21 Apr

Stagecoach North East passengers get into ‘the zone’

first_imgStagecoach North East has welcomed its Tees Valley customers to get ‘into the zone’ and see up-close its new Wi-Fi-enabled single-decker ADL Enviro300 buses, part of a fleet of 25 and an investment of 3.5m.It has branded the vehicles with designs based on zones to illustrate the comfort, technology, efficiency and green credentials of the new bus fleet.At the launch Stagecoach North East MD Phil Medlicott said: “It was great to see so many people brave the rain to come and meet with us at our road show.“The fact that 91% of our passengers are satisfied with their overall service is a great endorsement of the commitment of our people and our strong partnership with our local authorities.”last_img read more

21 Apr

Corner turned in Éire

first_imgBus ireann is looking forward to an improvement in trading this year, on the back of passenger growth in 2014, which it describes as “a strong performance given the ongoing challenges in the Irish economy”.It carried 1m extra passengers in 2014, compared with 2013, and passenger journey numbers jumped by almost 7% in the regional cities.Dublin commuter journeys were up 2% and overall, total passenger journeys increased from 34.274m to 35.424m.In Galway city, passenger journey numbers grew by 12%; in Limerick numbers were up by 4%. In Cork city, numbers grew by 6%, but in Waterford journeys were down by 1%.Bus ireann recently signed a new five-year Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract with the National Transport Authority (NTA), which will see the “development of further customer service standards and increased reliability and punctuality targets.”This year it will take delivery of 57 new vehicles. These include 20 single-deck coaches (Scania Irizar Century), 25 double-deck buses (Volvo Wrights Gemini) and 12 double-deck coaches (VDL Synergy). Bus ireann has also issued invitations to tender for 143 new buses, for delivery in 2015 and 2016.These are to replace older vehicles and for projected passenger growth in the next two years. The final quantities for each lot, and each year, will be subject to funding from the NTA.This follows the re-launch of its Expressway service with a new campaign, and the first 20 new luxury coaches (Scania Irizar i6 tri-axles) will be introduced shortly.Says Bus ireann CEO Martin Nolan: “Bus ireann has achieved significant turnaround – and boosted customer numbers – over the last 12 months. Further growth is predicted next year in line with the improving economy, which augurs well for the standards of public transport that can be delivered, and the critical role it can play in helping the economy recover even faster.“However, we also need to continue to invest to provide extra fleet capacity – along with more bus priority measures, in particular on commuter corridors – to combat congestion. Maintaining pressure on our cost base is also key.”Bus ireann is making 2015 the ‘Year of the Customer’ and its BClub loyalty initiative passed 100,000 members last month. From Monday (12 January) it starts an €8 seat sale on selected Expressway destinations.last_img read more

21 Apr

Driver arrested after fatal M1 crash

first_imgA coach driver involved in a crash, which left three people dead on the M1 and closed the motorway for seven hours, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.The ’03-reg Berkhof Axial 100-bodied Volvo B12BT, operated by Sheerness-based Travelmasters, collided with an Audi that was on the hard shoulder, having broken down.The crash, at 0645hrs when it was dark and foggy, was on the northbound carriageway between junctions 12 and 13.Three men in the car died at the scene. A fourth man in the car was taken to hospital.No one on the coach, which was taking a university cheerleading team from Kent to Birmingham, was injured.last_img read more

21 Apr

CPT – Regional Manager – East and West Midlands Regions

first_imgCompany NameCPT Knowledge of the road passenger transport industry would be helpful but not essential.Competitive salary dependent on experience.Candidates should apply in writing, enclose an up to date CV and details of current remuneration package, to: Miss Ling Tang, Manager, CPT Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HA Email: [email protected] closing date for applications is Thursday 31 March 2016. Salary Band MinimumCompetitive Salary Application Phone Number– CPT are looking to recruit a Regional Manager for the East and West Midlands Regions.Job Title: Regional Manager – East and West Midlands RegionsCompany: CPTJob Description:Regional Manager– East and West Midlands RegionsCPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport UK), the national trade association for bus and coach operators, is seeking to recruit a full-time Regional Manager for their East and West Midlands Regions.Responsibilities include the provision of executive support to Regional Committees and members; promotion of CPT policy within both Regions, including at Regional Government level; support of membership retention and recruitment policy; organisation and promotion of events within the two Regions.The ideal candidate should possess:Excellent communication skillsStrong organisational capabilitiesAbility to self-motivateA proven track record of achievement with an ability to develop positive strategies and relationships. This Job At a Glance: Application [email protected] Information Job Location Postcode– Salary Band MaximumCompetitive Salary Application ContactLing Tang Job LocationEast and West Midlands Regions Closing Date31 March 2016last_img read more

