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Vintage colours make a comeback as First Glasgow helps to mark 125 years of public transport in the city. They say that a truly classic look never really goes out of fashion, and that’s the case in 2019 as First Glasgow marks the 125th anniversary of public transport in the city by bringing a bit of nostalgia to the company’s bus fleet. The roots of First Glasgow’s present day operation can be traced all the way back to 1894, when the Glasgow Corporation Tramway was introduced that year on 1 July. Glasgow’s public transport operations have had a colourful history over the years, with trams, trolleybuses and the motor buses that have continuously served the streets of the city sporting a number of eye-catching liveries along the way.
To mark ‘Glasgow 125’, First Glasgow is celebrating its heritage by turning back the clock and bringing back three classic liveries as follows:
1960s – Glasgow Corporation livery
1970s – Greater Glasgow PTE livery (GGPTE)
1980s – Strathclyde’s Buses livery
Three double decker buses will be given an external makeover befitting of celebrating Glasgow’s transport history and legacy.
A number of events to mark ‘Glasgow 125’ will be taking place across the city, the biggest of which will take place on 7 July through the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust. An Open Sunday event will be hosted at their bus museum in Bridgeton, which houses over 100 examples of buses from yesteryear in various stages of restoration, many of which proudly served the city streets.
First Glasgow will be lending support to this event by providing vehicles in heritage colours alongside preserved vehicles to operate a shuttle service between the bus museum and the city centre. The shuttle bus will then extend beyond the city centre to their Caledonia Depot, where they will have further examples of vintage vehicles on display that will tell the story of the Glasgow bus from the days of ‘The Corpy’ all the way through to First Glasgow, via Greater Glasgow PTE and Strathclyde’s Buses.
A further display of their brand new and colourful route branded fleet will also be on show as First Glasgow continues to write the next chapter in the evolution of delivering the city’s transport solutions. An internal vehicle tour will also operate within the depot to give everyone the chance to see the largest bus depot in the UK up close.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director for First Glasgow said: “We are delighted to be working with the dedicated team of volunteers at the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust to help celebrate our history. Our modern double deckers will sport the colours of yesteryear but brought up to date to suit the lines of the vehicles. We hope people of all ages enjoy seeing them out and about around Glasgow.”
Steven Booth, Trustee and Chairman of the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust said: “The Trust is delighted to be working in conjunction with First Glasgow to celebrate the last 125 years of our transport heritage. We believe this event will let people see the development of bus travel in the city. Our contribution will be a display of historic vehicles and artefacts at Bridgeton Bus Garage. In addition, we will also provide the public with an opportunity to travel on vintage buses as part of the free service being jointly provided with First. These vehicles have been lovingly restored by their owners and are doing what they were designed to do – provide public transport in style. We are also very pleased to be working closely with First Glasgow on this event and look forward to building and strengthening this relationship into the future.
A rail service linking Lancashire with some of the north’s most picturesque routes resumed on May 19th.
The DalesRail service between Blackpool and Carlisle returned on Sunday May 19th and will re-link Lancashire with the Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley.
The route leaves Blackpool via Preston and will operate every Sunday until September 9 taking in the famous Settle to Carlisle line and Yorkshire Dales.
Community group Community Rail Lancashire has helped bring the route back after its success last season and will be recommending country walks to tie in the with service.
Richard Watts, chairman of Community Rail Lancashire said: “DalesRail is simply the best way to enjoy the iconic Settle Carlisle line with direct trains from Lancashire. What’s more, it also offers the opportunity to keep fit with over 50 guided walks available over the 17 Sundays. These walks will be led by experienced volunteer walk leaders from Lancashire Rail Ramblers.”
Martin Keating, interim stakeholder manager for Northern, said: “I would like to thank Community Rail Lancashire, the Settle and Carlisle Community Rail Partnership and the Lancashire Rail Ramblers in working with Northern on delivery DalesRail. This is an offering we’re proud of and will offer a direct link to some exciting leisure opportunities for our customers.”
