Buses - April 2017

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48-PAGE 2017/18 MUSEUM & RALLY GUIDE

ULSTERBUS AT 50
Paul Savage considers the past and assesses where the state-owned operator is today

BACK TO THE FUTURE
Stagecoach’s innovative Little & Often high-frequency urban minibus trial begins in the Kent town of Ashford

BUS FOR BREXIT
An imaginative approach to post-EU bus design

MENDIP MULE MOTORBUS
After several false starts, this open-top Bristol operator finally finds its business success in a Dorset tourist trap

COMMENT
No easy answers

NEWS
Minister rules out extra subsidy for rural routes; UK Bus Summit; Grayling rules out more municipals; Bus Éireann crisis deepens; Go-Ahead companies cut back in Oxford and East Anglia; Transdev sets out its investment plans; Omnibus Society’s Alan Mills remembered; engineering appointments at Stagecoach and McGill’s

INSIDE TRACK
Partnerships deliver growth

GLOBAL NEWS
Stagecoach quits Twin America joint venture; big Belgian order for electric Volvos; gas favoured for Miami-Dade and for trials in Berlin; Swiss cease hydrogen fuel-cell trial; Wright StreetLite in operation in Australian city

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Arriva gains two routes; two more services are selected for electric operation; Finchley Road changes go ahead; Putney emission zone prompts fleet swaps at Go-Ahead; New Routemasters reach Ilford as numbers top 900

MILLAR’S TALES
Mike Fenton files his birthday bus; collectable yellow schoolbuses from America; New Routemaster image excites Singapore; coach tour heads down the drain

IDENTITY PARADE
A challenger brand — Devon General re-imagined

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
A particularly unusual Sentinel remembered

YOU WRITE
Your thoughts on the importance of bus shelters, contactless tickets; London bus speeds; rear-engined Daimlers of the 1960s, Ribble (or ribl) and other operators’ liveries

PRESERVATION UPDATE
A Sentinel joins the Barry Depot collection; hugely contrasting additions to Isle of Wight Museum collection; Highland Olympian returned to its original red and grey glory; latest Hong Kong vehicles for Dave Rogers

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
Bob Hind’s revealing autobiography, the story of the London DMS, an East Sussex interurban hub, new fleet handbooks and the trolleybuses of Bratislava

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