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   edition 6 | 2017

 bus user news

Bus Users on board for Catch the Bus Week

Here's a snapshot of events for Catch the Bus Week (clockwise from top) Bus Users England Director Dawn Badminton-Capps with First UK Bus (Yorkshire & Greater Manchester); Claire Walters, Bus Users Chief Executive with Mike Best, Commercial Director, Brighton & Hove Bus Company and Mayor Cllr Mo Marsh; Dawn from Bus Users England in Newcastle with Steve Walker, MD, Stagecoach North East; Barclay, Deputy Director Bus Users Cymru with representatives from Cardiff Bus; and David Redgewell, Bus Users UK Board member with operators and passengers at Bristol Your Bus Matters. Looking forward to 2018!

Passengers have their say

Bus Users England has been trialling a new approach to Your Bus Matters events by visiting companies to find out what their employees think about local bus services. Read more

Wales operator loses licence

An investigation by a Bus Compliance Officer with Bus Users Cymru has led to the withdrawal of a licence from a bus operator by the Traffic Commissioner for Wales.   Read more 

Cuts lead to fall in journeys

With the latest annual bus figures showing passenger journeys continuing to fall, Campaign for Better Transport has called the decline an ‘inevitable consequence of years of cuts to bus funding’.  Read more

easyBus? Not exactly...

Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users, warns caution over easyBus, the low-cost airport transer service. 
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See something say something

A partially-sighted Birmingham student who was the victim of hate crime on a bus, has inspired the Safer Travel Partnership to make their ‘See Something, Say Something’ cards more accessible.  
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Evolution of bus use

Passenger carrying vehicle manufacturer, Mellor Coachcraft, has been examining the long-term trends in public transport passenger journeys using the latest data from the DfT.  Read more

Improving access to transport

Paul Maynard, Minister for Rail, Accessibility and HS2, gave a heartfelt address to the recent Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Transport Conference about the role of public transport as a lifeline for people who cannot, or choose not, to drive.  Read more 

Feedback welcome

First Leeds has made it even easier for customers to give feedback on their journey with a new ‘Hot or cold… How did we do?’ feature on the homepage of their website.  Read more

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End to bus ban

Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users has written an open letter to Oxford County Council following an extension of their ban on buses into the heart of the city.  Read more

New face at DfT

Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire (pictured with Claire Haigh at the launch of Catch the Bus Week) has become the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for roads, local transport including buses, and devolution at the DfT.   Read more

Save your local bus

Bus and coach builder Mellor has launched #Saveyourlocalbus - a campaign designed to support local bus services by making better use of size appropriate vehicles.  Read more

Brighton buses matter

Bus Users was joined for Your Bus Matters Brighton by Brighton & Hove Mayor Cllr Mo Marsh (pictured above) and a host of local operators including former Chair of Bus Users, Norman Baker, now Managing Director with the Big Lemon bus company. Read more

Scotland Transport Summit

At the recent Scottish Transport Summit, Gavin Booth, Director of Bus Users Scotland warned that while technological innovation has the power to engage new passengers, it risks leaving some behind.  Read more

Free weekends with TrawsCymru 

The Welsh Government has introduced free weekend travel for everyone on the TrawsCymru bus network.  Read more

Early bird from Cardiff to Ely

Barclay Davies, Bus Users Cymru, recounts his recent Your Bus Matters event run on the newly introduced N18 Saturday morning bus from Cardiff City Centre to Ely as part of Catch the Bus Week.   Read more

The all new Sapphire

Director of Bus Users Cymru, Margaret Everson, joined Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates AM, and Michael Morton, MD Arriva Buses Wales for the launch of the new Arriva Sapphire 1.  Read more
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