Who will be winners?

first_imgTickets for coach awards already in short supply as glittering presentation draws near.The results of the hotly contested National Coach Tourism Awards are eagerly awaited and tickets for the glittering presentation are now in short supply, with only six weeks until the event. Having completed their deliberations, the judging panel has announced the shortlisted finalists – but the names of the winners will remain a closely guarded secret until the awards evening itself on Wednesday 16 March. But now, the names of the finalists of the 2016 National Coach Tourism Awards – the only national awards scheme to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across the coach tourism sector – have been announced. Full details are on the website. The winners will be revealed during the sparkling ceremony at the Vox, part of Resorts World Birmingham at the NEC. This year’s judges had to choose from a record number of high-calibre entries, with almost 200 coach tour operators, destinations, visitor attractions, hotels, and tourism industry suppliers competing across 19 specialist categories representing the best in group coach travel. The prestigious awards – now in its 11th year – take place on the first evening of the British Tourism & Travel Show, being held in Hall 8 of the NEC on Wednesday/Thursday 16-17 March. The awards are staged by routeone sister title Coach Monthly. Guests will enjoy a full night out, including a complimentary drinks reception, three-course meal with wine, household name presenter for the awards and entertainment – alongside the event’s renowned networking opportunities. Tickets – which are selling very fast – are 112 each or 1,120 for a table of 10.For details of the finalists and to buy tickets, go to www.ncta.co.uklast_img read more

Lucketts gears up for growth with appointment

first_imgLucketts has appointed Tony Lawman as a new Managing Director to spearhead the company’s next phase of expansion.Tony Lawman: Lucketts’ new Managing DirectorTony joined the Fareham-based company earlier this year as Finance Director with a view to taking the helm of Lucketts.His experience includes 23 years in the army working in logistics and transport. He also worked in finance and is a chartered management accountant and has worked for companies including Pitney Bowes and the Langmead Group in West Sussex.Owners Ian Luckett and Steve Luckett will still play an active role in the company but feel that now is the right time to bring in Tony to guide the firm through its next growth phase.Ian says: “We will still be very closely involved in the business while Tony’s expertise will be vital in identifying new opportunities for us.”Adds Tony: “I’m thrilled to be taking over as Managing Director at such an exciting time for the firm.“The family’s plans to keep growing gives me the perfect opportunity to match my operations expertise with their experience of the coach industry to build a stronger company for the future.”last_img read more

‘Star’ Reading Buses driver gets award

first_imgA Reading Buses driver has been awarded ‘Star of the Month’ after a regular commuter wrote to the operator praising him.Alan Jones has won a ‘Star of the Month’ award following praise from a commuterAlan Jones, 42, has worked for the company for just under 14 years.Says Caroline Anscombe, Reading Buses HR Director: “Alan is a fantastic example of how to give great customer service which is something on which we pride ourselves.“We employ a mystery traveller company to help improve our on-board experience and Alan always excels and is regularly given high scores.”last_img read more

Bath and NE Somerset Council’s four Tucana IIs

first_imgBANES’ four Mellor Tucana IIs are fully accessible to wheelchair usersBath and North East Somerset Council has updated it fleet with four Volkswagen T6s with Tucana II bodywork, supplied by Mellor Coachcraft (01706 860610).They carry up to 14 seated passenger or four wheelchair users. Each has a sliding side door and a wide rear opening to provide access via a fold-out ramp.The Phoenix Blenheim Shuffle seats have all-age belts and Webasto climate control is fitted.“The Tucana II meets our needs and our track record with Mellor meant that we had no hesitation in placing this order,” says a council spokesperson.last_img read more