Something rather different from our usual daily news, Dakotas over the English Channel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Channel Crossing the day before D-Day. Reports have suggested a significant number of the type will be in attendance.
An estimated 3,000 people attended the open day at the Alexander Dennis bus
chassis factory in Guildford on Saturday 11th May. The opportunity to look behind the
scenes at Britain’s biggest bus manufacturer was enthusiastically embraced by local
residents as well as visitors from as far afield as Hong Kong and Singapore.
Tours of the plant, vehicle displays and rides, specialist talks on electrical systems and
hybrid technology, and build-a-bus activities for children were just some of the attractions organised for visitors by a team of 40 volunteers from the company’s Guildford team.
The event was held in support of two local charities, Challengers and Phyllis Tuckwell
Hospice Care, with just short of £1,600 raised for their causes.
Vintage vehicles displayed the breadth of the engineering and manufacturing heritage of
Dennis, with lorries, lawn mowers, preserved buses and fire engines on show. A 1936 open-
top Dennis Ace fire appliance lovingly known as ‘the Pig’ – in service until 1997 as the
Dennis works’ own fire engine – offered rides around the local area that drew long queues.
Park and ride buses and shuttles to railway stations were provided by preserved and modern
buses with the kind support of vehicle owners and local bus operators including Stagecoach, Arriva, Cardinal Buses, Mortons Travel, Reptons Coaches, Safeguard Coaches, Southern Transit and White Bus Services.
Production supervisor Claire Barrett, who led the organisation team, commented: “I feel very
honoured to have been involved in the open day, seeing so many people enjoying
themselves, taking part in the activities, being curious and asking questions about the
products and systems we use. The balance of content about the past, present and future of the company was just right and enjoyed by all. Many of our colleagues came along with their families and it was lovely to witness their pride at working for such an iconic company.”
Further to our posting earlier this week covering the announcement of the new £80m Stagecoach bus orders for 2019/20, here are details of proposed allocations to provincial fleets.
131 ADL Enviro 400MMCs 11139-11156 Morecambe [Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire] 11157 Carlisle [Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire] 11158 Carlisle but currently with Stagecoach UK Bus for IT cloud evaluation [Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire]
11161-11162 Elgin [Stagecoach North Scotland]
11163-11175 Macduff [Stagecoach North Scotland] 11176-11191 Aberhill [Stagecoach East Scotland] 11192-11201 Hull [Stagecoach East Midlands] (17) Northampton [Stagecoach Midlands] (21) Witney [Stagecoach Oxfordshire] (18) Sharston [Stagecoach Manchester]
95 ADL Enviro 200MMC (11.8m) (24) Thanet [Stagecoach South East] (21) Hull [Stagecoach East Midlands] (18) Stockton [Stagecoach North East] (32) Basingstoke [Stagecoach South]
12 Optare Metrocity electric (12) Caerphilly [Stagecoach South Wales] 4 Optare Solo electric (4) Caerphilly [Stagecoach South Wales]
3 Optare Solo SR slimline 48041-48043 Merthyr [Stagecoach South Wales] 12 Volvo B8RLE/MCV (12) Merthyr [Stagecoach South Wales] 14 Volvo B11RlE double deck coaches 50406-50411 Megabus/Cumbernauld [Stagecoach West Scotland] 50412-50419 CityLink/Cumbernauld [Stagecoach West Scotland]
8 Volvo B11R/Caetano Levate III coaches 54404-54411 National Express duties/Chesterfield [Stagecoach Yorkshire]
In a statement Stagecoach said its planned new vehicle orders are worth more than £80million to help tackle the twin challenges of car congestion and air quality. A new fleet of 351 cleaner, greener vehicles, will be introduced in the coming 2019/20 financial year as the company invests further in to improve services for customers in communities across the UK.
The brand new buses and coaches will be introduced in Stagecoach's regional networks in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as on the company’s megabus.com network in the UK. The planned orders include 48 electric buses which are being part-funded by the UK Government’s Green Bus Fund and - once orders are finalised - will go into service in Manchester and South Wales.
