GHA wins four more contracts

first_imgIndependent GHA Coaches will increase its presence in Shrewsbury and Shropshire after the award of another four local bus service contracts.They start in June 2016 for five years.The routes gained from 1 June 2016 are currently held by Arriva MidlandsThe tenders – currently operated by Arriva Midlands – include Shrewsbury town routes 21, 23 and 26 and the interurban Shrewsbury-Whitchurch route 511.They will require six vehicles and create 12 driving jobs at GHA’s Shrewsbury depot.The new routes will enhance GHA’s growing network in Shropshire and Cheshire and route 511 will link with routes 72, 73, 146 and 205 in Whitchurch, offering passengers onward journeys to Wrexham, Chester, Crewe and Nantwich.Stephen Bryce, GHA Coaches General Manager, says the family-owned business, which has a depot in Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury, is delighted to have been awarded the work by Shropshire County Council. “We bought Shropshire Bus and Coach to not only consolidate our existing operations in the county, but to have a permanent base from which to expand our network in Shropshire.“We were disappointed not to have been successful in winning the contract to run Shrewsbury park-and-ride, but we have taken a positive step forward in tendering for the 511 service and the three Shrewsbury town centre services.“It is our aim to provide local people with a friendly and reliable service when we take over the running from 1 June.“We already operate several services into Whitchurch and Shrewsbury and the new Shropshire County Council tenders will help us to further grow our network.“We are looking to review our routes in Shropshire and introduce Sunday services where demand justifies. Our review will be in time for the summer,” Mr Bryce added.last_img read more

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Quicker action against O-Licences, thanks to digital

first_imgWith the start of digital-only O-Licence applications this month, bring to an end paper applications, the Traffic Commissioners (TCs) are clamping down on operators whose businesses have faced financial difficulty, but failed to tell the TC.A new link between Companies House and the O-Licencing now automatically identifies dissolved companies, as well as those in liquidation.Changes to a company’s status are shared with the Office of the Traffic Commissioner, prompting regulatory intervention.In the last six months, 750 limited companies holding passenger or goods O-Licences have been identified as dissolved or in liquidation.Revocation is already underway for 600 of these cases, with the remaining licences being reviewed.In the guidance on legal entities, the Senior TC says: “It is a condition of a standard licence for operators to inform the TC with 28 days of any change in the name or legal form of the undertaking and the address of establishment.”last_img read more

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Obituary: Norman Unwin

first_imgNorman Unwin founded Unwin Safety Systems in 1956Norman Unwin, 89, the founder of accessible transport specialist Unwin, has died.He founded the company over 60 years ago, having created the world’s first device to secure wheelchairs in vehicles, after witnessing a ‘disastrous’ seaside outing involving five people in wheelchairs.He and his late wife Jean retired in 2014, when Swedish company Autoadapt bought the company.Unwin Managing Director Chris Hellier says: “It is thanks to Norman’s tireless efforts that our company today is able to help thousands of people with disabilities travel in safety.“In the early days he took on the Department of Transport – and won – when they proposed a directive that said some wheelchairs in buses did not need to be secured. He looked for solutions and made sure that they worked.“Norman’s ethos continues today in all the work we do at Unwin headquarters at Martock. We all send our deepest condolences to his family.”A Thanksgiving service will be held on Wednesday 25 April at 1400hrs at St John’s Church in Yeovil.last_img read more

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Stagecoach Express X10 gets ‘top marks’ from passengers

first_imgStagecoach Express X10 – which provides a fast, limited stop connection between Barnsley and Leeds – has received top marks from passengers in a new on-board survey, with 99% of customers saying they would recommend the serivce.The customer comments will lead to several service changes to the X10 from 22 July. Says Matt Davies, Managing Director of Stagecoach Yorkshire: “We asked customers to give feedback on the timetable to help us improve the service to suit customers travelling needs.”  Other areas to come out on top in the survey included the service’s drivers, on-board music and access to free wi-fi.It was also revealed that almost 80% of those surveyed had switched from alternative modes of transport, including cars and trains, to use the X10 service.Matt Davies, Managing Director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, says: “Customer feedback and satisfaction is central to everything we do at Stagecoach, which is why we are continually evaluating and appraising our services.“The new X10 service is clearly proving popular with passengers looking to travel between Barnsley and Leeds for work or leisure and provides a fantastic alternative to travelling by train or car, sitting in traffic or paying expensive city centre parking charges.“What is particularly interesting is how many new customers we have attracted by introducing this service. More than 20% of passengers wouldn’t have made the journey previously.”last_img read more

