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Weekly Briefing nr 304 June 13th 2024

Royal Blue date for your diary

Route 406 Running Day from the LBM

Writings from Grahame Wareham including 304 reflections

Grovelands pre Electricity

Richard Sharman updates from Oxford

London Fire Brigade Optare Solos

THE NORTH WEST VEHICLE RESTORATION TRUST
OPEN DAY on June 2ndat Kirby

Julian Walker reports from Devon/Cornwall

Andy Millwood from Walsall

Andrew Webb from Bath

Gary Seamarks from Bolton

 James Allum from the North East

Gordon Scott in Scotland

Martin Dowling with photos from Antwerp

Readers Write

Fleet News & Developments

ADL EV order for Reading

SCO 9700 DD order to be completed soon

London Operations from Andrew Webb & Gavin Francis  

 

Weekly Briefing nr 303 June 6th 2024

A&D High Wycombe Running Day by several contributors

Epsom Ladies Day 2024

Epsom in the 70s and 80s by Gavin Francis

303 by Grahame Wareham & Nigel Peach

A visit to MK with Gavin Francis

Pear Tree update from Richard Sharman

The Routemaster reigns again by Peter Edgar

Oxfordshire private operators by Matthew Bullock

Carousel in the depot by Gavin Francis

Matt Cooper with Centre Circle memories

Fleet News & Developments

Latest list of Oxford Bus Electroliners

Red Rose have acquired E200MMCs for route 328

megabus update from Richard Sharman

London operations from  Andrew Webb

Adrian Small with pictures from Ringwood and South Wales

Matt Cooper in Bury St. Edmunds

 

Weekly Briefing nr 302 - May 30th 2024

In this issue 

Memories of fleet number 302 from Grahame Wareham

The AEC Society Road Run and Rally 2024

Rail Replacement in Beaconsfield by Derek Taylor

Rail Replacement at Staines by Andrew Webb

Allan James and operators who have ceased trading in the Oxford area

Buses in the Landscape

Fleet News & Developments

Latest delivery list of Oxford Electroliners

London Operations

South Coast operators from Adrian Small

 

Weekly Briefing nr 301 - May 23rd 2024

In this issue 

Memories of other 301's by Grahame Wareham

Fawley Festival of Transport 2024 by Mike Walker

Faversham Transport Festival from Nigel Eadon-Clarke

Last day of Arriva service to Lane End by Gavin Francis

Readers Write

Coach visitors to Oxford

Fleet News & Developments

Carousel update by Luke Marion

Pulhams acquires four Solo SRs

Visit to Thame by Gavin Francis

London Operations from Andrew Webb & Gavin Francis

 

Weekly Briefing nr 300 - May 16th 2024

In this issue 

Arriva propose the closure of Aylesbury and High Wycombe depots from late July 2024

Go Ahead step forward to cover services

A40 road closure in the centre of High Wycombe

Cotswolds with Tony Gaze

Eastern National converted ten of their 1953 Bristol KWS5G buses to open top

Super Loop and n eleven hour visit by Jack Cooper

RISBOROUGH AREA COMMUNITY BUS,
First Day of New Service to Chinnor by Peter Edgar

Milton Keynes update from Thomas Walker-Werth

Readers Write

Buses in the Landscape

Coach visitors in Oxfordshire

Fleet News & Developments

Buses on loan to SC West for the Cheltenham Races

London Operations

Some interesting memories from Andrew Dyer

Gordon Scott and the new Stagecoach Volvo 9700DD's

Adrian Small on the South Coast

Paul Hawkins from Skegness, Lincoln and Belfast

James Allum from Durham

 

Weekly Briefing nr 299 - May 3rd 2024

In this issue

Alexander Dennis Open Day by Andrew Webb

A Stagecoach EV with details by Graham Low

Modern Oxford in 2024 by pig & bob

Wings Over Europe 1972 Bristol for sale

Problems photographing the latest destination blinds

New Book Review - Northampton Buses & Coaches

Dave Hrrison replies to comments in issue 297

Derek Taylor revelas new use for Bicester coach facility

Buses in the Landscape from Nick Ross

Coach Visitors to Oxford

Fleet News & Developments

GoAhead update with more Citaros for Carousel
and the entry into service of 609 on the 102

National Express updates

Stagecoach local allocations and more EVs

London operations

Gavin Francis in Florida

Grahame Wareham with Now and Then

Readers Visits outside our area

David Ive in the south west

Nigel Peach in Dorset

 

Weekly Briefing nr 298 - April 25th 2024

In this issue

One man and electric buses to Wolvercote by Peter Edgar

East Grinstead Classic Bus Running Day, 21st April 2024

EVs meet at Oxford Train Station by pig & bob

UPDATE from Matt Cooper

Oxford - Our moment in time with Richard Sharman on April 24th

A day in Oxford looking at recent developments by Ryan Butler

More LBM - Brooklands by Adam Green

Adrian Small from Southampton

James Allum from County Durham

Andrew Simmonds and the new Central Beds Mojo ticket

Chris Huntingford regarding the Oxford Bus CountryZone

Fleet News and Developments

London Operations by Andrew Webb

Time comparison by Andrew Dyer

 

Weekly Briefing nr 297 - April 18th 2024

In this issue

LBM Spring Gathering in pictures

My travels around by Andrew Simmonds

Martin Dowling introduces us to Priscilla

Oxford - A moment in time with Richard Sharman on April 17th

Readers Write

Buses in the Landscape

Coach visitors to Oxford

Fleet News & Developments

Oxford's diesel converted Hybrids start moving the Plymouth

Manchester's ex Oxford Hybrids in service

Stagecoach Oxford Hybrids still giving good service in Manchester

Grahame Wareham takes us back 55 years

Visits to Durham and Glasgow

 

Weekly Briefing nr 296 - April 11th 2024

In this issue

Van Hool of Belgium declared bankrupt

Women at the wheel of Go Ahead's London buses

Detling S E Festival in pictures

Cumbria Classic Rally held in Kirkby Stephen

Wellingborough Bus Rally and Running Day

Oxfordshire County Council to run public bus services

Southend with Kevin Fuller

Easter Monday at Wythall Bus Museum

Readers Write

Buses in the Landscape

Coach visitors to Oxford

Fleet News and developments

 

Weekly Briefing nr 295 - April 4th 2024

In this issue

A moment in time at VCS with Gavin Francis

Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society next meetings

Oxford Bus re-register their Hybrids

Croydon Tramlink Closure

Easter Rail Replacements

ELECTRIC BUSES ENROUTE TO READING

New Pulhams Coaches bus app includes other operators’ services

Readers Write - Brian Butler, Chris Fletcher and James Allum

Buses in the Landscape

Coach visitors to Oxford

Fleet News & Development

Numerous pictures for our operators

More new Electroliners for Oxford Bus

SC West fleet update

London Operations from Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis

Some interesting memories

A visit to Lakeside

 

Weekly Briefing nr 294 - March 28th 2024

In this issue

Arriva bus services axed in Bucks and new routes created

ADL’s Enviro400EV and Enviro100EV driven with new efficiency figures

Bicester Village shuttle gets new electric bus

Government announces £143m ZEBRA 2 funding allocations

Variety for the T15 – 24th March 2024

Barking Running Day - 23rd March 2024

Charlton Service for sale

OXFORD BUS Briefing from Richard Sharman

Latest from TfGM and ex Oxford Bus Hybrids

Grayson's throughput of oxford Oxford Bus Electroliners

Readers Write - Martin Isles, Nigel Peach and James Freeman

Buses in the Landscape

Coach visitors to Oxford

Fleet News & Development

Numerous pictures for our operators

Electroliners for Oxford Bus continue deliveries

TIMETABLE IMPROVEMENTS ANNOUNCED BY READING BUSES

Readers visits to outside our area.

