Monthly Archives April 2021

End of paper tickets for Reading

first_imgReading Buses is removing paper seven-day tickets sold on buses from 24 April. Customers will be able to buy seven-day tickets on the Reading Buses app or on a smartcard instead.Tony Pettitt, Chief Finance and Information Officer, says: “We are definitely seeing more people switching to the better-value smartcard and app products.“For a number of years now, it has been cheaper to buy your period ticket in advance on a smartcard, and more recently on the app, as we seek to utilise everything we can to speed up boarding times and make journeys easier for both customers and our drivers.”, and more recently on the app, as we seek to utilise everything we can to speed up boarding times and make journeys easier for both customers and our drivers.”last_img

Inclusion Week spurs Stagecoach campaign

first_imgStagecoach will be delivering a programme of activities to promote inclusion and diversity as part of National Inclusion Week (24-30 September).The campaign week marks the first of a four-week series of events across Stagecoach as the Group launches its ‘Getting There Together’ initiative placing emphasis on such things as customer service, safety and wellbeing.During National Inclusion Week, Stagecoach will provide information to bus and rail employees, reminding staff of the importance of keeping an open, welcoming and inclusive working environment for all, and will be supporting a range of activities to help local companies embrace the campaign, including material provided by Inclusive Employers such as daily challenges, quizzes, posters, blogs and webinars.Local businesses within Stagecoach will also hold drop-in sessions, talks and workshops for staff during the week.There will be employee breakfast get-togethers in some areas, along with staff activities to share different cultures. Some local teams will work with charities to help gain a further understanding of the needs of different user groups and how they can be assisted.A training bus at Stagecoach London has also been wrapped to highlight the Group’s inclusive approach to recruitment and to promote career opportunities. Stagecoach London has also produced a staff video highlighting what diversity and inclusion means to them.At Supertram, customers will be invited to participate in mindfulness activities during the week and is joining forces with bus colleagues from the East Midlands and Yorkshire for a family drop-in session on board Hattie the community bus in Sheffield.Stagecoach believes that inclusion is about making sure that everyone feels valued, respected, listened to and able to challenge and to contribute to the business. It’s about recognising and valuing the differences each person brings to the workplace and creating an environment where everyone has access to opportunities and resources and can contribute to the success of the business.Stagecoach Group Director of Pensions and Employee Benefits, John Hamilton said: “As an inclusive employer we strive to create a work place that is accepting and welcoming of people from all walks of life.“Our transport services help drive social inclusion by enabling millions of people from every walk of life to access work, leisure, health and education facilities and also playing a vital role within local communities.“We’re delighted to be part of National Inclusion Week again this year and will continue working as a team to support each other, and celebrate our differences within a positive, welcoming and progressive working environment.”last_img read more

Bookings open for MaaS conference

first_imgITS International has announced its 2019 MaaS-Market Conference. Under the new tagline of Optimising multi-modal mobility, the 2019 event will examine the latest developments in the fast-changing Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) sector.Returning to the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London on 20 and 21 March, the conference will explore the increasing digitisation of transport as a driving factor behind the rise of MaaS, the legislative and technological requirements to operate MaaS and the business models being employed.Presenters from authorities in the UK, Europe and beyond will present case studies of fledgling MaaS-style services in their region. Transport operators will give an insight into the effect MaaS is having on the public transport services and help delegates answer the question the sector is considering: ‘Should we participate – and if so how?’“We know this is a very important issue for many cash-strapped local authorities so we are also providing discounted delegate places all public sector officials,” says Graham Anderson, Head of Conferences and Events.Dedicated sessions will look at the likely effect on future transport infrastructure and vehicle design, the impact of autonomous vehicles and include all-important topics such as the urban environment and mobility in an ageing population.Details at www.maas-market.comlast_img read more

First Leeds’ commitment to air quality progresses

first_imgOperator to take another delivery of ultra-low emission vehicles in January 2019First Leeds will have delivered over a third of its £71m investment in new ultra-low emission vehicles for the city by next month, it has been announced.In December 2017, First Leeds announced it would invest in 284 new vehicles, as part of its commitment to provide new ultra-low emission vehicles for the city by 2020.Over a third of the operators 284 vehicles will have been delivered by January 2019, with 47 vehicles introduced in 2018 and 58 due to arrive by January 2019.The £71m investment is running in parallel to a citywide strategy to encourage behaviour change – making public transport a more attractive option to reduce car use, and overall emissions levels to improve air quality.It’s hoped the investments made to enhance the customer offer in Leeds will help reach the target of doubling bus patronage over 10 years.Paul Matthews, MD at First Leeds, says: “We are committed to reducing vehicle emissions to improve air quality in Leeds and we’re delighted to have delivered a third of the new vehicles already.“Improving air quality is a huge priority and the investment in ultra-low emission demonstrates First Leeds’ commitment.The new vehicles include next-stop audio announcements, USB-charging points and free wi-fi.Mr Matthews adds: “It’s important that we continue to work with our partners to promote the benefits of bus travel and encourage people to switch from travelling by car to bus, as one double-decker can take 75 cars off the road.”last_img read more

