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2018

20 DEC 2018

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20 Dec 2018 | 15:31

Bus shelter granted protected status
National Heritage have granted a thatched bus shelter in Dorset Grade II protected status.
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20 Dec 2018 | 13:34

Stagecoach pulls out of the US
Stagecoach has pulled out of the US to focus on its bus and rail services in the UK.

14 DEC 2018

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14 Dec 2018 | 23:05

Calls to speed up bus changes
Campaigners have urged a regional authority to speed up the ‘glacial pace’ of its bus strategy and use its new powers to fix Bristol and Bath’s services.

12 DEC 2018

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12 Dec 2018 | 10:44

Youths clinging to backs of buses
Young people are riding on the outside of buses in East Sussex by clinging on to the back, in what police have called ‘a stupid dare’.

10 DEC 2018

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10 Dec 2018 | 21:55

Extra buses to tackle congestion
A bus operator has said that up to 20 new ‘congestion-busting’ buses will help alleviate ‘shocking’ delays on services in Bristol.

26 NOV 2018

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26 Nov 2018 | 22:03

Bus stop murderer absconds from prison
A man who murdered a 16-year-old boy during a row at a bus stop in Greater London has absconded from an open prison.

24 NOV 2018

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24 Nov 2018 | 15:08

Passengers protest over bus services
More than 100 people gathered in Bristol to protest over poor bus services from First Bus (West of England).

22 NOV 2018

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22 Nov 2018 | 22:37

Buses destroyed in depot blaze
A huge fire at a depot in Greater London has destroyed seven buses and badly damaged four others.
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22 Nov 2018 | 13:10

Man dies in Hedge End bus collision
An elderly pedestrian died after he was in collision with a single-decker bus in Hedge End, Hampshire.

19 NOV 2018

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19 Nov 2018 | 13:29

Three children arrested after bus joyride
Police in Devon have arrested three children suspected of stealing a double-decker bus and driving it around town.
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19 Nov 2018 | 11:02

US hedge fund boss threatens FirstGroup
A US hedge fund boss has threatened to launch a coup against executives at transport company FirstGroup, amid growing investor anger about its performance.

14 NOV 2018

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14 Nov 2018 | 10:59

Councils’ £41million in bus lane fines
Ruthless councils are handing out almost 2,500 bus lane fines a day and have been described as being worse than ‘cowboy clampers’.

14 NOV 2018

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14 Nov 2018 | 13:13

Cashless overtakes cash
More passengers paid with contactless and mobile apps rather than cash on local bus routes for the first time in FirstGroup’s history, the company has said.

13 NOV 2018

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13 Nov 2018 | 11:23

FirstGroup gets new chief executive
Transport giant FirstGroup has named its new chief executive as it seeks to recover from financial losses.

11 NOV 2018

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11 Nov 2018 | 17:09

Bus crash leaves 20 people injured
A 15-year-old girl sustained critical injuries and 19 other people were hurt when a double-decker hit a bus shelter after colliding with two vehicles in Greater London.

09 NOV 2018

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09 Nov 2018 | 22:31

Bus lane fines total almost £16,000
A council fined drivers attempting to avoid a crash scene on the M5 motorway in Somerset nearly £16,000 for using a bus lane.

31 OCT 2018

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31 Oct 2018 | 14:13

Listing plan for public transport firm
The German owner of Arriva could decide to float the public transport firm on the stock exchange.

29 OCT 2018

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29 Oct 2018 | 16:17

Man beaten up on bus in hate crime
An 18-year-old gay man was viciously beaten up on a bus in south Bristol ‘for being different’, a court heard.

25 OCT 2018

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25 Oct 2018 | 15:07

Bus driver jailed for crushing pedestrian
A court has sentenced a bus driver to 16 months in prison after he crushed a pedestrian between his bus and a parked car in Wiltshire.

19 OCT 2018

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19 Oct 2018 | 23:08

Driver suspended over passenger injuries
A bus firm suspended the driver of one of its school buses in East Sussex after he apparently braked so forcefully that some pupils required medical attention.

18 OCT 2018

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18 Oct 2018 | 17:39

Bus travel boost planned for Bristol
The Mayor of Bristol has announced plans to double both passenger numbers and the frequency of buses on main routes.
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18 Oct 2018 | 12:01

Bus station makes awards finals
Hampshire County Council (HCC) is up for a national award for the redevelopment of Winchester Bus Station.

11 OCT 2018

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11 Oct 2018 | 10:30

Three arrested over shot fired at bus
Police have arrested three people on suspicion of criminal damage after a bus with passengers on board had a pellet fired at it in Dorset.

05 OCT 2018

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05 Oct 2018 | 11:34

Bus driver cleared over passenger death
A court in Kent has cleared a bus driver of causing the death of an 86-year-old passenger through careless driving.

