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a line must be drawn at some point - Freedom of Information Act requests can be turned down if they become vexatious. It made the lady who used to call up the traf�ic of�ice of one of my former employers to inform us that a bus was running on time or two minutes late positively amateurish. Me being me, I used to call her our reliability monitor. I once asked her nicely why she did it, and she replied, giggling: “Because I’ve got nothing better to do.” Then there was the woman we dubbed ‘Solicitors Letters’ but that’s for another time. On a separate note, I was saddened to hear Llanberis– based Padarn Bus appears to have come to the end of the road. Another independent has been lost. I have always found the Pryce family, which owned the �irm, to be a most friendly crew. I remember with fondness calling by to see them on several occasions when they still ran the original Padarn Bus from the family home. Perhaps worse is the revelation that North Wales Police of�icers are investigating allegations of fraud. That to me is truly awful news. Our thoughts are with those impacted by it.

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Shearings in management buyout Lloyds Commercial Banking backed the move, with the Group renewing its existing banking facilites as part of the deal The management team of Shearings Group has completed a buyout of the business with the backing of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. The terms of the deal are undisclosed. The transaction, led by Chief Executive Denis Wormwell, provides an exit for private equity firm 3i, which originally backed the merger of the business with Wallace Arnold in 2005, and Indigo Capital LLP. As part of the deal, the Group has also renewed its existing banking facilities with Lloyds Bank for a further two years. Wigan-based Shearings recently announced it had grown passenger numbers by 2.6% to a record 1.05m in 2013, reflecting strong demand from its core over 50s customer base, generating

Mobility Networks Group formed

The Mobility Networks Group has been launched to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of global products to the accessible vehicle industry. It is being co-ordinated from its UK headquarters, in Whitstable, Kent. Mike Simmonds. CEO of the new multi-national business,

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CEO Denis Wormwell led the management buyout sales of £195.0m and profits (EBITDA) of £5.8m. It also said that passenger numbers and sales for 2014 were ahead of the previous year, with total bookings up 4% and forward

sales for the summer up 2%. Denis said: “This is an important milestone for the Group, as we continue our growth strategy through building brands targeting third age customers.

previously held the position of MD at Q’Straint (Europe) for over 18 years. In 2013 Mike acquired a majority shareholding in vehicle lift specialist, PLS based in Oldbury. This firm will now be a key manufacturer within the Mobility Networks organisation. API is the subject of a distribution partnership with Mobility Networks, helping to supply products such as Flexiramp floor conversion kits. Mike explained: “These are

indeed exciting times for the whole accessible vehicle market as Mobility Networks is launched. For the first time convertors and specifiers can obtain the best solutions available on a global scale, all from one trusted supplier. “To remain competitive in the accessible vehicle industry, we understand that specifiers require product ‘life value’, proven performance and legislative conformity that meets all the demands of modern

“Lloyds Bank has been a committed partner of the business for many years. This new transaction demonstrates its continued confidence in the management team, the market and the model. “The Group is hugely appreciative of 3i’s support over the years – a partnership which has enabled us to build a strong and scalable business for future growth.” Dave Allanson, Area Director of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking in the North West, said: “Denis and the team have demonstrated to us the resilience of the business, maintaining strong sales and growing profits despite one of the toughest climates the holiday market has seen for many years. “Despite continued pressure on consumer spending, we’re confident that the business will continue to progress further thanks to its loyal customer base, diversified product offering and clear strategy.” day transportation. Therefore, Mobility Networks now has the capability to provide a holistic service, from specification to installation, spanning a wide range of products. “We are delighted to be working with API, as we believe its solutions clearly demonstrate a true understanding of disabled driver and passenger needs. Combining global knowledge with local understanding is a key strength for our multi-lingual team.”

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Arriva posts significant revenue and EBITDA growth Arriva has published a review of its performance in the 12 months to December 31, 2013. Group revenue stood at €4,180m, a 12.5% increase on the €3,715m in 2012. EBITDA improved by 9.9% to £467m. David Martin, Arriva CEO, said: “As expected, I am very pleased to report another strong year of growth for Arriva, underpinned by the development of our market leading positions in Central and Eastern Europe, a relentless focus

NatEx has optimistic outlook

Revenue is up 2% at National Express Group – according to its latest Interim Management Statement for the period from January 1, 2014 to date. The group said underlying trading has been positive and it is on track to deliver its earnings expectations for the year. All UK divisions have delivered strong growth, supported by rising passenger numbers. Key developments during the period have included: l 5% revenue growth in the UK businesses driven by a 4% increase in passengers; l 9% core revenue growth in UK Coach along with 9% passenger volume increase; l Implementation of yield management in ALSA to combat rail competition; l 18% revenue growth in Morocco, with scale-up of new concession in Tangiers, supported by 120 new buses; and

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on our customers and major advances in innovative technology. We are investing heavily in our businesses and our people and we are seeing the results in continued robust revenue and EBITDA growth. Our growth journey is set to continue. “Our strong track record of delivery and customer service means we are well positioned to take advantage of the significant opportunities emerging in passenger transport markets

across Europe. We have already demonstrated our ability to create real value for tendering authorities in those markets. We will continue to work as a strategic partner to help shape transport networks and provide customer centric solutions that meet the evolving needs of travelling passengers.” Arriva highlighted the growth and expansion it undertook in 2013. This included the acquisition of Abellio’s operations in the Czech Republic, following the earlier

acquisition of Veolia Transport Central Europe, further contract wins in Poland and Slovenia, 16 contracts for non-emergency patient transport with the NHS, the appointment of 80 new apprentices and the filing of a GNER application to introduce high speed ‘Pendolino’ rail services between London and Edinburgh by 2016. The group said it has made a capital investment of €750m across the group over the last two years.

National Express’ UK Coach division saw a 9% growth in both revenues and passenger volume l Retention of largest North American contract, providing paratransit services in Boston. In UK Bus, like-for-like commercial revenue grew by 3%. National Express said good growth in commercial passenger volume, also up 3% in the period, reflected improved service delivery, with better punctuality and fewer complaints. In North America, Total revenue in North America School Bus was 1% lower in the period (at constant

exchange rates) reflecting the impact of sustained severe weather in the first quarter. Excluding this impact, underlying revenue for the current school year grew by 2%. $15m of revenue was lost to snow across School Bus and Transit in the first quarter of 2014, the majority of which is being recovered in the second quarter. Net debt at the end of April 2014 had risen in line with normal seasonal working capital requirements and to fund

investment opportunities. The company said debt is expected to decline by June 30 towards the level at last year end. The group said it is focused on developing its pipeline of contract opportunities in 2014. Success so far has included retaining key contracts in current businesses in Europe and North America, submitting bids to win major new business in existing markets, and opening up new international opportunities.

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Police investigate fruad allegation at independent Llanberis-based operator

North Wales has lost one of its independent operators after Padarn Bus shut its doors at midnight on Friday (May 30) when it ceased trading. 80 people lost their jobs that day. The news comes after insolvency specialists from Baker Tilly assisted the directors in exploring all other possible options, including the sale of the business by way of an Accelerated Merger & Acquisition process. Despite their best efforts, which involved working closely with all stakeholders, including the councils, Finance Wales and the Welsh Government to try and �ind a way to preserve the business, it ultimately, not possible – meaning the �irm was placed into liquidation. A creditors’ meeting is due to take place within the next 21 days, at which point the liquidators are expected to be appointed. More worrying however, is the news of a police investigation. Detective Inspector Stephen Williams, of North Wales, con�irmed of�icers were investigating an allegation of fraud at the �irm. He told The Daily Post: “Two local people have been arrested as part of the investigation. One, a 28-yearold woman, was arrested and interviewed on May 24. Following questioning she was bailed to allow police time to complete the investigation.

A Padarn Bus Optare Solo is seen at Pen-y-Pass. GOOGLE STREETVIEW “The second, a 44-year-old man, was arrested on Thursday (May 29). “As this is an ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to add anything further at this time.” A spokesman for the familyrun �irm told BBC Wales that the closure was as a result of losing contracts following the announcement of the police inquiry. A council spokesman said: “The council and the Welsh Government have been aware the company has been facing dif�iculties for some weeks and we have been working together in an attempt to address the serious problems that could occur for passengers should the company bring their service to an end at short-notice.

Abellio to attract new users in Surrey Abellio Surrey Bus has launched a ‘Travel by bus’ initiative for Saturdays throughout June called ‘A – B and Back for FREE.’ Alastair Willis, Commercial Manager for Abellio London & Surrey, explained: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people who don’t usually travel by bus to give it a try, hopping on the bus is convenient and saves many people the stress and car parking costs associated with using the car, plus many of our buses now offer FREE onboard WiFi.” This offer is available to everyone to use – they simply need to hop on the bus and ask the driver for the “A-B and back for free” ticket offer.

Engineering Manager Richard Slack, Operations Manager Michael Finn, Duty Manager Peter Martin and Commercial Manager Alastair Willis For more information visit surrey or follow Twitter; @abellio_surrey

The company was founded as a taxi �irm in 1979 by Dafydd and Darren Price, moving into coach hire in 1984. It continued to be a small scale operation until 2009 when Padarn Bus directors concluded a deal to buy KMP Coaches of Llanberis. Padarn ran a 40-vehicle �leet, comprising both commercial and tendered local bus services and private hire coaches. The company’s 40 routes included most of the Snowdon Sherpa services, popular with visitors to the Snowdonia National Park. It also ran services onto the Isle of Anglesey. Operators which stepped in to cover Padarn’s work include Arriva Buses Wales, Express Motors, Gwynfor Coaches, O R Jones of Llanfaethlu and GHA Coaches.

Manston Airport shuts Manston Airport in Kent, bought by Ann Gloag for £1 last year, has been closed. Manston Skyport Ltd bought Infratil Kent Facilities’ entire share capital in the airport on November 29, 2013, but according to the Observer, that appears to have made it liable for a £23m loan. Accounts reveal that last October, Infratil Kent Facilities issued £23m of shares to its parent company, Infratil Airports Europe, which weeks later sold Prestwick airport near Ayr to the Scottish government for £1.

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Custom in Arriva launches Audio Visual service in York experience. Four new Optare Solos operated by Voluntary “The system also gives people the Arriva and connecting the city of confidence to jump aboard the bus with Holgate, Acomb, Fulford Administration York for the first time and it’s perfect for and The University of York have Alexander Dennis (ADL) has placed Custom Coaches, its Australian bodybuilder based in Sydney and Adelaide, into Voluntary Administration. Custom employs around 300 staff. In a statement ADL said: “As a business we have invested heavily in Custom over the past two years, but with further losses anticipated – and no significant changes imminent in the market place – it became incumbent upon us to place the business into Voluntary Administration. “ADL is now working closely with Deloitte, who have indicated that they intend to seek a sale of the business as a going concern, in order to secure on-going employment and maintain vehicle supplies to customers.”

ADL acquired Custom Coaches in June 2012 investing in the business and its systems to improve quality, reduce build hours and improve cost competitiveness. However, the local market, which it was well placed to serve and growing at the time as State Governments invested, has fallen by around 30% since. The Australian operation represented less than 10% of ADL’s £540m turnover last year and the parent group remains financially robust, profitable and with a strong balance sheet.

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been fitted with Audio Visual (AV) technology. Third year politics student George Hughes applied to be the voice of the next-stop announcements. The recording took place last month at University Radio York and the destination messages are now live on service 27, a new Arriva route. The launch coincided with the introduction of a new day and weekly ticket for service 27, at a cost of £2 and £8 respectively. The tickets can be purchased direct from the driver, or via the Arriva m-ticket app. Nigel Featham, Regional Managing Director for Arriva Yorkshire, said: “We were delighted to invest in

University of York student George Hughes voiced the next-stop announcements this technology and we believe these buses to be the first to feature both visual and audio next-stop announcements in the city of York. For some of our customers bus travel is a lifeline and we are pleased to enhance their journey

visitors who may be unfamiliar with the area.” Diane Roworth, Chief Officer of York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, said: “We are delighted that these talking buses are in service, they will make travelling by bus so much easier for blind and partially sighted people. “Knowing where you are on your journey, and when you have reached your destination, can be extremely difficult if you cannot see. These new buses will help reduce the stress of getting out and about independently, and encourage more blind and partially sighted people to use the bus, which has to be a good thing.”

Wessex Connect to face public inquiry into punctuality issues

Wessex Connect is to face a public inquiry looking into problems with punctuality and the reliability of its buses, the Bath Chronicle reported. “Essentially members of the public complained about the level of service being offered by Wessex Connect in October 2012,” said Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell. “As a result some investigations took place and further complaints were received in June 2013.” Officials from the DVSA visited the headquarters of Wessex and spoke to senior managers. Although inspectors from the agency were assured that systems and procedures had been put in place to solve the

problems, complaints continued. The agency itself elected to launch an official investigation to try and understand the situation. The performance of the firm was measured over a 12-day period at the end of September 2013. A total of 282 journeys were monitored for their punctuality and reliability, of which 121 services were considered unsatisfactory. Wessex Connect claimed that the genuine figure for unsatisfactory services was lower than this, and maintained that the problems were largely to do with congestion in Bristol. “According to the company the lateness was essentially down to a combination of roadworks,

road traffic accidents and traffic congestion,” said Sarah Bell. High numbers of students using the bus’s service at UWE campus in Frenchay were also identified as a problem. Over a period of six months, the DVSA received 547 complaints, although the operator argued that the complaints represented a small percentage of its passengers, as more than two million customers travelled on its services during the period covered by the inquiry. Wessex Connect said a new timetable had been introduced and drivers’ working patterns altered in order to address and fix the problems.

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NEWS › COACHES RO A D WATC H n THERE WILL BE LANE CLOSURES on the Second Severn Crossing for two weekends to allow waterproofing and resurfacing work to take place. Two lanes will be closed on the westbound carriageway between 2200hrs on Friday, June 6 and 1000hrs Sunday, June 8. On the eastbound carriageway two lanes will be closed between 2200 on Friday, June 13 and 1000hrs on Sunday, June 15. One lane will remain open during the work so traffic can continue to cross in both directions, but if delays occur, signing will direct drivers to use the M48 Severn Crossing. n THE HIGHWAYS AGENCY will be carrying out overnight work on the A5 at the Queen’s Head junction near Oswestry, Shropshire from Thursday, June 12. The work involves installing a new electronic sign to warn southbound vehicles of the approaching junction, as well as standard road signs, safety barriers and new road markings. The closures will affect a third of a mile section of the A5 at its junction with the B5009 near to the entrance to Oswestry Golf Club, for four nights, between 2000 and 0700hrs. Local access will be available at the Queen’s Head junction at times, if construction work allows for this. When the junction is closed, traffic will be officially diverted along the circutuous route via Welshpool using the A458 and A483 – although CBW recommends coaches use the much shorter B4396, via Knockin and Llynclys. n OVERNIGHT IMPROVEMENT work on the A46 at Alcester, Warwickshire, will take place from June 9 to 25. The work between Wixford overbridge and the Stratford Road junction includes resurfacing, reinstatement of road markings and installation of tactile paving at the bridleway crossing on the A46/A435 Oversley Mill roundabout. It will be carried out in three phases, all involving full closures of the A46 from 2000 to 0600hrs, Mondays to Fridays.

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Motts Holidays becomes Motts Leisure

Motts took delivery of a pair of tri-axle Setra S416 GT-HD coaches in Crusader Holidays livery earlier this year

Aylesbury-based Motts Travel has announced a new brand structure. The Motts Travel brand will focus solely on coach hire, corporate and contracting while Crusader Holidays will offer short breaks and up to 12 day holidays in the UK and on the continent to destinations such as Croatia, southern Italy and Poland to customers based across the southeast of England. Motts Holidays becomes Motts Leisure and continues to offer day trips within the local area which will still be sold on its own dedicated website as well as through the firm’s shop in

Buckingham Road, Aylesbury. Roger Mott, Director of Motts Travel and Crusader Holidays, said: “When I took over Motts Travel from my father in 1982, I don’t think I could have imagined the sort of growth we have experienced. We now have over 60 coaches and offices in Aylesbury and Clacton with a shop in Aylesbury town centre. “We acquired Crusader Holidays in 2011 which allowed us to expand on our holiday offerings with their established brand name and geographical reach. This has effectively allowed us to split the company into two with Motts Travel offering coach hire and contracts while Crusader offers holidays and bespoke group travel. The subsidiary of the two is now known as Motts Leisure which will

still offer day trips for our local valued customers. “I think most people around the Home Counties know Motts Travel, but may not know the other brands within our business. We are hoping that with the new brand structure, we can educate our existing customers and obtain new ones. The shop in Aylesbury now has a new Crusader Holidays sign replacing the old Motts Travel one to reflect our holiday offers as does our head office in Stocklake alongside Motts Travel. “We do want to stress to our local customers who may have travelled with us before that Motts Travel as such has not gone, simply grown for the better and we will continue to offer day trips under the guise of Motts Leisure with our new day trip brochure out now.”

Work on the Crewe Green Link Road can start following government agreement to fund the scheme. The Department for Transport will fund up to £15.6m of the £26.4m scheme which will provide vital transport links to Basford, an important site for local employment opportunities. The scheme will also include a new bypass to the south east of Crewe. This will ease congestion in the town and bring major environmental benefits by

reducing traffic queues with fewer trucks trying to negotiate town centre streets. The scheme consists of a 1.1 kmlong (0.7 miles) dual carriageway road from the existing bypass on the A500 to the A5020 passing under the Crewe-Stoke Railway. The announcement grants full approval to the scheme, which is promoted by Cheshire East Council, and enables work to begin. The main works are scheduled to start immediately, with completion of the scheme in November 2015.

The DfT will provide a maximum of £15.64m towards the full scheme cost of £26.375m. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This scheme is great news for Crewe and will support the economic growth and regeneration of the town, including the ‘All Change for Crewe’ strategy. “The £15.6m we are putting into this project shows that we are serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth, both locally and nationally.”

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Rotala settles National Express legal dispute Rotala has settled its legal dispute with National Express (NX). In a statement to the stock exchange on Monday (June 2), the firm said: “Following the loss of two route diagrams operated on behalf of NX, referred to in the company’s results for the 2013 financial year, Rotala commenced legal proceedings against NX for breach of contract and wrote off an exceptional item of £364,000 in respect of this action. Rotala is pleased to announce that it has reached a full and final settlement with NX of its claim in terms satisfactory to the company.” News of the dispute was made public on April 25 in Rotala’s

final results. Back then, it stated revenues in contracted services overall fell by 8.5% to £20.6m. “The cause of almost all of this reduction in revenue was the loss in April 2013 of the two route diagrams we operated up to that time for NX,” Rotala said. “In our view NX breached their contract with us by their actions. Therefore, we have commenced legal proceedings against NX to recover our losses. This case is expected to come to trial in the last quarter of 2014. In these accounts we have written off as an exceptional item £364,000 of our losses, which form part of our claim against NX.”

