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   edition 10 | 2018

 bus user news

Bus Pass celebrates 10 years

The West Midlands National Pensioners’ Convention marked the 10th anniversary of the Bus Pass with a bus trip to London to deliver giant birthday cards to 10 Downing Street. According to Richard Worrall, pictured, the bus pass enables older people to contribute over £10billion each year to the economy through volunteering their time and skills.

Second from left Rizwan Rashid, National Express West Midlands, L-R Trevor Eames, Richard Worrall and Andrea Stanton, West Midlands Pensioners’ Convention

Bus pass protection

As the Bus Pass celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, the Government has announced plans to protect free bus travel for older and disabled people
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Life saver

National Express West Midlands bus driver, Steven ‘Beaver’ Walsh, stopped his bus to carry out lifesaving first aid on 17 month old Evie-Mai who had stopped breathing   Read more

Wales 'keeps buses moving'

Ken Skates, Economy Secretary for Welsh Government, has announced £25million funding for local authorities to support socially necessary bus and community transport services  Read more

Sign of the times

Craig Colgate, a Trent Barton bus driver from Long Eaton has won a Hero of the Year award for teaching himself sign language in order to communicate with a passenger   Read more

Bus journeys down

The latest bus figures from the DfT show the number of bus passenger journeys across England, including London, are continuing to fall   Read more

Most scenic bus route

There are only a few days left to vote for your favourite scenic bus route in Britain, so get your nominations in by 13 May 
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Game on

Competition for this year’s UK Bus Awards has officially opened with the focus on how staff and managers in the industry are rising to the challenge of rapid economic and social change   Read more
 

Missing the bus

In case you missed it, David Brown in The Telegraph looks at the lack of inclusion in transport policy and asks if it’s in danger of ‘missing the bus’   Read more

Bus troubles

Ageing populations, bus passenger decline and the growth in private hire vehicles are among the major challenges confronting urban areas according to a new report from the Urban Transport Group    Read more

Shrinking bus network

Recent analysis by the BBC has found that British bus networks are at a 28 year low, with 134million miles of bus routes lost in the past decade thanks to rising car use and cuts to public funding  Read more

Connecting Scotland

Director of Bus Users Scotland, Gavin Booth, was invited to appear before the Scottish Government’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee recently to discuss the country’s bus services   
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Advocacy at TfL

Advocacy project the Big Day Network is bringing together learning disabled Londoners with drivers, managers and support staff in bus garages across London   Read more

Weekly bus tickets good value

The latest National Fares Survey from the TAS Partnership shows weekly bus tickets provide an average discount of 27% on single fares and are rising at a lower rate than regulated rail fares   Read more

Car sharing bus lanes

Bus Users has described Manchester’s new £240million Congestion Deal as ‘counter-productive’ for prioritising car sharing over bus services   Read more

Clean record for Oxford buses

Bus Users' Hugh Jaeger has renewed his calls for buses to remain in Queen Street, Oxford following reports that there have been no accidents involving buses in the six months since the Westgate Centre re-opened   Read more

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