Bus travel

  1. The wheelchair warriors

    Poster for Wanda Barbara (copyright David Hevey)

    Thirty years ago it was not illegal to discriminate against disabled people in many areas of everyday life.

    Back then, few buses were accessible and wheelchair users had to give several days’ notice to travel by train. Even then, they were put in the guard’s van because of lack of space in the carriages.

    A group of activists took to the streets to fight for civil rights - and they were determined to get noticed.

    Read their story here.

  2. Bus firm issues more than 3,000 over-65s passes

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    More than 3,000 bus passes for islanders over 65 have already been issued in Guernsey.

    The CT Plus passes, launched last month, are part of work to standardise the type of identification used.

    These passes entitle holders to free bus travel, except on the late services Friday and Saturday nights.

    While islanders aged 65 and over can travel for free without such a pass at the moment, from January they will become the only valid identification for free bus rides.

  3. Video content

    Video caption: Hampshire motorway closed after bus fire

    The M27 motorway had to be closed when a double-decker bus caught fire.

  4. When we could all go on a summer holiday

    Mention a trip round Europe on double-decker bus and the response you get will depend on the age of the person you're talking to.

    If they're older rather than younger they'll probably start humming the theme tune to the 1963 Cliff Richard classic Summer Holiday.

    There's a middle band who watched repeats with their parents back in the day when children didn't have whole dedicated channels and any telly was good telly.

    But imagine if it was real, this madcap trip with the singing, the dancing and the occasional perilous Yugoslavian mountain track?

    Meet the friends who did it.

    The original group of friends
  5. Bus tickets to be transferable between journeys

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Bus users will be able to take more than one Jersey bus for the cost of a single ticket from January, following a decision in the States.

    Liberty Bus currently offers transfer tickets - which allow passengers to get on a different bus to continue their journey. For example, anyone travelling from St Ouen's Bay to Gorey can do it for less than the price of two single fares.

    But Deputy Montfort Tadier argued his fellow passengers should be able to travel from one stop on the bus network to another for the cost of a single ticket - even if they had to make a change.

  6. Bus drivers to be balloted for industrial action

    Metroline bus driver

    Bus drivers in London are to be balloted on industrial action in a dispute over being asked to sign-on for work remotely.

    Members of Unite employed by Metroline will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of action.

    Unite said remote sign-on means drivers do not report to a depot to start work but meet their bus at an alternative location such as a bus stop.

    Metroline said it was "disappointed" Unite was preparing a formal ballot without completing the consultation period and that it categorically rejected allegations it could negatively impact safety.

    Unite regional officer Mary Summers said: "Metroline has failed to understand the anger among our members about its proposals to introduce remote sign-on.

    "This is a huge slap in the face to drivers who lost colleagues during the pandemic but who still in the spirit of public service continued to ensure key workers got to work.

    "There is also absolutely no advantage to passengers in this system, and in fact it builds in the potential for service disruption."

    A Metroline spokesperson said: "Remote sign-on is suitable for very few duties and on a minority of routes, meaning only a handful of drivers are able to benefit.

    "We have been very clear throughout the consultation that we will only introduce remote sign on where there are suitable driver facilities including toilets, hot and cold water, and where possible, canteens.

    "We have sought to work very closely with Unite throughout the pandemic, a time during which many drivers chose to sign on remotely because it encourages social distancing.

    "Our risk assessment shows there is no evidence of increased risk of exposure to Covid-19. Instead, remote sign on clearly helps promote social distancing and we believe drivers will additionally benefit from improved work life balance and importantly, reduced fatigue. We remain open to further discussions with Unite.”

  7. Video content

    Video caption: Eyewitness describes moment school bus hits bridge

    A schoolgirl describes the moment three children were serious injured when their bus hit a bridge.