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2020

27 NOV 2020

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27 Nov 2020 | 17:57

Preparation work for a major bus lane project on the A40 in Oxfordshire is set to start next week.

22 NOV 2020

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22 Nov 2020 | 18:40

A mother of three was one of two people killed in a crash with an oncoming bus in Oxfordshire.

19 NOV 2020

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19 Nov 2020 | 18:40

A bus in Oxford, Oxfordshire, was at the centre of a ‘frightening’ incident when a metal object — thrown from a bridge — lodged in its window.

16 NOV 2020

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16 Nov 2020 | 10:00

A man and a woman have died in a crash involving a car and a bus in a village in Oxfordshire.

09 NOV 2020

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09 Nov 2020 | 23:00

A council has granted planning permission for a £3.5million park-and-ride site to improve transport links between Gloucestershire and Bristol.

05 NOV 2020

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05 Nov 2020 | 18:40

A cycle lane scheme in Bristol, introduced in August, has ‘totally messed up’ a major bus route in the city, the mayor has said.

03 NOV 2020

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03 Nov 2020 | 19:12

According to scientists, there are no traces of Covid-19 in the air or on surfaces in London’s buses.

01 NOV 2020

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01 Nov 2020 | 10:56

Transport for London (TfL) has secured a £1.8billion bailout from the government to keep bus and tube services running until March 2021.

21 OCT 2020

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21 Oct 2020 | 16:15

Boris Johnson (b. 1964) has claimed Transport for London (TfL) was ‘effectively bankrupted’ even before the outbreak of Covid-19.
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21 Oct 2020 | 08:26

New government funding proposals for Transport for London (TfL) are ‘ill-advised and draconian’, according to Sadiq Khan (b. 1970).

16 OCT 2020

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16 Oct 2020 | 20:59

Transport for London (TfL) has secured a last-minute extension of its bailout package to keep services running for a fortnight.

14 OCT 2020

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14 Oct 2020 | 18:48

A council has scrapped plans for two temporary bus gates in Oxford, Oxfordshire.

12 OCT 2020

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12 Oct 2020 | 18:48

Bus company bosses have criticised a U-turn on plans to ban cars from parts of Oxford, Oxfordshire.

08 OCT 2020

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08 Oct 2020 | 08:55

A Clean Air Zone (CAZ) charge on buses — aimed at improving air quality in Bath, Somerset — is now set to begin on Monday 15th March 2021.

06 OCT 2020

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06 Oct 2020 | 08:20

Oxfordshire County Council is set to drop a plan to install temporary bus gates in parts of Oxford’s city centre following a backlash from the public.

05 OCT 2020

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05 Oct 2020 | 16:04

First Bus, which runs a number of services in the Bus World region, is now accepting Express Mode for Apple Pay on its buses.

25 SEP 2020

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25 Sep 2020 | 19:59

A court has jailed a 16-year-old boy for fatally stabbing a teenager on a bus in Greater London over ‘school beef chat’ on social media.
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25 Sep 2020 | 10:37

A head-on crash in Devon killed a 41-year-old mother of two when the man giving her a lift to the supermarket went on a high-speed pursuit of a bus.

22 SEP 2020

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22 Sep 2020 | 08:50

School bus drivers have raised concerns about a lack of social distancing on services travelling at full capacity, with many children not wearing masks.

21 SEP 2020

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21 Sep 2020 | 21:03

A jury has acquitted a 17-year-old boy of stabbing a teenager to death on a busy bus in Greater London.

18 SEP 2020

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18 Sep 2020 | 10:11

Police are searching for a man who put an NHS (National Health Service) worker in hospital after attacking him on a bus in Greater London.

16 SEP 2020

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16 Sep 2020 | 17:39

The driver of a double-decker bus, which overturned in Devon leaving dozens of people injured, has appeared in court.

15 SEP 2020

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15 Sep 2020 | 16:11

First Bus, which runs a number of services in the Bus World region, has added a new journey planner tool to its website.

11 SEP 2020

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11 Sep 2020 | 18:00

Three children — hurt when a school bus hit a railway bridge in Winchester, Hampshire — suffered ‘potentially life-changing injuries’, police have said.

10 SEP 2020

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10 Sep 2020 | 22:20

A privately owned double-decker bus had its roof ripped off when it hit a bridge in the centre of Bristol.
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10 Sep 2020 | 18:00

Three children sustained serious injuries when their school bus struck a railway bridge in Winchester, Hampshire.

04 SEP 2020

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04 Sep 2020 | 21:42

A bus company in Bristol has apologised to locals for using a dead-end road near their homes as an unofficial bus depot.

