Buses - June 2017

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A DOUBLE-DECK YEAR
Paul Heels’s exclusive analysis of 2016 bus and coach deliveries

CLICK & BE COLLECTED
Arriva’s American-style demand responsive minibus trial on a remotely located Kent business park

RURAL PLIGHT
The facts behind the demise of a vital route in Cumbria

THE ROAD TO THE ISLES
Bob Hind covers the bus routes of three Inner Hebridean islands in three busy and sometimes tense days

SEIZING THE DAY
An uplifting account of the growth of Llew Jones

REGULARS

COMMENT
Where’s the vision?

NEWS
Stagecoach places 2017/18 order; Diamond takes on Arriva routes; UK Coach Rally; Arriva expands its use of minibuses; Ulsterbus marks its 50th anniversary; Bus Éireann strike suspended; The Big Lemon goes for solar energy; Alexander Dennis offers Berlin a double-decker

INSIDE TRACK
Passenger power could unleash new bus revival

GLOBAL NEWS
Italian state railway enters long-haul market; Germany rules out tolls, invests in electric; major electric orders in Netherlands; driverless systems for Singapore and Dubai; First’s BoltBus offers free on-board movies on all routes

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Route branding trial around Barkingside; central area changes to go ahead; latest tendered service awards; Arriva to axe another old Country Area route; new patriotic identity unveiled for RATP’s Original Tour

MILLAR’S TALES
British vehicles in Polish advertising; Omnibus Society Midlands Branch celebrates three score years and 10; a missing Routemaster in a fish and chip museum

IDENTITY PARADE
Simply United - a new look imagined for one of the industry’s great traditional names

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
A Crossley half-deck coach with a Foden look and an American military connection

YOU WRITE
Rural routes need state funding; rail policy is hurting bus links; a call for cross-subsidy; a final thought on our April Fool; the root of Shepperton’s problematic routes

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Kirkby Stephen and some other spring gatherings

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
A novel and a picture album on Bristol’s buses, books on the trolleybuses of Wellington, London buses past and present and EFE’s latest Southdown model

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