Buses - April 2018

£4.80 (Approx $6.98 or €6.14)


Quantity

SPECIAL FEATURES

WHEN BI BECAME BUSES
It is 50 years since this magazine adopted its current name at a time of industry mergers

THE XELABUS EXPERIENCE
The steady but measured growth of a south Hampshire independent that coexists with major group neighbours

GOING FOR GOLD
Christopher Carter rides all four Devon routes in one day

INTERURBAN INTERIORS
Some of the latest trends to attract new riders

OPEN DOORS
Why Metroline holds open days and how it plans them

READER COMPETITION
Win a special pass to see the HCVS vintage vehicle run arrive in Brighton on this annual historic event

REGULARS

COMMENT
The voice of youth

NEWS
£40million to clean up English fleets; ComfortDelGro buys NAT; Crosville closes bus operation; new single-deck body from MCV; Central Buses bows out in style; Transport Focus youth survey challenges operators; Glasgow aims to reboot its buses; ArrivaClick poised for commercial launch; Norfolk rethinks cuts; Go-Ahead names its Dublin MD; Go North East’s Kevin Carr to retire; death of former Fylde general manager John Nye

INSIDE TRACK
Another fine mess

GLOBAL NEWS
Berlin struggles to find manufacturers willing to sell it electric vehicles; no free rides in Germany; SBS Transit beats Go-Ahead for Singapore contract; new Volvo double-decker; Optare tests Hong Kong minibus market

LOOK IN ON LONDON
TfL faces £1billion loss; calls to embrace autonomous vehicles and plan for their arrival; another route goes all-electric; Surrey saves two cross-border routes

MILLAR’S TALES
Exaggerated history of an orbital route that is a London ‘legend’; Oxford museum’s miniature Reliance for children to play upon; a touch of accidental ageism

PUBLICITY MATTERS
Does the info really work?

 PICTUREVIEW
Konectbus connects in winter whiteout

IDENTITY PARADE
A rainbow revives Merthyr Tydfil Transport

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
A utility Daimler that grew taller with age

YOU WRITE
London compared unfavourably with commercial operators; memories of The Maidstone Borough Council in the Alan Price era; ambitious scheduling weakened Arriva 130; Sydney’s BRT and Australian publicity

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Dundee museum prepares its lottery bid; last St Helens trolleybus comes home; Crich campaign for 1913 Leyland; North Western Highlander returned to glory

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 Lancashire United, Royal Blue, Ribble and the Leyland National. Northcord’s newly released Enviro400 MMC model and EFE’s latest Ribble Leyland Atlantean

SUBSCRIPTION OFFER
Save money and have your favourite magazine sent straight to your own address