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uality Contracts (QCs) hit the headlines again last week – this time nationally, when Labour announced it would pass an English Devolution Act, transferring control of over £30bn worth of funding to England’s cities and counties (see p10). Thanks to a tweet by Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh (Wakefield, Labour), I found an interesting article on the Politics Home website ( uk/article/107417/a_hitchhikers_guide_to_the_dft. html) about the party’s plans. I always think it’s important to try to understand where someone is coming from – empathy if you like. Therefore, I found the interview to be highly interesting. She talks about cuts to services in areas such as North Yorkshire, as if implying that it’s entirely the fault of the ‘nasty bus operator’ – forgetting the austerity savings. Then she says: “I like competition, but the question is how do you get competition that works in the public interest? You can only do that if you plan centrally, and the deregulation model says the market will provide.” How do you define what’s in the public interest? Coordinated timetables, removing the sort of behaviour which sees one operator running five minutes ahead of a rival, followed by a lengthy gap in the service? On that note, she calls for smartcards, Real-Time Information (RTI) and integrated ticketing as if it’s not commonly available. On the former, it was more commonplace than it is now but austerity measures have meant it’s had to be scaled back in some places. I was involved with introducing RTI to the Midlands 10 years ago. On the latter, has she not visited Blackbird Leys, South Yorkshire and the West Midlands, to name but three? Why isn’t her party trying to address the causes of it not being more widely available? Such things should be made easier to introduce for hard-pressed transport authority professionals and operators alike, benefiting the passenger. The barriers need to be broken down – and that means a change of mindset from the Competition and Markets Authority. Let’s not forget that multi-operator tickets are available in most corners of the country. “I want small operators to stay in business,” she says. Surely the greatest harm caused to small operators came from her party when it introduced the National Concessionary Fares Scheme, forcing authorities and operators to

The issue with saying a ‘London-style bus operation’ will apply in the provinces is that it requires public funding, which has been cut over successive years swallow bitter pills. Its introduction also increased the financial and bureaucracy burden. I’m sure QCs will also be a blow for small operators as they won’t have the resources to bid for tranches. I try not to do politics in this column but I do fear for the future of the industry when I hear of calls for the widespread use of QCs – and that goes for politicians of all colours, some of which welcome with open arms the idea of ‘local accountability.’ We’re seeing in Liverpool the negative aspect of what a seemingly pro-private car politician can do to bus and cycle use. If you’re not already friends with your local MP, please get to know them. Invite them to your depot, have a brew and try to educate them about how the industry works. This may help to mitigate the effects of the dreaded blinkers of QCs. Perhaps with support from your colleagues in your local transport authority, talk to them about funding streams, such as pump-priming, which can help turn a supported service into a commercial operation, with the resultant benefit to passenger and tax payer alike. That is a far simpler means to deliver quick improvements – which voters will notice. Waiting years to go through statutory procedures, while lawyers burn midnight oil will not. London works because it’s London. Its level of funding will remain the stuff of dreams in the provinces – but even TfL has had to make savings. That won’t be mentioned in a press release any time soon either…

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Following the success of our King Long road shows we have taken the decision not to attend this year’s NEC show. Instead we are offering you the chance not only to view, but to DRIVE the vehicle yourself. Please take us up on our invitation to come along to see where the ‘real deals’ are done, enjoy the King Long hospitality here at our Coventry HQ which is only a 20 minute ride from the NEC. Launching will be the all new King Long XMQ 6129 Cummins powered, fully automatic Euro 6 coach – come along to drive this vehicle! We shall be providing a shuttle bus between the Hilton Metropole Hotel and our Coventry HQ, the King Long coach will be leaving every hour on the hour between 10 am – 4 pm on the 4th – 6th November. Thank you, All at King Long We look forward to seeing you here in Coventry.

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McGill’s steps in after Henderson closes Henderson Travel called to Public Inquiry to take place on November 17 McGill’s Bus Services of Greenock stepped in last Friday (October 31) to cover Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) contracted services previously operated by Henderson Travel after the Hamilton-based operator ceased trading. Around 120 people were employed. A SPT spokesperson told CBW: “Due to Hendersons Travel Limited’s inability to guarantee delivery of SPT contracted bus services, SPT has suspended these contracts. These services will now be delivered by McGill’s Buses, with the exception of the service 13 (Hamilton – Strathaven – East Kilbride), which will be operated by Whitelaw’s Coaches.” Whitelaw’s, already the provider of route 13 during the day, is now additionally covering evening and Sunday services. Henderson Travel operated door-to-door Mybus, local and school services on behalf of SPT in Glasgow, Hamilton, East Kilbride, Douglas, Uplawmoor, Strathaven, Rutherglen, Airdrie, Cumbernauld, Lesmahagow, Coatbridge, Kirkintilloch, Cambuslang, Kilsyth, Newton Mearns and Barrhead. Service 13 runs between Hamilton and East Kilbride. SPT says that McGill’s is covering all 20 of the contracts previously operated by Henderson’s on a short term basis. McGill’s quotes 13 contracts encompassing 41 groups of services. 27 SPT-owned minibuses previously operated by Henderson Travel are being operated from the defunct

Henderson Travel of Hamilton employed around 120 people business’ Whistleberry Park, Hamilton base and a deal has been agreed with the landlord of the site allowing operations to continue. “I am pleased with the positive outcome of today’s meetings with staff and with the owner of the Blantyre site,” said Ralph Roberts, Managing Director of McGill’s on Friday. “For staff, it means their jobs are secure, and they can continue to work from their local depot. As well as the offer of employment, McGill’s has decided to pick up the bill for unpaid wages to all staff, who discovered on Thursday that, not only were they out of a job, but that they had not been paid their salary for the previous fortnight’s work. “For customers, it means an end to any uncertainty over how they are going to get to work, school or college. McGill’s will honour all valid Henderson Travel multijourney tickets and all other fares

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will remain the same. “With Christmas just over eight weeks away, we fully understand the increased financial pressures every household experiences at this time of year and McGill’s is pleased to have played a pivotal role in turning this week’s unfortunate events into a positive outcome for staff and for passengers.” Henderson Travel Ltd with an O-licence (No PM1126151) for 40 vehicles has been called to an Edinburgh Public Inquiry (PI) by Scottish Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken due to take place on November 17. Called to the same PI are John Collison Henderson and David Collison Henderson trading as Henderson Travel (O-licence No PM0001018 for 40 vehicles). A company check for Henderson Travel Ltd lists no current directors. David Henderson

resigned in June 2013 while John Henderson resigned on August 26, 2014. Checking the DVSA (Vehicle Operator Services Agency) website for Henderson Travel Ltd’s O-licence, a Mark Ready is listed as the sole director. He’s also named in ‘Notice and Proceedings’ in relation to the forthcoming PI. DVSA lists Mark as a director of four additional companies – Curdridge, Southampton-based Brijan Tours Ltd; Barnsley-based Globe Holidays Ltd and Rosa Holdings Ltd trading as Globe Coaches; and Guideissue Ltd trading as Bakers Coaches of Biddulph where he’s listed as the sole director. Mark Raymond Ready is also a director of Tates Travel Ltd, Barnsley. A company search shows that Henderson Travel Ltd is 100% owned by Bakerbus Ltd, itself 100% owned by Mark Ready.

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Oyster-style smart ticketing to be introduced to city regions ‘Big five’ bus operators agree to work together in what is being described as biggest smart-ticketing initiative ever in the UK Britain’s biggest bus operators announced on November 3 plans to launch London-style smart ticketing across England’s largest city regions. The pledge by Stagecoach, First, Arriva, Go Ahead and National Express will deliver multi-operator smart ticketing to millions of bus customers across England during 2015. Greater Manchester will be an early winner from the ‘transformational initiative,’ helping support the area’s wider growth plans.

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Tower Transit Group has purchased Perivale-based The Impact Group plc, which also has a depot in Beddington Lane, Croydon. The firm’s O-licence is for 123 vehicles at Perivale and 29 at Croydon. Impact is to continue as an independent operation from Tower Transit Operations under the direction of Tower Transit Development Director Charlie Beaumont. Much of its work is local

It will also benefit Tyne and Wear, Merseyside, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire along with the city regions of Nottingham, Leicester and Bristol. In the West Midlands nearly 30 operators are already part of the Swift smart multi-operating ticketing scheme. The country’s biggest bus providers have spent several months finalising their plans and this work has included liaising with IT suppliers and the Department for Transport. The plans represent a multimillion-pound investment by operators in what is believed to be the biggest smart ticketing project in the UK’s history. The technology will allow smaller bus operators to be included and provide a platform to extend the authority based using mini and midi size vehicles, many of them wheelchair accessible. There’s also a coach hire business and excursion programme. Garage services are offered and there’s a driving school and training centre. The Impact Group began in 1969 when proprietor Tony Hill formed a driving school. It took on its first bus contract using a minibus taking children to nursery school in 1974. Armchair Coaches yard in Brentford was taken over in 1993, but in 2000 it was decided to relocate the business to a new entirely self contained property in Perivale.

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system to other modes, such as trams and trains. Smart ticketing plans are part of a longer-term commitment by UK bus operators to deliver further benefits for passengers. These include working with local authorities and central Government to ensure the most effective use of resources to deliver improvements for passengers. In a joint statement, Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths, First Group Chief Executive Tim O’Toole, Go Ahead Chief Executive David Brown, Arriva Chief Executive David Martin and National Express Chief Executive Dean Finch said: “Millions of people in our biggest city regions will benefit from this transformational initiative

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to provide London-style smart ticketing. It will deliver an even bigger programme and wider benefit than the capital’s Oyster system. “Bus operators share the aspirations of our city regions to become growing economic powerhouses and we know high quality public transport is an important part of making that happen. “We have a shared responsibility to get the most benefit from our country’s buses, which are crucial to high streets up and down the country and are used by millions of people every day to access work, health, education and leisure. “By working together, bus operators, local authorities and the Government can make our buses even better. Our plans for smart ticketing can be delivered in a few months, rather than years of waiting and the unnecessary cost of wholesale changes to the way bus services are delivered.”

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Labour announces plans to devolve bus services A Labour government would give more control over deregulated bus service to local authorities, says Ed Miliband A Labour government would pass an English Devolution Act, transferring control of over £30bn worth of funding to England’s cities and counties, Ed Miliband has announced. As part of the measures, more powers to regulate bus services would be granted to city or county regions which want them. Ed Miliband said that Labour would allow cities and county regions which come together in combined authorities to take greater control over deregulated bus services in their areas, allowing them to set routes and fares, integrate services with other public transport links and introduce smart ticketing schemes like London’s Oyster card. He said: “For too long powers to regulate and integrate bus services have been enjoyed only by London.” Reacting to the news, The CPT expressed disappointment and said: “At time when investment in new vehicles is strong and passenger satisfaction is at record levels we should be talking about working together to further improve services for passengers not arguing about control. “Delivering high-quality bus services is a shared responsibility. When operators and local authorities work together in partnership, real bene�its for the passenger are achieved. “But the �inal word has to come from passengers, the people who actually use the buses. A survey by Passenger Focus of 20,000 bus users from outside London gave an overall satisfaction score of 88%, a �igure any business would aspire to achieve. The latest �igure for London is 83%. This is a clear demonstration that passengers are more satis�ied when their services and fares are not controlled by a public authority.” Giles Fearnley, FirstGroup’s UK Bus Managing Director said: “Private sector bus operators have delivered results for passengers and local authorities - for instance, the �ive major operators have

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Mary Creagh: “A Labour government will provide all necessary support to ensure that any city that wants London-style buses can have them.”

invested more than £1.4bn over the last �ive years in commercial bus services across the UK. “Replicating London’s bus system elsewhere isn’t feasible since the capital has atypically low car ownership, a growing population and above all, a high level of public spending of more than £500m every year – or £75 per Londoner in 2012/13, compared to just £19 per person in England’s other metropolitan cities. “The most effective way to deliver the best bus services for passengers is through operators and local authorities working together in partnership, and FirstGroup is doing just that with our partnerships in cities such as Shef�ield, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol delivering lower fares, increasing use of smart and mobile ticketing and meeting local authority aspirations to get more passengers on buses.” Martin Grif�iths, Stagecoach Group CEO, said: “This uncosted and unnecessary plan would land people in England’s biggest city regions overnight with a tax bill running to hundreds of millions of pounds, as well as leading to higher bus fares. “Britain’s bus operators provide extensive, integrated and high quality bus networks which are central to regional economies and local communities in England’s biggest city regions. “It is time politicians stopped peddling the myth that London is best and has a monopoly on good bus services. The truth is that England’s city regions have signi�icantly lower fares and higher customer satisfaction than London, as well as having access to

frequent, integrated bus services and smart ticketing. This is despite many environmental factors – such as high population growth, low car ownership, congestion charging and signi�icantly higher per capita public funding – which have all been advantageous to London.” Councillor James Lewis, of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “Buses key to supporting growth, to cutting congestion and are relied upon by hard working, low income families who do not have access to a car. “For far too long we have faced service cuts, fares hikes and patronage reduction as under deregulation bus companies are free to provide the services that make them large pro�its – not the network that would best serve the needs of our economies and communities. We need new powers to make it easier for us to introduce the regulated system that allows London to plan its bus services and to give passengers fully integrated, smart and simple ‘Oyster’ ticketing.” Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, said: “Buses are the forgotten backbones of our villages, towns and cities yet this Government has allowed bus fares to rise by an in�lation-busting 25% since 2010. “Labour wants to deliver cheaper, more frequent, more reliable and greener bus services with smart ticketing, clear timetables and real time information. “A Labour government will provide all necessary support to ensure that any city that wants London-style buses can have them.”

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Three charged with fraud at Padarn Bus

Yorkshire Tiger will now operate a striking new Tiger Blue brand for services which were previously operated as K-Line in and around Huddersfield. There has been substantial investment into the refreshed new look, including luxury interiors with wood effect floors, new driver uniforms and ‘blue tiger’ seating.

The Tiger Blue buses were launched on service 324 on the October 31, operating the Meltham and Netherton route. Buses will run up to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and the ticket price will be £2.70, providing great value for unlimited travel. Steve Ottley, General Manager for Yorkshire Tiger, said: “We are really excited about the extension of the Yorkshire Tiger family, and we are delighted to be trialling free WiFi and USB power sockets on the

324 service. If this proves popular we will certainly look into rolling this out to other routes as we are committed to providing a good quality, local bus service for our customers.” Over the coming months the Tiger Blue brand will be rolled out to other K-Line routes. Yorkshire Tiger currently operates over 100 buses across Bradford, Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Wakefield.

Two men and a woman have been charged by police following an investigation by North Wales Police into allegations of fraud at Padarn Bus. Detective Sergeant Gerallt Davies said a 28-year-old woman, and two men aged 44 and 54, all from the Caernarfon area, have been charged with fraud by false accounting and fraud by false representation. All three will appear before magistrates in December according to the Daily Post. As reported in CBW at the time, the Llanberis-based operator went into voluntary liquidation in late May. Meanwhile, a sixth person has been arrested by detectives investigating fraud at Penygroesbased Express Motors. The probe was launched in July following a complaint to police by Gwynedd Council. A North Wales Police spokesman said the 44-year-old man had been bailed pending further inquiries. There is no suggestion the two inquiries are linked.

Stagecoach in East Kent launched its first ever Stagecoach Gold bus service on Friday, October 31. Route 16, Canterbury to Hythe via Hawkinge and Folkestone, was transformed into Stagecoach Gold 16 on November 2. The company has invested £2m in 10 brand new, high-specification ADL

Enviro400s that come complete with high-back seats, free WiFi and are driven by ‘specially trained drivers.’ Philip Norwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach in East Kent said: “12 years ago we only ran one bus an hour on route 16 and since then we have continually enhanced the service by increasing the frequency, which is now up to every 15 minutes, and encouraged passenger growth. Using our first ever fleet of luxury vehicles on the

route is the next stage of the enhancement. “We carried well over one million passengers on the route last year so this is also about giving back to them. All route 16 passengers can now expect luxury as standard.” The official launch event for the new service was held at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone and was attended by the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Canterbury, the Mayors of Hawkinge, Folkestone and Hythe, the Vice-Chairman of

Shepway District Council and the leaders of Canterbury City and Shepway District Councils. Cllr John Gilbey, leader of Canterbury City Council said: “This brilliant, innovative change in a mostly rural bus route from Canterbury to Folkestone and Hythe is yet one more example of close co-operation between partners. The frequency and luxury presented in this service is exceptional. Stagecoach is once again to be highly commended for this huge upgrade.”

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Scania (GB) secures its largest retail coach order in 20 years with City Circle City Circle UK’s order for 16 Irizar i6 coaches follows a sixvehicle order in 2013 Scania has secured an order for 16 Scania Irizar i6 12.9-metre coaches from City Circle UK. Scania said the deal represents its largest order from a retail customer for at least two decades and has been won due to the outstanding performance of six 10.8-metre Scania Irizar i6 coaches supplied to the Hayes, Middlesex-based operator in 2013. Based upon Scania’s proven K-series 6x2*4 tri-axle rear-steer chassis, the new vehicles will feature Scania’s 410 horsepower engine which meets the Euro 6 emissions standard using Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. Each vehicle will be equipped with 53 luxury reclining seats with leather and extra-padded flaps, seat-back tables, magazine nets and footrests. Other interior equipment includes a centre sunken toilet/washroom and a Frenzel kitchen at the centre continental exit. Reversing and road cameras and integrated satellite navigation equipment are included, as are Durabright aluminium wheels and extra dark tinted double-glazing. City Circle UK Managing Director,

Four of the six 10.8-metre Scania Irizar i6 coaches supplied to City Circle UK in 2013 Neil Pegg, said: “Following Scania’s flexibility and willingness to produce a 10.8-metre Scania Irizar i6 for delivery in 2013 from scratch, I have been delighted with how the six vehicles have performed over the first 18 months of their lives. “I had the opportunity to evaluate the new Euro 6 13-litre Scania engine with the tri-axle Irizar i6 body this season. It has performed superbly and driver and passenger feedback has been excellent. “I have been so impressed with the performance of the Scanias, the complete package that was on offer and the flexibility and drive to find

Souter investments launches Sir Brian Souter has launched a new city-to-city express coach service in New Zealand, called Fares for the new service, which plans to operate five new express routes between eight North Island destinations, will start from one New Zealand dollar plus a $1 booking fee. That’s similar to the lowest fees charged by major competitors, the InterCity Group and Naked Bus. The Auckland-based company is owned by Souter Holdings, which also runs Fullers Ferries, Howick & Eastern buses and the Wellingtonbased bus service, Mana Coach Services. Sir Brian said the company’s experience from many successful years of operation in the UK, North America, Poland and Finland has demonstrated there is a demand

for fast, modern and innovative city-to-city express coach travel. “We firmly believe that the introduction of new products and services, offering the consumer more choice at affordable prices, will grow the total transport market and encourage modal shift from the private car,” he said. Souter Holdings is part of the global transport company Highland Global Transport and the Souter Investments portfolio of companies. The launch of has created 70 new jobs across the North Island while the fleet of new coaches were purpose-built by Tauranga-based Kiwi Bus Builders. The company reportedly would not disclose how much it had invested to start up the venture, other than ‘a considerable amount.’

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the best solution possible for my vehicle requirements for next year that I was delighted to agree this business with them.” Scania’s General Manager of Retail Sales, Martin West, said: “We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with City Circle UK since its first order for Scania two years ago, and we are delighted to now supply our product to this highly respected operator’s front line fleet. “We were pleased when Neil agreed to take our first Euro 6 tri-axle this spring on long-term evaluation, and together we have been monitoring the new

technology closely. Both City Circle UK and ourselves have been highly impressed, not only with its faultless six months of operation, but also the efficiency and performance of the new SCR-only Scania 13-litre engine. “We look forward to delivering the vehicles next spring and playing a part in City Circle UK’s future success.” City Circle UK will deploy the 16 vehicles on an increasing programme of tours around the UK and Ireland for incoming tourists, and corporate charter services in both its London and Edinburgh operations.

Gorslas Minibuses based in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire has seen significant growth over the past year. Continuing a long-standing trading relationship with David Fishwick of Colne, Lancashire, it has taken delivery of a pre-registered 17-seater Ford Transit Trend which will enable it to take on a number of new contracts. The specification of the vehicle includes front and rear air-conditioning, Bluetooth integration and Ford’s ESP with Curve Control

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Coaches to be banned from Edinburgh’s Princes Street? Tour coaches set to barred 0700 – 2000hrs on key Edinburgh artery between its junction with South Charlotte Street and South St David Street Tour coaches are set to be banned from Edinburgh’s Princes Street. Under Edinburgh City Council’s plans, the stretch from South Charlotte Street to South St David Street would be closed to touring and long-distance coaches between 0700 – 2000hrs daily. The proposals are expected to be approved by councillors this week – according to The Scotsman. City Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said the move was aimed at cutting congestion: “We have a problem at the moment where we have coaches continuing to stop on Princes Street and blocking traffic for public transport services. By the time they load and unload passengers, you can have traffic backed up all the way up The Mound. “We want to work with hotels, but I don’t think those coaches need to be on Princes Street really.” However, George Mair, Director of CPT Scotland told CBW: “We met with the city council, who raised concerns about indiscriminate parking on Princes Street. Our perception is perhaps that is the case on occasion when coach drivers stop to pick up and set down outside hotels, but we have told the council that walking distances for tourists with luggage must be considered.

This section between South St David Street and North Bridge will be unaffected by the ban. Seen here is the Balmoral Hotel “We’ve yet to hear back from the council. It’s work in progress.” He added: “It’s hugely important that if changes are to be made, the council comes up with suitable alternative arrangements. “It’s a busy street but people need to be reminded that tourists come to Edinburgh to spend money. It’s not a great first impression to drop off visitors at the bins at the rear – and that’s assuming coaches can negotiate their way down those streets.” James Fraser, manager of the Mercure Hotel on Princes Street, said there was a problem with the thoroughfare being used as a ‘rat run’ by private long-distance coaches but insisted a complete ban would hit them hard. He said: “The sense of arrival

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at the city is compromised when having to alight 100 metres from your accommodation. “Guests who may not be familiar with Edinburgh are then faced with a very busy street and disorientation may cause undue stress which does not complement Edinburgh’s claim as a well connected and accessible city. Having to transport luggage the distance does present handling issues and additional cost for labour and equipment.” He added: “My hotel welcomes around 20,000 guests each year who travel here by coach, and each and every one adds to Edinburgh’s economy. “I feel that the hotel is unduly penalised just because of its location.”

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Moseley to bring ScaniaVan Hool combo back to UK

Moseley and Scania (Great Britain) have announced that, subject to contract, they will be working together to bring the Scania Van Hool combination back to the UK market. Scania would supply the chassis for the coach, which will be sold exclusively through the three Moseley companies – Moseley (PCV), Moseley in the South and Moseley Distributors. Initially it is envisaged that the combination would be only available in limited numbers as a two-axle 12.2-metre Alicron variant, which typically would be configured as a 49-seater touring coach equipped with drinks facilities, air conditioning, double glazing and alloy wheels. Karl Moseley, Managing Director of Pontefract-based Moseley (PCV), said: “All three companies are delighted at the prospect of working with Scania and our partners at Van Hool on this project and look forward to developing more models with them in the future.” In a separate development, the Moseley companies, together with Beulas SAU of Arbucies in Spain, have reached a comprehensive distributor agreement covering the whole of the United Kingdom. UK Commercial Director for Beulas, Alan Wilson, was tasked with sourcing a new distributor who would not only represent the Beulas name nationally in a sales sense, but have the ability to provide 24/7 coverage for parts availability.

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NEWS › REGIONAL WALES A DROPPED bus service which takes passengers across the breadth of Wales has been reinstated by a different operator, the Denbighshire Free Press reported. The former cross-Wales X94 service operated by Arriva Buses Wales, linking Wrexham with Barmouth and running throughout mid-Wales, was cancelled by Arriva last December. A new T3 service, run by Wrexham-based GHA Coaches, restored the route on November 2. North Wales AM Aled Roberts congratulated campaigners along the route who signed a Welsh Assembly petition when the X94 service was under threat. He said: “This is great news for this vital bus service that links places such as Dolgellau, Bala, Corwen, Llangollen and Ruabon. “There is no other alternative form of public transport and many people rely on it to make hospital visits, do their shopping and visit friends and family. Without this bus service many people in rural areas would become isolated.” Llandderfel councillor Elwyn Edwards said: “I am really pleased that the service will still be going. This is something that really affects the people of Llandderfel.”


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NORTH A PROPOSAL for a £23m redevelopment of Preston’s Grade II listed bus station, to include a youth centre, have been unveiled. The Lancashire County Council (LCC) and Preston Youth Zone (PYZ) plans include a sports hall and arts facilities as well as 36 new

the electric flywheel system is perfect for this industry. We are delighted to be among the first in the country to use it.” Although backed partly by Southampton City Council and the Clean Bus Technology Fund, Bluestar is also investing in the new technology. The firm hopes to have 30 buses retro-fitted and on the city’s roads by March 2015, at a total cost of more than £1m. “Our first of this new generation of buses will take to the city’s

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Youth Zone Plus and the remainder for repair and highway improvement costs. English Heritage said the Grade II listing would not prevent changes being made to the building, provided its architectural significance was protected. Guy Topping, chairman of PYZ, said: “Preston bus station is not only centrally located it is also extremely accessible to young people, making it an ideal location for us to deliver youth services.” Work will start in October 2015 if planning permission is granted. County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The heritage listing made it clear that the bus station is here to stay and our proposals will ensure it becomes an asset to Lancashire for decades to come.”


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GO-AHEAD’S Southamptonn based Bluestar is introducing flywheel technology to its buses to reduce fuel emissions in the city. The operator has been working closely with Southampton City Council to secure investment for the initiative under the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund. Global engineering group, GKN, is supplying the electric flywheel system, which is based on Formula One race technology and was developed in the UK. “This is highly advanced automation that works on a very short cycle,” said Bluestar Managing Director, Andrew Wickham. “It stores up energy generated by a bus as it slows down to stop. It then uses that energy to create extra power for when the vehicle pulls away again - getting it back up to speed. “Buses stop and start continuously while transporting passengers across the city, so


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bus bays in the station. The plan has been put forward after the station was protected from demolition by English Heritage last year. A planning application will be submitted for consideration next April. LCC and PYZ are funding the project with £7.4m being allocated to the bus station, £6m for the

roads shortly,” added Andrew. “It will cover the number 18 route - which we understand runs through one of Southampton’s priority areas, in terms of reducing emissions.” The move is supported by Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at Southampton City Council: “This is an excellent example of Local Government working closely with a commercial transport operator to reduce the environmental impact of urban fuel emissions,” she said. “There are already huge environmental positives to be had when people choose to travel by bus instead of car - and the new emissions reductions make this an even more attractive option.   “It is incredibly exciting that Southampton is right at the forefront of new passenger transport technology - and I am delighted to be involved.” Pictured are Bluestar Managing Director Andrew Wichham and and Cllr Jacqui Rayment.

