Middlesbrough-based Leven Valley Coaches, a subsidiary of Compass Royston and which operates a number of bus services on Teesside, has announced it is to cease operations on Friday (20 March), citing spiralling costs and reduced local authority support as the reasons.An announcement on the operator’s website says: â€œThe decision to close the business and end services has been a very difficult one. The sad fact of the matter is that it has become increasingly uneconomic to run most of the services we provide.â€œLeven Valley is a small business, and we do not enjoy the benefits of size and scale that companies such as Arriva and Stagecoach have.â€Local media reports suggest Leven Valley’s insurance premium has almost tripled to 154,000. All staff are expected to transfer to Compass Royston.It is understood that Arriva and Middlesbrough operator Stagecarriage â€“ not to be confused with Stagecoach â€“ have agreed to take on a number of Leven Valley’s services, but Stockton Council is working to secure the future of the other routes.
The confusion over freelance/self-employed drivers rages on with Hugo Miller’s latest letter.I have submitted letters on the subject to HMRC and asked for direction. Unlikely to get it – but if I do I will let you know the outcome.Colin Rowe,Clockwise Briefings,Northampton
Staff at Stagecoach North East in Sunderland helped to drive forward the environmental agenda as part of the company’s annual Green Week campaign, visiting a local primary school with a gas bus.The young eco warriors learned about the green energy that modern gas buses use, with the latest in ‘eco’ technology and were then treated to a trip around the town on the gas bus.The pupils were able to explore the bus, and took turns to be bus drivers.
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Newport Transport has been appointed as the official games transport provider for the 2019 Westfield Health British Transplant Games, taking place in Newport, 25 to 28 July. Newport Transport will be organising high-capacity vehicles to shuttle the athletes and their families to four key events and is expecting to move over 5000 people over the four days.Morgan Stevens, Newport Transport Ops Director, says:” We’re proud of being associated with The British Transplant Games by providing transport to the athletes, donors and their families. This event gives everyone the opportunity to meet truly inspiring people.”
Ipswich Buses is the latest operator to launch UrbanThings’ smart ticketing platform, Ticketless.Ticketless provides real-time information and mobile ticketing via QR code validation. Passengers can purchase tickets via smartphone, then validate them upon boarding.By using the system, Ipswich Buses gains data on live passenger metrics and details on under- and over-served routes.General Manager of Ipswich Buses Steve Bryce says: “We are always looking for new ideas to attract and retain customers so having our own app was the next natural step after successfully launching contactless payments.“Carl and his team were very accommodating and showed a genuine interest in our requirements. They have worked seamlessly with our own team to develop and launch the app.”
Hydrogen fuel cell-electric power in coaches has come closer thanks to a preliminary non-binding agreement between manufacturers Daimler Truck and Volvo Group.If finalised, it will lead see a joint venture established to develop and commercialise systems for long-distance applications.The two companies say the successful commercialisation of the technology “is a key area to achieve CO2 neutral transport”. They have confirmed that the joint hydrogen initiative will capture road passenger transport by coaches in the long-distance sector as well as freight.Thus far both Daimler and Volvo have remained quiet on the potential for zero-emission power in their coach ranges. The development of hydrogen fuel cells for long-distance applications will complement the use of battery-electric power and alternative fuels by both manufacturers.The common goal for both companies is to offer heavy duty vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells for “demanding long-haul applications” in series production during the second half of the decade. A final agreement on the joint venture is expected by Q3, closing before the end of the year.Says Volvo Group President and CEO Martin Lundstedt: “For this vision to become reality, other companies and institutions also need to support and contribute to the development, not least in order to establish the fuel infrastructure needed.”The joint venture has no impact on other areas of business for either Daimler or Volvo, where they will continue to compete.
Wrightbus owner Jo Bamford has unveiled fully costed plans for 3,000 hydrogen fuel cell-electric buses to be in service in the UK by 2024. All would be built at Wrightbus’s factory in Ballymena.To facilitate his proposal, Mr Bamford has asked the government to set aside £500m of its £5bn funding package for buses outside London to “unlock the UK’s hydrogen industry.”That would involve around £200m being spent on building hydrogen production facilities and zero-emission transport vehicles to take the fuel to depots, and £300m to subsidise the construction and purchase of the buses. Hydrogen would be supplied at below the price of diesel under the plans.Mr Bamford adds that the blueprint – which has already been submitted to ministers – will boost UK manufacturing while improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions. It would also lead to a widespread adoption of hydrogen as a fuel in other heavy-duty road vehicles and trains, he says.The proposed 3,000 buses represent around 10% of the UK’s fleet. Their production would lead to an increase in employee numbers at Wrightbus by “nearly 700%,” says Mr Bamford, who has confirmed that 20 hydrogen-powered double-deckers will be delivered to London later in 2020.Mr Bamford, who also owns hydrogen producer Ryse, explains that the fuel used to power the proposed 3,000 hydrogen buses from Wrightbus will be “completely green.”Ryse is in the process of building the UK’s first hydrogen production plant on the Kent coast. It will be powered by an offshore windfarm and use electrolysis to produce hydrogen from water. Mr Bamford plans four more hydrogen production plants by 2025 to fuel all 3,000 buses.
Aberdeen City Council (ACC) has been awarded funding of £4.5m towards the introduction of 10 further hydrogen fuel cell-electric double-deckers into the city’s fleet.It has come from the £62m Energy Transition Fund, which was set up to help a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to support the energy sector’s transition to a net zero economy. The Fund focuses on North East Scotland.Says ACC Co-Leader, Cllr Jenny Laing: “These vehicles will increase the world’s first hydrogen double-decker fleet in Aberdeen to 25 and complement one of the largest and most varied fleets of hydrogen vehicles across Europe, which includes cars, vans, road sweepers and waste trucks.“Aberdeen is one of Europe’s pioneering hydrogen cities and through the work of Aberdeen City Council, we have developed a cluster of hydrogen activity.“The grant will help us to secure additional demand for hydrogen and support our ongoing work around establishing a Hydrogen Hub with significant large-scale offshore wind resources, supply chain expertise and hydrogen storage capability.”First Aberdeen placed 15 Wrightbus StreetDeck FCEV hydrogen fuel cell-electric double-deckers into service earlier in 2021 (pictured). Fuel cell manufacturer Ballard recently announced that of a further order for fuel cell modules placed by Wrightbus, some would be use in buses destined for Aberdeen.Also in Scotland, McGill’s Buses – owner of Xplore Dundee – recently said that it is in “advanced talks with a variety of partners” to bring 12 hydrogen fuel cell-electric buses into its fleet in Dundee. They are expected to enter service within the coming 12 months.
Facebook Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Synthetic pot found at Westville Correctional Contraband recovered at Westville Correctional Facility. Officials at the Westville Correctional Facility discovered a large amount of synthetic marijuana on Valentine’s Day.The discovery was made in a common area at the facility. The substance was tested by Indiana Department of Correction investigators and found to be mostly K2, which is synthetic marijuana, with a small percentage of tobacco.The origin of the contraband is still under investigation. Lead Captain Joseph Farley said any time mind-altering drugs are introduced into a confinement facility, “the consequences can be unpredictable and sometimes even deadly.” Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ By Tommie Lee – February 18, 2020 0 224 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleGoshen Hospital to open 1953 time capsule on MondayNext articleSome west side homeowners in South Bend can apply for home repair grants Tommie Lee