Buses - June 2018

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SPECIAL FEATURES

LONDON SAVES THE DAY
Paul Heels analyses UK bus and coach sales in 2017 and identifies the winners

REALISING THE POTENTIAL
Stagecoach South adapts to serve Hants and Sussex

DASH FROM CASH
How fare collection and ticket issuing is changing fast

UK COACH RALLY
Who shone the most on Blackpool seafront?

REGULARS

COMMENT
Beware unintended consequences

NEWS
First rejects takeover approach; Labour offers free travel for under-25s; Stagecoach ends Ashford minibus trial; Crosville’s last day in Weston; Lothian invests in new coach hire and tour venture; Lucketts acquires Mortons; Jones the Oil closes down; Big Lemon beats its target for EV funding; Warrington rebrands as Own Buses; Emsworth & District quits bus routes; Stagecoach Oxfordshire MD Martin Sutton announces retirement

INSIDE TRACK
Smile, please — passengers want you to

GLOBAL NEWS
Solaris for sale, says Polish media report; Dunn Group subsidiary buys Custom Bus; last new Dutch vehicles in Arriva livery; Dubai orders Optare Solos; Van Hool reveals site for US transit bus plant; Flixbus gains from French strike, but suffers launch day electric gremlins

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Metroline regains the 292; Oxford Street plans are paused; analysts study route reliability; Hammersmith services to be changed; Yutong demo begins Croydon trial; gains and losses on routes into Heathrow

MILLAR’S TALES
A memorable pub sign and Lancashire brews, a des-res shelter and a Magic Bus without wheels in Cornwall

PUBLICITY MATTERS
A lesson for all from Ipswich Buses

HALFCABS ETCETERA
A battered RTL Down Under and a low-height RML

PICTUREVIEW
An enduring Optare Excel at Dover Docks

IDENTITY PARADE
A capital creation to end this series

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
Thornycroft’s postwar double-decker that never was

YOU WRITE
Bus drivers deserve more than train crews or bin men; show respect and keep branding off windows; scenic Midlands route deserves better promotion; Chester shows how it can be done; Contactless cards are fraught with danger; why locals fear their new Cheshire route will not last; West Bridgford’s lowbridge conversions

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Running days in Penzance, Leicestershire and Walsall, plus a newly-restored Dennis Dorchester coach

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 Walsall trolleybuses, 1963 and 1975 in pictures, plus the PSV Circle’s Preserved Buses, two new London maps and EFE’s latest diecast models

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