BLACKBURN’S NEW £5m bus station is on track for its New Year opening as the steelwork comes close to completion and the special glass frontage is being manufactured, the Lancashire Telegraph has reported. Work is well under way on the year-long £4m remodelling of the Ewood Gyratory System on the A666, Blackburn. Maureen Bateson of Darwen Council said: “The bus station is progressing well. All the loops are now in place and the roof section is completed. Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I am absolutely delighted to see the town’s bus station appearing before our eyes. It’s going to make a real difference to bus passengers.”


A NEW BUS SERVICE is set to benefit businesses and residents in Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston following successful partnership work between Bristol City Council and First. The Service 41 route from Broadmead has been extended beyond its current terminus in Avonmouth Village to provide a new link to and from Henbury or Cribbs Causeway. In extending it, new links are being created between Avonmouth and the city centre, Clifton, Sea Mills, Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston and Henbury. It means up to three additional buses an hour now run between Henbury and Lawrence Weston, along with a timetable designed to suit common shift patterns. Buses

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NEWS › REGIONAL in both directions now arrive in Avonmouth before 0600hrs, running until after 2200hrs. George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Employers in Avonmouth and residents in Lawrence Weston have requested better public transport to get to work. This is something that has been raised through local neighbourhood partnership meetings so these improvements to the existing service mark a successful outcome for everyone. “Our bus services should support efforts to keep everyone in Bristol connected and it is successful partnership work like this which is making a signi�icant impact to local people and communities. I am sure the extended service will make a positive difference to local businesses and residents by giving them a more effective, affordable and ef�icient bus service.” Simon Ford, Commercial Manager for First West of England, said: “We have been working closely with the local community and the council to consider how improvements could be made to Service 41 which would bene�it local people. We are particularly pleased that through effective partnership working we have found a way to signi�icantly improve things for people in and around Avonmouth who want to be able travel more readily throughout the city. “From November 2 buses towards Henbury will operate every 20 minutes, Monday to Saturday daytimes, while buses to Cribbs Causeway will run hourly during the evenings and all day on Sundays and Public Holidays. This is a notable improvement on the current provision.” The extension to the otherwise commercially operated Service 41 is being aided with funding from Bristol City Council. This has come from several areas including the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and a section 106 agreement.


SUBSIDIES for bus services in Portsmouth have been cut by £1.5m as the council looks to save money by ending early starts for concessions, cutting Sunday services and altering routes, the Portsmouth News reported. Executive member for transport Sean Woodward signed off the proposals at a Hampshire County Council meeting. The proposals will see the 0900hrs start for bus passes moved to 0930hrs,

expected to save £300,000 per year, as well as many changes to services. The council currently spends £20m a year subsiding bus services, of which £13.5m is used to provide pensioners with a free bus pass. Cllr Woodward said that he had made a ‘dif�icult decision’ but that he had gone by the results of a council survey. He said: “Residents have reacted fairly positively to the Monday to Friday services being retained. “We had more than 3,200 residents comment on bus subsidy, saying that Monday to Friday was their priority.”


ARRIVA has announced several changes to bus services across the Black Country. Tendering by Centro will see a number of local bus services altered, and in some cases operators will change. A spokesman for Arriva Midlands said: “Recent monitoring of local bus services by Arriva Midlands has highlighted the need to make changes to several services to ensure we continue to provide a punctual, reliable and robust network of services that our customers expect and deserve.” The changes began to be introduced on October 26.


Bus services in south-east London are to be improved, with Transport for London (TfL) increasing the frequency of the 124 and 185 routes. Route 124’s capacity has been increased by 20%, with the frequency of services improving from every 12 minutes to every 10 minutes from Monday to Saturday. The service has also been increased on Sundays and every evening, from a bus every 20 minutes to one every 15 minutes, under changes which took effect from October 25. Route 185 is to have its capacity boosted by 25% and will see its frequency increased from a bus every 10 minutes to one every eight minutes from Monday to Saturday. The changes here took effect on November 1. John Barry, TfL’s Head of Network Development for Buses, said: “This is great news for our passengers in south east London - capacity on these routes has increased signi�icantly.”

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The UK Bus Awards presentation ceremony takes place at the London Park Lane Hotel on November 18

2014 ■ November 16 Dewsbury Bus Museum Silver Jubilee Open Day. Foundry Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, WF13 3HW. 1030 – 1630hrs. www.

■ November 18 UK Bus Awards Presentation Ceremony London Hilton Park Lane www.ukbusawards. ■ December 6 Ensignbus Christmas Bus Special Vintage buses through Lakeside www. ■ December 6-7 The Christmas Cracker Museum of Transport Greater Manchester Boyle Street, Cheetham. 0161 205 2122

2015 ■ January 24 Northampton Transport staff reunion Monks Park Working Mens’ Club, Northampton. Contact organiser Matt Cooper by email on or by phone 07816 116283. ■ January 24 – 25 Excursions 2015 Alexandra Palace, London. ■ January 29 CPT Annual Dinner Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace. Contact Ling Tang on 020 7257 2502 or email ■ March 18-19 Young Bus Managers Network Conference Nottingham. www.

■ March 28 South East Bus Festival, Kent Showground busfestival

■ April 14 –16 CV Show 2015 NEC, Birmingham 020 7630 2102. Email www.

■ April 18 – 19 UK Coach Rally Alton Towers Resort, Staffordshire

01753 631170. www.ukcoachrally. ■ April 19 Spring Bus and Coach Gathering (formerly Cobham Rally). London Bus Museum. 01932 837994 ■ May 3 – 4 Friends of King Alfred Buses Running Day Winchester ■ May 11 – 13 ALBUM AGM & Conference Carden Park Hotel, near Chester ■ June 7 Southdown Centenary Rally, Southsea Common ■ June 21 Welsh Coach Rally National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. For details, call Ashley Lovering on 07814958379. ■ June 28 Wessex Transport Society Bus Rally. Lorry park, Ringwood, Hants. Contact Mike Caldicott 01202 293245 or email mikepenny.wts@gmail.Com ■ July 12 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Classic Bus Rally & Running Day, Toddington, Gloucestershire. ■ August 2 Thames Valley 100 Celebrating the centenary of the start of bus services between Reading and Maidenhead by the forerunners of the Thames Valley Traction Company. ■ September 9 – 10 Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire www. ■ September 30 – October 1 Coach & Bus Live 2015 Halls 19 & 20, NEC, Birmingham www. ■ October 16 – 21 Busworld Kortrijk Kortrijk, Belgium http://

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Iveco Bus to supply Deutsche Bahn with up to 710 buses Iveco Bus secures massive order for Crossway buses from Germany’s largest bus operator GERMANY DB FuhrparkService GmbH, has signed a framework agreement with Iveco Bus for the supply of suburban buses. Under this agreement, DB Regio has ordered 400 Crossway and Crossway LE (Low Entry) buses, which will be delivered in 2015 and 2016. In addition to this agreement is the option for 310 extra vehicles to be delivered in 2017 and 2018. Determining factors in favour of this most recent order included the advantageous total cost of ownership and reliability of the Crossway vehicles which are already in service with the current DB fleet. Sylvain Blaise, Head of Global Bus at CNH Industrial, Iveco’s parent said: “We are very proud to have the renewed confidence of Deutsche Bahn, which is further demonstrated by this significant order for our best-seller Crossway bus.” DB Regio Bus is responsible for operating Deutsche Bahn’s regional and suburban bus routes transport operations. It has a network of 22 bus companies and a stake in more than 70 private

and municipal public-transport entities in Germany. Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Bahn, said: “We carry about two million passengers a day in our buses. These customers are going to benefit directly from our investment. We are offering them vehicles that are modern, environmentally friendly and safe.” The new model boasts improved visibility, lower internal noise levels, storage

MEXICO Chinese manufacturer BYD is testing its 12-metre electric bus in Mexico, and soon will integrate its eight-metre model. BYD models are pure electric buses which offer 250km with a single charge. Frank Deutsch, General Manager of BYD Mexico, said: “The 250km range guarantees that any of the routes existing in Mexico will not require recharging stops until they arrive to their final destination.” The buses which are in Mexico or will come for trial are ground floor units the difference between these buses and the articulated ones is that these are not for BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), but to replace existing routes that already operate other schemes such as trolleybuses in Mexico City, without making big infrastructure changes.

BELGIUM Close to 50 Iveco Bus vehicles have been delivered to the Belgian Flemish operator De Lijn since the brand won a record tender in 2013. De Lijn has a fleet of more than 2,300 buses, transporting an estimated 500m passengers each year across more than 225m kilometres. The terms of the tender define the total supply of 160 Crossway Low Entry intercity buses for use throughout the interurban network of Flanders. Completed buses have been shipped to De Lijn depots in the Antwerp area. The remaining vehicles of the order are expected to be provided by the end of 2014. Tom Verbaeten, MD, CNH Industrial Belgium said: “CNH Industrial is delighted that Iveco Bus has been chosen by De Lijn for this important commission. Our historic commitment to this market combined with our investment in high quality and

BYD to test three buses in Mexican cities

The first Crossway LE for DB on display on the Iveco stand at the IAA show in Hanover. Iveco said the entire Crossway range benefits from fuel efficient engines with HI-SCR. This after treatment system functions without the use of EGR and carries a significant advantage in weight reduction and compactness for easy maintenance. The very first Crossway Euro 6 for Deutsche Bahn, with a new driver’s workspace developed according to VDV standards, had its world premiere on the Iveco stand at the IAA show in Hanover.

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space and a more comfortable EBSF/VDV environment. The Euro 6-compliant Crossway LE series features new, wider doors. Its EBSF/VDV driver’s workplace meets international standards, providing increased comfort, accessibility and safety. It guarantees that, regardless of which vehicle type, drivers will always find the controls and switches in the same place and experience the same ergonomic qualities.

One of the completed Iveco Crossway LE buses state-of-the-art products and services has enabled us to come out as winners in this verdict. We thank De Lijn for their recognition of these traits by selecting the Crossway LE as the best choice on the market.” The Crossway LE that has been customised according to De Lijn’s specifications has 37 seats, 62 standing positions, a priority bay and special security fixtures for both passengers and drivers

(including an on-board camera monitoring system). The 160 units are being manufactured at the Iveco Bus facility in Vysoke Mýto, Czech Republic. These units are then sent to one of two Iveco Bus Belgian dealers (Gregoor Trucks in Herentals and Belgian Bus Repair in Tildonk), where they are prepared by specialised personnel for delivery and thorough inspection by De Lijn.

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Coach and Bus Jobs launch


ast week an exciting new website for jobseekers and employers/ recruiters was launched. provides the industry with an easy-to-use website for recruiting staff in every job category across the industry. And, of course, it provides people who are moving jobs or are looking to join the industry with the ability to view and apply for a full range of jobs across the country. At Coach & Bus Week we naturally hear about the dif�iculties which operators face and we try to do our bit to solve problems where there is a sensible media solution. Two and half years ago we were told that there must be a better way of buying and selling vehicles. So, in 2012 at the EBE Show, we launched which has successfully become the industry hub for the used vehicle market, helping thousands of people in the industry buy and sell vehicles. Over recent years it has become obvious that recruitment can be an issue in all levels of the industry. In response, we have launched to solve that problem. Already, there have been

Jade Smith explains the brand new Coach and Bus Jobs website which provides a place for operators to advertise job vacancies within the industry

jobs uploaded by a range of companies including Arriva, Stagecoach and Metroline, making the largest dedicated recruitment hub in the industry right from its launch. You can expect many more jobs to come online over the coming few weeks, alongside a major awareness campaign so that everyone, whether already in the

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industry or brand new to it, can bene�it from using the website. So go online now to be part of this exciting and rapidly-growing recruitment hub. Users of will recognise the layout of the new website it works in a very similar way and is designed to be as quick and as easy to use as possible. Like Coach and Bus Market,

Coach and Bus Jobs works handin-hand with Coach & Bus Week magazine, allowing job posters to have their advertisements placed in the magazine as well as having their own full job page online. This increases the number of people the advert reaches, allowing more people quali�ied for the role to �ind the job and apply. Registration is free for job seekers, but is not required to browse the selection of jobs available. Employer and recruiter pro�iles are also free to create – there are only charges for uploading advertisements and searching the available CVs. Like, features a social media section on the right-hand side of the homepage allowing visitors to the site to be kept up-to-date on the goings-on within the coach and bus world. Read on to �ind out more about some of the best features of this brand new service.

Employers/Recruiters ADVERTISE JOBS

Employers and recruiters will �ind advertising their jobs to be a quick and simple process, the �irst step

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‘Coach and Bus Jobs works hand-in-hand with Coach & Bus Week magazine, allowing job posters to have their advertisements placed in the magazine as well as having its own page online’

being to register a free account. The second step is to �ill out the job form entering in details such as job title, company logo, job location, salary and job description. Some of these details are optional to �ill out, whilst others are required �ields. Employers can choose whether to have job seekers apply through which generates an email with the applicants’ cover letter and CV attached, and/or you can give the applicant instructions on how to make direct contact. Step three is to preview the job advertisement which demonstrates how the advert will look in a search list as well as giving an idea of how the full page will look. The �inal stage is con�irming the page and paying for it. Payment can be made via our secure online payment system. Because is a website dedicated to recruitment in the coach, bus and minibus industry, every job seeker who is browsing it is likely to already have an interest in the industry, providing employers with a high quality targeted audience.

applications from job seekers through the website or, as previously stated, by choosing to have the applications sent directly to them. The application form encourages applicants to provide a CV and cover letter as well as providing a space for an additional message. Employers can view their listed jobs on their dashboard to compare how many applications have been received for each advertisement. A list of the applicants for each job is provided underneath each job, so employers and recruiters can quickly view the pro�iles of individual job seekers to gain more information about them. Another way to �ind potential employees is to search through the visible CVs that have been uploaded onto the site. This means that employers and recruiters can take a more active role in �inding a future employee by searching for them themselves rather than just relying on being found by potential candidates.

Job seekers SEARCH

The comprehensive yet simple search makes �inding the right job very easy. Users can search by keyword, region, job category, job type (full-time, part-time etc) and salary. Search options can be used individually or combined for a more speci�ic search. This function only allows users to search within regions and

categories which currently have correlating jobs on the website, removing annoying blank search results which occur when there are no matching jobs available. Underneath the ‘Find a Job’ section is a list of the most recently uploaded jobs, so users can simply browse available jobs if they wish. The job types are helpfully colourcoded (for example, full-time jobs are highlighted red), so it is clear what length of employment each job is offering. The list of search results will give a brief outline of each job – stating its title, type, company, location and the date it was uploaded. Hovering over a speci�ic job will allow the �irst few lines of the description to appear on the page, giving users an idea of the job before visiting its page.


Job seekers have the option to sign up for job alerts – a free account is required for this. The alert system is very similar to the search function. Simply select the speci�ic requirements to receive a direct email alert when a new job matching the requirements is uploaded. As many or as few speci�ications can be made for the alert system multiple regions can be selected as well as various job categories and salary ranges. Job alerts will automatically be sent via the email that was used to create the account on


Job posters can receive

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An option to add several different CVs is available. This saves time for those applying to numerous jobs by having CVs already uploaded and removing the need to re-upload the �ile for each job application. In addition to this, job seekers can chose to have their CVs visible, allowing employers and recruiters to �ind them through a search. This means that job seekers can be positively contacted for jobs according to their quali�ications and other CV attributes. Alternatively, CVs can be set as ‘invisible’. The list of a job seekers’ CVs includes a column displaying how many views each CV has received, which only the registered user can see.


Based on a job seekers’ preferences, provides job recommendations. This can help in suggesting appropriate jobs that they may have missed in their initial search.


Job seekers can save their favourite jobs to come back to later. This removes the problem of having multiple tabs open on a computer, and helps to narrow down a user’s search to more suitable jobs. Jobs can be ‘starred’ to save for later by opening them up and clicking on the star at the top of the page. Each user’s list of favourite jobs is available to view on their dashboard, so it is always easy to go back to a job that was previously saved. This feature also ensures that job seekers apply for jobs they are interested in and are quali�ied for, which improves the quality of the applications for employers and recruiters. Visit the website at

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Green shoots of recovery Judging by the upbeat atmosphere at this year’s FIAA, there are signs that the local bus and coach market is growing again. That can only be good news for UK operators as many buy Spanishbuilt product. Andy Izatt reports from Madrid


IAA (Feria Internacional del Autobús y del Autocar) or the International Bus and Coach Trade Fair in Madrid is the biennial show for the Iberian Peninsula and has a relevance to the UK because several of its leading builders supply product that’s bought by operators in the British Isles. There were 161 exhibitors at this year’s event. Dominating the show was Irizar. The Ormaiztegi-based builder celebrating its 125 anniversary has its own British subsidiary, Worksop-based Irizar UK and also sells its coachwork through Scania (Great Britain). Irizar was founded in 1889 by a Gipuzkoan entrepreneur, José Antonio Irizar, who decided to develop his business beyond manufacturing iron fittings for carriages. Formally part of the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation, the Group is currently made up of 11 companies with five factories, which, in addition to that in Spain, are at Skhirat (Morocco), Botucatu (Brazil), Querétaro (México) and Centurion (South Africa). There’s also a partnership with Ashok Leyland and TVS Motors in Tamil Nadu, India. Group subsidiaries include well-known names such as Hispacold and Masats. Of 2,500 employees, 750 work for the parent company and annual turnover is more than €500m. As well as displaying its PB, i6, i4 and i3 coachwork on underframes from main European chassis manufacturers, considerable prominence was given to the new i2e electric bus which has a single charge range of 200 to 250km. The first vehicle was delivered to San Sebastian in July with two more going to Barcelona in August as part of the European 26 | COACH & BUS WEEK | November 4, 2014

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Coming to the UK will be Sunsundegui’s SC5, which the bodybuilder calls versatile and multifunctional

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Irizar almost gave its new electric bus, the Irizar i2e, a stand on its own ZeEUS project. “Just five hours of charging guarantees between 14 and 16 hours of driving in dense urban and interurban working conditions with an average speed of 17km/h,” says Irizar. The energy storage management system has been developed by Jema Energy. The Sodium Nickel batteries are expected to have a 10 year life and will be 99% recyclable. A revitalised Sunsundegui was emphasising new ‘Atitude’ in marketing and had two new models - the SC5 which Volvo has already announced is coming to the UK, and SB3. Shown on 13m Euro 6 Volvo B11R and B8R underframes respectively, they’re each available from 10m to 18.75m and 10m to 15m on two or three axles. They complement the SC7, built from 12m to 15m and already available in the UK through Volvo. Appropriately a 15m tri-axle SC7 Volvo B11R was displayed by the Swedish manufacturer on its stand. Another SC7 on a Mercedes-Benz OC500RF seating 60 for

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National Express-owned ALSA was shown by Sunsundegui along with a 13m 55-seat SC7 B11R. Multiplex electrics are used as is a modular design and all three bodies meet R66.02 rollover. “The SC5 is a versatile and multifunctional vehicle that is perfectly suited to the requirements of medium and long distance travel,” says Sunsundegui. “The SB3 is directed at the intercity, midrange travel distance segment. There are two versions available: the high floor and LE option.” The growing influence of Castrosua in Spain and beyond was underlined by the announcement of a new strategic alliance between the Santiago de Compostela manufacturer and Arbúcies-based Indcar. The objective is to offer Europe’s largest range of models between 13 and 75 seats. Indcar has a long history of supplying the UK, the latest tie up being with the Associated Moseley Companies (Moseley PCV, Moseley on the South and Moseley Distributors), which is

showing Next, a new midibus product, at this week’s Euro Bus Expo. Each company will maintain its autonomy and independence, but synergies will bring strategic benefits in distribution, the product portfolio and other specific areas such as product development, manufacturing, marketing and sales. “The alliance represents a key step to face the current market changes of the bodybuilding business, and it confirms the commitment and determination of both companies to continue playing an important role in this sector,” say Castrosua and Indcar. “The sales figures of both companies together exceed €75m and, in total, produce around 1,000 units per year in their four manufacturing facilities with a combined workforce of over 500 people plus a network of distribution subsidiaries in Europe.” Indcar will contribute 600 units annually. It employs 150 and also has a recently-opened factory in Brasov, Romania that is providing a platform for expansion in Eastern Europe.

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Inside the new Sunsundegui SB3 targeted at inter-city and midrange travel

New City from Castrosua was shown on a 12m Scania N94UB4x2 Castrosua has 364 staff and a manufacturing capacity of 575 units a year. Indcar’s low-floor Indcar Cytios minibus will be added to the Castrosua catalogue while the Castrosua Stellae will be offered also by Indcar. A Volvo B8R Stellae and Iveco Daily 70C17CCS-based Cytios 4 18-seater were amongst the vehicles on display. Vectia, Castrosua’s partnership with CAF Group for the development of hybrids using ultracapacitors was underlined by a dedicated section on the Castrosua stand. Displayed were both models currently available – the 10.72m-long, 2.4m-wide Teris and 12m-long, 2.55m-wide Veris. The low carbon theme was further emphasised by a 12m Scania N94UB4x2 New City and Versus-bodied CNG-fuelled Iveco Citelis on the Castrosua part of the stand. The latter is one of 83 for Lithuania. Available in lengths from 10.5m to 18.75m, New City can be built on diesel and CNG undereframes, but Castrosua was also keen to emphasis it’s heritage, represented by a smartly-presented 1975 Arosa-bodied Pegaso 5063 DR. The Beulas stand always seems to be crammed with as many vehicles as possible and this year’s show was no exception with nine. Still family-owned like many of its Spanish 28 | COACH & BUS WEEK | November 4, 2014 026_032_CBW1162_FIAA.indd 28

competitors, the Arbúcies-based bodybuilder is one of Spain’s most successful and is always keen to show the breadth of its skills. Largest was an 83-seat Jewel on a Scania, but there was a good mix of Aura, Spica and Cygnus on Euro 5 and Euro 6 Volvo, Iveco, MAN and Scania. New was the 7.5m MAN N12-based Gianino with seating up to 27 and 4.2m3 of luggage space. Of particular interest in Britain is the new distribution agreement covering the whole of the UK with the Associated Moseley Companies. Part of the Perez Rumbao automotive group, UNVI distributes in Canada, US, France and the UK amongst other territories, and has factories in Ourense, Spain and Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (Camo). Turnover is currently around €3.5m. It’s well known for its Urbis 25 open top double-deck bodywork, the first examples for the UK on Volvo B9TLs going to the Bath Bus Company earlier this year. A notable order for 2015 has come from South Korea. On the stand were a Mercedes-Benz Sprinterbased Vega XL 22-seat conversion, a coachbuilt Vega GT 19-seater and a 29-seat Compa T mounted on an Iveco 70C17. The largest vehicle was a 9.4m MAN N14-based Cimo T seating up to 37. Not present, but being unveiled at Euro Bus Expo this week is the Voyager GT on an 8.9m nine or 10-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego. Seating is for 30/34 with 4.7m3 of underfloor luggage capacity. The passenger entrance door is behind the front axle. Also making its Euro Bus Expo debut is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based EVM Grand Tourer, a coachbuilt body built by Car-Bus of Manresa and sold in Spain as the Spica. Car-Bus was keen to emphasis its low-carbon capabilities and had a 19-seat Spica Urban with space for nine standees on a natural gas-fuelled Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 NGT along with a similarly-based wheelchair accessible 24-seat Spica PMR. It unveiled the six-metre electric

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The electric Car-Bus Volta has 11 seats, space for a similar number of standees and a wheelchair position

New from Beulas was the 7.5m MAN N12-based Gianino with seating up to 27 and 4.2m3 of luggage space Volta. Roof mounted batteries are supplied by Winston Battery while the Rampini electric drive incorporates a Siemens 67kW motor and invertor. The reduction gearbox is Car-Bus’ own design. Volta has 11 seats, space for a similar number of standees and a wheelchair position. Noreña-based Ferqui, which imports into the UK through Connaught PSV, showed a range of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Volkswagen and Ivecobased converted and coachbuilt minibuses. The Integralia of Ezkirotz line-up included the In-urban, a 22-passenger capacity MercedesBenz Sprinter 516CDi low-floor conversion that comes complete with a front destination box. Ayats of Arbúcies, which is now represented in Britain by Milton Keynes-based Omega Group (UK), showed impressive Eclipse and Bravo City tri-axle double-deckers while a reincarnated Nogebus, also from Arbúcies, exhibited a MAN-based Titanium and variants of its Touring on MAN N14 and Mercedes-Benz OC500RF underframes.