Virtually all of the new vehicles meet the Government’s Low Carbon Emission Bus specification, with a mixture of electric vehicle technology and the latest Euro 6 emissions standard engines. Most of the new vehicles are set to be built in the UK, helping to support hundreds of British manufacturing jobs and smaller businesses in the supply chain.
Around three quarters of the new vehicles will be fitted with audio visual display systems which provide next-stop information. Each of the new vehicles will also be fitted with CCTV, and USB charging points, while most will also have wi-fi installed, giving customers free internet access during their journeys.
A number of vehicles from the order have already been delivered and are in service with Stagecoach East Scotland, Stagecoach North Scotland, Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, Stagecoach Yorkshire. The 20 Enviro 200MMCs delivered to Stagecoach West Scotland earlier this year are not included in the totals and are presumed to be an addition to last years orders.
The latest investment includes 131 low-floor double-decker vehicles to go into service across the UK, as well as around 95 single deck vehicles and 28 midibuses. Also included are a fleet of 12 new double deck vehicles for the Cambridge Guided Busway, delivering more capacity than ever before, carrying 100 passengers.
There are also 22 coaches for the Group’s UK Bus, Scottish Citylink and megabus.com operations.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “This is a huge investment by the private sector in providing better mobility and better air quality in local communities. It follows other significant investment that we’ve made in smart ticketing, improved information for customers and digital technology. “Delivering better bus services is a shared responsibility and it is absolutely essential that this commitment is matched by urgent action by local authorities to address the growing gridlock in our towns and cities. Without action on congestion, local people will not enjoy the full benefits of this investment and people’s quality of life, health and our economy will continue to be damaged by too many cars on the road.”
Stagecoach East Twelve high capacity ADL Enviro 400MMC XLB double deck buses are on order for Cambridge Busway work and will be allocated to Fenstanton depot.
Lothian ADL Enviro 400MMC XLB operating on Princess Street Edinburgh
The order follows the evaluation of one of the Lothian vehicles earlier this year. Delivery is expected later this year.
The buses will enable an increase in seats on the Busway to cater for increasing loadings.
The new timetable improvements from ScotRail have added thousands of extra seats for customers, with more new trains meaning there are now 115,000 seats more every day than at the start of the franchise.
Interior of a new class 385
With the introduction of its timetable from 19 May 2019, ScotRail said it is enhancing services with the introduction of more high-speed trains and brand-new class 385 electric trains.
With 20,000 seats being added to services, the total number of weekday seats available for customers is now 625,000 – a massive increase of 115,000 since the start of the franchise.
The completion of the electrification of the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts line provides even more improvements with a new hourly service at Breich, and more than 3,500 extra seats on weekdays.
The rail operator will also withdraw more class 314s from service as part of the continuing process of delivering a better standard of service for customers. The 314's entered service in 1979.
Some of the other improvements include:
Glasgow to East Kilbride: the first phase of enhancements on the route with more peak services operating with six carriages, providing more than 1,000 additional seats on weekday services.
Glasgow to Barrhead: strengthening of some services to four carriages during peak periods and an additional 3,000 seats on weekdays.
West Highland Line: additional services added to the West Highland Line on Sundays through the winter period between Glasgow, Fort William and Mallaig.
Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts: almost all services operated with electric trains, providing an extra 3,500 seats on weekdays.
Glasgow to Lanark: the introduction of brand-new class 385 electric trains providing more comfortable journeys on the majority of services.
Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High: more 42-minute journeys and an average journey time of just 47 minutes on weekdays.
Edinburgh to Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane: all services will be operated by brand-new class 385 electric trains, with faster journey times and 1,500 extra weekday seats.
Glasgow to Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane: all services will be operated by brand-new class 385 electric trains, with faster journey times and 4,000 extra weekday seats.
Further timetable improvements will be delivered in December 2019.
ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes said:
“The timetable changes we are making will see even more improvements on Scotland’s Railway, with the unprecedented investment in new trains and infrastructure delivering faster journeys, more seats and more services for our customers.
