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Manchester Victoria station reopens

Hot on the heels of Birmingham New Street, Manchester’s Victoria station is the next major city transport hub to unveil its ‘new look’.

New Manchester Victoria station

Following a series of new renovations across the UK, Manchester Victoria has officially reopened this week after a £44m overhaul – which sees four new tram platforms and three new tracks.

At HATS Group and Olympic South Ltd, it’s great to see continued growth in the transport sector. The opening of the new Manchester Victoria will not only mean a more modern facilities, but it will also bring forth more services and passengers.

Unlike the new Birmingham New Street renovation – which was predominantly aesthetic – Manchester Victoria’s overhaul has introduced a number of new tracks and platforms. After five years of work, the Northern train station will see passenger numbers double in size, from 20,000 to 40,000 a day.

New one-of-a-kind roof

As well as new tracks, services and access points, the station also boasts an entirely new look, with a one-of-a-kind see-through roof.

The build of the new futuristic ‘bubble roof’ is one of the biggest of its kind ever undertaken and incorporates just under 400 panels made from EFTE – a polymer also used on Cornwall’s Eden Project.

“A symbol of opportunity”

Speaking about the new-look station, Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughin gave his thanks to those involved, saying:

“I want to congratulate everyone involved in this remarkable project. It’s fantastic to see Manchester Victoria once again a station fit for the city. It’s now a symbol of opportunity, not neglect, and proof that this one nation government is building the Northern Powerhouse.”

With plans to allow 700 extra trains to run every day by 2019 and bringing an estimated £4bn to the region’s economy, along with up to 30,000 jobs, the new-look Manchester Victoria station is set to be a complete success. But with the Christmas rush just around the corner, only time will tell.

For more about Manchester Victoria, head over to the BBC website.

And for HATS and Olympic South, feel free to visit www.HATSGroup.com today.

Until next time…

Henry Bilinski.

HATS release road safety guide

With another school year just around the corner, at the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group, we’re busy preparing our fleet of specialist drivers and vehicles ready for the new term this September.

As part of our transport network, at HATS, we help to provide SEN and mainstream home to school transport to more than twenty Local Authorities and Shires in Greater London. And as part of that service, one of our most important duties is to help keep passengers and school children as safe as possible.

School Transport

Whilst the UK’s transportation system is one of the safest in the world, at HATS we’re always looking for new ways to further improve our services and make our services as safe and reliable as possible.

In an attempt to raise awareness for both safe travel in the UK and beyond, we’ve recently started to support the #SaveKidsLives campaign coordinated by the UN Global Road Safety Collaboration. It’s a great cause which aims to put a stop to child road deaths around the world, and one I’m proud to back.

#SaveKidsLives

#SaveKidsLives calls for Governments from around the world to commit to take action at the Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia in November 2015. The campaign highlights the plight of children on the roads and aims to save lives on the roads for years to come.

‘Staying Safe’ flyer

At HATS we have recently produced a handy double-sided safety guide for school children on our services – raising awareness for #SaveKidsLives. The flyer of school bus Dos and Dont’s is designed to help make children more aware of road safety on our services when travelling to and from school.

As well as providing children with some key safety information, our new flyer also shines a light on the amazing #SaveKidsLives campaign, and how everyone can get involved.

We recommend visiting the #SaveKidsLives website where you can sign the declaration and download the signboard.

You can also view and download the safety flyer right now on the HATS website.

Underground workers threaten second tube strike on 5 August

After the chaos of the last tube strike, London underground workers are yet again threatening more disruption to services. Last time members of four trade unions staged a 24 hour strike, which crippled services across London – and now they all plan to walk out at again on August 5.

Undisruptive services at HATS

At the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group, we are well aware of the frustration and damage that such disruptions can have. Strikes such as this one heighten the responsibility that we have as a transport service to the public sector.

We understand just how important reliability in the public sector is. At HATS, the services we provide for the healthcare and education industries are built to be robust, flexible and most importantly, reliable. We realise that these strikes are not an uncommon throughout the public sector, but that makes us at HATS even more determined to power to retain services which are prompt and undisruptive.

Night service fallout

Aslef, RMT, Unite and TSSA members will all strike at 9.30pm on August 5 in a row over servicing the new Night Tube service. The unions are unhappy about pay and rosters for the new 24-hour service, which is due to start in September. All-night weekend services are set to begin on September 12 on sections of the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

Immediately after the proposal Aslef announced that its members would be striking due to the pay and conditions for the service. Soon after the other three unions followed suit, as drivers argued that they would have to work unlimited night shifts for no extra pay. Conciliation talks are due to start tomorrow and they now have three weeks to sort it out to avoid the commuter chaos which took place last week.

Effect on businesses

The tube is an essential part of many people’s lives in and around London, particularly for commuters trying to get to work. But who suffers most when disruptions hit?

The last strike caused huge delays and rush hour on the roads began even earlier as commuters tried to find alternative ways to get to work. The strike cost businesses millions of pounds as employees worked remotely and meetings were cancelled. The economy took a huge hit and if this proposed second strike goes ahead the damage to British businesses could be even greater.

For more information about the HATS Group and our range of comprehensive transport services, visit us at www.HATSGroup.co.uk.

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group/Olympic South Ltd based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.

Rail strike announced for bank holiday Monday

[Update: the TSSA and the RMT have suspended the 24-hour strike, that was set to start on Monday at 5pm. The TSSA and RMT said they received a new pay offer from Network Rail (NR) – 14:52 21st May 2015]

Working within the transport industry, at the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group and Olympic South Ltd, we’re always aware of the sensitive nature of our work and do everything in our power to retain services which are prompt and undisruptive.

Reliability at HATS

As a service provider to the public sector, in both the healthcare and education industries, at HATS, our range of services are built to be robust, flexible and overall, reliable. Our clients and service users are our priority and have shaped the way our company has run for years. And whilst strikes and disruptions often take place throughout the public sector, at HATS, we insure the upmost reliability and do everything we can to produce services that run on time, and most importantly, stay on time.

Public sector transport

Reliability in the public sector, particularly within transport is paramount. Bus services, ambulances, trams, trains and everything in between, are an essential part of our lives, and when disruptions arise, the fallout can be enormous. And with the bank holiday quickly approaching, it appears disturbances are just around the corner, with the biggest strike in more than 20 years set to take place on the 25th of May.

UK rail network strike

The UK’s rail network is bracing for a huge strike this coming May bank holiday, which is said to likely effect train services on all national rail routes.

Network Rail issued a statement warning of severe disruption saying: “Should the industrial action go ahead there is likely to be severe disruption to rail services on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th May, although this is likely to vary considerably by route”.

Bank holiday – Monday 25th May

If the strike goes ahead as planned on Monday the 25th of May, it will include members of both the TSSA and RMT unions, who are calling for better pay and job guarantees – meaning there will be a large shortage in maintenance staff, signallers and white-collar worker at Network Rail.

With one of the largest strikes in recent years set to take place over the long weekend, needless to stay, delays on the Monday and Tuesday are likely to be extensive. So, if you’re travelling, make sure you’ve prepared in advance.

For more updates regarding the UK rail network strike, you can visit the Network Rail website. And for more information about the HATS Group, Olympic South Ltd and our range of comprehensive transport services, visit us at www.HATSGroup.co.uk.

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author 

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group/Olympic South Ltd based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.