A moment in time with Jack Cooper in Edinburgh

 

Weekly Briefing nr 293 - March 21st 2024

In this issue

Golders Green / Muswell Hill / Archway running day - Sunday 10 March

100 Year Anniversary Archives - Safeguard Coaches

Matt Cooper catches a moment in Milton Keynes

Stephen Owen continues his reports on the ex Oxford Bus Hybrids

Oxford's Electroliners passing through Grayson's 

Brooklands A.G.M. and Ride Day

London United Alexander Royale N122UHP

Andy Millwood visited Aldridge

Readers Write

Buses in the Landscape

Fleet News and developments

Ex Airline Interdeck from Pulhams back for a day

Detailed interior pictures of the new electric buses in Oxford

M40 serious accident sees coaches heading through Stokenchurch

London Operations

Red Nose Day 15th March 2024

Barry Hollman remembers 1953 London-Oxford variations

 

Weekly Briefing nr 292 - March 14th 2024

In this issue

Food for thought from Chris Huntingford

History in Marlow by Martin Dowling

Golders Green Vintage Bus Running Day

A40 SOUHBOUND CLOSED WITH A DIVERSION THROUGH FOREST HILL

The background to the electrics in Oxford

The demise of the Oxford Bus Volvo Hybrids

Gavin's weekly visit to Aylesbury

Andy Millwood visited High Wycombe at the end of February

Readers Write - Giles Woodforde, Neil Gow and Brian Butler

Buses in the Landscape

Coach visitors to Oxford

Fleet News & Development

Numerous pictures for our operators

Full details for the new Electroliners for Oxford Bus

70 x green and blue deckers - 21 x Brookes deckers - 1 x BV single - 4 x green and blue singles - 8 x CSS open tops  

A visit to Langston & Tasker

Buses on loan to SC West for the Cheltenham Races

London Operations

Some interesting memories

 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 291 - March 7th 2024

In this issue

New ADL Electric E400EV 80002 delivered to Stagecoach Oxford

Obituary - Ward Jones

Oxford Bus Company 75 - X90OXD by Gavin Francis

Stagecoach 35164 - by Gavin Francis

Observations in recent days from Gavin Francis

Readers Write

John Marsh - The Lake District and a bridge

Michael Penn remembers Glasgow

Matt Coop/er was in Hastings

Buses in the Landscape

Fleet News & Developments

Go Ahead happenings

Oxford Bus Hybrids continue moving to Manchester

Newbury & District's new coaches

Oxford tube has to use temporary loading place in BPR

London Operations

Superloop SL2 gets underway

Jack Cooper in the Cotswolds where variety is on offer for the enthusiast

and his visit to Glasgow

 

Weekly Briefing nr 290 - February 29th 2024

In this issue

Jack Cooper was north of  the border last week

Variety in Watlington by Gavin Francis

Epping and Ongar Running Day

A Morning in Kingston from Gavin Francis

Oxford Bus Enthusiasts Society upcoming meetings

Johnsons Coaches marks sales surge with 10 new coaches for 2024

Readers Write - old friends

Coach visitors to our area

Fleet News & Developments

Road works at Carfax caused problems to local bus services in Oxford

Oxford Bus now has more Electroliiners in service

The ADL EVs for Stagecoach Oxford are mentioned

London Operations

Nick Ross has been in Liverpool

Weekly Briefing nr 289 - February 22nd 2024

In this issue

Superloop Update with pictures by Nigel Eadon-Clarke

London Tourist Route T15

plus other contributions with RCL 2226 working the T15

A visit to Slough with Gavin Francis on February 7th

A visit to Swindon with Jack Cooper on February 5th

New double deck coaches for megabus

LOWER EMISSION READING BUSES FOR NEW BUZZ ROUTE

Clapham Junction rail replacement by Andrew Webb

Readers Write - old friends

Coach visitor to our area


Fleet News & Developments

London Operations

Glasgow variety from Gordon Scott

 

Weekly Briefing nr 288 - February 15th 2024

Heathrow interlude by Jack Cooper

Grayson's in Birmingham and Oxford Bus electrics by Allan Hollis

The past week or so in Oxford and other EV developments by Richard Sharman

 HARLEQUIN COACHES BK14LFH at BINDERS YARD, CRYERS HILL

SOUTH BEDS DIAL-A-RIDE SERVICE BY NICK ROSS

Readers Write about Branding

Coach Visitors to  Oxford by David Beynon and George Candelin

Fleet News and Developments

Oxford Bus changes

Stagecoach West fleet changes

London Operations

Super Loop routes

Latest Wraps

 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 287 - February 8th 2024

Heathrow interlude by Jack Cooper

Grayson's in Birmingham and Oxford Bus electrics by Allan Hollis

The past week or so in Oxford and other EV developments by Richard Sharman

 HARLEQUIN COACHES BK14LFH at BINDERS YARD, CRYERS HILL

SOUTH BEDS DIAL-A-RIDE SERVICE BY NICK ROSS

Readers Write about Branding

Coach Visitors to  Oxford by David Beynon and George Candelin

Fleet News and Developments

Oxford Bus changes

Stagecoach West fleet changes

London Operations

Super Loop routes

Latest Wraps

 

Weekly Briefing nr 286 - February 1st 2024

Restructure involving High Wycombe and Aylesbury by Arriva

10 minutes in Aylesbury, just after lunch on January 26th

My loan to cover night duties and Rail Replacement in Oxford

Readers Write

Buses in the landscape

Coach visitors to Oxford

Fleet News and Developments

Changes to the GA Oxford group fleet

Visit to Bracknell

SC West in Bristol

London Operations

 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 285 - January 25th 2024

Rachel Geliamassi leaves Stagecoach West MD role

A day out with Jack Cooper

RMC 1477 On Route T15

The latest news on Oxford's electric bus fleet
with the arrival of the first Kite buses for Oxford Bus

Readers Write with some views regarding route branding

Buses in the Landscape by Pulhams

Coach visitors to Oxford

Fleet News developments

Ex Oxford deckers at Pulhams gain full branding

New ticket machines at Thames Travel

New buses for Thames Valley

The further four eVoRa buses in service with Redline

Stagecoach East revisions

London Operations

including route 133 and a new four letter class for London

 

Weekly Briefing nr 284 - January 18th 2024

Oxford launches all-electric city bus fleet

Oxford City Sight Seeing goes electric

An hour's spotting at Queens Lane, Oxford on January 11th 2024

TfL to investigate after electric bus caught fire in south London

Readers Write

Coach Visitors to Oxford

Fleet News and Developments

including Arriva route numbering and megabus changes in Oxford

First views of Electroliner 722 working the 700

Rail Replacements by Andrew Webb

Lanzarote by Andrew Webb

Highlands by Nick Ross 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 283 - January 11th 2024

Floods across our area cause many problems for public transport

John Owen Obituary

The Chester & Wrexham Charity Heritage Bus Running Day

Carousel to serve Heathrow with a revitalised Flightline service

Fleet News & Developments

Details of the new GB Kite Electroliners for Oxford Bus

Update from Pulhams

The 3X is launched from Thames Travel

Fleet update at Stagecoach West & Oxford

Buses in the snow! by John Marsh

 

Weekly Briefing nr 282 - January 4th 2024

A preview of GB Kite and Electroliners for Oxford

Grahame Wareham records Oxford buses in the final month of 2023 for posterity

Just before Christmas with Tony Bungay

Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiast Society

The T15 Heritage Service London December 23rd 2023

Christmas Day at Cowley House through the fence by James Freeman

Readers Write

Buses in the Landscape

Coach visitors to Oxford

Fleet News and Developments

London Operations

Van Hool in Florida

Readers Visits outside our area

Andrew Webb spent 40 minutes in Marlborough

Ryan Butler in Doncaster

Gordon Scott reports from Edinburgh

 

Weekly Briefing nr 281 - December 21st 2023

Charlton Services end local bus services after almost 100 years, the coach business continues

London Bus Events in December 2023 by Gavin Francis and Nigel-Eadon-Clarke

The story of the Southend Fleetlines which came to Oxford (City 0f Oxford Motor Services)

Binders Yard with Gavin Francis

A REALLY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BUS SERVICE! in Reading

Readers Write with much of interest

Buses in the Landscape from Jack Cooper

Coach Visitors to Oxford by David Beynon

Fleet News & Developments including more on Oxford Bus's fleet of Electroliners

Pulhams get some Oxford Bus Wrights HEV's

Stagecoach updates

London with Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis

Jack Cooper visits Bournemouth, Poole and Swanage

 

Weekly Briefing nr 280 - December 14th 2023

A fire at Friends of King Alfred Buses, Winchester.

