Avensis Coach Travel goes into administration

first_imgMarchwood, Southampton-based family run operator Avensis Coach Travel has ceased trading after going into administration last week.Run by the Humby family, it operated eight coaches, and ran private hire, holidays and day trips, although its website for these had not been updated since 2012.Director Graham Humby, 63, had previously been the Transport Manager at Buddens.He set up the firm with his son Simon Humby, 37, on 1 April 2006, in a management buy-out of Buddens, leaving Simon Budden with his Phoenix Bussing band bus operation.last_img read more

Aziz Coach Service takes an UNVI Vega Sprinter

first_imgAziz Coach Service, based in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, has taken delivery of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with UNVI Vega EX bodywork, supplied by Taylor Coach Sales (01638 780010).The minicoach is built on the 516CDi base vehicle and has a 163bhp engine coupled to the 7G-Tronic gearbox and a retarder. It has 22 Politecnica seats along with a power door, air conditioning and a DVD player and a coach-style rear with a boot.It was collected by Aamir and Nasir Aziz, who along with brother Yasar run the 15-coach firm established in 1960 by Abdul Aziz.last_img read more

Garden Museum opens

first_imgThe Garden Museum opens its doors at the end of May after an 18-month, £7.5m redevelopment.The modern architecture preserves St Mary’s ancient wallsThe London attraction calls itself Britain’s only museum dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens. It is set in the ancient church of St Mary’s in Lambeth Palace Road, which has been restored, and inside architects have built a “playful, surprising” wooden structure containing seven new galleries. Outside, a new bronze extension frames a new garden by Dan Pearson.Christopher Woodward, Director, says: “Britain is often said to be ‘a nation of gardeners’ and it now has a museum of its gardening heritage. This project, supported by the National Lottery, has enabled us to put our collection on display for the first time.“It is a modern Museum in a very ancient place. But we also hope it is a happy, quiet place to just come and be.”Groups are welcome. Contact [email protected] for details.last_img read more

‘Enough is enough: The time is right to get out’

first_imgMartin Allen: Time is right to downsize to just one eight-seat minibusI sold my last 16-seat vehicle yesterday and from now on I will retain just one eight-seater that I will drive myself.At its largest, my business had 11 vehicles. Four were 16-seaters and the remainder were smaller minibuses and cars.The biggest problem is finding drivers. Why buy vehicles to have them stand in the yard because there is nobody to drive them?Then we come to uncertainty of contracts. Local authorities (LAs) do not leave sufficient time between issuing the tender and when the work begins, and they include a short-notice break clause.You can be awarded a three-year contract, but in effect it is only three months because of the break clause, and there is little recourse for an operator if the LA does something wrong during the process.How can an operator justify investing even £30,000 in a basic minibus when there is only ever three months’ certainty?Martin AllenMC Cars, Mansfieldlast_img read more

NCT honours Betty Higgins

first_imgNottingham City Transport (NCT) has named one of its new low-emission bio-gas double-deck buses after Betty Higgins, the first female Leader of Nottingham City Council, who passed away earlier this year.Elected as a City Councillor in 1971, Ms Higgins became the first female Leader of Nottingham City Council in 1983 until 1987 and then again between 1991 and 1993.While many other towns and cities sold off their bus companies, Ms Higgins had the foresight to keep NCT in public ownership, being one of only a handful of council-owned bus companies left in the country.Cllr David Mellen, Nottingham City Council Leader, says: “At a time when the rest of the country were selling municipal bus companies Betty had the strength and determination to keep NCT publicly owned. A legacy which has had a lasting impact.”last_img read more

‘World’s safest transport’ from Zeelo and Greys of Ely

first_imgZeelo has launched what it calls “the world’s safest transport offering” for employees of Amazon’s Peterborough site in partnership with award-winning operator Greys of Ely.Steps taken to secure passengers’ wellbeing include the fitment of Eco3 air filtration on coaches and the daily use of a ‘wet fogging’ system to remove 99% of air particles. Hand sanitiser will be available on board and the number of passengers carried is limited to allow social distancing.Zeelo and Greys of Ely have also introduced PPE for drivers. Use of only the centre door is permitted and a zero-contact policy is in place, along with enforced social distancing on board coaches.The service for Amazon aims to create awareness among other businesses in Cambridgeshire. The concept will then be rolled out in other regions in collaboration with smaller coach operators.In addition, an app has been created to enable social distancing and contact tracing. If a passenger informs Zeelo that they are showing symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19, other users who may have travelled with them in the past can be traced.Across the country, Zeelo now provides 100 safe routes across the country for various businesses. Its other corporate clients include Argos, Colgate, Jaguar Land Rover, Matches Fashion and Ocado.last_img read more

