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Decision to pedestrianise busy Oxford street referred

Artist impression of the Westgate Centre Credit: Oxford City Council

A decision over plans to pedestrianise one of Oxford's busiest streets has been referred to the Department for Transport.

Oxford City Council say they want to ban buses from using Queen Street when the Westgate development opens in October.

Both the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach upheld their objections to the plans at a meeting this afternoon.

They say it will have a 'long-term negative effect' on the city.

Teenage bus enthusiast runs bus depot for the day

A teenage bus enthusiast from Rochester has had the chance to run his local bus depot for the day after sharing a selfie of himself painted with the bus company's colours.

Jenna Verdicchio has his story.

Jenna spoke to bus enthusiast, Conner Hughes, and General Manager of Arriva, Nick Elsden.

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All aboard the nation's first 'solar powered buses'

It's a first not just for Brighton, but for the country. Two electric buses - powered by solar energy - have arrived in the city and are about to pick up passengers day and night.

They're completely carbon neutral and they hope to lead the charge in a revolution in sustainable transport.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Norman Baker, Tom Druitt and Julia Fry.

Dorset bus drivers are due to strike on Monday

Emergency timetables are in place Credit: ITV

More than 100 bus drivers in Dorset are due to go on strike on Monday in a row over pay. Drivers working for First Dorset in Weymouth and Bridport are starting their eighth week of action. Emergency timetables have been put in place for services, and the company says it will minimise disruption for passengers.

Town's gas buses will be a world first

Martijn Gilbert, Reading Buses' CEO, signs official order for Scania gas double deckers with Mark Oliver, UK Bus & Coach Fleet Sales General Manager for Scania (GB) Ltd Credit: Reading Buses

Reading Buses are set to be the first bus company in the world running double decker buses powered by Compressed Natural Gas from a bio-methane source.

The new buses will be a welcome addition to the company's fleet of 34 single deck Scania gas buses. The five new double-deckers cost around £1.3 million and Reading Buses' Chief Executive Officer, Martijn Gilbert, says the fuel has proven both cost viable and reliable.

For passengers, the buses will have the latest Reading Buses interior including comfortable high back seating, USB charging sockets for mobile phones and tablets, free superfast 4G wi-fi and next stop audio and visual customer information systems.

Our gas buses are consistently high performers in terms of both reliability and customer appeal with considerably quieter and greener engines than conventional diesel vehicles.

We were the first UK operator of Scania’s gas single deck buses and our experience of these has proven the economic case to add more such vehicles within our existing depot infrastructure and come back three years later with yet another major order that is again a ‘first’ for gas buses.”

– John Bickerton, Chief Engineer, Reading Buses

Passengers impressed with bus service

Passengers rated Reading Buses' service highly Credit: Reading Buses

A Berkshire bus company has reached the top five in a passenger survey.

Almost one thousand people were questioned by Transport Focus, the independent transport users watchdog.

Reading Buses gained a satisfaction score of ninety three per cent - well above the national average.

The rise in our overall satisfaction score reflects our commitment to continually improving our services and growing customer numbers. This is achieved through an unrelenting focus on the needs of our customers and is backed up with ongoing investing in the latest technology and facilities both on and off our buses."

– Martijn Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer, Reading Buses

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Man clings to back of bus for free ride home

This man was photographed clinging to the back of a bus in Bournemouth Credit: @ry4njd

A man has been photographed catching a free ride home by clinging to the back of a bus in Bournemouth.

The passenger was spotted holding on to the back of the yellow bus as it made its way through the busy city centre on Monday.

A spokesperson for the Yellow Buses company said the behaviour of the man is "astonishingly stupid, not to mention illegal."

The company is urging anyone who sees such anti-social behaviour to call and alert the police.

Arriva bus drivers strike in Medway

Bus passengers in Medway have had to make their own way to school, work or the shops today, as more than two hundred Arriva drivers went on strike in a row over timetable changes. The company worked out the new timetable this summer, but forgot that it was the school holidays. When pupils returned to school, the traffic increased drastically and drivers couldn't keep up. Arriva bosses have apologised. But as Andrea Thomas reports, the unions are accusing them of sheer incompetence. She spoke to Dave Weeks from Unite the union and Simon Baxter from Arriva.

Bus drivers on strike in row over timetables

The bus drivers are unhappy about new timetables Credit: ITV

Arriva bus drivers in Medway have gone on strike today in a dispute over timetables.

Last month around 210 Arriva drivers were balloted on whether to take industrial action. Their union, Unite, says the timetables are “unachievable and unsafe”.

The strike runs from 0500 today until 0500 on Saturday. There will be another strike from 0500 Monday to 0500 on Tuesday.

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