Buses - July 2017

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SPECIAL FEATURES

GAS FOR NOTTINGHAM
New double-deck fleet launched in May

THE END OF TWO ERAS
Last Lodekka marks a Midlands retirement

CENTURIONS & CADETS
A passenger’s (positive) experience of Hinckleybus

THE ROAD TO THE ISLES
Bob Hind rides through the Outer Hebrides

SERVICE EXTRA
Sarah Osborne encounters the marvels of Mauritius

REGULARS

COMMENT
Two options for change

NEWS
Optare on brink of first MetroDecker order; First warns of more depot closures; new-look Thamesdown takes on Stagecoach; Surrey sends Abellio packing; liquid nitrogen prototype trial; transformational changes planned for Dublin; new drivers’ uniforms for First Bus; Stagecoach West engineering director retires

INSIDE TRACK
The madness of the concessionary travel scheme

GLOBAL NEWS
Flixbus buys Austria’s Hellö; American Enviro200 joint venture is ended; Enviro500 ready for Mexico; Tallinn sets date for last trolleybus, Wellington delays its farewell

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Two-day pop-up minibus trial; Garston loses three tendered routes; London leads fuel-cell procurement; Go-Ahead starts Here East service; 70 years of the 3RT

MILLAR’S TALES
Why were London double-deckers on Lisbon docks in 1964? Light bulb moment for a table-top Routemaster. Are these the most pointless stop signs in Britain?

PUBLICITY MATTERS
Bank holiday blues

PICTUREVIEW
A scene no longer seen on Cornish coast

IDENTITY PARADE
Go orange — an image imagined for Glasgow

FENTON FILE
An East Lancs Nordic-bodied Volvo B7L with Brightbus

YOU WRITE
Competition isn’t the magic ingredient; TfL stifled demand for its printed maps; two contrasting standards of customer service; public transport at odds with modern lifestyle; benzene bus is bad idea; the future and past of Victoria Coach Station; more views on Identity Parade

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Scenes from spring rallies and running days; return of a Belgian Guy coach and a veteran Welsh double-decker

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
Geoffrey Hilditch’s final memoir, plus books on Southdown in the 1930s, London RTs and Swiss trolleybuses, plus a topical DVD filmed in Ipswich

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