03 OCT 2018

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03 Oct 2018 | 11:06

Braking bus ‘led to woman’s death’
An 86-year-old woman died after she was thrown from her bus seat when the driver braked hard to avoid a van turning in Kent, a court has heard.

21 SEP 2018

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21 Sep 2018 | 12:45

Gunman opened fire on bus
A gunman narrowly missed hitting passengers when he opened fire on a bus in Dorset, operator Yellow Buses said.

18 SEP 2018

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18 Sep 2018 | 22:45

‘Bus gate’ catching out drivers
Cameras have captured more than 5,000 motorists driving through a ‘bus gate’ in Gloucestershire during a trial that has seen the road closed to regular traffic.

07 SEP 2018

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07 Sep 2018 | 12:38

Bus stop posters condemned
The Labour Party’s John McDonnell (b. 1951) has condemned posters — stating ‘Israel is a racist endeavour’ — that have appeared at bus stops in Greater London.

06 SEP 2018

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06 Sep 2018 | 16:10

Anti-Israel posters at bus stops
Pro-Palestinian vandals sparked outrage after placing posters at bus stops across Greater London calling Israel a ‘racist endeavour’.

03 SEP 2018

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03 Sep 2018 | 12:11

Second Metrobus route starts
The second route — the m2 — in Bristol’s £230million Metrobus scheme has begun operating.

10 AUG 2018

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10 Aug 2018 | 22:17

Passenger told to remove niqab
A bus company has apologised after one of its drivers in Bristol told a woman to remove her niqab face veil.

03 AUG 2018

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03 Aug 2018 | 11:41

OAP bus travel charge mooted
Elderly people in Hampshire with free bus passes could have to pay 50p each time they travel under plans being suggested by the county council.

28 JUL 2018

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28 Jul 2018 | 11:19

Boy aged two among injured
A two-year-old boy was among 13 people injured when a bus struck a hedge in Hampshire, police have said.

26 JUL 2018

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26 Jul 2018 | 09:18

Double-decker bus hits hedge
Two people sustained life-threatening injuries when a double-decker bus crashed into a hedge in Hampshire.

24 JUL 2018

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24 Jul 2018 | 12:30

Get ready for self-driving buses
We have long been prepared for the arrival of the self-driving car but how would you feel about hopping aboard an unmanned bus?

19 JUL 2018

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19 Jul 2018 | 14:19

Help wanted over bus assaults
Detectives are appealing for information after receiving five reports of a man sexually assaulting women on buses in Hampshire.

05 JUL 2018

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05 Jul 2018 | 14:39

Bus tour with bird’s-eye views
Explorers in the New Forest in Hampshire can feast their eyes on the very best views of the area from atop the New Forest Tour, which starts again on Saturday 7th July.

02 JUL 2018

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02 Jul 2018 | 17:31

A ‘slow death’ for local buses
Councils are causing the ‘slow death’ of local buses with budget cuts, a report warns.

28 JUN 2018

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28 Jun 2018 | 16:43

Police call off hunt for jogger
A police force has called off its investigation to find the jogger who pushed a woman into the path of a bus in Putney, Greater London.

25 JUN 2018

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25 Jun 2018 | 10:49

Tribute paid to bus crash cyclist
A cyclist who died after a crash with a bus in Portsmouth, Hampshire, was a ‘witty, caring, and loving man’, his family has said in a tribute.

13 JUN 2018

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13 Jun 2018 | 12:03

Soaring fares on rural buses
Official figures show that bus fares in rural communities have soared at more than twice the rate of inflation.

10 JUN 2018

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10 Jun 2018 | 13:52

Bus stop attack on Radio 4 host
Eddie Mair (b. 1965) has revealed that thugs attacked him at a bus stop in Greater London but he delayed telling police as he ‘felt shame’.

01 JUN 2018

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01 Jun 2018 | 14:14

FirstGroup ousts chief executive
Bus and train operator FirstGroup has dumped its boss, Tim O’Toole, after crashing into the red.

31 MAY 2018

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31 May 2018 | 09:27

Bus driver released after crash
Police have released a bus driver pending further inquiries after arresting him when his vehicle ploughed into cars stuck in traffic in a busy town centre in Kent.

30 MAY 2018

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30 May 2018 | 11:43

Bus ploughs into dozens of cars
A bus ploughed into dozens of cars stuck in traffic in a busy town centre in Kent, leaving a trail of devastation.

29 MAY 2018

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29 May 2018 | 11:31

More axes summer tourist bus
A bus operator has withdrawn a summer tourist route in Hampshire that serves the Solent and New Forest National Park due to a drop in passenger numbers.
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29 May 2018 | 10:53

Metrobus service begins at last
The first of Bristol’s long-awaited dedicated Metrobus routes has finally begun operating.

