Buses - September 2017

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SPECIAL FEATURES

SCARBOROUGH FARE
10 years on, Plaxton’s Yorkshire plant plays an essential and vital role for Alexander Dennis

VOLVO PLUGS ELECTRIFICATION
The first right-hand-drive Volvo 7900E is set for a year of trials in four English cities concerned about air quality

NEVER ON A SUNDAY
Weekend fares are abolished on TrawsCymru

THE ROAD TO THE ISLES
Bob Hind completes his island travels in Shetland

MAN & NEOPLAN
New coaches from both brands: only one for UK

REGULARS

COMMENT
An encouraging start

NEWS
West Midlands action plan tackles congestion; new high-spec vehicles for Plymouth, Burnley and the Lake District; Diamond buys Hanson’s; bus stations close for redevelopment; Lancs reverses cuts; Whippet calls for franchising; Wessex scales back; Setra’s new double-decker

INSIDE TRACK
Know your strengths

GLOBAL NEWS
Busitalia buys Netherlands’ Qbuzz; MAN bendies selected for Danish BRT; San Francisco orders more trolleybuses; KMB retires last Dennis Dragons, adopts new livery; electrification initiatives for Germany and Israel

LOOK IN ON LONDON
New operators selected for several routes; major changes coming when Elizabeth Line opens; calls for faster buses and safer services; new garage for Go-Ahead; more BYD/Alexander Dennis electrics on order ahead of ULEZ

MILLAR’S TALES
Stops on all the wrong tracks; an ultimate DDA upgrade; Devon General Regent becomes a Torbay icon

PICTUREVIEW
Sleeper connection — a Highland landscape

IDENTITY PARADE
Road Car variety — another name revived

FENTON FILE
A Leyland Leopard with open-top Alexander Y-type body

YOU WRITE
Calls for joined up journeys and better ticket knowledge; your thoughts about Bob Hind’s island journeys; deficiencies of a Heathrow connection; Derby and its troublesome Foden-NC; help PSV Circle maintain its vehicle records; that AEC in Yugoslavia and those London RTLs in Lisbon docks

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Double events in Leicester; Cardiff VR restored for service; Dennis Domino and rare Leyland Lion returned to original glory; preserved Grey Cars coach becomes a mobile bar

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
South Yorkshire nostalgia in glorious colour; a fleet book on Go-Ahead Group; two picture albums on north-west England and deregulated Scotland in the 1980s

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