03 SEP 2020

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03 Sep 2020 | 11:30

A collision between a bus and a pedestrian in Southampton, Hampshire, has left a man in hospital with serious injuries.

28 AUG 2020

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28 Aug 2020 | 12:27

A group of artists, inspired by a mysterious designer who made a bus shelter into a cosy room last year, is transforming 10 bus stops in Gloucestershire.

27 AUG 2020

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27 Aug 2020 | 18:55

The removal of part of a cycle lane in East Sussex is under way to address ‘unacceptable’ delays to bus journeys caused by its installation.
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27 Aug 2020 | 18:36

A court has jailed a convicted drug dealer for seven years and eight months after he killed a bus driver and injured 14 people in a multi-vehicle crash in Greater London.
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27 Aug 2020 | 09:22

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that commuters will only be able to board every other bus in the capital in order to give school pupils priority.

13 AUG 2020

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13 Aug 2020 | 19:14

A scheme backed by the government will see a bus garage in Greater London converted into the world’s largest trial site for a new low-emissions type of power station.

11 AUG 2020

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11 Aug 2020 | 18:36

A court has found a 16-year-old boy guilty of fatally stabbing a teenager on a bus in Greater London.

04 AUG 2020

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04 Aug 2020 | 12:48

Transport for London (TfL) staff have caught nearly 2,000 people a day not wearing masks on its buses, according to new figures.

27 JUL 2020

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27 Jul 2020 | 17:15

In response to coronavirus, a bus operator in Bristol has launched what it calls a ‘pioneering’ new booking system.
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27 Jul 2020 | 16:47

An earlier lockdown would ‘likely have saved’ the lives of London bus drivers who died with coronavirus, according to a study.

24 JUL 2020

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24 Jul 2020 | 17:20

A man hit a bus driver in Dorset over the head and kicked him on the floor after the driver challenged him for not wearing a mandatory face covering.

23 JUL 2020

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23 Jul 2020 | 16:45

Bus operator Stagecoach has warned investors that pre-lockdown passenger numbers may not return for years.
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23 Jul 2020 | 16:29

A teenager fatally stabbed a younger boy on a bus in Greater London after ‘school beef chat’ on social media, a court has heard.

26 JUN 2020

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26 Jun 2020 | 21:39

A man has admitted killing a bus driver and injuring seven other people in a crash in Orpington, Greater London.

10 JUN 2020

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10 Jun 2020 | 22:02

Plans to force passengers to wear masks on public transport were descending into chaos as it emerged officials have yet to decide how to enforce the rule.

05 JUN 2020

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05 Jun 2020 | 22:24

Passengers using public transport in the capital are to receive free face coverings.

04 JUN 2020

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04 Jun 2020 | 22:43

Wearing face coverings will be compulsory on public transport in England from Monday 15th June, the Secretary of State for Transport has said.

27 MAY 2020

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27 May 2020 | 22:28

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.
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27 May 2020 | 22:10

Andy Byford (b. 1965) will join Transport for London (TfL) next month as its new commissioner.
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27 May 2020 | 21:59

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

23 MAY 2020

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23 May 2020 | 21:28

Buses and light rail services will receive £283million towards improving safety and restoring services during the coronavirus pandemic.
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23 May 2020 | 21:04

Police have charged a man over a crash in Greater London that killed a bus driver and injured 15 other people.

22 MAY 2020

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22 May 2020 | 21:53

From tomorrow, passengers in the capital will have to start paying again to use some buses, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

21 MAY 2020

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21 May 2020 | 22:29

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

19 MAY 2020

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19 May 2020 | 13:59

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

16 MAY 2020

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16 May 2020 | 12:15

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

13 MAY 2020

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13 May 2020 | 21:46

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

12 MAY 2020

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12 May 2020 | 21:48

Bus operators across the UK face an uphill struggle to restore services for workers returning after lockdown.
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12 May 2020 | 14:54

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

25 APR 2020

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25 Apr 2020 | 15:19

The number of people using public transport in Britain’s cities could be 20% lower than normal after the end of the coronavirus lockdown.

22 APR 2020

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22 Apr 2020 | 23:00

A drive-through coronavirus-testing centre for NHS (National Health Service) staff and other key workers is to be set up at a park-and-ride in Oxford, Oxfordshire.

17 APR 2020

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17 Apr 2020 | 20:35

Passengers will only be allowed to board London’s buses using the middle door during the coronavirus pandemic, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

16 APR 2020

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16 Apr 2020 | 21:51

A second bus driver in Bristol has died after contracting coronavirus, his employer has said.

14 APR 2020

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14 Apr 2020 | 22:59

A court has jailed a man for nine years after he followed a teenage girl off a bus in Bristol and raped her.