Beyond Spain

MAN highlighted just how depressed the Spanish market above eight tonnes had become – down from 2,208 units in 2011 to just 1,285 two years later. 2014 was a better year at 1,350 and 2015 is projected to be 1,650. MAN’s market share was 21% from January to September 2014. On the stand was Bus of the Year 2015, the MAN Lion’s City GL CNG. There was also a MAN Lion’s City series hybrid and a new offering for Spain, the 10.5m Lion’s City M which can carry 83 passengers. Underlining that the Spanish market has characteristics similar to that in the UK, an EfficientLine coach chassis, which can accommodate body lengths of 12 to 15m and is powered by a Euro 6 440bhp or 480bhp engine 30 | COACH & BUS WEEK | November 4, 2014 026_032_CBW1162_FIAA.indd 30

matched to a TipMatic gearbox, was displayed. As in Hanover, MAN was keen to emphasise the versatility of its bus range, which includes low-floor and low-entry hybrid, CNG and diesel-fuelled vehicles. It’s all about tailormade solutions to optimise the total cost of ownership, says the manufacturer. Volvo was claiming 22.3% of the Spanish market up to the end of September. It has registered almost 200 Euro 6 vehicles in the country. The D8 engine is also available in biodiesel at 320bhp, as is the 240bhp D5. On display was an Irizar i3-bodied B8RLE tri-axle that will see service in Madrid. Sales of the 7900 hybrid have topped 70 in Spain and one was exhibited, as was a 7900 electric hybrid that its manufacturer says reduces total energy consumption by 60%. Plug-and-go technology reduces both fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 75% compared to a conventional diesel bus. Charging takes only six minutes at a terminal. Iveco Bus presented its Euro 6 Magelys, Crossway, Urbanway and New Daily products. On the stand were two 12.8m Magelys, a 13-metre Crossway Line and an 18m articulated Urbanway, but it was the New Daily minibus line up that took centre stage including coachbuilt examples from Ferqui and Indcar. Cursor and Tector Euro 6 engines that use FPT Industrial’s patented Hi-SCR catalytic reduction technology without exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) is a key selling point for Iveco Bus. “EGR requires at least 30% extra cooling for the same power and low speed urban routes,” it says. A fuel consumption reduction of between 5% and 10% compared to Euro 5 has been achieved also through reduced overall vehicle weight and transmission optimisation. The company was keen to highlight the

Nogebus exhibited its Touring on MAN N14 and Mercedes-Benz OC500RF underframes environmental credentials of its Cursor 8 CNG engine. The engine is manufactured in France where 24,000 units have been produced since 2003. On show from Daimler were Tourismo M, Travego L, Integro M and Sprinter Travel vehicles as well as Citaro K and Sprinter City 65 buses. The Sprinter was in the livery of National Express subsidiary ALSA. The 10.32m Tourismo K powered by a 7.7-litre six-cylinder in-line vertical engine made its Spanish debut. Up to 41 seats can be accommodated and luggage capacity is 4.2m3. From Setra were the premium TopClass S516HDH and double-deck S431D as well as interurban ComfortClass S517HD, S516MD and 15-metre S519HD. Representing the MultiClass was the S415UL. Chassis on show were the twoaxle OC500RF 1936 and tri-axle OC500RF 2543 although I didn’t see the latter. The OC500RF is Spanish-built at Samano, Cantabria, Daimler being the only manufacturer to assemble chassis in the country. Scania is another that sees signs of recovery. The Swedish manufacturer unveiled its first Euro 6 engines two years ago and is a specialist in biofuels. There were two low carbon alternatives on the stand – a Citywide LE hybrid and a Castrousua-bodied N280UB4x2 CNG gas bus. Scania says a gas-fuelled 18.1m artic is now available. Also on the stand were a 12.08m Touring HD, 12.2m Irizar i6-bodied K450EB4x2 and K410EB4x2 chassis. “The bus and coach sectors present heightened awareness concerning cost and the need to comply with the strictest environmental conditions,” said Klas Dahlberg, Senior Vice President Buses & Coaches. “We have taken this aspect very seriously, developing excellent products that provide optimal performance in

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A new body frame for the Solaris Urbino 12 has skin-on-skin assembly both fields simultaneously.” Scania is planting a large tree for every vehicle it sells in the Iberian Peninsula. An upbeat Solaris expects to build close to 1,400 units this year and is making a €11m investment to expand the assembly hall at its Bolechowo-Osiedle, Poland factory by 7,500m2. It has been a pioneer of low-carbon technologies starting with its first trolleybus in 2001 and electric vehicles from 2011. Now a range is available from 8.9m to 18.75m utilising electric motors and drive axles. Battery sizes range from 60 to 240kWh and fuel cells are being used as range extenders. Cable & plug, pantograph and induction charging are all options. A growing presence in Spain has seen 27 vehicles delivered and there are several significant outstanding orders. Barcelona is to receive two Urbino 18 electrics and four Alpino 8,6s. Six MetroStyle Trollinos are destined for Castellon de la Plana while Sevilla is having a four Urbino 15s and a CNG-fuelled Urbino 12. Five Urbino 12 hybrids are going to San Sebastian. On the stand was the radically restyled Urbino 12 that was unveiled at IAA, Hanover in September – a vehicle that has already attracted orders for six in Germany. A new body frame has skin-on-skin assembly and both Paccar (DAF) MX11 and Cummins ISB6.7E6 engines are available. The show bus was Cummins powered. Solaris says that the lower unladen weight is expected to reduce 32 | COACH & BUS WEEK | November 4, 2014 026_032_CBW1162_FIAA.indd 32

fuel consumption by an average of one litre per 100kms. Noise levels have been cut to 74.8dBA, lower than the 77dBA German limit and European limit of 80dBA. Xiamen King Long showed its nine and 10-metre Cummins-powered midi coaches, the C9 and C10 as well as a FPT Cursor 9 C12 55-seater and the E12 29-seat plug-in hybrid exhibited at IAA. In electric mode it can be used in central urban areas while as a parallel hybrid it can deliver 40% fuel savings compared to a compatible diesel. The battery pack is manganic acid lithium. King Long has three factories, Xiamen Bus and Coach Manufacturing, Xiamen Mini Van Manufacturing and Shaoxing City Bus Manufacturing that combined can produce

Auto-Cuby from Poland exhibited a Sprinter 519CDi-based Cuby VIP Line

25,000 buses and coaches and 30,000 vans. Sales of buses of various types in 2013 were 32,824 resulting in a sales turnover exceeding RMB 9.081bn. Turkish-builder Otokar had a six-vehicle Euro 6 line-up that included its Cummins-powered Kent C city bus and MAN-engined 25-seat Vectio C and Navigo T 31 seater. The latter two with Cummins engines and in right-hand-drive make their debut at Euro Bus Expo this week. Omnibus Trading of ’s-Hertogenbosch, Holland has a convertible division, Calèche which specialises in supplying cabriolet-type minibus conversions. On show were a leatherseated Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316CDi-based Sunny, a larger Sprinter based Le Panoramique and a Sunrise Cabrio on an Iveco Daily 70C17. Up to 32 seats can be accommodated in the Iveco, 22 in a Sprinter 516/519. The Sunny seats just eight, those in the show vehicle being tracked. Another minibus exhibitor was Indbus International of Macedonia showing Maximo M and Maximo L coachwork on MercedesBenz Sprinter and Iveco Dailys respectively. Auto-Cuby from Poland exhibited a range of Sprinter-based product including its Cuby VIP Line in a 519CDi with a 42-inch LCD TV, Radio 2 DIN/MP3/DVD/NAVI, captains’ seats and wood finishing. Notable was another natural gas-fuelled Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 NGT, a 28-passenger capacity Cuby City Line that, like others at the show, flagged up its 5,500kg gross vehicle weight. n

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NEWS FOCUS › ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER Arthur J. Gallagher’s Specialist Transportation Team

Belmont International rebrands to Arthur J. Gallagher Passenger transport insurance specialist, Belmont International, has rebranded following its acquisition last year by Arthur J. Gallagher, the international division of NYSE-listed Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. – one of the world’s largest insurance and risk management companies. Jade Smith reports. As of October 27, Belmont International has transitioned to the Arthur J. Gallagher brand, fully

aligning the two businesses with a common identity as they seek to build on their combined success, which has created a top three UK commercial retail insurance broker. Established in 1988 to service the newly privatised UK bus industry, Belmont grew to be synonymous with insurance in the passenger transport industry and a well-respected commercial insurance broker, with more than 80 employees servicing clients throughout the UK and overseas.

Subsequent to its acquisition of Belmont in September 2013, Arthur J. Gallagher completed the purchase of Giles Insurance Brokers, which had earlier acquired bus and coach insurance specialist SBP Chapman Stevens in November 2008. Upon completion of these deals, the passenger transport specialisms of the two businesses have come together to create a powerful new national niche, providing a natural complement to Arthur J. Gallagher’s existing industry


1920s Arthur J. Gallagher founded Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Chicago on October 1, 1927.


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1940s U.S. enters World War II and all three of Arthur Gallagher’s sons John, James and Robert enlisted in the Navy. At the war’s end, his sons all joined the company.

Gallagher helped create The Hartford Group’s groundbreaking Retrospective Rating Program, rewarding customers who minimized their losses. Gallagher wrote Chicago’s first large deductible fire policy for Bowman Dairy Co.


specialisms. When retiring and selling Belmont International 12 months ago, former Managing Director and founder Barrie Etchells emphasised that the fit with Gallagher was an obvious one as both businesses were owned and managed by insurance people who shared the same family philosophy. He promised that the 25-yearold business and its clients were in safe hands, having spent many months carefully selecting the new owner, and assured coach and bus operators that the change would be gradual and well-planned. With the combined businesses having a long association with the passenger transport sector, Arthur J. Gallagher now offers access to expert risk management

Gallagher partnered with Sterling Bassett to form Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc., a new claims management subsidiary to provide services to selfinsured clients. l Robert E. Gallagher was named President and CEO of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. l Revenues exceed $1,000,000 in 1968. l

Gallagher landed its largest client to date Chicago’s Beatrice Foods Company. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is incorporated.


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Gallagher established an international presence in 1974 when it co-founded Lloyd’s broker Gallagher, Hinton & Vereker Ltd. in London. l Gallagher  formed an office in Bermuda to provide access to many offshore alternative markets. l Gallagher’  s employee benefits division wrote Gallagher’s first self-funded employee benefits plan. l Revenues exceed $10,000,000 in 1976. l

Gallagher completed 111 acquisitions throughout 2010, 2011 and 2012. l Gallagher  continued its streak of strong acquisitions with its purchases of Bollinger, Giles, Oval, Noraxis, OAMPS, and Crombie Lockwood – greatly extending the company’s reach in the UK, South America, North America, Australia and New Zealand. l +30%  of revenues now outside the U.S. l Gallagher  named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. l


J. Patrick Gallagher named President (1990) and CEO (1996). l Gallagher  formed Risk Placement Services as a U.S. wholesaler. l Arthur  J. Gallagher (UK) Limited is formed. l Gallagher  established a joint venture in Australia. l Revenues  exceed $500,000,000 in 1998. l


Gallagher recognized as the 4th largest broker in the world. Gallagher celebrates 75th anniversary in 2002 revenues exceed $1billion. l Gallagher  Bassett recognized as the worlds largest third-party claims administrator. l J.  Patrick Gallagher named Chairman of the Board (2006). l Gallagher  expanded into the Caribbean. l Alesco  team established in London. l

Gallagher became the 10th largest broker in the U.S. l Gallagher  went public and is listed on the New York Stock exchange (1984). l The  Gallagher Way is penned by Bob Gallagher. l Revenues  exceed $100,000,000 in 1986. l Gallagher  Bassett unbundled its services and began selling to non-Gallagher brokers. l


‘It’s absolutely a case of business as usual. There will be no discernible difference in service, client contacts and support’ - Phil White, Director of Transportation, Arthur J. Gallagher


advice and risk transfer via an extensive national footprint of more than 70 client-focused branches across the UK. Belmont’s long-standing partnership with the Confederation of Passenger Transport will also continue under the Arthur J. Gallagher name. Phil White, Director of Transportation at Arthur J. Gallagher, told CBW: “With the weight of Gallagher behind us, our footprint and scale in both the insurance market and the passenger transport sector is far greater than that which we could have achieved as Belmont.” Clients will benefit from more local support. Whereas Belmont has always been based at one office in Sevenoaks, Kent, Arthur J. Gallagher already has a strong regional presence with 70 branches across the UK. So while clients might still deal with their trusted broker in Kent, they might find their regional office is handy for support when they need it. “We’re now less than an hour away from any operator,” said Phil. “Who you deal with won’t change, and that’s the same for the team previously at Giles. But you will also be able to get local support. “It’s absolutely a case of business as usual. The name has changed – and that’s more or less it. There will be no discernible difference in service, client contacts and support.” David Hinton, Managing Director of Transportation, said: “Following the acquisition, our top priority has been on delivering a successful integration of the two businesses with minimum interruption to our valued customers. Our alignment will enable us to significantly widen our offering, providing more choice and better value for our clients. “I am excited by the prospect

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of working with the combined resources brought together by Gallagher, including George Bryant and the ex-Chapman Stevens team at High Wycombe; Steve Price, Paul Mclaughlin and Steve Hawkins in Bristol; together with my longstanding colleagues in Sevenoaks, Mark Bunbury, Phil White, Adrian Scott and Christine Steel. We really do have a depth of expertise in the passenger transport sector which is second to none. “In Arthur J. Gallagher, we found a like-minded, client-focused company that takes a passionate, hands-on approach to service and

‘This is all about taking the business to its next level, guaranteeing its future position and progression’

is keen to build its industry sector expertise. With a national and international footprint, it is already helping roll-out our knowledge and capabilities, while bringing the commercial benefits inherent in being part of a global broking and risk management group. This is all about taking the business to its next level, guaranteeing its future position and progression.” The rebrand will be officially unveiled this week at the Euro Bus Expo on November 4-6. To find out more about Belmont’s journey to the Arthur J. Gallagher group, visit stand A8 and meet the team. The same old and familiar faces will be on the stand, along with some from Giles Insurance.

Belmont’s journey to Arthur J. Gallagher

Belmont International was established in 1988 to service the newly privatised bus industry. Based in Otford, the Sevenoaks district of Kent, the insurance broker was acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher on September 18, 2013 to become part of its UK Retail business. Shortly afterwards, on November 14, 2013, Arthur J. Gallagher completed its acquisition of Giles Insurance Brokers, which also had a passenger transport specialism as a result of its 2008 acquisition of bus and coach broker SBP Chapman Stevens. The UK Retail division – Arthur J. Gallagher’s regional network of client-focused branches specialising in commercial insurance solutions for UK businesses – directly controls £1 billion of gross written premium from more than 70 locations across the world. Belmont has been the preferred supplier of insurance, risk management and financial services products to the Confederation of Passenger Transport’s (CPT) members since 2005 and has worked in partnership with CPT for many more years. Arthur J. Gallagher is the Londonheadquartered international broking division of parent company Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., an international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm headquartered in Itasca, Illinois. In its entirety, the group has operations in 30 countries and offers client service capabilities in more than 140 countries around the world through a network of correspondent brokers and consultants. n

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Nu-Track’s latest innovation

Northern Ireland Nu-Track is unveiling its all-new low entry 33-seater at this week’s Euro Bus Expo. Gareth Evans reports

A Class 2 33-seat fully belted model will be unveiled at this week’s Euro Bus Expo

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specification detailing the overall width and n the post Mercedes-Benz Vario era, weight of the vehicle. We worked closely to converters and coachbuilders reached a develop a low chassis and body, which was built cross roads. With the loss of the popular, in Antrim.” versatile and economic running gear How does the Nu-Vibe differ from other low after the introduction of Euro 6, they floor products? Alistair Hamill, were left with a stark choice Engineering and Development – find alternative chassis or CONTACT NU-TRACK ON: Manager took up the story: innovate. Address: Steeple Industrial “We carried out extensive Nu-Track, which as you’ll read Estate, Antrim, BT41 1AB discussions with customers, in the panel, benefits from its Tel: 028 94469550 who told us width was a association with the respected Web: major issue. PSVs are typically Wrightbus and all that brings, 2.45m to 2.55m wide, whereas has chosen to innovate. especially on rural roads and urban streets, Its new low entry 33-seater is an integral where they’re looking to go into cul-de-sacs product, designed with ease of maintenance, etc, width is paramount. That was one of the manoeuvrability and accessibility in mind. It’s parameters. We have taken eight inches off also been reduced in width, height and weight, the width – it’s now 2.278m wide, a major more of which later. improvement. Therefore appropriately, the new vehicle is “Therefore, so as not to make it look too top called Nu-Vibe. heavy, we’ve removed six inches off the height. “We’re going for a new life theme. The Pulse As a result, the vehicle boasts a lower deck with certainly whetted appetites when it was 16 seats, and 17 in the upper saloon. launched back in June and we see the Nu-Vibe “We chose 425mm wide seats to give a decent as bringing new life,” said John McLeister, gangway, measuring just shy of 500mm. Access Operations Director. internally remains paramount. Asked about seats, Alistair replied: “A lot of The story so far that is customer-driven. We can offer a range but “Nu-Track decided to develop some time ago we’re always open to avenues for different types.” what would not only be a replacement for the He continued: “Entry is through a common Vario but also low entry product, which would double glider door, ensuring it’s wide enough meet the demand for a dual-application vehicle to take any size of wheelchair. It means there is – both rural and city,” explained John. no distinguishment between disabled and able“We’re all very aware of the wealth of low entry bodied passengers. vehicles but this brings a new dimension to the “The lower level seats are removable, enabling market. It’s got a different feel and look to it. the vehicle to accommodate four wheelchairs. Fresh, dynamic modern vehicle. It’s airy inside.” There are however, two fixed seats for helpers Rob Shiels, Business Improvement Manager, and friends. said the firm has engaged extensively with local “Another major issue was weight. We’ve tried disability groups, adding: “It has been designed to keep it to a minimum. Overall gross vehicle around their needs.” weight is 10.4T.” John continued: “We’re taking to Euro Bus Turning to the body, Alistair said: “It comes Expo a class 2, low floor, 33-seat fully belted with detachable aluminium panels. These can model. be replaced with ease by non-specialist staff. “We have designed it with En-Drive, which “The primary body structure is using the is part of the Wright Group, with the specific


What is Nu-Track? Nu-Track designs and manufactures specialist vehicles, including wheelchair accessible coachbuilt buses/ minibus conversions, school buses and courtesy coaches. The company provides vehicles, tailored to the exact specification and budgetary requirements of each individual customer, using high quality materials. Nu-Track currently employs approx 65 people, and its vehicles are in service with the Education Boards and Health Trusts in Northern Ireland, as well as a number

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of local authorities in Scotland and England. Key features of its products include lightweight construction, excellent fuel efficiency, bonded glazing, enhanced structural strength and detachable panels for ease of maintenance. Nu-Track offers narrow width vehicles which provide greater vehicle stability/manoeuvrability. Its front glazing design provides excellent all-round visibility for driver and passengers alike. The firm says it takes great pride in personally dealing with customers, from initial enquiry stage, to assisting with key decisions, build progress and finally delivering

a completed vehicle, fit for purpose. Minimising downtime is vital too – and that means having the correct back-up in place. Nu-Track works closely with each customer, not only through the life of the build, but throughout the life of the product. It says this policy has helped the firm develop a steady repeat customer base throughout the UK local authority market. While Nu-Track was formed in 1991, in November 2012 it was acquired by Geoff Wright, the sole shareholder of Wrightbus, ensuring stability and an exciting future for business.

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VEHICLE LAUNCH › NU-TRACK NU-VIBE Aluminium panels can be replaced with ease by non-specialist staff

Wrightbus Alumnique construction, which is a bolted assembly, rather than welded. The lower pillar sections can also be easily replaced if damaged – a specialist would be needed if they were welded.” On that note, Alistair said the ramp is a manual pull-out sort, as is familiar on a low �loor bus. “There is no need to deploy an electric sensor, which may fail in service and create a maintenance headache,” he added. Another product differentiation is durability. This vehicle has a design life of 10 years on 66,000 miles per annum. Although the driveline is entirely built by EnDrive, it’s constructed using off-the-shelf parts. For example, the axles are from Daimler and the engine is a Cummins four-cylinder ISB 4.5-litre unit. The standard transmission is an Allison S2100 six-speed automatic, but Voith and ZF are available as options. “It’s about giving customers choice,” Alistair was keen to stress. Asked about service and support, John said warranty and aftersales will come with the

Wrightbus seal of approval. “CustomCare will support this product, with service engineers and a rapid turnaround on parts,” he added. Asked about the ease with which ancillary technology can be added, John replied: “A ticket machine can be �itted with ease. It’s designed to take a range of technology, including audiovisual next stop announcements. The wiring is a multiplex system, so it’s easy to �it any additional ancillary items.”


Asked what the �irm believed the vehicle’s target customers were, John replied: “More community transport, especially local authorities and private operators. It can easily be adapted for the PSV market too. We believe it will appeal right across the spectrum. It’s Euro 6 and it’s very competitively priced against other products.” “We aimed to pitch it around the Vario – we’ve gone slightly above that, but what you are now getting is a modern Euro 6 vehicle for the

‘We aimed to pitch it around the Vario – we’ve gone slightly above that, but what you are now getting is a modern Euro 6 vehicle for the accessibility marketplace’ accessibility marketplace,” explained Alistair. Rob said four vehicles had already been sold ‘off-plan.’ “Customers are so excited about the concept,” he enthused. John said he expects 140 to 150 units will be sold in the �irst year: “We could easily manage more. We’ve restructured the company. We’re laying the foundations for an increase in production volumes. We’ve had a complete review of the material approach. We’ve streamlined our processes. It’s a relentless pursuit of waste eradication.”

What next?

Nu-Track’s LE 33-seater

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“This is our second of �ive new developments to be launched in the next six months. The �irst was the Pulse, a high �loor 33-seater on an MAN chassis. We’re all very excited here,” Rob enthused. “While this one is the �irst, we’re building two other vehicles. Testing is of course, paramount. The second and third vehicles will be going to the Millbrook Proving Ground for destructive testing. Clearly, we will also be doing fuel testing. We’ve taken over two tons out of a standard vehicle, so we’re expecting increased fuel economy but we are awaiting formal results before releasing �igures.” ■

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TELEPHONE: 01922 495522 Just off M6 Junction 10

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Be-Ge Driver Seats Celebrates its 80th Anniversary Year. When our founder Bror Gothe Persson took over the import and sales of Ford motor cars in Oskarshamn back in 1934, he was somewhat of a visionary with an early insight into the role and importance the then “infant” automotive industry was about to play in the world. In 1941 Be-Ge cars became sales agent for Scania Vabis trucks and this is where Be-Ge’s fascination and involvement in trucks and buses began (we still own our Scania dealership and today we are their world’s oldest dealer). In 1946, Be-Ge realised that there was also a potential to lead the way on improving the manufacture, design, comfort and, more importantly, safety of Truck Cabs and BeGe Karosserifabrik was set up to manufacture truck cabs for Scania and Volvo. We sold our cab manufacturing plant to Scania in 1966 and they are still manufactured in this location today. In 1949 Be-Ge turned its attention to driver comfort and introduced to the market the world's first driver suspension seat – our competitors seating was basic bench seats with mattress-type springs in the seat cushion. Today we are run by the third generation of Bror Göthe's family, and there is a bit of Bror Göthe’s pioneering spirit in all of us at Be-Ge. We are proud of what we do and it’s reflected in the products we produce. Our investment in Seating Design, Quality and Safety puts us at the forefront of seating supply solutions. Be-Ge Seating UK Ltd Unit 3 The Fulcrum, Lows Lane, Ilkeston, DE7 4QU Tel : 0844 800 0558 Fax : 0844 800 0559 Web : Email 42 | COACH & BUS WEEK | November 4, 2014


An array of support services


pswich-based Ransome Fleet Solutions has a number of key divisions, which now includes its fast growing bus and coach division. The company was started by Chairman Graham Ransome in 1981, supporting Transport refrigeration companies in East Anglia with the support of his wife and now Company Secretary Margie Ransome. Transport refrigeration still plays a very important part of the Ransome Fleet Solutions business under the trading name of Carrier Transicold Eastern, which is part of the United Technologies Corporation. Due to the rapid expansion of the company, a much larger workshop facility was required in the Ipswich area that could support the growth of the company, and further expansion for the future. With this in mind, Graham decided this was the right time to increase the services Ransome could provide to its customers and started the tail lift division, which now supports Anteo, Dell, Dhollandia, Ratcliff Pal�inger, Ross & Bonneyman and Zepro. With an increase in mobile engineers and customers there was a requirement for a much larger parts department, which needed to be large enough to support Ransome’s own engineers and be able to cater for the rapid growth in new areas of business. In 1989 the company moved to its current location on Clopton Commercial Park near Woodbridge. This allowed Ransome to expand

Ransome Fleet Solutions is the new brand name for Ransome Engineering Services Ltd, which is increasing the services it provides to existing and new customers. With the of�icial launch of the new branding at the Euro Bus Expo, James Day speaks to Managing Director Leigh Westlake and General Manager Dave Middleton at its Suffolk headquarters based in Clopton, Woodbridge near Ipswich its Bodyshop Department to allow refrigeration trailer refurbishments to be added to list of services already offered. In 1994, Ransome further developed the bodyshop department to include body building and bespoke conversions. This required adding another 7,700 square feet of workshop space, doubling the size of its Clopton Workshops. The company continued to expand, taking on much larger postcode areas for Carrier Transicold with the purchase of the Carrier Transicold workshops in Lincolnshire. Neil Gedny joined Ransome in 2003 and is currently the Bus & Coach Division Manager. Carrier Sutrak, owned by United Technologies Corporation, approached Ransome to become a dealer for its bus and coach air-conditioning

equipment in East Anglia. This �itted very well into the current business model and has grown from strength to strength. Ransome approached HeaVac, the exclusive supplier of heating equipment for the Wrightbus Group, and became the Heavac Service Partner for East Anglia. This allowed Ransome to grow the bus and coach department even further. In 2008, National Express expanded its business at Stansted Airport which allowed Ransome to build much closer links with Caetano UK, who’s Levante vehicles represent the largest number of coaches operating on National Express service routes around the UK. National Express also provides wheelchair passenger lifts on all its coaches, which �itted in very nicely with Ransome having experience in

Ransome has developed a close relationship with Caetano, and its experience with passenger lifts has been very useful for National Express

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SUPPLIER PROFILE › RANSOME FLEET SOLUTIONS the tail-lift sector. In 2012, Ransome was appointed as the Hidrel Passenger Lift dealer for the UK. This required the support of a sub dealer network that had already been supporting the Hidral Passenger Lifts around the UK. In 2013, Ransome’s bus and coach division was launched to support the growing number of OEM’s and bus and coach operators which Ransome is now supporting in the UK and Ireland.

All things air-conditioning

The choice for Yutong

In 2014 Ransome was appointed by Pelican Bus & Coach to support the climate systems �itted to the Yutong Coaches being sold to customers in the UK. Dave explained: “I heard that Yutong was coming to the UK, and I heard there was going to be a sole importer. When I found out that it was Pelican, because of my working relationship with them I made contact, making them aware of whom I worked for and what we could do for them. It was eventually agreed that we would support the product throughout the UK. “It’s purely air-conditioning we’ll be offering for Pelican for the time being, though there is scope to offer more services in the future. Pelican Engineering Ltd is the sole importer of the Yutong product here in the UK, and we are happy to be part of their success and provide our support and expertise in Climate Control.”

Refreshing the brand

Ransome has recently been through a rebranding process. Previously known as Ransome Engineering, it is now Ransome Fleet Solutions, to better re�lect the spectrum of services the company offers. It has also launched a new logo and new website at www. ransome� “We felt the business needed to be rebranded,” Dave said. “When I hear engineering I tend to think screws and lathes, milling machines and that kind of thing, certainly not vehicles. “Having the name Ransome Fleet Solutions and the new logo which we’ve got, with a car, bus and truck, shows that we’re actually talking about the vehicle industry in speci�ics. “It’s also refreshes and brings up to date the website.”

Coach and bus parts

Parts is a growing segment of the Ransome Fleet Solutions business. “As we are either a main dealer or service partner for these air-conditioning manufacturers, we are one of only a few companies in the UK who can supply genuine parts to an operator,” Leigh stated. “Lifts are going to be a headache for a lot of operators which don’t currently comply with new legislation which is coming in. We want to be somewhere where they can go for advice.

Whether at its own premises or on the road, Ransome provides plenty of support for coach and bus air-conditioning When new vehicles are being ordered they need to take accessibility into consideration. “We are also the UK provider for CBM Parts. The company tenders for parts business in the UK and across Europe. Its core business is supplying packages for parts across the coach and bus industry. We’ve been given the right to promote its products here in the UK and we’ve become a dealer for their parts. “We’re not just talking about air-conditioning parts, but other parts, such as glass, mirrors, body panels, brake components, seat belts… anything fast moving or wear and tear parts.”

Proactive and preventative maintenance

Dave explained that when it comes to airconditioning, being passive during quiet periods can cause a number of problems. “Ultimately, if there is a problem with the airconditioning on a bus or coach, that vehicle is effectively off the road,” he said.