New Transdev Directors named; road map for future growth revealed

first_imgVitto Pizzuti is promoted to Operations Director, based in Harrogate, while Paul Turner is promoted to Commercial Director position based in BurnleyTransdev has promoted two new Directors, Vitto Pizzuti and Paul Turner, as the operator announces a road map for future growth following the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.Vitto takes up the position of Operations Director in Harrogate, while Paul takes on the role of Commercial Director based in Burnley.Both men started as bus drivers early in their transport careers.Vitto joined as a driver for Trentbarton in 2004, where he soon rose to become General Manager at the company’s Sutton depot. He became Operations Manager at Trentbarton’s Nottingham depot in 2016, and joined Transdev as Head of Delivery in June 2018.Paul meanwhile brings experience from a 12-year career with passenger transport consultancy the TAS Partnership, where he worked to improve leading bus and light rail groups. After time spent at First Yorkshire he moved to become Head of Commercial Development at Transdev in 2018.Vitto will help oversee a ‘digital transformation’ of Transdev’s engineering function. Called ‘Power Up’, a full-fleet digital management system is being introduced starting in Harrogate and spreading across the company. It will give Transdev engineers the ability to carry out vehicle inspections electronically for the first time, Vitto says, with data being fed into its parts stores and finance colleagues. It will allow operations teams to see what buses are available at a glance, and speed up the flow of information back to engineers for more efficient maintenance.He adds that Transdev is investing in driver training and welfare facilities, and is preparing to launch new buses for York City Sightseeing, Witchway Burnley and Manchester as well as Cityzap, between Leeds and York.In the meantime, Paul will be working to attract customers back to buses as demand for travel returns. “We’re already working with key destinations to explain how we can help with their return in the next few months. It’s not just about promoting our product – we now blend that with reassurance about safety and hygiene through our ‘Clean, Safe, Ready to Go’ campaigns.Transdev continues to develop its dialogue with customers, informed through its regular ‘Talk Shop’ briefings. Eight or nine new schedules have been produced in the last few months, Paul says, led by data and trends. July will see the next set of changes introduced.CEO Alex Hornby welcomed the promotions. He says: “Vitto and Paul are among the very best at what they do. Our operational and commercial functions – and the teams who support them – are in great hands, and I am very much looking forward to continuing to develop our visionary and customer-led business with our many amazing colleagues throughout our company.”last_img read more

EPM Insights platform rolled out at Reading Buses

first_imgReading Buses has worked with transport management systems specialist EPM Bus Solutions to develop and introduce a new business data insight solution called EPM Insights.The platform provides bus operators with customised management information and it has enabled Reading Buses to move from the manual collection of data to the automated production of key business performance metrics.EPM Bus Solutions Software Director Nick Brookes says the system delivers dynamic ‘drill down’ reporting from within existing platforms. That provides Reading Buses “with the tools to deep dive into its data and explore the reasons behind performance.”Adds Reading Buses CEO Robert Williams: “We have traditionally invested lots of time collating static dashboard and KPIs manually. EPM Insights has provided us with one platform combining data from across the organisation, including operational, commercial and engineering departments, to give the management team actionable information.“The solution quickly surfaces business performance issues in real time and it identifies the key areas on which to focus management attention, thereby providing more time to put in place the required interventions and strategies. That has supported the improvement of Reading Buses’ profitability and efficiency.”EPM Bus Solutions notes that the EPM Insights product is particularly relevant currently as operators react to changes in social and work patterns and their impact on bus services.EPM Insights website.last_img read more

Activists rally in South Bend

first_img Twitter Pinterest Facebook Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter IndianaLocalSouth Bend Market (Source: http://bit.ly/2dYj3XD License: http://bit.ly/2bBCs4m) A rally on Saturday in downtown South Bend raised chants of “Black Lives Matter” and called for unity and police reform in the city while sending a message to Mayor Pete Buttigieg.Activists, some local and some not, shared their own experiences with police brutality and read a list of demands that they hope will inspire change in the wake of the recent fatal officer-involved shooting of Eric Logan.Protesters carried signs that said “Justice for Eric Logan” and “Do The Right Thing Pete.”The protest began at the John R Hunt Plaza and participants then marched to the County City Building. One organizer said another event is being planned at the County City Building on August 3rd. Pinterest By Tommie Lee – July 15, 2019 1 287 Activists rally in South Bend Google+ Google+ Previous articleReport: Indiana’s college graduation rates are on the riseNext articleElkhart man with a history of robbery gets 47 years for latest spree Tommie Leelast_img read more