The Guild of British Coach Operators has announced that Excelsior Coaches of Bournemouth has been accepted into the membership. Guild Chairman John Johnson said: “It is great to see another highly respected and successful operator joining the Guild. We look forward to Kathy Tilbury and her team participating fully in the Guild’s activities as we continue to promote the best in coach travel.” Excelsior Coaches prides itself for the level of customer service it delivers to its clients. Its key objective is to ensure that its clients travel safely, securely, punctually and in comfort to their destination. A multi-award winning company, providing the

most modern air-conditioned fleet in the region, operating out of central Bournemouth on the South Coast covering Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Devon, Berkshire, Home Counties, Sussex and Isle of Wight and beyond, Excelsior is a well-known private coach hire and corporate coach hire specialists. Excelsior operates a fleet of 40 vehicles, ranging from 49 to 53 seater executive luxury coaches. The fleet is routinely renewed and rigorously maintained. Every coach features the latest technology including Vehicle Tracking, Driver performance monitoring, real-time web-based dashboard, CCTV and breathalysers. Kathy Tilbury said: “I am delighted to have met the

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Bournemouth-based Excelsior Coaches operates a fleet of 40 vehicles

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demanding standards required to join the Guild of British Coach Operators, this is a tremendous endorsement of the quality of our business and of the excellent staff at Excelsior. We are all so proud to be in the Guild.” Established in 1985, the Guild promotes and markets the services of its members, all of whom commit to meeting the highest quality standards, assured by regular independent audits. Prospective members have to achieve a 100% pass before being accepted into the Guild. Guild membership currently comprises 23 of the most respected operators across the UK. For more information, visit

Lucketts trains 100th driver

The 100th trainee driver has graduated from Lucketts Travel Group’s driver training school. Until recently, 45-year old Marcus Byrne worked as a delivery driver for a supermarket. Now he’s driving coaches on private hire and school contracts. Lucketts Travel Group says that it’s the only coach operator on the south coast with its own driver training school. It opened in 2007 at the family run firm’s Fareham head quarters and is led by Group Training Manager, Ian Hills. In the first year just two drivers qualified. Last year it was 10 times that number. As well as training recruits from scratch, the latest safe and economic driving techniques are taught. Lucketts delivered 264 courses in 2013. Paul Barringer, Group Sales and Marketing Director, said: “100 drivers fully trained in seven years is quite an achievement, especially since we have such a high driver retention rate. “Our first trainee driver was Kevin Ferguson and he’s still working for Lucketts today. In fact, more than 75% of drivers stay with the company, in no small part due to the continued training and development offered at our unique in house facility.” June 4, 2014 | COACH & BUS WEEK | 11 02/06/2014 18:54



A BUS SHELTER in Malvern, home to prominent street art depicting Edward Elgar, is undergoing a £5,000 makeover. The makeover hopes to improve the Wells Road shelter beneath the Rosebank Gardens by creating a gap between the existing wall and the current wall so moisture and salts will drain away. Town clerk Linda Blake said: “With all the publicity the paintings generated it drew attention to the fact that the paint was flaking away. It will allow it to look really nice and smart.” The work will last two weeks, in which it will be battened with tanalised battens and finished with masonry paint, and when it is finished there will be a decision as to how to protect the four images of the iconic classical composer. An auction of the original canvases and the stencil raised £2,880 to fund community art activities in the town.


YELLOW BUSES is supporting Southbourne’s ‘Shake & Stir Vintage Fest by the Sea’ as official transport partners. The operator’s buses will take passengers back in time to the event which is a celebration of everything from the 1940s and 1950s, including military vehicles, food and drink, dance classes and a vintage fair on Saturday, June 21 to Sunday 22. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings will have headline acts performing at the Vintage Village and tickets are now on sale. Winner of the Bournemouth Tourism Award last year, it is the second annual vintage festival. “Yellow Buses was busy in the area during the 1940s and 1950s,” said Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing. “We’re pleased to be taking people back there. “It will be a great festival and we have plenty of services that will be running across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch taking passengers to Southbourne throughout the weekend. Heather Martyn, who is organising the festival, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Yellow Buses as official transport partners and hope lots of people hop on a Yellow and come to the festival.”


MANY SERVICES on West Oxfordshire’s bus routes and

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consultations. The controversial stops will force passengers to cross the bike lines to catch the bus from an ‘island’. Many cyclists support the proposition because it means their journeys will not be disrupted by other vehicles and having to overtake buses. However, disability groups have criticised the proposal, fearing it could lead to collisions with cyclists, and the idea was deemed ‘absolutely ridiculous’ by the Managing Director of Stagecoach Cambridgeshire, Andy Campbell. In response, the county council has now proposed to prioritise pedestrians over cyclists at the floating stops, and to locate the bus shelter on the island where possible. There was intense discussion over whether to segregate the cycle lanes from the road using a kerb for a sense of safety, or by raising them above the level of the road


operators will change, with new timetables coming into force from Sunday, after Oxfordshire County Council reviewed its subsidies for routes in the district. Burnford will benefit from two buses from Witney, from Monday to Saturday, every hour instead of one every 90 minutes, and a new hourly link with Chipping Norton via the Wychwoods villages. “The town has been under-served by buses for years,” said Burnford Mayor John White. “It will give much-needed freedom of choice.” The Stagecoach and Go Ride-run services will replace the current irregular service linking Burford with Witney and the Wychwoods, and will now run between Burford, Witney and Woodstock, replacing the current route 242 between Witney and Woodstock. Go Ride’s X10 service will run hourly between Witney, Burford, the Wychwoods and Chipping Norton. Hugh Jaeger, the Chairman of Bus Users UK’s Oxford branch, said: “It’s an even bigger improvement than we hoped for. I think this is what Burford has deserved for a very long time.” Significant cuts in services were avoided as Stagecoach, Go Ride and the Villager community bus service will now run eight of the routes on a commercial basis, without council subsidies.


CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is to spend £1.8m on Cambridge’s first segregated on-road cycle lanes, including ‘floating’ bus stops, after


(TfL) teamed up with Oxjam to bring lucky competition winners to see the first ever series of live music performances on board a New Routemaster bus. The set of shows titled ‘Bus Jam’ saw a New Routemaster travel across London on Sunday, May 18, stopping at three different locations where fans boarded to see exclusive, intimate performances by their favourite artists. Artists performing include multi award winning Laura Mvula (pictured) and acclaimed British

soul star Omar MBE. The innovative idea was the first time that TfL has teamed up with Oxfam, and helped raise awareness about Oxjam – a month long music festival raising money for the charity. Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: “We are delighted to give lucky passengers intimate, live performances of their favourite artists on board our buses this Sunday. “This is one of many exciting collaborations happening throughout this year that celebrate our extensive, accessible and world class bus service.”

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so emergency vehicles could pass more easily. They have elected to use kerbs at Girton end of Huntingdon Road and the raised solution in Hills Road. The government-funded proposals will be considered on May 27 and if approved, work shall begin next April. LINCOLN WILL RUN ghost tour buses again this summer after the tours sold-out last Halloween. The black-liveried Tour Lincoln bus operated by Stagecoach took people on a tour of the city to see the spookiest sites. The new tour dates are June 7, July 5, and August 2. “We were blown away with the success of the Halloween tours,” said Lincoln’s Visitor Information Centre Manager Michele Sims. “So we’ve decided to run a few more, for those who are feeling brave!” Tickets will cost £6, with interested parties encouraged to buy as soon as possible.


JOB SEEKERS in Rochdale will be allowed to travel on buses for free when attending job interviews, as well as enjoying free or discounted public transport during the initial few months of their job. Until March 2015, eligible job seekers can apply for one of 24,000 free one-day bus passes to get to interviews or free 28 day bus or Metrolink travel passes once employment has been secured, with a further 12-weeks of discounted travel after that. However, if they prefer to bike they will be given access to free recycled bikes, which can be kept after three months, along with any safety accessories such as lights and helmets, cycle training and bike maintenance. Councillor Colin Lambert, Leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Helping our residents get a job is a major priority.” The government-funded scheme is being run by Rochdale Council in conjunction with Transport for Greater Manchester and partners System One and Jobcentre Plus.


LOTHIAN BUSES is looking to reintroduce a service to South Queensferry and Kirkliston after 30 years. Formerly served by an hourly Stagecoach service, a report due to go before the transport committee proposes the green light for Lothian Buses to take over the 63 route at

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the cost of £240,000. The cost of implementing the new seven-day service 63 is understood to be met with the help of £100,000 paid in by housing developers – the 600-home North Kirkliston housing development. A total of 16 tenders were received from three operators: Horsbrugh, First Scotland East and Lothian Buses. Operator Waverley Travel is earmarked to take over service 64 from Edinburgh Park through Barnton to Silverknowes at a cost of £100,000 a year, while service 38 from Granton to King’s Building/Cameron Toll and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh will be continued by Lothian Buses for £108,000. The funding will be met from within the existing city transport budget for subsided bus services. “This is very positive news,” said Terry Airlie, South Queensferry Community Chairman. “We have fought a long time for a better bus service for South Queensferry. “There are a lot of commuters living in South Queensferry and with 700 homes to be built in the coming seven years this will only increase. Access to the tram network with a shared fare structure is a real bonus. However, we would like to see more detail of the proposal before giving our unreserved support.”

ANGUS COUNCIL is considering rolling out more than £3m for new bus services. Offers are now being sought from operators to increase the number of bus services between Dundee and Angus. Eric Guthrie, Director of Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership, said the area’s regional bus plan for 2015 will include the addition of more services operating within Angus itself. “Allowance has been made for potential contribution towards development of bus services serving the communities of Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar, Montrose and Dundee to Stracathro Hospital, previously the subject of an unsuccessful bus investment bid,” he said. “The council will seek the provision of socially necessary public transport services not provided commercially, commensurate with the demand for such services and the cost of provision,” Ian Cochrane, the council’s head of technical and property services, explained. The updated services are then scheduled to commence from June next year.


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2014 n June 8 Barry Festival of Transport Barry Island, South Wales. n June 15 Welsh Coach Rally, Swansea. Contact Ashley Lovering 07814 958379 n June 17-19 ATCO Summer Event 2014, Cardiff. n June 29 Reading Buses seventh annual open day Great Knollys Street depot 1100-1600hrs. 0118 959 4000 n June 29 Wessex Transport Society Bus Rally Ringwood, Hampshire. 01202 293245. n July 2 European Bus Forum 2014 Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. www. n July 5-6 North Norfolk Railway Bus Rally. Heritage bus service both days, transport festival on Sunday. Email bus@johnrstewart. for an entry form. n July 12–13 Routemaster 60. Finsbury Park, London. Organised by the Routemaster Association, the event will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the unveiling of RM1. n July 20 Alton Bus Rally. Anstey Park, Alton, Hants. www.

n September 10-11 Low Carbon Vehicle Event, Millbrook, Bedfordshire. 01509 635 750. www. n September 14 Bus & Coach Wales Merthyr Tydfil n September 14 UK Bus Driver of the Year 2014 Blackpool. bdoy@ n September 21 Showbus 2014. Imperial War Museum, Duxford. n September 25 - October 2 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. Hannover, Germany. n October 28-31 International Bus and Coach Trade Fair Feria de Madrid Avda del Partenon, 5 28042 Madrid, Spain n October 5 Bluebell Railway Vintage Bus Day. 01825 720800, visit or email n October 6–7 CPT Scotland Annual Conference. Cameron House Hotel, Alexandria. 0131 272 2150. n November 4-6 Euro Bus Expo Expo 2014 NEC Birmingham www. n November 4 – 7 QV Associates Introduction to Bus & Crew Scheduling course. Birmingham. 01905 613527. http://qv-associates. com

n August 31 Buses Festival. Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon. 10 – 1700hrs. Contact: michelle.

n November 18 – 21 QV Associates Route & Timetable Planning course. Birmingham. 01905 613527. http://qv-associates. com

n September 9 Association of Trainers AGM. Birmingham. 01797 344251 asot/come-to-meet-us-menu

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VDL Bus & Coach secures Berlin order German capital city operator decides to buy buses from Holland GERMANY Two years ago, the Berlin transport authority, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), took delivery of a pair of VDL Citea LLE120s for extensive trials. Lighter weight buses, they proved their worth, and BVG has now awarded VDL Bus & Coach an order for 236 more that will be delivered from later this year through to 2017. Based on a framework contract drawn up between operator and supplier, there is an option to extend by two years. “This the largest order ever for VDL Bus & Coach Deutschland,” said Boris Höltermann, Public Transport Manager at the importer. “It makes clear that a light low entry model is also superbly suited to withstand the harsh traffic conditions in urban Berlin.” Rémi Henkemans, Managing Director of VDL Bus & Coach said: “We are very proud of the fact that BVG has chosen our buses. The order validates our decision to pursue a strategy based on lightweight concepts and ‘profit of ownership’ with a focus on public transport in Europe.” The Citea LLE has a net weight of approximately nine tonnes and, according to BVG’s own tests,

Paris mobility conference to be hosted

FRANCE UITP (International Association of Public Transport), UTP, GART and GIE Objectif Transport Public have partnered to host the inaugural European Mobility Conference from June 11-12, 2014, in conjunction with Transports Publics 2014, the European Mobility Exhibition in Paris. The conference will examine the future of mobility in European cities and what can be done to promote growth and prevent environmental degradation. Top-level speakers will be drawn from leading operators, the OECD, the European Investment Bank, Chambers of Commerce and the International Energy Agency.

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Two VDL Citea LLE-120s have been subjected to intensive trials by BVG consumes 20% less diesel than comparable products. That equates to a reduction of around 18 tonnes of harmful substance emissions per year, per vehicle, says VDL. The Euro 6 Citea LLE combined with a consumption reduction of 20% also cuts NOx by 95%. With this level of performance, the bus meets requirements normally placed on vehicles with hybrid technology and that’s without the additional expense related to that technology or the associated costs for workshops and infrastructure. BVG is the largest bus operator

in the German-speaking region – Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It operates more than 1,300 buses on which 937m passenger journeys are made annually. In a separate development, BVG is to operate route 204 between the Zoo and Southern Cross with electric buses from 2015. It was originally planned that the Solaris vehicles with Vossloh-Kiepe electric drives and batteries that can be recharged wirelessly would be used on route 147 (Ostbahnhof Hauptbahnhof), but operational practicalities were brought into

doubt because of traffic congestion. The Federal Ministry of Transport, which aims to promote the electric mobility aspect of the initiative, also said the route was too far from the city centre. The buses will operate on route 204 for a year before moving to service 192 in Marzahn. The primary coil recharging points at termini use Bombardier technology and wireless recharging should take only a few minutes. Underneath the vehicles are secondary coils that receive the charge via a magnetic field.

Hangzhou orders 2,000 BYD electric buses CHINA An order for 2,000 BYD battery-electric buses and 1,000 pure-electric cars has been signed by the Mayor of Hangzhou, Hongming Zhang. BYD says that it’s one of the largest orders ever placed for an all-electric transport fleet. “Hangzhou is a beautiful place with a rich history and culture, as well as a great environment for investment,” said BYD Ltd founder and Chairman, Wang Chuanfu. “BYD is excited to bring our world-leading electric transport technologies to Hangzhou and witness the vision and dreams of this leadership team come to pass.” BYD Auto Europe’s Managing Director Isbrand Ho said: “There is simply no other company that manufactures and delivers fleets of electric cars and electric buses by the thousands. The R&D expertise, the manufacturing scale, component spend and hundreds of

BYD set to deliver 3,000 electric vehicles to Hangzhou from later this year millions of passenger kilometres already travelled in our pure electric buses and taxis, meaning that BYD has a substantial lead over our competitors in this fast developing technology. We plan to invest in facilities in Europe and also to work with suitably qualified bus industry partners here.” Hangzhou is home to Alibaba, another high-tech Chinese company. “Today, the electric vehicle market is growing, and EV

(Electric Vehicle) technologies have matured to the point where every city transit should be adopting them,” said Secretary Gong Zheng of Hangzhou’s Municipal Committee. “The turning point of new energy is now, and we want to see BYD grow the same way we saw Jack Ma’s Alibaba grow years ago.” BYD has delivered the first buses in the United States from its new California electric bus plant.

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Transperth real-time information rollout by 2016 AUSTRALIA Bus passengers in Perth will start to be able to track the movements of their buses on the Transperth website and via an app when a real-time tracking system is rolled out across the fleet from next year, reports Australasia Bus & Coach magazine. The roll-out of the real-time system is expected to be completed

by 2016. Transperth has already trialled similar technology in 130 buses operating out of it’s Karrinyup garage. Rolling out the technology to the entire fleet has been contracted to Downer EDI Engineering Power. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the fully-integrated technology

will allow Transperth to look at innovative ways to improve ontime running. “Already Transperth has been sharing the information gathered during the trial with ‘main roads’ and testing signal priority for buses running behind schedule,” he said. The live-tracking system will feed into electronic signage at the new

Continuing hybrid success for Volvo

Volvo added the articulated version of the 7900H to its range last year SWEDEN Sales of Volvo Buses’ hybrid models continue to grow says the manufacturer. In the first quarter of 2014, orders for more than 100 buses were signed by customers in countries such as Britain, Germany and Switzerland. Volvo Buses has now sold more than 1,350 hybrid buses since their introduction in 2010. “Cities the world over are working hard to improve the quality of life for their populations,” said Lars Johansson, Director Global Marketing Volvo Buses. “That’s why more and more public transport authorities are imposing particularly far-reaching demands on low emissions of air pollution, low noise levels and low energy consumption. Our hybrids meet all these demands with their dependable and flexible technology.” Volvo’s range of hybrid buses include the two-axle Volvo 7900H

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and 7900H artic, a three-axle highcapacity vehicle with space for up to 154 passengers. B5LH chassis with Volvo’s hybrid transmission also form the basis for British double-deckers with Wrightbus and Alexander Dennis bodywork, and the vehicles used in South American BRT systems. There are customers in more than 20 countries. The largest markets are Britain, Colombia, Norway and Sweden, while Germany, Brazil and Switzerland have also ordered significant numbers. Notable was an order in the second half of 2013 for 200 buses from Bogotá. This contract covers not just the buses but also all service and maintenance. “We’ve now sold 590 hybrid buses to Britain,” continued Lars. “As recently as March, we received an order for 18 hybrid doubledeckers. In February, customers in Germany placed orders for 27

hybrid buses, 15 of which are in articulated configuration. “Customers taking the step into a new technology naturally want security. We therefore offer various business packages whereby we undertake to handle all maintenance for the entire bus, including the batteries at a fixed, predetermined price. This is a solution that benefits both parties. “In 2016 we will also start to offer electric hybrid buses that can run seven kilometres solely on electricity, thus reducing fuel consumption by up to 75%. The technology, whereby the bus batteries are fast-charged at terminals located at either end of the bus route, is currently being tested in regular Gothenburg traffic. This autumn will see the start of another EU-financed field test involving Volvo’s electric hybrid buses, this time in Stockholm.”

Perth Busport which is due to open in 2016. It uses similar technology to the departure gate system found at airports. “Each bus will then be allocated a stand within the Perth Busport and this information is then communicated to passengers in the central waiting area,” explained Dean.

