No increase in Postal charges despite Royal Mail increase
The Royal Mail has announced today (February 28th 2014) its postal rates from the end of March 2014.
We are pleased to advise that following the recent reduction in postal rates for books ordered through LEYTR there are no plans to increase our postal rates as a result of this latest Royal Mail increase.
We will continue to send out all books in a protective polythene or foil mailing envelope giving protection whilst in transit.
East Midlands Trains gets 'Gold' in Rail Business Awards for Customer Information and Service Excellence
There is never a good time to close the railway and undertake major engineering works, especially if that work means disruption over many weeks. But that is what East Midlands Trains (EMT) had to plan for last summer when major trackwork and resignalling, as well as station works took place at Nottingham station.
EMT did its planning over a long period and gave its customers advance information on the works and how it would affect train services. In a first for the rail industry it even reduced fares on routes affected.
With a dedicated website and Twitter feed customers were kept fully informed of how their journey would be affected, and regular briefings were also held for staff.
The result was that the majority of customers had a seamless journey experience, even though they had to use a rail replacement coach for part of the journey.
EMT's customer-focused approach meant that it was rewarded with the Customer Information and Service Excellence Award at the Rail Business Awards held in London on February 27th.
So well done to East Midlands Trains. Steven Knight Media is pleased for EMT as it is a well-deserved award, but is also pleased to have played its own part - it helped EMT produce a well-polished and strong awards entry.
New coaches for Stagecoach Cambridge-Oxford X5 service due next year
Stagecoach has confirmed to Steven Knight Media that it plans to replace the coaches currently used on its' X5 next year.
Replacement of the 17 coaches used on the route which links Cambridge with Oxford via Bedford, Milton Keynes and Bedford had been expected this year following route trials with a number of vehicle types last year, but Andy Campbell, Managing Director of Stagecoach East told Steven Knight Media that "We have not yet mad a decision on future vehicle type but we are aiming to replace the existing vehicles in 2015."
His comments came just days after further trials had been carried out using a Megabus Interdeck vehicle. It is understood that there are issues to be resolved around Bicester and at Gloucester Green Bus Station in Oxford if longer vehicles are used.
Where to buy your Steven Knight Media books
Over the last few months we have been expanding the outlets where you can but books published by Steven Knight Media
Besides the arrangement we have with the Lincolnshire & East Yorkshire Transport Review the full range of books are now stocked from MDS Book Sales and selected titles are also available from Ian Allan Bookshops in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
All titles are also available from Here to There Publishing.
Our latest Fleet Handbook covering the Stagecoach Yorkshire fleet is now with the printers and copies should be available from 28th February 2014.
Work is now turning to the Second Edition of our Stagecoach Midlands Fleet Handbook which will is being scheduled for publication in May 2014. The Stagecoach Midlands book has been one of our more popular Fleet Handbooks and since publication of the First Edition last year the company has invested heavily in new vehicles for it local bus and Megabus operations.
Next in line for a new edition is our East Yorkshire Motor Services book, which will be published in August 2014 to coincide with the Company's Big Bus Day charity event.
Due later in the year will be a Stagecoach Oxford Fleet Handbook. Publication date for this book is still to be decided.
We are also working on a new Midland Red photo album. 'More Midland Red Memories' will include many unseen images from Coventry-based transport photographer Ken Crawley. We don't have a publication date for this yet.
Delaine Atlantean for Fenland event
Stagecoach supports Fenland Vintage Vehicle event on Saturday 17th May 2013
Stagecoach's East and Midlands businesses have agreed to make their 'heritage' 1966 Bristol FLF buses available for the Fenland Vintage Vehicle event at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire on Saturday 17th May 2014.
Both buses will be used on the free shuttle services during the day, giving visitors a rare opportunity to ride on vintage buses.
The Open Top FLF (JAH552D) will, subject to weather, be used on two return trips from Whittlesey to Thorney, whilst JAH553D will operate a return trip from Whittlesey to Thorney and also a return trip from Whittlesey to Three Horseshoes.
Full details of the event, organised by Eastern Bus Enthusiasts can be found at http://easternbusgroup.weebly.com/fenlandrally.html
LoveYourX says Stagecoach
Stagecoach in Hull has re-launched its express service linking Hull with Goole and Leeds. The X62 service is now operated by refurbished coaches with onboard Wi-Fi and leather seats. These coaches have replaced double deck vehicles on the route.
The LoveYourX branding is supported with a dedicated website at www.loveyourx.co.uk which was launched on Valentines Day!
'On the buses' family day for Coventry on March 30th 2014
A special event to celebrate the centenary of the start of motorbus services in Coventry is being held outside the Coventry Transport Museum in Millennium Place on Sunday March 30th 2014 between 10am and 4pm.
More than a dozen buses will be on display and organisers say that some will be giving bus rides on special routes around the City.
It is also 40 years on March 31st since the last Coventry Transport bus operated in the City. On April 1st 1974 the West Midlands PTE took over operations and the familiar red and cream Coventry bus livery was replaced with the PTE's blue and cream.
Steven Knight is a Transport Specialist who has over 40 years experience in the bus and rail industries as well as in specialist transport journalism. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.