Buses - March 2019

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SPECIAL FEATURES

GO SOUTH COAST
The story behind this two times UK Operator of the Year

HANTS & DORSET TRIM
Go South Coast’s refurbishment business

BRITAIN’S BREATHING SPACES
Bob Hind explores Snowdonia and Northumberland

GREAT LEAP FORWARD
The world’s longest bridge crossing by double-decker

EASTERN PROMISE?
The challenges facing Stagecoach in Cambridgeshire

REGULARS

COMMENT
Gifts and platitudes

NEWS
Funds unleashed for more electrics, hydrogen fuel-cells and biogas double-deckers; uncertain future for First Manchester; Konectbus quits Suffolk; Stagecoach awaits traffic commissioner’s verdict on Coventry crash; Diamond squeezed in Solihull; John Smith & Son folds; Kinchbus pioneers contactless touch-in/touch-out; Unite threatens strikes over ‘bullying culture’ at First Yorkshire; Lothian flies flag for investment and de-congestion; honour for Sir William Wright; Cummins developing small engine solution; bus stamps from Isle of Man; death of Grey-Green’s Tom McLachlan

INSIDE TRACK
Could do better – rail replacement

GLOBAL NEWS
KMB orders Wright StreetDecks; Citybus retires last Hong Kong Olympians; Hanover pins faith in electrification; California mandates zero emissions by 2040; revival in prospect for Bergen trolleybuses; Volkswagen ride sharing shuttles to start in Hamburg; Berlin’s BVG rejects call for network to be subject to route tendering

LOOK IN ON LONDON
End in sight for Arriva’s Pulsar Geminis; last Caetano Nimbus Darts withdrawn; GLA alarmed by silence over future fares freeze; relocation plan for Victoria Coach Station; Chariot closes as TfL limbers up for DRT trial; celebrations planned to mark 40 years since last RTs and RFs

MILLAR’S TALES
Was Chris the Mule’s Man from the Ministry? Why you need a mac on a Macau open-topper. A Billy Liar Daimler in Bradford. Locked up for failing to drive.

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PUBLICITY MATTERS
Faresaver is an engaging example to all

ALL CHANGE
Aberystwyth since the days of Crosville

FENTON FILE
A controversial Quest 80 that went to Cyprus

YOU WRITE
Why English free travel should be left undisturbed; timetabling inconsistencies; why Centrebus stopped a Lincolnshire link; Stagecoach wrong to drop all its casual drivers; union/management collusion does sometimes happen; Newbury Wharf now and then; Welsh language translations of company names are correct; the Plaxton Paramounts built without feature windows

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Brooklands prepares for a summer show of hidden gems; British-built double-deckers help mark Australia 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 Leatherhead garage, Italian trolleybus exports, Preston, rural and coastal western Scotland, half of Ireland and fleet handbooks detailing English independents, Stagecoach West and Go North East