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Bus User news for january 2020

New year, new you
The Bus Users course Be the Manager Your Passengers Need designed exclusively for bus managers, will be running in 2020. With speakers drawn from a range of industries, we’ll demonstrate how changing the way you view your business can improve your impact and help you to engage with new and existing passengers. Keep an eye out for details
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Open for business

The Government’s new Bus Open Data Service, launched on 28 January, promises passengers digital journey-planning products, real-time bus location and fares data by 2021  Read more

All about the car

Bus Users, which has itself called for housing developments to have better integrated public transport, has welcomed a report criticising the car dominated approach to new housing   Read more

Transport gets new chair

Bexhill and Battle MP Huw Merriman has been elected as the new Chair of the Transport Select Committee  Read more

Going green

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans to broaden eligibility for the van scrappage scheme that will help operators upgrade their fleets to ‘cleaner and greener coaches’  Read more

Centre-stage for passengers

Following multi-million pound investment in greener buses, smart technology and customer service, Stagecoach has launched a new-look bus design shaped by passengers  Read more

Stirling service

Bus Users has been working with Stirling Council on a new Sunday rural bus service which has been given the go-ahead and will launch in February 2020 for a 14 month pilot.

And finally…

Rob Delaney is an American comedian, actor, writer, anglophile and, it turns out, a huge bus fan!

Thumbs up for low emissions

74% of people believe we should be reducing our use of motor vehicles for the sake of our health according to Wave 2 of the DfT’s National Travel Attitudes Survey  Read more

Changing shape of bus use

According to a report from the Independent Transport Commission, the shrinking bus market is due to a fall in the proportion of people using the bus, while existing bus users are actually travelling more often   Read more

City centre bus ban

Bus Users has taken to the streets and buses in Newcastle to find out what people think of renewed plans for a permanent bus ban on Blackett Street  Read more

Let’s talk transport

Greig Mackay, Bus Users Director for Scotland, has been taking part in a consultation on subsidised passenger transport services in Fife. The aim is to get the best value from limited budgets, and improve how people’s transport needs are met   Read more

Easy access

Pembrokeshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board have created the UK’s first ‘easier-to-read’ bus timetables that feature a standard 12hr clock face, photos of bus stops, and images to explain when buses are running
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Inclusive transport

Bus Users is working with the Refugee Survival Trust in Glasgow, a charity providing free bus travel to asylum seekers, to highlight the barriers faced by refugees when using public transport
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