Buses - May 2018

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SPECIAL FEATURES

THAMES VALLEY RIDES AGAIN
Reading Buses expands as big groups retrench

A BURGEONING BUSINESS
How First is revitalising its buses in Bristol

METROBUS IN THE MAKING
BRT set to provide Bristolians with faster journeys

YOU’RE MISSING THE BUS, NUS
Ministers should look beyond green bus funds

COMMUNITY SPIRIT IN DENTDALE
Minibus volunteers provide a Cumbrian lifeline

REGULARS

COMMENT
Pick your scenic favourite

NEWS
More green bus funding for England and Wales; Go-Ahead makes another Irish gain; Derbyshire cuts evening and Sunday funding; Stagecoach downgrades Corby depot, closes Plymouth Megabus.com base; operators plug most Norfolk gaps; Transport Focus satisfaction survey; Sn-ap wins over custom in Bristol; Whim aims to shake up West Midlands travel; supermarket axes in-house bus service; more minibuses for an Arriva town

INSIDE TRACK
Disrupters are set to fail

GLOBAL NEWS
Switzerland’s PostAuto refunds questionable gains; Optare starts delivering New Zealand order; Flixbus to test electric intercity coaches; Netherlands electric fleet is Europe’s largest; BYD wins order from Portugal’s trolleybus town; largest order yet for Van Hool Exqui.City

LOOK IN ON LONDON
RATP companies make more gains; TfL explores potential for suburban DRT trial; Oxford Street plan draws objections; Megasightseeing.com hits the streets; Routemasters and more are out on DLR strike days

MILLAR’S TALES
Was that Alpine, South Dakota on cover of a crime thriller? Fitting tribute to centenarian former Barton driver

PUBLICITY MATTERS
Engaging with youth – the PB Bus Marketing way

PICTUREVIEW
A Madeiran mountaineer

IDENTITY PARADE
Cumberland in the pink with a new name

FENTON FILE
Crosville’s open-top hybrid conversions

YOU WRITE
Seat fashions and fabrics go in cycles; the Plaxton Elite’s small signalling window and why it steams up; the case for big changes in Greater Manchester’s bus regime; waiting time rule causes excessive delays; Leeds colours have an Isle of Wight look; our April Fool revealed

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Easter at Kirkby Stephen; Ulster rally cancelled at short notice; oldest Bristol double-decker back on the road; North Western RELL back in its original colours

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 the London Bus Museum, London Transport 1948-50, Scott’s Greys of Darlington, FirstGroup and the fleets of south-east England, plus top trump cards and a DVD set on Go South Coast’s Damory in Dorset

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