SC Oxford staff visiting the new ADL EV facility in Scotland,
with photos of the build process and the trip up using tube 50426.

Joel Forey records a visit to Swindon

Oxford's Park & Ride heads for its 50th Anniversary

Amersham & District upcoming events in 2024

Readers Write from Gavin Francis and Peter Edgar

David Beynon records coach visitors to Oxford

Fleet News and Developments including an E200MMC on loan to Thames Travel

London Operations including Christmas lights buses from Andrew Webb

Southend Fleetline history in next week's issue 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 279 - December 7th 2023

Ensignbus Running Day

Things to come in Oxford

Ciaran Bird is in Bristol now

Coach Visitors to Oxford from David Beynon and James Freeman

Fleet News & Developments

London Operations

Times of Old by Paul Dudfield

 

Weekly Briefing nr 278 - November 30th 2023

Bridge Works on the Botley Road by Jack Cooper

Upcoming changes to services of Arriva The Shires

The Go-Ahead Group creating world-leading electric charging hub in Oxford

A day in Swindon by Richard Sharman

Thames Valley Park Shuttle Service by Martin Dowling

Buses in the Bristol Landscape

Coach Visitors to Oxford

Fleet News and Developments

London Operations by Gavin Francis

Christmas overall advert on Scottish Panorama

Jack Cooper visits Brighton, Crawley and Bristol

 

Weekly Briefing nr 277 - November 23rd 2023

Oxford continues charge to net zero with launch of Wrightbus’s fully electric buses

Finchley Vintage Bus Running Day by Gavin Francis

HS2 diversion for the A418 by Tony Bungay

A day's driving in Cheltenham by Jim Wright

Readers Write with some interesting items this week

Coach Visitors to Oxford by David Beynon

Fleet News and Developments including the new Redline Volvos now in service

Pulhams update on the ex-Oxford Interdecks joining this fleet

New ADL E40D start to enter service from Witney

South on Rail Replacement at Bicester

London operations from Andrew Webb

Grahame Wareham reports on his visit to Llandudno

 

Weekly Briefing nr 276 - November 16th 2023

 

This week sees interesting news concerning new buses for our area.

Oxford Bus is taking delivery of its first electric buses.

Redline has received the four new Volvo/MCV EVoRa with the first one in service today, November 16th recorded by pig & bob

Arriva service 500 Aylesbury to Hemel Hempstead will be withdrawn in January as reported by Tony Bungay.

Jack Cooper visited Blackpool

 

Weekly Briefing nr 275 - November 9th 2023

This coming Sunday sees the Annual Remembrance Day

This issue contains a number of buses celebrating the day

Chalk Farm Garage Running Day Sunday 5th November 2023  reported by Gavin Francis
supported by Rob Lanham, Nigel Eadon-Clarke, Mark E. Lyons and others

Out & About with Richard Sharman

Red Rose service update by Hugh Jaeger of Bus Users

Buses in the Landscape

Coach visitors to Oxford by David Beynon

Fleet News and developments

London operations

Readers visit outside our area

Gordon Scott from Edinburgh

 

Weekly Briefing nr 274 - November 2nd 2023

Once again in order to maximise this issue's news I have once again delay until Thursday to publish.

At last we can reveal the livery covering tube 50452 now featuring the latest style Poppy wrap.

Brooklands LBM gathering reported by Gavin Francis

A day out with Jack Cooper

Showbus 2024 - full details

Provincial Poppy Buses by Andrew Webb

Swindon update by Mike Lewis

Readers write with lots of interest

Buses in the Landscape

Coach visitors to Oxford by David Beynon

Fleet News and developments  Arriva sale announced

New coaches for Pulhams

London operations

Readers visit outside our area

 

Weekly Briefing nr 273 - October 26th 2023

In order to maximise this issue's news I have once again delay until Thursday to publish.

The major news item this week has been the significant increase in service by the Oxford tube with services now from Carterton, Witney and High Wycombe.

Showbus will be back in 2024 with a new location

Readers Write with items relating to:

Swindon surprise mentioned by Gavin Francis

Derek Wiggins about Swindon

Tony Bungay regarding Rail Replacement and the sale of Arriva 

Ryan Butler and Peter Cartwright discuss the 335/336 services in our area

Coach Visitors to Oxford

Fleet News & Developments on our area operators

Reading's TAP ON, TAP OFF SYSTEM BEGINS NEW JOURNEY 

New buses for Redline

London developments

Peter Edgar visits Bristol 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 272 - October 19th 2023

I am sad to publish the Obituary of my one time contributor, Martyn Sacaloff.

Pictures of bus services for the Oxford Half Marathon were recorded by Gavin Francis.

A visit to Swindon by Kevin Fuller

Coach visitors to Oxford

Various service cancellation

First 73 plate joins the Airline fleet

More details on upcoming Oxford tube service additions

London developments from Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis

York from Gordon Scott

 

Weekly Briefing nr 271 - October 12th 2023

Bee Network update by Paul Hawkins
Newbury by John Marsh
Oxford Half Marathon 2023
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society
Coach Visitors to Oxford
Buses in the Landscape
Fleet News
Oxford fleet pictures by Gavin Francis
First of the additional rube coaches en route
Pictures from Heathrow by Jack Cooper
London operations by Andrew Webb
RM2186 history
Skegness by Gary Seamarks

Weekly Briefing nr 270 - October 4th 2023

Several gatherings and visits to report in this issue

Chesham & Amersham Running Day from Gavin Francis and Tony Bungay
Visit to Windsor from Gary Seamarks
Slough from Kevin Fuller
Readers Write from Chris Huntingford
John Marsh with Buses in the Landscape
Fleet News
Latest Arriva allocations
Pictures from Cheltenham & Gloucester
London operations by Andrew Webb
Adam Green reports from Weymouth

Weekly Briefing nr 269 - September 27th 2023

Major news for this issue is the October 23rd increase in Oxford tube services
Charles Powell updates us on the Pulham coach fleet
Your Editor remembers his early days and the major change in Greater Manchester's bus services now happening
Metrobus open day pictured by Andrew Webb and Jack Cooper
Statfold Barn bus show by Jim Wright
Readers Write
Andrew Dyer with an ex General Managers thoughts
and pictures of Charlton Services
Neil Gow relating to local issues with the £2 ticket
Buses in the Landscape from Paul Dudfield
Jack Cooper visits Witney and Banbury
Andrew Webb continues his visit to Madeira

 

Weekly Briefing nr 268 - September 20th 2023

This issue is more limited than normal but still has much of interest for readers
Oxford Botley Road closure extended over Christmas period
Friends of East Kent and Dover Transport Museum running day by Barry Holman
Northern Ireland Miscellany by Andrew Webb
Readers Write
Julian Walker regarding Stagecoach
Simon Povey on recent Arriva changes
Chris Huntingford with an interesting idea
Paul Coley with a report on route 9 in Aylesbury
Fleet News update
London update from Andrew Webb
London RMs by Kevin Nicol
Newcastle upon Tyne and Inverness from Gordon Scott

 

Weekly Briefing nr 267 - September 13th 2023

Stagecoach is rolling out a new uniform that focuses on diversity and inclusion
Amersham Heritage Day
Oxford Open Doors
Readers Write includes comment as below
Matt King of Arriva regarding the renumbering of routes in High Wycombe
Thomas W W Knowles corr3edts a line from Buses Festival
Nigel Peach wonders about buses off the road for long periods
Go-Ahead Oxford MD makes a few points
Pulhams take a Tourismo on loan from Oxford
Jack Cooper spends a day in Reading
Exciting news from the Oxford tube due in the near future
Andrew Webb reports from London and Madeira

 

Weekly Briefing nr 266 - September 6th 2023

Buses Festival 2023
RT expanding in Buckinghamshire
Arriva renumbers many services around High Wycombe
Dates for your Diary
A day out with Jack Cooper
Readers write
Buses in the landscape
Many changes from local operators
Readers visits to Stratford-upon-Avon and Leicester

 

Weekly Briefing nr 265 - August 30th 2023

A varied week recorded in this issue. Highlights include Airline 71 moving to Pulhams
Go Ahead buses from Cornwall and Plymouth now working in Wycombe
An ex Xelabus E200 turning up with Thames Travel
Gavin Francis has provided news on TfL's Superloop and bus and coach transport around The Notting Hill Carnival
Readers Write includes a response to Toby France's Arriva letter last week
Fleet News and pictures
London news and new wraps
Visits to Lathalmond and Belfast

 

Weekly Briefing nr 264 - August 23rd 2023

Some recent and impending events are recorded this week.
irst we have reports from four contributors who visited IMBERBUS last Saturday.
Then we have news of a new service from Chesham to Heathrow to be run by Diamond Buses.
We celebrate the 18 years with Red Rose providing the 275 High Wycombe - Oxford service with a photo albumn
Toby France has written with full details of the Wycombe changes to Arriva services.
Readers Write has some interesting thoughts from Readers.
Oxford Airline has received the 4th new Tourismo, nr 26, which entered service today.
Thames Valley wins a new Heathrow Go2Gate service.
Chris Hanson named as Stagecoach West Operations Director.
London Operations has pictures from Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis.
From outside our area we have reports of new buses with Stagecoach in Scotland and a visit to Norfolk.