18 MAY 2018

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18 May 2018 | 10:12

Charity’s homeless bus seized
Police have seized a charity’s double-decker bus — which offers refuge to rough sleepers in Windsor, Berkshire — ahead of the royal wedding of Prince Harry (b. 1984) and Meghan Markle (b. 1981) at Windsor Castle tomorrow.

17 MAY 2018

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17 May 2018 | 14:47

Bus with beds in Berkshire town
A charity has driven a bus with beds around Windsor, Berkshire, giving the homeless the opportunity to sleep on board.

16 MAY 2018

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16 May 2018 | 10:19

Time frame given for bus routes
Metrobus has finally announced the time frame for when the two remaining routes on the long-awaited bus network around Bristol will come into operation.

08 MAY 2018

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08 May 2018 | 12:57

Acid attack on bus passenger
A female acid attacker ambushed a young woman on a bus in Greater London, leaving her screaming in pain.

25 APR 2018

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25 Apr 2018 | 15:19

Greener buses for city services
A bus operator is set to roll out new low-emission vehicles onto the streets of Southampton, Hampshire.

21 APR 2018

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21 Apr 2018 | 21:21

Four hurt as bus hits house
A bus has crashed into the side of a house in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, injuring the driver.

17 APR 2018

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17 Apr 2018 | 16:33

Metrobus facing more delays
A key part of Bristol’s £230million Metrobus network faces more delays because buses do not fit along sections of the route.

12 APR 2018

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12 Apr 2018 | 14:48

Park-and-ride camp defended
One of the travellers camped at a park-and-ride in Oxfordshire has defended their use of the site.
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12 Apr 2018 | 10:25

Labour pledges free bus travel
Labour says it would give under-25s in England free bus travel in areas where local councils bring services back into public ownership, as the party wants.

11 APR 2018

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11 Apr 2018 | 14:33

FirstGroup rejects bid approach
Bus and train operator FirstGroup has rejected a takeover from US private equity firm Apollo Management.

09 APR 2018

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09 Apr 2018 | 11:16

Social enterprise to run route
A social enterprise is to operate the longest route of the Bristol-area Metrobus scheme, which is due to begin operating on Tuesday 29th May.

05 APR 2018

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05 Apr 2018 | 10:07

Metrobus service set to begin
Metrobus, Bristol’s long-awaited segregated bus network, is due to begin operating on Tuesday 29th May.

22 MAR 2018

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22 Mar 2018 | 21:42

Man jailed for bus driver attack
A court has jailed a 25-year-old man for 16 months after he attacked a school bus driver in front of his child passengers in Dorset.

09 MAR 2018

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09 Mar 2018 | 21:38

Man jailed over bus stabbing
A court has jailed a 39-year-old man for 21 years after he killed a man he claimed was a friend on a London night bus.

06 MAR 2018

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06 Mar 2018 | 11:37

Man admits killing friend on bus
A man has admitted stabbing his friend to death on a bus in Greater London after the pair had been out drinking together.

22 FEB 2018

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22 Feb 2018 | 11:19

New reason for Oxford bus ban
A council has issued a new explanation for why it is stopping an anti-Brexit bus from parking in an Oxfordshire street.

20 FEB 2018

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20 Feb 2018 | 10:20

Bus firm analyst jailed for fraud
A court has jailed a business analyst for stealing more than £700,000 from the Oxfordshire bus firm he worked for.

16 FEB 2018

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16 Feb 2018 | 12:08

Britain’s shrinking bus network
Britain’s bus network has shrunk to levels last seen in the 1980s, analysis has revealed.

13 FEB 2018

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13 Feb 2018 | 12:10

Bus driver loos to cost £6million
The Mayor of London is to spend £6million to improve access to toilets for bus drivers working in the capital.

26 JAN 2018

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26 Jan 2018 | 11:39

Man hit by bus severely injured
A man has been hospitalised with life-threatening injuries after a bus hit him in Reading, Berkshire.

24 JAN 2018

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24 Jan 2018 | 21:15

Ban for former bus firm boss
The Traffic Commissioner has banned the former director of a bus company in Somerset from running public transport services after he shut down his firm without warning.

06 JAN 2018

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06 Jan 2018 | 13:21

TfL sorry over ‘rant’ at singer
Transport for London (TfL) has apologised after Will Young (b. 1979) said he was subjected to homophobic abuse by a bus driver.

04 JAN 2018

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04 Jan 2018 | 17:58

First announces new charity
A transport firm that operates buses in Southampton, Hampshire, has announced its new charity partner.
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04 Jan 2018 | 17:29

New deal for uni bus service
A bus company in Southampton, Hampshire, has announced a new 10-year deal to operate the city’s university service.
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04 Jan 2018 | 14:11

Crash demolishes bus shelter
An investigation is under way after a bus demolished a bus shelter in Wiltshire after crashing into it.

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