‘Throughout the winter, because of the low ambience the air-conditioning enquiries drop off, but come the summer, we are working flat out to resolve air-conditioning faults’

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“If you’re a bus or coach operator, trying to maintaining these units can be dif�icult due to the operational demands. “What we tend to �ind is throughout the winter, because of the low ambience the airconditioning enquiries drop off, but come the summer, we are working �lat out to resolve airconditioning faults. “It’s one of those things – we’re trying to educate the industry that routine preventative maintenance is the best option. It’s about spreading the costs throughout the year, because if operators do maintain it during the quiet periods, there are good discounts on offer and when they turn the system on in the summer it’s going to work. Another preventative measure, which Ransome is offering is catalyst and fuel theft prevention systems. Dave explained further: “On coaches and buses, with the new Euro 6 and even Euro 5, the �iltration system on the exhaust is full of precious metals. A lot of operators are having their exhaust systems stolen. “We will be promoting a product which is a Thatcham-approved alarm system and has various options. It can send out GPS signals to tracking devices, and there are apps on phones, which can inform the �leet manager that someone is tampering with their equipment. “When you’re looking at a part which can cost anything from £2,000 up to £20,000, it’s an investment worth making.” The system is available for any size vehicle and also prevents or alerts the vehicle owner about possible fuel theft, which can be monitored in real time if used in conjuction with any tracking �leet management system.

Minibus market coverage

The minibus market is another area where Ransome has plenty of experience. “The local authority community transport market is something we’ve always supported, whether it be �itting seats, accessibility ramps/ lifts, windows or air-conditioning. We cover everything from a minor adaptation to a full minibus conversion. We work with local authorities on the maintenance side, doing body repairs and so on. “We are suppliers of all the main minibus supporting brands, like Unwin, Q’Straint, lift providers and seating manufacturers.”


Ransome Fleet Solutions offers support to all its customers, from single operators to some of the largest companies in the UK. “Our �lexibility allows us to provide the right level of support to our customers – regardless of their demands,” Dave explained. “From a single new equipment installation or bodyshop repair to full �leet installations and 24/365 support, we believe that you will not �ind a better company to support your activities. This is a claim which is supported by our award in 2011 of CoachMarque perferred supplier status.”

For all bus and coach enquiries contact Neil Gedny (Bus & Coach Division Manager) or Dave Middleton (General Manager) on 01473 737731.

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David Barrow speaks to Paddy Doherty to find out how Dublin Bus came through Ireland’s worst recession in a hundred years


outhern Ireland is a country I have visited on a number of occasions over the last 10 years, both on business and to stay with family in Waterford. The rolling green landscape and the friendliness of the people make this an ideal place to live – or does it? The Irish Republic covers some 70.285 sq km with a population of just over four million – over a quarter of them in Dublin alone. Another interesting fact is that in a survey in 2007 it was revealed that Dublin had more people under the age of 25 than anywhere else in Europe. The Irish economy has not been without its problems. The Irish banks had lost an estimated €100bn, much of it related to defaulted loans to property developers and homeowners made in the midst of the property bubble, which burst in 2007/8. The economy collapsed in 2008. Unemployment steadily rose from 4% in 2006 to 14% by 2010. All this had a major impact on the national budget, which went from a surplus in 2007 to a 32% GDP deficit in 2010, the highest in the history of the Eurozone. All this manifested into Coras Iompair Eireann (CIE) reporting a €39.5m operating deficit for 2008, due to a drop in revenue and increased fuel costs. In 2009 the Irish press reported that Dublin Bus would cut its workforce by 290 across all grades, with 160 compulsory redundancies. The trade union was very vocal at its total disagreement of the enforced measures. Its General Secretary stated that a 120 bus reduction would have a serious impact on services, especially at peak periods, forcing people back into their cars when only six months previously a government ‘think tank’ had recommended a further 350 buses to ease the chronic congestion in Dublin city centre. In the spring of 2009, the Dublin Labour Court 46 | COACH & BUS WEEK | November 4, 2014

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Paddy Doherty

Paddy Doherty is Chief Executive of Dublin Bus, a role he took up in 2011. Paddy joined Dublin Bus in 1976 and began his career as Assistant Engineer in the Traffic Engineers Department. Since then, Paddy has held a number of senior roles including Business Development Manager and Operation Manager. In recent years, Dublin Bus has undergone significant changes to meet the ever-changing needs of bus users, including the restructuring and simplification of the entire Dublin Bus network, the introduction of real time passenger Information, introduction of Leap Card and achieving a fleet that is 100% low floor wheelchair accessible.

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brokered an agreement to cut the fleet to 1,025 from 1,145 to try and reverse the weekly trading losses of €500,000. 17 low-frequency routes were withdrawn completely. New vehicle purchases, which had been a regular occurrence year on year for the past 10 years or so, came to an end and did not resume until the autumn of 2012. Since the start of the financial crisis, more residents have left Ireland to look for employment elsewhere than any other country in the European Union.

Successful recovery

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My journey from Dublin Airport to the city centre was by the Airlink 747 Airport Express service, operated by Dublin Bus on a 15-minute frequency, taking just less than 30 minutes to reach O’Connell Street. The running time has been reduced, due to the Port Tunnel which was opened in 2006 – and at 2.75 miles long, it is the longest urban tunnel in Europe. Dublin Bus came about in 1987 from the break-up of Coras Iompair Eireann (CIE) which also created Bus Eireann and Irish Rail.

What Dublin Bus inherited was what can only be described as a worn-out, dilapidated fleet which had been starved of investment. Paddy outlined what the company has achieved over these past two years and to be sustained this year and from 2015 onwards: “‘The Network Direct Project’ was set up to look at a number of objectives which, apart from a few small areas, has been completed in a relatively short period. “We have simplified the whole route network, matched supply with demand; all main routes are now cross-city, reduced route numbers by 36%; making a much simpler network but still maintaining the same network coverage, better marketing and redesigned operational practices for all employees. This has cut the amount of bus traffic in the city centre by about 20%, whereas five or six years ago congestion in O’Connell Street was just gridlock, taking 10 to 15 minutes to traverse its short distance. “In 2009 we had 171 routes, now it is only 110. The fleet size has gone down from 1,117 in 2009 to 875 today. Staff numbers were 3,891 in 2009 and it is now 3,200. All these reductions produced a net saving of €45m.

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OPERATOR › DUBLIN BUS “2013 saw an increase in passenger numbers by around 400,000 and to cater for this we started a recruitment drive, our first since May 2008, which will see an additional 100 drivers. “Driver training is now carried out using a system call ‘Visual Vanguard,’ which utilises cameras in the driver’s cab which video and measure all aspects of the driver’s performance. As well as the usual speed, braking and so on, it records road position, cornering – in fact, everything to give the instructor a good overall assessment of how the driver performed. In the company’s own words, ‘good training equals less accident claims, a smoother ride, fuel economy and satisfied customers.’ “Real Time Passenger Information is now available at 500 bus stops, with expansion planned for another 400. ‘Next stop’ and safety announcements on all buses, in Irish and English, was completed in August and real-time information is available at all 5,000 bus stops using Apps, web and txt. The next thing to be rolled out will be ‘On Bus’ passenger information displays to be carried out between 2014 and 2016. All buses are WiFi equipped with over 0.5 million sign-ups. “The company also has 16,000 followers on Facebook, and 24,000 on Twitter.”

Incentive ticketing

On ticketing, Paddy stated that the multitude of pre-paid tickets, including a disposable smart card, was being reduced and all efforts were being directed to the ‘Leap Card.’ Money is loaded onto the card at one of the many ‘Pay


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Zone’ outlets. “The big advantage with the Leap Card is that there is a limit to what is taken off each day,” Paddy explained. “After that cap is reached, all further journeys that day will be free, and if you reach the weekly cap figures by Friday all journeys over the weekend are also free. “If the next journey is within 90 minutes of the earlier journey,

then it will automatically be discounted. Also, if the customer sets up an Autoload Direct Debit with their bank, once their credit falls below €10 their card will be reloaded with their pre-determined amount. “Another incentive is that Leap Car Fares are about 20% cheaper than paying with cash. The card is not only valid on Dublin Bus, but on Luas Tram and Dart Rail.” A number of surveys have been carried out over the past few years to gauge what perception the Dublin public have of bus travel. 600 people were asked the question about using Dublin Bus. In 2007 5% said they totally reject the idea, would never consider using the bus. In 2014 that figure was only 2%. The 2014 survey showed a significant increase in the number of people saying they use Dublin Bus, from 41% in 2011 to 69% in 2014, the highest stated usage of any transport option (including the car). Paddy continued: “The two top reasons given for using the bus more often were ‘favourable routes – brings me to desired location’ and ‘convenient/easy to use,’ which demonstrates these new facilities and the improved network are changing how people in Dublin both view and use our services. “Even more importantly, 92% of customers were either very, or fairly, satisfied with their last trip on Dublin Bus, with 83% of people rating Dublin Bus drivers as ‘warm and friendly.’” Another positive development for the company is the announcement by the National Transport Authority (NTA) that Dublin Bus has been selected to run the first route under the

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‘We are financially better, operationally better, have much better customer facilities and passenger numbers are growing by 4% per annum’

The high-profile Airlink 747 service takes less than 30 minutes to reach O’ Connell Street

An ADL Enviro400-bodied Volvo B9TL alongside a Wrightbus Gemini 3-bodied Volvo B5TL new Bus Rapid Transit Scheme (BRT). The route will run from Swords to the city centre. The scheme, which has been named ‘Swiftway,’ is an enhanced bus system which will operate along dedicated bus corridors to allow for speedier travel. The new buses will also be given priority at traffic signals. The scheme will bring increased reliability in relation to punctuality, journey times and also provide higher passenger capacity. It is being modelled on similar public transit networks in cities such as Madrid, Nantes and Vancouver and is now at the early design stage.

Vehicular investment

Paddy then turned his attention to the fleet. “We need to add an additional 50 buses to our fleet over the next three to four years to meet the demand, which in turn means another three additional people employed for every bus added to the fleet,” he explained. 50 | COACH & BUS WEEK | November 4, 2014 046_050_CBW1162_Dublin Bus.indd 50

“We plan to take 90 new buses a year, with 80 just as fleet replacement”. “This year we are starting to take delivery of 70 Euro 6 Volvo B5TL with Wrightbus Gemini 3 bodywork. Whereas some UK operators are continuing to take Euro 5 buses for as long as they are still available, Dublin has embraced Euro 6 wholeheartedly. “Euro 6 is the way forward for us, and not hybrids – they are far too expensive at the moment and there’s no Green Bus Fund in Ireland. Having said that, we have a hybrid double-decker on long-term trial from Volvo, and we have a tender out at the moment to trial a few different types of hybrids to see what works for us. These new Euro 6 Volvos – the weight is better, as is fuel consumption, emissions and passenger capacity. Up to 2007, Alexander was Dublins first choice for double-deck bodywork. In 2008 Dublin Bus chose Alexander bodywork on tri-axle

double-decks and bodywork from Wrightbus on standard two-axle double decks. ADL tendered for the supply of bodywork on the Volvo chassis every year up to 2013. In 2014, AlexanderDennis is now offering its new Enviro400 MMC on the Euro 6 Volvo B5TL – the first examples going to Stagecoach in Scotland. Two-thirds of the fleet is still Alexander, consisting of ALX400, Enviro400 and tri-axle Enviro500s. Tenders have been invited for a further 130 double-deck and 20 single-decks for supply in 2015. The NTA, which funds the purchase of new buses, can determine their allocation and use by Dublin Bus. The NTA is similar in many ways to Transport for London. “The fleet is now 100% accessible and our latest ones, now being delivered, have extra buggy space, power ramp at the front door and kneeling suspension,” “We have a Travel Assist programme which means somebody with a disability and who has never used one of our buses, and doesn’t know how to use them, will be visited at their home by one of our team who will find out where they want to go and when. “We explain to them what they need to know and what to look out for. They will then travel with them, wait for them at the other end and then travel back with them. If need be they will do it again another day. “The take-up on this has been outstanding – up to 1,000 people have been guided since its introduction and these are extra customers who, in the past, would not have given bus travel a second thought. “The open-top tours are also an important part of the business, with about 50 drivers rostered for the service. The British market has now recovered, with UK tourists now returning to Ireland after several years in the decline. “The Luas tram system, which has been in operation in the city centre since 2004, carries 83,000 passengers a day. The Luas is operated by the French company Transdev, under tender from the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA). Another cross-city line is now under construction and is due for completion mid-2017, so this caused some bus stops to be moved and services re-routed.”

Looking ahead

In closing, I asked Paddy about the company’s overall position since 2009 and its future. “We are financially better, operationally better, have much better customer facilities and passenger numbers are growing by 4% per annum.” “We will carry an extra four million passengers this year, 118 million in total. “Staff morale is also vastly improved. “As for the future, service growth to meet rising customer demands is essential. Capital programme for buses must be ring-fenced in the context of big capital projects coming back onto the agenda. Finally, we need to build on the strong performance we already have on all aspects of our operation.” n

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Coach and Bus Market celebrates two year anniversary Jade Smith looks at the Coach and Bus Market website – the largest place in the industry to buy and sell vehicles – which celebrates its second anniversary this week


wo years ago in November 2012 a new online marketplace for coaches, buses and minibuses was launched by Coach & Bus Week. It was created after numerous people raised the problem of there being nowhere to buy or sell vehicles in the industry. For years it breakthrough Approximately how had been an issue, low cost, a many total ad views and Coach and Bus superb range of Market provided a ad spaces, speed has generated simple solution. of upload and By January 2014 the direct control, but website had surpassed most important of all, 50,000 ad views per month. a massive traf�ic of buyers Today, the Coach and Bus Market seven days a week. website is the biggest in the There is a one-time fee to display industry and attracts over 70,000 the vehicle for a week, fortnight ad views each month. In addition, or three weeks, with no cut taken the past year has seen visitor from the sale price of the vehicle. numbers double. Operators unfamiliar with the is a website can check out the online bright online service which offers guide which explains in detail how operators unrivalled control over to use the site. The link to the guide their advertising, never seen before is located on the far right of the top in the industry at unmatched toolbar on the homepage. prices. Operators can advertise used vehicles, products and Sellers services quickly and at a low cost. Gemma Ireland is the CoSELLING GUDE ordinator of Coach and Bus Market. Along with her team, she ensures is so that and easy-to-use, the website virtually the vehicles section in Coach and makes the adverts for you. In just Bus Week is kept up-to-date and three simple steps, which take looking good. less than �ive minutes to complete, The key bene�it of you can create a professional for advertisement for your vehicle buyers is the huge choice of which will be on the website for vehicles and ease of comparison everyone to view. on one site. For sellers there is the Step one of the selling process


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is simply choosing step as well as where payment is made. whether the vehicle you are selling is Coachandbus uses a coach, bus or minibus. a safe and secure online payment The second step involves entering Unique users who have method which will streamline any vehicle details, viewed the site since its uploading pictures future uploads you launch make. Alternatively, and choosing your ad package. The you can call Gemma on 01733 293247 to pay for important thing about your your advert. Your ad appears on vehicle description is that it reads the site as soon as payment has quickly and easily. been made. Step three is a con�irmation


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WEBSITE › COACH AND BUS MARKET YOUR DASHBOARD The dashboard is a toolbar from which you can control all of your advertisements. You can access it from the right-hand side of the homepage by clicking the button labelled ‘Manage Ads.’ From the dashboard you can edit any details of the advert if you wish. There is also a pause function, where you can Advertisement views temporarily the website receives remove your each month ad from the site. The time remaining is frozen and ticks down only when you resume the advert. You can delete your ad if you wish, but you will have to reupload and pay again for it to reappear, so be careful. You can also mark the vehicle as sold. Finally, your dashboard can tell you how many views each of your adverts has had, which can help you assess the effectiveness of your advertisement, and how long until each one expires, in real time.



MARKET UNLIMITED (sic) packages are designed for operators, especially those who buy and sell three or more vehicles each year. It provides annual unlimited use of the website to advertise vehicles for a very low one-off cost. ● For only £129 (plus VAT) a year the MARKET UNLIMITED package offers operators an unlimited number of vehiclefor-sale advertisements on the website as well as have up to four print adverts per week in Coach & Bus Week magazine. This package also includes three annual digital subscriptions to

● For only £179 (plus VAT) a year the MARKET PREMIUM UNLIMITED package features all the bene�its of the MARKET UNLIMITED package as well as including one annual print subscription to Coach & Bus Week magazine.


● One week online: £14.25 ● Two weeks online: £24.95

● Two weeks online and one week in magazine: £39.95 ● Three weeks online: £29.95 ● Three weeks online and two weeks in magazine: £49.95 ● For an additional £20 you can have your advert featured which will bring it to the top of any search which matches your vehicle.


You do not pay for the vehicle through The site is a tool which sellers use to advertise their vehicles and buyers use to browse the market and make contact. This prevents a cut being taken from the sale price and means we do not handle your transaction money at any point.


On the homepage you will see three search options – coach, bus and minibus. Choose which type of vehicle you are looking for and click ‘search’ to be taken to a speci�ic search engine. Once there, you can either browse all the vehicles by scrolling down, or search for something more speci�ic. The search function is very thorough – you can search by chassis or body if you’re looking for something speci�ic, or by price,


Thank you for the assistance you gave with our recent vehicle sales. After following your advice with regards to content and ad size and placing the advert on, the advert placed generated a great deal of interest, resulting in two sales within a week. We will certainly utilize your publication and again.

Katie Lowe, Lowes Coaches Ltd I have used both Coach and Bus Market and Coach & Bus Week to advertise my vehicles and they have all sold! The website and the magazine are a really powerful combination and I feel as though both are a credit to the other which helped me quickly sell my vehicles. I would have no hesitation in recommending Coach & Bus Week/Market as they target

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The search funtion is very detailed maximum mileage, maximum age and seating capacity, if you’re looking for the best deal to meet speci�ic requirements.


When you choose a vehicle, you will be greeted by a much more detailed page on the vehicle, which includes price, age, seating, mileage, location, listing date and how long until the advert expires. Any additional information is written under ‘description’ below this brief fact �ile. An ad reference ID is at the bottom of the advert. You will also see images of the

the correct audience. In addition to that we have found Gemma Ireland to be both very friendly and extremely professional in her approach to our advertising requirements.

Nigel Busbridge Buzzlines Travel is a fantastic tool to use for any company wishing to sell their vehicles. It’s quick and easy to use and very user friendly. The view counter on the website is fantastic, as you can see exactly how many people are looking at each individual vehicle. In addition, the staff are fantastic and very helpful, I would not hesitate to recommend Coach and Bus Market.

Gayle Karabelen – Drew Wilson Coach Sales

vehicle. Click on an image to enlarge it and bring it to the centre of the screen. Once one image is enlarged, either click on it again or use the arrows at the bottom of the image viewer to navigate through all the images of the vehicle.


The best way to contact a seller about their advertised vehicle is by calling them. You will �ind their contact number at the top of their advertisement next to a bright blue phone logo. Alternatively, on the right hand side of the screen you will notice a Google map displaying the location where the seller is based. Under the ‘contact’ tab you will �ind an email contact form where you can contact the seller. The ‘seller’ tab shows more information on who is selling the vehicle. It displays their name, how long they have been a member of the site and other vehicles listed by them. Even more information is found by clicking on the seller’s name, which will take you to their pro�ile page. This can contain website and social media links, listed vehicles and a description of the company. Please remember to mention when replying to an advertisement. ■ can be accessed via computer, tablet or smart phone so take a look and see how the website has made buying and selling used vehicles, products and services easier than ever. Visit the website at or call Gemma on 01733 293247 for more information.

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P ppy Appeal Jade Smith looks at a selection of operators who are showing their support for Remembrance Day this year

TFL wrapped 10 London buses in the special poppy design


n the year that marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, The Royal British Legion is encouraging everyone to support the Poppy Appeal for the memory of the fallen and the future of the living. The Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A century on from the start of that conflict, they are still helping today’s armed forces families in much the same way, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment. Money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to the Legion’s welfare work providing thorough life care to anyone who is currently serving in the British Armed Forces, who has previously served, and their families. Several operators demonstrated their support by decorating their vehicles in poppy-themed livery or by donating directly to the Poppy Appeal.

Celebrity voices and poppy buses for London Poppy Day

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21 famous voices, including Barbara Windsor, Brian Blessed, Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry were heard at over 70 London Underground stations, on all 8,500 London buses and 11 Network Rail main line stations. London Poppy Day is part of the national Poppy Appeal, which aims to raise as much money as possible in a single day to support the whole armed forces family. To mark the centenary of the First World War, TfL created a special poppy design with the line from the famous First World War poem by John McCrae, ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow’. Poppies were displayed on all Tube and Docklands Light Railway trains, the Emirates Air Line cabins and Trams. Two Tube trains, one on the Metropolitan line and one on the Circle line, a London Overground train and 10 London buses were also completely wrapped in the design. Two special 3D poppy bus shelters carrying the design were located outside the Royal Albert Hall and South Kensington Tube station and the design was also featured on 2,000 limited edition Tube maps. Customers travelling on the transport network will have noticed that some London Underground stations and Network Rail stations were decorated in special poppy livery. London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, said: “It’s a great honour for us to be supporting London

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The Poppy Bus in front of the Nottingham City Transport War Memorial

The list of the 224 Nottingham City Transport employees who lost their lives in WW1

Poppy Day again. This time of year is always poignant as the nation remembers those who made such profound sacrifices, and this year is particularly important as we mark the centenary of the start of the Great War. “People in London saw our specially wrapped trains and buses displaying the poppy design, in honour of the 4,500 transport workers who gave their lives in both World Wars and other conflicts. “This could not have been done without the support of our sponsors and celebrities and I would like to thank them for helping us mark London Poppy Day and raise awareness of a great cause.”

Nottingham City Transport Poppy Bus

Nottingham City Transport has once again launched its ‘Poppy Bus’ to commemorate Remembrance Day, and for this WWI Centenary year it will feature a very moving tribute to its employees. “On the back of our Poppy Bus we’ve listed the names of all 224 NCT employees who lost their lives during World War One,” explained NCT Marketing Manager, Anthony CarverSmith. “Over the years Nottingham City Transport has had hundreds of employees who have either served personally or have had family members in the armed forces, and so it felt hugely important for us to pay our respects to them in the best way we know how.” NCT originally created the Poppy Bus last year to launch 2013’s Poppy Appeal for both Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City. Like last year, this striking Scania OmniDekka will travel in and around the city, operating on routes across the NCT network until the end of November. Exclusively-designed and featuring 100 poppies as part of its livery (to mark 100 years since WWI), its aim is to act as a moving reminder of all those who served, or are still in the Armed Forces and encourage people to donate to this year’s Poppy Appeal. “Two of our buses are permanently named 58 | COACH & BUS WEEK | November 4, 2014 056_062_CBW1162_Poppy Appeal.indd 58

One of Blackpool Transport’s two Poppy Buses after local soldiers who lost their lives in recent conflict – Warrant Officer Sean Upton from Beeston Rylands and Lance Corporal Kieron Hill from Clifton – and the idea of our Poppy Bus is to remember those who serve today, as well as years gone by,” Anthony added. “The Poppy Bus was extremely well-received last year, so we are honoured to play a part in supporting the appeal again this year.” Nottingham City Transport has offered to help local organisers by counting the donations from Poppy Appeal collection boxes across the Nottingham area again this year and there will be collection boxes at NCT’s main sites. The company will be donating £2,500 to the Royal British Legion. In addition, free travel will be offered to all members of the Armed Forces and Veterans on Remembrance Sunday, and drivers and staff will

observe the two minutes silence at 1100hrs. The Nottingham City Transport War Memorial which features the names of all employees who lost their lives can be found inside the Galleries of Justice Museum and is free to visit.

Blackpool Transport Poppy Buses

Blackpool Transport is pleased to support the launch of this years’ Poppy Appeal with two fully wrapped buses designed by the Royal British Legion. The buses were unveiled at the Cenotaph on the Promenade at North Pier with staff from Blackpool Transport, Mediaco, Autolines and Betamark and the Royal British Legion. The vehicles have been wrapped with the support of Mediaco, Autolines graphics and Metamark who have all kindly donated the materials, print and time to this project.

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THE BIG PICTURE FIAA (Feria Internacional del Autobús y del Autocar) is the biennial Spanish bus and coach trade show held in Madrid. There’s growing recognition at such events that it’s important to recognise the industry’s heritage and there was a display of some stunning restored vehicles, mostly from the National Express-owned Continental Auto SL collection at this year’s event. The main picture is of a 1934 Hispano Suiza T-69 with a Barreiros engine, seating 33 and owned by Autocares Julian de Castro SA. The inset pictures are of a 1914 Ford T and 1922 Hispano Suiza 30/40 in Alsina Graells livery from the Continental Auto collection. All were taken by Andy Izatt last week.

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Bob Mason (Director of Delivery for Blackpool Transport), John Jones (Portfolio Holder for Blackpool Transport), Vaughan Kent-Payne (Area Manager Greater Manchester and Lancashire, British Legion), Tony Mason (Director MediaCo) and George Appleyard (Managing Director of Autolines)

The major art installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London marks 100 years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting and stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war. The poppies encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful visual commemoration. Motts have had departures on October 23 with others for November 3 sold out and four coaches going on November 10, the day before the display finishes. Motts is also offering a free day trip for the best photograph posted to the company’s Facebook page. Roger Mott, Managing Director of Motts Travel commented: “What started with one coach on one date going to the Tower of London quickly turned to six due to the massive popularity of the display. We were putting customers on a waiting list as the first coach filled up in record time and the demand was so high that we had to put further coaches on. “They also continued to fill up as everyone wanted to see the memorable display before it finishes on November 11.” “The display really is a sight to behold and also hits home at how many young servicemen gave their lives for this country. I am delighted to donate £150 to the Royal British Legion for what is an excellent cause that helps the whole Armed Forces community through welfare, comradeship and representation as well as being the Nation’s custodian of Remembrance.”

East Yorkshire Motor Services’ Poppy Bus

Transport for London’s double-deckers boasting the poppy livery Bob Mason, Director of Delivery at Blackpool Transport said: “We are proud to work with our local partners and the local community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion in wrapping two of our vehicles for the Poppy Appeal. “We have a number of ex-service personnel working at Blackpool Transport and we really want to raise awareness of the Poppy Appeal and encourage our customers and team at Blackpool Transport to continue to support the appeal.” Helen Mason, Community Fundraiser from the Royal British Legion said: “As we mark the Centenary of the First World War, it’s as important as ever to wear a poppy and 62 | COACH & BUS WEEK | November 4, 2014

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remember the sacrifices and commitment made by our armed forces both then and now. The message behind this year’s Poppy Appeal is Live On – to the memory of the fallen and future of the living, which captures perfectly why it’s so important to donate to the appeal and wear a poppy. Every donation received will make a real difference to the lives of service men and women, veterans and their loved ones.”

Motts Travel donates to Poppy Appeal

Aylesbury-based Motts Travel has donated £150 to the Royal British Legion for the Poppy Appeal following the success of its day trips to see the Tower of London Poppies.

