoach East and Whippet Coaches were also involved.

The county council said the grant meant it could now look into creating links from Chatteris, Peterborough and Ramsey to the busway between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

In addition to the government grant, the money for the work will come from the county council and Stagecoach.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

National Express have announced the biggest shake up to Britain’s cross country coach network in 25 years – creating 230 new journeys, faster travel times and stronger transport links to key tourism regions such as Blackpool, West Wales and the South West.

On 27 February Britain’s largest scheduled coach operator will relaunch its cross country network - which links around 500 destinations across England, Scotland and Wales -following a major ten month planning project to modernise coach travel.

Britain’s cross country coach network had three million passenger journeys during 2011 - up 7% on 2010 - and covers a region from coast to coast and the Highlands through to Devon. 

230 new route combinations have been made available by coach including Cardiff to Carmarthen, Blackpool to Wolverhampton and Gloucester to Nottingham. To help boost tourism across Britain additional journeys have been made available to major cities like Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds while seaside resorts like Blackpool and Weston-super-Mare will now receive a year round service. A new direct link is also available from Manchester to the south coast.

Cross Pennine services see significant improvements with faster journey times from the North East to Manchester, Manchester Airport and Liverpool cut by one hour 40 minutes. For the first time services between Manchester and Sunderland will be faster than local rail. Train passengers on the same route face up to three changes and journey times of between 12 and 26 minutes longer.


Andrew Cleaves, Managing Director of National Express Coach said: “This is one of the biggest changes Britain’s coach network has seen in 25 years. It will deliver hundreds of new journey combinations and more connections between major towns and cities. Our cross country network covers 13 million miles every year and we want to ensure every route offers the best combination of destinations, price and journey time for customers.”


The review follows on from National Express’ investment in 150 new coaches during 2011 - replacing around a third of its fleet with state of the art, wheelchair accessible vehicles. Around 100 additional coaches will enter the fleet during 2012 with the company on track to be fully wheelchair accessible by early 2013 – seven years ahead of the government target.

Andrew added: “Coach continues to be an extremely popular mode of transport as passengers prioritise value for money and reliability. We’re investing in new vehicles to help reinvigorate the image of coach travel and modernising our network to ensure we’re providing more journeys where their most required.”

Key improvements include:

  Ten additional services per day from Birmingham
  17 additional services per day from Leeds
  Two additional services per day to Weston-super-Mare from Birmingham and Bristol. The current daily service is seasonal
  Two additional services per day to Blackpool from Birmingham throughout the year
  Improved services between Manchester and Sunderland which are faster than local rail services
  Better connections to Manchester Airport from Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, and Birmingham
  Faster journeys between Liverpool and Manchester to Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  Two new non stop journeys per day between Leeds and Birmingham
  Extra daily journeys between Birmingham and Bristol
  New daily service between Manchester, Southampton and Portsmouth
  New daily service between West Wales and Cardiff to boost tourism
    Extra daily service between Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow

 
 
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

National Express have announced the biggest shake up to Britain’s cross country coach network in 25 years – creating 230 new journeys, faster travel times and stronger transport links to key tourism regions such as Blackpool, West Wales and the South West.

On 27 February Britain’s largest scheduled coach operator will relaunch its cross country network - which links around 500 destinations across England, Scotland and Wales -following a major ten month planning project to modernise coach travel.

Britain’s cross country coach network had three million passenger journeys during 2011 - up 7% on 2010 - and covers a region from coast to coast and the Highlands through to Devon. 

230 new route combinations have been made available by coach including Cardiff to Carmarthen, Blackpool to Wolverhampton and Gloucester to Nottingham. To help boost tourism across Britain additional journeys have been made available to major cities like Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds while seaside resorts like Blackpool and Weston-super-Mare will now receive a year round service. A new direct link is also available from Manchester to the south coast.

Cross Pennine services see significant improvements with faster journey times from the North East to Manchester, Manchester Airport and Liverpool cut by one hour 40 minutes. For the first time services between Manchester and Sunderland will be faster than local rail. Train passengers on the same route face up to three changes and journey times of between 12 and 26 minutes longer.


Andrew Cleaves, Managing Director of National Express Coach said: “This is one of the biggest changes Britain’s coach network has seen in 25 years. It will deliver hundreds of new journey combinations and more connections between major towns and cities. Our cross country network covers 13 million miles every year and we want to ensure every route offers the best combination of destinations, price and journey time for customers.”


