Bus firms have paid shareholders £1.5billion in dividends in the past 10 years, while fares have soared and services have been axed. Fares have gone up 55% on average since 2008, far outstripping pay growth. Some passengers have even been hit by increases of 100% and bus use is at a 12-year low. Arriva, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead, National Express and Stagecoach carry 70% of all bus passengers and have paid an average £149million a year in dividends in the past 10 years. The most recent company records show they paid out dividends amounting to £48,077,200 from profits in the South East, £23,521,200 in the North East, £18,460,700 in the North West, £13,767,700 in the Midlands and £27,309,700 in London. Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald said: “Our bus networks are being bled dry by greedy private operators. Labour will bring buses under public control and ownership in order to reverse bus cuts rather than fill the pockets of shareholders. … [Read more...] about Bus firms pay fat cats £1.5billion
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2Bus routes are disappearing almost as fast as railways in the 1960s under the Beeching cuts. They are already at levels not seen since the 1980s, leaving many people isolated and cut off from towns and cities. And the dire situation could get worse with even more routes under threat as Tory cuts bite deeper into town hall budgets. Public transport campaigners and Mirror readers say people are being left unable to reach their doctors’ surgeries and shops. In the 1960s, thousands of miles of track were scrapped and hundreds of stations closed after a report by British Railways boss Dr Richard Beeching. It could be the same for bus routes. Chris Todd, of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “We are not talking a loss of that level but we are heading that way.” The UK bus network has shrunk by 8% in a decade. That equates to 134 million fewer miles, the equivalent of more than 5,000 trips around the equator. Department for Transport figures also paint a grim picture, … [Read more...] about Grim state of UK’s bus routes revealed as figures point to 28-year low
CONOR McGregor has been hailed as a hero of the sport who has taken mixed martial arts to the next level. But "The Notorious" is charged with assault after attacking rivals at a UFC event, and is due to appear in court this week to answer the case. The incidecent has called his career into question - here's what we know about the lapsed superstar. Who is Conor McGregor, who's his girlfriend and what is his net worth? The 30-year-old is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion and a former featherweight champ. The Irishman, from Crumlin in Dublin, has been active since 2008 but turned pro in 2017. He has been with his girlfriend Dee Devlin, since 2008, and their first son was born on May 5, 2017. In 2017, McGregor announced he would take time off from the UFC to wait for the birth of his first child. He has been crowned at the top of his game in both featherweight and now lightweight categories, but was stripped of his lightweight champion on … [Read more...] about What is Conor McGregor’s net worth and when is he due in court over the bus attack?
Concerts, stage shows, exhibitions and stand-up comedy gigs across Sussex FRIDAY, JUNE 29COMEDYKRATER COMEDY CLUB: Until Dec 24, 7pm/8pm/10.30pm, £5-£36.50, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, 0845 293 8480.COMMUNITYFLOWER AND CRAFT FESTIVAL: St. Mary’s Church, Sullington, June 29-July 1. ‘A Gardener’s World’, 10am-6pm daily. A spectacular flower display, children’s activities, arts and craft stalls, a fabulous plant stall, meet the sheep, all day refreshments, folk singing workshops, wandering minstrels, Sounds and Sweet Airs church concert. Info: 01903 745754. FREE NHS HEALTH CHECKS: For 40-74 year olds living in East Sussex at the Phoenix Centre. Call 0300 303 3624 to book an appointment.LEWES RIVERSIDE CLUB: Beetle Drive, 2pm, St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe, Lewes.WALK: Meet 11am, Barns Green village car park (enter over yellow hatched lines outside the Village Hall) RH13 0PT. Two-mile HDC Health walk, mostly flat, mainly on firm … [Read more...] about ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS: Friday, June 29, to Thursday, July 5
0 Comments Three injured after collision involving bus and tram BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A bus driver has been taken to hospital and two other people injured after a collision involving a tram near Edinburgh Airport. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/three-injured-after-collision-involving-bus-and-tram-37008205.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37008202.ece/ee63e/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_e4ad306b-2a90-428b-9c69-09ecc00bf77a_1 Email A bus driver has been taken to hospital and two other people injured after a collision involving a tram near Edinburgh Airport. The tram derailed following the crash which happened on Eastfield Avenue at about 5.30pm on Wednesday. The driver and ticket conductor from the tram were treated at the scene by paramedics and their injuries are not thought to be serious, while the six passengers on board are not believed to have been injured. There were no passengers on the bus, which is used to transport passengers between … [Read more...] about Three injured after collision involving bus and tram