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‘Little & Often’ MB Sprinters for Wales

first_imgSix Stagecoach Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 45s, previously part of the batch of 30 used on the Ashford ‘Little & Often’ routes are now in service, or on route trials, with Stagecoach in South Wales at Blackwood Cwmbran and Porth depots.All retain the ‘Little & Often’ livery but without the branding. The Kent routes were upgraded with Optare Solos.A further 10 of the batch have been sent to Scotland [routeone/5 September/News]last_img

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HCT Group secures £17.8m funding

first_imgCommunity transport operator HCT Group has secured £17.8m funding to “accelerate growth, providing working capital to continue the rapid expansion and to provide the funds to acquire commercial bus operators and turn them into social enterprises.”Founded in 1982 and led by CEO Dai Powell, HCT Group is now the UK’s ninth-largest operatorFounded in 1982 and led by CEO Dai Powell, social enterprise HCT Group is now the UK’s ninth-largest operator, running 732 vehicles from 13 depots.Big Issue Invest – the social investment arm of The Big Issue magazine – led the round, which consists of a refinance of legacy debt and an injection of new capital.It is the largest fundraising by a UK social enterprise so far in 2018.City Bridge Trust, Esmée Fairbairn, HSBC, MFS, Phone Co-op, Social and Sustainable Capital, TriplePoint and four high-net-worth individuals from the ClearlySo network – an impact investment bank – also participated.last_img read more

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Customer commends driver’s actions

first_imgBecky Gibson helped a customer who had a fit when getting off the bus. Becky was driving route 66 to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. She got help for the customer and stayed with them until paramedics arrived. The customer recommended Becky for Star of the Month and says: “I think more people need to be like Becky. She was calm, reassuring and knew what to do.” Says Reading Buses HR Director Caroline Anscombe: “It’s a huge well done to Becky who really made a difference.”last_img

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Aberdeen hydrogen StreetDecks to enter service on 28 January

first_imgFirst Aberdeen is to place its fleet of hydrogen fuel cell-electric Wrightbus StreetDeck FCEVs into service on 28 January. They will be the first hydrogen-fuelled double-deckers to enter service anywhere in the world.The 15 buses form part of an £8.3m project that has been funded by a variety of stakeholders, including the European Union through its JIVE mechanism. Individual vehicles each account for around £500,000 of that total.Service 19 between Peterculter and Tillydrone will be the main haunt of the hydrogen StreetDeck FCEVs, although they will appear on other routes in Aberdeen. Each vehicle seats 60 passengers.Says First Bus Scotland Managing Director Andrew Jarvis: “Scotland will be home to COP26 later this year and it is fantastic to know that we’ll be setting a stellar example of what can be achieved with new technology as we welcome leaders from around the world.”last_img read more

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Barbara Brewster sentenced to 60 years for 1988 murder

first_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter (Photo supplied) Friday morning, 56 year-old Barbara Brewster was given a 60-year sentence in the 1988 beating death of Miriam Rice.Rice, who was pregnant at the time, was murdered in South Bend.Seventy-seven year-old George Kearney, who was a second suspect in the case, pleaded guilty to the murder. He died of a terminal illness earlier this year before a sentence could be passed for his involvement. Previous articleMichigan farm relief funds made availableNext articleSouth Bend man sentenced on weapons charge Tommie Lee Barbara Brewster sentenced to 60 years for 1988 murder Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ IndianaLocalSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – August 2, 2019 0 407 Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Local Criminal Identified with His Lost Wallet

first_img (“police line do not cross” by Heather, CC BY 2.0) A suspect in a burglary in St. Joseph County was easily identified because he left his wallet and identification at the scene of the crime.The break in happened last week in the 14-thousand block of State Road 23. Police were called there after an alarm was tripped and found a broken window and open garage door. Investigators say the I.D. was that of John Feddersen, whose face matched that of the person caught on surveillance.They say he had a gun that was stolen from the business. Local Criminal Identified with His Lost Wallet Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Twitter By Jon Zimney – October 16, 2019 0 263 Facebook Google+ Twitter Previous articleCity Officials Warn to Think Before You FlushNext articleSouth Bend Woman Killed in Marshall County Crash Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. IndianaLocalNews WhatsApplast_img read more

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