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2019

26 DEC 2019

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26 Dec 2019 | 13:36

Car collides with bus stop
Police are appealing for dash-cam footage after a car collided with a bus stop on the A340 in Tadley, Hampshire.

23 DEC 2019

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23 Dec 2019 | 22:25

Diversity lessons for attacker
A teenager who abused a same-sex couple on a bus in Greater London is to attend diversity lessons as part of his punishment.

19 DEC 2019

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19 Dec 2019 | 22:16

Bus attack sentence increased
A boy who harassed two women when they refused to kiss on a bus in Greater London has had his sentence increased because of his ‘homophobic’ actions.

17 DEC 2019

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17 Dec 2019 | 12:07

FirstGroup mulls US bus sale
Following pressure from shareholders, FirstGroup has announced the appointment of advisers to formally look into selling its US assets.

11 DEC 2019

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11 Dec 2019 | 10:01

Bullet through bus a possibility
Police have suggested a bullet could have passed through the entire top deck of a bus in Greater London.
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11 Dec 2019 | 09:33

Bus firm founders to step down
The brother-and-sister cofounders of Stagecoach are to stand down as the company announced a fall in revenues.

07 DEC 2019

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07 Dec 2019 | 19:18

Pedestrian killed in bus crash
A pedestrian in his seventies died after a bus struck him in a residential street in Kent.
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07 Dec 2019 | 13:16

Labour pledge for UK bus fleet
If it wins the general election, the Labour Party plans to make the entire UK bus fleet electric by 2030, with a £4billion investment.

03 DEC 2019

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03 Dec 2019 | 11:17

Bus crash kills car passenger
A car passenger has died in a collision with a single-decker bus in Reading, Berkshire.

29 NOV 2019

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29 Nov 2019 | 21:58

Boys on bus ‘wanted sex demo’
A court has heard that a group of boys who subjected two women on a bus in Greater London to homophobic comments ‘wanted to be shown how lesbians have sex’.

28 NOV 2019

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28 Nov 2019 | 12:25

Boys admit to bus threats
Three teenage boys have admitted threatening two women who refused to kiss each other on a bus in Greater London.

14 NOV 2019

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14 Nov 2019 | 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.

12 NOV 2019

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12 Nov 2019 | 09:21

Bus roof torn off by bridge
A double-decker bus had its roof ripped clean off when it struck a low bridge in Hampshire.

01 NOV 2019

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01 Nov 2019 | 11:06

Bus driver killed and 15 hurt
A bus driver has died and 15 people have sustained injuries in a crash involving two buses and a car in Greater London.
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01 Nov 2019 | 10:59

Buses and car collide
A crash between two buses and a car in Greater London has killed one person and injured 15 others.

25 OCT 2019

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25 Oct 2019 | 13:49

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.

05 OCT 2019

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05 Oct 2019 | 15:01

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

18 SEP 2019

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18 Sep 2019 | 22:03

Man who threw block sentenced
A man who threw a concrete block into a school bus full of children in Devon has received a nine-month suspended sentence.

04 SEP 2019

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04 Sep 2019 | 17:55

Pledge to transform bus services
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has pledged ‘to transform [bus] services’ with a multimillion-pound cash injection.

30 AUG 2019

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30 Aug 2019 | 12:10

Pupils to miss out on buses
Some children face not having access to buses to school because the vehicles do not comply with new laws.

21 AUG 2019

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21 Aug 2019 | 09:56

Teenagers deny harassment
Four teenagers have denied harassing two women in a homophobic attack on a bus in Greater London.

16 AUG 2019

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16 Aug 2019 | 22:21

Inquiry after bus catches fire
Stagecoach has launched an investigation after one of its buses, with passengers on board, caught fire in Gloucestershire.

25 JUL 2019

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25 Jul 2019 | 20:25

Boys charged over bus attack
Police have charged four teenage boys over a homophobic attack against two women who refused to kiss on a night bus in Greater London.

04 JUL 2019

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04 Jul 2019 | 14:13

Students inspect City Red bus
First Southampton recently gave some special needs students from Eastleigh College in Eastleigh, Hampshire, the opportunity to look inside one of its City Red buses.

02 JUL 2019

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02 Jul 2019 | 12:00

Bus refuelling station opens
A permanent fuel station for a fleet of buses running on gas produced by food waste has opened in Bristol.