21 Apr

Industry first Health Bus wins third national award

first_imgNational Express has won its third national award for creating a bus that makes its employees healthierAt a recent Nursing Times Awards ceremony in London, the industry’s first Health Bus beat 850 other award entries to come out top in the Nursing in the Community category.The award-winning Health Bus is the first of its kind in the transport industryThe Health Bus, otherwise known as the ‘Health Buzz’, was created following comments in an annual employee survey, which praised employee safety awareness, but asked for similar support in health and wellbeing.The single-decker, staffed by a fully trained nurse, was completely refitted by National Express engineers who adapted a redundant Mercedes bus into a mobile health facility offering two consultation areas and a waiting room.The bus travels round all National Express garages across the West Midlands and Dundee, providing a full range of confidential health checks to employees.Almost 4,000 members of staff have already visited the Health Bus and the initiative has also encouraged drivers to suggest their own wellbeing ideas, including getting healthier canteen food choices, cycling to work and going running together.The initiative has also won the Wellness category at the Employee Engagement Awards and Best Healthcare and Wellbeing Strategy of the Year at the Workplace Savings and Benefits Awards.last_img read more

21 Apr

HMRC asks TCs to crack down on self-employed drivers

first_imgTraffic Commissioners (TCs) are cracking down on operators using self-employed drivers.Where they hear evidence at a Public Inquiry (PI) that an operator is using self-employed drivers who do not work for anyone else, they are requiring undertakings from the operator that the drivers will become employees and subject to PAYE.This was revealed by TC Tim Blackmore when he required an undertaking from Sowerby Bridge-based Edward and David Pilling at a Leeds PI.Mr Pilling had said their part-time drivers were self employed, although they only worked for his firm.The TC said this is not permissible.  He said that HMRC had written to TCs asking them to take action in such circumstances. He provided the firm with a copy of the letter concerned, after the partners gave the required undertaking.last_img read more

21 Apr

Westbus takes Noone Turas 600s-bodied Ivecos

first_imgNoone Turas 600s-bodied Ivecos for Westbus have 25 real leather seatsLondon-based Westbus has taken delivery of two Iveco Daily 70C18s with Turas 600s bodywork, supplied by Brian Noone (0333 880 3782).The two 25-seaters will remain with Westbus for three years. They each have leather upholstery, saloon air-conditioning, USB charging points, full-draw curtains and a reversing camera.They also come with the acclaimed Hi-Matic automatic gearbox.Says General Manager Tim Miles: “We are new to this product and the demonstrator proved to us that it is the best vehicle to replace our older midicoaches.“Our work can vary from airport pick-ups to corporate events, so it was vital for us to get a luxury vehicle – and the Iveco is exactly that. Passenger comfort is increased by the extra legroom that we have specified.”last_img read more

21 Apr

City Circle to take 100th Scania Irizar

first_imgCity Circle will take delivery of its 100th Scania Irizar coach next year as part of a 20-strong order. The delivery will be made up of 18 tri-axle K 410 EBs and a pair of two-axle K 360 EB chassis, all with i6S bodywork.The centenary coach for City Circle will be the first to be delivered from 2020’s order. It represents “a significant milestone in the companies’ premium partnership,” says Scania.The 18 tri-axles will be 13.2m examples with 53 seats with drop-down tables, footrests and magazine nets. They will also each have a sunken centre toilet and a Frenzel servery.The other two coaches will be 10.8m examples with 36 seats and half-leather trim. They will each have a floor-mounted toilet with an “extensive” servery that will be installed by AD Coach Systems.Satellite navigation and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels will be common across all 20 vehicles.last_img read more

20 Apr

Next court battle to stop South Bend abortion clinic set for July 11

first_img WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – June 23, 2019 0 330 Twitter Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Next court battle to stop South Bend abortion clinic set for July 11 Pinterest Previous articleMan sentenced in theft from 2 vehicles at Michigan Governor’s homeNext articleCass County Police: Boy, 15, shoots father in self-defense 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. Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ (Photo supplied/ABC 57) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has scheduled oral argument on July 11 to hear the State of Indiana’s case for granting an immediate stay that would stop the operation of an unlicensed abortion clinic in South Bend until the appeal can be fully resolved.On May 31, a federal district court granted a preliminary injunction allowing the Whole Woman’s Health Alliance to provide chemical abortions despite lacking the required license from the Indiana State Department of Health.“The Court of Appeals’ decision to schedule oral argument shows that it is taking seriously our concerns about the safety of patients who seek abortion at an unlicensed clinic,” Attorney General Curtis Hill said. “Dispensing medication that curbs progesterone and causes uterine contractions is serious business, and whether states may require licensing of clinics that do so is a nationally important issue. We appreciate the court’s diligence in reviewing this matter.”On June 2, Hill appealed the injunction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also filed a motion with the district court seeking an immediate stay that would have prevented the unlicensed clinic from opening until Indiana’s appeal could be considered.On June 7, the federal district court denied the motion for a stay – prompting Hill to seek the intervention of the U.S. Court of Appeals in issuing a stay.The state health department previously has denied Whole Woman’s Health a license after the entity failed to provide requested documentation about the safety record of affiliated clinics in other states.last_img read more

