Buses - May 2017

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A BALANCING ACT
How Essex County Council manages bus service support at a time of spending cuts

AFFORDABLE HYDROGEN?
Promoters predict a big uptake of technology after 2020

VCS 85
Birthday celebrations for Victoria Coach Station

THE ROAD TO THE ISLES
Bob Hind rides on some of the coasts of the Clyde

MALTA — GETTING BETTER
John Young and Andrew Jarosz on recent developments

COMMENT
So much for franchising

NEWS
Bus Services Bill heads into law; Welsh government considers municipal expansion; Epsom Coaches to quit coaching; Bus Éireann strike latest; Ensignbus receives local service BCIs; Bristol Superlight revealed; Stagecoach orders new open-toppers; restyled front for Wright Eclipse 3; two operators de-hybrid hybrids; West Yorkshire’s Bus 18 plan; ex-bus minister Baker becomes Big Lemon MD; new heads for Stagecoach UK Bus

INSIDE TRACK
MPs need a bus pass

GLOBAL NEWS
BYD expands on two European fronts; Swiss fine for Flixbus; big rise in French coach traffic; tram and train builders unveil electric bus with all-wheel steering; Brisbane plans BRT expansion; Grande West breaks into US transit market with Buy America assembly deal

LOOK IN ON LONDON
New Routemaster route to change hands; mayor launches first low-emission bus zone; new vehicle influx adds variety to four fleets; moves to speed up bus flow

MILLAR’S TALES
Attached to Midland’s unattached arch; Co-op commemorates departed Dorset depot; nostalgic pictures in Ayrshire station; a corporation social club

IDENTITY PARADE
Transit tees up — a Cleveland makeover

FENTON FILE
Rare Welsh body on a Mercedes-Benz Vario

YOU WRITE
Your thoughts on municipals, urban competition, the causes of passenger decline, the impact of prolonged roadworks, bus shelters and last month’s bus for Brexit

PRESERVATION UPDATE
An Exeter running day in memory of Philip Platt, plus a Wulfrunian, green Bristols and Delaine’s last Leyland

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 BET, Derbyshire, Essex and the National Bus Company, plus some of the latest diecast models

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