Queensland operators offered seatbelt funding AUSTRALIA Queensland regional school bus operators are being encouraged to apply for funding to install seatbelts on their vehicles. Operators are able to apply for funding from the Seatbelts on Regional School Buses programme, which supports families and communities where school buses operate on high-speed non-metropolitan roads. The programme offers eligible operators up to $25,000 of Australian Government funding per bus to subsidise the cost of making the installation. Australian Government Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said school bus safety is one of the areas targeted in the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020, which aims to significantly reduce deaths and serious injuries resulting from road crashes. “Thousands of children in regional Australia rely on buses to get them safely to and from their schools every day, often travelling long distances on high-speed roads,” he explained. Bus operators with a state or territory government contract to provide services on recognised regional school bus routes can apply for funding. Applications to the Seatbelts on Regional School Buses programme close on June 11. June 4, 2014| COACH & BUS WEEK | 15 02/06/2014 14:14


Euro 6 is no big deal Gareth Evans talks to Ian McLean, MAN’s Director of Bus & Coach, about the firm’s Euro 6 Tourliner, together with an update on the manufacturer’s activities in the UK market


trucks alike.” t’s been over a year since CBW last “I brought the best elements of HGV sales carried a dedicated MAN feature in any to PCV sales,” added Ian. “We now don’t just great depth. In mid March 2013 the sell a coach – we offer a service. It may be an message was very much one of ‘MAN is old cliché but we’re literally a one-stop shop. here to stay’ (CBW1078). That came in Previously we just sold a coach and partthe wake of a restructure and a refocus of the exchanged an old one. We can now offer a range business, which is almost inevitable in such of benefits to customers, including bolt-ons.” situations, resulted in the bush telegraph going On that note, a four-year into overdrive. A smart new AT A GLANCE comprehensive warranty is premises at Trafford Park it a subject that Ian becomes may have been (and still is), Name: MAN Truck & Bus quite animated over, but while I’m no accountant, it Manchester which is indicative of how was clear having so many used Address: Bailey Road, Ashburton seriously he takes the issue. vehicles in stock – almost 100 – Road West, Trafford Park, “I hate the words ‘bumper was not healthy. Manchester, M17 1SA to bumper’ because it’s Over the past year, there Tel: 0161 848 8331 not what it says it is. Our have been further changes in Visit: warranty stays with the personnel. The business is now vehicle – rather than with led by Ian McLean, who is Head the customer. I found that out recently to my of Bus & Coach UK. A blunt Lancastrian he may peril with a part-exchange. Our warranty be, but far from being rude, Ian is a sharp suited extends to 400,000kms. down-to-earth sort. A fellow caffeine addict, “We market it as ‘Warranty Plus’ – which is Ian headed up the £10m project to develop the included as standard. It cover things such as firm’s Trafford Park dealership into the fine annual oil and filter changes, plus a top end facility that it is. settings check, which looks at things like the valves. That ensures the correct oil is used, New vehicle sales which I’ve found is a huge issue. Similarly, “Manchester is our flagship dealership – we’ve operators can be assured the right filters have now established it as the 100% headquarters been used. for bus and coach,” Ian enthused. “Within that package is a two-day training “We previously had separate divisions for programme. All we ask is that operators pay coach and bus. In Germany, bus means coach for the accommodation of their staff here in and bus. Manchester is also the headquarters Manchester. It’s a question and answer session for both new and used vehicles. We had a large run by our own field sales engineers. Last number of used vehicles but we sold them all. year we ran the courses for 60 customers. It “Swindon is the support centre and registered saves uncertainty about the features on a new head office but all my sales team work out of vehicle.” here.” Giving an idea of how things have changed So what has changed at Trafford in a year for in this respect, Ian said it now takes three coach and bus operators? hours to hand over a vehicle. “We’ve altered “A year ago I said we would build a the procedures. I ask operators to bring drivers competence centre. People don’t want to come here. Euro 6 is different – there are new and into a truck dealership to buy a coach or bus,” I additional buttons for example. It’s important explained. they know what they’re doing. A guessing game “We just need individuality for coach and bus is simply unacceptable.” operators. They can come here and select their In a similar vain, the best driving techniques choice of seats and coverings for example. The can be demonstrated using ProfiDrive, MAN’s overheads are absorbed into the Manchester own training brand. branch. Also on site is the SFC – Specialist “After all, each vehicle has its own unique Fitment Centre – which undertakes overhaul characteristics,” Ian rightly said. and repair work for coaches, buses and 16 | COACH & BUS WEEK | June 4, 2014

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MANUFACTURER › MAN UPDATE As for new vehicle stock, he explained that due to a “whole host of reasons,” all new Euro 6 coaches were not going to be available until April. “The demonstrator we had in was sold – we are after all, in the business of selling rather than playing with coaches. From a business point of view, we’ve got a good steady stream of stock coming in,” he added. Continental tyres come as standard on new coaches but customers can specify other brands. Onboard CCTV is going to be an option and likewise forward-facing cameras and full telematics. Something Ian was keen to stress was that the firm now offers repair and maintenance packages on coaches – something which has previously been available on trucks but not coaches. See separate panel for an overview. As for buses, Ian said: “We currently have no bus stock on-site available for sale. If someone asked for an A66 (CitySmart) or an A69 (gas bus), we would of course sell them one. I can currently offer them with Caetano bodywork but other bodywork will be available shortly. I can’t say more than that for now – except to watch this space. “Interesting news is in the pipeline,” he enthused.

Used vehicles

Back to the earlier point about the yard being swamped by a sea of used vehicles a year or so ago, Ian said: “A year ago we had 89 used vehicles here. We sold 106 used vehicles last year. Our current stock is 35.” A number of improvements have been initiated to help sell vehicles and improve the quality of service offered to buyers. Ian highlighted two such examples: “We employ a dedicated coach and bus driver. He delivers vehicles if required. He also starts and moves them regularly. “Also, when we buy part-exchange, I expect to do an FTA (Freight Transport Association) inspection. I also expect to see a service history. If a vehicle doesn’t meet our criteria, we simply won’t do a part-exchange.” Most significantly, MAN Bus & Coach UK officially launched its premium TopUsed brand at the recent UK Coach Rally at Alton Towers.


Management at MAN Manchester

Head of Bus & Coach UK: Ian McLean Key Account Manager for Bus & Coach: Paul Gardner, Key Account Manager Used Vehicles: Simon Matthews, Sales Manager Used Bus & Coach The programme offers a detailed multi-point check of the selected vehicles, already subjected to stringent FTA assessment as a matter of MAN’s quality policy before being accepted onto even its standard used vehicle register, plus the additional benefits of tailored finance packages from MAN Financial Services, R&M options and extended warranty opportunities. Simon Matthews, who heads the MAN Bus & Coach used sales operations, explained: “The introduction of our TopUsed package brings with it fresh strong branding and a clear message as to the quality of the pre-owned vehicles we are selling. The recent adoption of independent FTA checks ensures each vehicle undergoes a comprehensive inspection and will assure operators that MAN has moved right up the league in terms of places to go to find vehicles they can trust. “We have been trialling the new TopUsed approach through our bus and coach operational headquarters in Manchester for some months, and have been pleased with operator interest and acceptance.” Explaining the background, Ian said: “With our MAN and Neoplan brands we have built an expectation of quality at the new product


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end of the cycle, and it was time to extend that expectation, and delivery, into the used vehicle set-up. Simon has been working hard since joining us to make sure we could live up to that, and his ability to now introduce TopUsed is a clear sign of his success. “In fact, so successful has he been that we are probably in a position where stocks are threatening to fall behind operator demand. That’s a situation we can work with however, especially given the fantastic acceptance of the new MAN and Neoplan Euro-6 products. Deliveries seem to be far ahead of most other manufacturers and orders are still pouring in, so good quality used vehicles are expected to be coming in as a result of those replacement programmes among top quality operators.” While MAN Bus & Coach standard used sales include non-MAN/Neoplan products, the TopUsed programme is restricted to MAN and NEOPLAN products only – other makes and models such as Van Hool and Bova are excluded.

Euro 6 Tourliner

On the face of it, the Euro 6 Tourliner doesn’t seem any differently to its predecessors. It retains that impressive appearance – it rightly doesn’t look a cheap and nasty product.

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My view was backed up by Ian when he remarked: “To the naked eye, if it was parked up alongside an EEV Euro 5 model, there would appear to be no difference. The changes can be found inside – principally in the dashboard area – the layout of which has been revised. “Under the bonnet, it’s exactly the same engine block, pistons and so on as the EEV – except that it’s got an SCR unit attached. MAN has previously used EGR technology on coaches, although on trucks we’ve used both. “We’ve registered a lot of Euro 6 vehicles since January 1. We sold our last Euro 5 stock in December.” Inside, its name comes into its own – for the coach literally is a tour liner. The entrance is what I would term ‘granny friendly’ in that the steps are nicely spaced and there are grab rails within easy reach. There are also wider steps for the infirm to take little breathers. In a similar vain, there is a small step from centre gangway to seating bays. In my experience of driving coaches in a past life and taking the elderly for days out in a voluntary capacity, this wouldn’t present a problem for the infirm. The rear of each seat contains a magazine net, footrest and two grab rails on either side of the

headrest – in addition to a flip-down table. Turning to the wider saloon, large windows coupled with the lack of thick pillars mean it’s nice and airy inside. It goes almost without saying that there is plenty of headroom. The exception to this could be while two of the screens are deployed in the down position from the ceiling above the centre sunken gangway. However, that is perhaps an overly cautious observation from someone who is acutely aware of any potential risk – and not one tested using a tape measure. For the record, there is also one fixed TV screen at front. The screens can show satellite navigation information. This appears to be highly accurate – there was an immediate response to vehicle movement, however small. Climate control is split between saloon and crew zones. On the day of CBW’s visit, the weather was hot and sunny – reportedly the warmest of the year to date. Yet the airconditioning was highly responsive, most notably after a photo stop in the Trafford Centre coach park. Ian explained more about the specification of the vehicle: “This coach is a demonstrator. Manufacturers are often tempted to include all the nice bells and whistles but this (Tourliner) is

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The SCR system located in the two stage exhaust silencer, is mounted on the rear offside of the vehicle

Principal changes for Euro 6 model are in the dash

Continental tyres and Alcoa wheels are standard

Tourliner interior is bright and airy

an example of our standard stock vehicle.” Out on the road, the coach just glided along – the ride quality was excellent. Our test route took us briefly onto the M60, before heading west along the A57 towards Irlam and back through the built-up main street. The Euro 6 Tourliner drove differently – it seemed a lot smoother than its predecessors. Indeed, the difference between Euro 5 and 6 seems to be the smoother delivery of the power. As would perhaps be expected with a rearengined vehicle, the coach was quiet at the front. In the rear saloon, it was possible to tell engine was beneath floor but it was far from being overly intrusive. It was certainly no worse than other coaches.

Ian responded: “We offer it but it comes at a premium – and the lift is also located half way down the coach. It’s not a standard product I can offer in the UK. That said, it is in development – the DDA legislation is on the horizon after all.” James Welling asked: “MAN mentioned last year that it intended to offer a chassis to other bodybuilders. What is the latest with that?” Ian replied: “Yes we do but it’s not what the market wants. We offer the RR2, 4 and 8 for the coach market and for the bus sector, we offer the A69 gas chassis and the RC2 an 18 Ton diesel chassis.” The latter is designated RC2. Also available is the A66 14T. James also asked: “While a double-decker bus chassis is offered in continental Europe, why is one not available in the UK?” Ian explained: “The market is driven by the bodywork – which is now taken care of by ADL, Wrights and Optare. We’ve got to be realistic – we can’t play in the whole market.”

quiet. What’s the latest and the future for MAN gas buses in the UK market? Ian was keen to provide reassurance. “The market for gas is still here. A number of operator are highly enthusiastic – such as Stagecoach, Reading and Arriva. The problem was the set-up cost of the infrastructure. “If you were to speak to Ian Tarrant, Arriva’s Engineering Director, you would hear our gas buses are running as good as gold. Experience gained in Darlington and Runcorn has provided Arriva with enough information to show gas buses work. The infrastructure at Darlington and Runcorn depots also means facilities exist to accommodate extra gas buses with ease. “Two years ago the idea of gas buses was viewed as the New Messiah, but it’s now hit a quiet spell. Details of how the recently announced Low Carbon Vehicle funding can be spent remains to be seen, and from our perspective, that means whether it applies to gas buses.” On gas buses, he concluded: “Rest assured, as and when customer demand is there, MAN will produce gas buses. It doesn’t have the same constraints as some other low-carbon technology and it’s already Euro 6-compliant. We just need to bring the chassis into the UK.” n

Reader questions

As is often the case before visiting an operator, supplier or individual for a feature, CBW readers were given the opportunity to submit questions via the magazine’s Twitter (@ cbwteets) and Facebook ( coachandbusweek) feeds. With this is mind, Richard Bamber, of Anthony’s Travel, an enthusiastic operator of MAN coaches, including Tourliners, asked: “Are there any plans for accessible coach?” 20 | COACH & BUS WEEK | June 4, 2014

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Tales on tour W Ross Perrin, Assistant Manager at Motts – Crusader Holidays shares a selection of lighthearted experiences from the �irm’s staff out on the road – something anyone who has ever driven coaches is sure to be familiar with

hen we decided to ask some of our long-standing Crusader Holidays and Motts Travel tour drivers to tell us some of the most amusing things that have happened in their careers, not surprisingly we received a diverse range of answers. Here are a few of the best ones.

Paris, September 1978

In those days short stay visitors did not need a passport. An identity card issued by the ferry operator would do instead. So as I checked off the passengers, I asked each whether they had a passport, or had supplied a photo to be sent by Motts to the ferry company. We arrived at the Dover terminal and I proceeded to the desk to collect the identity cards, which were nowhere to be found. The of�icial on duty accepted that they were responsible, and suggested a solution. Replacements could be handwritten on the spot, but photographs would be needed. In the building was a photo booth. He would use company money to pay for the photos, but there was no need for four shots of each passenger. The booth would take four shots per sitting, and the pose could – if the sitter was quick – be varied between shots. So we lined up the passengers. In turn they were thrust in and out of the photo booth, each getting into position before the next shot was taken. Then they had to line up again, identify their photo and provide details to go on the card. It was an inconvenient and undigni�ied start to the trip, but they took it in good humour. And miraculously, it was all over in time to catch the ferry. After a few years the identity card system was discontinued – and with the concern for security nowadays, it could never be reintroduced.

New Zealand 1980s

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During an 18-35s tour of New Zealand in the 1980s the drivers decided that after night in the hotel bar they were hungry. The nearest eating place still open was the local ‘pie cart,’ but of course, it was much too far away to walk – what to do? Oh of course, the simple answer, take the coach! Therefore, they piled onto the coach and set off to the ‘pie cart’ to grab a burger and chips and duly returned to the hotel in the early hours of the morning. In the morning, the drivers returned to the coach to, of course, �ind it not where they had parked it the afternoon before – where the devil was their coach? Slowly they remembered that they had used the coach when they had gotten the ‘munchies’ in the night, but where had they parked it? They searched high and low with no luck and were running out of time to load the coach and set off for that day’s travels. So they decided to tell their passengers that they had hidden the coach overnight and the �irst to �ind it would win a dozen stubbies as the prize. Eventually the coach was found, parked very tightly but neatly between two large trees. The drivers feared the worst when they arrived at the coach expecting to �ind it with scratches and damage done to the panel work because of where it ended up being parked but were

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delighted to see that the coach was totally intact and undamaged. They admitted that they had a ‘helluva job’ getting it out of the tight spot it was parked before heading on their journey.

Oxford City Football Club

While on a trip from Oxford to Workington with the Oxford City football team and board members, we stopped at Charnock Richard services on the M6 for a break. I told them all that they had an hour and to be back on the coach at 1800hrs so that we could get on our way. As 1800hrs passed, we were still two board members short. Five minutes went by and then the phone rang. A worried John was on the phone. “Paul, it’s John. Where have you moved the coach to?” I replied: “Hahaha I haven’t moved anywhere, John. We are sat here waiting for you and Colin.” He responded: “We are right where we got off the coach and you are not here.” It turns out that both north and southbound of the services are identical with a bridge that goes over the motorway and a restaurant inside. What they had done was walked the wrong way out of the restaurant and over to the southbound side of the services. Once I had established that this was what they had done, I went over there to retrieve them. They swore blind that they were right and 40 of us were playing a prank on them. They got back on the coach to a massive cheer and to this day they still say we pulled a prank on them. They were good sports and got ribbed all weekend about it.

Drivers enjoy themselves at Le Mans circuit

Germany 1980s

I had parked the coach in front of the hotel for the night and made my way with the rest of the group to get some beers. When I left, I could see two big German police officers standing by the coach and they told me I had to move it. I told the officers that I had been drinking and couldn’t drive and that they would just have to clamp it. Getting very upset at this point, the copper instantly pulled out his pistol and put it to my head, telling me to move the coach. Well with my life flashing in front of my eyes I didn’t argue with the police officer and I moved the coach to another parking space. When I got up the next morning, looking out the window, the coach was gone and I had no idea where I had parked it. It certainly took me a while, but eventually I did find it.

Funny stories on coaches to and from football matches

At Motts Travel we provide the team coach for Wycombe Wanderers and also at times, Oxford FC. We also take the fans of Wycombe, MK Dons and Oxford to and from away matches. Below are some unforgettable stories from fans and former players alike when we asked on Twitter: “Whats the funniest thing that has happened on a coach to or from a match?” A Wycombe fan responded: “Wearing joke glasses, leaning over the seat in front of ours and scaring two young lads for life.” Another fan replied: “A coach got stuck in

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A Motts Jonckheere-bodied Volvo at the Angel of the North Plymouth Argyle car park and had to be pulled out by a tractor!” League two football eh? An MK Dons fan remarked: “Coming home from Sunderland and getting an old lady to draw on a sleeping lad’s face.” Wycombe Wanderers told us direct: “The squad stopping off to buy the Comanche statue on the coach trip to Lincoln will stay in the memory!” On the way to Lincoln City in the 1999 – 2000 season, the team coach passed a second hand shop and in the window was a five foot wooden statue of a Red Indian. The team decided that if they won the game and survived relegation they would go back and purchase the figure. Thanks to an 83rd minute winner from Paul Emblen, and roared on by 3,000 travelling fans (using 50 coaches laid on by the club) the team won 1-0 and stayed up. The figure appeared in the centre of the squad

photo that year, a story which made the back page of a national tabloid newspaper. He was given the number 31 squad number that year. Before matches, the Comanche was placed on the centre circle for luck. The seasons that followed, with the Comanche as a lucky mascot, were some of the most successful in the club’s history. The team reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup after beating Leicester City and Wimbledon FC on the route to a famous show down against Liverpool at Villa Park. The team went down 2-1 thanks to goals from Robbie Fowler and Emile Heskey. n

Have you got any quirky tales of your work you would like to share? You can do so either in person or under a pseudonym for the publication. Contact the Editor on gareth.evans@coachandbusweek. com or call 01733 293243.

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‘One of the best days of my life’ Ian Manning retired in style as Managing Director of Stagecoach West on Saturday. Andy Izatt reports


t’s unlikely that Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewksbury will see the like again. To commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Cheltenham District Traction Co and to mark Ian Manning’s retirement as Stagecoach West MD, 26 heritage buses and coaches ran in service on more than a dozen local services including some specially created for the occasion to the delight of industry professionals, enthusiasts and the general public alike. Many of the vehicles had been chosen because of their relevance to Ian’s life. There was even a shuttle service between Cheltenham Promenade and the racecourse operated by two left-hand drive Carris (Lisbon) AEC Regents. Ian, who has a long association with Portugal, paid for one to be MOT’d so it could attend and a Carris bus stop was specially created to allow safe boarding. Ian, a passionate ambassador for the industry for 37.5 years, has never made a secret of his interest in older vehicles, particularly AECs. More than 20 senior managers from Stagecoach and beyond were among the army of volunteers crewing on the day. There were 38 driving and 32 conductor duties, and seven controllers. Ian travelled on the first bus in service, Stagecoach West’s own Routemaster, on the 0618hrs route 98 departure, drove several journeys and was behind the wheel again for the last return working on service 94 Cheltenham – Gloucester back at 2110hrs with Stagecoach East Kent’s Regent V. Such was the interest, six vehicles duplicated. Friends and colleagues from as far afield as Germany attended. Ian was overwhelmed by their good wishes and the many cards and presents. What is expected to be a substantial amount, certainly over £1,000, was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society through the sale of publicity material. Ian, who will be working for Stagecoach as a part-time consultant, described the day as one of the best in his life. Grateful to all who made it such a success, he particularly wanted to extend thanks to Cheltenham Assistant Operations Manager Mark Rosaman for all his assistance. n 24 | COACH & BUS WEEK | June 4, 2014

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TOP LEFT: Ian Manning behind the wheel of a Clydeside Scottish-liveried Routemaster, recalling his days with the operator in the 1980s TOP RIGHT: This Carris AEC Regent V was carrying passengers for the first time in more than 20 years. Ian ran both Stagecoach and Arriva’s operations in Portugal BOTTOM LEFT: An Alexander Leyland Royal Tiger, preserved by Stagecoach, travelled from Scotland. Ian was an Assistant Planner with W. Alexander & Sons (Northern) BOTTOM MIDDLE: Stevensons of Essex provided the Southdown ‘Queen Mary’. Ian worked for Southdown and regularly drove the Eastern Counties Bristol FLF6G, preserved by Stagecoach Midlands, on Cheltenham race days BOTTOM RIGHT: Leaving Tewkesbury for Gloucester is Quantock Motor Services’ Huddersfield AEC Regent III with proprietor Steve Morris driving. Ian is from Yorkshire

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We welcome contributions for this column. Please email your missive to gareth.evans@coachandbusweek. com or by post to The Editor, Coach and Bus Week magazine, 3 The Office Village, Cygnet Park, Forder Way, Hampton, Peterborough, PE7 8GX. Alternatively, feel free to use the ‘private message’ function on Facebook at and Twitter @CBWtweets.