To help recognise the commemoration going on this year of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Hull-based bus company East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) has painted one of its buses in a special livery featuring the poppy and with the words ‘Lest We Forget’. EYMS Chairman, Peter Shipp, said: “I felt it only right and appropriate that we should do something to help recognise this important anniversary of the start of a war where so many men, including many from this area, gave their lives. “So we decided to paint one of our buses in this special livery, and after its first outing at our Big Bus Day last Saturday, it will now be seen on the streets of Hull and the East Riding as it will run on a variety of routes throughout the EYMS area in the next few weeks.” The bus will also be available to be present at some of the events on and around Remembrance Day in November, and EYMS has already promised to help the Royal British Legion publicise the remembrance event which will be at Hull City Hall on November 7. n To donate to the Poppy Appeal call 0845 845 1945 or visit

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uelling vehicles is one of the biggest costs to any coach and bus operator. With this in mind, any method of making fuel last longer is sure to be a sound investment and help to maintain the green image which much of the passenger transport industry is aiming for. There are a variety of ways to approach this problem. One is simply the type of fuel which is used. Some types of fuel will burn more ef�iciently than others and take vehicles further. Additives can also be put into the mix, which can

This week’s Industry Guide examines various ways in which operators can reduce their fuel bill, from proven fuel additives to in�luencing driver behaviour

cause fuel to burn more cleanly or help reduce wear on engine parts and aid �ilters. Another approach is the way in which the vehicle is driven. Harsh braking, over-revving and idling all result in wasted fuel. A telematics system can help monitor drivers

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to make sure they are making every effort to keep the operator’s fuel bill down. The amount of data these systems can provide nowadays allows this monitoring to be easily supplemented with incentive schemes. Drivers will feel less like they

are being spied upon and instead know they will be rewarded for good driving. In return, the operator’s fuel will go further and its vehicles are less at risk from being involved in expensive incidents. Systems are available to properly manage and monitor fuel use, making sure fuel stocks are accurately measured and preventing misuse or theft. There are also products on the market ensuring engines use the optimum amount of �luids, such as oil, to keep the engine running at peak ef�iciency. ■

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Effect of EnviroxTM on Burning Soot

Mass of Soot

At the time of its introduction to the UK bus market in 2005, interest in the fuel additive Envirox was almost exclusively limited to its fuel saving performance and the corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions. However, the active chemistry in Envirox – cerium oxide engineered to the nano scale and dispersed in solvent – is increasingly being used as a tool to enable the successful operation of modern diesel exhaust aftertreatment systems. Cerium oxide is an oxidation catalyst and after combustion the nanoparticles become embedded in soot deposits. There they trigger soot burn off at much lower operating temperatures. The accelerated removal of soot deposits plays a large role in achieving fuel savings, since dirty engines are less fuel ef�icient. But the recent widespread introduction of diesel particulate �ilters (DPFs) has led to a new window of opportunity for Envirox. The onset of Euro 5 in the passenger car and van sectors in 2010 led to all new vehicles being factory �itted with a DPF.

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DPF Assist helps burn away soot at lower temperatures Although new vehicles are built with intelligent systems to regenerate the DPF when the level of captured soot becomes too high, there are many real world situations where soot blockage has become a problem nevertheless. Several manufacturers of wellknown, branded aftermarket fuel treatments have now added a new product to their range to address this need. ‘DPF Cleaners’ or ‘DPF Regenerators’ are now widely

available at leading retailers and workshop supply chains and Envirox has a major presence as the active ingredient in these products. Including Energenics’ own Envirox DPF Assist products, it is estimated that approaching one million bottles have been sold to date. Euro 5 was achieved in the truck and bus sectors by introducing Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems to reduce NOx through

reaction with Adblue. However for Euro 6 – which has started in 2014 – all engine manufacturers have included a DPF in a combined system with SCR. As with Euro 5 cars and vans, there are active regeneration strategies whereby the detection of increasing back pressure, due to soot build up, results in the injection of extra fuel into the exhaust system to burn it off. In a slow speed urban driving environment the potentially frequent requirement for active regeneration together with a general increase in exhaust back pressure will lead to a fuel economy penalty. Furthermore, the �ilters are made out of ceramic materials that are sensitive to thermal stresses and will experience a reduced lifetime due to the same consequences of excessive soot build up. Looking ahead Energenics believes that Envirox will have an important role to play in Euro 6 buses and coaches.

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Cummins’ leading Euro 6 diesel and gas engines will feature on stand G90 at Eurobus (November 4-6, Birmingham NEC). Its customer assistance experts will also be on hand to discuss Euro 6 and any other questions on diesel engine operation. The ISB Euro 6 diesel engines on display are featuring strongly with OEMs across Europe, delivering impressive results in ef�iciency. Ashley Watton, Cummins’ Bus Engine Sales Leader for Europe, said: “Our engineers worked closely with our customers to meet their needs and provide the best all round package in terms of fuel economy and performance. We have seen a number of products launched to date with excellent results.” To meet the ultra-low levels of Euro 6 these engines use proven technologies of cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and variable geometry turbocharging (VGT). The Cummins VGT is optimised for high torque and low speed capability, delivering signi�icant performance and drivability improvements. The engine works with the latest Cummins designed exhaust aftertreatment technology, combining a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to meet the ultra-low levels of emissions. The patented SCR design uses Copper Zeolite technology for very high conversion ef�iciency, even at low temperatures.

The ISB6.7 engine is featured in the new ADL Enviro400

Cummins’ ISB4.5 Euro 6 engine

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The ISB6.7 extends up to 310ps for coach installation and 280ps for bus installations

The four-cylinder ISB4.5 engine is available up to 210 ps, with an excellent power to weight ratio and delivers a strong peak torque of 760 Nm. The six-cylinder 6.7 litre ISB engine extends up to 310 ps for coach installations, and 280 ps for bus applications. Peak torque remains at a high level of 1100 Nm. For Euro 4 and 5 Cummins adopted a very successful emissions strategy using SCR. ISB engines delivered class-leading levels of fuel economy with low Adblue usage. For Euro 6, Euro 5 fuel consumption levels will be at least maintained, and Adblue consumption reduced to around 2-3% of diesel. Alexander Dennis’s brand new Enviro 400 bus, launched recently, features the ISB6.7 Euro 6 engine. It has a number of key product improvements making it lighter, with more passenger capacity,

easier to maintain and more fuel ef�icient by 12%. VDL Bus & Coach have used Euro 6 ISB4.5 and ISB6.7 engines for contracts in Finland, Belgium and Germany in their Citea buses. With over 350 ordered, operators are seeing economy gains of at least 20% with standard drivelines and more in hybrids. Visitors will also see the ISL Euro 6 diesel engine on Cummins stand. The 8.9 litre engine goes up to 380 ps for Euro 6 coach installations, with a peak torque of 1700 Nm. For Euro 6 bus applications it is available up to 330 ps with 1500 Nm peak torque. Also on display is the natural gas version of the 8.9 litre engine, the ISL G. It is available from 250 to 320 ps for alternative fuel Euro 5 bus applications, with a peak torque of 1356 Nm. It uses a combination of cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) with stoichiometric combustion. Cummins cooled EGR lowers combustion temperatures and reduces engine out emissions and noise. Stoichiometric combustion, where fuel is burned completely, ensures an oxygen free exhaust. It enables the use of highly ef�icient three-way catalyst aftertreatment. The maintenance-free, three-way catalyst technology is an effective, simple, passive device, packaged as part of the exhaust muf�ler, providing consistent emissions control across the operating range. This engine is installed in the Solaris Urbino 12 CNG bus.

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With a growing demand for more fuel ef�icient technology, Priden Engineering has positioned itself at the forefront of helping coach and bus companies to powerforward their vehicles into the 21st Century. Traditionally a leading company in engineering, pneumatics and truck components, in the last few years Priden has expanded to develop new fuel tanks for the bus and coach industry. In a relatively short while the company has made amazing progress in this sector working alongside a leading European manufacturer dealing with coaches and buses of all shapes and sizes. Priden has also proudly worked on the New Routemaster double-decker bus, which now transports thousands of tourists and commuters every day across the capital. In a bid to build on this success, the company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is now looking to expand even further into the coach and bus industry.

Priden Engineering says it is proud to have worked on the New Routemaster Kevin Walker, Director, said: “Priden has a well-established proven track record in the commercial vehicle and road transport industry, and we deal with every type of application including road transport and even offshore markets. “But now we are looking to

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further expand our area of expertise and build on the success of tank manufacturing in the coach and bus industry. “We make an array of tanks to �it all shaped and sized vehicles. The tanks are all made from either aluminium or mild steel and we have also branched out further in DEF/adblue tanks and Engine

Header Tanks alike. “We know that companies are looking for the very best when it comes to fuel tanks and ef�iciency – and I truly believe that no matter what your demands – here at Priden we can deliver it. “We have the very best team – who are always looking at ways at improving our product to ensure we deliver the very best for our customers time after time. “We also have a wealth of experience in the road transport industry and therefore are very aware of what is needed “If anyone is looking to upgrade, or re�it tanks on their coaches/ buses then we would urge them to give us a call and our experienced staff can talk you through what is the best option for you. “Priden has always prided itself on customer satisfaction – and even as we expand into different markets this still stands at the forefront of our business.”

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Telematics systems are powerful tools for transforming day-to-day operations for commercial �leets across all sectors. The breadth of data provided by telematics proves to be an ef�icient and measurable way of reducing fuel consumption. Indeed, the bene�its of vehicle tracking are evident for many operators looking to save fuel, time and money as well as improve the safety of their drivers and customers and reduce their CO2 emissions. There are two main axes to look at when working to lower fuel consumption: reducing idling time and improving driving behaviour. With the real-time tracking from Quartix, operators are able to tell at any time if one of their coaches or buses is idling, and the daily and weekly reports will give all idling details and totals for each vehicle. Cutting idling times can have a huge impact on reducing fuel bills. Another key feature to help reduce fuel consumption is Quartix’s Driving-Style Monitoring suite. The module monitors and reports on harsh acceleration, braking and speeding, giving operators the ability to make substantial fuel savings whilst dramatically improving the safety of

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drivers and customers. Using a combination of GPS data and the sensitive ‘black box’ style monitoring built into the Quartix Telematics device, rapid acceleration and braking can be accurately recorded and processed. The management information is presented in simple and easy-to-read graphical reports. Unlike other driving analysis systems, the Quartix DrivingStyle feature is not connected to the vehicle’s CAN-Bus, which allows reliable driver comparisons across all vehicle types, makes and models. It also means the system is remotely con�igurable, does not need vehicle manufacturers’ approvals, comes at no additional cost and can be used on new and old vehicles alike. Drivers who accelerate and brake harshly cost a business much more than those who don’t for the same journey. Harsh braking not only wastes fuel and increases servicing costs (tyres, brakes etc.) but is also known to be a driving style which leads to an increased risk of accidents, which is why managers are now seeing monitoring good driving as a top priority. Operators can make real fuel savings by using the system and working with their drivers to

improve driving style and reduce idling times. Reducing top speeds by 10mph alone could cut 8-9% off the fuel bill, and modifying the acceleration and braking style could cut a further 6% off the bill. The savings mentioned above are made exclusively by improving driver behaviour – reducing idling will mean further savings. It is widely recognised that a diesel engine left running idle will consume around one gallon of fuel per hour, so cutting down on this practice could mean valuable cuts on the fuel front. To encourage their drivers to adopt a more economical and safer driving style, managers have found that using carrots, not sticks, often works best: giving incentive to better drivers and rewarding top performers, who are easily identi�iable thanks to league tables on the Quartix system, has shown to be one of the most effective ways. Without singling any drivers out, another method is to look at the driving score average across the �leet and working with the team to increase it. The publication of a recent survey of 1,000 UK business drivers shows that incentivising drivers is the best way to ensure fuel consumption is reduced.

Nearly three-quarters of the drivers surveyed said savings were possible. Avril Palmer-Baunack, a prominent �igure in the �leet industry with a wealth of international experience in the Insurance, Automotive and Logistics sectors, has been appointed Non-Executive Chairman of telematics supplier Quartix. “I am very pleased to join Quartix and excited by the potential that it has for further development in the UK and internationally,” explained Palmer-Baunack. The appointment of Avril PalmerBaunack as Chairman spells exciting times for Quartix, which also operates in the USA and France and is expecting further growth in the �leet and insurance sectors. Furthermore, Quartix has recently released a new mobile app which enables users to view the real-time location of their vehicles and access the core features of the system whilst on the move. The app is free to download on the App Store, Google Play and Windows Phone Store. T: 0870 013 6663 E: W:

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FUEL MANAGEMENT & EMISSION CONTROL GRAYSON THERMAL SYSTEMS Grayson Thermal Systems’ electric fan cooling system can reduce operators’ fuel bills by up to 15%. With systems now successfully running in four continents, it is safe to say that vehicle heat exchange specialist Grayson Thermal Systems is now a world player in electric engine cooling modules. The company’s system, dubbed ‘E-drive’ is helping to reduce operator’s fuel bills by up to 15%. The system replaces traditional hydraulic cooling systems to give operators a high level of control over fan speed and temperature. With Grayson’s system, the fans only need to be operated on full power when conditions demand it. Emissions and noise levels are also signi�icantly reduced. Since Grayson �irst introduced the E-drive system in 2009, signi�icant improvements in the construction of the unit have been made. Firstly, new heat exchanger core designs, with improved �in and tube technology, were introduced. This offers improved cooling, therefore reducing the amount of fans required and the

amount of debris entering the cooling system. Grayson also added a reverse fan operation option to further help operators reduce maintenance time. Secondly, the company started working very closely with fan manufacturer Spal. This has resulted in improved air �low, reduced fan weight by 3lbs, and increased warranty of the fan to 30,000 hours. This has allowed Grayson to offer customers even lighter, more ef�icient systems, and more commercially attractive packages. The addition of service partners around the world including Smiles Engineering in the UK means that support is available quickly. Grayson Business Development Manager David Hobbs commented: “Grayson are committed to offering more �lexibility with our designs to help our customers achieve the results that they require. We have invested heavily in research and development to constantly improve our electric cooling option. “Our E-drive system has

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Grayson’s E-drive system successfully been tested with 5 OEM manufacturers as we move into Euro 6 and is already being supplied on Euro 5 OEM applications throughout Europe. We are very lucky that we are able to work closely with vehicle operators and manufacturers so that we can incorporate their ideas and offer our customers a product that meets their needs today, and will meet their needs in

the future.” Retro�it options for the system start from £3,500 for a �itted system. The E-drive system comes with two year warranty as standard and packages can be tailored to increase this to �ive year warranty. A selection of the applications available includes: ● ADL Enviro400 ● Optare Solo ● Optare Versa ● MAN 14.220 ● MAN 18.240 ● Volvo B7RLE ● Volvo B7TL ● Volvo B9TL ● Scania NU230D ● Mercedes-Benz Citaro

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Behind the Centaur badge is the 10-strong team which provides a �irst class customer support service across the UK and Ireland. With a list of customers which include the likes of Stobarts and DHL through to the independent operator, Centaur can tailor make packages to suite all budgets. With over 50 years’ experience, repeat custom is gained by friendly help and advice coupled with the professional approach maintained by all Centaur employees. One of Centaur’s major advantages over its competitors is the ability to provide a one stop shop, from tank testing to IT support. Centaur is small enough to care but big enough to cope. Independently-owned Centaur fuel management limited now has over 2,500 active customers on its books, helping to manage fuel stocks and maximize �leet performance through online reports in real-time, giving 24/7 secure internet access to customer accounts and transactions. The ability to set daily limits and receive live alerts for abnormal usage Centaur puts the operator

Centaur helps manage fuel stocks for 2,500 active customers back in control of all fuel stocks. Examples of Centaur products include: The CRC500 Console – a low cost solution for sites with an un-secured fuel pump. The Console simpli�ies the authorising and recording of fuel issues by displaying fuel deliveries in the of�ice and providing a means to detect users requiring fuel. Once the user has been validated, the pump can be authorised and fuel dispensed with the console mimicking the pumps display. After the transaction has completed, the

display will remain until the next transaction starts. WDO+PC Interface – The Watchdog Zero is a stand-alone system which peforms all fuel management tasks for the smaller �leet operator, in one simple unit sited at the fuel dispenser. The unit controls one pump with a maximum �leet size of seventy vehicles, vehicle keys being of an electronic high-security type. Insertion of an authorised vehicle key arms the fuel dispenser and the unit displays the amount of

fuel delivered as the transaction progresses, mimicking the pump register display. System 1M Touch Key – The 1M fuel monitor is an advanced fuel monitor designed to control up to four pumps and 1,000 vehicles as standard, with entry of vehicle and driver data by means of an onboard full alphanumeric keypad. Retrieval of data is via printer or PC link facility which can be hard wired or GSM modem linked. Hytek Base pumps - The Base Range of pumps for dispensing diesel and gasoil are compact, low cost, and easy to operate units for the small �leet operator. They can be used with new or existing above ground fuel tanks. Centaur can supply a full range of both above and below ground fuel storage tanks, built to suit the individual customers requirements. These can be rectangular or cylindrical and can be �itted with gauges and over�ill & bund alarms.

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Join the online revolution with the New Sapphire Fuel Monitor from Centaur Fuel Management The Sapphire fuel monitor is an advanced fuel monitor designed to control up to 4 pumps and 2,000 vehicles as standard, with entry of vehicle and driver data by means of an onboard full alphanumeric keypad. Retrieval of data is via a secure web link for instant transaction reports in real time. Terminals can also be linked by a modem to one central point to give control over multiple depots. The Sapphire terminal can be fitted with a choice of Mag card reader or high security electronic touch key reader, giving greater control over who has access to your fuel pumps. TSM (TOTAL SITE MANAGER) TSM Allows the site operator to view all transactions and stock movement online at any time and in any place, with the ability to reconcile fuel usage in real time and over defined time and date ranges. TSM enables the site operator to monitor live transactions against dip readings shown on the TSM website. • Compatible with all major fuel cards • Full alphanumeric keyboard entry • Transaction and wet stock management displayed in real time • Monitor live transactions against dip readings shown on TSM web site

• Full Online system • Fitted with either card or high security touch key reader • Online stock management of fuel stocks through reports and exports • Fully weatherproofed stainless steel

The Old Post Office, 251 Manchester Road, Walkden, England Telephone 0844 858 6323 · Fax 0844 824 8031 •

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West Midlands Police have commissioned a new webbased ‘always on watch’ Fuel Management system from UK commercial fuelling specialist Cameron Forecourt. The system combines Cameron Forecourt’s advanced fuelling technology and high accuracy tank gauging to provide round-the-clock real time data on fuel movements and stock at four contingency sites in and around the West Midlands area, including one for motorway police operations. Each of the four fuel islands has the Jigsaw Eclipse fuel management system which provides ‘front end’ fuel dispensing and data collection for supplies drawn from the police authority’s own tanks, which have been upgraded with new Veeder-Root TLS2 high accuracy gauging. Information from each site is sent in real time to the Jigsaw servers in Manchester to provide accurate fuelling data 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Cameron Forecourt has adapted the system to operate using the force’s existing external vehiclesspeci�ic fuel cards which its personnel use at approved retail stations. Of�icers must enter the mileage of their vehicle accurately before drawing fuel.

HJS EMISSION TECHNOLOGIES In late June 2014 the Department for Transport announced the release of a further £5m funding to reduce nitrous oxide emissions in some of the worst polluted urban streets in the UK. Local authorities are being encouraged to work with transport operators and technology suppliers to address the air quality issues and implement solutions within their

respective operating areas. HJS Emission Technologies is Europe’s largest manufacturer of emission abatement systems and can deliver proven and established technologies as well as new and innovative solutions for the reduction of transport generated air pollution. It is pleased to say that it has been working successfully with several

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operators and local authorities as part of the �irst funding phase in 2013 and these areas are now bene�iting from the air quality improvements that its technologies provide. As specialists in its �ield, HJS is the original patent holder for SCRT technology which can be retro�itted to virtually any city bus, in recent Millbrook tests

The Cameron Forecourt Fuel Management System is ideal for diverse fleets of vehicles, such as the one at West Midlands Police Each site is used by a number of vehicles from the 1,600-strong �leet in order to ensure a turnover of stocks of both diesel and unleaded, however the main function of the installations is to ensure continuity in supplies in case of fuel shortages or industrial action. West Midlands Police operates a diverse range of vehicles including patrol cars, vans, recovery trucks, prison vans and motorcycles. It selected the Cameron Forecourt system to provide a greater degree of accuracy and more functionality in dealing with fuel supplies. T: 01226 742441 E: info@cameron-forecourt. W:

the HJS SCRT reduced NOx and particulate emissions by an incredible 99%. The HJS SCRT is TfL approved and over 3,000 vehicles have been equipped to improve air quality in towns and cities throughout Europe. T: 01344 360173/07733 227889 E:

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The general daily maintenance regime for a coach or bus involves checking the levels of various liquids, including diesel, water and of course oil. Oilmaster will assist in creating a more rigorous and diligent oil management regime within customers �leets. Richard Hamper, Groeneveld’s UK Sales Manager explains: “What we do is very simple. Every engine has its optimum oil level. It doesn’t need to be running at almost full. “The Oilmaster unit will check with the sensor attached to the engine every time the engine is started, if the oil level is still at the optimum oil level as initially installed, the system will remain dormant. “If it is low, then a half-litre of new oil is pumped into the measured chamber of the Oilmaster and then into the top of the engine. “The system will check each time the engine is turned on or off but will not pump again until the engine has been at rest for at least one hour.

“This keeps the engine running at around the optimum level, ensuring that the oil level never gets down towards minimum safe levels. “Every measure and top up is accurately logged, so that operators can tell exactly how much oil an engine is actually using. “We have seen savings in oil usage of up to 20% in some cases, which is a huge bene�it in itself. Buses �itted with Oilmaster assist in producing lower emission levels, which also protects the DPFs, and maintenance costs and maintenance times are reduced. The Oilmaster system also helps to protect the workforce by minimising how often they have to access the engine bay. “With all these bene�its, most �leets can readily see a very clear advantage in specifying the Oilmaster system.” T: 01509 600033 E: info-uk@groeneveld-group.

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AVID is known in the bus industry as the pioneers of the eFan Micro Hybrid System, which is being retro�itted to thousands of buses across the world to improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions through improved thermal management. The technology is also now being adopted by several vehicle manufacturers as part of their Euro 6 programs. What is not so widely known in the industry is AVID’s technology and expertise beyond this system. The company’s MD Ryan Maughan said: “AVID’s expertise is in taking things that are normally driven by hydraulics or belts off the engine and electrifying them, when combined with intelligent charging systems and energy recovery this has the potential to make a huge impact on ef�iciency.” The company is experienced in highly ef�icient motor and electronics design and has CFD and FEA capabilities that have helped it to secure several development programs with leading vehicle and engine manufacturers. Some of which are developments of

existing fan, pump and alternator technology but others are taking the company into new areas involving very high-speed electrical machines and electronics. As with the Micro Hybrid System, AVID aims to bring these advances in technology to the retro�it market and is developing some retro�it solutions with several product launches promised for the coming months. The new products are complementary to the eFan Micro Hybrid System and can either be installed at the same time or as upgrades in the future to further improve vehicle ef�iciency. This includes a 535 Amp version of the existing 450 Amp alternator, intelligent alternator control module, an electrohydraulic power steering module and a further new technology to improve low speed engine performance and signi�icantly reduce emissions that the company is keeping close to its chest for now, but started engine testing in September. T: 01670 707040 E:

FLUIDMASTER indicator Our ‘at a glance external’ fluid level

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GreenUrban Technologies is a UK company at the forefront of the emission reduction industry. The �irm works with cutting edge technology partners to produce full and partial retro-�it exhaust systems allowing operators to achieve compliance with legislated emission levels. Alongside the ecotrap, which achieves compliance with current London LEZ requirements, GreenUrban also offers solutions that meet and/or exceed the requirements of the current Clean Vehicle Technology Fund. GreenUrban’s ecoNOx (taking current Euro4 to Euro5/6), ecoNoxt (Euro 2&3 to Euro 5) and ecoNOxt Ultra (Euro 3 to Euro 6) are high quality solutions that come with full back up and service guarantees allowing operators to convert vehicles without the worry of serious service disruption and consequent on cost. GreenUrban also offers a comprehensive exhaust and �ilter cleaning and refurbishment service, potentially saving thousands of pounds for operators and

making the lives of workshop and engineering managers a little easier in the process. Filters and catalysts in sealed unit exhausts are threatened by oil blockage due to turbo failure; AdBlue calci�ication problems and thermal damage caused by soot build up. GreenUrban has the facilities and expertise to return systems to full usage in a cost effective and timely manner: ● Collect and Return service; ● Three to �ive day turnaround (subject to condition); ● Condition reports prior to any work being undertaken; ● Firm estimates with no hidden costs; and ● All systems re-polished or painted before despatch. Whether an operator is looking to upgrade a vehicle to comply with LEZ/CVTF regulations, needing to clean or replace damaged or worn out DPF’s (any make or type) or are having problems with sealed unit exhausts, GreenUrban can help.

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T: 01768 480111 E:


JA Envirotanks has been manufacturing storage tanks from 150 litres up to 220,000 litres in the centre of Birmingham for more than 150 years now. It is the market leader in the design and manufacture of enclosed bunded or single skin fuel storage solutions both for above and below ground use. JA Envirotanks can incorporate the necessary cabinets, fuel distribution pumps, pipework, valves, alarms, gauges, �iltering, electrical wiring and lighting into its tanks to meet the needs of the user. In addition, the company can provide for BMS connection to a computer complete with management systems. The company’s tanks are available in rectangular and cylindrical con�igurations which can be installed horizontally or vertically and manufactured in carbon steel or stainless steel, or to an operator’s speci�ic footprint requirements if need be. The latest patented Bio Envirotank is speci�ically designed for storing bio fuels, having no internal structure to give easy access for

The company manufactures tanks which hold up to 220,000 litres of fuel cleaning and maintenance and thus avoiding the cost of expensive ‘con�ined spaces’ specialist cleaning. JA Envirotanks above ground steel tanks have a design life of 20 years and are ideal for sitting in aggressive commercial or industrial environments. The Envirotank is compliant with The Control of Pollution Regulations 2001 and can be offered to OFTEC Standard ‘OFS T200’ (the only UK standard that includes Enclosed Bunded fuel tanks). The Envirotank is designed for long-term service and reliability.

