National Bus & Coach Operations
#81
RE: National Bus & Coach Operations
A number of changes taking place at the end of June on Megabus:

M12
The amount of Saturday northbound journeys is cut from the current 3 journeys to just 2 - the overnight departure, and what is currently the 1500 from London which will run 2 hours earlier than now (leaving Sheffield Meadowhall at 1640) until Wolley Edge then from Leeds it runs an amazing 2 hours 15 minutes earlier, Middlesbrough arrival at 1845 (presently 2110). Sunday, the duplicate remains albeit duping a run that is 3 hours in front of it. Monday to Thursday there are now 4 northbound journeys with the addition of a 0800 from London (1140 at Meadowhall, 1215 from Leeds) - the mid afternoon 1500 departure departs from London at 1300 arriving in Sheffield at 1710.
Southbound the 0620 from Newcastle (Monday to Friday - 0640 on weekends) will run earlier as well (Middlesbrough departure time is now 0720 all week).

M12A
Withdrawn

M34/M35/M36 plus NEW M33
Recast Cross-Country timetables - some journeys being re-routed to serve Sheffield rather than Manchester.
Combined with M12/M20, there will be a 2 hourly Newcastle to Leeds service on Megabus.

#82
RE: National Bus & Coach Operations
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44312684

As discussed at length on other forums, First Group has this week posted a £326 million loss this week. The major losses have been pinned on Greyhound in the USA, as well as 'toxic' rail franchises in the UK. The new interim chief exec has since announced they will be looking to sell all or part of the business.

Not much has been said of UK bus, which is apparently just about on a even keel. While big changes high up don't necessarily have a huge impact on the ground for UK bus operations, I personally feel the next 18 months or so will see big changes in the bus scene regarding First. First have been retrenching operations for 3-4 years now, with Clacton in Essex being just announced as the latest operation to close. If First Group need to raise funds, I think marginal bus operations will be the easy target to sell.

Manchester could be an interesting one to watch. First in particular have been withholding investment for a while now, with depot closures to boot. Meanwhile Rotala & Transdev have crept into the periphery of the region, with first already surrendering commercial territory to them in Bolton & Rochdale. It's still unclear if bus franchising is going to go ahead in Manchester, but if it's going to happen anywhere it'll be there. There's obvious growing discontent with private operation of public transport in the region with the ongoing Northern fiasco. Where privatising the rail franchise may prove too complicated legally, financially and politically; I can see bus franchising sped up by Andy Burnham to at least appear like he's doing something about the situation. If/when it goes ahead, First will be the big losers. As well as their bigger overheads, their brand is toxic in Manchester and I can't see the them holding public contracts as winning favour, they certainly weren't popular locally when they briefly won the WCML a few years ago.

#83
RE: National Bus & Coach Operations
(01 Jun 2018, 2:37 pm)James101 Wrote: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44312684

As discussed at length on other forums, First Group has this week posted a £326 million loss this week. The major losses have been pinned on Greyhound in the USA, as well as 'toxic' rail franchises in the UK. The new interim chief exec has since announced they will be looking to sell all or part of the business.

Not much has been said of UK bus, which is apparently just about on a even keel. While big changes high up don't necessarily have a huge impact on the ground for UK bus operations, I personally feel the next 18 months or so will see big changes in the bus scene regarding First. First have been retrenching operations for 3-4 years now, with Clacton in Essex being just announced as the latest operation to close. If First Group need to raise funds, I think marginal bus operations will be the easy target to sell.

Manchester could be an interesting one to watch. First in particular have been withholding investment for a while now, with depot closures to boot. Meanwhile Rotala & Transdev have crept into the periphery of the region, with first already surrendering commercial territory to them in Bolton & Rochdale. It's still unclear if bus franchising is going to go ahead in Manchester, but if it's going to happen anywhere it'll be there. There's obvious growing discontent with private operation of public transport in the region with the ongoing Northern fiasco. Where privatising the rail franchise may prove too complicated legally, financially and politically; I can see bus franchising sped up by Andy Burnham to at least appear like he's doing something about the situation. If/when it goes ahead, First will be the big losers. As well as their bigger overheads, their brand is toxic in Manchester and I can't see the them holding public contracts as winning favour, they certainly weren't popular locally when they briefly won the WCML a few years ago.

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However, the TransPennine Express franchise was loss-making and the group was providing for losses of up to £106.3m over the remaining life of the contract
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Genuinely amazed at that figure for TPX.
Particularly as they won the franchise in the last lot of contract bids and will have had all the figures, stats in front of them.
What on earth has happened?
'Illegitimis non carborundum'

#84
RE: National Bus & Coach Operations
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#85
RE: National Bus & Coach Operations
Megabus

Delivery has commenced on the latest batch of Elite I-bodied Volvo B11RTs - these are set to replace the original batch on Megabus work from Rugby depot.

Of the original batch, 54202 has been repainted and is presently running in plain Megabus Blue with just front 'Megabus.com' logos. It is rumoured to be joining the MegabusPlus fleet - replacing one of the B12BTs on the Barnsley-worked turns. At present however, these turns have been sub-let to Stotts of Milnsbridge - along with the 3 coaches (54052/77/79).

#86
RE: National Bus & Coach Operations
Specialist Leisure Group have gone into administration, this includes big names like National Holidays and Shearings.

#87
RE: National Bus & Coach Operations
(22 May 2020, 5:02 pm)pbjd Wrote: Specialist Leisure Group have gone into administration, this includes big names like National Holidays and Shearings.

Such a shame, I was planning on going on a National Holiday once the lockdown was over.

#88
National Bus & Coach Operations
Wasn’t Stagecoach interested in purchasing National Holidays a few years back?.


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