School transport codes of behaviour for pupils, road safety education which highlights the risks of incidents on buses, and enforcement. This involves making students able and encouraged to report incidents – whether bullying or vandalism – via schools, monitors or bus prefects being appointed to ensure younger pupils have some support particularly at the start of their move to secondary school, mentoring schemes, CCTV, checking of bus passes to ensure those entitled are travelling and many others.

Your editorial in CBW1137 prompted me to write. Responsibility of the week on the school journey is not really a ‘no man’s land’ – and is quite well tested in the courts. There is also a lot of advice on managing bullying effectively. I agree with you that simply putting an escort, chaperone, adult supervisor or whatever they are called onto a school bus is not necessarily the solution – and will add to costs. However, there are a number of ways that local authorities, schools and operators can manage behaviour effectively and reduce bullying. These include setting clear expectations via


More Megadekkas! Being the saddo that I am when it comes to Bristol VR’s I noticed a slight error when reading the Megadekka story in CBW1135. The piece said that the Atlanteans ordered by Delaine, Whippet and OK had 82 seats making them the largest capacity double deck buses in the UK at the time. Scottish Omnibuses Ltd (Eastern Scottish) had actually bought 25 ECW bodied Bristol VRTLL’s (LFS280-304F)

Leyland Olympians LHD

Sian Thornthwaite, STC Ltd. By email

in 1968 which seated 83 (one more than the Atlanteans). They were later included in the 1973 NBC/SBG VRT/FLF swap and were dispersed to Eastern Counties (12), Eastern National (three), Southdown (eight) and Alder Valley (two). I believe only Eastern Counties kept the 83 seat layout – the others were down-seated to suit local trade union fetishes. The above is for interest purposes only – please don’t feel obliged to print a correction. Jack Singh By email

More routes

Further to the ‘Service Update’ feature in CBW1137 about Stagecoach South’s route 700, I thought you might be interested in another three marathon bus routes as follows: l 685 Newcastle to Carlisle via Hexham and Haltwhistle. With a journey time of two hours 12 minutes, it is operated jointly by Arriva and Stagecoach;

l 121 Hull to Scarborough via Beverley, Driffield, Bridlington and File. It has a journey time of two hours 47 minutes and is run by East Yorkshire Motor Services. l CoastHopper Kings Lyn to Cromer via Wells next to the Sea and Sheringham. With an end-to-end trip time of two hours and 32 minutes, it is operated by Stagecoach Norfolk Green. Paul Harvey, By email

Daniel with a New York Olympian Further to your article about the left hand drive Leyland Olympians in CBW1126 I would like to add some further information. The Seattle-based vehicles were moved South under the Horizons Coachlines ownership to San Francisco and very recently have been taken to a facility near Los Angeles for work to be undertaken on the engine and transmissions. This should result in them reappearing with Detroit engines later in the year to meet the strict emission standards now demanded by various authorities in some states. With regards to the report of one being with Deluxe Sightseeing in San Francisco also mentioned in your article, I suspect this is incorrect. Indeed when I last chatted with the owner of Deluxe at her premises some weeks ago she had no knowledge of this vehicle.

This batch of 10 vehicles always reminds me of fond memories from my honeymoon to New Zealand via New York where we were given a personal tour of New York with the sole use of a vehicle (even collecting us from our hotel front door) arranged very kindly by Roger Bowker, the former Chief Operating Officer at coach USA at the time. You also touched upon the Greek Olympians, of which you are indeed correct. One survives, but the story of that and how it’s physically unable to leave its home is for another day. Daniel Stazicker Transport Photographer & Friend of the industry Rawdon, Leeds West Yorkshire

Isle of Man StreetLites mystery: Government spin? Assuming Ian Longworth, Director of Public Transport at Bus Vannin (Isle of Man Transport) was correctly quoted, I would be interested to know where the six “Door Forward” 10.8m StreetLites operated for around three years assuming they were

delivered around the same time as the “Wheel Forward” versions. Certainly I never saw any “Door Forward” versions on the Island until recently, apart from a demonstrator. Which off Island lucky operator used them? The current “Wheel Forward”

Streelites arrived earlier this year in exchange for the “Door Forward” versions. If 12 vehicles were ordered in 2010 I, and I am sure many other Manx taxpayers, would like to know where our assets have been for three

years. We are used to spin from Government sources on this Island. Is this another example? John Crittenden, Onchan, Isle of Man.

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nnovation is rife when it comes to ticketing. Whether it’s Near Field Communication (NFC), smartcards, contactless payment or mobile phone applications, ticketing technology is moving forward at quite a pace and it’s easy to be left behind. Investing in this new technology is great for passenger con�idence and convenience and can help reduce boarding times on the busiest routes. This ‘Industry Guide’ includes valid options for both large operators looking for a worthwhile investment to be launched across a wide network and small operators without the bene�it of economies of scale. The top-quality products and systems have seen praise of all corners of the industry and the country. Ticket machines themselves are equally important and require an

increasing amount of versatility and future-proo�ing. Established manufacturers of ticketing machines have taken this into account and modern systems can cope with all sorts of different forms of ticketing and payments, whether an operator has decided to support it yet or not. Infrastructure to save boarding time doesn’t have to be built onto vehicles, with advanced payment terminals available which can be put up in bus stations, bus stops or travel shops. If properly promoted, the passenger can buy their tickets while waiting for the bus. While smart ticketing can dramatically reduce the amount of cash handling a business needs to do, no operators are at a point where it is no longer necessary. There are plenty of products on the market to make cash handling as ef�icient as possible, saving man hours and administration costs. ■

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TransMach Systems is a leading ticketing solution provider for the independent coach and bus operators. The firm offers end-to-end ticketing solutions, from specifying and installing to providing personal help desk support. As specialists in ticketing solutions, the team can build the ticketing system to suit your business requirements. It gives one point of contact for fare collection and supply of consumables. The company develops bespoke ticketing solutions to meet customer’s requirements. Customers can pick and choose from different modules and applications according to their requirements. TransMach’s approach is to build a solution to suit the customer’s business needs rather than offering them an off the shelf product. This approach is widely appreciated and benefits customers in achieving their objectives. TransMach’s online ticketing booking engine is fully integrated with the CASIO IT 9000 ticketing solution, i.e. booking tickets online,

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validating them onboard for reducing fraud and online backoffice system for analysing data instantly. The CASIO IT 9000 machines are always online and bus/coach operators can monitor ticketing data in real time from anywhere in the world, which allows the operators to take instant decisions. Dublin Coach of Ireland has recently gone live with a fully integrated online ticket booking system –(www. As CASIO’s authorised partner, TransMach offers the CASIO IT-9000 all-inone portable solution for paper tickets, satellite tracking, journey planning, smartcards, validating web booking and accepting chip-andpin card payments. The CASIO IT-9000

features a lithium-ion battery (operating period - 20hours and more), integrated high speed thermal printer, NFC (smart card) reader and writer, barcode reader with high speed and accuracy, GPS and HSDPA – capable 3G with high speed data transfer and high memory capacity. At the Euro Bus 2014, TransMach will be showcasing its recently developed Mobile App (iPhone & Android) for live journey information for passengers, two way driver messaging, interactive vehicle tracking Online & Offline, online ticket booking system, live web booking validation, CASIO IT-9000 advanced portable and ITSO certified Wayfarer 200 all-in-one on-bus

ticket machine. As Parkeon’s authorised distributor, TransMach offers the Wayfarer 200 all-in-one ITSO on-bus ticketing solution at affordable price. The operators using Wayfarer 200 benefit from two way driver messaging and satellite interactive vehicle tracking. It’s an all-in-one, reliable and driver-friendly ticket machine. The comprehensive back-office software suite gives full flexibility to the bus operators, and allows bus operators to take advantage of the BSOG uplift. TransMach’s recent contract wins for the Wayfarer200 platform include Coach Services in Norfolk, Z and S Coaches and Vale Travel in Milton Keynes and Kent-based Autocar Bus & Coach and Go-Coach Hire. Recent customers for the CASIO IT-9000 portable platform include Strangford Ferry Service operated by DRD Roads Service in Northern Ireland and The Original Tour of London.

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An advert for My Mobile Tickets, seen on board an Abellio Surrey bus


Award winning My Mobile Tickets is a popular and fast-growing choice for transport operators up and down the country looking to quickly deploy mobile and e-ticketing to their customers, without having to develop any costly apps. The constantly expanding service is now available on partnered bus and tram networks across the UK from the South Coast and Surrey to the Midlands, North Wales and North West of England, allowing passengers to buy tickets online and use their mobile phones as their ticket. My Mobile Tickets is a zerohardware investment mobile ticketing service which allows passengers to sign up in seconds, buy their tickets online and download them directly to their mobile phone. Passengers can also buy tickets on-demand using an SMS text message when they decide they want to travel, or by scanning a QR code at the bus stop or from print media – something other solutions do not offer as standard. My Mobile Tickets allows the purchase of practically any type of ticket, including season tickets, fixed term tickets and multi-trip ‘carnet’ tickets, with no requirement to download a native app onto the phone. This means it works with most modern smartphones, and is a credible alternative to smartcards. Allowing passengers to purchase their ticket by credit or debit card, PayPal or by Direct Debit, and then instantly use it, not only offers them convenience and choice, but also significantly minimises cash

Mobile Onboard’s new ticket validator seen at Coach & Bus Live

Mobile Onboard provides both m-ticketing and WiFi to Velvet Bus

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handling for the operator. Mobile Marketing magazine recently acknowledged My Mobile Ticket’s flexibility to sell any type of ticket on any type of smartphone, its QR code validation capabilities and My Mobile Ticket’s ability to deploy a mobile ticketing solution to transport operators in as little as 24 hours. As a result they voted My Mobile Tickets as the best Mobile Ticketing Solution at the

recent Mobile Travel & Tourism Awards 2014. Mobile Onboard, the company behind My Mobile Tickets, also has a range of simple products to support its mobile ticketing network, including low-cost fixed and handheld mobile ticket validation and revenue-protection devices, as well as Agent Kiosk, a tool to help organisations such as schools, colleges and travel shops to issue mobile tickets to large

numbers of passengers. For a low set-up charge, My Mobile Tickets enables operators to get a foothold into the rapidly growing world of mobile commerce now, while complimenting their existing ticketing methods. No additional equipment is needed, but if required, Mobile Onboard’s powerful m-commerce platform has the ability to integrate directly with operators’ back-end systems at real-time, and their in-house team is available to help with these integration projects at any level. My Mobile Tickets is a simple and straightforward mobile and online ticketing product designed for transport operators that requires minimal capital outlay and no installation of special hardware or new ticket machines. Customers can sign up quickly, buy their tickets online and download them directly to their mobile phone. They can also maintain a ‘mobile wallet’ which allows them to get tickets ondemand using an SMS text message when they decide they want to travel, or by scanning a QR code at the bus stop or from print media such as timetables, and without the need for cash. The ultra-fl­exible system allows the purchase of practically any type of ticket, including season tickets, fixed term tickets and multi-trip tickets, with no requirement to download an app onto the phone. It is quick, easy and convenient.

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Corethree, the innovative technology company based in Watford, has been diligently working to deploy mobile platform services across the UK transport industry. Since the launch of its first m-ticketing deployment with Go North East in 2012, Corethree has now deployed mobile ticketing solutions to numerous transport companies across England, Scotland and Wales including FirstGroup, Go Ahead, Rotala, Transdev, Uno Bus, Cardiff Bus and Lothian Buses. Corethree harnesses the capabilities of smartphone devices to allow passengers to browse, select, purchase and download transport tickets to their mobile device while on the move. This is all possible via Corethree’s multi-award winning technology platform called Core Engine, which deploys services across multiple smartphone operating systems in one go. This reduces the need to develop iOS, Android or Windows Phone smartphone apps individually. This ripple effect across the

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industry has now placed Corethree as the UK’s leading supplier of m-ticketing solutions who transact millions of m-tickets on behalf of their clients. More recently, Corethree’s solutions have been combined with realtime information and journey planning to offer passengers a total discovery experience by combining purchase options with their optimum planned journey. The success of these solutions is down to a number of reasons, including passengers demanding information at their fingertips, the

wide proliferation of smartphones (72% of the UK population), operational efficiencies from cash handling and dynamic ticketing providing an increase in passenger numbers. This combined with the fact that Corethree can roll out solutions and evolving upgrades very quickly and efficiently, creates a highly desirable solution. One of the biggest attractions to Corethree’s solution is its back office change management and reporting solution, which offers passenger usage insight and abstract data to help enhance products and services. In addition it allows transport operators to change product information in-house and therefore manage operational costs more effectively. Corethree is now expanding its portfolio of m-ticketing products and making these more accessible for the independent operator. These solutions are set to launch in the summer, and will provide an easy way for

operators to use proven state-ofthe-art technology at various price points, which will suit all budgets. In the long-term, Corethree plans to use their platform to combine transport with retail to offer loyalty and rewards to passengers, all via their mobile device. Richard Stevenson, Product Specialist, said: “We are very proud to see the phenomenal success of our solutions in the transport industry and we are delighted to hear all the positive feedback about our products and high levels of service from our clients. In the future, passengers will expect to use their own mobile device to make purchases and this is where we can help transport organisations. “Passengers will also seek something in return for their loyalty and Corethree can help forge relationships between transport services and retail partners delivering a connected retail experience via mobile.”

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ETMSS has been in the ticketing industry for over 12 years. The business has been built on recommendation and reputation – its ethos is An example of the bespoke, branded service, quality and price. card wallets offered by ETMSS ETMSS supplies a range “Since those early days, we have of products and services. While built an extremely close working it still provides aftermarket relationship with all the team. services for older ticket machines, “Despite severe pressure, and such as Wayfarer 3, its primary high demands from us they have business is now ticket rolls, ticket always delivered – on time and and smartcard travel wallets, on budget. Such is the level of whether plain or pre-printed. customer care, support has always ETMSS can provide bespoke been offered even evenings and products, including branding and advertising, and rolls to fit any ticket weekends. For Wayfarer 3 help, advice, support, maintenance and machine, though predominantly consumables they are exceptionally for Ticketer products. Self-praise is hard to beat.” no recommendation. This is what David Stuart, of Norse Commercial ETMSS’ customers say: Services said: “When we were Michelle, of Courtney Coaches using Wayfarer 3 ticket equipment, said: “The cost of the ticket rolls ETMSS provided us with exemplary supplied by ETMSS was less than aftermarket support which proved we were previously paying and invaluable on many occasions.” the quality was far superior. Speed of delivery from point of order is always excellent – the service is T: 0844 800 9299 second to none.” M: 07774 986618 “We have been using ETMSS since E: (request a day one,” said Beestons of Hadleigh. call back)


Davies Corporate Finance (DCF) might be a new name in the business finance arena, but its management team has over 20 years experience in arranging bespoke asset finance for UK bus and coach operators. The company currently provides a variety of financial services aimed at fulfilling many of the financial requirements of most bus and boach operators. David Davies, Director of DCF said: “Our clients within the bus and coach sectors rely on our financial expertise to try and introduce them to the most appropriate funders for their business. Whilst we provide funding against new and used vehicle purchases, we also assist our clients when it comes to funding their ancillary equipment purchases, including ticketing and cash handling.” Davies Corporate Finance offers a broad and comprehensive range of innovative and flexible financial services, including asset finance, low deposit options and funding for periods of up to five years. Over 40 asset finance providers

DCF can help fund a new ticketing system can help source the most competitive funder and the most suitable deposit and funding period.

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Parkeon leads the world with its integrated fare revenue and back of�ice systems for the bus industry. The company’s expertise ranges from smartcard technology and electronic ticketing equipment to CCTV security, GPS and mobile data networks. Parkeon has supplied in excess of 400,000 electronic ticketing machines and associated items of equipment - more than any other bus fare revenue systems supplier in the world. It recently developed the world’s �irst seamless approach to on-vehicle systems integration and has just launched a range of solar-powered on-street TVMs. The company’s Wayfarer technology is speci�ied on every major ITSO smartcard project in Great Britain and also plays a central role in driving signi�icant projects in Australia, the US, South Africa, the Middle East and across Europe.


Parkeon is a true urban transit partner for the city of Edinburgh, delivering ticketing technologies that are multi-modal, easy to use and in tune with the needs of 21st century living. The partnership covers bus, tram, rail and parking and is a prime example of what can be achieved when scheme owners, transport operators and technology providers work to a common vision. This year

Parkeon’s Wayfarer200 ticket machine

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will be a true milestone in the life of the city, with Transport for Edinburgh overseeing the services provided by the multiaward winning Lothian Buses and the newly launched Edinburgh Trams to provide a seamless and high quality public transport choice for both residents and visitors to the city. The dual functionality for bus and tram passengers of the Ridacard smart ticketing system is at the heart of Transport for Edinburgh’s vision, and Parkeon’s underlying architecture means that cardholders will travel seamlessly across both modes of transport. Gavin Trimnell, Head of Sales and Marketing at Parkeon, commented: “As cities develop, they need mass transit systems that support economic development, enhance social mobility and minimise traf�ic congestion. In the case of Edinburgh, this vision is being achieved in part through Parkeon technology that makes it easier for individuals to get the information they need and to gain access to services that shape a more sustainable environment.” Parkeon’s 25 year relationship with the city dates back to 1989, when Lothian Buses (then Lothian Regional Transport) speci�ied the Wayfarer2 electronic ticket machines for its �leet of buses. In the year 2000, the Wayfarer3 ETM was introduced to handle Lothian’s commercial smartcard scheme,

Parkeon’s relationship with Lothian Buses dates back to 1989

Parkeon is introducing multi-modal ticketing technologies to Edinburgh, covering buses and rail as well as the new trams Ridacard, delivering a further decade of reliable service for the operator. Then in 2010, Parkeon’s Wayfarer200 ticketing platform was commissioned, initially to enable the reading of Transport Scotland’s ITSO Scottish National Entitlement cards, but also to facilitate the dualreading of the Lothian Buses commercial smartcard – an industry �irst. The city also installed Parkeon solarpowered on-street ticket machines for off-bus sales to ease boarding, speed-up journey times and reduce times at bus stops. Today, the bus operator routinely manages over 2 million passenger journeys each week

over 70 routes across Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian – and increasingly the demand is for mobile ticketing and real time information apps. Parkeon’s technology has certainly proven its worth in recent times, for example, during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, when it processed more than 12.5 million transactions, 60% of which were smartcard-based. These numbers will be boosted with the arrival of the Edinburgh tram project, which utilises Parkeon’s Galexio-Plus ticket vending machines, Axio platform validators and hand-held payment terminals on the route from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre. The system will dualread both ITSO cards and the Lothian Buses’ Ridacard, and will be linked to the existing Lothian Buses’ back of�ice. T: 01202 339 339 W:

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THE BIG PICTURE Earlier this season, Hodgsons Coaches of Barnard Castle took delivery of a new 12.6m Plaxton Elite-bodied Volvo B9R. The impressive-looking Elite joins a Panther and Paragon in the company’s touring fleet. Operations Manager Mark Hodgson said: “Our touring fleet operates throughout the UK and Europe so we take the opportunity to upgrade it on a regular basis. The Elite was the right deal for us and we have a lot of coach for the money. The Plaxton Service team at Anston did a great job, as always, in finishing the exterior of the vehicle to our exact requirements and ensured that it was very well presented when we took delivery.” The vehicle’s appearance is enhanced with the addition of Alcoa Durabrite alloy wheels and a select ‘14’ registration mark.