Lawsuit against Indiana university given class action status

first_img Pinterest By Associated Press – January 16, 2020 0 308 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleIndiana panel backs higher fines for underaged tobacco salesNext articleButtigieg decision on police chief shadows presidential run Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Lawsuit against Indiana university given class action status IndianaNews Pinterest (Photo supplied/Indiana University) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging an Indiana university breached its contract by provided substandard living assignments to thousands of students staying in residential halls where mold was found.Circuit Court Judge Holly Harvey’s Monday ruling comes as Indiana University’s residence centers Foster and McNutt are being renovated, where mold was a problem during the 2018-19 school year.Those projects made more than 2,000 beds unavailable at the residence halls forcing students to live off campus.The Herald Times reports that despite efforts to clean up the mold, university officials agreed that only a full-scale renovation of the residence centers would eliminate it.last_img read more

Up, up and away

first_imgEurope’s airspace is also woefully unprepared for the boom. Despite plans put in place a decade ago to unite Europe’s fragmented airspace, the EU remains split into 27 separate authorities, obliging aircraft to follow bizarre, inefficient routes to avoid paying usage fees. Member states have fiercely resisted the directive that required them to combine their airspace. Airlines have complained vociferously that the lack of forward thinking for both airspace and airports has left them in limbo. Today, out of the EU’s top 14 airports, only two have sufficient capacity to meet day-long demand. Emissions reduction is another area of serious uncertainty. Nations committed themselves through the Kyoto Protocol to the idea of cutting aircraft emissions even in the face of projected growth in the 1990s, but so far no global solution has been agreed. The on-again-off-again regulation of emissions through the EU emissions trading scheme, now caught in intense diplomatic wrangling, has created confusion and uncertainty. There are those who say that the growth of the aviation industry should be deplored rather than welcomed. Cheap flights and increasing emissions are bad news for the climate, say environmental campaigners, and the EU should instead be focusing on getting people out of planes and onto rail. But the industry insists that new technologies and practices can counteract the increased emissions and noise inherent in air travel expansion. Along with the rest of the economy, the aviation sector experienced its share of trouble over the past few years. Passenger numbers were up 2.4% in 2012 – a positive signal for the industry. However, with clouds of uncertainty involving air traffic, emissions restrictions and liberalisation, the sector finds itself with anything but clear skies ahead. Aviation is, arguably, the transport sector most affected by European Union law – naturally enough, given its international dimension. From safety regulations to airport ownership, passenger rights to emissions reduction, aviation is in many ways beyond the scope of individual national governments. Today the EU has one of the most competitive and dynamic air travel markets in the world – and also one of the cheapest. This is in large part because of the progressive waves of liberalisation in the sector begun in the 1990s. The EU hosts 253 commercial airlines landing at 402 EU airports with scheduled flights. The sector as a whole employs more than three million people in the EU and contributes more than €140 billion to EU gross domestic product, according to the European Commission. But all is not straighforward for aviation in Europe. The sector could become a victim of its own success. According to Eurocontrol, a European umbrella organisation of national air traffic managers, by 2030 demand for air travel is forecast to be up to 2.9 times the level in 2007. Despite this expected growth, there are virtually no plans to expand EU airport infrastructure. Currently, there are only four new airports scheduled to open between now and 2030. Compare this with China, which is planning 78 new airports by 2020. last_img read more

EIB boosts SMEs in South Africa

first_imgThe loan – which will be operated by the state-run Industrial Development Corporation – will target ‘high value added’ projects in the manufacturing, agro-industry, tourism and mining sectors.The latest loans are part of a €825 package targeting South African projects between 2000 and 2006. Between 1995 and 2000, the bank invested €675 million in the country.last_img