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MAY 2019

31 May 2019

James Rasteh

Investor criticises FirstGroup plans
FirstGroup’s biggest investor has branded plans to break up the company ‘woefully inadequate’.

30 May 2019


Bus shelter demolition delayed
Villagers have gathered in an old bus shelter in Bedfordshire, vowing to stay there ‘day and night’ to stop the council tearing it down.

Craig Young

Bus driver convicted and fined
A court has convicted a bus driver of careless driving after he knocked down one of his own passengers on a zebra crossing in central Scotland, seconds after she got off.

Bus Route

Rambler returns for 2019
The South Downs Rambler is to return for a second season and will once again run on Sundays (plus bank holiday Monday 26th August).

Dorothy McLaren

Driver caused passenger’s death
A bus driver caused the death of an elderly bus passenger in North Yorkshire by pulling away from a stop before she could sit down.


FirstGroup to sell Greyhound
FirstGroup has signalled it is considering breaking itself up by seeking a buyer for its Greyhound buses operations in the US.

29 May 2019

Southend University Hospital

Bus stops in hospital wards
Hospitals are introducing replica bus stops in wards and A & E departments across the country in an effort to help dementia patients.

28 May 2019


ADL sold to Canadian firm
The owners of ADL (Alexander Dennis Ltd), the largest producer of double-decker buses in the world, have sold it to a Canadian firm for £320 million.

26 May 2019

Colin Purton

Appeal for bus passenger
A police force has said they are ‘increasingly concerned’ about the welfare of a missing 78-year-old man, last seen on a bus, from northeastern Wales.


Safety fears halt bus parade
Police in southwestern Scotland had to halt an open-top bus parade — celebrating Celtic Football Club’s treble ‘Treble’ victory — due to safety fears.

21 May 2019

Double-Decker Bus

Man held over speeding bus
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of drug-driving a speeding bus in Liverpool, Merseyside.

20 May 2019


Bus order worth over £80 million
Transport giant, Stagecoach, has announced plans to order more than £80 million worth of new vehicles.

19 May 2019


Bomb injures bus passengers
A roadside bomb — the second such attack within six months — has injured at least 17 tourists in northern Egypt.

18 May 2019

Robert Tchenguiz

Tycoon backs coup at FirstGroup
Property tycoon, Robert Tchenguiz (b. 1960), is backing a shake-up at transport firm FirstGroup.

17 May 2019

Bishop's Castle

Bus cuts protest blocks road
Demonstrators opposing cuts to bus services in Shropshire have blocked a main road.


New bus shelter, no buses
Blundering officials in South Yorkshire spent £5,934 installing a bus shelter on a road with no bus services.

Lothian Buses

Unite to ballot bus drivers
A bus strike could hit Edinburgh, southeastern Scotland, during its festival season in August, union officials have confirmed.

Bus Passengers

‘Design services for young people’
Bus tickets need to be cheaper and easier to buy using contactless and smart phones to attract young people, according to the UK transport watchdog.

16 May 2019


Protest to save bus shelter
About 50 residents in Bedfordshire have protested to stop their local council tearing down a decades-old bus shelter — despite it no longer being used.

15 May 2019

Car Exhaust

Bosses oppose clean air zone
Bus bosses claim that introducing a clean air zone in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, would be a ‘disaster’ and lead to increased bus fares.

13 May 2019

Sharon and Josh

Boy in wheelchair refused bus
Derbyshire County Council has refused free bus travel to school for a 10-year-old wheelchair user because he lives ‘within walking distance’.


FirstGroup targeted by activist
An activist investor, pushing for the breakup of FirstGroup, has launched an audacious bid to seize control of the Scottish company’s board.

11 May 2019


Hydrogen double-deckers on the way
A company from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, is to build the world’s first hydrogen double-decker buses.

09 May 2019


Youth bus provides a ‘safe space’
A charity in Bristol is providing a mobile youth centre in a converted bus, following sharp cuts in council spending.

08 May 2019

Surfing the Web

Online porn on bus to be outlawed
Ministers are set to announce a ban on watching pornography on buses.

07 May 2019


Thousands attend bus parade
Thousands of people lined the streets of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, as the city celebrated Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League with a bus parade.


Pensioner hit by bus dies
A woman in her seventies has died after a bus hit her in Leicester, Leicestershire.

03 May 2019


Stagecoach sponsorship dropped
The Turner Prize has ended a sponsorship deal — announced only one day earlier — with Stagecoach South East.

02 May 2019

Steve Moir

Cyclist fell into path of bus
A cyclist died in a head-on crash when he clipped the kerb separating him from a guided busway in Cambridgeshire, an inquest heard.

First Hampshire & Dorset

Secret to happiness: a free bus pass
Having a free bus pass leads to a happier life, according to University College London.


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