01 JUL 2019

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01 Jul 2019 | 22:45

Elderly woman hit by bus dies
An elderly woman has died after a bus struck her in Putney, Greater London.
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01 Jul 2019 | 11:30

Bus crash death a ‘great shock’
A driver who died after his car was involved in a crash with a bus in Southampton, Hampshire, was a ‘loving husband, father, and granddad’.

29 JUN 2019

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29 Jun 2019 | 10:28

Bus crash kills one and injures 11
A crash between a bus and a car in Southampton, Hampshire, has killed one man and injured 11 other people.

27 JUN 2019

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27 Jun 2019 | 16:45

Free bus travel for armed forces
Stagecoach South is offering free bus travel to armed forces personnel on Saturday 29th June — Armed Forces Day.

26 JUN 2019

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26 Jun 2019 | 13:09

FirstGroup chairman quits
The embattled chairman of FirstGroup has stepped down, minutes after surviving a coup bid by shareholders.

25 JUN 2019

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25 Jun 2019 | 15:04

Backing over FirstGroup battle
FirstGroup faces a major rebellion after some of the City’s most influential fund managers threw their weight behind an activist investor.

24 JUN 2019

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24 Jun 2019 | 22:25

Bus network to get £56million
A local authority has put in place some £56million in funding to expand Bristol’s Metrobus network.

21 JUN 2019

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21 Jun 2019 | 22:19

Concrete block hurled at bus
A school bus with children on board in Devon had a concrete block hurled through one of its windows.

20 JUN 2019

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20 Jun 2019 | 13:04

Air-cleaning bus trial extended
More buses that can filter pollution from the air are set to enter service in Southampton, Hampshire, following a trial.

19 JUN 2019

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19 Jun 2019 | 10:21

FirstGroup battle cranked up
US activist investor Coast Capital has stepped up its battle with transport firm FirstGroup as it bids to oust the board over ‘underperformance’.

13 JUN 2019

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13 Jun 2019 | 22:41

Park-and-ride expansion agreed
A £5million expansion of a park-and-ride site in Oxford, Oxfordshire, is set to go ahead.
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13 Jun 2019 | 15:21

Stagecoach in cleaner air drive
Stagecoach South is hoping to encourage residents to become part of the solution when it comes to air pollution in Hampshire.

12 JUN 2019

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12 Jun 2019 | 21:29

Emergency stop kills passenger
An 80-year-old bus passenger in Devon died after the bus he was on made an emergency stop.

08 JUN 2019

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08 Jun 2019 | 12:46

Boy of 16 held over bus attack
Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy over a homophobic attack that left two women covered in blood on a bus in Greater London.

07 JUN 2019

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07 Jun 2019 | 12:35

Women defiant over bus attack
Two women left covered in blood following a homophobic attack on a bus in Greater London have said they will not be cowed into hiding their sexuality.
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07 Jun 2019 | 11:50

Two women attacked on bus
Two women say they were subjected to a homophobic attack and left covered in blood after refusing to kiss on a bus in Greater London.

05 JUN 2019

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05 Jun 2019 | 12:02

FirstGroup blasts US activist
Bus and train operator FirstGroup has blasted its biggest shareholder, Coast Capital, as bosses fight off a boardroom coup.

03 JUN 2019

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03 Jun 2019 | 11:56

Bus workers set strike date
Bus workers in Hampshire and Dorset have announced a 24-hour walkout on the same day a rail strike is due to disrupt services in southern England.

31 MAY 2019

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31 May 2019 | 14:03

Investor criticises FirstGroup plans
FirstGroup’s biggest investor has branded plans to break up the company ‘woefully inadequate’.

30 MAY 2019

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30 May 2019 | 15:48

Rambler returns for 2019
The South Downs Rambler is to return for a second season and will once again run on Sundays (plus bank holiday Monday 26th August).
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30 May 2019 | 09:47

FirstGroup to sell Greyhound
FirstGroup has signalled it is considering breaking itself up by seeking a buyer for its Greyhound buses operations in the US.

20 MAY 2019

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20 May 2019 | 08:38

Bus order worth over £80million
Transport giant Stagecoach has announced plans to order more than £80million worth of new vehicles.

18 MAY 2019

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18 May 2019 | 14:38

Tycoon backs coup at FirstGroup
Property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz (b. 1960) is backing a shake-up at transport firm FirstGroup.

17 MAY 2019

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17 May 2019 | 10:52

‘Design services for young people’
Bus tickets need to be cheaper and easier to buy using contactless and smart phones to attract young people, according to the UK transport watchdog.