13 APR 2020

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13 Apr 2020 | 22:51

A London bus driver said she was ‘frightened to die’ from coronavirus and has begged the government to do more to help protect transport staff.

08 APR 2020

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08 Apr 2020 | 13:56

Passengers using some London buses will only be able to board through the middle doors as part of increased efforts to protect drivers.

06 APR 2020

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06 Apr 2020 | 23:05

Two London bus drivers have claimed that the personal protection measures provided for Covid-19 are inadequate and a health risk to workers.

04 APR 2020

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04 Apr 2020 | 21:54

A union has described the loss of five London bus workers, who died after contracting coronavirus, as a ‘tragedy’.

03 APR 2020

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03 Apr 2020 | 13:21

The Government will cover the losses of bus companies in England over the next three months to ensure that services can still run.

25 MAR 2020

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25 Mar 2020 | 11:36

Coast raises FirstGroup stake
The activist investor targeting FirstGroup has increased its stake in the stricken transport firm.

23 MAR 2020

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23 Mar 2020 | 10:47

Bus firms count cost of virus
Stagecoach and FirstGroup have stepped up their efforts to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses.

17 MAR 2020

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17 Mar 2020 | 11:09

Boy charged with bus murder
Police have charged a 16-year-old boy with the murder of teenager Damani Mauge, who sustained a fatal stab wound on a bus in Croydon, Greater London.

15 MAR 2020

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15 Mar 2020 | 13:00

Distance to bus stops widens
Research suggests more than a million people in Great Britain now live at least 1.6km (1mi) from a bus stop with a regular service.

12 MAR 2020

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12 Mar 2020 | 12:54

FirstGroup to sell US divisions
Shares in FirstGroup edged higher after the transport provider said it had received ‘significant interest’ from potential bidders for its US school bus operations.

10 MAR 2020

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10 Mar 2020 | 22:40

‘Enhanced’ cleaning for buses
The capital’s buses are to undergo ‘enhanced’ cleaning using a new disinfectant to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

09 MAR 2020

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09 Mar 2020 | 11:37

Stabbed teen on bus named
Police have released the name of the teenager fatally stabbed on a bus in Croydon, Greater London.
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09 Mar 2020 | 11:22

FirstGroup under pressure
Transport giant FirstGroup is facing renewed pressure from an activist investor to separate its North American operations.
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09 Mar 2020 | 11:17

Boy stabbed to death on bus
A boy, believed to be 17 years old, has died in a stabbing on a bus in Croydon, Greater London.

18 FEB 2020

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18 Feb 2020 | 09:59

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.

14 FEB 2020

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14 Feb 2020 | 12:00

Virus warning over bus event
Health officials have contacted hundreds of people that went to a bus conference in London following the news that one of the attendees had contracted coronavirus.
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14 Feb 2020 | 11:33

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.

11 FEB 2020

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11 Feb 2020 | 12:34

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

10 FEB 2020

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10 Feb 2020 | 12:10

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

06 FEB 2020

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06 Feb 2020 | 12:04

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

04 FEB 2020

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04 Feb 2020 | 11:49

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

24 JAN 2020

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24 Jan 2020 | 11:41

More air-filtering buses on way
Following a trial, six more towns and cities — four of them in our region — are to see the introduction of buses that filter pollution from the atmosphere.

21 JAN 2020

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21 Jan 2020 | 10:14

Cyclist killed in crash with bus
A cyclist has died in a crash with a bus near Hinkley Point power station in Somerset.

18 JAN 2020

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18 Jan 2020 | 14:28

Girl raped after leaving bus
Police are hunting a man who raped a passenger — a girl in her teens — he had followed off a bus in Bristol.

16 JAN 2020

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16 Jan 2020 | 12:09

Bus pollution charge approved
A council has approved a CAZ (Clean Air Zone) charge on buses in Bath, Somerset, in a bid to improve the city’s air quality.
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16 Jan 2020 | 11:50

Cash raised for reading bus
Crowdfunding has raised hundreds of pounds to repair a primary school reading bus in Gloucestershire after vandals smashed it up.

13 JAN 2020

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13 Jan 2020 | 11:00

Roadworks blamed for bus delays
The boss of First Bus South West has sent an open letter to customers noting the ‘appalling disruption’ passengers are facing across Bristol.

10 JAN 2020

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10 Jan 2020 | 22:26

New Routemaster boarding change
Passengers using London’s New Routemaster buses will only be able to board them using the front door in future, transport bosses have said.

06 JAN 2020

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06 Jan 2020 | 11:36

Bus drivers could strike
Bus drivers in London are so exhausted they are at risk of being a danger to passengers and other road users, a union has said.

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06 Jan 2020 | 11:35

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