Month: April 2021

first_imgCitylink has started a new direct, non-stop coach service from London St Pancras International railway station to Stansted Airport.It is using a fleet of 10 new 51-seater Mercedes-Benz Tourismos, with free Wi-Fi and “informative videos.” There is also disabled access and a toilet.Online adult fares are 10 one way or 17 return. It uses St Pancras’ Midland Road, Bus Stop S, within walking distance of King’s Cross and six underground lines.The operation is the firm’s first in England, and is run from Metroline’s Perivale garage in London, also part of Singapore parent ComfortDelGro Corporation.In London it operates 1,700 buses, and Citylink scheduled coach services run in Scotland (in a joint venture with Stagecoach) and Ireland.The new route, branded Stansted Citylink, started on Sunday (11 October). It comes after Citylink won a concession to operate into and out of the airport’s central Coach Station in a competitive tender issued by Stansted Airport.It will compete with the existing Stansted-London coach routes provided by EasyBus, Terravision and National Express, serving Victoria Coach station, Golders Green and Liverpool Street railway station. National Express runs infrequent routes to Stansted from Oxford.The year-round service will operate 24/7, mainly half-hourly, with a 70-minute journey time.ComfortDelGro UK and Ireland CEO Jaspal Singh says: “We are excited to be working in the hub of London’s fastest grow-ing airport, where 50% of travellers currently travel to and from the airport on public transport.“Working closely with Stansted Airport, we will offer a high quality express coach service that is reliable and affordable.”last_img read more

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first_imgSherburn-in-Elmet operator Utopia Coaches has stayed local with its purchase of a Solo SlimLine, supplied by Optare (01977 687200).It is the smallest Solo available, at 7.2m long and seating 19, and has entered service on the route between York and Selby, allowing a more frequent timetable to be introduced.Owner Owen Thorpe says: “We already have five Solos in our fleet, and they have proven to be ideal for the rural natural of most parts of our routes. The new bus will operate on services with a weight-restricted bridge, so its light weight is perfect.”last_img read more

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first_imgBoosting spending on fixing existing transport infrastructure and on local schemes is the best practical way of helping the UK economy now, according to a briefing from Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).Following comments by Chancellor Philip Hammond about the need for an infrastructure boost in the upcoming Autumn Statement (23 November), the briefing uses evidence from the UK and the US to argue that a ‘fix it first’ approach on transport spending would better serve the economy than the big projects usually favoured by politicians and commentators.CBT maintains that the current focus on a few large scale infrastructure projects that require huge capital commitments and take a long time to plan and deliver actually offers a very slow return on proposed investment and, at least in some cases, are of direct benefit to only a limited number of people.A ‘fix it first’ approach would not only provide better value for money and produce results quicker, it would also chime strongly with the public, whose primary experience of transport is of poorly maintained local roads and declining bus services.Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of CBT, says: “We want to see a shift in government policy so that new infrastructure spending focuses on fixing what we already have, especially local roads and railways, and on smaller individual projects or packages of schemes to upgrade local transport and improve local transport services.“The previous Chancellor’s focus on totemic infrastructure projects actually goes against evidence from the UK and elsewhere that shows local transport investment generates better and more timely results for the economy, employment and communities than spending on a few isolated large projects.”last_img read more

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first_imgEVM has secured sufficient Sprinters to ensure availability into Q1 2019EVM has confirmed that it will be able to deliver vehicles based on the existing Mercedes-Benz Sprinter at 5,000kg GVW into 2019, assuaging concerns that the move to the new model Sprinter may lead to chassis supply issues.“We became aware of a possible shortage in Q3 2017 and we have worked with Mercedes-Benz UK to secure sufficient chassis to see us through until February 2019,” says Director Danny McGee.EVM has stock Sprinters with both the four-cylinder and the V6 engines. Most have the 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox but a small number are manuals.They can be converted to Avantgarde, Elegance and X-Clusive minicoaches and the City Line and Community low-floor minibuses. Additionally, supply of the coachbuilt Grand Tourer is also secure into 2019, says Mr McGee.“What gives comfort in having so much current stock available with a model change pending is that the new Sprinter is more about connectivity and a frontal restyle. The basis of the vehicle is the same,” he adds.“There is no doubt that the new Sprinter will be ground-breaking, but it will also come with a price increase. That is expected to be in the region of 4-5%.”[email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgStagecoach UK Bus has chosen waste management company CSG to cleanse all oil interceptors and assets across its UK depots.Matt Smith, Stock Controller (UK Bus Division) says: “Regular interceptor cleaning is an important part of keeping our business running efficiently.”CSG has been awarded a two-year contract with the operator.Mr Smith adds: “We are pleased to be working with CSG, which also has a strong commitment to diverting waste from landfill and recovering and recycling as much as possible from the waste streams it handles. CSG’s network of treatment sites across the country are well placed to meet the needs of our extensive UK operations.”Helen Bentham, National Accounts Manager at CSG, said: “This contract was won against strong competition, and Stagecoach UK Bus is a great brand to have on board as a client.“Oil interceptors are fitted to drainage systems to protect the environment by preventing pollution from contaminants. Interceptors must be maintained, to avoid polluted liquid created through depot activities from threatening the environment and contaminating natural water resources.“Stagecoach UK Bus will depend on us for oily water removal where oil, water and silt is removed from the interceptors for treatment and disposal at one of our licensed treatment facilities for recycling.”last_img read more