“We are now providing 115,000 extra seats every day since the start of the franchise, and everyone across the ScotRail Alliance is working hard to deliver the service that our customers expect and deserve.”
Stagecoach Group has announced planned new vehicle orders worth more than £80million to help tackle the twin challenges of car congestion and air quality.
A new fleet of 351 cleaner, greener vehicles, will be introduced in the coming 2019-20 financial year as the company invests further in to improve services for customers in communities across the UK.
The brand new buses and coaches will be introduced in Stagecoach's regional networks in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as on the company’s megabus.com network in the UK.
The planned orders include 48 electric buses which are being part-funded by the UK Government’s Green Bus Fund and – once orders are finalised – will go into service in Manchester and South Wales.
Virtually all of the new vehicles meet the Government’s Low Carbon Emission Bus specification, with a mixture of electric vehicle technology and the latest Euro 6 emissions standard engines.
Most of the new vehicles are set to be built in the UK, helping to support hundreds of British manufacturing jobs and smaller businesses in the supply chain.
Around three quarters of the new vehicles will be fitted with audio visual display systems which provide next-stop information. Each of the new vehicles will also be fitted with CCTV, and USB charging points, while most will also have wi-fi installed, giving customers free internet access during their journeys. The new vehicles are expected to go into service this year.
The latest investment includes 131 low-floor double-decker vehicles to go into service across the UK, as well as around 95 single deck vehicles and 28 midibuses.
Also included are a fleet of 12 new double deck vehicles for the Cambridge Guided Busway, delivering more capacity than ever before, carrying 100 passengers. There are also 22 coaches for the Group’s UK Bus, Scottish Citylink and megabus.com operations.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “This is a huge investment by the private sector in providing better mobility and better air quality in local communities. It follows other significant investment that we’ve made in smart ticketing, improved information for customers and digital technology.
“Delivering better bus services is a shared responsibility and it is absolutely essential that this commitment is matched by urgent action by local authorities to address the growing gridlock in our towns and cities. Without action on congestion, local people will not enjoy the full benefits of this investment and people’s quality of life, health and our economy will continue to be damaged by too many cars on the road.”
Details of the new orders are as follows: 131 ADL MMC Enviro400 double-deckers 95 ADL MMC Enviro200 single-deckers 28 ADL MMC Enviro200 midibuses 12 ADL MMC Enviro400 XLB Volvo B8L double deckers 32 ADL MMC City Enviro400 BYD Electric Bus double deckers 12 Optare Metrocity Electric Bus single deckers 4 Optare Solo Electric Bus mini-buses 14 Plaxton Panorama Volvo B11Rle double deck coaches 8 Caetano Levante Volvo B11R coaches 12 MCV Volco B8RLE single deckers 3 Optare Solo mini-buses
In the most recent Bus Passenger Satisfaction Survey carried out by independent watchdog Transport Focus reported that 90% of Stagecoach customers in England, and 92% of Stagecoach customers in Scotland, were satisfied with their journey.
The world's fastest bullet train with a 72ft nose is unveiled in Japan, as experts say the 224mph locomotive will be operational by 2030
Dubbed the Alfa-X, it is capable of reaching speeds of up to 224mph and consists of ten carriages.
Its sleek silver design is matched by its long and pointed nose which stretches out 72 feet in front of it.
The locomotive begins thee years of testing as the country prepares to expand its bullet train network.
Sapporo, the main city in Japan's northern Hokkaido region, will be connected to the rest of the ultra-fast network and, if the train achieves its proposed speed, a trip between Tokyo and Sapporo would be nearly halved to four and a half hours.
It comes equipped with a host of other technology as well as its exceptional speed.
It is also fitted with an air brakes. Dampers and air suspension will also be used to keep it stable and conformable.
'The development of the next-generation Shinkansen is based on the key concepts of superior performance, a high level of comfort, a superior operating environment and innovative maintenance,' says the East Japan Railway, better known as JR East.
The Alfa-X comes with other features deigned to make it less susceptible to earthquakes.
Alfa-X's nose is designed to reduce noise and pressure at the extreme speeds and make it safer heading into tunnels.