13 MAY 2019

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13 May 2019 | 12:28

FirstGroup targeted by activist
An activist investor, pushing for the breakup of FirstGroup, has launched an audacious bid to seize control of the transport company’s board.

09 MAY 2019

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09 May 2019 | 23:00

Youth bus provides a ‘safe space’
A charity in Bristol is providing a mobile youth centre in a converted bus, following sharp cuts in council spending.

08 MAY 2019

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08 May 2019 | 11:32

Online porn on bus to be outlawed
Ministers are set to announce a ban on watching pornography on buses, after MPs warned it amounted to a ‘new form of sexual harassment’.

03 MAY 2019

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03 May 2019 | 11:14

Stagecoach sponsorship dropped
The Turner Prize has ended a sponsorship deal — announced only one day earlier — with Stagecoach South East.

02 MAY 2019

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02 May 2019 | 14:22

Secret to happiness: a free bus pass
Having a free bus pass leads to a happier life, according to University College London.

25 APR 2019

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25 Apr 2019 | 09:56

Pledge to reverse bus route cuts
Labour is pledging to spend £1.3billion a year to reverse cuts to 3,000 bus routes and fund the expansion of new services in England.

12 APR 2019

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12 Apr 2019 | 13:12

Bus network shake-up confirmed
Transport for London (TfL) has announced plans for the biggest shake-up of the capital’s bus network in more than 16 years.

11 APR 2019

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11 Apr 2019 | 13:38

Disabled bus pass changes
Disabled bus pass holders in Portsmouth, Hampshire, will get free bus journeys all day from Sunday 27th April as part of a six-month trial.

28 MAR 2019

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28 Mar 2019 | 15:43

Green makeover for buses
First Bus is on its way to delivering its most eco-friendly fleet of buses across Southampton, Hampshire.

22 MAR 2019

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22 Mar 2019 | 10:57

Bus stop note helps homeless man
A man who has been living on the streets for nine years now has both a home and a job after a teenager spotted a note he had left next to a bus stop in East Sussex.

21 MAR 2019

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21 Mar 2019 | 13:43

Funds for bus and cycle networks
A joint bid between councils in Hampshire has secured funds of £5.7million to improve bus and cycle networks.

13 MAR 2019

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13 Mar 2019 | 09:52

TfL to remove Jackson bus ads
Transport for London (TfL) says it will be removing advertisements that proclaim Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) is innocent.

09 MAR 2019

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09 Mar 2019 | 11:33

London bus ads defend Jackson
Adverts slating fresh claims that Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) was a paedophile have appeared on London buses.

26 FEB 2019

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26 Feb 2019 | 10:18

Plan to ban old tyres hailed
The mother of a teenager killed in a coach crash has said she is ‘ecstatic’ over the government’s plan to ban old tyres on buses and coaches.

25 FEB 2019

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25 Feb 2019 | 10:49

Ad ban starts on TfL network
A ban on junk food advertising across London’s entire public transport network has come into force.

22 FEB 2019

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22 Feb 2019 | 11:12

Council considering new bus lane
The local authority is considering plans to create a bus lane on one of Bristol’s busiest roads.

19 FEB 2019

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19 Feb 2019 | 11:06

Two people hurt as bus hits tree
Two people have been hospitalised after a double-decker bus hit a tree near Brighton & Hove, East Sussex.

09 FEB 2019

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09 Feb 2019 | 13:43

Bus routes ‘under threat’
Thousands of bus routes in England are under threat because town halls have said they cannot afford to pay for them.

08 FEB 2019

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08 Feb 2019 | 14:05

Tree smashes on to bus
The occupants of a bus in Dorset had a lucky escape when a tree fell on to their double-decker in strong winds.

30 JAN 2019

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30 Jan 2019 | 09:57

People using the bus less
Official figures show that the number of bus journeys taken in Great Britain fell by more than 90million in one year.

17 JAN 2019

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17 Jan 2019 | 14:56

Bus trial to improve air quality
Steve Brine MP recently met with Cllr Jan Warwick and Bluestar managing director Andrew Wickham to learn more about a trial air-filtering bus.

06 JAN 2019

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06 Jan 2019 | 16:24

New Metrobus route launched
A bus operator has launched a new Metrobus route in Bristol, linking the north and south of the city.

04 JAN 2019

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04 Jan 2019 | 23:56

Bus for homeless may have to move
A council could force a bus — used as a homeless shelter in Gloucestershire — to move after the vehicle received two parking tickets in a week.

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