Buses - December 2016

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FREE 2017 CALENDAR
This high-quality calendar features some of the best imagery from the pages of BUSES Magazine

SPECIAL FEATURES

EURO BUS EXPO
The highlights and trends at UK’s biggest bus and coach show — from electric vehicles to stylish interiors

11 OUTER CIRCLE
Birmingham institution regains its European crown

GROWING IN WILTS
The steady expansion of Faresaver

LAST BLAST TO LAND’S END
End of the road for veteran open-top Volvos

INDEX TO VOLUME 68
See what we’ve published this year

REGULARS

COMMENT
More municipals?

NEWS
Campaign for councils to run their own buses; electrification for Harrogate, Liverpool and Edinburgh; early doors for Preston bus station; new factory for Wrights; death of ex- Volvo MD Mike Ball; Little Gem shines again; TfGM to expand Metrolink; Stagecoach speeds launch of contactless ticketing; First to close Rotherham; Delaine Olympian farewell running day; Bachmann buys EFE diecast brand

INSIDE TRACK
Reinventing the minibus

GLOBAL NEWS
BYD to build in Hungary; Belgium tightens coach security; Optare double-decker in Gozo; Ashok Leyland builds electric single-decker; Hungarian city retires its Excels

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Radical route changes for City junction; new tunnel could create cross-river connections; West Croydon bus station reopens; eye-catching stars of Stockwell open day

MILLAR’S TALES
A new Legomaster for London; bus lover Liv buys her first double-decker; Irish coach image in unlikely high street; reversed Routemaster is in the bag in Portugal

PICTUREVIEW
Leyland at Lune Gorge

IDENTITY PARADE
Night vision — a perfect route brand?

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
The first Jonckheere coach for the UK

YOU WRITE
Liveries, blocked views and absent timetables; the illusion of on-road competition; destination names that are (and are not) clear; coach holidays that cannot accommodate wheelchairs; how Manchester matches up to other areas

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Isle of Wight Beer, Buses & Walks; Routemasters and a trolleybus in Glasgow; Big Orange in Manchester

FLEET NEWS ENGLAND & WALES
Compiled by John G. Lidstone

FLEET NEWS SCOTLAND
Compiled by Sandy Macdonald

FLEET NEWS IRELAND
Compiled by Paul Savage and Ian Molloy

REVIEWS
Books on Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester, Ayrshire, Southdown and the Isle of Wight — plus a movie from Merseyside