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More Good News For The UK Bus Industry!

More Good News For The UK Bus Industry!

What an amazing week for the Uk Bus industry, first we had the CPT national bus strategy a long overdue positive piece of work that gives A national bus policy for the nation. Second we had the Scottish government committing over 500 million pounds into a pro bus...

Imber Village; Bus Pilgrimage Begins Again

Imber Village; Bus Pilgrimage Begins Again

So it was that this weekend just gone was the annual fund raising trip to Imber village located deep in Salisbury Plain. Where vintage and not so vintage, buses, drivers, conductors and enthusiasts for one day only are allowed access to the village where time stood...

Newcastle Bottle Clean Air Decision

Newcastle Bottle Clean Air Decision

It takes courage to sometimes do the right thing, irrespective of whatever pressures might be applied. What has happened is that following public consultation about some far reaching and challenging decisions designed to reduce air pollution, and avoid potential heavy...

Rotala Coming Of Age In 2019

Rotala Coming Of Age In 2019

Have you ever been part of a really exciting journey? I am talking about a period in your life where the stars aligned, and suddenly the Company that you worked for, and the people in it found a new sense of energy and purpose, that meant that you could conquer the...

Quality And Ingenuity In The Bus Industry

Quality And Ingenuity In The Bus Industry

It was an inspiring get together last Thursday at the IOM in central London. The posse gathered as required for a ten thirty kick off. As usual there were some familiar and friendly faces, and equally important some new members who had come to judge for the first...

UK Bus Awards Judging Begins…

UK Bus Awards Judging Begins…

So, my facebook page tells me that the judging has now formally begun to find the worthy winners of the 2019 UK Bus Awards. These awards are excellent and unless I am mistaken this year will be the 24th year that they have been recognising, rewarding and inspiring the...

The Tide Is Finally Turning?

The Tide Is Finally Turning?

Well, who would have thought it my dear chums, after all this time it appears that according to the latest report from the guru who is my good friend Chris Cheek, the UK Bus industry has finally turned a corner. In fairness the positive signs have been sprouting for a...

The New Bus World Order

The New Bus World Order

I read an interview in Route One magazine at silly o’clock this morning when enjoying the joys of insomnia, it was with the new MD of Arriva UK Bus, a chap who had spent his career in the Airline industry with spells at Rolls Royce. He seemed like a decent enough chap...

First Glasgow About To Change Hands?

First Glasgow About To Change Hands?

Recent reports in the Scottish press are ripe with speculation that the mighty empire which is First in Glasgow may well be about to change hands and become a Council owned Bus Company. This is of course in line with two recent changes that have taken place. The first...

The Rotala Empire Expands As First Shrink

The Rotala Empire Expands As First Shrink

No real surprises really, as speculation was rife some months ago in the trade press that First were going to sell their Manchester based Bolton depot to Rotala. This was suggested when it was revealed that the Queens Road depot was to be sold to Go Ahead who have...

The Rise And Fall Of The UK Bus Giants…

The Rise And Fall Of The UK Bus Giants…

I suppose that it is truth that the older that you get, the more you begin to understand what you might call the circle of life. Yes, a well known Elton John soundtrack to a well known film and west end show. But, maybe more importantly what I am learning as I enter...

Trouble At Mill At Firstgroup…

Trouble At Mill At Firstgroup…

As someone who was there at almost the beginning of the First Group journey back in 1987, when it most certainly was not the huge beast that it was to become. It is genuine sadness that I look at just what is going on today. The bitter internal civil war that rages...

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