Buses - March 2017

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A CLOSE SHAVE
Shepperton hangs on to its Surrey-supported services

BY BUS TO CHICHESTER
David Jukes gives up on Southern trains

EFE - START OF A NEW ERA
Bachmann Europe relaunches leading models range

A NEW LOOK
Canadian model maker Rapido produces its first bus

CONTACTLESS COMES OF AGE
The cashless ticketing revolution takes off

THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED
A driverless demonstration at Heathrow

COMMENT
A welcome development

NEWS
Go-Ahead buys Thamesdown; Stagecoach launches Ashford Little & Often; Arriva seeks customers’ views on bus design; Supreme Court judgment in wheelchair access case; cashless plans for Bristol; EYMS invests despite ‘extremely tough times’; Welsh bus summit; four UK cities in pan-European fuel-cell partnership; Rossendale cutbacks; financial crisis at Bus Éireann

INSIDE TRACK
Shelters are essential

GLOBAL NEWS
New shareholders invest in Flixbus; losses at Austria’s Hellö; end for Venezuela trolleybus project; electric bus developments take off in Israel, Finland and Poland

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Go-Ahead gains Kingston route; assembly presses TfL on bus network and revenue forecasts; extras out for Tube strike; 10 more low emission bus zones by 2020

MILLAR’S TALES
Return of the Green Rover; banana flavoured ALX400 takes the biscuit; strange timetable validity dates appear online; a blank screen in Dewsbury bus station

IDENTITY PARADE
Ribble to Ribl - re-imagining a classic name

FENTON FILE
Who had the only 12m East Lancs Olympus-bodied Scania double-deckers to be built?

YOU WRITE
Your thoughts on Translink and Lothian liveries, on-road competition, unreal-time displays and the serious impact of some local council budget cuts around the country

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Liverpool Leyland revived for Merseyside Bus Club anniversary; the Victoria Coach Station birthday celebration; Lowland Bristol back on the road

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 London’s many overall advertising buses, Grey-Green, Brentwood, Austin’s Happy Days, CIÉ and Geneva, plus a DVD on Berlin double-deckers