CPT Photo Competition: February’s best entries

first_imgMore entries have arrived for the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) Photo Competition, which aims to share views of the coach and bus industry at its best throughout 2020.The contest is open to all. CPT will accept entries until 20 December, and it is offering a top prize of £1,000 for the overall winner. Hundreds of pounds’ worth of holiday and shopping vouchers are up for grabs in other categories.The winning image for February 2020 is from David Barrow (above). It shows a Volvo B5TL with open-top Wrightbus Gemini 3 bodywork in the Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire fleet at work in Grasmere.A further photograph by David is in the highly commended category. It depicts a nearly new Stagecoach West Scotland Volvo B11RLE with Plaxton Panorama bodywork departing from Glasgow bound for Edinburgh on the operator’s flagship 900 service.Adrian Gibbons of Treharris operator Gibbons Coach Holidays submitted a further highly commended shot. It shows one of the operator’s Mercedes-Benz Tourismos while on tour.Clayderman Liang is highly commended for his multimodal image of an articulated Cardiff Bus Scania OmniCity passing beneath evidence of the Welsh capital’s brewing heritage. Daniel Graham is also highly commended for two pictures: One of a line-up of Go North East double-deckers, and another of a Wrightbus Gemini 3-bodied Volvo B9TL of the same operator at work in the snow. All Highly Commended entries are below.The judging panel for the overall winners will include CPT CEO Graham Vidler, External Relations Manager Tom Bartošák-Harlow and a professional photographer. The results will be announced in routeone in 2021, with monthly winners and highly commended entries published on an ongoing basis.How to enter the CPT photo competitionImages are accepted in both digital and print form. To take part, send your entries via email to [email protected] or by post to:CPT Photo Competition 2020Fifth Floor Chancery House53-64 Chancery LaneLondonWC2A 1QS.Include the title of your image, your full name and the county you live in as part of the image name.Additionally, include a note with your full name, your address including postcode and your CPT membership number if applicable. If posting your entry, please send prints or images on a USB stick in JPEG or TIFF format.The competition’s terms and conditions, along with full information relating to prizes and digital manipulation, can be found here.Cardifferences: Scania OmniCity artic in the Welsh capital. By Clayderman Liang.Gibbons Coach Holidays Mercedes-Benz Tourismo on tour. By Adrian Gibbons.Colourful Go North East double-decker line-up. By Daniel Graham.Go North East Volvo B9TL Wrightbus Gemini in the snow. By Daniel Graham.Plaxton Panorama departing from Glasgow for Edinburgh. By David Barrow.last_img read more

Scott Burke joins Propel Finance specialist coach and bus team

first_imgIndependent SME lender Propel Finance has appointed Scott Burke as Relationship Director for the northern UK as part of its specialist coach and bus team.Scott’s responsibilities are to provide “market-leading finance propositions to coach and bus operators and dealers,” says Propel.That will involve the creation of new partnerships and ensuring that the business is “a trusted go-to funder across the sector,” it adds.Scott brings almost 15 years’ experience of working with coach and bus operators and supporting their ongoing fleet and refinance requirements. During that time he formed many long-term relationships and used his knowledge of the sector to meet customers’ specific needs.Scott will work alongside Chris Rich, who holds the Relationship Director post for the southern UK. He will report to Propel Finance Head of Product and Specialisms Matt Jones.Scott Burke says: “I am thrilled to have joined Propel Finance, particularly at such an exciting time in its journey. From the outset, I was impressed by its aspirations to build a strong presence within the coach and bus sector through partnerships with the operator and dealer network.“Considering the current challenging financial environment, Propel stood out in terms of its commitment and desire to step forward and show support during this time – where many customers may assume that funding is hard to come by.”Adds Matt Jones: “Scott’s decision to join is a real boost for us. It is the latest in a string of key appointments to strengthen our growing business. Securing Scott in this role is an important step in our long-term plans and I am excited that he has joined us.“Scott is a talented asset finance professional and he brings to us a vast amount of experience and knowledge of the coach and bus sector, opening up further opportunities.”Contact Scott on 07458 092352 or by read more

South Bend Cubs to Play for League Championship

first_img By Carl Stutsman – September 9, 2019 0 256 Facebook Google+ WhatsApp South Bend Cubs to Play for League Championship (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) The South Bend Cubs are continuing their push into the playoffs  after making it in as a wildcard team the Cubs have yet to lose a game. That included sweeping last year’s Champion, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, and the Great Lakes Loons.The Championship, which starts on Wednesday, is a best of 5 series and South Bend will host at least one more game at Four Winds Field. The Cubs will face the winner of Monday’s Western Division Championship which will be either the Cedar Rapids Kernels or the Clinton LumberKings.South Bend’s last Midwest League Championship crown came in 2005 as the South Bend Silverhawks, and before that in 1993 as the South Bend White Sox.You can buy home game tickets here Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Previous articleFast food restaurant manager arrested after alleged attack on teen workerNext articleCar vs. Pedestrian Crash in Cass County Carl Stutsman Pinterestlast_img read more