20 Apr

Veterans Day: facts and perks

first_img Veterans Day: facts and perks By 95.3 MNC – November 10, 2019 0 620 By TSgt Michael Holzworth [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Veterans Day is this Monday, November 11, 2019.  There are many events and freebies around town that you may want to take advantage of if you are a veteran or know a veteran.Veterans Day is held on November 11 each year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918, which marked the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day.President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954.The Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress in 1968, which moved the holiday to the fourth Monday in October.  The law took effect in 1971, however, in 1975, President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11 due to the significance of the date.Some interesting facts about veterans according to History.com:The Arlington National Cemetery holds an annual memorial service every Veterans Day and Memorial Day.Approximately 9% of veterans are women7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War2 million veterans served during the Korean War3 million veterans have served in the War on TerrorismVeterans Day does not have an apostrophe, according to MilitaryNews.com.  The holiday is not a day that is for one or multiple veterans, it is for all veterans.  So an apostrophe is not necessary.Veterans Day is not the same as Memorial Day or Armed Forces Day.  Veterans Day celebrates those that used to wear a uniform, Armed Forces Day celebrates those that are currently wearing a uniform, and Memorial Day celebrates those that never made it out of their uniform.Most banks, as well as city, county, and most federal offices, will be closed on Monday, November 11, in recognition of Veterans Day.There are many places around town that are giving out free meals or services to our local veterans.Department of Natural Resources – Monday, November 11.  With military ID or proof of service, all veterans, active-duty military and everyone in their vehicle will gain free admission to DNR state parks, reservoir properties, state forest recreation areas and state off-road vehicle riding areas.Prime Table in Niles – Monday, November 11, offering free dinner to all veterans with proof of military ID, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.Martin’s Super Markets – Free Veterans Day Honor Meal, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all stores; all military veterans eligible.Golden Corral Military Appreciation Night – Monday, November, 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. all retirees, veterans, active-duty, National Guard and Reserves can receive a free dinner with military ID.Applebee’s – Monday, November 11 – Veterans and active-duty can receive a free meal from a limited menu at participating Applebee’s.Bob Evans – Monday, November 11 – Veterans and active-duty military personnel receive a free meal from a select menu.Chili’s – Monday, November 11 – Bring your military ID or proof of service and you will receive a free meal from a select menu.Cracker Barrel – Monday, November 11 – Veterans with a military ID will receive a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coco-cola cake or its Pumpkin Pie Latte at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations.Little Caesars – Monday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. can receive a free $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo with military ID.Logan’s Roadhouse – Monday, November 11 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., all active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel can enjoy a free meal from the American Roadhouse menu in honor of Veterans Day with military ID.O’Charley’s – Monday, November 11, active-duty military and veterans can enjoy a free meal with military ID.Red Lobster – Monday, November 11, veterans, active-duty military and reservists can get a free appetizer or dessert with military ID or proof of service.Red Robin – Monday, November 11, Red Robin is honoring all veterans and active-duty military guests with a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger served with Bottomless Steak Fries at participating Red Robin restaurants with proof of service.Smoothie King – Monday, November 11, veterans and active-duty military can get a free 20-ounce smoothie of their choice with military ID.IHOP – Monday, November 11, IHOP is giving out free red, white, and blue pancakes with blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream.Buffalo Wild Wings – Monday, November 11, veterans will receive one small order of their “Wings for Heroes” with a side of fries.Olive Garden – Monday, November 11, choose from six popular entrees from Olive Garden’s Menu for free.TGI Fridays – Monday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., get a free lunch menu item up to $12.  Guests will also receive a $5 coupon for their next meal at Fridays. Dine-in only.Texas Roadhouse – Monday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., veterans can choose a free meal from a 10 entree menu with a drink included.A&W Restaurants – Monday, November 11, veterans and active-duty military can receive a free combo.Starbucks – Monday, November 11, veterans, active-duty service members and military spouses can get a free tall coffee.Sport Clips – Monday, November 11, veterans and active-duty service members can stop in for a free haircut with proof of service.Subway – Monday, November 11, military veterans with a valid ID can receive a free six-inch sub. 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