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January Blues… Always The Same, Or Maybe Not

January Blues… Always The Same, Or Maybe Not

It is a funny old time of year is it not,that strange twilight zone between the festive season and the return to work. Time almost seems to stand still as the mind and body wrestle with that post party time off and the reality of getting back to the grind of daily...

The Great Bus Divide: North Versus South….

The Great Bus Divide: North Versus South….

So, the DFT have just published a fascinating analysis of just how the UK Bus Industry has been performing from 2009/10 up and until 2018/2019. The reality is that for key reasons of social and economic landscape change bus use has been declining over the years of...

Jeremy Corbyn And The Bus Industry…

Jeremy Corbyn And The Bus Industry…

I watched with interest the leaders debate with Mr Boris Johnson and Mr Jeremy Corbyn, it was interesting to observe the extremely contrasting styles. Both men have their critics, Boris was laughed at by the studio audience when he spoke of honesty, similarly the...

The Implications Of Brexit On Driver Recruitment

The Implications Of Brexit On Driver Recruitment

A recent article in the excellent Route One magazine, got me thinking about a subject that has long been close to my heart over the course of my career. Indeed it transformed my world quite significantly after my foray into Poland in 2003, resulting in myself and my...

The General Election And The Bus Industry

The General Election And The Bus Industry

As the fire and bluster of the general election gathers momentum, across the nation, it struck me that ironically the bus industry has probably never been in a better position than it is today. The reason being that both the Conservatives and the Labour Party have for...

Meeting HRH Princess Anne At The CILT excellence Awards

Meeting HRH Princess Anne At The CILT excellence Awards

I was both honoured and delighted to be invited by the President of CILT, to attend the prestigious Institute Excellence Awards held at the very swanky Lancaster Gate Hotel, deep in central London Town. I was even more delighted to be invited to meet her royal...

Immigration And The Bus Industry!

Immigration And The Bus Industry!

I was watching a really good documentary recently about the first wave of immigrants who moved to Birmingham from Jamaica and other Caribbean Islands in the 1950’s and onwards. The generation known as Windrush, the name of the first ship that brought them to the UK,...

The Sad Demise Of Yourbus

The Sad Demise Of Yourbus

It is always for me anyway, a sad day when a bus Company ceases trading, especially when you have been involved in some way with the actual Company itself. My association with Yourbus goes right back to 2009, when I was working at the Diamond Bus Company in Tividale,...

Route One Awards; A Great Doo. Thanks To Hugh!

Route One Awards; A Great Doo. Thanks To Hugh!

So, as it happened the black dinner jacket was dusted off and black shiny shoes polished, and of course the black dickie bow tie was taken out of retirement, and given an airing at the rather splendid Hilton Metropole Hotel, located in the heart of the NEC complex....

The UK Bus Industry ; At The Crossroads

The UK Bus Industry ; At The Crossroads

For those solid and staid souls who have followed my ramblings since 2009 when I started this whole blog malarkey. You may have detected one theme throughout, namely my regular commentaries on the future of the UK Bus industry. If truth be told it has fluctuated quite...

CILT Well Represented At The UK Bus And Coach Show

CILT Well Represented At The UK Bus And Coach Show

It only seems like yesterday that I was bobbing along in the vast expanse of the floor number 4 at the NEC, slowly taking in all the wonders that were the Bus and Coach show 2018. For a sad old busman like me this is my regular pilgrimage to worship at the altar of...

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