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May 2020

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May 2020

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27 MAY 2020

Oxford Bus Company fleet

Bus costs may scupper bid
Conversion costs could scupper Oxford’s bid to become England’s first city to have all public buses run on electricity, the county council has said.

Andy Byford

New commissioner for TfL
Andy Byford (b. 1965) is to be the new commissioner of Transport for London (TfL).

A New Routemaster bus in London

TfL ‘institutionally unsafe’
A former board member has branded Transport for London (TfL) ‘institutionally unsafe’.

23 MAY 2020

Two double-deckers in London

Government pledges bus funds
Buses and light rail services will receive £283 million towards improving safety and restoring services during the coronavirus pandemic.

A crane lifts one of the buses on to a tow truck

Charges over fatal bus crash
Police have charged a man over a crash in Greater London in which a bus driver died and 15 other people sustained injuries.

22 MAY 2020

A New Routemaster bus in London

Payment on buses to resume
From Saturday 23rd May, passengers in the capital will have to start paying again to use some buses, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

21 MAY 2020

Two double-deckers in London

Bus worker deaths reviewed
An independent review is to look at coronavirus infections and deaths among the capital’s bus workers, Transport for London (TfL) has announced.

Wrightbus - Ballymena, County Antrim

Job cuts at NI bus builder
Wrightbus, based in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, is cutting up to 125 staff as a response to the economic slowdown.

19 MAY 2020

The wreckage of the Stagecoach bus

‘Excessive speed’ caused crash
A bus approached a bend on a road in northern Scotland ‘at speed’ before it crashed, killing its driver.

Sadiq Khan

TfL ‘mismanagement’ denied
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (b. 1970), has defended himself against claims a £1.6 billion bailout of TfL (Transport for London) by the government was in part due to poor financial mismanagement.

17 MAY 2020

Leeds City Bus Station

Key workers ‘could be stranded’
Limiting passenger numbers on buses could see people, including key workers, left at bus stops, a transport director has said.

16 MAY 2020

A London double-decker

Fare rise to fund TfL bailout
Above-inflation fare rises in 2021 will hit bus users in London, following the government’s £1.6 billion bailout of the capital’s transport system.

14 MAY 2020

Robina Bonar

Bus driver’s ‘heartbreak’
Robina Bonar has been ‘crying inside and singing outside’ while driving her empty bus down eerie streets in southeastern Scotland.

13 MAY 2020

Two double-deckers in London

Bus drivers’ safety fears
Bus drivers have expressed concerns over their safety as lockdown measures ease and passenger numbers rise.

12 MAY 2020

A PickMeUp vehicle

Uber-style bus service to end
An Uber-style bus service in Oxfordshire will end in June, with its operator blaming a lack of public sector and business support.

Buses in Southampton, Hampshire

Bus firms face uphill struggle
Bus operators across the UK face an uphill struggle to restore services for workers returning after lockdown.

06 MAY 2020

Austin Haynes

Jail for man who spat at driver
A court has jailed a man who spat at a bus driver in the West Midlands and told her he had Covid-19.

Two First Bus single-deckers

Distancing rule ‘unsustainable’
First Bus has said social distancing will be ‘unsustainable’ when the Covid-19 lockdown eases.


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