Phil Bateman has left his long-serving CPT position as Manager for the West Midlands to spend more time in his day-to-day role as councillor for Wednesfield North.Phil joined CPT in 2008 after 20 years at Travel West Midlands (National Express).Phil’s long and distinguished career in the industry was formally recognised in 2004 when he was awarded the MBE for services to transport in the West Midlands. In 2005/06 he was elected Mayor of Wolverhampton.Replacing Phil and taking up the role of Manager for both the East and West Midlands regions at the beginning of August is David Warrilow, former Sales Manager at CPT supplier member EvoBus UK.Phil Bateman leaves the postion of CPT West Midlands Manager after 20 yearsChris Dudley, Chairman of CPT West Midlands region says: “On behalf of all CPT members in the West Midlands, I would like to thank Phil for all his efforts and hard work in the region over the past eight years. We have a come a long way in a short space of time.”“Phil has been an extremely supportive and knowledgeable colleague who has campaigned tirelessly for the good of coaches and buses, championing and raising awareness of our industry at every given opportunity.”“His ability to gain support and interest in our causes and to get key industry stakeholders onside is second to none.”Adds Chris: “I would like to wish Phil all the best for the future and I know that the people of Wednesfield North will be very well served.”Peter Gomersall, CPT Deputy CEO, adds: “Phil has been an incredibly important asset to CPT, both in the West Midlands and nationally, and working with him over the past 8 years has been a real pleasure.”“I am also delighted that David Warrilow has agreed to join the CPT team in the East and West Midlands regions. His knowledge and understanding of the day-to-day issues currently facing operators, backed up by over 30 years industry experience, means he is perfectly placed to continue where Phil has left off.Former Evobus Manager David Warrilow will take on the role from August”His existing relationships with CPT members will allow him to hit the ground running and I know he can’t wait to get started.”The next meeting of CPT’s West Midlands region is on Thursday 21 July, which will be Phil’s last official CPT engagement.
The letter from Councillor Peter Turner of Bath in last week’s routeONE was absolutely pathetic.He’s wanting to fine drivers for dropping off outside a restaurant, but the drivers aren’t there because they want to be. They don’t want to be there any more than he wants them to be there. They’re working, and that’s where they’ve been directed to be.It would be far better for Cllr Turner to work with the restaurant and coach operators to find a solution that makes everybody happy. To simply fine drivers, rather than holding a meeting and sorting it out, is appalling.John Cropley,Cropley Coaches,Boston,Lincolnshire
The Band, a new musical written by Take That and featuring their songs, will go on a tour of the UK from September, starting in ManchesterA new musical called The Band, featuring the music of Take That goes on its UK tour from 8 September.The new musical written by Take That will feature the band’s songsThe show, written by Tim Firth and Take That, will open at Manchester Opera House.Says Take That: “We are incredibly proud and excited that our first production as theatre producers is The Band – a musical that we think will touch the hearts of not just our fans, but everyone.”The musical is about five 16 year-old friends in 1992, who idolise their favourite band – fast forward 25 years later and they are women trying to fulful their dream of meeting their heroes.It will star AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, Curtis T Johns and Sario Watanabe-Soloman – the winners of the recent TV programme Let It Shine – who will play ‘the band’.Joining them will be Rachel Lumberg as Rachel and Faye Christall as Young Rachel, Emily Joyce as Heather, Alison Fitzjohn as Claire, Jayne McKenna as Zoe, Katy Clayton as Young Heather, Sarah Kate Howarth as Young Claire, Lauren Jacobs as Young Zoe, Rachelle Diedericks as Debbie, Martin Miller as Jeff and Andy Williams as Dave.The advance box office for the tour has now topped a record-breaking £10m.For full details of tour dates and venues, visit thebandmusical.com
EYMS is poised to receive 12 new Volvo/MCV double deckers, pictured at the manufacturer’s Egyptian factory, prior to delivery.The order (routeone, News, 25 January) calls for EvoSeti bodies with tables upstairs, along with free wi-fi.Along with Volvo B5TL chassis, it is a combination that the operator is already familiar with, that started with a single MCV-bodied double deck on trial two years ago.
