Buses - August 2018

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SPECIAL FEATURES

RENEWED ROUTEMASTERS
Our exclusive story on how and why Lothian Buses is refurbishing and restoring these ex-London Transport double-deck icons

FORK OR CIRCLE?
The dilemma facing Cardiff Bus as it ponders a bewildering choice of new technology for future vehicle purchases

BRITAIN’S BREATHING SPACES
Bob Hind rides the routes through our national parks, beginning his travels in the Derbyshire Peak District

FASTER ROUTES FOR LONDON
A radical idea of how to reduce journey times and increase key corridor capacity

REGULARS

COMMENT
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NEWS
East Yorkshire sold to Go-Ahead; first orders for Optare Metrodecker; Volvo demonstrates autonomous driving, Stagecoach to pilot UK trial; West Midlands to adopt single bus brand; spending cuts continue to reduce services; Oxford PickMeUp starts; ArrivaClick coming to Liverpool; new bus station planned for Stockport; second export order for Enviro200EV; Brighton & Hove trials StreetDeck HEV; date change for London to Brighton Run; death of former Lothian managing director Charles Evans

INSIDE TRACK
Off the rails — bus groups troubled by trains

GLOBAL NEWS
Spanish buyer steps forward for Solaris; Wellington converts redundant trolleybus to battery power, receives first electric double-deckers; European cities order many more battery single-deckers; Swiss postal chief quits over PostAuto scandal; Flixbus strikes deal for long distance routes in Switzerland

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Metroline to operate 68 electric double-deckers on two routes; opportunity-charged Volvos arrive at last; tree pruning delays double-deck conversion; Westminster Council drops support for Oxford Street pedestrianisation plan; new EOS route comes and goes within three months; Metroline borrows Arriva Solos for Hampstead Garden Suburb

MILLAR’S TALES
Llandudno Junction demolition reveals a hidden bus mural; Maltese souvenir bus with no bus souvenirs; Russian artics provide relief service for tourists; London double-deckers both ways round come all the way from the Netherlands

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ALL CHANGE
Our new then and now series starts in Plymouth

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
An early post-war minibus in Birmingham that started out as an eye-catching pre-war laundry van in Glasgow

YOU WRITE
Politicians are world’s worst transport planners; no swipe intended against free passes; councils waste subsidies by failing to promote routes; websites fail to provide concise and clear answers; keeping windows clear shows respect for passengers; glare makes destination displays illegible; more information on the last surviving Bedford JJL; setting the record straight on Alpine and the two Lyles

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Tavistock Running Day and Royal Blue Run; Glasgow marks 60 years of Atlanteans; Yorkshire colours revived on rear-engined restorations; imagined livery for East Kent Leopard; Huddersfield trolleybuses recalled at Sandtoft

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 Atlanteans in Glasgow and beyond, BTC fleets remembered, London in the 1970s and its Country Area garages, plus the latest First Bus Handbook, a Stagecoach diecast and a DVD on ex-Hong Kong vehicles in the UK