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Larkhall operators face disqualification A Trip In Time and Stonehouse Coaches lose O-licences while their shared Director and Transport Manager is disqualified indefinitely, after losing the trust of the Traffic Commissioner. James Day reports The O-licences held by A Trip In Time Ltd and Stonehouse Coaches Ltd have been revoked with immediate effect, after a Public Inquiry (PI) before Traffic Commissioner (TC) for Scotland Joan Aitken. Both companies and their Director Mr Brian Cutmore were disqualified indefinitely from holding or obtaining an O-licence. Mr Brian Cutmore also lost his repute as a Transport Manager and was disqualified indefinitely. His daughter, Ms Stephanie Cutmore, was disqualified for two years from holding or obtaining an O-licence. Given the foregoing revocation and disqualification orders, no financial penalties were issued.


A Trip in Time Ltd (‘Trip’) has held an O-licence since December 2004 after the application was heard at a PI on November 23, 2004. It was a condition of that grant that the sole trader licence held by Brian Cutmore was surrendered. A condition was also attached to the new licence preventing Trip from operating a local service of any description until at least October 2007 – effectively a three year ‘ban’ on operating local services. Trip was at PI again on September 18, 2008 and March 18, 2009, after adverse reports from VOSA and North Lanarkshire Council. Directors Marilyn McLaren and Brian Cutmore were warned in relation to their repute, given failure to intimate material changes, and a £1,000 fine was issued for failure to operate registered services. Trip was called again to PI in 2011 given adverse monitoring reports by VOSA, but the TC was not satisfied by the call up letter and no further action was taken. There have been changes of

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Director to Trip, some of them notified as required by the licence and some not. Marilyn McLaren became a Director in August 2007. She was removed from the licence by self service in May 2011 and replaced by Mr Cutmore. Companies House shows that Mrs McLaren resigned and was replaced by Mr Cutmore on August 6, 2010. Mr Cutmore has been Transport Manager on the Trip licence since January 2008. Stonehouse Coaches Ltd was granted a standard international O-licence on August 17, 2005, with Neil Collison as sole Director. In April 2011, the Leeds Central Licensing Unit (Leeds) received a letter from Marilyn McLaren advising that she had become a Director and shareholder. In September 2012, Leeds received a letter form Stephanie Cutmore to say that she was a Director. Neil Collison has not been a Director since August 2010. At time of grant, the Transport Manager was Neil Collison who advised Leeds in February 2012 that he ceased to be Transport Manager in January 2012. In April 2012, Brian Cutmore was nominated but given that he had only a national CPC, the licence had to change to standard


Mr Brian Cutmore was n Director of two operators, A Trip In Time and Stonehouse

Coaches. His daughter had taken the role of Stonehouse Coaches Director after university to help her father after a depot fire in 2011.

national. In November 2013, Leeds was advised by Neil Collison of Garrion Motor Services that both Trip and Stonehouse no longer had permission to park at 48 New Street, Stonehouse or 2 Ayr Road, Larkhall. He also advised Leeds that financial assets were no longer available to Trip. No other operating centre was identified for either operator. Trip operated registered services, with three new registrations being lodged on September 13, 2013. Six local bus services had been registered by Stonehouse, the latest being route L2. By email on October 18, 2013, solicitors for the operators sought short notice cancellations for Trip’s new registrations and Stonehouse registration 5. These were refused as further information and explanation was required. No further information was received. In July 2013, Transport Scotland monitored services L2 and 354. On five separate days in November 2012, February 2013 and March 2013, SPT monitored service 354. VOSA also monitored the route on six days between August and October 2013. These reports from Transport Scotland, SPT and VOSA

or frequently running early, late or off route. Three newly registered services never saw a single journey operated. The operator appeared n to have separate, more expensive fare structures for

Trip In Time had been to concessions in order to receive n Anumerous PIs before. increased reimbursement. Both companies had no TC Joan Aitken decided Mr n n financial standing or Cutmore was not fit to take operating centre, having lost the the role of Director or Transport backing of Neil Collison whose premises they used. This made licence revocation inevitable.

Monitoring from VOSA, n Transport Scotland and SPT found poor compliance, with services either not running at all

Manager in any capacity, disqualifying him indefinitely. His daughter was given a two year disqualification as a Director as a harsh lesson in the importance of compliance and to avoid her being used to help her father back into the industry.

were adverse. The TC directed that the companies be called to a conjoined PI. Legal trainee Mr P Symon appeared at the PI for Stephanie Cutmore.

Public Inquiry

The PI was convened at Edinburgh on February 25. Brian Cutmore was present as Director for both licences and as Transport Manager. Stephanie Cutmore was called in her capacity as Director at the times of the adverse reports. For the most part, Mr Cutmore did not challenge the reports within the PI brief but wished to give explanations and clarifications of some points. Mr Symon made an opening statement for his client which touched on Mr Cutmore’s circumstances. The statement said that Mr Cutmore and his family had been under stress since the burning down of the Trip depot in May 2011 and finding funds had been a struggle. It was claimed there had been threats and intimidation to services in Monklands, which had taken a personal toll on Mr

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Stonehouse had two separate fare levels in order to inflate concessionary reimbursement income

Cutmore. The cancellation of the services and non-running apparently came as a result of threat to public safety.

VOSA Report

VOSA’s report on Trip concerned a monitoring on September 26 and October 3, 2013. The operator had five vehicles authorised, with two in possession. The purpose of the monitoring was to observe three services which were due to operate with effect from September 13, 2013. Two days of monitoring were undertaken and 88 journeys were checked, none of which were seen. The VOSA evidence in relation to Stonehouse was of monitoring an operator with 10 vehicles authorised and six understood to be in possession. Between August 27, 2013 and October 3, 2013, Examiners monitored on six days. Of 80 observations against current timetables, 61 instances of non compliance were found. For route L2, of 29 observations, five were early, seven ran late, one failed to operate, five unregistered services were seen and three vehicles were seen off route. For service 354, of

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34 observations, three were early, six late, five failed to operate, seven were unregistered journeys and two were seen off route. For service 12, 17 observations of failure to operate were made. In addition, six of the 80 journeys observed displayed incorrect destination boards.

intelligence was received that Stonehouse was no longer operating. A further monitoring exercise was carried out on November 11, 2013 and services 354 and L2 failed to operate during the monitored times. SPT officers had monitored route 354, operated by Stonehouse,

There was a conversation between Ms Scott, Examiner, and Mr Cutmore. He made various comments and said that times were tough. He was asked to have his daughter, who was a Director of the company, write a response but none came. On November 7, 2013,

following complaints about unregistered journeys. The monitoring results were sent to Stonehouse on April 4, 2013 but no response was received. SPT provided reports from its Compliance Inspectors. As well as unregistered journeys, they saw passengers dropped at

The purpose of the monitoring was to observe three services which were due to operate with effect from September 13, 2013. Two days of monitoring were undertaken and 88 journeys were monitored, none of which were seen.

places other than at bus stops, instances where tickets were not issued despite money being paid and services where punctuality standards were not met. Transport Scotland monitored services 354 and L2. The Transport Scotland officers found numerous instances of the bus failing to appear on time. The principal reason for undertaking these journeys was that Transport Scotland needed to test what fares were being charged to fare paying and concessionary passengers. Some of the officers undertook fare paying journeys and others used concessionary cards. It appeared that the rate the officers were charged when boarding the bus was less than the figures sent to Transport Scotland, effectively inflating the amount of reimbursement. There were also instances of tickets not being issued to cash paying passengers.

Mr Brian Cutmore’s Evidence

Mr Cutmore had not brought the PI brief of papers with him and had not read them or prepared for the PI.

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NEWS › LEGAL He accepted that the licences would have to be revoked given that there was no financial standing and no operating centres. He spoke of his stress and difficulty in expressing himself. He had not intended on defending himself at the PI but had been trying to ‘live his life.’ Mr Cutmore said he thought Transport Scotland had used the wrong timetable and he thought SPT was out to trap him, but accepted the majority of the VOSA report was correct. Mr Cutmore exercised his right to cross examine the public officials at the PI but since he had not brought documentation to substantiate the points he was making, it was difficult to follow them. Mr Cutmore also alluded to operators in the area whom he considered to be far worse and those who had ‘colluded against him to burn him out.’ He criticised two particular operators (McNairn and Chapman). In respect of the Transport Scotland report, he explained that the fares for his services had always been the £1 shopper. He denied charging Transport Scotland’s officials a higher rate than could be charged to members of the public. He would charge a non-concessionary passenger about 30p less than he would charge Transport Scotland. On the front of his buses, there was information about special fares and people could ask for a £1 shopper – it was up to the driver what to charge. They had their own passengers; that was the way they worked, and had always worked in the area. Transport Scotland then said it would no longer pay him for his fare table. The agency was trying to say to him that the charge was the £1. The reimbursement rate was 72p per £1 ticket. Mr Cutmore considered that one of the journeys monitored by SPT was not a registered service but was one whereby he or his driver gave a lift to a lollipop man to the school as there was no bus that would reach the school in time. When Mr Cutmore received the SPT report, he said he thought there was an agenda against him. He felt it was getting too personal and that him being named as one of the drivers showed they were out to get him.

Ms Stephanie Cutmore’s Evidence

Ms Cutmore is currently employed as a school bus attendant with

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No buses were seen whatsoever on several of the services observed by the authorities Stuarts Coaches. Before that, she helped Mr Cutmore, her father, with Stonehouse. She was a Director for a period and had been Company Secretary. Ms Cutmore did a degree in travel and tourism and wanted to learn from her father. She had been away travelling, returning to find her dad coping with the aftermath of the fire in May 2011. She asked her father if she could have a more permanent position within the company

Wayfarer software would work and then crash. It could not be fixed when the bus was out in service. She would like to go back to tour work and apply for her own O-licence to do tours. She became a Director because her father said she was good at what she was doing with the computer and timetabling. He asked her if she would like to be a Director and she accepted. She ceased to be a Director in October when her father said he was going

When Mr Cutmore received the SPT report he said he thought there was an agenda against him. He felt it was getting too personal and felt that him being named as one of the drivers showed they were out to get him

and he agreed. She started to be ‘his eyes in the business.’ She did much of the paperwork, including timetables. She also did school bus attendant work and was an employee. When she was Company Secretary she did not know the meaning of it at the time. After she took over as Director she applied to do the CPC at the college but failed the exam. Family commitments made it difficult for her to study. Ms Cutmore said everyday there would be a new problem. For example, with ticketing software.

to surrender the licence. She begged him to give her a chance to run it, but there were threats and her father took the decision out of her hands. She said she was not being used. Mr Cutmore explained he felt he had belittled Stephanie by not letting her do what she had to do in the business but the accountant said it would be better if he was the Director as the person making the decisions, including the decision to stop the business. At the end of the day, he was approached and said that if they

went back into the area with the new registered services, there would be repercussions. The fight had gone out of him since 2011 and he was not coping very well. In final submissions for Miss Cutmore it was said she took her responsibilities seriously and understood why she was at the PI. She wanted to have autonomy in future, as she is getting experience. Her representative argued she is sincere and genuine and there should be a line drawn under things – it was unfortunate to have arrived at this point.

Consideration of the evidence and TC’s decision

Making her decision, the TC said: “Mr Cutmore is the controlling presence in respect of these two licences – these are and always have been his businesses. There was a pattern of delays and failures to notify changes to the licence contemporaneously, especially in relation to who, at any given time, was the Director. It was not obvious why there were the changes of Directors, given that throughout it was Mr Cutmore who was the moving force. “As of November 2013, Trip and Stonehouse ceased to have any operating centres and Stonehouse lost financial standing. No evidence has been forthcoming of any financial standing held by Trip. Mr Cutmore lost the backing of Neil Collison. “Registered services failed to operate. There were instances where Mr Cutmore showed

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NEWS › LEGAL that what had happened was misinterpreted by the monitoring agencies and other instances where he thought they were drawing an adverse inference when they were not. However, I find that for all material purposes, the reports reveal that these operators have not been run compliantly. Services had become unreliable to the point of near unpredictability. I do not find a reasonable excuse for the failures to operate the services according to the registered particulars. Quite simply, Mr Cutmore has shown himself incapable of operating local registered services with any degree of compliance. Extraordinarily, he chose to register new services, yet did not manage to operate them. He blames threats from others for why he did not run these recently registered services. He has made assertions about the behaviour of other operators which I have noted but about which I cannot make any findings in fact. “Mr Cutmore engaged in charging Transport Scotland fares which were in excess of those charged and offered to other members of the travelling public. This was done to inflate the operator’s income from concessionary fares reimbursement. Effectively, Mr Cutmore operated two fares tables. All his regular people paid £1. That was the level of fare to which he was entitled to reimbursement from Transport Scotland. “Stephanie Cutmore is Brian Cutmore’s daughter and is very loyal and supportive to him. She clearly felt very concerned for her father and the impact of the May 2011 fire on him. She became involved in the business and allowed herself to be Company Secretary and a Director without fully understanding the implications of that in terms of knowing what the duties were and, in particular, the relevance of being such in a regulated environment. She allowed her name to be used but in no sense did she fulfil the obligations on her as the Director of a company, with an O-licence. She has been foolish. “This is a case in which I find that the deficiencies identified by the three public agencies against the background of a long history of non-compliance are such that I must put both operators out of business, especially given lack of operating centres and lack of financial standing. Neither company can be said to have any repute now. Brian Cutmore as

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‘I cannot think of any rehabilitative measure which would restore the attitude of mind and fortitude towards compliance which an essential characteristic for a Transport Manager.’ – Joan Aitken Director and Transport Manager has lost his repute. He gave me many assurances at previous PIs and he has had chances and warnings about his repute in the past. I now have to conclude that he cannot be trusted with an O-licence, whether in the capacity of owner, Director or Transport Manager. Thus, I revoke both licences on the grounds of loss of repute, professional competence, financial standing, breaches of the licence undertakings and conditions and material change. “I consider this is a case in which it is necessary and appropriate to disqualify the companies which hold the O-licences and the Directors thereof. For the companies, the disqualification will be indefinite for it is best that these companies come to an end as far as O-licensing is concerned. I would not like anyone to think they could buy these companies and secure an O-licence. “In relation to Mr Cutmore as Director, I consider that I have given him many chances – as indeed he recognised. It would be a favour to him if I take the decision that relieves him of any connection to this industry, so that

to borrow his expression, he can get on and ‘live his life.’ I cannot see him changing his ways and developing a fortitude or judgment which would see him succeed in this industry. Disqualification will be indefinite. For him, PSV operating is over. “In relation to his repute and professional competence as a Transport Manager, I cannot see how I could put a lesser time than indefinite on any Transport Manager disqualification. I would not want him as a Transport Manager on any other entity for the same reasons as I do not want him to have an O-licence. I could not trust him with any other person’s entity and there might be the temptation on him to try and re-emerge as an operator if he was placed at the heart of any other operation. I cannot think of any rehabilitative measure which would restore the attitude of mind and fortitude towards compliance which an essential characteristic for a Transport Manager. “I now turn to Miss Cutmore. She is a loyal daughter and she has a general interest in the hospitality and tourism industries, given her degree. She appears bright and

VOSA found poor compliance across both operators’ services

hardworking. Out of loyalty to her dad she became involved in these businesses and allowed her name to be used as a Company Secretary and Director of Stonehouse. But she did not, and could not exercise the control and authority required of a sole Director operating in a regulated industry. I have a doubt as to whether she can be trusted given her loyalty and commitment to her father. I think there is a high risk she could be used to let him back into the industry. I am not convinced of her autonomy. “Given the adverse matters and context of this case and that she allowed herself to be placed in role of Director, she has to take the consequences. These are that I find she does not have the necessary repute for O-licensing and I will disqualify her for two years. I hope what might appear in other contexts and circumstances to be a harsh outcome for a young person brings to her the seriousness of the position she put herself in and that a PSV operation must be compliant. That the disqualification is not for a longer period is because I hope she can sever the professional and industry connection with her father and move forward as a young person of merit and integrity. “If she ever does decide to apply for an O-licence, I warn her that she will have to operate to the very highest standards for having been at PI, she will not be able to claim ignorance of those standards or of the powers of a TC. Any application by her will have to be considered at PI. “It would have been open to me in this case to make the maximum financial orders available to me. However, in view of the revocations and the disqualification orders which I have made, I have decided to be merciful – that should be heeded lest there is any thought of appealing my revocation or disqualification orders.” n

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Installing RedCAM can significantly help in reducing fraudulent claims, vehicle damage and vandalism. The mobile recording system also has a record in improving driver performance, reversing safety, cyclist and pedestrian safety and proof of delivery accuracy. RedCAM can also help to conform with insurance firm and local council requirements. RedCAM has ‘plug & play’ installation and comes at a starting price of £310, which includes two cameras.

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CMS grows online portfolio as product range expands Coach Multimedia Systems (CMS) has launched its new website, www.coachmultimediasystems., as it expands its product range. The website provides details and images of a large number of CMS’ products and installations. CMS, is a relatively new name in the coach and bus industry having been established in 2008. However, Andy Baxter, the owner of CMS is a well-known and respected name who will this year be celebrating his 30th year working in the audio/visual sector of the coach and bus industry. As an auto electrician, Andy gained valuable experience travelling all over the country installing audio/visual systems comprising of radio cassettes, PA amplifiers, driver microphones, courier microphones, speakers and aerials; all of which were non-standard on new vehicles at the time. He has worked with a number of well-known dealers, including Moseley, Volvo, Plaxton and EVM. CMS today provides the industry with the same level of service but with all the latest multimedia equipment. Standard radio/cassettes have now been replaced with digital radio and DVD/HDD players and LCD/LED fixed and motorised monitors replace the old heavy CRT units.