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first_imgParts and glass distributor Carlyle Bus & Coach has been acquired by LPW Europe.Established in 1972, LPW Europe is a vehicle cleaning specialist. Both companies are hoping to grow through each other’s markets.West Bromwich-based Carlyle will retain its distinct brand and independence.John Turton and Neil Bottrill have both retired from Carlyle’s board.Mo Hassanyeh, previously Operations Director, has been promoted to Managing Director.The Carlyle management team has also recruited Sheila Tomkins as Purchasing Manager and Dale Leach as Glazing Manager.Mr Hassanyeh says: “I am extremely excited by the acquisition, which will now allow us to build on our growth strategy to become the customer’s first choice in the supply of vehicle parts and glass, while continually improving our service and performance levels across all divisions.”Laurie Moon, Group CEO, adds: “LPW Europe’s acquisition of Carlyle Bus & Coach provides a major growth opportunity for both of our businesses, through an extended service offering to our clients. We are excited to continue into the next chapter.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe UK’s four largest coach and bus manufacturers have each suspended production as a result of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.Alexander Dennis (ADL) and Plaxton have undertaken “an orderly idling” of manufacturing operations that will allow “a quick and efficient restart” at the group’s factories.Field engineers remain on call and ADL is “working closely with suppliers to ensure that spare parts are available as needed,” says CEO Colin Robertson. The AD24 digital aftermarket platform continues to function fully.Mellor has temporarily closed its Rochdale site, but General Manager James Vince says that normal business and aftersales support remains in place via the manufacturer’s usual contacts.Optare has suspended production at its Sherburn-in-Elmet plant. Aftersales service is subject to prioritisation, but the company says its parts supply and call centre operation is continuing.“We will make every effort to deliver on service and parts orders,” Optare says in a statement. “We will keep customers advised of any changes to this policy and our proposed return to normal operation.”Like other bus manufacturers, a pause in production by Wrightbus is in place. It will last until 20 April, but that date will be kept under review, says CEO Buta Atwal.“We understand that this is a difficult time for all concerned and we are seeking guidance from the government on the measures it will be taking to protect the UK manufacturing industry and its workforce.”last_img read more

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first_img WhatsApp Google+ Facebook WhatsApp ALDI stores issues recall for granola products Twitter Previous articleGroundbreaking for Leeper Park Improvement ProjectNext articleNotre Dame’s Brey: Transferring players need ‘deterrent’ Tommie Lee Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Twitter (“Aldi Food Market Grocery Store signs.” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) Granola is suppose to be good for you, but in this instance is could make you sick.ALDI is recalling of Specially Selected Paleo Maple Almond Granola sold at its stores, due to the potential presence of a foreign material.The recalled product comes in an 8-ounce pouch, has best-if-used-by dates of January 2020 and UPC code: 4099100040067.Customers can bring it back to the store for a full refund. So far no illnesses have been reported. IndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook By Tommie Lee – May 23, 2019 0 377 last_img read more

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first_img Google+ Elkhart announces warming centers heading into a frosty weekend Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – February 14, 2020 2 318 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Commuters braves the wind and snow in frigid weather, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Cincinnati. The extreme cold and record-breaking temperatures are crawling into a swath of states spanning from North Dakota to Missouri and into Ohio after a powerful snowstorm pounded the region earlier this week. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) With temperatures dropping as we head into the weekend, the City of Elkhart has announced that it has opened warming centers for those in need for tonight and tomorrow morning.Mayor Rod Roberson says warming centers are open at Guidance Ministries on 2nd Street, Faith Mission on Benham, and the Downtown Elkhart Public Library on South 2nd Street.Guidance Ministry says they will also be allowing food and personal hygiene services as well as shelter. Some locations will be open more frequently throughout the season and you can learn more at their locations. Facebook Google+ Facebook Pinterest Twitter Previous articleThree injured in Cass County rollover crashNext articleLimbaugh draws bipartisan criticism for Buttigieg remarks Tommie Leelast_img read more

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first_imgHis grandmother’s grandfather was Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel Tower forthe Paris exposition in 1889.This great engineer effectively established metal as an architectural material and, until 1930, the Eiffel Tower remained the tallest structure in the world. Now it is simply one of the EU’s most celebrated national monuments.But before the great engineer’s achievementcould be honoured on the latest and last French national banknote, La Banque de Francerequired permission from the president of the Association de Défence des Intérêts deGustave Eiffel.The president just happens to be Larnaudie-Eiffel. He was happy to agree, no doubt thrilled that the currency he is so actively working to consign to history will at least carry the image of his most distinguished ancestor. The 200-franc note was unveiled at a lavishlaunch ceremony in Paris – and the most important man at the event was undoubtedly Xavier Larnaudie-Eiffel, chef de cabinet to Economics Commissioner Yves-Thibault de Silguy.Larnaudie-Eiffel had to give his personal permission for the design of the new note. If he had refused, the project would have been scrapped.Such is the power of the Commission in therun-up to the single currency, you might think – but the chef’s pivotal role had nothing to do with his job and everything to do with his family tree.last_img read more

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