 

Weekly Briefing nr 263 - August 16th 2023

This issue provides full details of upcoming changes to many of our area bus services with operator changes,
route renumbering, combination of services and increases in frequency. Follow the links to view everything.
The changes are some of the biggest in High Wycombe for a number of years.
Aylesbury Rail Replacement - Chiltern Trains in pictures from Tony Bungay & Jack  Cooper
A day out with Jack Cooper
The Big Bus Show from Gary Seamarks
Tim Raffield provides a picture of the first Faringdon Tourist Bus
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society with dates for your diary
Coaches are Oxford from James Freeman
More Readers Write regarding Newbury, full buses in Oxford
plus happenings in Aylesbury with comments on service changes
Fleet News and pictures including a new airport service from Reading Bus
London operations by Andrew Webb
Van Hool dealers in Florida by Gavin Francis
Nick Ross in the north of Scotland

 

Weekly Briefing nr 262 - August 6th 2023

Sad news is the demise of Heyfordian, a name which had been around the whole time I have lived in the area
From the new side of things, a Tourist Bus has been introduced in Faringdon, which I hope succeeds
We have a report of a Carousel driver who has served 20 years with the company
Truck  Festival 2023 is reported on by Jack Cooper
James Freeman has produced a nice report for Rail Replacement services in Oxford on July 29th
Several replies have added more history for services between Oxford and Newbury under Readers Write
Jack Cooper spent time in London and provides lovely pictures for Buses in the Landscape
George Candelin has provided some older but interesting pictures. of local buses plus coach visitors to Oxford
The latest fleet list for Arriva, High Wycombe is provided by the company
There are some significant changes to the services of Carousel including an extension to Windsor
Jack Cooper recounts a journey from London to Windsor using one of the new Londonline deckers of Reading Bus
Stagecoach West are partners with Safe Space charity
We have pictures from London  and finally the latest from Ensignbus dealers.

 

Weekly Briefing nr 261 - July 27th 2023

The recent days have proved interesting for followers of Stagecoach in Oxford.
Several transfer have come from South and in return four MMCs have moved south in exchange.
Gavin Francis covers PENNFEST and we have A 20th Anniversary of Carousel Buses held at Beaconsfield from various readers.
The new X34 and X35 services of Thames Travel have started and we have some pictures from Newbury of an X34 on the first day from Hugh Jaeger.
Latest Fleet News with new transfers to & from SC Oxford
Redline and Red Rose have been busy repainting their ex Bournemouth E200s with all those at Red Rose now completed and two of the Redline ones back in service.
Carousel Buses in 2004
Visits to Scotland and the South West
Due to a lack of time, this issue is one day late and also some of the pictures lack titles. 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 260 - July 20th 2023

Go-Ahead Oxford to get very large charging hub
Netley Bus Rally from David Gray
50th Anniversary of crew operation from Edgware Garage
Buses replace trains on the London Underground
The Royal International Air Tattoo
Tony Bungay at Milton Keynes
Latest Fleet News with new transfer to SC Oxford
Edgware Station on July 15th
Super Loop routes and livery revealed
The X34 at Oxford is not new
Ensignbus latest update 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 259 - July 12th 2023

Not so many pictures this week but I am sure readers will find much to interest them
routeone Awards 2023 finalists are announced
A view of KB Coaches from Chris Maxfield
UK’s first electric autonomous bus in Didcot, Oxfordshire with more from Michael Wadman
A visit to Windsor by David Bell
Geoff Cunliffe - my memories of a good friend
Readers Write
Buses in the Landscape
Fleet News & Developments
Reading launches Windsor Express network
London with Gavin Francis
DublinExpress by Simon Ingham
Rally in Bournemouth from Andrew Webb
Scotland and The Lakes with Gary Seamarks
Edinburgh with Gordon Scott
York with Lewis Hawkins
Paul Hawkins visits the Peak District
Jack Cooper and the south coast
Ensign Bus latest stock movements  

Weekly Briefing nr 258 - July 5th 2023

megabus service M17 Glasgow - Southampton calling at Oxford Parkway
WYTHALL BUSFEST @ GAYDON
from Tony Bungay and Barry Hollman
Wimbledon 2023 buses services from Gavin Francis

Pride in London  2023
Service 700 in Oxford changes operator
Readers Write - Tony Bungay with some local changes
Coach Visitors to Oxfordshire
Fleet News & Developments including Red Rose registration update
Oxford Bus - changes from July 23rd
London report
Visits to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Crawley, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole recorded in pictures

Weekly Briefing nr 257 - June 28th 2023

Brooklands Summer Festival 2023
Readers letters
Buses in the Landscape
Local developments in pictures
Sprinters move from Wycombe back to Oxford
Red Rose have registered many existing buses with Y**RRT plates
Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis keep us updated in London
Contributions from various readers covering Winchester, Shetlands, Cambridge and Jersey C.I.
Tony Bungay in Brixham - Part 2

Weekly Briefing nr 256 - June 21st 2023

Stagecoach appoints Sam Greer in new COO role
Showbus Flyby on 18 June reported
Radders & Ruby recreate the Oxford-London South Midland memories
Visit to London Transport Museum with Gavin Francis
Buses in the Landscape
Local developments in pictures
NEW BUSES AND NAMES FOR GREEN LINE SERVICES by Reading
Gordon Scott from north of the border

Jack Cooper from the south coast and Peter Edgar in Portsmouth

Tony Bungay in Brixham - Part 1

 

Weekly Briefing nr 255 - June 14th 2023

Go Ahead take over of Pulham & Sons (Coaches) Ltd. They will continue to operate as a separate unit under the Oxford Group.
LBM Running Day on route 65 from Andrew Webb 
UK’s first electric autonomous bus hits the roads in Oxfordshire
Next Sunday will see Showbus flyby and a recreation of South Midlands Oxford-Uxbridge route with an RELH coach OAX9F
New fleet additions for Ridleys
Latest report from London by Andrew Webb
An interesting piece from Allan James, the subject :
 Oxford Tramways and the arrival of Motor Buses in Oxford
Chemnitz, Germany, on 3rd June for the 7th meeting of The Friends' Circle of Ikarus Buses
Michael Penn from Cardiff and Barry Island
Jack Cooper shows what can be achieved in one day.

