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Oct 2019

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Oct 2019

News Archive

31 OCT 2019

First Bus

Bus firm fined over failings
A bus company has received a fine of more than £20,000 for failing to provide a reliable and punctual service.

30 OCT 2019

Bus Lane

Bus lane fines confirmed
A council in Cheshire has confirmed it has issued fines totalling £110,000 to drivers using bus lanes in Chester.

Newport Bus

Vandals target six buses
Vandals in southeastern Wales have targeted six buses in a two-day spree of ‘mindless violence’.

26 OCT 2019

Hull Paragon Interchange

Bus station evacuated
A suspected gas leak has led to the evacuation of dozens of people from a bus and railway station in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Princes Street

Pedestrian struck by bus
A man is in a stable condition in hospital after a bus hit him in Edinburgh, southeastern Scotland.

25 OCT 2019

Bus Stop

Study highlights bus service cuts
A new study has found that more than 3,000 local bus routes have been lost or reduced over the past decade.

23 OCT 2019

Bordesley Green

Men jailed for bus stop attack
A court has jailed two men following a bus stop robbery in the West Midlands.


New home for bus-ride dog
A dog photographed sitting alone and looking forlorn on a bus in West Yorkshire is set to get a new home.

Cardiff Bay Barrage

Plan to boost transport links
Buses could start running along Cardiff Bay Barrage, southern Wales, in a bid to boost transport links between the Welsh capital and Penarth, councillors have said.

22 OCT 2019


Bamford to recruit within weeks
The new owner of bus manufacturer Wrightbus has said recruitment will start in the coming weeks.

21 OCT 2019

Lord Street

Man killed by bus in rush hour
A bus company claims that Manchester United football supporters assaulted its inspectors and has therefore decided to axe services from Old Trafford on match days.

17 OCT 2019

Wilmslow Road

Boy charged with bus stabbing
Police have charged a 16-year-old boy with stabbing a boy aged 17 on a bus in Greater Manchester.

15 OCT 2019

Wilmslow Road

Teenager stabbed on bus
A 17-year-old boy was the victim of a stabbing on a bus in Greater Manchester.


About 250,000 apply for passes
About 250,000 people in Wales have applied online for their new free bus passes, following the relaunch of the application website.

14 OCT 2019

Greater Manchester

Plan to reregulate bus network
A plan to take Greater Manchester’s bus network under public control could get the green light in 2020.

11 OCT 2019

Bedford Bus Station

Fines over bus station death
A court has fined a bus firm and a council after a lorry killed a woman at a bus station in Bedfordshire.


Deal reached ‘in principle’
An industrialist has reached a deal, in principle, over the sale of Wrightbus.

10 OCT 2019


Wrightbus deal has failed
The owner of the Wrightbus factory in Galgorm, Northern Ireland, has said he has not been able to reach a deal to sell it to a new owner.


Wrightbus ‘in the balance’
The future of Wrightbus is hanging ‘in the balance’, DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) MP Ian Paisley (b. 1966) has said.

09 OCT 2019


Buses destroyed in fire
Suspected arsonists have set fire to 15 buses at a depot in Sandwell, West Midlands.

Lothian Buses

Runaway bus crushes man
A bus worker is in a coma after a runaway bus crushed him at a depot in Edinburgh, southeastern Scotland.

Ryan McDade

Drivers ignore student at stop
A wheelchair user says he was ‘forced to wet himself’ after waiting at a bus shelter in Nottinghamshire for an hour.

08 OCT 2019


Boy charged over stabbing
A teenage boy accused of stabbing a bus driver in the centre of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, has appeared in court.


Bus pass age rise in 2022
The Welsh Government has confirmed it will not implement plans to increase the eligibility age for the concessionary bus pass until April 2022.

06 OCT 2019

Overturned Bus

Injured woman praises ‘heroes’
A passenger injured when a double-decker bus overturned in Devon has described the emergency services as ‘heroes’.


Bus driver stabbed in Sheffield
A bus driver is in a serious condition in hospital after a teenager stabbed him in the centre of Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Victoria Bridge

Man dies after bus hits him
A man has died after a bus struck him on Victoria Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham.

05 OCT 2019

Overturned Bus

Double-decker bus overturns
A double-decker bus has overturned in Devon, leaving dozens of people injured.

04 OCT 2019


Yourbus ‘collapses overnight’
Bus firm Yourbus, which serves routes in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, has ceased trading.


Call to ‘prioritise investment’
One of Scotland’s main bus operators has strongly criticised government and councils for favouring cars and trains.


Wrightbus workers hold rally
In County Antrim, Northern Ireland, several hundred Wrightbus workers — made redundant when the firm collapsed — held a rally to try to save their jobs.

02 OCT 2019


Wrightbus loaned £2.5 million
Wrightbus received a £2.5 million loan to provide it with financial breathing space whilst it sought a buyer.


‘Two bidders’ for Wrightbus
DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) MP Ian Paisley (b. 1966) has said that there are currently two bidders for Wrightbus; one is from England and the other from the United States.


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