Buses - January 2018

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SPECIAL FEATURES

OXFORD STREET NO MORE
Transport for London sets out its plans to ban buses from this shoppers’ magnet

THE MEGABUS EXPERIENCE
We sample a range of Stagecoach’s inter-city budget routes in different parts of the country

ANTI-BUSMAN’S HOLIDAY
A railwayman experiences the local bus connections that transport him from Woking to Gatwick Airport

TRULY TESTING
How Bus Vannin adjusts to its geographical location and gears up for the Isle of Man TT bike races

A VINTAGE TOUR TO NORWAY
Thornes International’s heritage holiday programme

REGULARS

COMMENT
Diesel fights back

NEWS
First rations investment and axes more services; councils contemplate more cuts; Go-Ahead acquires Oxford City Sightseeing, drops Anglian Bus name; Nottingham Community Transport splits operation; Bus Éireann wins in Waterford; Cummins launches Euro6 repower option for low emission zones; Go South Coast is Operator of the Year; Rapido releases designs for Birmingham Guy model

INSIDE TRACK
Loss of independents stifles innovation

GLOBAL NEWS
NatEx expands in US and Spain; Flixbus plans North American service; first order for all-electric Citaro; Israel’s Egged buys its first Volvo B8RLEs

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Gains for Metroline and Sullivan, losses for Go-Ahead and Tower Transit; Ford plans Chariots shuttles; start date for ULEZ; former trolleybus route receives the last of the 1,000 New Routemasters

MILLAR’S TALES
Five cover entire London network in 24hr; French newspaper revives Plaxton Primo; unlikely vision for Lincoln; Austrian trolleybus gets a Hitchcock look

PUBLICITY MATTERS
Shetland shortcomings

IDENTITY PARADE
A mellower yellow for Busways

FENTON FILE
A 15m Panther shortened for later life

YOU WRITE
In defence of community transport; factors behind demand for Cambridgeshire Busway; dwell time delays can be self-inflicted; Greater Manchester maps are disappearing; reader’s regret at the demise of Go-Ahead’s Anglian Bus name

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Ensign running day, 1926 AEC for Lathalmond, Hong Kong Olympian restoration and more

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 London trolleybuses, Manchester in the 1960s, Midland Red double- and single-deckers, Western National and Southern National property, CIÉ Bombardiers and AECs in New Zealand

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