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Feb 2020

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26 FEB 2020

Buses in Scotland

Bus travel falls in Scotland
The number of people travelling by bus in Scotland has dropped by 10% in five years, according to new figures.

Scottish Government

Under-19s bus travel deal
The Scottish government is to set up a free bus travel scheme for under-19s as part of an SNP (Scottish National Party)-Green budget deal.

25 FEB 2020

Stefan and Kirsty Drexler

Family wait over bus appeal
A family is waiting to find out if their appeal against plans to axe a free school bus service in Leicestershire for their disabled daughter has been successful.

Richard Hall

MD to leave Lothian Buses
The managing director of Lothian Buses is to step down after four years at the helm.

23 FEB 2020

The no. 89 Arriva bus

Head injury kills passenger
A 71-year-old bus passenger, injured when a van stopped suddenly in Merseyside, has died.

22 FEB 2020

Gibb Street

Two bus inspectors attacked
Two bus inspectors on duty in Birmingham, West Midlands, have sustained injuries in an attack.

19 FEB 2020

South Parkway

Woman found at bus stop dies
A 19-year-old woman found unconscious at a bus stop in Leeds, West Yorkshire, has died.


New bus order for Wrightbus
Wrightbus, based in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has received a new multimillion-pound order for buses.


Translink’s future ‘in jeopardy’
A senior civil servant has issued a stark warning on the future of Northern Ireland’s public transport network.


Wrightbus deal questioned
Experts have questioned the reason for a share purchase by the parent company of Wrightbus at the time the bus builder was in financial trouble.

18 FEB 2020


New bus lane approved
A local authority has approved plans for a 24-hour bus lane and a number of changes to one of Bristol’s busiest roads.

Monifieth Road

Driver hurt by broken window
A bus driver was hurt when a large stone hit the window of his vehicle in the City of Dundee, eastern Scotland.

A Glider bus

Bricks thrown at Glider buses
Police will ‘maintain a visible presence’ in west Belfast, Northern Ireland, following attacks on two Glider buses.

Green Pastures Church

Donation made despite crisis
The parent company of Wrightbus made a £1.35 million donation to a religious charity when the bus builder, based in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, was in deep financial trouble.

15 FEB 2020

Zain and Zach Levett

Boys raise funds to repair bus
Two brothers raised more than £1,800 to repair a bus — donated to a school in Essex for use as a library — that had been vandalised.

14 FEB 2020

Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Virus warning over bus event
Health officials have contacted hundreds of attendees of the UK Bus Summit in London following the news that one of the visitors had contracted coronavirus.

Cheers Drive road sign

Green light for driver’s ‘Thank you’
Developers have given the green light to naming a new road in Bristol ‘Cheers Drive’, after the local term used to thank a bus driver.

Brecon bus station toilets

Bus station toilets could close
The Brecon and Ystradgynlais bus station facilities in Powys, central Wales, could close in a bid to save more than £45,000.

12 FEB 2020

The First Bus vehicle

Man hit and killed by bus
A male pedestrian has died after a bus struck him in Glasgow, southwestern Scotland.

11 FEB 2020

Boris Johnson

PM’s pledge for bus services
The government is set to pledge £5 billion over the next five years to help improve bus and cycling services in England.

Emergency services on the scene

Bus hits and kills pedestrian
A bus has struck and killed a pedestrian in a town centre in Hertfordshire.

10 FEB 2020

First Bristol biogas bus

More biomethane buses on way
First Bus is set to roll out more biomethane gas-powered vehicles across Bristol, the firm has announced.

08 FEB 2020

Mark Dawson

Bus driver saves choking girl
A bus firm has praised one of its drivers for coming to the aid of a schoolgirl in Nottinghamshire who was choking on an apple.

07 FEB 2020

A Translink bus

Translink reports suspected hack
Bus and train operator Translink has reported a suspected hack of its Internet IT systems to the police.

06 FEB 2020

The bus after the crash

Double-decker hits low bridge
The roof of a double-decker bus ‘peeled open like a can of beans’ after it crashed into a low bridge in North Yorkshire.

An electric bus

DfT fund for all-electric buses
A £50 million fund will help create England’s first town with all-electric buses, the DfT (Department for Transport) has announced.

04 FEB 2020


Secured funds for bus lane
Secured funding of £3.3 million could pay for a bus lane on a busy route in Bristol.

03 FEB 2020

Marin Rachev

Man guilty of careless driving
A court has found a car driver guilty of careless driving after three of his passengers died following a crash with a bus in Aberdeenshire, northeastern Scotland.

The Greyhound bus

One dead in bus shooting
A shooting on a Greyhound bus in the US has left a woman dead and five other people injured, the California Highway Patrol said.


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