Buses - February 2018

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SPECIAL FEATURES

SWANSEA REDISCOVERS TWO DECKS
Why students are driving a change in First’s services

SOUTHERN TRANSIT: EVERY MILE MATTERS
New double-deckers with a London look are coming to this fleet that has capital connections

ZAPPING THROUGH LEEDS
We sample Transdev’s fast new offers from Manchester to York by the M62 and the A64

A SENSE OF DIRECTION
Barcelona tears up its route network and starts again

REGULARS

COMMENT
A common cause?

NEWS
Burnham sets out his vision for Greater Manchester; Transdev to buy Rosso; two more Welsh independents close down; First makes cuts in Somerset; Christmas Day services as rare as ever; Reading increases its gas fleet, reinvents Thames Valley and starts Green Line; English independents pull off bus routes; Merseytravel trials paperless information; William Wright is knighted

INSIDE TRACK
Interurban initiatives offer hope for future

GLOBAL NEWS
PolskiBus ties up with Flixbus; double-deck BRT in Sydney; Berlin starts going electric; first BYD bendies for Oslo; New Flyer buys ‘cutaway’ specialist manufacturer; French project aims to develop a driverless 12m single-decker

LOOK IN ON LONDON
RATP sweeps the board with contract wins; no WiFi without sponsorship; London’s one Christmas Day service; Merlins and Greenway honour Red Arrow; TfL’s new surface transport MD is named

MILLAR’S TALES
Cardiff’s rewarding walls; a 70th birthday in the frozen north; a quirky bus shelter, Indian diner and a three-track find on the Isle of Wight

PUBLICITY MATTERS
A lesson from Australia on how to do things well

HALFCABS ETCETERA
A Bristol VRT is discovered among a flock of sheep and a green RT is still working in New Zealand

IDENTITY PARADE
A Kelvin comeback for a Caledonian challenger

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
When a Midlands operator turned to self-assembly

YOU WRITE
The case against driving mirrors; Hampshire, BRT and supported services; TfGM network maps rediscovered; the drawbacks of long-distance minibuses; why Tanzania got Hungarian products; the death of buses in Millom and why it happened

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Quest 80 returns to Merseyside; New Year running days; halfcab Leylands have pre-Christmas outings

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 Hastings trolleybuses, London in the 1970s and 1980s, The Eden, Bristol Lodekka FSFs, plus the latest Bus Handbooks and a DVD about Imberbus

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