 

Weekly Briefing nr 254 - June 7th 2023

North West VRT event by Jack Cooper
Oxford-Didcot rail line to re-open
Chiltern Rail expected closure will provide replacing buses and coaches
Buses in the Landscape
Coach Visitors to Oxford
Fleet News and developments
New buses for Reading
megabus.com increases services
London scene
Pictures from Ipswich and Leeds

 

Weekly Briefing nr 253 - May 31st 2023 

This issue has much to interest everyone and contributions have been significant.
Details behind the increase of the PICKMEUP service are included
Some readers have enjoyed days out which are included and there are some very inter3sting readers letters asking great questions
We also have Buses in the Landscape and coach visitors to Oxford
which always provides examples what can be seen in the city's environment and parking areas|
News of local operators is included with some interesting new arrivals and livery changes
New Oxford Airline coaches enter service
Readers Write
Coach Visitors to Oxford
Fleet News and developments
London scene

Weekly Briefing nr 252 - May 24th 2023 

First of new Oxford Airline coaches arrives
Update - Botley Road bridge closure
Rail Replacement for Didcot - Oxford continues
Gavin Francis reports on the Chiltern Hills Rally, Harlow Classic Bus Running Day, Stevenage
Date for your diary - Showbus flyby
S
potters' Corner
Readers Write
 a video on the Leyland National
Coach Visitors to Oxford
Fleet News and developments
London scene

Weekly Briefing nr 251 - May 17th 2023 

Autonomous buses take the road
TV&GW Omnibus Bristol RE run last Sunday
Rail Replacement services around our area
Oxford Bus Museum pictures from members
More on RML883 and its history
Oxford Bus and details of expected new arrivals
NEW ENGINEERING APPOINTMENTS AT READING BUSES. 
London scene
Outside our area

 

Weekly Briefing nr 250 - May 10th 2023 

Coronation special
National Express Group to be renamed
A34 Wolvercote to be closed in coming week
South Midland Road Run on Sunday, May 14th
Showbus FlyBy getting closer

More about the problems re the Didcot-Oxford rail line closure
Carousel PMU receives new buses
Oxford tube - where are they now
London scene
Motts Yellow Bus pictures from Neil Gow

 

Weekly Briefing nr 249 - May 3rd 2023 

Romford Garage Open Day
More about the problems re the Didcot-Oxford rail line closure
Closure results in coach and bus replacement services
Motts Yellow Bus Memories from Stephen Archer
with pictures from many sources
Motts Yellow Bus Memories from Stephen Archer
with pictures from many sources
plus much more

 

Weekly Briefing nr 248 - April 19th 2023 

London Bus Museum BROOKLANDS event
Bridge problems cause Didcot-Oxford rail line to close
Closure results in coach and bus replacement services
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society May meeting
Readers Write
Buses in the Landscape
News & Pictures for our area
London update - Barking by Gavin Francis
Motts Yellow Bus Memories from Stephen Archer
with pictures from many sources
Overseas reports from Paris, Cyprus and Malta
South Coast & I O W holiday from Jack Cooper

 

Weekly Briefing nr 247 - April 9th 2023 

Bridge problems cause Didcot-Oxford rail line to close
Closure results in coach and bus replacement services
High Wycombe Running Day
Statfold Barn Railway event on April 2nd
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society upcoming meeting
Nice contribution from flickr
Readers Write
Buses in the Landscape
News & Pictures for our area
London update
Motts Yellow Bus Memories from Stephen Archer

Orlando Airport coaches by Gavin Francis
Gordon Scott from north of the border
South Coast & I O W holiday from Jack Cooper

 

Weekly Briefing nr 246 - March 30th 2023 

Detling cancelled
Bedfordshire interlude from Gary Seamarks
Buckinghamshire service changes in April
Coach visitors to Oxford
News & Pictures for our area

Reading Buses service updates
megabus new routes through Oxford
London update
Letter from Canada - Paul Bateson
South Coast & I O W holiday from Jack Cooper

 

Weekly Briefing nr 245 - March 22nd 2023 

British Summer time starts early on Sunday morning
A picture for 245 from Nigel Peach
Jack Cooper is travelling
Gavin Francis records his drive of GS32

Buses in the landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford
News & Pictures for our area
More about First sees transfers to Slough from sister companies
London update
Memories of Olympians in Oxford from Neil Gow
Nick Ross sends Highlands pictures

 

Weekly Briefing nr 244 - March 15th 2023 

Wycombe PICKMEUP success continues
Amersham & District High  Wycombe Running Day details for April 2nd
Readers Write
Buses in the landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford
News & Pictures for our area
First sees transfers to Slough from sister companies
Stagecoach West allocation news
London update
James Allum from Durham in the snow
 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 243 - March 9th 2023 

New Botley Road closure dates announced
Richard Sharman updates us on changes in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society next meeting
Buses in the landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford
News & Pictures for our area
Oxford tube update
London update
Some items from the past years
Ensign then and now
Michael Penn visits King’s Lynn, Hunstanton, Wisbech & Peterborough

 

Weekly Briefing nr 242 - March 1st 2023 

abellio and Management buyout
New books reviewed
A day out in Oxfordshire with Graham Mildenhall
Readers Write with several items of interest and questions
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford
Recent News & Pictures from our area
London operations

Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 242
More on 242 and Olympian coaches from the time

Weekly Briefing nr 241 - February 22nd 2023 

Bus revenue support and BFCG in England extended
Gavin Francis visits Ongar Running Day
and Ensign with interesting pictures
Hitchin & Stevenage from Gary Seamarks
Rail Replacement in Oxford and Reading
First Bus names Head of Operational Excellence

S
WAN LANDS ON BUS ROOF IN READING
 
Buses in the landscape
Recent News & Pictures from our area
London operations

Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 241
More on 241 and Olympian coaches from the time
Paul Bateson with memories from 30 years ago in Berkshire
Adam Green in Southampton

Weekly Briefing nr 240 - February 15th 2023


Bus revenue funding crisis deepens as TCs enter fray
June 18th for SHOWBUSflyby,
A book for your collection
250 ends and 24 and 25 emerge for the Heyfords
BRIGITS AFTERNOON TEA BUS
Gavin Francis visits Uxbridge
Adam Green reports from Hemel
Bedford, Luton, St. Albans and Hemel by Gary Seamarks

Buses in the landscape
Recent News & Pictures from our area
London operations

Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 240
Paul Bateson with memories from 30 years ago in Lincolnshire
Nick Ross from north of the border

 

Weekly Briefing nr 239 - February 8th 2023

Developments for the Oxford tube
First buys Ensign Bus services
RT8 and its recent day out in London
Gavin Francis visits Binders Yard
Readers Write
Jack Cooper in Slough and Windsor
Luton & Swindon with Gary Seamarks
Buses in the landscape
Coaches visiting Oxford
Recent News & Pictures from our area
London operations

Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 239
Paul Bateson with memories from 30 years ago in Southend
London buses at Niagara Falls
Ensignbus vehicle movements for January
Kevin Fuller in Southampton

 

Weekly Briefing nr 238 - February 3rd 2023

Metroline to be first to trial Volvo BZL electric double-deck
Electric buses on their way for Oxfordshire

READING BUSES ANNOUNCE NEW BUS ORDER FOR HEATHROW AND LONDON SERVICES
Readers Write
Useful links
Obituary - Mick Freeman
Recent News & pictures from the area
including a new arrival for Thames Travel
More new London wraps

Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 238

Paul Bateson with memories from 30 years ago in Newbury

 

Weekly Briefing nr 237 - January 25th 2023

M40 closure last Sunday with diverted coaches recorded
PCVs at Frilford Farm
Bracknell visited by Gavin Francis
Readers Write
Recent News & pictures
from the area
More new London wraps

Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 237

Paul Bateson with memories from 30 years ago
More in Bournemouth by Jack Cooper

 

Weekly Briefing nr 236 - January 19th 2023

A visit to Heathrow by Jack Cooper
Labour private school VAT plans ‘will hurt coach industry’
Alexander Dennis Enviro100EV: Small bus redefined?
Applications open for Stagecoach graduate training programme
Readers Write
Recent News & pictures
from the area
More new London wraps

Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 236

 

Weekly Briefing nr 235 - January 11th 2023

PickMeUp success in High Wycombe
Routemasters on Remembrance Day
Residents of Milton Keynes retirement village feel ‘cut off’ after regular bus service was axed
Readers Write

Recent News & picture links
News from the area
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 235

Weekly Briefing nr 234 - January 4th 2023

Recent News & picture links
Rail Replacement: Saturday 17th – Friday 23rd December
by Gavin Francis
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society upcoming meetings
Seasonal photos from Keith Newton via Michael Wadman
Jack Cooper tries some interesting photo alternatives

Poor services in Buckinghamshire by Raymond Gingell
News from the area
London latest wraps from Gavin Francis

Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 234
Readers Write
Pictures from Bristol, Bournemouth and Salisbury by Jack Cooper

Colourful variety in Durham between Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach North East

Weekly Briefing nr 233 - Christmas Eve, December 24th 2022

LT 227 Running Day by Gavin Francis and Andrew Webb
Arriva Route 91 between Guildford and Woking
More thoughts regarding services in Buckinghamshire by Peter Cartwright
Botley Road closure update
A visit to Maidenhead by Kevin Fuller
Poor services in Buckinghamshire by Raymond Gingell
News from the area
£2 SINGLE TICKETS ACROSS BERKSHIRE from Reading Buses
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 233
Colourful variety in Durham between Arriva North East, Go North East and Gateshead Taxis buses

Weekly Briefing nr 232 - Wednesday, December 14th 2022

Editorial
Oxford Buses - DRT scrapped
Steam Interlude including The Polar Express
Buses in the Landscape
Readers Write - Botley Rd closure & Arriva respond
News from the area
Oxford Bus place 516 in service
London latest wraps from Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 232
with the current 231 from Gavin Francis
Jack Cooper adds comment re Southampton
Gordon Scott with  latest Plaxton coaches in Scotland

Weekly Briefing nr 231 - Wednesday, December 7th 2022

Editorial
Buckinghamshire Council bus changes from January
LBM Ensign Bus Running Day
RM2217 by Gavin Francis
Adam Green visited Bedford
Kassam move
Arriva Midlands and South December fleet list
Thames Travel Polar Express uses the recently acquired ex London double decks
Reading visit from Jack Cooper
Oxford tube places two of the three Panoramas from Scotland in service
London from Gavin Francis and Jack Cooper
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 231
with the current 231 from Gavin Francis
Readers Write
Jack Cooper visits Southampton
Ensign sales update.

Weekly Briefing nr 230 - Wednesday, November 30th 2022

Editorial
National Express new Levante IIIA
Visit to Watford by Gavin Francis
Basingstoke Depot Community Open Day
Local operators in pictures the latest on developments
Bennetts and Centrebus gain new routes
Oxford tube places the three Panoramas from Scotland in service
London from Andrew Webb
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 230
and a follow up regarding 225-229
Letter to the Editor

 

Weekly Briefing nr 229 - Wednesday, November 23rd 2022

Editorial
London - TimeLine Event RT's at night by Dave Allen
Oxford Bus launch their Christmas Lights Open Topper
Visit to Hertfordshire by Michael Wadman
Local operators in pictures the latest on developments
Reading invest in training fleet
Oxford tube winning Gold for the Top UK express coach operation
London from Andrew Webb
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 229
and a follow up regarding 228
Overseas Visit
Gavin Francis in Disneyland, Florida

 

Weekly Briefing nr 228 - Wednesday, November 16th 2022

Editorial
London - Lord Mayor's Show 2022
Botley Road station bridge rebuild update
PMU by Carousel at High Wycombe update
Buses in the Landscape
Local operators in pictures the latest on developments
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BUS FLEET RECOGNISED FOR TOP AWARD
London from Andrew Webb
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 228
and a follow up regarding 227
Letters from Readers
Jack Cooper in Hampshire - Bournemouth
Gordon Scott from Edinburgh
 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 227 - Wednesday, November 9th 2022

Editorial
Upcoming Remembrance Day
Botley Road station bridge closure
Update on fire at Slough Bus Station
HCT routes 812 and 816
Flickr and two local contributors
Local operators in pictures
plus latest on Oxford Bus and Thames Travel
Stagecoach use cherished plates on first five Panoramas
London from Andrew Webb
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 227
with help from several contributors
COMS 673 from Neil Gow
Gordon Scott from Edinburgh

 

Weekly Briefing nr 226 - Thursday, November 3rd 2022

Editorial
Report and pictures from Andrew Webb on EUROBUS Expo22
 United Counties farewell to the 176 by Gary Seamarks
Oxford Bus and Thames Travel delays by Bob Chalmers
Local operators in pictures
including Arriva's latest fleet list for SC
, plus latest on Carousel, Oxford Bus and Thames Travel
Stagecoach use cherished plates on first five Panoramas
London from Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 226
with help from several contributors
Andrew Webb visits South Wales
Ensign vehicle movements for October

 

Weekly Briefing nr 225 - Wednesday, October 26th 2022

Editorial
London Bus Museum TransportFest 2022 by Gavin Francis
Local operators in pictures
including Arriva, Carousel, Oxford Bus and Stagecoach
London from Andrew Webb, Gavin Francis and Michael Wadman
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 225
with help from several contributors
Visit to Canada by Paul Francis
Readers Letters
Andrew Webb visits Bournemouth

Weekly Briefing nr 224 - Wednesday, October 19th 2022 

Editorial
Part 6 of 40 years driving career by Gavin Francis
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society next meeting
Bus Driver Shortage in Oxford
Abingdon Fair diversions by Jack Cooper
Obituary to Richard Worth
Buses in the Landscape
Local operators in pictures
London from Andrew Webb & Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 224
with help from several contributors

Nick Ross visits Eire
Tony Bungay visits Yorkshire - final part

 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 223 - Wednesday, October 12th 2022

Editorial
Part 5 of 40 years driving career by Gavin Francis
Kevin Fuller visits Uxbridge
Developments in the east of our area by Gary Seamarks
Young Drivers 50 kms restriction from Route One
Gavin Francis London visit taster
Buses in the Landscape
Local operators in pictures
Redline update with acquired E200s
Stagecoach East changes
London from Andrew Webb
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 223
with help from several contributors

Tony Bungay visits Yorkshire
Gary Seamarks in Sheffield

 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 222 - Wednesday, October 5th 2022

Editorial
Part 4 of 40 years driving career by Gavin Francis
London Route 37 Running Day by Andrew Webb
Burst Water Main near Kennington causes chaos
The final Fleet Digest from SKM
Local operators in pictures
Various service curtailments
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 222
with help from several contributors
Readers Write - Martin Isles on SHOWBUS 50
Gordon Scott with news from Scotland
Tony Bungay visits Yorkshire
Gavin Francis finds himself in Birmingham
 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 221 - Wednesday, September 28th 2022

Editorial
Carousel PICKMEUP starts in Wycombe
SHOWBUS 50 in pictures
Part 3 of 40 years driving career by Gavin Francis
New 72 plate vehicles in our area
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxfordshire
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
Oxford Bus with the new livery for the X1
London Wraps from Andrew Webb
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 221
with help from several contributors
Gavin Francis from Florida

Gordon Scott with news from Scotland
Tony Bungay visits Yorkshire

 

Weekly Briefing nr 220 - Wednesday, September 14th 2022

Editorial
Part 2 of 40 years driving career by Gavin Francis
Spottings and Jottings from Alexander
Buses in the Landscape
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
Changes at Go-Ahead in our area
Jack Cooper record changes in Oxford with an new livery for the X1
Jack Cooper visited Cheltenham and Swindon
London Wraps from Andrew Webb
Gavin Francis visited London
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 220
with help from several contributors
Overseas Visit by Nick Ross in Guernsey
Readers Write from Tony Bungay

Gordon Scott with news from Scotland

 

 


SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE for H M The Queen 1926-2022


September 14th 2022


 

Weekly Briefing nr 219 - Wednesday, September 7th 2022

Editorial
40 years driving career by Gavin Francis
Arriva the Shires - recording the strike
Amersham Heritage Day recorded by Andrew Webb
Fleet News & Developments
Latest Allocation List for Arriva South, Midlands and Shires
Local operators in pictures
Changes at Go-Ahead in our area
Gavin and Jack Cooper record changes in Oxford and High Wycombe
London Wraps from Andrew Webb
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 219
with help from several contributors
Readers Write from Tony Bungay

Visit to Warrington and Liverpool by Andrew Webb
Ensign Dealers latest arrivals and sales

Weekly Briefing nr 218 - Wednesday, August 31st 2022

Editorial
A recent arrival for Arriva at High Wycombe
Wythall by Mike Penn
The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre from Dave Allen
Coach visitors to Oxford
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
Changes at Go-Ahead in our area
Gavin visits Aylesbury
London from Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 218
with help from Gavin Francis

