Buses - February 2017

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NCT’S DASH FOR GAS
England’s biggest municipal prepares for clean air

PLUGGED IN
Nottingham electrifies its park-&-ride

TO THE RESCUE
How London organises rail replacement work

A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY
David Jenkins continues on Ireland’s coach roads

THE CITYBUS YEARS
Lyndon Rees shares more of his Hong Kong memories

COMMENT
The social care challenge

NEWS
NatEx buys Clarkes of London; Yellow Buses prepares route revamp; Translink rebrands in Derry; Arriva and Stagecoach run major rail replacement in Merseyside; Darwen Coach Services and APL Travel close; new Wright double-deck designs for Coastliner, Oxford and Lothian; end of an era as step-entry double-deckers are retired; death of Devon General expert Philip Platt

INSIDE TRACK
Secrets of success

GLOBAL NEWS
Irizar wins electric Basque French electric BRT contract; Eindhoven starts going electric; Chinese battery double-decker for Canadian fleet; DB and First test driverless shuttles in various places ; Salzburg starts new trolleybus route; Berlin plans to buy new tri-axle double-deckers

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Two more routes to go low-emission; TfL plan confirms end of pure diesels; mayor announces minimum drivers’ wage; Routemaster launches Stagecoach Kingston link; Victoria Coach Station to celebrate its 85th birthday

MILLAR’S TALES
Plaxton launch will save lives; New Routemaster made from Meccano; Cath Kidston’s latest London bus look; exotic bus stop appears in Lincolnshire town centre

IDENTITY PARADE
Alder & Wiser - new look for a made-up brand

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
A rare Roe-bodied Guy Arab with a Johannesburg front

YOU WRITE
Lothian’s new livery; competition and municipal ownership; gaps in service standards; traffic congestion; buses that stifle in summer, others that rattle all year

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Pontypridd utility Bristol returns to Wales; Leyland Titan JUB 29 back on the road; Oxford Loline restored to service; surprises on show at Ensign running day

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 Glasgow and Bournemouth trolleybuses, London bus garages and Devon General, plus an RTW video and B-T’s Western National MW models

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