Record low temp expected on Wednesday morning

first_img WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Facebook Record low temp expected on Wednesday morning Previous articleMishawaka Police asking for help finding missing 16-year-old girlNext articleHoosier priorities include education, public safety Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – November 13, 2019 0 344 Twitter IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A blast of arctic cold has expected to set a record low at or near 8 degrees in South Bend, early Wednesday morning, Nov. 13. The wind chill is expected to drop to sub-zero single digits during that time, as well.The frigid air mass produced heavy lake effect snow along Lake Michigan, dumping heavy snow on parts of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.Among the highest snowfall total as of Tuesday morning was 10.6 inches near the city of Goshen.WOW! ❄️❄️ 18″ of snow measured in Dunlap/Elkhart area that was under that heavy snow squall!Snowfall totals:Elkhart 12″Goshen 10″Edwardsburg 9″Cassopolis 8″South Bend 6.5″Stevensville 4.75″@ABC57News @NWSIWX | #inwx #miwx #lakeeffectsnow @ABC— Emily Kennedy (@EmilyKennedyWX) November 12, 2019Temperatures gradually warm and clouds break by the weekend. Highs struggle to reach 30 Wednesday and 40 will be tough to break until the end of the weekend. There could be a few flurries Wednesday night otherwise the forecast is fair through the weekend.Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center ForecastWednesday: Mostly to partly cloudy. High of 28.Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High of 34.Friday: Mostly sunny. High of 34.The Associated Press contributed to this story.last_img read more

Keeping tabs on employment market

first_imgAlready, the 32-member committee has taken a detailed look at the effects of fiscal policies on labour markets, and ways of restructuring public expenditure and social protection systems to make them more employment-friendly.In the few short months since the last summit, it has also held initial discussions on the ‘interim’ report on employment being prepared for the June summit in Amsterdam.Central to the committee’s duties will be a comparison of the various initiatives being taken in the different member states to put some of the EU’s 18 million jobless back to work.The committee will look at the policies of countries with relatively positive employment records, and compare how other governments’ tactics deviate from these and to what extent such variations can be blamed for stifling job creation.“In the ad hoc group, we did nothing more than look at the draft reports being prepared for heads of government. Now we are looking at other, broader issues and working on a monitoring system for the multi-annual programmes being put together by all the EU governments,” said another official.Crucially, the committee will attemptto keep an eye on the potential impact of apparently unrelated policy decisions in other fields. It will also be the EU’s eyes and ears, monitoring the work carried out by international organisations and in countriesoutside the Union.Reflecting widespread recognition that the balance of the sexes is still far from equal in the EU workforce, the committee’s mandate talks of “according particular attention to the different situation between men and women on the jobs market”.It will also examine how it can cooperate most effectively with employers and unions in a European context.The committee is composed of two officials from each member state, plus two representatives from the Commission: Allan Larsson, head of the Directorate-General for social affairs (DGV), and Juhani Lönnroth, DGV’s director of employment.Its chairman is Hans Borstlap, director-general for economic affairs in the Dutch ministry for social affairs and employment, who is assisted by vice-chairmen from Portugal and Denmark.It expects to meet seven or eight timesper year, including an informal session, scheduled this year for the Dutch town of Apeldoorn in June or July. The first attempt to coordinate the job-creation measures proposed at the December 1994 Essen summit came under the French EU presidency in the first half of 1995. But the ad hoc nature of the discussions allowed little scope for real policy development.Aware that employment prospectswere influenced by much more than pure macroeconomic policies, Union heads of government finally decided last December to give labour ministries a committee of their own with its own bureau and permanent secretariat.Its 1997 work programme was given the once-over by social affairs ministers earlier this month.last_img read more

EU urged to give Muslims a fair hearing

first_imgThe study Muslims in the European Union, drawn up by the Centre for TurkishStudies in Germany, charts growing alienation amongst second- and third-generation immigrants in the face of increasing public hostility to theircustoms. It concludes that an Islamic Council should be set up to representMuslim interests.The report’s author Yasemin Oezbek says the number and visibility ofMuslims in the EU has increased sharply in the 1990s, following thebreakdown of the Soviet Union, war in Yugoslavia and political turmoil onthe Mediterranean rim. Estimates of their number vary from 8 to13 millionpeople.“Whereas until the past few years, the practice of religion has been’invisible’, Muslims nowadays increasingly tend to make use of their rightto practise religion and articulate their interests through theconstruction of mosques, building Muslim cemeteries and celebratingreligious holidays,” she said. This has led to increasing racial tension between Muslims and non-Muslims,exacerbated by unemployment and negative coverage of Islam by the media.Yet as things stand, says Oezbek, Muslim concerns are scarcely representedeither at national or supranational level.The Netherlands is the only European county which gives Muslim immigrantspolitical rights before they are fully naturalised.Muslims often have to live with little or no social protection and incountries such as France and Germany, unemployment among young Muslims istwice as high as their non-Muslim counterparts.The 1997 EU Year against Racism did little to address Muslim concerns, saysOezbek, pointing out that there is no one Commission department withresponsibility for religious groups.last_img read more

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