T: 0121 622 4661 E: W:

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Lytx, Inc., a global leader in delivering video-based driver safety and compliance solutions, is warning �leet managers seeking to reduce fuel costs of the many risks involved when buying in-vehicle tracking and CCTV devices when they are not part of a managed service. A recent survey by found that the number of �leets installing tracking devices to their vehicles increased 6% from last year. Meanwhile, over 27% of �leets had �itted devices in order to cut fuel bills, while 25% had invested in telematics to improve driver behaviour. However, once the devices were in place, only 17% said the biggest bene�it was a reduction in fuel bills, while almost half (48.2%) said that improved productivity was the key result. However, simple telematics or ‘crash cam’ devices often do not give the full picture when it comes to understanding driver behaviour. Paul Jones, Vice President & General Manager of Lytx Europe Ltd, commented: “What many �leet managers may not consider when

purchasing basic tracking devices and in-vehicle ‘dash cams’ is the extra work they will face further down the line, as the volume of data can be overwhelming and hours of video footage can quickly build up.” Lytx’s DriveCam Programme provides a fully managed service that combines video, predictive analytics and a cloud-based driver performance improvement programme to change behaviour and help make commercial �leets safer. This enables �leet managers to quickly identify the root causes of risky driving amongst their �leets by reviewing prioritised video clips, saving valuable time and resources without data overload. Jones added: “Lytx make it simple for �leet managers to digest important information. We also train the in-house coaches in how to use that information to help their drivers become better and safer.” T: 0208 834 1062 W:

Features List 2014/2015 2014 1166 1167 1168 1169

December 3 December 10 December 17 December 24

Ticketing & Cash Handling Repairs & Refurbishment

1170 1171 1172 1173

6 January 13 January 20 January 27 January

Passenger Comfort & Entertainment Vehicle Presentation

1174 1175 1176 1177

3 February 10 February 17 February 24 February

Telematics & Tachographs Training & Safety

1178 1179 1180 1181 1182

3 March 10 March 17 March 24 March 31 March

Engines & Transmissions Seating, Flooring % Interiors

1183 1184 1185 1186

7 April 14 April 21 April 28 April

Digital Technology

1187 1188 1189 1190

5 May 12 May 19 May 26 May

Garage Equipment Fuel Management & Emission Control

1191 1192 1193 1194 1195

2 June 9 June 16 June 23 June 30 June

Ticketing & Cash Handling Repairs & Refurbishment

1196 1197 1198 1199

7 July 14 July 21 July 28 July

Vehicle Presentation Training & Safety

1200 1201 1202 1203

4 August 11 August 18 August 25 August

Engines & Transmissions Security & Insurance

1204 1205 1206 1207 1208

1 September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 September

Rental, Leasing & Finance Seating, Flooring % Interiors

1209 1210 1211 1212

6 October 13 October 20 October 27 October

1213 1214 1215 1216

3 November 10 November 17 November 24 November

Garage Equipment Fuel Management & Emission Control

1217 1218 1219 1220

1 December 8 December 15 December 22 December

Ticketing & Cash Handling Repairs & Refurbishment


Senior Sales Executive

Glazing & Entry Systems

Digital Technology

Caroline Barnes 01733 293248 caroline.barnescoachandbus

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Too many people heading for a Destination Unknown Rachael Smith, Campaigns Officer at Guide Dogs, outlines the importance for fitting audiovisual technology to buses “Because I am totally blind, using the bus can be like a game of chance – I have to depend on other people to tell me where I am and when to get off. This leaves me feeling very nervous because I spend most of the time worrying if they have remembered me. You would not believe some of the places I have ended up.” Linda, guide dog owner. For blind or partially-sighted bus passengers like Linda, being left sometimes miles away from where you should be is more than an inconvenience, it’s highly distressing and potentially dangerous. This is why Guide Dogs (and many other organisations) are so passionate in our calls for on board Audio- Visual (AV) ‘next stop’ and ‘final destination announcement.’ Earlier this year Guide Dogs ran its annual bus passenger survey which attracted over 2,000 responses, 818 of which were from people with sight loss. The results have formed the basis of the ‘Destination Unknown’ report which was released in October. Unfortunately, even with the best of intentions, bus drivers do sometimes forget to tell passengers when they’ve reached their stop. The report shows that seven out of 10 bus passengers with sight loss have been forgotten by a bus driver who was asked to call out their stop. In fact, nearly two thirds (65%) have missed their stop at least once over the last six months. We fully understand and appreciate the valuable job bus drivers do, and the many demands placed upon them. We feel AV would make one aspect of the job that little bit easier. As one former bus driver explained to us: “In my experience many passengers rely on the driver to inform them when they have reached a particular destination. However, with the volume of traffic on the road and the concentration required to drive a bus safely it is very easy to forget to remind

Nottingham City Transport has plans to equip its entire fleet with audio-visual technology passengers all of the time. Therefore, this service (AV) would benefit all passengers and leave the driver to give his full concentration to driving the bus safely and delivering the passengers to their destination.” Our campaign for Talking Buses would not only make traveling much more reliable and safer for people with sight loss, but also deliver benefits to other passengers too. Every single survey respondent with sight loss said AV would be useful, and 97% of all respondents agreed. This is reflected in the wide range of support the campaign has gathered over the years, with backing from not just the sight loss community but also other disability charities, bus user representatives, and several bus companies. There are obvious benefits for tourists or those unfamiliar with an area but even commuters can find this technology helpful. Reading Buses has previously reported increases in passenger numbers after AV was installed and trent barton has publicly said that 86% of its passengers find the technology useful on board the firm’s fleet. Nottingham City Transport aims to fit AV on its entire fleet over the next few years.

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In line with these findings, Guide Dogs’ survey showed almost half (46%) of all respondents said they would be more likely to use the bus if it was fitted with AV. The potential benefits in terms of patronage to those companies who choose to fit this technology are therefore clear. Also interesting were the comments received from passengers about smart phone applications (apps). Over a third (35%) of bus passengers surveyed who owned a phone did not have a smart phone. Those that did use apps complained about the battery life, signal in rural areas, data usage and security concerns of sitting with an expensive piece of equipment on display in public. Although these apps can be useful, they simply are not a viable alternative to AV and should only be used in conjunction with a talking bus. The social benefits of this technology should not be ignored either. The fact is that losing your sight is a difficult journey for a person and any steps that could increase confidence and independence should be encouraged. Reading comments like this, one really emphasise the importance of our campaign:

“Losing my sight has made a huge influence on my confidence. I feel safer at home and going past my front door scares me.” AV technology need not be prohibitively expensive. In 2012 Guide Dogs asked transport consultancy the TAS Partnership to research the costs and they found AV could cost as little as 1% of the overall cost of a new bus. Since this research, new technology has been developed by providers meaning this cost could now be even lower. Last month Guide Dogs submitted a representation to the Treasury for December’s Autumn Statement which requested a specific fund to aid operators to install this technology. Such funding would be an opportunity for operators and Guide Dogs is keen to support the industry in moves towards increasing talking buses numbers. n

For more information about the report please visit destinationunknown and for any operators that want to tell us about the steps they are undertaking to make their fleets into Talking Buses please email

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2006 ADL East Lancs Esteem

2001 Scania L94UB Wright

2004 Dennis Enviro 300 Service Bus

2013 Volkswagen Transporter

25 seats, automatic, air con, manual front and back destination, electric middle ramp, CCTV cameras, assault screen, LEZ compliant.

44 seats, automatic ZF gearbox, LED front, side & rear destination, front manual ramp.

8 seats, manual gearbox, air conditioning, 3 point inertia seat belts, plain silver with no previous livery. £21,500

Ventura Sales 01342 835206



44 seats, automatic gearbox, LED front, side & rear destinationm front manual ramp, DDA compliant, MOT until May 2015. £24,995

Ventura Sales 01342 835206

Ventura Sales 01342 835206

Ventura Sales 01342 835206

2003/03 Mercedes Sprinter 413 CDI UVG Treka

2002/02 Mercedes 814 Vario Plaxton Beaver 2

2008/08 LDV Maxus 3.5T 95 LWB (euromotive) Welfare

17 seater, welfare/accessible, Sprintshift, front entry, power door, COIF, tacho, MOT, 160,000kms, very good all round order.

29 seater, automatic, tacho, big MOT, power door, 283k.

6 seater, internal AMF-Bruns chair lift, full tracking, Eberspacher, AVS, A/C, 103K.

£7,450 + VAT

£11,950 + VAT

£6,495 + VAT

B&L Coaches 0208 363 8572 or 07971 785390

B&L Coaches 0208 363 8572 or 07971 785390

B&L Coaches 0208 363 8572 or 07971 785390

2008 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 311 CDI

New EVM Sprinter X-Clusive

New EVM Sprinter

16 seats with 3 point belts, 6 speed manual, luggage racks, double rear doors, saloon air con, parking sensors, saloon lighting, 138,80 miles.

16 seats + driver, automatic gearbox, Plug type power door, coach back, large drop boot, in-dash and saloon A/C, 2 x saloon tables, panoramic windows, monitor and DVD, bumper spoiler.

17 high back seats in Automotive trim, 3 point seat belts, Euro 6, manual gearbox, metallic silver, saloon sliding door, air-con, colour coded bumpers and trim, 3 year Mercedes Benz UK warranty.

2009 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Minicoach

16 moquette seats, automatic, manual entry as well as saloon sliding door, luggage racks, full drawn curtains, double rear doors, monitor/DVD.

£19,500 + VAT



£32,000 + VAT

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

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1999 to present year,16 to 35 seats, finance settled, with or without MOT, accident damage etc.



EASTWOODS COMMERCIAL MOTORS LTD 229-241 Tyburn Road, Birmingham, West Midlands B24 8NB Telephone: 0121 328 5959 • Fax: 0121 327 3800

Tel: 01404 47502 / 07790 966667 Email:

2002 Scania Irizar K114

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


52 seats, automatic MOT & taxed 52 seats, semi-automatic, MOT & taxed £4,000 + VAT – MUST BE SOLD £2,200 + VAT STRAIGHT TO WORK GO TO WORK TOMORROW

Ford Transit 17 seat minibus

Immaculate condition throughout, in-dash air conditioning, recent new clutch and flywheel.

2006 Citroen Relay

2006 VW LT35 TDi

Wheelchair accessible, 17,500 miles, one previous owner, MOT Apr, Eberspacher heater, Ricon walk-thru tail lift.

Wheelchair accessible, 64,000 miles, one owner, FSH, white with grey interior. Choice of four vehicles.

£8,500 + VAT

£7,800 + VAT

Crystals Coaches Ltd Tel: 07971 000111

Crystals Coaches Ltd Tel: 07971 000111

Volvo B10M

Volvo B10M

Volvo B10M

Volvo B7R

55 seats, two available. £POA

53 seats, several M reg coaches available. £POA

57 seats. £POA

55 seats. £POA

Howard Snaith - 01830 520609

Howard Snaith - 01830 520609

Howard Snaith - 01830 520609

Howard Snaith - 01830 520609

Luxury VW Crafter

1999 Dennis Dart SLF

10 Reg VW Crafter CR50

2006 Volvo B12M

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

33 seats + 19 standing + wheelchair space. Manual wheelchair ramp. Fully DDA Compliant. Choice of 2 – MoT May and July 15. £11,850 + VAT

Auto, PAS, LWB, O & H conversion, side loading door & step, 16 high back seats plus driver, m2 tracked floor, Ratcliff underfloor tail lift, tacho, 40,827 miles.

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

NOW £37,000

Kingdoms Tours Ltd 01884 252646 / 07702 626542


Slick Rides – 07823 770978

2002 Volvo B12M VanHool T9


Chalkwell Coach Hire 01795 423982


H.W. Pickrell – 01268 521033

01884 252646 / 07702 626542 Kingdoms Tours Ltd

2009 Bova Futura FHD

2011 Volvo B9R Plaxton Panther

2011 Bova Futura Classic FHD

12m, 49 seats, ZF auto, sat-nav, centre toilet, power continental door, A/C, 2 monitors, radio/PA, CD, DVD, on-board vacuum, Euro 4, MOT March 2015.

Manual, 49 seats, WC, fridge, boiler, radio/PA, DVD, monitor, air conditioning, MOT December.

Automatic, 53/55 seats, centre sunken toilet, centre continental door, radio/PA, DVD, 2 monitors, boiler and fridge, MOT May 2015.

Automatic, 61 seats, drinks machine, 3 point belts, radio P/A, CD player, air conditioning, MOT Dec 2015.





Moseley Distributors Ltd Tel: 01236 750501

Moseley Distributors Ltd Tel: 01236 750501

Moseley Distributors Ltd Tel: 01236 750501

Moseley Distributors Ltd Tel: 01236 750501

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Call Gemma Ireland Tel: 01733 293247 E:

1996 Scania Irizar Century

1994 Volvo B10M Plaxton Premier 350

1999 Volvo B7R Plaxton Prima

2010 Scania K360 Omni Express

67/70 seats, luggage racks, curtains, 3 point belts, reading lights, power door, double glazing, ZF automatic gearbox, DVD monitor, tinted windows, Telma Retarda, air conditioning, underfloor lockers.

49 reclining coach seats, lap retractable belts, N/S/R floor mounted toilet, ZF auto, tachograph, power door, aisle carpet, radio/CD, air con, newly retrimmed seats, curtains, new repaint in white, double glazed.

70 re-trimmed coach seats, 3 point seat belts, luggage racks, forced air ventilation, reading lights, 6 speed manual, Telma retarda, 174,969 kms, radio/ cassette, excellent condition.

51seats + courier, 3 point seat belts, plug door, double glazed side windows, air con, rear floor mounted toilet, powered continental door, radio/PA/CD audio system, DVD, monitor, water boiler, fridge, reverse camera, integral retarder, automatic, alloy wheels, digital tacho.

£17,500 + VAT

CHOICE OF 2 – £9,000 + VAT

£25,000 + VAT


Drew Wilson Coach Sales 0141 248 5524

Drew Wilson Coach Sales 0141 248 5524

Drew Wilson Coach Sales 0141 248 5524

Tel: 01823 653000 Moseley in the South

2001 Volvo B10M Caetano Enigma

2000/2001 X/Y Reg Volvo B7TL’S

2006 BMC Falcon

2001 Y Reg Tridents

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

40 seats, low floor bus, Cummins engine, MOT January 2015, ideal vehicle for school bus conversion, in daily use. £11,950 +VAT ono



Auto, MOT April 15, W/C, A/C, boiler, P/A, C/D, DVD. £23,995 + VAT ono

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

EnsignBus 01708 865656

Travelsure 01668 219291 / 07919 215905

Low Floor Euro 6 Sprinter 516 or 519

New EVM Sprinter 516 Classic

2011 Volkswagen Crafter

New EVM Sprinter 516 Classic

Maximum seating capacity of 22 mixed between seating/standing and wheelchair, multiple drop box combinations for luggage storage.

Euro 6, GTronic gearbox, silver, new EVM plug type door, saloon privacy glazing, decorative curtains, 22 seats, Euroliners, EVM chrome pack, Mercedes Benz saloon air con.

16 seats finished in moquette, manual, white, large boot, double rear doors, panoramic windows, curtains, emergency exit in saloon, 63,500 miles.

Euro 6, GTronic gearbox, white, new EVM plug type door, saloon privacy glazing, decorative curtains, 22 seats, Euroliners, EVM chrome pack, Mercedes Benz saloon air con.

Lowes Coaches 0115 9550104

EnsignBus 01708 865656


£55,500 + VAT

£32,500 + VAT

£54,750 + VAT

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

EVM Direct – 0845 5205160

1998 Volvo Caetano Salvador

2013 Ford Transit ELWB

New Mercedes Sprinter 519 CDI

2008 Iveco Eurorider Beulas Cygnus

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.

6 speed manual, radio/CD, digital tacho, electric front windows, heated front windscreen, steering column radio controls, heated rear windows with wash/wipe system, tinted saloon windows.

17 seats, Atlas conversion, Euro 5, 6 speed manual, ABS brakes, ASR, ESP, PAS, digital tachograph. Can be seen at Eurobus 2014.

53 seats + courier, 3 point seat belts OR 49 reclining seats with ONE wheelchair position, plug door, air con, wheelchair lift & access, radio/PA/CD, DVD & monitor, fridge, continental door, driver’s safe, cruise control, digital tachograph, integral retarder, automatic.

£14,500 + VAT o.n.o.




01833 660471 / 07730 486708

Autoservice Pontypool Ltd 01495 757111

Autoservice Pontypool Ltd 01495 757111

Tel: 01823 653000 Moseley in the South

2007 Volvo B12B’s

2011 Iveco Eurorider Plaxton Panther

2011 VDL Bova Futura FHD 127.365PR

2000 Volvo B10M Caetano Enigma

Euro 5, automatic, 12m, front wheelchair lift, Hanover LED’s, converted and certified with 70 seats and 3 point belts, only 3 available. £80,000 EACH

61 seats + courier, 3 point belts, Plug entrance door, double glazing, air con, radio/PA/CD audio equipment, DVD system coupled to drop down monitor, panelled rear, Webasto heater, wired for CCTV, curtains, carpets, reverse camera, retarder.

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53 seats + courier, lap seat belts, Plug entrance door, double glazing, air conditioning, radio/PA/CD audio equipment, DVD & twin monitors, Webasto heater, curtains, carpets, reverse camera, retarder.




Manual, MOT March 15, W/C, A/C, boiler, P/A, C/D, DVD, refurbished March. £20,995 + VAT ono

Tel: 01823 653000 Moseley in the South

Tel: 01823 653000 Moseley in the South

Lowes Coaches 0115 9550104

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2000 MAN VanHool EOS 90

Mercedes Benz UNVI Touring

48 reclining seats plus courier, WC/washroom, double glazed windows, forced-air ventilation, radio/CD and PA system, clean condition, MOT Jan, 640,000 kms.

Atego chassis, air suspension, 41 Esteban Ergos seats with 3 pt belts, in Holdsworth moquette, courier seat, air con, double glazed, radio/CD/PA, large luggage capacity, new test.



Coachtraders - 01501 744000

2001 MAN Neoplan

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 516 CD Unvi Vega GT

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 516 CDI Unvi Vega LUX

18 passenger seats, air conditioning, double glazing, manual or automatic gearbox option, radio/CD/PA system with microphone, large rear luggage boot plus side locker, reversing camera.

16 passenger seats, air con, double glazed large panoramic windows, large rear luggage boot, radio/CD/PA system with microphone, manual or automatic gearbox, electric powered entrance door.



Coachtraders - 01501 744000

Taylors Coach Sales Tel: 01638 780010

Taylors Coach Sales Tel: 01638 780010

2006 Scania Irizar Century

1995 Scania K113 VanHool Alizee

Mercedes Benz UNVI Touring

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.

Atego chassis, air suspension, 37 Esteban Ergos seats in moquette, courier seat, AAAirbus air con, double glazed, fridge, radio/CD/PA, DVD & monitor, MOT April 2015.

Contact Gary – 07930 377051

£90,000 + VAT Milligans Coach Travel 01290 550365

£17,000 Milligans Coach Travel 01290 550365

Coachtraders - 01501 744000

2001 Renault Master Rohill

2003 Mercedes Vario 614D

2002 Volvo B7R Plaxton

Mercedes Benz Vario 814

16 seats with three point belts, 6 removeable seats with tracking for wheelchairs, manual entry ramp, low floor with kneeling facility, destination blind, Webasto, 5 speed manual, radio/cassette, tacho, used daily, MOT Dec.

15 removable seats, or 6 wheelchairs, 5 speed manual, external wheelchair ramp, tachograph fitted, very clean condition, MOT May 2015.

28 seats with 3pt belts, bonded glass, luggage racks with mahogany effect edges, forced air, reading lights and adjustable air vents, coach style rear with deep drop boot, KVC body styling kit, test March 2015.

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.

£25,000 + VAT


£2,700 + VAT

£5,100 + VAT

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

Chalkwell Coach Hire 01795 423982

Chalkwell Coach Hire 01795 423982

PAB Tours – 0113 320 0780

Coachtraders - 01501 744000

2011 VW Crafter CR50 TDI L MAXI H-R

Vauxhall Vivaro Combi SWB

2006 Mercedes Sprinter 311 CDi LWB

2008 Mercedes Sprinter 311 CDI LWB

16 seats, front entry, luggage racks with blown air and reading lights, show curtains and large boot area. £32,500 + VAT

8 seats, luggage space in the rear, diesel. Choice of 07 to 60 reg. FROM £5,995 + VAT

Side loading door that would have been present when it was a commercial van, seats are full size coach seats with 3 point lap and diagonal belts. £17,995 + VAT

16 seats, front entry, luggage racks with individual reading lights and blown air system, rear A/C, digital tachograph and rear top sliding windows. £18,995 + VAT

UK Minicoaches – 01902 631507

UK Minicoaches – 01902 631507

UK Minicoaches – 01902 631507

UK Minicoaches – 01902 631507

1993 Volvo B10M Plaxton Premier

2002 Scania VanHool K124

2003 Mercedes Benz Setra

1988 DAF MB230 Plaxton

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.


49 seats, automatic, good condition for year, removable vinyls, choice of 3, only one remaining. £8,950

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

NOW £39,000

£40,000 + VAT o.n.o.

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

0113 320 0780/0035 386 8138165 Anthony

Kingdoms Tours Ltd 01884 252646 / 07702 626542

01833 660471 / 07730 486708

PAB Tours – 0113 320 0780

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Call Gemma Ireland Tel: 01733 293247 E: 2002 52 reg Volvo B12B Jonckheere Mistral 50

2009 Iveco Beulas


ZF auto, 53 seats, air-con, monitor, radio, fridge, alloy wheels, RPC/LEZ compliant, MOT February 2015, taxed Sept 2014, good condition.

£28,000 + VAT

55 seats on 2 axles, LEZ Compliant, 12.7m, 1 owner since new, full exec, MOT March 2015, in daily use, choice of 2. £78,500 +VAT ono

Diamond Coaches 01243 870010 / 07711 868976

Travelsure 01668 219291 / 07919 215905

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

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

2007 Toyota Optimo Caetano

2006 Renault Master PCV

2006 Transit Tourneo

2004 Dennis Tridents

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

Cummins ISC Euro 3 engines, LEZ compliant, DDA compliant, Alexander ALX400 bodies, dual door 67 seats or single door 77 seats.

26 reclining seats, 3 point seat belts, 6 speed manual, forced air vents, power door, luggage racks, CD player, MOT Sept 2015.

15 seats, 69,500 miles, automatic, one previous owner.

£8,250 NO VAT

Hailstone Travel Ltd 0845 388 3848



EnsignBus 01708 865656

Lakeside Coaches - 01691 622761

Crystals Coaches Ltd Tel: 07971 000111

Optare Solo Slimline




2200 CDI turbo diesel 160ps, 6 speed Sprintshift automatic gearbox, red, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, fully tracked, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, 107,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty.

2.2 CDI turbo diesel 130ps, silver, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 5 wheelchairs, LEZ compliant, 132,000 miles, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty.

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.

Mercedes engine, 3 point seat belts, low floor, wheelchair access and tacho. Sale due to loss of contracts.


£10,995 + VAT

£7,495 NO VAT

£7,495 + VAT

Ben Weaver Commercials 0114 275 7076

Ben Weaver Commercials 0114 275 7076

Ben Weaver Commercials 0114 275 7076

2006 Volvo B12M Plaxton

2004 Mercedes Sitcar Beluga

2012 Ford Transit ELWB

2006 Mercedes Sprinter 413 CDi

29 seater plus courier, arm rests, seat belts and reclining seats, A/C, entertainment/PA system, excellent example of year.

6 speed manual gearbox, ABS with EBD brakes, PAS, radio/CD player with steering column controls, heated front windscreen, front air con.

53 reclining seats, 3 point belts, air con, WC, TV etc, PLS lift, tracking for 4 wheelchairs, MOT Oct, this coach can be painted in to your livery.

£87,500 + VAT o.n.o.

Tel Adrian – 07717 768315 82 | COACH & BUS WEEK | November 4, 2014

Luxury minicoach, 17 seats incl. driver, Excel conversion, COIF/PSV.




Cannon Bus 07436 536259

Autoservice Pontypool Ltd 01495 757111

Autoservice Pontypool Ltd 01495 757111

p83_CBW_1162 03/11/2014 12:34 Page 83 2001 Iveco Beulas Elmundo

VEHICLES 2003 (53) Volvo B12M

2002 Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 10.1m

2003 Dennis Trident Alexander

62 seats + 20 standees, Cummins euro 1V / ZF. £15,500 + VAT – CHOICE Southdown PSV 01342 711840 email:

1999 Volvo Olympian Alexander



48 seats + courier, radio/CD & DVD, ZF auto box, toilet, full servery at rear, MOT & LEZ until Feb 2015. New vehicle forces reluctant sale.

£ offers invited

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

Richard Taylor Travel 01462 442409

01884 252646 / 07702 626542 Kingdoms Tours Ltd

27 seats + 30 standees, Hanover LED. £8,500 + VAT Southdown PSV 01342 711840 email:

Volvo Double Decker

1998 Dennis Javelin Caetano Cutless

2009 (59) ADL Enviro 200 8.9m

Recent 70 seat conversion (not Cogent), manual gearbox, 11 months MOT, ideal contract vehicle, excellent fuel economy, sale due to fleet upgrade. Possible px for 33 seater or newer coach.

29 seats + 17 standees, Cummins euro 4, Mobitec destination, fully DDA compliant, CCTV cameras, 12 months MOT. £59,750 + VAT Southdown PSV 01342 711840 email:

77 seats, full MOT until June 2015. £3,500 + VAT

£15,000 + VAT

0115 940 4466

Wilkins Travel 01639 852600

2002 Bova Futura

2002 Iveco Beaulas

DAF engine, air conditioned, twin monitors, DVD, toilet, boiler, fridge, Eminox-LEZ, 49 seats, green cloth trim, manual gearbox, ready to go, MOT March 2015.

2007 Mercedes 515 Sprinter

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


Steve 0161 775 0800/07445 266345

1996 Caetano Optimo

Automatic gearbox, air conditioned,

• 18 seats

twin monitors, DVD, toilet, boiler, fridge,

• MOT January 2015

49 seats, Euro 3, MOT March 15.

Auto, CD/radio, electric windows & mirrors, remote locking, automatic glass door, Webasto a/c & heating system, custom boot area, service history, MOT May 2015, local charity run bus.

• Good runner

£8,995 + VAT

Colin Hill – 01579 382826

L.J. Edwards Coach Hire 07974 369570 / 01323 440622

2003 MAN Neoplan Starliner

2011 Iveco Plaxton Panther 2

Euro 5, ZF auto, 57/61 seats, A/C, 3 point belts, crew seats, low mileage, good condition, MOT May 2015.

£40,000 + VAT

£25,000 + VAT

L.J. Edwards Coach Hire 07974 369570 / 01323 440622

L.J. Edwards Coach Hire 07974 369570 / 01323 440622

2003 Volvo B12M Jonckheere Euro 3

59 plate Ford Transit

48 x 3 point belted seats + crew, air con, saloon mounted WC, rear continental door, MOT November 2014. £POA – NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED

17 seats, full MOT until September 2015, great runner and clean inside. £7,950 + VAT

51 new seats, A/C, TV/DVD, toilet, walk-in kitchen, towbar, good condition, MOT May 2015.

£31,500 + VAT ono

£127,500 + VAT ono

Nigel McCree - 07817 542113

0115 940 4466

01487 843333 / 07834 97751

01487 843333 / 07834 97751

2002 Volvo B12B Berkhof Axial

2007 Ford Transit LWB

2006 Bova Futura 12.7m

2009 Iveco Plaxton Panther

£12,000 + VAT

ZF auto, 53/55 seats, A/C, 2 x TV/DVD, centre sunken toilet, continental door, crew seat, excellent condition, towbar, new 12 month MOT.

Euro 5, ZF auto, 61 seats, A/C, 3 point belts, crew seat, reverse camera, good condition, MOT March/April 2015. Choice of two.

Crystals Coaches Ltd Tel: 07971 000111

£85,000 + VAT ono

£99,995 + VAT ono

01487 843333 / 07834 97751

01487 843333 / 07834 97751

46/50 reclining blue/red patterned seats, white re-spray, air con, toilet, Webasto, fridge, TV/DVD, PA, new MOT. £25,000 + VAT

01245 401541 / 07792 627364

Wheelchair accessible, 40,000 miles, FSH, blue with grey interior. Choice of two vehicles.