Visits to Hastings, Burton on Trent and Bournemouth

 

Weekly Briefing nr 217 - Wednesday, August 24th 2022

Editorial
Abellio set to return to UK ownership
IMBERBUS report from Gavin Francis and David Allen
Gavin Francis retires from Stagecoach - an appreciation
Competition in Aylesbury
Coach visitors to Oxford
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
Arriva planning a strike in September
Changes at Go-Ahead in our area
Jack Cooper visits Reading
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 217
with help from Andy Churchill and Gavin Francis

Readers Write
Three letters and pictures from contributors

 

Weekly Briefing nr 216 - Wednesday, August 17th 2022

Editorial
SHOWBUS 50 details
Carousel starts DRT in High Wycombe
ROUTE ONE Annual Awards 2022 details
Worth's of Enstone celebrate 100 years by Grahame Wareham
Oxford Bus comment regarding their trials with an electric Citaro
Fleet Digest from SKM
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
Arriva latest fleet list - P7 repeat
Big Green Coach
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 216
with help from Andy Churchill and Gavin Francis

Readers Write
Jack Cooper visits Norfolk

 

Weekly Briefing nr 215 - Wednesday, August 10th 2022

Editorial
Buses Festival at Sywell Airfield
More on Stagecoach at The Commonwealth Games plus NEx West Midlands
Merseyside Transport Trust Event by Andrew Webb
Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza by David Allen
 
More about Bournemouth's Yellow Buses going into administration
Review of a book not be missed covering Oxford and South Midlands
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
Arriva latest fleet list - P7
Go Ahead replacing some Bournemouth Bus services
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 215
with help from Andy Churchill, Gavin Francis and Nigel Peach

City Circle in Gloucestershire by Michael Wadman
Readers Write

 

Weekly Briefing nr 214 - Wednesday, August 3rd 2022

Editorial
Stagecoach at The Commonwealth Games
The rail bridge in Botley Road will need to be replaced
Stagecoach confirms future for its inter-city coach retail operations
Bournemouth's Yellow Buses goes into administration
A date for your diary - Buses Festival

Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
with latest update from Luke Marion - OBC
London operations with Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 214
with help from Gavin Francis

City Circle in Gloucestershire by Michael Wadman
Readers Write
Gavin Francis in The West Midlands
Dave Allen and his visit to The Isle of Man

Weekly Briefing nr 213 - Wednesday, July 27th 2022

Editorial
Arriva strike may spread to Aylesbury Vale
Red Rose first day serving route 40
TruckFest at Didcot by Jack Cooper
SKM and Stagecoach Bus - Commonwealth Games vehicles
VCS at 90 -reports from Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis
Open Day at Fulwell by Andrew Webb
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford by David Beynon
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
with latest update from Luke Marion - OBC
London operations with Andrew Web & Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 213
City Circle in Gloucestershire by Michael Wadman
Overseas Visit - Letter from Canada
Readers Write

Weekly Briefing nr 212 - Wednesday, July 20th 2022

Editorial
Alton Bus Rally & Running Day
VCS at 90 - July 24th
Buckinghamshire upcoming service changes
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford by David Beynon & Gavin Francis
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
with latest updates
Reading Bus changes from Robert Williams
SKM and Stagecoach Bus Commonwealth Games Operations
London operations with Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 212
with additional contribution from Gavin Francis

City Circle in Gloucestershire by Michael Wadman
Overseas Visit by Robert Homan
Readers Write
Andrew Webb visits Crewe
Nick Ross in Kings Lynn

Weekly Briefing nr 211 - Wednesday, July 13th 2022

Editorial
Jack Cooper at The Oxford Bus Museum
South Coast events from Andrew Webb
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford by David Beynon
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
with latest updates
More on the Electroliner working with Oxford Bus
Reading Bus Awards from Robert Williams
SKM and Stagecoach Bus Commonwealth Games Operations
London operations with Andrew Webb & Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 211
with additional contribution from Gavin Francis
The Elizabeth Line and its trains from Gavin Francis.

Weekly Briefing nr 210 - Wednesday, July 6th 2022

Editorial
Silverstone F1 2022
Wythall Bus Fest at Gaydon
Stevenage Bus Station update, old  and new
An Obituary for Martin Shaw 1940-2022
Date for your diary
Notices & Proceedings East England
Coach visitors to Oxfordshire
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
with latest updates
London operations with Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 210
with additional contribution from Gavin Francis and Neil Gow
Bournemouth Bus Rally from David Gray
Kevin Fuller visits Gosport & Fareham
Gary Seamarks on holiday in Scotland
Buses in the Landscape
Gordon Scott in Edinburgh
Ensign Bus latest sales report

Weekly Briefing nr 209 - Wednesday, June 29th 2022

Editorial
CBW news regarding developments in Oxford
Stevenage Bus Station closed last Saturday - final pictures

Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxfordshire
including coaches for eufa women's Euro 2022
Fleet News & Developments
Flixbus developments
Local operators in pictures
with latest updates
including Carousel to end link40 service
Oxford tube has bumper Saturday due Rail Strike
London operators with Andrew Webb & Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 209
Paul Bateson with memories of Stevenage in the '70s and '80s
Overseas interlude from Paul Bateson
Readers Write
Peter Edgar visits Dartmouth

Weekly Briefing nr 208 - Wednesday, June 22nd 2022

Editorial
Stevenage Bus Station to close on Saturday next

New bus in service for route 46 OBC
Memories of Royal Blue seen in June 2022
Gavin Francis visits Ealing
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxfordshire
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
with latest updates
London operators with Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 208
Michael Penn visits Cardiff and Barry Island in pictures
Nick Ross from The Highlands

 

Weekly Briefing nr 207 - Wednesday, June 15th 2022

Editorial
Go-Ahead purchase confirmation today
LBM 81 Running Day
Stockwell Garage open doors
Gavin Francis visits Uxbridge
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxfordshire
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
London operators with Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 207
Readers write with questions and comments
Gary Seamarks visit the North East in pictures
Tony Bungay goes to The Lakes

 

Weekly Briefing nr 207 - Wednesday, June 15th 2022

Editorial
Go-Ahead purchase confirmation today
LBM 81 Running Day
Stockwell Garage open doors
Gavin Francis visits Uxbridge
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxfordshire
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
London operators with Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 207
Readers write with questions and comments
Gary Seamarks visit the North East in pictures
Tony Bungay goes to The Lakes

 

Weekly Briefing nr 206 - Wednesday, June 8th 2022

Editorial
BROOKESbus changes from September
A Luton visit by Ryan
Current and upcoming local service changes
Martijn to leave the Go Ahead Group
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxfordshire
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
London operators with Gavin Francis
Oxford Bus Museum event
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS 206
Michael Wadman with another old picture of Cheltenham & District
Ensign Bus movements in May
Readers write with more Jubilee buses of the past
North West VRT day by Les Burton on Merseyside

 

Weekly Briefing nr 205 - Wednesday, June 1st 2022

Celebrating H M The Queen's Platinum Jubilee on June 2nd 2022

Editorial
H M The Queen's Platinum Jubilee buses for this celebration
with buses from past Jubilee's
Elizabeth Line open in London
Chelsea Flower Show services
Stagecoach rationalise the hospital services
Banbury Operator changes
Coach visitors to Oxfordshire
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
National Express by Gavin Francis
Reline in pictures
Stagecoach in pictures
megabus from Gavin Francis
London operators with Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remember COMS 205
Michael Wadman with more old pictures of Cheltenham & District
David Gray visits Weymouth
Gary Seamarks visits Edinburgh
Gordon Scott North of the Border
Nick Ross in the North East
Peter Edgar in Southport and Preston

Weekly Briefing nr 204 - Wednesday, May 25th 2022

Editorial
TVGWT in Didcot recorded with pictures
Upcoming Platinum Jubilee buses for this celebration
Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022 Stagecoach planning for transport by SKM
Wycombe Wanderers defeat at Wembley recorded
Arriva loose a Citaro to fire
Buses in the Landscape
More on Wycombe Running Day
Coach visitors to Oxfordshire
PGA British Masters shuttle buses by Brent Ricketts
Fleet News & Developments
Local operators in pictures
National Express by Gavin Francis
Stagecoach in pictures
megabus from Gavin Francis
London operators from Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis
Grahame Wareham remember COMS 204
Michael Wadman with more old pictures of Cheltenham & District
Tony Bungay with a memory of Chiltern Rover services