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USB charging stations are proving very popular with CMS’ customers

The introduction of CCTV and WiFi in today’s market has seen CMS spread its portfolio further. CMS’ latest addition to its multimedia installations are USB charging systems which is something Andy has been developing since November 2013, when he first received inquiries, first installing them in January. With the ever-increasing number of smartphones and electronic devices in use today and the need for people to be connected 24/7, these chargers give each passenger the ability to keep their devices charged while on the vehicle. T: 07933 474848; E: andy.baxter@ coachmultimediasystems. W: www.coachmultimedia

The RedCAM system automatically saves video linked to alarms or incidents in a secure location

Tachodisc launches walk round check app Tachodisc has launched a new Android app for driver walk round checks. The Vehicle Walk Around Check App has been designed to simplify the process of carrying out daily vehicle checks, and to give operators a robust system that helps track, report and analyse the defects by vehicle and driver in real time. With Tachodisc’s Android App, drivers simply note down the defects and take photos on their mobile device. For drivers, this makes it easy to use in all weathers and at any time of the day or night, with all the notes and photos securely stored within the system for the electronic audit trail. Tachodisc says the system is cost effective – from 20p per week per driver – and cuts down on any errors or inefficiencies associated with paper inspections. Guy Reynolds, Tachodisc’s Technical Director says: “The App has purposely been made so that it is simple to use, but the clever technology is in the system’s back office functionality. “Integral to the back office consolidation is a traffic light system where operators can instantly see if a walk round check has been done that day, at what time and how long it took. At a glance it will also instantly identify and flag up outstanding vehicle faults. “This information all feeds into

The new app ensures driver walk round checks are always accurate, removing the inefficiencies of paper our management reporting system so that data can be analysed by vehicle and driver in real time and historically using statistical graphs. “Interestingly, the system also identifies what the defects costs are if a default is recorded. This not only aids the compliance process, it also helps operators with the commercial side of managing vehicle maintenance.” As a further option, the Vehicle Walk Around Check App can also be integrated with Tachodisc’s analysis software for enhanced data analysis. T: 01925 283328; E: W:

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2005 LDV Convoy

2000 Volvo B7TL’S

2008 Mercedes Sprinter Executive

Front entry coach built, large panoramic windows, wood dash, Euroliner wheel trims, very tidy inside and out,12 months MOT, this is the intercooled high power model, drives superb, low mileage.

ZF gearboxes, single door, 82 seats fully seated or 80 seats as DDA compliant, supplied with new MOT and COIF, new batch just arriving. Why pay more for less. FROM £20,000

10 seats + driver, DVD stereo system, air con, tables, inverter, leather seats, huge luggage space, black tint rear windows, very good, clean condition, LEZ, ready for work.

£5,500 – MAY PX

£18,000 + VAT

2001 Y Reg Tridents

Cummins C series engines, Voith gearboxes, Plaxton President bodies, 78 seats. Why pay more for less. FROM £18,000 + VAT

Parnells Coaches 01404 47502/07790 966667

EnsignBus 01708 865656

Steve 0161 775 0800/07980 600597

2009 Iveco Daily

Euro 6 EVM Sprinter

Mercedes Benz Sprinter

2008 Mercedes Benz Vario

16 moquette seats with 3 point belts, white, manual, single panoramic privacy glazing, forced air, wheelchair tracking, right hand emergency door, reading lights and air vents, 90,000 miles, very clean.

7 G-Tronic automatic gearbox, double rear doors, privacy glass, 16 comfort class seats, virtual leather and fabric, in-dash and saloon A/C, saloon heater, luggage racks with strip lights.

Sliding side door with electric entry step, 16 seats + driver, in-dash aircon, saloon aircon, optional extras – body colour bumpers, luggage racks, body style pack, wheelchair lift, 3 year warranty.

Manual gearbox, double rear doors, 24 moquette seats + driver, bonded windows, single glazing, forced air, 71,879 miles, rear emergency exit doors, Buckingham seats, under dash box, 2 roof vents.

EnsignBus 01708 865656

£18,000 + VAT


£32,500 + VAT

£27,000 + VAT

EVM Direct – 01293 852025

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

1998 Volvo Caetano Salvador

2005 05 Reg VW LT35 95 TDi LWB

2008 08 reg Mercedes Sprinter

2008 Iveco Beulas Cygnus

16 seats, drives well, low mileage, 5 gears, front entry, non-PSV, CD player, skylight, MOT April 2015.

Newish conversion, 12 months PSV, taxed, COIF, 5 speed box, panoramic tinted windows, CD player.

£14,500 + VAT o.n.o.

£4,900 – MAY PX


49/51 rec seats, 3 point belts, courier seat, auto, power plug & continental doors, air con, double glazing, audio & DVD, reverse camera, powered luggage lockers, floor mounted toilet, low mileage. POA

01833 660471 / 07730 486708

01404 47502/07790 966667

01404 47502/07790 966667

Tel: 01823 653000 Moseley in the South

2000/2001 X/Y Reg Volvo B7TL’S

1997 Volvo B12R VanHool Astrobel

2004 Mercedes OC500 18.36 Touro

Iveco Daily

Auto, 71 reclining seats, twin courier seat, driver & crew doors, centre powered entrance, double glazing, air con, audio & DVD, servery with boiler & fridge, toilet, n/s & o/s doors to luggage compartment.

49 reclining seats with armrests, seat back tables, & footrests, courier seat, Plug entrance door, double glazing, air con, CD & DVD, drinks machine & fridge; centre sunken toilet, continental exit, digital tachograph, manual transmission, retarder.

8 passengers plus driver, front entrance with lowered step, 3 point seat belts, large tinted panoramic windows, flat floor with lots of tracking, 2.8ltr diesel manual, 2 fire extinguishers + first aid kit, 113,000 miles, MOT Sept, tax Oct 2014.



NOW £4,200 including VAT

Tel: 01823 653000 Moseley in the South

Tel: 01823 653000 Moseley in the South

Tel: 0121 788 8848 Marsden PTS Ltd

49 reclining seat with seat belts, mid toilet, centre door, monitor + DVD, radio + cassette, courier seat, tax and tested, fitted with air con but needs belts and re-gas.

80 seats, Voith gearboxes, Euro 2 engines with traps, or full Euro 3 with traps, Plaxton President bodies, can be DDA with 78 seats. Why pay more for less. FROM £20,000 + VAT

EnsignBus 01708 865656

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2001 MAN Neoplan

12 months MOT & tax, full tank of fuel, one owner driver for the last 5 years, 49 seater, toilet, aircon, drivers bunk, alloy wheels, just refurbished, 2 new 22in Samsung LED monitors, black-out windows, TV tuner, DVD system all fitted 8 months ago, good mpg, 3 new air bags, new belts, hoses and interior LED lights just fitted, 600,000km, based in Glasgow.

53 plate Mercedes Cheetah

2003 Volvo B12M VanHool Euro 3

2005 DAF VanHool

29 passengers plus courier seat, tax till August, MOT till June, large boot, low emission exhaust fitted. £18,000 + VAT

49 belted seats + crew, retrimmed seats & side panels, air con, monitor, radio/PA, saloon mounted WC, rear continental door, MOT November. £39,999 + VAT

48 seater executive, air con, rear mounted WC, very good condition, tested until October 2014. £78,000 + VAT

Contact Gary – 07930 377051

Hailstone Travel Ltd 0845 388 3848

2004 Volvo B7RLE Wright Eclipse

2006 Scania Irizar Century

£25,000 + VAT

Nigel McCree - 01509 502695

Shaw’s Coaches Tel: 01977 661214

1995 Scania K113 VanHool Alizee

1997 Dennis Javelin GX300 Berkhoff Axial 53 seats Manual New respray in white New screen Engine fault and misted side bays, taken in PX.

Auto, one year’s MOT, 49 seats: new 70 Cogent seats on order and the conversion will be carried out shortly, so pick your own trim.

Converted this year to 70 seater using Cogent seats with 3 point belts, tea machine, TV/DVD.

Offers + VAT to clear

yourbus – 01773 714013

£100,000 + VAT Milligans Coach Travel 01290 550365

£21,000 Milligans Coach Travel 01290 550365

Llew Jones – 07795 347476 or

2003 Mercedes Benz Setra

Volvo Olympian open top bus

2002 Volvo B7R Plaxton

2003 Volvo B12M Jonckheere Euro 3

49 seat with belts, 2 monitors, DVD, centre toilet, centre power door, cool box + boiler, leather headrests inserts, seat back tables, foot rests, good tyres, 6 speed ZF, LEZ box, tax and test ready to work.

This year’s allocation sold. Please check back in the Autumn.

53 seats plus courier, automatic, A/C, used only on tour work, removable vinyls, seat belts, available with new test. £39,000 Call Anthony Kelly

01833 660471 / 07730 486708

Bath Bus Company 01225 330444

PAB Tours – 0113 320 0780

48 x 3 point belted seats + crew, air con, saloon mounted WC, rear continental door, MOT November, option 53 or 55-seater with WC removed. £36,000 + VAT – CHOICE

1993 Volvo B10M Plaxton Premier

2002 Scania VanHool K124

2007 Scania K340/ Caetano Levante

1988 DAF MB230 Plaxton

53 seats, automatic, very good condition for year, currently in dry storage, additional vehicle also available. £2,750

£65,000 + VAT each

PAB Tours – 0113 320 0780

45 seats, full DDA, ZF automatic gearbox, MobiTec destination, Cyberlyne CCTV with audio recording, choice of four.

£35,000 + VAT

£40,000 + VAT o.n.o.

49 seats, automatic, good condition for year, available with new test, removable vinyls. Choice of 3. £11,995

49 exec, W.C., A.C., 7 speed C-Shift, MOT 30/9/14, excellent condition.

NOW £39,000

Choice of 2, 49 leather reclining seats, ZF automatic gearbox and retarder, Hanover front, side and rear destinations, WC, air conditioning, PLS magic lift, low mileage, recently refurbished and can be used on National Express network until June 2016.

PAB Tours – 0113 320 0780

Kingdoms Tours Ltd 01884 252646 / 07702 626542

yourbus – 01773 714013

Nigel McCree - 01509 502695

Telephone Gemma Ireland on 01733 293247 or email

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LDV 400 Convoy LWB

1999 Volvo Olympian Alexander


Concept conversion, COIF for 17 seats with 3 point belts, 5 speed gearbox, double rear doors, front entry door, exterior cassette tail lift, Class 6 MOT till Apr 2015, taxed till end Sept 2014, very tidy inside and out, one of 4 minibuses owned from new with full service history. £2,695

78 seats + 13 standing, automatic, limited to 90 Kph, seatbelts throughout, ideal for school trips and contract hire, Hannover displays.

£14,000 + VAT

Davian Coaches - 0208 807 1515

Steve 0161 775 0800/07445 266345

1998 Mercedes Sprinter

2004 Iveco Beulas

15 seats, front entry, Mellor conversion, MOT 16/5/14, very good condition, with tail lift.

£ 3,700

1998 Iveco 40 / 10 15 seats, front entry, MOT 22/8/14, very good condition.

£ 2,500

1995 Iveco 49 / 10 19 seats, front entry, power door, MOT 13/1/15, very good condition.

£ 3,000 Kingdoms Tours Ltd

2002 MAN 24.400 Tri Axle

49 seat executive, manual, centre toilet, climate control, DVD, MOT Feb 15, taxed July, drives superb, excellent condition, real head turner.

£19,950 + VAT ono – PX considered

Llew Jones – 07795 347476 or


52 reg Optare Solo M920

33 seats, owned from new, re-con engine & gearbox in 2012, repanelled & painted in 2013, Hannover digital destination, MOT Dec 2014.


Coach Services Ltd Tel: 01842 821509

Auto, 51 seat executive coach, WC, DVD, A/C, drinks boiler, fridge, etc, in exceptional condition for age, MOT July 2014.

£34,500 ono + VAT

01884 252646 / 07702 626542

Tel 01249 742000/07717 768315

2013 Ford Transit 300

2006 Transit Tourneo

MWB, 8 x M2 seats with diagonal belts + driver, 6 speed gearbox, front air con, PAS, radio/CD, twin side load doors, silver metallic, mesh cage partition from luggage area, balance of manufacturers warranty. £16,995

9 seater, tax till Jan, will have new MOT, 190,000 miles, runs well, front and rear air-con, tow bar. £3,500 + VAT

EnsignBus 01708 865656

Autoservice Pontypool Ltd 01495 757111

Hailstone Travel Ltd 0845 388 3848

2003 Mercedes Cheetah

2007 (57) MAN 18.360 Noge

2003 Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 SLF 12m

1999/2000/2001 V/Y Reg Dennis Tridents

Cummins/Voith, LEZ compliant with traps to Euro 4, CCTV, Alexander ALX400 bodies, DDA compliant or upseated to 80 seats. Why pay more for less. FROM £18,000 + VAT

29 passengers plus courier seat Tax till March MOT till February Large boot New clutch and turbo

£18,000 + VAT

Hailstone Travel Ltd 0845 388 3848

51 seats + WC, DVD, two screens, A/C, MOT & tax, low mileage, one owner.

£75,000 ono

Manns Travel - 07796 695675

44 seats + 27 standees. £22,000 + VAT Southdown PSV 01342 711840 email:

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2003 Dennis Trident Alexander

63 seats: £12,000 + VAT – CHOICE 72 seats + refurb package: £25,000 +VAT Full details on request. Southdown PSV 01342 711840 email:

2002 Scania Irizar K114

2008 Optare Versa 11.4m

2000 Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 10.1m

49 exec, W.C., A.C., 7 speed C-Shift, MOT 21/5/15, excellent condition.

38 seats, DDA compliant, Mobitec LED. £55,000 + VAT – CHOICE Southdown PSV 01342 711840 email:

40 seats + 15 standees, belts fitted to all seats. £5,950 + VAT Southdown PSV 01342 711840 email:

NOW £37,000

Kingdoms Tours Ltd 01884 252646 / 07702 626542

2009 Mercedes 0816 Sitcar Beluga 2

1993 K reg DAF / Bova

25 leather trimmed seats with lap belts, courier seat, power plug door, air con, audio & DVD, fridge, drivers door, drivers electric window, reverse camera, digital tacho, Telma retarder. POA

70 seats, lots of new parts, taxed and MOT’d and in daily use.

Tel: 01823 653000 Moseley in the South

Manns Travel – 07796 695675

Luxury VW Crafter

2006 Volvo B12M


2007, 16 seats, A/C, DVD, microphone, 135,000 miles, 7 months MOT, excellent condition.


Contact your friendly Sales & Admin Executive Gemma Ireland

Slick Rides – 07823 770978

Tel: 01733 293247 Fax: 0845 280 2927 Email:

2008 Volvo B12B Plaxton Paragons

I-Shift gearbox, reclining seats, 3 point belts, air con, demountable wc, hot/cold water, fridge, owned from new and used on our own holiday programme, low mileage examples (approx 62,000km per annum), well maintained, all-over cream, price includes new MOT.

6 AVAILABLE – £99,000

Alfa Travel – 01257 248003

51/53 seat executive, WC, AC, auto, Berkoff LEZ, MOT 12/11/14, excellent condition. NOW £65,000

01884 252646 / 07702 626542 Kingdoms Tours Ltd

2003 (53) Volvo B12M

2003 Neoplan Starliner

2007 Volvo Plaxton Panther B12B

51/53 seat executive, WC, AC, Berkoff, LEZ, MOT 12/11/14, excellent condition. NOW £44,000 – MAY CONSIDER PX

38 seats, leather seats around tables, Sky TV, DVD entertainment system, 7 screens, toilet/washroom, kitchen with fridge and microwave, sockets throughout coach, automatic, merc engine.

65 seats, WC, front w/chair lift, A/C, 3 point belts fitted, ZF auto, inspection welcome, ready for work, sale due to fleet replacement.

01884 252646 / 07702 626542 Kingdoms Tours Ltd

£37,500 + VAT

Steve 0161 775 0800/07445 266345

£75,000 + VAT

Steve 0161 775 0800/07445 266345

Telephone Gemma Ireland on 01733 293247 or email

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Ford Transit 430 Jumbo

VW Transporter T32 130

Iveco Daily 45c14 Iris Bus

Renault Traffic LH29

2.2TD, 6 speed gearbox, tacho, high roof factory conversion, PAS, side loading door,16 high back seats plus driver, fully tracked Unwin floor, PLS underfloor tail lift, ex charity, only 41,777 miles.

LWB, 2.5TDI, 6 speed manual gearbox, air con, CD player, semi high roof, side loading door, 5 high back seats in rear, double passenger seat + driver, lowering suspension with fold down ramp, Unwin tracking, electric winch, 49,185 miles.

3.0, 6 speed gearbox, high roof, PAS, LWB, tacho, power front entry door, 16 rear high back seats (17 seats in total), Unwin tracking, Eberspacher heater, underfloor Ratcliff tail lift, COIF to take up to 5 wheelchairs, choice of 2.

2.5TD, manual gearbox, high roof, O & H conversion, PAS, side loading door, side step, high back seats, fully tracked Unwin floor, Ricon tail lift, 33,164 miles only.





H.W. Pickrell – 01268 521033

H.W. Pickrell – 01268 521033

H.W. Pickrell – 01268 521033

H.W. Pickrell – 01268 521033

2002 (52) Mercedes 814 Vario Plaxton Beaver 2

2003 (52) Iveco Daily 45c13 Iris Bus

LDV Maxus 3.5T 95 LWB

Fiat Ducato 160 Multijet

29 seats all with lap diagonal belts, auto, 203,000 kms, MOT till August, PLS underslung chair lift.

10 seats with PLS chairlift, front entry, fully length floor tracking, all seats on quick release, bonded glass, COIF/PSV, tacho.

7 seats, AMF-Bruns internal chairlift, full tracking on Unwin quick release, Euromotive built, 1 owner, low miles, side loading door.

17 seats, 80,000 miles from new, 1 owner, front and rear aircon, luggage racks, armrests, Bluetooth, 6 speed manual, COIF/PSV, tacho.

£9,995 + VAT

£3,995 + VAT

£6,495 + VAT

£11,495 + VAT

BNL Coaches 0208 363 8572 or 07811 848548

BNL Coaches 0208 363 8572 or 07811 848548

BNL Coaches 0208 363 8572 or 07811 848548

BNL Coaches 0208 363 8572 or 07971 785390



2006 Mercedes Sprinter 413 EX

New EVM Sprinter Classic

6.0 litre turbo diesel 180ps, automatic gearbox, 40 seats plus driver and companion, tracking for 4 wheelchairs, electric folding access door, electric windows, 147,000 kilometers/91,000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, serviced to FTA standards . WAS £18,495 + VAT – NOW £16,995 + VAT

2200 CDI turbo diesel 130ps, 6 speed sprintshift automatic, 17 seats, air con, UV Modular conversion, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, COIF, tachograph, CD player, 107,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty. £14,995 + VAT

16 seats + driver with 3 point belts, finished in moquette, panoramic glazing, A/C front and rear, radio/CD, decorative curtains, large boot, new engine, clutch & flywheel fitted at 248,000 miles. £17,000 + VAT

Power door, double rear doors, privacy glass, 22 seats, in-dash and saloon A/C, saloon heater, body kit and painted bumpers, bumper spoiler with fog lamps, monitor and DVD.


Ben Weaver Commercials 0114 275 7076

Ben Weaver Commercials 0114 275 7076

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160



2012 EVM Sprinter X-Clusive

New EVM Sprinter Classic

2.5 TDI auto, 15 seats, COIF, digital tacho, gross vehicle weight for 4100 kgs so can be driven without a D1 license, tracking for up to 5 wheelchairs, electric front entry doors with fold out wheelchair ramp, reversing camera, LEZ compliant, 81,000 miles, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty.

2.5 TDI, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 3 wheelchairs plus 5 seated, twin side loading doors with near side AVS electric access step, digital tachograph, COIF, LEZ compliant, 101,000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty.

16 seats, power entry door, automatic, PA, DVD, reading lights and air vents, Eberspacher aircon, reversing camera, two tables, 18,000 miles.

£11,995 + VAT

WAS £10,995 + VAT – NOW £10,495 + VAT

Ben Weaver Commercials 0114 275 7076

Ben Weaver Commercials 0114 275 7076

£65,000 + VAT

16 reclining seats + driver, automatic, double rear doors, in-dash and saloon aircon, moquette and leather headrests, privacy glazing, PA system.