Kinchbus will support The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal with more than a dozen of its buses wearing a poppy in the run up to Remembrance Day.Alex Kerr, General Manager at Kinchbus said “We always get a fantastic response from our team and customers when the poppies go on the buses.”Mick Wells, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Loughborough Branch and Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser, says: “We’re pleased Kinchbus is backing the Poppy Appeal.“The wearing of a poppy remembers not only the fallen but also supports a new generation of veterans and service personnel.”
I have been following your various articles regarding Sections 19 and 22 of the Transport Act and getting a little frustrated.I believe the majority of small coach companies like myself, and possibly the bigger ones, would like to know the exact rules and regulations of these two sections in the act.But I would like to know in laymen terms:Who can do what under Section 19Who can do what under Section 22Can money be taken under any of the above if for non-profit or for profit?My company has been operating since 1911. When rules and regulation came in, O-Licences etc. my father followed all legal regulations. I just remember having to have local excursion licences from West Yorkshire Road Car Company to run day excursions. I am sure that many small operators throughout this country are very much the same. And for those who know me, I call a spade a spade.I was pleased to hear a Traffic Commissioner stated that if money is changing hands then an O-Licence is required.Now everything is being “discussed” and the latest is London is getting worried about Section 19s operating tendered contracts.Someone – and I don’t care who – needs to get a grip, act tough, and get it sorted.If you take money – for profit or non-profit you need an O-Licence with everything that goes with it. No more hiding under this canopy of Sections 19 and 22.Andrew Howick,Hargreaves Coaches, Skipton
Leon Daniels has been awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours list for his services to Transport for London (TfL).Mr Daniels retired from TfL in December 2017 where he was Managing Director, Surface Transport, with responsibility for delivery of all £3.5bn of road, light rail and transport services and all major, civil engineering infrastructure projects in the capital.He is currently Head of Strategy, UK at scheduling firm Optibus.The New Year’s Honours list recognises the achievements of a wide range of people from across the United Kingdom.
Powersystems UK is part of a nationwide team that designs, installs, commissions and maintains electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure for vehicle manufacturers as well as operators.It has been appointed to design, supply, install, test and commission the EV charging infrastructure for 22 BYD ADL Enviro200EV buses for First Glasgow. Powersystems will also be installing the client’s high voltage (HV) and low voltage (LV) infrastructure.This will include HV substations, transformers, LV distribution switchgear and LV cables connecting to 80kW EV charging points.Powersystems has been engaging with and assisting other major bus and fleet operators in the UK with their grid and infrastructure requirements as the nation moves further towards decarbonised transportation.Powersystems UK has been assessed and accredited nationally by the Lloyds Register Accredited Contractor scheme to carry out grid connection services.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has written to local transport authorities (LTAs) and directors of childrens services for local authorities in England ahead of the return of schools next month.Flexibility in deciding where funding is spent means LTAs will be given discretion over where they procure additional vehicles for home-to-school and college transport.However, they will be required to nominate a dedicated individual responsible for securing additional home-to-school transport. That person must be confirmed to DfT by 28 August and their name made available to coach and bus operators in the area, as well as schools and education authorities.The letter supplements the previously issued guidance on managing capacity and demand when schools return in September to ensure the safeguarding of children when travelling to and from school.DfT confirms that LTAs will be given this flexibility to decide where funding is spent on home-to-school transport provided that ‘it supports transport to school or college for pupils of compulsory school age and students in 16-19 education’.
WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Google+ Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix set to start on Friday Twitter Photo by Elkhart Grand Prix Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/207076866574662/ The Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix is set for this coming weekend.The City of Elkhart released the following details regarding this year’s event: Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market For the last two years, the Thor Industries Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix has offered a unique opportunity to experience street racing in the heart downtown Elkhart. For the first time, in 2019, the excitement surrounding Grand Prix Weekend will soar to new levels as guests experience the event’s first-ever night race! The return of the Thor Industries Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix will kick-off Friday, August 9. Heats will begin that day at 5:00 p.m., setting the stage for a race under the stars. Competition will continue through Saturday evening with an estimated 180 karters competing in over 50 races.“To have any racing-related event, sanctioned and supported by the United States Auto Club is truly special, and to be able to offer that event free to the public speaks volumes about the event sponsors and their commitment to the vibrancy of downtown Elkhart,” said Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese. “What I particularly like about this event is that it has something for everyone, even if you are not a race fan.”The race itself is the foundation of a series of events planned throughout the downtown, including family-friendly activities, a cornhole tournament, a fireworks display, 12 food vendors, and four live concerts. All of these activities, including the races, are free and open to the public.NIBCO Park will once again be a designated kids zone for kids 12 and under, featuring a splash pad and bounce houses. On Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., kids can also enjoy free popcorn, snocones, and cotton candy!The area’s largest Cornhole Championship, presented by Premium Concrete, will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 10. Two-player teams will compete in a double elimination bracket and will continue until the champion is crowned! To date, 80 teams have signed up to compete in the $5,000 purse tournament. Registration continues at www.elkhartgp.com.Performances on the Lippert Band Stage include:Friday: DJ Stickey Boots at 6:00 p.m. and Memphis Underground at 8:00 p.m.Saturday: Starlord at 6:00 p.m. and Headliner, Clayton Anderson at 8:30 p.m.Festivities will wrap-up Saturday evening with a fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.All races will follow the same course with the start/finish line near the intersection of Waterfall Drive and High Street. The six-tenths of a mile course will start on Waterfall Drive, continue to Elkhart Avenue to NIBCO Parkway to East Jackson Boulevard and back to Waterfall Drive. Drivers will cross the Elkhart River twice per lap as they race around NIBCO Water and Ice and Kardzhali parks.This event is made possible through the cooperation of the City of Elkhart, United States Auto Club, Thor Industries, Genesis Products, Selge Construction, Premium Concrete, Lippert Components, Kem Krest, and NIBCO.See below for additional details.Pedestrian track crossingsThree pedestrian track crossings will be available, one near the start/finish line, one near Kardzhali Park, and another near Hydraulic Ale Works.Parking lot closuresBeginning Thursday, August 8 at 8:00 a.m.The following public parking lots will close to the public:· the East High Street Public Parking Lot· the Sears LotBeginning Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m.The following public parking lots will close to the public:· the Franklin Street Lot, across from the 911 Communications Center· the Civic Plaza LotStreet closuresBeginning Wednesday, August 7 at 8:00 a.m.Waterfall Drive from High Street to Franklin Street, traffic from Jackson Boulevard will still be able to turn west on High StreetBeginning Thursday, August 8 at 8:00 a.m.Waterfall Drive from Franklin Street to Jackson BoulevardBeginning Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m.NIBCO Parkway from Elkhart Avenue to East Jackson BoulevardFranklin Street from Waterfall Drive to Main StreetBeginning Friday, August 9 at 9:00 a.m.Waterfall Drive from East Street to Franklin StreetMain Street from High Street to Franklin StreetElkhart Avenue from Waterfall Drive to NIBCO ParkwayEast Jackson Boulevard from NIBCO Parkway to Waterfall DriveDespite these road closures, many businesses in the area will remain open. City staff are working to ensure customers maintain access. If you have any questions about accessing a downtown business during this time, you may contact the business directly or call Elkhart Fire Department Division Chief Kristi Sommer at 574-293-8931. All streets will remain closed through Sunday, August 11.Public parkingPublic parking will be available at the Marion Street Parking Garage and several other public lots downtown. Two-hour on-street parking will not be enforced after 5:00 p.m. on Friday nor on Saturday.A complete schedule of events can be found attached. For the latest details leading up to race weekend, visit www.facebook.com/ElkhartGrandPrix/. 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