£3,500 + VAT

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Call Gemma Ireland Tel: 01733 293247 E:

2005 (55 reg) Mercedes Vario 814 LWB

2004 Mercedes Sprinter 311D Traveliner LWB

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 516 CDI Unvi Vega EX

2002 52 reg Mercedes 814D Vario Beaver 2

19 reclining seats, quality conversion, air-con, large boot, LEZ compliant Euro 4, 281,000km, FSH, owned from new, MOT Nov 2015.

16 seats, LEZ compliant, 161,000km, PSV MOT Sept 2015, analogue tacho, good reliable coach in good condition.

19 passenger seats, air conditioning, double glazed panoramic windows, large rear boot, radio/CD/PA system, manual or automatic gearbox option, electric power door.

Owned from new with 33 highback coach seats with three point seats belts, destination equipment, manual gearbox, interior luggage racks and rear luggage boot, power door, MOT Dec 14.

£18,950 + VAT

£6,595 + VAT


£16,750 + VAT

Rainham Coach Co Ltd, Kent 01634 852020/07850 657653

Rainham Coach Co Ltd, Kent 01634 852020/07850 657653

Taylors Coach Sales Tel: 01638 780010

Chalkwell Coach Hire 01795 423982

Iveco 16 seater front entry luxury mini coach

2005 Mercedes 814 Vario 29 seater

2009 VW Transporter

MAN 14280 or Mercedes Benz 1524L Unvi Touring

PSV MOT’d, tidy coach, very nice coach interior, large dropwell boot separate from passengers.

Power door, 3 point belts, forced air, very nice luxury coach, extremely low mileage, reliable and economical, LEZ compliant.

T32 130, 2.5TDI, 6 speed manual gearbox, air-con, CD player, semi high roof, side loading door, 2 rear seats with grey leather throughout, lowering suspension for rear folding ramp, tracking and winch fitted, only 35,196 miles, MOT June 2015.

Seating up to 43 passengers, air conditioning, double glazing, continental door, 7.7m2 luggage capacity, DVD & monitor, courier seat.



£9,995 + VAT


01404 47502/07790 966667

01404 47502/07790 966667

Chalkwell Coach Hire 01795 423982

Taylors Coach Sales Tel: 01638 780010

1992 Setra 215 HD

2001 Setra 315 GTHD

1995 Scania K113 VanHool Alizee

2009 Iveco Library Bus

53 seats, MAN engine, MOT Nov 2015.

49 seats, full executive, Merc V8, LEZ compliant, MOT Apr 2015 .

53 seats, MOT November 2015.

Euro 5, superb example, as new, all keys and manuals, only 29,000 miles warranted, direct council, viewing on site in Manchester.

£5,000 ono

£28,000 ono

£13,000 ono

£25,000 o.n.o.

Call Ken – Belle Coaches 01728 830414/07887 898425

Call Ken – Belle Coaches 01728 830414/07887 898425

Call Ken – Belle Coaches 01728 830414/07887 898425

Tel: 0161 223 3882

2007 Reg VW CR50

2000 X Reg Optare Solo M920

1996 P Reg Dennis Dart Caetano Cutlass

2000 W Reg Bluebird School Bus

43 seats, 37 with 3 point belts, new MOT and paint, ideal school bus.

£16,500 + VAT

Re-fitted with 37 fully belted bus seats, re-painted into white, ideal school buses. £9,950 + VAT

£5,450 + VAT

60 coach seats, not used since test, fully re-painted. £6,950 + VAT

Stafford Bus Centre 01782 791774

Stafford Bus Centre 01782 791774

Stafford Bus Centre 01782 791774

Stafford Bus Centre 01782 791774

2005 Scania K114 Berkhof Axial

1999 MAN Marcopolo 18.310

2000 Volvo B10M Caetano Enigma

2005 Scania PB K114EB

Stamford quality conversion, to 15/16 seats, Palfinger underfloor tail lift, only 60K miles, tacho, no expense spared – must be seen.


12.8 metre, 55 seat executive, automatic, air con, centre sunken WC, clean & tidy. £50,000 + VAT

Nigel McCree - 07817 542113

6 speed manual, ideal 70 seater conversion vehicle, recent new gear cables and recon gearbox, no MOT but 95% prepared, unfortunately it has four misted side windows.





Manual, MOT March 15, W/C, A/C, boiler, P/A, C/D, DVD, refurbished March. £20,995 + VAT ono

MOT Sept 15, LEZ compliant, W/C, A/C, P/A, C/D, DVD. £49,500 + VAT ono

Wilkins Travel 01639 852600

Lowes Coaches 0115 9550104

Lowes Coaches 0115 9550104

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Tel: 01977 609000 Fax: 01977 609900

MOSELEY (PCV) LTD Elmsall Way, Dale Lane South Elmsall Pontefract West Yorkshire WF9 2XS


For the latest Euro Bus Expo show updates don’t forget to like us on Facebook Moseley (PCV)





For special offers on • AIR CON • BRAKE PADS & DISCS • FILTERS Contact Geoff or Matt on 01977 609000

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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

These buses can be seat-belted


Cummins ISC Euro 3 engines, LEZ compliant, DDA compliant, Alexander ALX400 bodies, dual door 67 seats or single door 77 seats.



Cummins L10 / ZF, Alexander low height bodies, new MOT’s.

8.8m, 29 seats, Cummins Euro 4+ engine, Hanover LED’s.


2001/2002 51/02 PLATE DENNIS DARTS

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


Cummins / Allison, Plaxton Pointer body, 10.1m, 34 seats, MOT June 2015.

2009 ENVIRO 200

Cummins ISB Euro 3 engines, Allison gearboxes, 10.7m, 37 seats.

Cummins C series, Voith gearbox, 84 seats, low height 13 feet 8”, seatbelts, new MOT.



Cummins Euro 3 / Allison, Plaxton Pointer bodies, dual door, 30 seats, DDA and LEZ compliant, can be converted to single door.

Cummins Euro 3 / Allison, Plaxton Pointer II body, 29 Seats, Hanover LED’s, 8.8m.


Cummins 160/ Allison World Series, 11.3m, 41 seats. LEZ Compliant.



33 seats, Mercedes engine, Mobitech LED, long MOT.


Juliette Close, Purfleet Industrial Pa Telephone 01708 865656 Fax: 01708 86 Visit our website for current sto

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K ER SPECIALIST Volvo Euro 2 engine, Voith gearbox, Alexander RH part open top, 74 seats.


2001 Y REG TRIDENTS Cummins C series engines, Voith gearboxes, Plaxton President bodies, 78 seats.


Cummins C series engines, ZF gearbox, East Lancs bodies, 74 seats, long MOT’s


Cummins Euro 5 engine, 28 seats, Mobitec LED’s. 8.8m long slimline, long MOT.

£18,000 + VAT


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


Cummins Euro 4 , Voith gearbox, East Lancs body, 9.4m, 26 seats, DDA and LEZ compliant.

Euro 2, LEZ compliant, Plaxton President , CCTV, dual door 62 seats or single door 74 seats. £9,000 + VAT



2007 ENVIRO 200

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.

Cummins / Allison, Alexander ALX200 body, 37 seats, DDA and LEZ compliant, 10.7m, long tests.


89 seats, air-con, toilet, MAN engine, ZF gearbox.

1996 VOLVO B10MA ARTICULATED COACHES ZF automatics, 71 seats.

2006 VOLVO B12M

I-shift, 12.8m long, Hanover LED’s, centre wheelchair lift, rear toilet and server, LEZ and DDA compliant.

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

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VEHICLES AVAILABLE FOR SHORT AND LONGER TERM HIRE email: Telephone: 01782 791774 Mobile: 07803 222552

View our latest arrivals on FORD TRANSIT FACTORY 16/17 SEAT BUS 59 reg with 38K miles, tacho, new COIF and PSV MOT £12,950 Also 10 reg £13,950 Others also available


56 and 07 reg 55 seats but only 10 mtr length, can carry 1 x wheelchair + 49 seats, Cummins 4ISB engine, Alison gearbox. FROM £19,950 CHOICE


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 CAETANO CUTLASS. Step entrance with 38 seats and 3 point belts. Ideal school contracts etc. £3,450 FORD TRANSITS 15-17 seats, available for short term rental. Rent for one week, month or year. Up to you. Always available. Phone for details 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



8 d D8 Stan

VDL SB180 EVOLUTION 2009 59 reg SLF bus currently fitted with 25 belted bus seats and 2 x wheelchair pens but could be re seated with extra seats, only covered 27,000 kms from new £45,950

ADL ENVIRO 300 2002 reg Currenty fitted out as exibition/classroom, very low miles, very good condition, see website for details £17,950

MERCEDES 413CDI PLAXTON PRONTO 2006 56 reg 16 seat coachbuilt accessible PSV bus, choice of 2 with low miles £16,950 or rent for £350 per week (4 weeks min)

MERCEDES 814D VARIO PLAXTON BEAVER 2 2001 51 reg 27 h/b seats, 3 point belts, luggage racks and rear boot, power door and destination, repanelled and re painted £10,950

MERCEDES SPRINTER 313CDI 2011 11 REG 16 seat, new conversion, PSV, COIF and MoT, low miles £23,950

MERCEDES 413D SPRINTER 2004 04 REG. Extra long body with 16 seats and huge full height boot, COIF and long MoT. £11,950 IVECO DAILY 45 15 LWB HIGH ROOF 2005 55 REG. 16 seats wheelchair accessible with power door, new MoT £5,950



VW CR50 WITH STANFORD CONVERSION 2007 07 REG. Very expensive and high spec conversion by Stamford who are recognised as the best in the industry, fitted with 14 high back seats with 3 point belts, Palfinger hideaway tail lift and capacity to carry up to 9 passengers and 2 wheelchairs, it has only covered just over 60k miles from new and is in outstanding condition, all paperwork and spare keys, ready to go £17,950 DENNIS DART PLAXTON SUPER POINTER. 47 fully belted seats, ideal for schools £9,450 DAF PLAXTON PREMIER 1996 PP. Fitted with 55 seats, automatic gearbox, new MOT upon sale £9,950 OPTARE SOLO M850 2000 W REG. One remaining with 23/25 coach seats with ramp, DDA etc £4,950 VDL SB180 2010 59 REG Cummins 6 ISB engine with MCV evolution body, only 20k miles £POA




Tel: 01495 757111 Mob: 07850 739446 (Haydn) or visit our website

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2010 Iveco Beulas Cygnus

Automatic 53 Luxury Recliners, Courier Seat, Lap Belts, Centre Sunken Toilet, Centre Continental Door, Boiler, Fridge, Air Conditioning, DVD / Radio / PA. Choice of 2

AS-Tronic LEZ Compliant (Euro5) 53 / 57 Recliners, Toilet, Fridge, Boiler, Air Conditioning, Alloys, DVD, Radio / PA

2010 Neoplan Tourliner

2009 Irisbus Beulas Cygnus

£ 149,950

£ 129,500

AS-Tronic 49 Recliners, Lap Seatbelts, Centre Toilet & Continental Door, Boiler, Fridge, DVD + Monitors, CD / Radio / PA

Automatic LEZ Compliant 55 Recliners, Courier Seat, Air Conditioning, Webasto, Toilet, Continental Door, Boiler, Fridge, DVD / CD / Radio

2008 Volvo B12M Jonckheere SHV

2008 D.A.F. SB4000 Van Hool T9

£ 104,995


£ 139,950

I-Shift 53 Luxury Recliners, 3-point belts, Courier Seat, Air Conditioning, Fridge, Centre Sunken Toilet, Continental Door, DVD / CD / Radio / PA

2007 Neoplan Tourliner

£ 79,500

Automatic Euro 5 Compliant 41 Recliners with Rear Lounge or 49 Recliners with Centre Toilet, Fridge, Boiler, Air Con, DVD, Radio / PA, Choice of 2

2007 Volvo B12B Jonckheere SHV

AS-Tronic 49/53 Luxury Recliners, Courier Seat, Lap Belts, Air Conditioning, Webasto, Boiler, Fridge, On-Board Vacuum, DVD / CD / Radio / PA

I-Shift LEZ Compliant Full Team Coach Specification Or 53 Seat Executive

2006 Volvo B12B Berkhof Axial

2006 Irisbus Beulas Cygnus

£ 74,950

£ 139,950

I-Shift LEZ Compliant 51 Recliners, Courier Seat, Lap Seat Belts, Centre Toilet, Continental Door, Air Con, DVD / Radio

AS-Tronic LEZ Compliant 49 Recliners, Courier Seat, Lap Belts, Centre Toilet, Centre Powered Continental Door, Boiler, Fridge, Air Con, DVD + Monitor, Radio / PA

2005 Mercedes 814D Cheetah

2003 Volvo B12M Berkhof Axial

£ 37,500

£ 32,500

£ 54,950

Automatic LEZ Compliant 28 Recliners with Footrests, 3-Point Belts, Double Glazed, Curtains, Forced Air Ventilation, Radio P/A, Large Boot

2002 Scania K114 Van Hool T9 ZF Automatic 49 Recliners, Courier Seat Lap Belts, Centre Toilet, Continental Door, Air Con., Video, Radio / PA, New Engine 12 months

£ 47,995

£ 59,995

6-Speed Manual 53 Recliners, Courier Seat, Seatbelts, Air Conditioning, Double-Glazed, Curtains, CD / Radio / PA

1990 Volvo B10M Van Hool T8 6-Speed Manual 57 Seats Lap Seat Belts Radio / PA

£ 9,500


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2006 06 PLATE MERCEDES BENZ 616CDI SPRINTER LOW FLOOR ACCESSIBLE SERVICE BUS 2.7CDi turbo diesel 160ps engine, 6 speed automatic, double electric front access plug entry doors, rear emergency exit door, fold out wheelchair access ramp, low floor with tracking for upto 3 wheelchairs, COIF for 15 seated plus 1 wheelchair or 13 seated plus 3 wheelchairs, analogue tachograph, PSV tested, ex local authority owned, 147,000 miles, very good condition, supplied with 12 months PSV, fully serviced to RTA standards, 1 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £19,995 + VAT CHOICE OF 2


2007 07 PLATE NEW SHAPE MERCEDES SPRINTER 515CDI 21 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WELFARE BUS 2200 CDI turbo diesel 150ps, automatic gearbox, rear air con, UV Modular conversion, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, COIF, tacho, electric front entry plug door, AVS side entry step, 13 seats but 8 more can be added, 98,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 17,995 + VAT


2007 57 PLATE IVECO DAILY 50C15 AUTOMATIC FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR MINIBUS 3000cc turbo diesel, automatic, COIF, digital tachograph, PSV, electric front entry plug door with fold out step, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 6 wheelchairs, flat floor, currently fitted with 10 seats but additional seating can be added to make into 16 passenger seats, LEZ compliant, ex local authority owned, 81,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 13,795 + VAT


2007 07 PLATE IVECO DAILY 50C15 AUTOMATIC FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR MINIBUS 3000cc turbo diesel, automatic, COIF, digital tacho, PSV, electric front entry plug door with fold out step, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 6 wheelchairs, flat floor, fitted with 10 seats but additional seating can be added, remote central locking, electric windows, CD player, LEZ compliant, ex local authority owned, 76,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 12,995 + VAT


2006 06 PLATE MERCEDES BENZ 616CDI SPRINTER LOW FLOOR ACCESSIBLE SERVICE BUS 2.7CDi turbo diesel 160ps engine, 6 speed automatic, double electric front access plug entry doors, rear emergency exit door, fold out wheelchair access ramp, low floor with tracking for upto 3 wheelchairs, COIF for 15 seated plus 1 wheelchair or 13 seated plus 3 wheelchairs, analogue tachograph, PSV tested, ex local authority owned, 166,000 miles, very good condition supplied with 12 months PSV, fully serviced to RTA standards, 1 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £19,995 + VAT CHOICE OF 2


2007 56 MERCEDES BENZ 813 25 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE WELFARE BUS 4.25 turbo diesel, Blutec 4 engine, 6 speed manual gearbox, white, Excel conversion, digital tachograph, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 6 wheelchairs, electric plug front entry door, 119,000 kilometers/74,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to RTA standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 17,495 + VAT


2007 57 PLATE IVECO DAILY 50C15 AUTOMATIC 14-17 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR MINIBUS 3000cc turbo diesel, automatic, COIF for 15 passengers, digital tacho, electric front entry plug door with fold out step, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 6 wheelchairs, flat floor, currently fitted with 14 seats but additional seating can be added, LEZ compliant, ex local authority owned, 133,000 kilometers/83,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 13,795 + VAT


2007 07 PLATE IVECO DAILY 50C15 AUTOMATIC FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR MINIBUS 3000cc turbo diesel, automatic, COIF, digital tachograph, PSV, electric front entry plug door with fold out step, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 6 wheelchairs, flat floor, currently fitted with 10 seats but additional seating can be added to make into 16 passenger seats, LEZ compliant, ex local authority owned, 97,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 12,495 + VAT


2007 07 PLATE IVECO DAILY 50C15 AUTOMATIC FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR MINIBUS 3000cc turbo diesel, automatic, COIF, digital tachograph, PSV, electric front entry plug door with fold out step, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 6 wheelchairs, flat floor, currently fitted with 10 seats but additional seating can be added to make into 16 passenger seats, LEZ compliant, ex local authority owned, 121,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 11,795 + VAT

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2008 08 PLATE NEW SHAPE MERCEDES SPRINTER 515CDI 17 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WELFARE BUS Fitted with 8 passenger seats but will take 24 passnger seats, 2200 CDI turbo diesel 150ps, automatic gearbox, rear air conditioning, UV Modular conversion, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, COIF for 16 passenger seats, digital tacho, PSV, electric front entry plug door, AVS electric side entry step, CD player, 71,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 19,495 + VAT

2008 57 PLATE VOLKSWAGEN CRAFTER FRONT ENTRY WELFARE BUS 2461cc TDI turbo diesel 161ps, 6 speed automatic gearbox, white, rear air conditioning, underfloor rear wheelchair lift, fully tracked, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, digital tachograph, electric front entry plug door, AVS electric side entry step, CD player, electric mirrors, rear blinds, currently fitted with 13 seats but 8 more can be to make 21 seats inc driver, 92,000 kilometers/57,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 16,995 + VAT


2004 54 MERCEDES 814 PLAXTON BEAVER 2 29 SEAT WELFARE BUS 4.25 turbo diesel, 5 speed manual gearbox, yellow/green, COIF, analogue tachograph, PSV, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 10 wheelchairs, electric bi-fold front door, destination boards, 492,000 kilometers/307,000 miles, VGC, supplied with 12 months MOT or PSV, fully serviced to RTA standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 14,995 + VAT

2008 58 PLATE FORD TRANSIT XLWB JUMBO HIGH ROOF 11 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.4 turbo diesel 115ps, 6 speed manual gearbox, frozen white, tracking for up to 5 wheelchairs, currenlty fitted with 8 passenger seats but can be made up to 16 passnger seats, 65,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 13,995 + VAT


2005 05 MERCEDES 814 25 SEAT WELFARE BUS 4.25 turbo diesel, 5 speed manual gearbox, Frank Guy conversion, blue, certificate of initial fitness for 16 passengers, analogue tachograph, PSV, PLS Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 8 wheelchairs, electric bi fold front door, fold out side access step, 150,000 kilometers/93,000 miles, ex local authority owned, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to RTA standards, 1 months parts and labour warranty £ 13,495 + VAT


2005 05 MERCEDES VARIO 814 16-24 SEAT WELFARE BUS 4.25 turbo diesel, 5 speed manual gearbox, Frank Guy conversion, green, Certificate Of Initial Fitness for 16 passengers, analogue tachograph, PSV, PLC Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 8 wheelchairs, electric bi-fold front door, fold-out side access step, 169,000 kilometers/105,000 miles, ex local authority owned, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to RTA standards, 1 months parts and labour warranty £ 12,995 + VAT


2007 07 PLATE IVECO DAILY 50C15 AUTOMATIC FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR MINIBUS 3000cc turbo diesel, automatic, COIF, digital tacho, electric front entry plug door with fold out step, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 6 wheelchairs, fitted with 9 seats but additional seating can be added, remote central locking, electric windows, CD player, LEZ compliant, ex local authority owned, 100,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 12,495 + VAT


2005 55 PLATE MERCEDES BENZ 614 VARIO 20 SEAT MINICOACH Onyx conversion, analogue tachograph, certificate of initial for 19 passengers, PSV’D, electric plug front entry door, coach style velour seats, overhead luggage racks, large boot, uplift skylight, waiting for full respray, can be painted into any colour of your choice, supplied with 12 months PSV, fully serviced to RTA standards, 1 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 11,995 + VAT



2005 55 PLATE MERCEDES SPRINTER 416CDI 16 SEAT FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2200 CDI turbo diesel 160ps, 6 speed Sprintshift automatic gearbox, red, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, fully tracked, tracking for upto 6 wheelchairs, 107,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 10,995 + VAT

2007 07 PLATE IVECO DAILY 50C15 AUTOMATIC FRONT ENTRY WHEELCHAIR MINIBUS 3000cc turbo diesel, automatic gearbox, COIF, digital tacho, PSV, electric front entry plug door with fold out step, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 6 wheelchairs, flat floor, fitted with 8 seats but additional seating can be added, remote central locking, electric windows, CD player, LEZ compliant, ex local authority owned, 135,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 10,995 + VAT

2005 55 VW TRANSPORTER T5 15 SEAT WELFARE BUS WITH COIF PSV Bluebird Tucana conversion, 2.5 TDI, metallic blue, automatic gearbox, certificate of initial fitness, PSV, gross vehicle weight of 4100 kgs so can be driven without a D1 licence, fold-out rear wheelchair ramp, tracking for up to 5 wheelchairs, electric front entry doors with fold out wheelchair ramp, alloy wheels, LEZ compliant, 166,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 months nationwide parts and labour £ 8,995 + VAT

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2005 05 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, analogue tachograph, currently fitted with 12 seats but 5 more can be added to make 17 seats, 43,000 kilometers/26,000 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

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 £ 8,795 + VAT


2003 53 PLATE MERCEDES SPRINTER LWB 313CDI WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.2 CDI turbo diesel 130ps, silver, Ricon internal rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 5 wheelchairs, LEZ compliant, 132,000 miles, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty. £ 7,495 NO VAT


2003 53 PLATE IVECO DAILY 65C15 16 TO 23 SEAT WELFARE BUS WITH TACHOGRAPH COIF AND PSV 2800cc turbo diesel, metallic light green, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 8 wheelchairs, currently fitted with 16 passenger seats, 6 more can be added to take 22 passengers, analogue tachograph, COIF, PSV, overhead luggage storage, 132,000 kilometers/82,000 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 £ 6,995 + VAT


2005 54 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, COIF, PSV, analogue tachograph, LEZ compliant, 187,000 kilometers/116,000 miles, 1 local authority owner from new, very good condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 7,495 + 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 £ 6,495



2005 05 PLATE VOLKSWAGEN LT46 16 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.5 TDI, white, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, fully tracked throughout, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, COIF, PSV, electric plug side entry door, analogue tacho, LEZ compliant, 106,000 kilometers/116,000 miles, one local authority owner from new, very good condition, supplied with 12 months PSV or MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 3 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 8,495 + 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, 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 £ 6,995 + VAT

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 £ 7,495 + VAT


2004 04 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS 2.4 turbo diesel 125 ps, 5 speed manual gearbox, Chassis Developments conversion, COIF, 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 £ 6,995 + VAT


2004 53 PLATE IVECO DAILY 65C15 16 TO 23 SEAT WELFARE BUS WITH TACHOGRAPH COIF AND PSV 2800cc turbo diesel, metallic light blue, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 8 wheelchairs, currently fitted with 10 passenger seats, 6 more can be added to take 22 passengers, analogue tachograph, COIF, PSV, 214,000 kilometers/134,000 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 £ 6,495 + VAT


2003 53 PLATE VOLKSWAGEN LT35 11 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS 2.5 TDI, blue, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, fully tracked throughout, tracking for up to 3 wheelchairs, ex local authority owned, 51,000 mile,s very good condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 6,295 + 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 £ 5,795 + VAT

2004 04 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS White, 2.4 turbo diesel 125 ps, 5 speed manual gearbox, Chassis Developments conversion, COIF, PSV, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, 1 ex local authority owner from new, LEZ compliant, currently fitted with 8 seat seats but more can be added to make up to 16 passenger seats, 144,000 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

2004 04 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT WELFARE MINIBUS White, 2.4 turbo diesel 125 ps, 5 speed manual gearbox, Chassis Developments conversion, COIF, PSV, Access underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for up to 6 wheelchairs, 1 ex local authority owner from new, LEZ compliant, currently fitted with 11 seat seats but more can be added to make up to 16 passenger seats, 151,000 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 £ 5,395 + 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 £ 4,995 + VAT

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 £ 4,995 + VAT

2002 52 PLATE FORD TRANSIT 12 SEAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIBUS White, 2.4 turbo diesel, Euromotive conversion, Ratcliffe underfloor rear wheelchair lift, tracking for 4 wheelchairs, LEZ compliant, 142,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 months nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 4,795 + 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 £ 4,795 + VAT

02 51 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, analogue tachograph, sunroofs, ex local authority owned, 150,000 kilometers/94,000 miles, excellent condition, supplied with 12 months MOT, fully serviced to Good Garage Scheme standards, 1 month nationwide parts and labour warranty £ 4,495 + 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

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Southdown PSV - 01342 711840

2003 (53) TRIDENT ALX 400 • 62 seats / 20 standees • Cummins euro 3 engine • ZF auto gearbox • CCTV cameras fitted • Fully DDA compliant • £15,500 + VAT – choice

2009 (59) ENVIRO 200 • 29 seats / 17 standees • Cummins euro 4 engine • Allison auto gearbox • Mobitec LED destination • Fully DDA compliant • £59,750 + VAT

2002 DART PLAXTON • 27 seats /30 standees • Cummins euro 2 engine • Allison auto gearbox • Hanover destination • Fully DDA compliant • £8,500 + VAT

Part exchange possible | Finance available – subject to status | Full inspection facilities

Viewing by appointment please - we are 10 minutes from Gatwick Airport Southdown PSV Silverwood Snow Hill Copthorne West Sussex RH10 3EN

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Nigel McCree

2003 Volvo B12M Jonckheere Euro 3 48 x 3 point belted seats, 1 crew, air conditioned, saloon mounted w/c, rear continental door, MOT November 2014. Direct from SHEARINGS HOLIDAYS fleet with full service history.


Nigel McCree Mobile: 07817 542113 Office: 01509 502695 or Nev Simpson Mobile: 07814 716149 Email: Insurance Stock updated weekly on the website: SHORT OF CASH? RE-FINANCE YOUR VEHICLES WITH US – CALL 07736 850375


B & L COACHES Darren or Paul 0208 363 8572


Call now 07896 266616

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This Mercedes mini coach is finished in attractive blue moquette with forced air and reading lights, it also offers front entrance with a drop step and centre aisle, the floor is trimmed in non-slip vinyl, large panoramic windows complete the look and offer superb outward vision, a rear heater is also fitted giving greater passenger comfort, first aid kit and fire extinguisher are included as is the IVA certificate.

