Buses - February 2019

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SPECIAL FEATURES

IN LONDON’S DRIVING SEAT
We meet Claire Mann, Transport for London’s director of bus operations

THE METROPOLITAN TRIDENT
Twenty years on, this low-floor pioneer is about to retire

CAMPAIGNING FOR BETTER BUSES
What’s on the agenda for newly appointed Darren Shirley?

BRITAIN’S BREATHING SPACES
Bob Hind explores southern Wales

NIGHT ROUTES ON THE RISE
Why 24hr operations is becoming more popular

REGULARS

COMMENT
Better behaviour

NEWS
Stagecoach sells Coach USA; Guildford park-&-ride electrified; Safeguard hits back at Arriva; Warwickshire makes good most cuts; Nottingham trims Link funding; The Big Lemon drops biodiesel; green funding for Glasgow; TfWM adopts behaviour bylaws; Rosso service revisions; changes at Taunton P&R; Ann Gloag becomes a Dame; new bus station for Newbury

INSIDE TRACK
Recipe for decline

GLOBAL NEWS
Flixbus flotation moves closer; German pioneer DeinBus.de quits coaching; Luxembourg makes public transport fares free; Chilean veteran trolleybuses are saved; San Remo limps on under the wires; Daimler pours doubts on long-haul electric coaches

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Business plan envisages even slower speeds; weekends only for heritage Routemasters; another route to go electric; OppCharge trial abandoned before it starts; plans to pedestrianise parts of the City

MILLAR’S TALES
Western Welsh is missed in translation; harsh Korean message delivered with a schoolbus; a Titan among bus artists; extra minutes appear in Peak hours

PUBLICITY MATTERS
Lancaster map fills a gap

HALFCABS ETCETERA
A beached London Olympian in Worcestershire and a Glasgow Atlantean discovered in Japan

PICTUREVIEW
White among the green

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ALL CHANGE
Glasgow since the last days of its trams

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
A homemade coach body from Birmingham

YOU WRITE
A downside of electrification; the future of free bus passes; late running and poor information; short distance riders are squeezed out; HELP bumpers remembered; Excelsior and Plaxton’s feature window; Trans Peak flags forget passengers’ needs; those Huddersfield trolleybuses that went to Epsom

PRESERVATION UPDATE
New Year’s Day at Oxford Bus Museum; restoration progress at Wythall; East Yorkshire puts two heritage vehicles up for sale; date set for Devon General day

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 trolleybus plans that never were implemented, deregulation in Loughborough, the reality of restoration and the story of Stephensons of Essex, plus a model of the last London Transport RT to run back to Catford