EVM Direct 01924 476615/07970 287106

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160


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Ensig DOUBLE DECK 2000/2001 X/Y REG VOLVO B7TL’s

80 seats, Voith gearboxes, Euro 2 engines with traps, or full Euro 3 with traps, Plaxton President bodies, can be DDA with 78 seats. From £18,000



Cummins/Voith, LEZ compliant with traps to Euro 4, CCTV, Alexander ALX400 bodies, DDA compliant or upseated to 80 seats. From £17,000

1999/2000/2001 V/Y REG DENNIS TRIDENTS


2006 55 PLATE VOLVO B7TL’s

ZF automatics, Wrights Gemini bodies, 69 coach seats, air-con, DDA, long MOT’s.

31 seats, Mercedes engines, DDA compliant.



Cummins ISC Euro 3 engines, Plaxton bodies, DDA and LEZ compliant, 78 seats.

Cummins / ZF, Plaxton bodies, 62 seats, DDA and LEZ compliant.


SWB, CCTV, particulate traps so LEZ compliant, Plaxton President bodies, dual door 62 seats or single door 71 seats.

1999 VOLVO B7TL’s

2001 Super Pointer Darts, Allison gearboxes, 11.3m, 41 seats.

2000 VOLVO B7TL’s

ZF gearboxes, single door, 82 seats fully seated or 80 seats as DDA compliant, supplied with new MOT and COIF, new batch just arriving. From £20,000

Cummins ISB Euro 3 engines , 10.7M, 37 seats, new MOT, Hanover LED’s


2009 OPTARE SOLO M920’s

33 seats, Mercedes engines, Mobitech LED’s, long MOT’s.


Juliette Close, Purfleet Industrial Telephone 01708 865656 Fax: 01708 8 Visit our website for current s

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K ER SPECIALIST Euro 3 engines, DDA and LEZ compliant, Plaxton President bodies, 65 seats 2 door or up to 78 seats single door.

2003 VOLVO B7TL’s


Cummins C series engines, Voith gearboxes, Plaxton President bodies, 78 seats.

Cummins ISB Euro 3 engines, Plaxton Pointer bodies, 2 door, can be converted to single door, 30 or 36 seats, DDA and LEZ compliant, 10.2m, ABS, long MOT’s.


£18,000 + VAT


2007 VOLVO B12B’s

Euro 5, automatic, Plaxton Panthers, 12m, air-con, being converted to 70 seats, front wheelchair lift, Hanover LED’s.

Cummins ISC Euro 3 engines, DDA and LEZ compliant, 2 door 62 seats or can be single doored and upseated.

Mercedes Euro 4 engines, 9.2m, 33 seats.

ZF automatic, Northern Counties low height bodies, 77 seats, Volvo Euro 2 engines.



51 and 02 plate, Cummins Euro 3 ISC engines, LEZ, Plaxton President bodies, can be DDA, single door and 78 seats, or dual door 67 seats.


SLF, ZF gearboxes, Wrights bodies, 44 seats, long MOT’s.

1998 VOLVO BN10BLE’s


Cummins Euro 2 / Allison, Caetano body, 38 seats, Hanover LED’s.

1996 VOLVO B10MA ARTICULATED COACHES ZF automatics, 71 seats.


65 seats, dual door, can be converted to single door, latest Wrights hybrid drive, brand new battery pack, cooling pack, and Cummins Euro 5 engine, body upgraded to Gemini 2, over £100k spent on upgrade. COMPETITIVELY PRICED

- BRITAIN’S BIGGEST BUS DEALERS Park, Purfleet, Essex, RM15 4YF 8 864340 e-mail: t stock at

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Call for details on our website conversions, upseating, refurbishment, and change of use conversion. Also vehicles available for hire short and long term. email: Telephone: 01782 791774 Mobile: 07803 222552

View our latest arrivals on DENNIS DART PLAXTON POINTER "MPD"


2001 Y reg, 29 seats with new 3 point belt installation, wheelchair ramp in step so DDA, Eminox exhaust to Euro 4 LEZ/RPC

Choice of 4 £9,950



OPTARE SOLO M920 2002 52 reg, Mercedes engine, 31 seats, 29 with 3 point belts, DDA compliant, ex-local authority £15,450

1998/9, 41 seats, direct from Cardiff Bus.

Choice from £4,450

DOUBLE DECKERS AEC ROUTEMASTER No 1747 FOR RESTORATION. With AEC engine, 95% complete and does run, no seats, been a playbus & Offers around £18,950 office, just waiting for new use. VOLVO OLYMPIAN NORTHERN COUNTIES “LOW HEIGHT” BODY 1998 R REG. Volvo engine/ZF gearbox, 76 seats plus 8, can be belted if required. CHOICE OF 2 £7,950 VOLVO OLYMPIAN ALEXANDER BODY 1996 N REG. 78 seats with belts, long or new MoT, one repainted white, currently taxed so ready to work. FROM £7,750 SINGLE DECKERS ADL ENVIRO 300 2006 56 REG. SLF BUS - dual use options, with 60 x 3 point belted seats, use on bus services or school contracts. Phone for spec and price DENNIS DART PLAXTON "SUPER POINTER" 1998 S REG. Direct from Cardiff Bus. Currently being seatbelted for schools etc, will be 41 seats, uprated engine and gearbox, painted belted etc FROM £8,450

OPTARE SOLO M780 SLIMLINE 55 and 06 reg fully repainted into plain white From £27,950

2 with coach seats and 1 with bus seats All with ramp for DDA etc All at £6,000.00

DENNIS DART PLAXTON MINI POINTER “MPD” Y REG. Choice of 4 £6,950 29 seats, DDA destination equipment. (Euro 4 and beltable) DENNIS DART CAETANO CUTLASS. Step entrance with 38 £3,450 seats and 3 point belts. Ideal school contracts etc.

PSV TRANSITS 15-17 seats, available for short term rental. Rent for one week, month or year. Up to you. Always available. Phone for details IVECO 45/15 2005 55 REG. 16 seats, power door, powerful 3.0 ltr engine. £7,950 MERCEDES 814D VARIO PLAXTON BEAVER 2 2002/3 52 REG. 28 removable H/B seats on tracking, tail lift, PSV tested, auto £11,950 gearbox, choice of many, very presentable. MERCEDES 413D SPRINTER 2004 04 REG. Extra long body with 16 seats and huge full height boot, COIF and long MoT. £11,950

Dec 2009 59 reg with only 26k miles Will have new COIF and PSV test, tachograph etc Ready to go £14,950.00

MERCEDES 814 VARIO PLAXTON BEAVER 2 2004 54 REG. Fitted with 20 seats on tracking, and up to 10 wheelchairs, PSV, COIF and MoT, manual gearbox, power door, destination etc. long wheel base so could go to 32 seats. £14,950 OPTARE SOLO M 920 54 REG. 33 seats, all wheelchair accessible/DDA. £29,950 OPTARE SOLO M 920 Y REG. 33 seats, all wheelchair accessible/DDA. £9,950 OPTARE SOLO M920 1999 (PP). 33 seats with belts + tip ups, £8,950 fully repainted, long test. OPTARE SOLO M 850 X REG. 29 seats, all wheelchair accessible/DDA. £6,950 OPTARE SOLO M 850 W REG. 29 seats, all wheelchair £6,250 accessible/DDA. OPTARE SOLO M920 1999 PP. Currently out of test and no seats (don’t ask) runs fine £3,000 VW LT 46. Extra long wheelbase and super low floor, currently only 8 seats but could be 16-20 seats or make superb accessible camper. CHOICE OF 2 FROM £5,500



Kingdoms Tours

2002 Scania Irizar K114

• 49 seat executive • WC • A/C • 7 speed C-Shift • MOT 21/5/15 £43,000 £37,000

2002 Scania VanHool K124 • 49 seat executive • WC • A/C • 7 speed C-Shift • MOT 30/9/14 £45,000 £39,000

2006 Volvo B12M 2003 (53) Volvo • 51/53 seat exec B12M • WC • A/C • Auto • Berkoff LEZ • MOT 12/11/14 £79,000 £65,000

• 51/53 seat exec • WC • A/C • Berkoff LEZ 12/11/14 £52,500 £44,000


Kingdoms Tours Ltd 01884 252646 / 07702 626542 54 | COACH & BUS WEEK | June 4, 2014

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2005 05 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS Red, 2.4 turbo diesel 125 PS, 5 speed manual gearbox, UV Modular conversion, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, analogue tachograph, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, electric plug front entry door, 1 ex local authority owner from new, 52,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 8,995 + VAT

2005 55 PLATE VOLKSWAGEN LT46 16 SEAT EXTRA LONG WHEELBASE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SERVICE BUS 2.5 TDI, white, power front entry double doors with fold out wheelchair ramp, tracking for up to 3 wheelchairs plus 11 seated, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, analogue tachograph, panoramic glass, coach style seats, rear boot, overhead storage shelves, LEZ compliant, 285,000 kilometers/178,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 9,495 + VAT


2005 55 PLATE FORD TRANSIT MWB 9 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.4 90ps turbo diesel, white, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 3 wheelchairs, electric windows, power heated door mirrors, power assisted steering, remote central locking, AVS side door access step, overhead cab luggage tray, 25,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 8,995 + VAT


2004 54 PLATE FORD TRANSIT XLWB HIGH ROOF 17 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.4 115PS turbo diesel, silver, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 5 wheelchairs, COIF, analogue tachograph, power assisted steering, remote central locking, overhead cab luggage tray, side loading door access step, 106,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 8,495 + VAT

2004 04 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS White, 2.4 turbo diesel 125 ps, 5 speed manual gearbox, Chassis Developments conversion, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, 1 ex local authority owner from new, LEZ compliant, 92,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 7,195 + VAT

2004 04 IVECO DAILY 35S12 13 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2300cc turbo diesel, light blue, Ratcliffe internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 3 wheelchairs, 21000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 month MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty, no VAT to pay £6695 NO VAT


2006 06 PLATE MERCEDES SPRINTER 413CDI 17 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WELFARE MINIBUS 2200 CDI turbo diesel 130PS, 6 speed Sprintshift automatic gearbox, air conditioning, UV Modular conversion, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, COIF, analogue tachograph, CD player, 171,000 kilometers/107,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 14,995 + VAT

2005 05 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS Red, 2.4 turbo diesel 125 PS, 5 speed manual gearbox UV Modular conversion, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, analogue tachograph, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, electric plug front entry door, 1 ex local authority owner from new, 116,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 7,995 + VAT



2003 53 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS White, 2.4 turbo diesel 125 ps, 5 speed manual gearbox, chassis developments conversion, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, 1 ex local authority owner from new, LEZ compliant, 101,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 6,795 + VAT


2003 53 PLATE IVECO DAILY IRIS 40C13 15 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS Analogue tachograph, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, 2.8 turbo diesel 6 speed manual gearbox, white, panoramic glass, front entry door, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, LEZ compliant, 166,000 kilometers 103,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 7,295

2003 03 REG IVECO DAILY 40C13 16 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2800cc turbo diesel, electric plug entry door, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 5 wheelchairs, analogue tachograph, 4200 kgs gross vehicle weight can be driven without D1 licence, LEZ compliant, 148,000 kilometers/92,000 miles, finished in white, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 6,295 + VAT

2004 53 PLATE IVECO DAILY IRIS 45C13 17 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS Analogue tachograph, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, 2.8 turbo diesel, 6 speed manual gearbox, white, front entry door, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, 189,000 kilometers/118,000 miles, very good condition condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 6,995 + VAT

2002 52 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 15/17 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS White, 2.4 turbo diesel, can be made into a 17 seater by adding 2 rear seats, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 5 wheelchairs, fold out side access step with twist out access grab handle, Advanced Vehicle Builders conversion, LEZ compliant, 148,000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty REDUCED WAS £ 5,995 + VAT NOW £ 5,795 + VAT

2004 54 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS White, 2.4 turbo diesel 125 ps, 5 speed manual gearbox, Chassis Developments conversion, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, 1 ex local authority owner from new, LEZ compliant, 95,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 7,495 + VAT


2004 54 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS White, 2.4 turbo diesel 125 ps 5 speed manual gearbox, Chassis Developments conversion, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, 1 ex local authority owner from new, 103,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 7,295 + VAT


2004 04 PLATE MERCEDES SPRINTER 311CDI 17 SEAT LWB TRAVELINER 2.2CDI turbo diesel, white, analogue tachograph, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, alloy wheels, LEZ compliant, 161,000 kilometers, very good condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 7,995 + VAT


2003 03 PLATE VOLKSWAGEN LT46 13 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.5 TDI, white, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, currently fitted with 12 passenger seats, 4 more can be added to take 16 passengers, fully tracked throughout, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, tachograph, 72,000 kilometers/45,000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 6,695 + VAT

BEN WEAVER commercIals

2004 04 IVECO DAILY 45C11 16 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS White 2800cc turbo diese,l 6 speed manual gearbox, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 4 wheelchairs, LEZ compliant, ex local authority owned, 147000 kilometers 92000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty REDUCED WAS £ 6,295 + VAT NOW £ 5,995 + VAT

2002 52 PLATE VOLKSWAGEN LT46 16 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.5 TDI, white, Ricon underfloor rear wheelchair lift, fully tracked throughout, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, analogue tachograph, panoramic glass, LEZ compliant, 226,000 kilometers/141,000 miles,1 local authority owner from new, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 6,495 + VAT


2006 56 PLATE VOLKSWAGEN LT46 16 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.5 TDI, white, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 3 wheelchairs plus 5 seated, fully tracked, twin side loading doors with near side AVS electric access step, digital tacho, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, LEZ compliant, 101,000 miles/161,000 kilometers, very good condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 10,495 + VAT

Gower Street, Sheffield, S4 7JW Tel: 0114 275 7076

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commercials PSV

2005 55 PLATE IVECO DAILY IRIS 45C13 13 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS Analogue tachograph, electric front entry plug door with low access step, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 4 wheelchairs, 189,000 kilometers/118,000 miles excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 8,495 + VAT

2005 55 PLATE IVECO DAILY IRIS 45C13 13 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS Certificate of initial fitness, analogue tachograph, PSV, electric front entry plug door with low access step, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, 166,000 kilometers/103,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 8,795 + VAT


2006 06 PLATE VOLKSWAGEN LT46 13 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.5 TDI, silver, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 3 wheelchairs, electric plug side entry door with electric access step, digital tachograph, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, LEZ compliant, 104,000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 9,495 + VAT


2002 02 PLATE IVECO DAILY IRIS 40C13 17 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.8 turbo diesel, 6 speed manual gearbox, white, certificate of initial fitness, analogue tachograph, PSV, panoramic glass, electric front entry plug door, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, LEZ compliant, 150,000 kilometers 95,000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 5,695 + VAT


2006 06 PLATE VOLKSWAGEN LT46 17 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.5 TDI, white, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, fully tracked throughout, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, AVS side door access step, 92,000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty REDUCED WAS £ 9,495 + VAT NOW £ 8,995 VAT

2005 05 PLATE IVECO DAILY 35S11 9 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2300cc 16v turbo diesel, white, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 1 wheelchair more can be added if required, Stanford conversion, 95,000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 month MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 5,995 + VAT -

2002 02 PLATE VW LT46 16 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.5 TDi, white, Ricon underfloor rear wheelchair lift, currently fitted with 6 seats, fully tracked throughout, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, analogue tachograph, panoramic glass, 299,000 kilometers/187,000 miles. 1 local authority owner from new. excellent condition. supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty, photo taken prior to valeting REDUCED WAS £ 5,695 + VAT NOW £ 5,495 + VAT

2004 04 PLATE IVECO DAILY 65C15 WELFARE BUS WITH TACHOGRPAH COIF AND PSV 2800cc turbo diesel, currently fitted with 16 passenger seats, will take upto 22 passenger seats, access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 8 wheelchairs, 157,000 kilometers/98,000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty REDUCED WAS £ 7,995 + VAT NOW £ 7,495 + VAT

2004 04 PLATE DAF LF45 40 SEAT BUS PLUS DRIVER AND CO DRIVER Automatic gearbox, white, 6.0 litre turbo diesel 180ps, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 4 wheelchairs, electric side entry folding door, electric windows, 147,000 kilometers/91,000 miles, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to FTA standards, very good condition REDUCED WAS £ 17,495 + VAT NOW £ 16,995 + VAT

2006 55 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 15 SEAT MINIBUS 2400cc turbo diesel, white, analogue tachograph, electric front windows, remote central locking, electric door mirrors, towbar with butterfly step, 101,000 kilometers 63,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty REDUCED WAS £ 6,495 + VAT NOW £ 5,995 + VAT

2007 07 PLATE IVECO DAILY 40C15 11 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 3000cc turbo diesel, white, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, 4200 kgs gross vehicle weight, can be driven without d1 licence, remote central locking, electric windows, CD player, LEZ compliant, 106,000 miles with full service print out, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 9,495 + VAT

2003 03 REG IVECO DAILY 45C13 11 SEAT FRONT ENTRY LONG WHEEL BASE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2800cc turbo diesel white, white, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, tachograph, LEZ compliant, currently fitted with 11 seats but can be made upto 17, 200000 kilometers, 124000 miles, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warrantry REDUCED WAS £ 5,795 + VAT NOW £ 5,695 + VAT


2004 54 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS White, 2.4 turbo diesel 125 ps, 5 speed manual gearbox, Chassis Developments conversion, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, 1 ex local authority owner from new, 103,000 miles excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 7,295 + VAT

2002 02 IVECO DAILY 45C11 11 SEAT FRONT ENTRY LWB WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS White, 2800cc 6 speed turbo diesel, analogue tachograph, ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, seats can be added to make into a 17 seater, LEZ compliant, 26,000 kilometers/16,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty, no VAT to pay £ 7,295 NO VAT

2004 54 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS White, 2.4 turbo diesel 125 ps, 5 speed manual gearbox, Chassis Developments conversion, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, 1 ex local authority owner from new, 103,000 miles excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 7,295 + VAT


2005 54 REG IVECO DAILY 65C15 WELFARE BUS WITH TACHOGRPAH COIF AND PSV 2800cc turbo diesel, metallic silver, will take upto 22 passenger seats, currently fitted with 6 passenger seats, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 8 wheelchairs, electric side enrty soor with fold out access step, CD player, 200,000 kilometers, very good condition,supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty REDUCED WAS £ 8,295 + VAT NOW £ 7,795 + VAT

02 52 IVECO 50C13 17 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE WELFARE BUS 2.8 turbo diesel, white, Frank Guy conversion, Access rear wheelchait lift, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, COIF, analogue tachograph, sunroofs, 163,000 kilometers/102,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 5,495 + VAT


2002 02 MERCEDES VARIO 614 21 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 4300 turbo diesel manual engine, Access underfloor rear tail lift, tracking for 6 wheelchairs, 232000 klms/145000 miles, finished in white, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty REDUCED WAS £ 6,695 NO VAT

2006 06 PLATE FORD TRANSIT LWB HIGH ROOF 11 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS WITH TACHO 2.4 90PS turbo diesel, white, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 3 wheelchairs, currently fitted with 5 passenger seats but can be made upto 10, digital tacho, electric windows, power heated door mirrors, remote central locking, 63,000 kilometers, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty REDUCED WAS £ 8,495 + VAT NOW £ 7,995 + VAT

All vehicles supplied with 12 months MOT/PSV, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards and 1–3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty

2003 52 PLATE MERCEDES SPRINTER 413CDI 17 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WELFARE MINIBUS 2200 CDI turbo diesel 130ps, 6 speed Sprintshift automatic gearbox, white, UV Modular conversion, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, COIF, analogue tachograph, electric front entry plug door, LEZ compliant,155,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 7,495 + VAT

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DREW WILSON coach sales

1996 VOLVO B10M JONCKHEERE DEAUVILLE 53 recliners with belts, power door, ZF manual gearbox, double glazing, tinted windows, carpets and curtains, recent respray, 716,699kms. £17,500 + VAT