Just arrived into stock, and sure to sell very quickly, this stunning Iveco Daily 45C15 luxury 16 seat minicoach was first registered in 2009 and having covered just 85k in this time (backed up by a comprehensive service history) is in excellent condition, freshly serviced and ready to go! Equipped with a large drop well boot, blown air and lighting in the overhead luggage racks, an integral PA system and Siemens VDO tachograph. Includes 12 months MOT and our no quibble 3 month parts and labour warranty.

£46,995 + VAT

£16,995 + VAT



This vehicle has been converted to wheelchair accessibility with the addition of a PLS underfloor power out lift, all seats in the rear of the vehicle are removable on quick release NMI fittings making the rear of the vehicle very versatile, a side step is also fitted at the sliding side door for easy access, the vehicle has covered just 49,852 miles from new and will come with 12 months MOT test, a full service and our no quibble parts and labour warranty for 3 months and is an absolute bargain.

This unique wheelchair accessible vehicle is in excellent all round condition and uses a high quality Vapour-Ricon Tail Mounted Wheelchair Lift which stows internally. Supplied with 9 removable rear passenger seats (+ 2 upfront) for ultimate flexibility, the specification also includes steel cargo lockers, Eberspacher heating and ventilation control, drop down side-door step with handrail and rear parking sensors with audio/visual. Available as listed or customised to your exact requirements by our expert in-house team, please call us to discuss options.

£14,995 + VAT

£18,995 + VAT


LOW MILEAGE FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT MINIBUS What can we say about the ubiquitous Ford Transit – there is a reason you see so many of them on Britain’s roads! Excellent value, great to drive and extremely durable, the previous generation may not have all the bells and whistles now available (see opposite page), but remains a dependable workhorse and ideally suited to any number of applications. This particular vehicle has covered just 75k, comes with an up to date COIF and 16 high backed passenger seats with 3 point safety belts so is ready to put into heavy use.

Supremely comfortable both for the driver and 16 passengers, this Renault Master factory minibus features an attractive 2 tone cloth interior, with the high roof design allowing the seats to be raised from floor level to provide a drop aisle and room for overhead luggage racks with switchable courtesy lighting. A motorised side door step aids entry and exit and the vehicle is fitted with a Bluetooth stereo with USB/AUX input and speakers throughout, a digital tachograph, 6 speed close ratio gearbox and 62mph speed limiter.

£15,495 + VAT

£18,495 + VAT

Also a massive stock of used vehicles please visit the website or call


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FORD TRANSIT TOURNEO TREND We have received stock of 3 pre-registered Ford Transit Tourneo Trend 9 seat minibuses, all with delivery mileage and a high standard specification that includes front and rear air conditioning, fully integrated Bluetooth stereo, ESP with Curve Control and the latest Euro 5 DuraTorque TDCi engine capable of upto 43.5 mpg. It’s also got an NCAP 5 star safety rating, striking looks both inside and out and a high quality finish that make it ideal for corporate private hire use, airport runs etc, all at a price that really demands consideration!

£19,995 + VAT


FORD TRANSIT 17 SEAT TREND The big brother in the Transit range offers increased flexibility with seating for upto 17 passengers in air conditioned comfort. Utilising much of the same technology found in the Tourneo, these large minibuses are flying off the forecourt. The Trend spec is really the one to have: trimmed to a high standard, with Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, Ford SYNC Bluetooth, VDO Tachograph and power extending step – with our Pre-Reg deals you can get 99% of that new vehicle experience without the pricetag, talk to us today about financing options.

£26,995 + VAT

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Kingdoms Tours

2002 Scania Irizar K114

2002 Scania VanHool K124

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

• 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


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Mercedes Benz Ferqui F5 on Atego 12.24 chassis available in 34, 36 or 38 seat conďŹ gurations

Mercedes Benz 516 CDi Coach-built Soroco available in 16 and 19 seat conďŹ gurations

Both vehicles can be viewed on Stand H70

Contact Steve Peach Tel: 01405 814064 Mob: 07836 551020 Email: Web:

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2003 MERCEDES VARIO 614D 24 coach seats, 3 point belts, luggage racks, forced air ventilation, reading lights, large drop well boot, curtains, aisle carpets, manual, slam door, new paint, 418,273 kms. £18,500 + VAT

1998 VOLVO OLYMPIAN Alexander Body, Volvo engine, Voith automatic gearbox, 81 seater, power door, front destination, tacho, seatbelts.

2006 VW TRANSPORTER T30 LWB 9 seats with belts, sliding door, electric windows, 6 speed manual gearbox, current MOT.

1999 DENNIS PLAXTON MINI POINTER 29 seats 17 standees 1 wheelchair, ramp, Cummins engine, Allison auto box, power door, current test.

£8,000 + VAT

£6,000 + VAT

£4,000 + VAT

1994 TOYOTA CAETANO OPTIMO 3 GL 22 coach seats with belts, power door, manual box, new paint in white, current MOT.

2007 57 WRIGHTS GEMINI 2 68 leather seats, single door, CCTV cameras, Volvo B7TL engine - Euro 4, Voith automatic gearbox, low mileage.

£5,000 + VAT

2008 MERCEDES VARIO 814D PLAXTON CHEETAH 29 coach seats, crew seat, 3 point belts, new MOT, 289,000kms, manual, air con, large boot plus side locker, luggage racks, forced air, reading lights, power door. £69,000 + VAT

£89,500 + VAT

1999 IVECO BEULAS STERGO E EURORIDER 51/55 reclining seats, toilet, 84,118kms, new MOT, double glazed, manual, repainted white, large luggage space, boiler, fridge, radio/cd/PA, very tidy condition. £17,500 + VAT

1997 SCANIA IRIZAR CENTURY 51 reclining seats, toilet, lap retractable belts, crew seat, comfort shift, double glazing, tinted windows, power door, air con, repainted in white, tidy condition, 199,039kms. £10,000 + VAT

2002 DENNIS DART MPD PLAXTON MINI POINTER 29 seats, 17 standees, 1 wheelchair, wheelchair ramp, 107,424 miles, Cummins engine, Allison auto, fSR LED destination, retrimmed interior, power door, tidy condition, MOT’d. £10,000 + VAT

2009 MERCEDES 816 PLAXTON CHEETAH 29 coach seats with 3 point belts, double glazed, large boot, power door, 6 speed manual, DVD/CD/radio/ PA, new/paint, LEZ compliant, new MOT, 293,718 kms. £75,000 + VAT

2004 DAF 1160 – 340 BOVA FUTURA FHD 51reclining seats, centre sunken toilet, continental door, fridge / boiler, DVD & monitor, air con (just serviced) , analogue tachograph, recent respray into white, taxed £54,000 + VAT

2007 IVECO DAILY 16 coach seats, luggage racks, skylights, walnut dash, Euroliners, radio/CD, 297,454 kms

1999 MERCEDES 612D VAN CONVERSION 16 seats with belts, Unwin tracking, electric wheelchair lift, manual gearbox, new test.

£9,000 + VAT

1998 DENNIS JAVELIN PLAXTON PREMIERE 320 70 coach seats, Cummins engine. MOT March 2015, 417,119kms, radio cassette, 6 speed Zf manual gearbox, power door, double glazed, tinted windows, tidy retrimmed interior. £23,500 + VAT – PX CONSIDERED

£4,500 + VAT

1999 VOLVO B10M PLAXTON PREMIERE 350 49/55 recliners with belts, Zf manual, air con, Eminox LEZ fitted, reduced pollution certificate, power door, recent paint into white, tested till March 2015. £19,000 + VAT

1999 DENNIS JAVELIN PLAXTON PREMIER 350 70 reclining seats, lap belts, centre toilet, boiler and servery, 6 speed Zf gearbox, luggage racks, forced air, reading lights, power door, very tidy, 843,751kms, new MOT. £21,500 + VAT

1998 DENNIS DART ALX300. 37 seats or 33 plus 1 wheelchair, 292,643 miles, manual ramp, Cummins engine, Allison auto gearbox, power door, new MOT, very tidy £4,500 + VAT

2005 MERCEDES VARIO 814D 24 seats + crew seat, KVC conversion, manua, 241285 kms, 3 points belts, rear boot, fully trimmed interior, full body skirt kit, immaculate condition. £24,000 + VAT

2004 MERCEDES VARIO 814 PLAXTON CHEETAH Courier seat, 3 point seat belts, radio/PA/CD/MP3, large boot & side locker, analogue tacho, engine recently serviced, recent respray, excellent all round condition. £34,000 + VAT

2006 MERCEDES BEAVER 2 814D 33 coach seats, automatic, luggage racks, WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE, 3 point seatbelts, power door, SIDE LIfT, Purmo heating, destination front, side and rear. £27,000 + VAT

1989 VOLVO B10M VAN HOOL 57 seats with lap retractable belts, luggage racks, reading lights, forced air heating, manual, crew seat, power door. 121,446kms, new test, new retrim, repainted in white. £5,000 + VAT

2003 IVECO INDCAR MAXIM 11 29 seats with belts, courier seat, CD/PA system, curtains, large boot, tinted windows.

2007 MAN 18-360 BEULAS CYGNUS 49 /53 reclining seats with leather headrests, centre demountable toile, centre continental door,radio/CD/DVD with 2 monitors, reversing camera, air con/climate control. £75,000 + VAT

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2010 SCANIA K360 OMNI EXPRESS - AUTOMATIC & EEV EMISSION LEVEL 51 reclining seats with 3 point seat belts, leather headrests inserts, Individual footrests & seat back tables, courier seat, powered plug entrance door, double glazed side windows, AIR CONDITIONING, rear floor mounted toilet compartment, continental exit with powered exit door, radio/PA/CD audio system, DVD player with front monitor, water boiler at courier side, dash mounted fridge, reverse camera, curtains, integral retarder, automatic transmission, alloy wheels, digital tachograph.

2011 IVECO EURORIDER PLAXTON PANTHER - AUTOMATIC / EURO 5 EMISSION LEVEL /13MTR - CHOICE OF VEHICLES 61 reclining seats with 3 point seat belts, leather headrest pads, individual passenger footrests, courier seat, Plug entrance door, double glazing, AIR CONDITIONING, radio/PA/CD audio equipment, DVD system coupled to drop down monitor, panelled rear, Webasto heater, wired for CCTV, curtains, carpets, reverse camera, retarder.


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2006 VOLVO B12BT BERKHOP AXIAL 100 - ‘I’ SHIFT - EURO 4 PM 72 reclining seats (16 lower & 56 upper) including lap belts, seatback tables & leather headrest inserts, courier seat, powered central entrance door, crew door, double glazed side windows, full draw curtains, AIR CONDITIONING, radio/PA/CD, DVD player & 4 monitors, toilet compartment within lower saloon, servery unit including hot & cold water, fridge, boiler & storage, Blaupunkt EX-V navigation system, ski-box, drivers bunk, upper saloon luggage rack locker doors, integral retarder, cruise control, digital tachograph, alloy wheels, ‘I’ shift automatic transmission, Eminox CRT exhaust system.

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K12 EUR Volvo B12B Caetano Enigma 2005 MoT Nov-15, 707k, 49 seats, LEZ, automatic gearbox Price £45k + VAT K11 EUR Volvo B12B Caetano Enigma 2005 MoT Nov-15, 713k, 49 seats, LEZ, automatic gearbox Price £45k + VAT TAX 1X Volvo B12M Sunsundegui Sideral 2003 MoT Sep-15, 462k, 49 seats, LEZ, manual gearbox Price £35k + VAT R7 EUR Volvo B12B Sunsundegui Sideral 2004 MoT Sep-15, 513k, 49 seats, LEZ, automatic gearbox Price £40k + VAT K7 EUR Mercedes Setra S315 GTHD 2003 MoT Feb-15, 756k, 48 seats, LEZ, manual gearbox Price £35k + VAT K6 EUR Mercedes Setra S315 GTHD 2003 MoT Nov-15, 401k, 48 seats, LEZ, manual gearbox Price £35k + VAT K3 EUR Mercedes Setra S315 GTHD 2005 MoT Aug-15, 659k, 48 seats, LEZ, automatic gearbox Price £55k + VAT K10 EUR Mercedes Setra S415 HD 2004 MoT Apr-15, 680k, 48 seats, LEZ, automatic gearbox Price £50k + VAT K8 EUR Volvo B12M Vanhool Alizee T9 2005 MoT Mar-15, 525k, 49 seats, LEZ, automatic gearbox Price £65k + VAT OO 7056 Mercedes Setra S315 GTHD 2000 MoT May-15, 706k, 48 seats, manual gearbox Price £25k + VAT Part Ex for newer

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2006 (06) Mercedes 814 Vario 24 seater + crew

2005 Mercedes 814 Vario 29 seater LEZ compliant

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Manual gearbox, power door, boot, panoramic windows, COIF, PSV MOT until March, very tidy inside & out.

Power door, 3 point belts, forced air, very nice luxury coach, extremely low mileage, reliable and economical.

Front entry, PSV until March, 6 speed, forced air, Elite conversion, 120K miles, like new inside and out.

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1999 to present year, 16 to 35 seats, finance settled, with or without MOT, accident damage, etc.

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(63) 2013 Ford Transit 9 seat shuttle, 2.2d six speed manual, air-con, twin side loading doors, 25,000 miles £15,500 + VAT

(56) 2006 Peugeot Boxer 3.5t on 17 seat minibus 2.8 diesel, high back seats with three point belts, 33,000 miles £8,995

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS (61) 2012 Ford Transit 16 seat minibus 2.4 COIF/PSV, 4,500 miles only £15,995


(12) 2012 Ford Transit 9 seat Shuttle twin side loading doors 18000 miles £12,995

(58) 2008 Ford Transit 17 seat minibus 2.4 diesel with six speed gearbox, 16,000 miles FSH £10,495 (02) 2002 Ford Transit 2.4 diesel 3.5 ton, automatic gearbox, 8 seats, inboard Ricon wheelchair lift, rear heating, tracking to take 3 wheelchairs, overhead lockers £5,995




(13) 2013 Peugeot Expert Teepe 2.0 diesel six speed, wheelchair accessible, lightweight ramps, twin side doors, air-con, red, 5,500 miles only £16,995 (62) 2013 Citroen Berlingo Automatic, 8,000 miles only, low floor, lightweight ramp, electric reals, high spec £12,850

(13) 2013 Renault Trafic LL29 Sport 9 seat, sat-nav, Bluetooth, six speed, 29,831 miles £16,950 (61) 2011 Renault Master 3.5ton 17 seat 2.3 diesel six speed, sat-nav, Bluetooth, tachograph, fully tracked floor, COIF/PSV, 33,000 miles £15,995

New Peugeot Boxer 16 seat 3.5 ton and 17 seat w/chair accessible minibuses, 2.2 diesel 120ps, six speed gearbox LEZ COMPLIANT From £24,750 + VAT

(58) 2008 Renault Master MWB 2.5TD 6 speed, tracking for two wheelchairs, in board lift, aircon, rear heating, low entrance step, 62,000 miles, one owner £9,995

Electric Peugeot Boxer E Monarch automatic 13 seat minibus, twin side doors, fully tracked floor, road fund exempt, White, 1600 miles only £19,995

(07) 2007 Fiat Doblo 1.4 petrol, 11,500 miles only, five speed manual, three seats plus wheelchair space, low floor, lightweight ramp, electric reals, air-con £6,995

(60) 2010 Renault Master 3.5 ton GVW 17 seat minibus, 2.3 diesel, 6 speed manual, fully tracked floor, high back seats, tacho, 38,000kms, sat-nav, Bluetooth, COIF/PSV £15,995

(06) 2006 Iveco Daily Iris Bus 16 seat, 2.8 litre, six speed, front entry drop step with power door, fully tracked floor, full power under floor tail lift, rear heating, 65,000 mile £10,995

(60) 2010 Renault Master 9 seat Shuttel 2.3 diesel six speed, large boot, sat-nav, Bluetooth £10,495

(05) 2005 Citroen Dispatch 1.9 diesel, five speed manual, four seats plus wheelchair, low floor with lightweight ramp, 57,000 miles £4,495

(56) 2006 Peugeot Boxer 3.5 ton 17 seat LWB minibus, 2.8 diesel, high back seats with three point seat belts, 19,000 miles only £9,450

(05) 2005 Renault Traffic 1.9 diesel, six speed manual gearbox, 4 seats plus wheelchair access, lightweight ramp, air-con, electric windows, blue, 53,000 miles £6,495


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1986 but don't be fooled by the year. It has to be seen to be believed. New bodywork, front, rear and sides, chassis completely built from bare chassis, all body work removed and all box section replaced. Brand new air bags, pedestals, all air valves, brakes, wheel bearings, brake chambers, all hoses, radiator, brand new Volvo engine, fitted by Volvo, only done 15,000 kms, new engine mountings, clutch. Sleeps 7, lounge, toilet, power shower, radiators, air conditions, 5kw silent generator, Sky TV, digi TV, film media centre, 42inch TV in lounge, TV in every bedroom and each bunk bed, fitted kitchen, all made with wood, no MDF, all wood from the same tree.

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Sapphire expansion? CBW reader Phil Bradley snapped this image of an Arriva Sapphire Alexander Dennis Enviro400, registered ‘CX14BYA,’ as it travelled through Llandudno on the North Wales coast. Notice the shop it is about to pass – Arriva has performed its fair share of glamourous launches across the country for the Sapphire brand, but has it decided to branch out into fashion as well? If not, we wonder if the comparisons are beginning to wear on the operator…

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Regular CBW contributor Steve Hodgson spotted this baby shop in Blyth, Northumberland recently. Perhaps Alexander Dennis, with its popular Enviro range of buses, is looking to expand its business in a different direction? Although it’s quite possible we’re pushing the pram out a bit too far this time…

Beating the parked bus A few weeks ago we talked about the origins of the phrase ‘parking the bus.’ Well, it looks like we missed a video posted earlier this year playing on the phrase while building hype for England in the World Cup. What hype had been generated didn’t exactly carry the team very far through the tournament, but anyway… The video depicts Wayne Rooney surging up the field towards the opposing team’s goal, before all the other players vanish and a massive armoured bus drives onto the field and parks itself infront of the goal. Rooney then shoots the ball straight through the bus, flipping it over and setting the goal on fire, before the commentator says ‘you need a bigger bus than that to stop Wayne Rooney!’ The video is available on Nike Football’s channel, at

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First Bus Engineer saves colleague’s life A bus engineer from Ipswich has been hailed a hero after a colleague suffered a stroke at work. Chris Gordon, an Engineering Supervisor who works at First’s Ipswich depot, was praised for his quick-thinking when he saw the signs Ivan Hazell was suffering a stroke. Chris said: “I was inspecting buses between the depot and the workshop all morning so I hadn’t seen much of Ivan, who was working in the garage. He came into the workshop and I noticed his speech was slightly slurred and he was dribbling. I could see he wasn’t right and I wasn’t happy for him to carry on working. “I thought he was having a stroke. My Dad has suffered four strokes so I knew what the symptoms were and what to look out for.” Ivan went home and after speaking with his neighbour, went to the hospital. After being checked over in A&E, he was sent home. But the following day, his

Ivan Hazell and Chris Gordon at First’s Ipswich depot wife was concerned and phoned a doctor who sent him straight back to hospital where he stayed for four days. “They found a bleed on a vein in my neck and it turned out I had a series of mini strokes,” he said. “I am so grateful for Chris’ actions I feel I owe him my life.” Ivan, who has worked as a Body Fitter for 39 years, retired

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from First aged 70 at the end of September Chris Speed, Business Manager for First in Ipswich, said: “We applaud Chris for his quick thinking. His prompt actions may have saved Ivan’s life. We have designated First Aiders on site but this situation illustrated how important it is to recognise the early signs of a stroke.

Volvo appoints new Regional Coach Sales Manager

Volvo Bus has appointed Dave Porter as Regional Coach Sales Manager for the Republic of Ireland. Dave takes over responsibility for Ireland from James Hyde, who will now be utilising his time to focus on the wider geographical areas required in his role as Coach Sales Manager UK & Ireland. Having joined Volvo in 1990, Dave has established himself as a well-known face in the industry. He began his Volvo career working as an apprentice coach builder at the Loughborough facility and then took on a key role as Customer Services Manager when Volvo Bus opened its Coventry facility in 2010. James Hyde said: “Dave has proved his sales acumen over the years at our Coventry facility and he is certainly ready to step up to the plate and take responsibility for his own designated region.”

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Management Opportunities Metroline, one of London’s leading bus operators with a fleet of over 1400 buses operating from a number of locations in West and North West London. We are currently looking for experienced, ambitious and innovative individuals for four senior management roles. If you have proactive leadership skills, a good knowledge of bus service operations and a determination to deliver excellent service, then we want to hear from you.

Service Delivery Director

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, you will head up the Service Delivery and Planning/Scheduling teams, whose responsibilities include delivering the quality of service standards required by London Buses on our contracted routes, performance analysis, schedule production, preparation  of tender for route contracts and working closely with London Buses to formulate proposals for schedule alterations to improve the performance of our contracted routes.

Garage Manager

The Garage Manager is responsible for the overall performance of the garage, including quality, financial, contractual and legal standards. The role will manage both the operational and engineering functions and so previous experience in a senior role working with the trade union is essential along with a natural ability to lead and manage a dispersed group of employees. You will be results focussed with a drive to exceed KPI’s and be used to influencing and persuading at a senior level and maximise performance and profit.

Head of Accident Prevention

You will be responsible for post incident investigation and to devise a strategy to prevent incidents and  reducing   incidents.    The role will reduce risk. You will manage a dedicated team to achieve our objective of             manage departmental budgets, administration processes and provide analysis of accident   data. You will be         a driven, innovative, focussed leader with a keen reduction.  support accident    motivation to positively Communication skills are essential and to influence makers  and  garage management    the ability    decision           teams are crucial.         

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 in line  with You will be responsible for delivery of the financial performance garage   and operational      the performance objectives required by the  Company.   You will  work closely with the trade union and a         supervisory     in a fast dispersed group of employees so previous experience paced role is a must along      with           the ability to apply policies and processes in accordance with legislation.    Friday with   flexibility   You will work 38 hours per week, Monday to required to work over and above these         hours and weekends if deemed necessary. We offer a competitive salary and free (non contractual) travel         on London buses and tubes. 



For more information on the roles and full job descriptions, please visit To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Nicola Newton, HR Assistant, Metroline, ComfortDelGro House, 329 Edgware Road, Cricklewood, London NW2 6JP or Applications should include the reasons you are applying for the post, examples of how you meet the skills and any relevant qualifications A or experience. Closing date for applications is 14th November 2014.

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RECRUITMENT & PEOPLE DEADLINES Monday 5.00pm Full artwork: Monday 5.00pm NEWSBooking: › XXXXXX CONTACT Ian Gillis T: 01733 293484 E: Scania appoints new Regional Executive Director, Scotland Sandy Millar, is to return to Scania having been appointed to the position of Regional Executive Director, Scotland for Scania Great Britain. Sandy will take up his new position on November 3, succeeding the current incumbent, Peter Ross, who will now concentrate on Scania’s UK used vehicle operations. Sandy Millar began his career in the commercial vehicle industry in 1979. In the late 1980s he joined Reliable Vehicles Limited, Scania’s distributor for Scotland at the time, where he enjoyed a career in sales, rising from the position of Sales Executive at the company’s Newbridge branch to Sales Manager at its head office in Renfrew. Subsequently, Sandy went on to occupy a number of senior roles at MAN, from where he rejoins Scania.

Reading Buses ‘Stars of the Month’

Gill Gould and Bridget Uphill are two of Reading Buses town centre cleaners who have been recognised for their ‘initiative and helpfulness.’ Gill and Bridget are well known in town as customers see them cleaning the interior of buses between trips. The company say they both have a good reputation amongst customers for their friendly and helpful response when asked about bus-related issues. In the company’s latest ‘Star of the Month’ competition they were nominated by passengers who had not only benefited from their help, but had noticed how Gill and Bridget were willing to proactively assist the elderly and the more vulnerable. They helped customers identify the right bus, where to get it and helped some onto the bus. They even made sure that an older

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Bridget Uphill and Gill Gould

customer was looked after when one of the buses had a driver changeover so that the new driver would take care of them. As part of the ‘Star of the Month’ process, Gill and Bridget beat 15 other nominations. HR Director, Caroline Anscombe, said: “It’s never an easy job to choose a winner, but choose we must and Gill and Bridget were clear winners who went beyond the call of duty. “They both displayed the kind of customer service skills that we expect from all of our staff – and the fact that they are willing to do things outside of their job role is a

testament to them.” The company also pointed out that the girls have been helping out at the University recently to ensure that the new students had someone on hand to help explain to them how to use the bus – something that can be daunting for someone new to the town. “It’s been great to hear that the girls have been well received on campus,” said Caroline. “Having someone there to help out has been great, but the fact that Gill and Bridget have embraced it so readily and made a good impression on the students is even more satisfying.”

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West Midlands Special Needs Transport appoints new Chief Executive West Midlands Special Needs Transport Holdings, the parent company of the region’s Ring and Ride service (WMSNT) has appointed a new Chief Executive. David Bermingham takes over from Peter Maggs, who has retired. Ring and Ride, a door-to-door transport service for people with limited personal mobility of any age is the largest scheme of its kind in Europe and has more than 70,000 registered users. It is funded largely by Centro, the public transport co-ordinator for the West Midlands, who made an annual grant for 2014/15 of £8.5m. David joins WMSNT from global aviation ground and cargo handler Swissport, where he was UK Chief Executive Officer based at Birmingham Business Park. He said: “I am delighted and excited to be taking over at WMSNT, it is a first class organisation. It is unique in the range of services and the important social provision it provides, both through Ring and

David Bermingham, the new Chief Executive of WMSNT Transport. Ride and home to school transport services.” “I have already had the opportunity of going out on the vehicles and spending some time in the depots and with the home to school operation and I’m taken aback in terms of the service and

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the commitment of everyone associated with it at all levels.” Married with four daughters, David lives in Lichfield and is a graduate of Aston University. He has spent his career in the transport logistics industry specialising in warehouse and

transportation operations. This has included 17 years with international express, mail delivery and logistics services company TNT at its UK headquarters in Atherstone. David spent eight years as a Managing Director with TNT having previously been Divisional Director and General Manager. WMSNT is a charitable company based at Aston in Birmingham and with depots around the West Midlands. As well as Ring and Ride it also provides special education transport services to local authorities in the West Midlands and a number of Centro-subsidised bus service contracts. The mission of Ring and Ride is to improve the quality of life of people of any age living in the West Midlands who find it difficult or impossible to use conventional public transport, by providing an effective and efficient door-to-door, fully accessible bus service.

Bus Drivers Due to additional winter services operating in Guernsey, CT Plus Guernsey Limited is currently recruiting bus drivers who are interested in driving for our service. If you have a full, PCV licence and are interested in working from our depot in Guernsey, we would be delighted to hear from you. We are able to provide local affordable housing for drivers. For an application pack please contact Jenny Down on 01481 700456 or

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