The review follows on from National Express’ investment in 150 new coaches during 2011 - replacing around a third of its fleet with state of the art, wheelchair accessible vehicles. Around 100 additional coaches will enter the fleet during 2012 with the company on track to be fully wheelchair accessible by early 2013 – seven years ahead of the government target.

Andrew added: “Coach continues to be an extremely popular mode of transport as passengers prioritise value for money and reliability. We’re investing in new vehicles to help reinvigorate the image of coach travel and modernising our network to ensure we’re providing more journeys where their most required.”

Key improvements include:

  Ten additional services per day from Birmingham
  17 additional services per day from Leeds
  Two additional services per day to Weston-super-Mare from Birmingham and Bristol. The current daily service is seasonal
  Two additional services per day to Blackpool from Birmingham throughout the year
  Improved services between Manchester and Sunderland which are faster than local rail services
  Better connections to Manchester Airport from Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, and Birmingham
  Faster journeys between Liverpool and Manchester to Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  Two new non stop journeys per day between Leeds and Birmingham
  Extra daily journeys between Birmingham and Bristol
  New daily service between Manchester, Southampton and Portsmouth
  New daily service between West Wales and Cardiff to boost tourism
    Extra daily service between Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow

 
 
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

National Express’ Managing Director, Andrew Cleaves will embark on his second week long coach tour of Britain from Monday to experience the company’s customer service first hand.  He will meet customers and staff and will be on Twitter, tweeting his experiences as he goes.

Andrew will travel the length and breadth of National Express’ coach network including Lille in France, Liverpool, London and Kent.  It’s the only tour of its kind undertaken by the Managing Director of a major transport business and will see Andrew tweet with the hash tag #MDonthemove. He will respond to passenger queries in real time and unearth customer stories as he travels Britain on the famous white coaches.

Andrew said: “I spend a lot of time visiting National Express locations around the UK, but it’s usually one journey at a time. I want to dedicate some quality time to travelling around Britain by coach to meet passengers and staff and travel on the service as our customers do.  It’s so important to get the real experience.”

Last week National Express coach reported a record profit for 2011, with revenue up 4% to £259.1 million. The strong results were delivered through the introduction of a 24/7 call centre, investing in 160 new coaches and re-engaging with the student market – resulting in a 36% increase in the sale of the Young Persons Coachcard.

Andrew added: “I want to experience what’s great and what’s not so great about the service we offer to continue to build on our success. I am committed to addressing any issues I encounter but will also celebrate the examples of great customer service that I know I’ll see.”

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

YEREVAN. – Eighty of the 249 buses—which were imported from Beijing along the lines of Armenia’s and China’s intergovernmental cooperation toward improving Armenian capital Yerevan’s regular commuter transport—will serve Yerevan’s residents as of today (Saturday), Yerevan City Hall Transport Department Chief Henrik Navasardyan told news reporters.       

In his words, the eighty buses will operate in six different routes, and they will charge no fare on Saturday. 

Also, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan and Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan took a tour with the newly imported public transport buses (photo).

The 249 buses, which were donated by China, cost a total of AMD 4.53 billion (approx. US$ 11,726,993).

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Bus bosses in Brighton and Hove have been given £3.5 million to improve links and buy new hybrid vehicles.

The funding will be used to upgrade bus stops in Lewes Road and increase bus travel to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Lewes MP Norman Baker announced that Brighton and Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company had successfully bid for the money from the Government’s Green Bus Fund and Better Bus Areas fund to improve bus links in the city and encourage more people to use public transport.




The bus company has been given more than £840,000 to help buy 11 new double-decker hybrid electric buses to add to the two it already owns.

A standard diesel bus costs about £200,000 whereas a hybrid vehicle is about £300,000.

Roger French, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses said the bus company will save 30% on fuel with the greener vehicles.

Councillor Ian Davey, cabinet member for transport and the public realm, said: “This is great news for the city’s transport and will really help improve air quality, particu larly in the city centre.”

The council said the money will be spent over the next two years to improve both bus services and infrastructure in areas such as Valley Gardens.



The route along Edward Street and Eastern Road will also be enhanced, which could include extra bus lanes.


Larger bus stops will also be installed along Lewes Road to accommodate the new bendy buses which will be rolled out from next month.

Money will also be allocated to advertise improved services and encourage more people to use buses.

 

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