1996 VOLVO B10M KONCKHEERE DEAUVILLE 51 recliners with belts, crew seat, ZF manual gearbox, rear floor mounted toilet, boiler, fridge, curtains, luggage racks, reading lights with forced air ventilation, tinted windows. £17,500 + VAT

1998 DAF BOVA FUTURA 38 recliners with belts, power door, ZF auto gearbox, rear floor mounted toilet, double glazed, curtains, tinted windows, overhead aircraft lockers, cd/dVd/pa system. £22,000 + VAT

1999 DENNIS JAVELIN CAETANO CUTLASS 70 cogent seats with belts, 6 speed ZF manual, power door, luggage racks, forced air, reading lights, ccTV system fitted, 330,000 kms, one owner, new test. CHOICE AVAILABLE FROM £21,000 + VAT

MERCEDES 408CDI LWB MINIBUS KVC CONVERSION Manual gearbox, power door, large boot, fridge, dVd player, two monitors, only 1 owner since new, 120,000 kms genuine mileage, new paint in white. £17,000 + VAT

2003 VOLVO B12M CATANO ENIGMA 49 recliners with belts, centre sunken toilet, air con, pa system, luggage racks with reading lights, power door, ZF manual, tidy condition for year. £44,000 + VAT

2007 MERCEDES UNVI RIADA LUXURY MINIBUS 16 full leather recliners, power door, carpets, curtains and tables, radio, cd equipment, excellent condition. £31,000 + VAT

2002 SCANIA VAN HOOL ALIZEE T9 49/53 recliners with belts, crew seat, air con, luggage racks with reading lights, carpets and curtains, ZF auto box, reconditioned engine fitted, very tidy condition. £35,000 + VAT

2000 BOVA FHD 49 recliners with belts, crew seat, centre sunken toilet, air con, hot water boiler, power door, can be up seated, very tidy condition. £22,500 + VAT

2007 MERCEDES PLAXTON BEAVER 3 33 high back seats with 3 point belts, power door, luggage racks, side wheelchair ramp, manual gearbox, MOT till November £38,000 + VAT

2008 MERCEDES 816D PLAXTON CHEETAH 29 coach seats with 3 point belts, double glazed, air con, large boot, power door, 6 speed manual, dVd/cd/radio/ pa, new/paint, LEZ compliant, new MOT, 293,718 kms. £75,000 + VAT

2000 VOLVO B10M CAETANO ENIGMA 49 recliners plus crew seat with belts, power door, recent retrim, overhead luggage rack with reading lights, ZF manual, centre sunken toilet, MOT till September. £22,000 + VAT

2010 VOLVO B9R PLAXTON PANTHER 53/57 seats with three point belts, power door, air con, actia sound system with single monitor, luggage racks with reading lights. £115,000 + VAT

2010 (60) VOLVO B12B PLAXTON PANTHER 49/53 reclining seats, centre toilet, crew seat, I-Shift gearbox, radio/cassette, 2 x dVd / monitors, large/wide entrance door, 178000km, air con, MOT September. £148,950 + VAT

2004 OPTARE SOLO MERCEDES ENGINE 27 seats, wheelchair accessible, destination equipment, power door, auto, on sale due to fleet upgrade. also available 2005, 2006 & 2007, some with belts. also slimline model available.

VOLVO B12M JONCKHEERE MISTRAL 50 6 speed manual ZF gearbox, 460,000 kms, 51/53 reclining seats, 2 point seatbelts, centre sunken toilet, continental door, dVd & monitor, radio /pa/ cd, air con. POA

2004 IVECO IRIBUS SCOLABUS allison automatic gearbox, 68 seats, 3-point belts, power plug door, destination gear. £20,000 + VAT

2002 IVECO EURORIDER BEULAS STERGO 'E' ZF automatic gearbox, 53 recliners, crew seat, air-con, 3-point belts, double-glazed, power plug door, curtains, wheel trims, MOT till November. £37,000 + VAT

2008 BMC KARISMA ZF automatic gearbox, 35 recliners, crew seat, air-con, 3-point belts, double-glazed, power plug door, curtains, front carpet, digital tacho,  LEZ compliant engine. £49,500 + VAT

2009 MERCEDES TOURISMO automatic tiptronic gearbox, 53 recliners, crew seat, centre continental door, air-conditioning, 3-point belts, doubleglazed, power plug door, carpet, curtains. £115,000 + VAT

VOLVO OLYMPIAN NORTHERN COUNTIES PALATINE 2 68 coach seats can be upseated to 73, power door ZF gearbox, can also be seatbelted, new MOT, high speed dif fitted, new paint in white. £8,500 + VAT

2003 SCANIA IRIZAR CENTURY 49/53 recliners with belts, rear sunken toilet, hot water boiler, power door, air con, aircraft lockers, ZF auto gearbox, reading lights, long MOTs, choice of 3 available. £35,000 + VAT

DAF IKARUS 70 cogent seats with three point belts, power door, crew seat, freshly re painted into white, 4 over 4 gearbox, long MOT, ideal school bus. £17,500 + VAT

IVECO INDCAR MAXIM 11 29 seats with belts, courier seat, cd/pa system, curtains, large boot, tinted windows. £19,950 + VAT


CHECK OUT NEW WEBSITE AT WWW.DREWWILSON.CO.UK Tel/Fax: 0141 248 5524 • Mob: 07764 200444 Email:

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Low mileage vehicles for sale

Scania CN94UB Omnicities

Scania L94UA Articulated Buses

42 seats 51 to 54 reg Contact for prices

59 seats Y to 54 reg Offers invited

12m Dennis Trident

9.2m Optare Solos

82 seats Y reg, DDA compliant ÂŁ25,000

33 seats, V reg Easily converted to gain Accessability Certificate Offers invited All prices plus VAT & Tyres if required

For further information or to arrange a purchase please contact Adam at Nottingham City Transport on 0115 9766712 or 60 | COACH & BUS WEEK | June 4, 2014

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Kinglong Scotland XMQ6130Y

Buses Midis Coaches

Up to 70 seats, DDA compliant, can be fully tracked, wheelchair access.

Minibus conversions to suit requirements, 8, 16, 19, 22 with large boots, rear wheelchair, DDA. 16 seater 2008 wheelchair accessible minibus, fully tracked, rear wheelchair lift, long MOT. 2011 Karisma Coach 35 seats, ready to work, long MOT. 2013 BMC Nifty 27 seats, low mileage, as new, long MOT. 1998 B10M Bova 38 seats + w/c, new MOT, very clean. 1996 B10M Jonkeere 51 seats + w/c, very clean, long MOT. 1996 B10M Jonk Deauville 49-53 seats, toilet, very clean, long MOT. 1999 B10M 49 seats + toilet, long MOT. 2001 B10M Caetano Auto 49 Fainsa Gaudi seats, DVD monitor, Webasto, very clean, coming soon. 1996 Caetano Algarve 70 seater, coming soon.

Kinglong Scotland

Buses Midis Coaches

53-59 seats, full executive specification, wired for wi-fi.

XMQ6129 Tourist Coach

Up to 53 seats, full executive specification, wired for wi-fi, reversing camera.

XMQ6127 12M Coach

36-55 seats, full executive specification, wired for wi-fi.

XMQ6127J City Bus

40 seats + standees, DDA compliant.

XMQ6900 Medium Passenger Coach 33-35 seats, full exec specification.

XMQ6900J City Bus

27 seats + standees, DDA compliant.

XMQ6120C Intercity Bus XMQ6130C

Up to 73 seater.

George Stratford: 07527 815340


Main Office: 01651 872864 George Stratford: 07527 815340 June 4, 2014 | COACH & BUS WEEK | 61

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For more information you can contact Gemma at or on 01733 293247

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THIS SATURDAY BURGHFIELD COACHES LTD AUCTION Saturday 7th June 2014, 1pm Viewing Friday 6th June 2014

Burghfield Farm, Mill Road, Burghfield, Reading, RG30 3SS

Due to Cessation of Business

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Monday: A busy press day. We’re proud of the 96-page Nottingham City Transport superfeature issue. Tuesday: Plough on with two features for forthcoming issues. A coaching friend calls for a welcome catch up chat. Talk to a bus industry friend in my mother tongue (Welsh). As always, the office goes quiet, much to my amusement. Wednesday: A hectic day in the office writing. Andy and I discuss business matters, ideas and recent issues with our boss Jonathan. We go away on a high. Thursday: Another busy day. Andy being the saint that he is hits the road for an overnighter in the North East of England, ready for a visit to Arriva’s Ashington depot in the morning. A senior PR person for one of the ‘big five’ calls to suggest a couple of ideas for features. Having missed my self-imposed deadline, I forge on with my feature at home in the evening. My better half, a primary school teacher, teases me that her lesson plan has more words in than my article. Little things amuse small minds… Friday: Rise extra early and write at home, before heading to the office. Work on news and proofing designed pages. Enjoy a catch up with member of a large operator’s PR team over the phone. We discuss feature ideas, along with input into articles I have planned. In the evening, head ‘back home’ to the Welsh borderland, ready for a weekend of spending time with my family and doing heritage railway PR.

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Adham Fisher will try to travel on as many Leicester bus routes as possible in the space of a day A Leicester man will attempt to travel on as many city bus routes in one day as possible in order to raise awareness of the role of public transport in tackling air pollution. Adham Fisher, who has attempted various public transport Guinness World Records around the world, was asked by the Healthy Air Leicester and Leicestershire campaign to take on the challenge. The rules set by the campaigner group for Adham’s challenge are: ● Travel on as many bus routes as possible in one day, using a flexi-day ticket; ● Collect evidence of each journey, either by taking a photo or asking a member of the public to sign a log sheet; ● Each bus route number will

count only once, even if Adham makes multiple journeys on it, with the exception of a route having two operators, e.g. route 14 will count twice if Adham takes both Arriva and First buses; and ● During the day, Adham must travel on each of the major companies covered by the flexi-day ticket: Arriva, Centrebus, First, Kinchbus and Stagecoach. Adham said: “Air quality is important. Bus travel is important. Collaboration with both can be made.” He has previously travelled around the world to cities such as Paris, New York, Toronto and Nottingham, travelling on local public transport systems with the aim of visiting all stations on the system in the shortest possible time.

Hannah Wakley from Healthy Air Leicester and Leicestershire said: “Air pollution causes 250 premature deaths every year in Leicester. Public transport has an important role to play in tackling the problem because if many people take the bus, it reduces the number of vehicles on the road. We hope that Adham’s challenge will demonstrate the potential of public transport in Leicester.” David Shelley, Commercial Director of Centrebus, said: “The bus is a great way to get around Leicester and the County and investment in modern, low pollution vehicles means that public transport is playing a big part in helping make the air cleaner. It is great that more people are now finding out how convenient and cost effective travelling this way can be.”

Portland operator launches strip club tour A couple in Portland, Oregon (USA) is launching a bus tour which will take passengers to some of the city’s famous strip clubs. The husband and wife duo, who own the Portland Short Bus, normally provide tours to and from wineries or other private events, but said they recently saw an opportunity in strip clubs. “I feel like we are filling a niche that is a little bit missed in Portland,” said owner Nicole

Pittman. “We’re so Portland. We have enough quirkiness that we fit right in.” Portland apparently

has the most strip clubs per capita in the USA, so if any operator was to offer a strip club tour it makes sense for it to be Portland-based. For five hours, the bus will take passengers to the five strip clubs of their choice. A seat on the journey costs $40, and the couple stated they would even shuttle people home for an extra fee if they’re too drunk to drive by the end of the night.

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RECRUITMENT & PEOPLE DEADLINES Booking: Monday 5.00pm Full artwork: Monday 5.00pm CONTACT Ian Gillis T: 01733 293484 E:

National Express West Midlands recruits with pride National Express West Midlands played its part in Birmingham Pride last weekend as dozens of members of staff escorted a vehicle through the streets of the city and hosted a recruitment stall. The parade, which is watched by tens of thousands of people, is one of the biggest events in the city’s calendar and this year for the second year running featured a National Express bus. The bus operator also hosted a stall at the event, for the first time, as part of its ongoing recruitment drive. The stall was attended by hundreds of people and the recruitment team had lots of

NXWM staff and Perry Barr Garage-based Scania Omnicity 4780 take to the streets to celebrate Birmingham Pride interest in the roles on offer. James Donnan, Head of Corporate Communications at National Express, said: “It was great for the company to be part of the

Operations Manager Westbourne Park Depot Tower Transit Operations Limited is a part of the Transit Systems Group based in Australia. The new London based business was established in 2013 and employs over 1600 staff across three sites and operates 420 buses. We are now looking to recruit an Operations Manager for our Westbourne Park Depot. As part of the Senior Team you will contribute to the profitable running of the Depot, managing aspects of its operations and support functions ensuring that key performance indicators are achieved We are looking for an individual with previous experience of leading and managing a team, but more important is your enthusiasm and passion for working in a forward thinking company. A CPC in Passenger Transport would be a distinct advantage. Minimum salary £45,000 but this will depend on experience. If you are interested please apply with a full CV and covering letter to Sonia Gentles, HR Assistant, Tower Transit, Westbourne Park Bus Garage, Great Western Road, London, W9 3NW or via email to More information can be found on our website or contact us on 0207 243 5372.

Hopefully some of the people who came forward to our recruitment stall will soon be behind the wheel of a bus and can parade with us as colleagues next year.”

Birmingham Pride parade again this year. The crowds were great, despite the rain, and the specially branded Scania double decker got a really good reaction from everyone.

Operations Manager, er Jersey (2 year fixed term) CT Plus (Jersey) is a part of the award winning social enterprise HCT Group. In Jersey, CT Plus operates LibertyBus, the Island’s bus service. We are looking for an experienced Operations Manager who will be accountable for the day to day operation of the local bus and school transport services in Jersey. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in operational management in the bus industry with the ability to innovate, achieve growth and ensure that all services are operated to a high level of quality while meeting budgetary requirements. Experience of developing individuals and teams to maximise their potential is also required. An essential requirement of the role is that the candidate holds a National or International CPC qualification in the passenger transport industry. For an application pack please contact Nikki Withe at Closing date is 11 June 2014. No agencies please.

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DEADLINES Booking: Monday 5.00pm Full artwork: Monday 5.00pm CONTACT Ian Gillis T: 01733 293484 E:

Based in Merstham, Surrey we are looking for the following staff:

Engineer A vacancy has arisen for an experienced engineer to join the team at Buses Etc to become a key part of our service delivery team. Reporting to the general manager your duties will include all aspects of vehicle repair and maintenance together with the supervision of the maintenance staff including control of the workshop premises. We are looking for an experienced professional engineer and someone who is passionate and detailed in their approach. We operate a large fleet and this position is an important position in our expanding team.


Buses Etc need to recruit experienced coach and bus mechanics, working in a modern workshop based in Merstham in Surrey. You will be able to demonstrate the required skills to ensure our fleet maintains its high standards of vehicle maintenance

Bus drivers Are you an experienced bus driver, then we have long term permanent positions available in our Merstham depot, you will need a current CPC and be reliable and used to working shift patterns . In return we offer a competitive salary and benefits along with a great working environment For all of the above vacancies please call 07500 049061 or email your CV to

Stagecoach Yorkshire makes time for tea to support cancer charity Stagecoach Yorkshire and Weston Park Hospital Care Charity have raised more than £1,000 at an unusual tea party held in celebration of the charity’s 20th anniversary. Stagecoach sponsored WPHC’s fundraising initiative ‘Time for Tea,’ which drove a ‘brew bus’ down to Shef�ield City Centre and invited shoppers to have a cup of Yorkshire Tea and a cake, and the chance to win concert tickets, six months’ free travel with Stagecoach, and a Haribo hamper. The initiative hoped to encourage everyone ranging from individuals to community groups to host tea parties during May and raise more money for charity. Weston Park Hospital is one of only four specialist cancer hospitals in England and serves a population of 1.8m people from all across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Lincolnshire.

“We are extremely grateful to Stagecoach Yorkshire for supporting Time for Tea,” said charity fundraiser Sarah Cross. “The ‘brew bus’ was a great way to engage with the general public and also an opportunity for us to work alongside Stagecoach at such a unique event.” Paul Lynch, Managing Director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to offer our continuing support to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and the tea party was a great success. We would like to thank Yellow Bus Events, Yorkshire Tea, Meadows Bakery, Shef�ield City Hall, Motorpoint Arena, O2 Academy Shef�ield and Haribo for their support.” It is hoped Time for Tea will raise over £2,000.

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New marketing appointment expands Stagecoach South East Team Rebecca Day has been appointed as the new Marketing Analyst for Stagecoach South East, a role based in its head office in Canterbury. The position will see Rebecca assist in creating marketing campaigns, literature and promotions to encourage passenger growth and maximise awareness of Stagecoach’s services in Kent and East Sussex. She will also analyse passenger figures to evaluate the success of marketing campaigns and service changes. “I am pleased to welcome Rebecca in this new role,” said Marketing Manager for Stagecoach South East Divene Anderson. “The position of Marketing Analyst was created to assist the team in identifying new

opportunities and I feel that with her range of skills, Rebecca will enable us to do so.” “I am thrilled to be joining the Stagecoach business development team,” said the Canterbury Christchurch University Advertising Management with Marketing graduate. “Having lived in Canterbury whilst studying, I relied heavily on Stagecoach buses to travel. Since learning the extent of our network coverage in East Kent and East Sussex, I am eager to find new ways to promote our services to others in the region.” Stagecoach South East employs over 1,250 staff, operates a fleet of over 450 buses and coaches and carries its 46 million passengers a total of 19 million miles a year.

Rebecca Day

National Express Dundee Bus driver gets on his bike for Cancer Research charity National Express Dundee (NXD) is supporting one of its drivers who is using pedal power to raise hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research. Stephen Stewart and friend Marc Jackson have completed two demanding bike rides Etape Loch Ness and Etape Caledonia – on two consecutive weekends. Stephen, who began working for the bus operator 18 months ago, and Marc, who’s been

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employed by Michelin for 26 years, are aiming to raise as much as they can for the charity Cancer Research. NXD has donated £200 to help boost their fundraising, which currently stands at £900. The Etape Loch Ness saw them cycle 67 miles around the loch, coming in under the five-hour mark at four hours 48 minutes – while Etape Caledonia involved an 81-mile course around the Perthshire

countryside, including an extremely demanding ride up Schiehallion. The pair completed the challenge in five hours 15 minutes. Stephen says the Inverness ride was tough: “Loch Ness was shorter but harder compared to that, Schiehallion was easy. I’m really pleased with what we’ve achieved and want to thank National Express Dundee for sponsoring us. We’re already looking forward to next year!”

First Eastern Counties staff take to the road for charity

This summer will see a group of motorcyclists hit the road to raise money for charity. First Eastern Counties staff will be riding from Ness Point to Land’s Ends over two days to raise awareness and funds for the Royal British Legion Riders’ Branch. From June 19 to 21, a team of seven will be riding more than 450 miles across the country, visiting First depots along the way. “We formed a group last year where we got together and went out on bike,” said the organiser Colin Hartley, who works as a depot supervisor at First’s Lansdowne Road and Vulcan Road depots in Norwich “When the riding season finished, we went out for a meal and started talking about what challenges we wanted to set ourselves this year. We wanted to ride from Lowestoft to Land’s End on the longest day of the year but we decided to split it over two days and raise money for charity.” The cause is very close to their hearts, as Colin served as driver specialist in the Army for 12 years. “My grandfather was in the Army during the First World War,” Colin continued. “My father served in the Second World War.” Calin will be joined by his wife, Christine, Norwich bus drivers Alan Brenkley and Adrian Kemp and their wives, and Colin’s brother in law Jimmy Sturman, who is also a Relief Standard Bearer.

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