National Express rues loss of coach concessions

Britain’s leading coach operator said there would be 1m fewer journeys in the first year since the government cut the grant to over-60s and disabled peopleThe abolition of concessionary coach travel has led to a dramatic drop in journeys taken by disabled and older people, National Express has revealed.Britain’s leading coach operator said there would […]
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Rail is a gigantic scam for siphoning off public money | Seumas Milne

Branson and FirstGroup have both gamed a disastrous privatisation. The case for public ownership is compellingBarely a month since the private security firm G4S crashed and burned in the runup to the London Olympics, we’re back in outsourcing la-la land again. This time the battle is over the monopoly franchise to run passenger trains on […]
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Britain’s railways braced for another round of arrivals and departures

The acrimony surrounding Virgin’s loss of the west coast main line to FirstGroup marks the start of two hectic years of franchise auctions – and new concerns over the way the system worksThe trouble with bidding to run the railways, muses one veteran of many franchise bids, is that the people who mark the bids […]
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FirstGroup trumps Virgin as frontrunner for west coast rail franchise

Bus, rail and coach group pushes incumbent Virgin Rail into second place with improved offer for 14-year contractFirstGroup has lodged the highest bid for the west coast rail franchise, making it the frontrunner to take over the prestigious London-to-Glasgow route.The bus, rail and coach group is believed to have pushed incumbent Virgin Rail into second […]
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FirstGroup hangs on to Great Western – and state subsidies

Labour accuses government of allowing rail strategy to descend ‘into chaos and confusion’FirstGroup may be handed an extension to its Great Western rail franchise, underwritten by a multimillion-pound taxpayer subsidy – despite having served notice on the contract to avoid a payout of more than £800m to the government.The next contract to run Great Western […]
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Megabus launches £1 coach tickets to Europe – if you can get them

Cheap Megabus tickets to Paris and three other European destinations snapped up, leaving many travellers disappointedThe cheapest £1 tickets from London to Paris and other European cities appear to have been snapped up by consumers well ahead of the launch of continental services by bus operator Megabus, leaving many prospective travellers disappointed.Tickets have been on […]
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Stagecoach plans to ‘shake up’ European coach market with Megabus

Transport group launches new bargain brand fleet of coaches on European routes with fares starting from £1 or €1Transport group Stagecoach has pledged to “shake up” the European coach market by introducing its dirt-cheap Megabus brand to cross-channel customers with services joining London, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels.Fares will start from £1 or €1 on a […]
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FirstGroup shares slump as bus growth stalls

Firm runs 8,000 buses in 40 towns and cities across UK, with 60% of bus revenues coming from Scotland and north EnglandShares in FirstGroup have slumped 17% after the UK’s largest bus operator issued a profit warning in the wake of an apparent widening in north-south economic divide.FirstGroup runs 8,000 buses in 40 towns and […]
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More than 50% of rail users dissatisfied with service

• Only 46% think train tickets are value for money• National Express East Anglia rates worst in surveyPassenger frustration with the value of an ever-more expensive rail network grew over the past year — even before January’s inflation-busting fare rises took hold.A survey of more than 30,000 rail users by the watchdog Passenger Focus found […]
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