Buses - January 2017

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THE LESSER KNOWN 554
The scenic connection between Carlisle and Keswick

A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY
David Jenkins takes to the coach roads of Ireland

LONDON’S FIRST BUSWAY
Making tracks across the Greenwich peninsula

AM I APPY?
Christopher Carter tries Stagecoach’s new app

FAR EAST OF RHONDDA
The man who transformed Hong Kong’s buses

STRIKING A BALANCE
How much local branding works best?

COMMENT
Embrace the new solutions

NEWS
MPs support municipal operation; Wright unveils fuel-cell StreetDeck as chancellor promises more EV funding; First considers more cuts; York delays P&R contract again; NCT named operator of the year; Surrey pays more for fewer services; Stagecoach buys its first Enviro400 MMC Golds; Stagecoach MDs join First; Sureline founder dies
INSIDE TRACK
This ain’t franchising

GLOBAL NEWS
DB drops Arriva flotation; Megabus staff protest in France; Marrakesh buys Chinese trolleybuses; new Chinese plant for Scania Touring; second life owners for Darts and Olympians; a Belgian bendybus restoration

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Huge overhaul for West End routes; tendering successes for Abellio and Sullivan; replacement buses in aftermath of November Croydon tram crash; new long wheelbase Volvo B5LH hybrids for Kingston University shuttles
MILLAR’S TALES
Routemasters as items of luggage; New Routemasters rival a star-struck cat; Lord Gnome’s Hebridean Y-type; a Pointer on the outside that was a Mercedes-Benz within
HALFCABS ETCETERA
Two Lodekkas and an RTL in unlikely locations
PICTUREVIEW
Ribble returns to St George’s Hall

IDENTITY PARADE
Y not? A new look for West Yorkshire Road Car

FENTON FILE
Another creation of Leicester Carriage Builders

YOU WRITE
Liveries and the rights and wrongs of route branding; contactless ticketing in the East Midlands; social media and printed information; Birmingham route 11; the thankless task of organising rallies and running days
PRESERVATION UPDATE
Doyen debuts at Dewsbury; Leyland Leopard leaps to Lincoln; RT celebrates Queen’s 90th birthday; Northampton Crossley and Dublin Atlanteans
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 Cardiff and London trolleybuses, Bedford buses and coaches, Stagecoach buses and trains in 2017 and CIÉ’s Leyland Atlanteans 50 years on

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