Currently, the fastest conventional trains in the world can reach 200mph - also in Japan, as well as France.
Eurostar, which connects France and England by rail, has a top speed of just 185mph
This continues Japan's push into bullet train technology, but magnetic rivals are in operation which beat it in terms of raw speed.
These Maglev trains, which work by levitating via magnetism above the rails, can reach 268mph, enabling it to cover a 19-mile distance in just seven minutes and 20 seconds.
Shanghai currently uses these trains, the fastest in commercial operation in the world.
Eurostar is working with Deutsche Bahn to resolve a ticketing system compatibility issue which will prevent the German national operator from selling through tickets between Germany and the UK.
The through-tickets allow passengers to take the train from London St Pancras to Brussels Midi, and change there to German high-speed trains, for less than the cost of so-called “summated fares” – adding together the component prices for each sector.
Prices start at under €60 (£51) one way for shorter trips, with tickets to Berlin, Munich and other more distant destinations for under €70 (£60). These are competitive with fares on British Airways, easyJet and Eurowings, the Lufthansa subsidiary.
Over quarter of a million people have travelled from London to Amsterdam, the equivalent of more than 1,000 plane loads
Unlike some other connecting journeys, passengers travel on a single booking – making rescheduling straightforward in the event of disruption.
Last year Eurostar awarded Dutch software company Sqills a contract to provide its S3 Passenger sales, distribution and reservation suite by early 2020.
On May 6 DB said the deployment of the new Eurostar ticketing system meant that through tickets would no longer be available from 9th November 2019, but it was working with Eurostar to develop a solution.
Eurostar confirmed that it would unable to offer DB the ability to sell its through fares while it transferred to the new sales system. However, a spokesman said ‘we are committed to this product range and are working with DB to resolve this’.
In the interim, the operator pointed out that passengers would be able to combine tickets from Eurostar and DB sales channels.
The all new open top ‘route 66’ bus will be hitting the streets of Hastings on Saturday 25th May - for the first time ever!
The route will start at Harley Shute, serving Combe Haven Holiday Park, down to the The Bo-Peep Pub and along the seafront, as far as The Stade.
There’s plenty to do and see along the route! Here are a few ideas: Take a look into the world of Serial Killers, Forensics, Gangsters, Prisoners and much more at the True Crime Museum. Go back in time and visit Hastings Castle, built by William the Conqueror himself – it’s nearly 1,000 years old! Listen to the "Smugglers Adventure" story, including interactive displays & life-size characters! Ride the East Hill lift, the UK's steepest funicular railway. Take a shot at Hastings Adventure Golf, it features no less than 3 separate 18 hole courses! So bring one, bring all, play one, play all! Get creative with some contemporary British art at the Jerwood Gallery, soon to be Hastings Contemporary. Get up close to countless species of marine life at Blue Reef Aquarium – from sharks and stingrays to seahorses and clownfish.
Hop on and off all day with an adult dayrider, it costs just £4.50 on the bus - it’s even cheaper at £4.20 if you buy it on our app. With an adult dayrider you can add a kid for a quid, bargain! You can add up to four kids for £1 each. Hastings and South East megarider tickets are valid on the route at all times and concession passes can be used within the usual times of validity.
Look out for the bus! It will be in a special colourful design featuring all the fun things you can do along the route.
Not the first time Hastings has had a dedicated open-top bus service. Several decades ago in the last century (!), Maidstone & District operated just such using a couple of AEC Regal single-decks with Beadle bodywork.
June 1976 and fleet number 4003 (HKL 436) heads for the seafront ready for the first trip around the town. Originally SO26 in the National Bus Company subsidiary M&D fleet from 1947 as a closed top bus, it was converted during 1958 to open-top form.
Ten years on and 4003 had become 436 in the post NBC privatised Hastings & District fleet. Repainted with the green replaced by red on the livery, 436 made an appearance at the annual Southsea Spectacular bus rally and illustrated here as it headed a parade of vintage buses around the common area during June 1986.