Buses - March 2018

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SPECIAL FEATURES

THE FASTEST ROUTEMASTERS
Nearly half the BEA Heathrow fleet survives after 50 years

GOING FOR GOLD
How Stagecoach rolled out its premium brand across the larger communities in Devon

AROUND THE NUMBER 8
Birmingham’s Inner Circle has been around for 90 years and is home today to Scania OmniLinks

WHY MAIDSTONE BOUGHT BEDFORDS
The logic behind a radical move by the late Alan Price

IT’S WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE THAT COUNTS
We take a close look at some recent urban bus interiors

US TROLLEYBUSES
Roger Davies has sampled all five surviving systems

GOLDEN YEAR FOR MBF
The Model Bus Federation celebrates its first 50 years … with a reader competition

REGULARS

COMMENT
Music to the ears

NEWS
Stagecoach set for Norfolk retreat; Rotala buys Central Buses; Stephensons of Easingwold quits bus routes at short notice; new livery for Network Warrington route relaunch; Thames Valley up and running; Mendip Mule plans to return; Crich launches appeal for Barnsley Leyland; another bus minister for England; new start Snap adds Bristol-London route; blueprint puts bus at heart of urban planning; Lancashire starts more new routes

INSIDE TRACK
Speedy answers required to accelerate services

GLOBAL NEWS
National Express in coaching tie-up with Ouibus; driverless Volvo trials set for Singapore; Van Hool to establish US transit bus plant; Daimler takes Setra away from New Flyer; double artic Solaris trolley

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Last Scania OmniCity single-decks set to go; latest digital destinations meet capital standards; GLA questions TfL’s forecasts; Van Hool fuel-cells and Optare MetroDecker electric into service

MILLAR’S TALES
Permanent post for Royal Mail minibus; a London bus that goes to York and Oxford; why Askit is no longer advertised on dozens of Scottish buses

PICTUREVIEW
Bound for Brecon — a TrawsCymru MetroCity

IDENTITY PARADE
Hants & Dorset revived and updated with dignity

FENTON FILE
Borders Buses’ open-top ex-Stagecoach PS-type

YOU WRITE
The Manchester mayor’s plans for a bus revolution; stylish Stagecoach Elites fall short of practical perfection; Hinckleybus liveries and timetables; that Enviro400 isn’t the 10,000th; full loads in Swansea; ex-M&D VR was one of the lowest ones built

PRESERVATION UPDATE
New team and new name for Kirkby Stephen Easter running days; Oxford Bus Museum offers Iveco electric to a good home; new site for Plymouth group; Olympian and Mini Pointer Dart enter preservation

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 Aberdare, north-east Scotland, Stagecoach and Belfast; a DVD follows ST922 round Brighton, Hove and district; EFE’s Aldenham Titan model twin set recalls a 1983 open day

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