Old tyre ban legislation ‘should go further’, says National Express

first_imgNational Express says that legislation to be laid in the autumn that will ban the use of any tyre that is aged 10 years or more on the front axle of a coach, bus or minibus “should go further.”The ban was announced on 15 July in a government response to an earlier consultation. It will also capture the use of casings that were re-treaded 10 or more years previously, and the rear axles of minibuses where a single wheel is fitted.While it has welcomed the legislation, National Express believes that it should additionally apply to twin-wheel rear axles. It says that an outright ban of old tyres and re-treads on coaches, buses and minibuses “will significantly improve the safety standards of passenger carrying operators and reduce the risk of serious tyre-related accidents.”The group says that tyres used on its vehicles “are never more than eight years old,” and that it regularly carries out stringent safety checks on them.National Express’s calls echo the proposals initially made in the consultation, which was published by the Department for Transport (DfT) in June 2019. That document also advocated a total ban on the use of re-treaded tyres on steer axles of coaches, buses and minibuses. The government’s response to it represents a climbdown on those proposals.National Express has long supported the Tyred campaign. Tyred was founded by Frances Molloy. In 2012, her son Michael was killed in a coach crash that occurred when a tyre that was over 19 years old failed. Mrs Molloy has repeatedly called for legislation to ban the use of any tyre that is over 10 years old on PCVs.last_img read more

National Express restart prefaces major network improvements

first_imgNational Express (NX) will improve its network in 2021 with a focus on journey times, punctuality and connectivity. The operator announced that work ahead of a limited restart of its scheduled services on 29 March.NX says that it has used the “unique opportunity” given by an 11-week temporary closedown brought about by increased movement restrictions to revise its UK-wide timetable. Schedules will ramp up quickly from the initial restart, which will involve 20 routes serving 120 locations. That is the equivalent of around 15% of the standard network, the operator adds.As examples of improvements, the average journey duration between Birmingham and Manchester has been reduced by 20 minutes and the number of coaches between Leeds and Bristol will grow from four per day to 12, with a reduction in trip times on that axis of between 30 and 60 minutes. NX adds that schedules will consider a predicted strong ‘staycation’ market in 2021 by serving all major UK holiday destinations.Restart of the National Express scheduled network will get underway at 0001hrs on 29 March, when a coach will depart from Manchester bound for London. Around 200 drivers will be used on that day, the operator says.In addition to planned timetable improvements, NX has removed the booking fee for any purchases made via an NX online account and added more options for customers to claim refunds or amend journeys. Its suite of COVID-secure measures will remain in force. That includes a reduction in vehicle capacity, temperature screening of passengers before boarding and an enhanced cleaning regime.National Express UK Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy comments: “This is just the beginning of a better National Express. We have always focused on doing the right thing for customers, and by continuing to do so, we will grow back quicker and stronger.”last_img read more

Sheriff, F.O.P: St. Joseph County Police officers are due a raise

first_img Previous articlePotential new Menards location generates plenty of talkNext articleMichigan Republicans sue to block redistricting commission Tommie Lee WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – July 30, 2019 0 385 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Police Department) The St. Joseph County Police have seen surrounding departments get raises, and now they’re saying it’s their turn.Sheriff William Redman says other departments have jumped ahead of the County, and that leads to concerns about retaining the officers they have trained.The department and the F.O.P. are asking the St. Joseph County Council to consider finding room for a 4% increase in officer pay for 2020. Even then, Sheriff Redman says his officers will stay make about $5,000 less than a first-year police officer in Mishawaka. Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Twitter Sheriff, F.O.P: St. Joseph County Police officers are due a raise IndianaLocalSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

Park Service reopens Indiana beaches after cyanide spill

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Park Service reopens Indiana beaches after cyanide spill By Carl Stutsman – August 23, 2019 0 335 Previous articleThree people injured in crash after driver refuses to stop for a copNext articlePolice: Bus passenger grabs wheel, causes crash Carl Stutsman Pinterest You can barely make out Chicago if you’re at Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Mich. (Chris Light at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons) PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The National Park Service has reopened beaches in northwestern Indiana, more than a week after a spill of cyanide and ammonia from a steel factory along Lake Michigan.The agency says three consecutive days of tests have been positive, including two days with no detection of cyanide. The government says samples were taken by Indiana environmental regulators and ArcelorMittal and reviewed by independent labs.The Park Service had closed the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk beach areas at Indiana Dunes National Park. Fish were killed.ArcelorMittal says the spill occurred after its Burns Harbor mill had a failure at a blast furnace water recirculation system. Wastewater containing elevated levels of ammonia and cyanide was released in the Little Calumet River’s east branch. The company has apologized. Facebook Indiana WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Google+last_img read more