 

Weekly Briefing nr 203 - Wednesday, May 18th 2022

Editorial
Wycombe Running Day
A date for your diary in Didcot
Leyland National50 event in Cumbria
Coach visitors to Oxfordshire
PGA British Masters shuttle buses by Brent Ricketts
Fleet News & Developments
Jack Cooper reports on Go-Ahead changes
National Express by Gavin Francis
Stagecoach Oxfordshire developments
Oxford tube update with returning Astromegas
megabus from Gavin Francis
London operators from Andrew Webb
Grahame Wareham remember COMS 203
Michael Wadman with more old pictures of Cheltenham & District
North of the Border by Gordon Scott

 

Weekly Briefing nr 202 - Tuesday, May 10th 2022

Editorial
King Alfred Running Day in Winchester by David Beynon
Next OXBUSES Meeting on May 17th
Jim Wright report on local happenings
Coach visitors to Oxford
Fleet News & Developments
Latest on Arriva plus May fleet allocation
Phil Southall reports on developments Go Ahead
Jack Cooper reports on Go-Ahead Oxford changes
Thames Travel now operating route 63
Other changes at Oxford including a new wrap on 368 for RESTORE
National Express contractors by Gavin Francis
Colourful Reading in pictures by Daniel  Harwood
Stagecoach Oxfordshire developments
Oxford tube update with a returning Astromega
megabus from Gavin Francis
London operators from Andrew Webb, Gavin Francis & Gary Seamarks
Grahame Wareham remember COMS 202
Michael Wadman with more old pictures of Cheltenham & District
James Allum in the North East
A link to James Freeman's record of Great Central day at Quorn

Weekly Briefing nr 201 - Tuesday, May 3rd 2022

Editorial
COMS 201 in this issue thanks to Grahame Wareham
A link to James Freeman's record of Oxford United's season with coaches
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford plus Rail Replacement
New arrivals in our area
Fleet News & Developments
Latest on Arriva
Jack Cooper reports on Go-Ahead Oxford changes
Thames Travel 943 enters service
National Express with hired in operators
Reading group in pictures
Stagecoach Oxfordshire developments
Gary Seamarks from Leamington
Oxford tube update from Jack Cooper
megabus from Gavin Francis
London operators from Gavin Francis
Michael Wadman with more old pictures of Cheltenham & District
Readers write with answers
Andrew Webb visits Manchester
and the family Studley from Margate
Ensign latest sales information

 

Weekly Briefing nr 200 - Tuesday, April 26th 2022

Editorial
200 + pictures
COMS 200 heads this issue thanks to Grahame Wareham
Britain's first autonomous bus goes Forth
Oxford Bus trials an Electric bus
Wythall 2022 in pictures by Andrew Webb
Adam Williams visits Oxford
Nigel Peach comments on Wycombe timetable changes
Gary Seamarks visits St Neots for one hour
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford plus Rail Replacement
New arrivals in our area
Fleet News & Developments
Hazel Richardson report on Arriva changes in Hemel
Phil Southall reports on Go-Ahead Oxford changes
Oxford Bus start a new service linking the rail with Blenheim Palace
National Express and special services to Wembley
Stagecoach Oxfordshire developments and fleet changes
Oxford tube update
megabus from Gavin Francis
London operators from Gavin Francis
Michael Wadman with more old pictures of Cheltenham & District
Andrew Webb visits Carlisle and Merseyside
A link to James Freeman's south Yorkshire visit
Paul Hawkins from The Emerald Isle

 

Weekly Briefing nr 199 - Saturday, April 16th 2022

Editorial
200 + pictures
COMS 199 heads this issue thanks to Andrew Dyer
Oxford receives funding to speed up with Electric buses
Brooklands 2022 in pictures
Buses in the Landscape
Coach visitors to Oxford
Fleet News & Developments
Britannia route 450 by Thomas Walker
Diamond are still around
Flixbus in London
Carousel with a fleet update
Oxford Bus & Thames Travel picture update
Reading with Jack Cooper
Stagecoach Oxfordshire developments and fleet changes
Oxford tube update
megabus from Gavin Francis
London operators from Andrew Webb & Gavin Francis
Michael Wadman with more old pictures of Cheltenham & District
David Gray  in Andover
A link to James Freeman's Plymouth visit

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on immediate matters and reports.
 

Weekly Briefing nr 198 - Tuesday, April 5th 2022

Editorial
Detling Show 2022 in pictures
Ensign Bus movements for March 2022
Coach visitors to Oxford
Fleet News & Developments
Diamond are still around
Oxford Bus & Thames Travel picture update
Stagecoach West & Oxfordshire developments and fleet changes
London with new wraps from Andrew Webb
Andrew Dyer responds to last issues pictures by Michael
Michael Wadman with more old pictures of Cheltenham & District
More on the buses by Gavin Francis used in the recent article from London's 101
Question with answers and pictures
plus an answer to the question regarding an Airline coach and its true identity clarified
David Ive in the Peak District
Jack Cooper in Portsmouth
A link to James Freeman's Plymouth visit
Graham Kiddle with some more pictures from other areas

Weekly Briefing nr 197 - Tuesday, March 29th 2022
delayed until March 30th.

Editorial
Oxford Bus Museum Twilight Event
Britannia Bus Co route 440 by Thomas Walker-Werth
Countrywide Coaches report on a coach for the fleet
Kevin Fuller in Slough & Windsor
Graham Kiddle with pictures from Milton Keynes
General News
Coach visitors to Oxford
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva in Milton Keynes by Graham Kiddle
Oxford 669 is now back in service with 6 road branding
Oxford Bus & Thames Travel picture update
Stagecoach West & Oxfordshire developments
London with new wraps from Andrew Webb
plus Celebrations on Route 101
and ex tube 50212 now with Jeakins
Michael Wadman with more old pictures of Cheltenham & District
A question regarding COMS and Leyland Nationals with more answers and pictures
plus a question regarding an Airline coach and its true identity
Nick Ross from The Highlands
David Beynon in Cardiff

 

Weekly Briefing nr 196 - Tuesday, March 22nd 2022

Editorial
Stagecoach and the enormous effort made in supporting The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022
A visit to Oxford by David Gray
Graham Kiddle in Stevenage
Riley Pendell and a visit to Culham nr 1 Industrial Estate
General News
Coach visitors to Oxford
A window on Windsor by David Beynon
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva in Stevenage
Oxford Bus & Thames Travel picture update
A new coach for Pulhams
Stagecoach West & Oxfordshire developments
London with Specials for Comic Relief from Andrew Webb
Michael Wadman with more old pictures of Cheltenham & District
Gavin Francis in Bahama Bay, Florida
A question regarding COMS and Leyland Nationals very fully answered
Grahame Wareham in North Wales
Gary Seamarks in Nottingham
Blackpool Tram update from Geoff Cunliffe

 

Weekly Briefing nr 195 - Tuesday, March 15th 2022

Editorial
Stagecoach accept a new offer leaving National Express in the cold
Oxford Bus "The Airline" offer to Ukrainian Refugees
General News
More 22 plates arrivals
Coach visitors to Oxford
Buses in the Landscape
A failure in London is taken down
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva & Carousel in High Wycombe in pictures
Oxford Bus & Thames Travel picture update
Motts Solo turns up in North Wales
Stagecoach West & Oxfordshire developments
London in pictures from Andrew Webb and Gavin Francis
megabus fleet changes
Michael Wadman with some old pictures of Cheltenham & District
Pride in Canada by Paul Bateson
A question regarding COMS and Leyland Nationals
Go Coach in Dartford by Andrew Webb

 

Weekly Briefing nr 194 - Tuesday, March 8th 2022

Editorial
Night pictures from Jack Cooper
Third StreetDeck for 6 road off for repaint
First 22 plates now on the road
Coach visitors to Oxford
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva Fleet update - March 2022
Oxford Bus fare increases
Another coach for Motts
Stagecoach Oxford in pictures
megabus using Gloucester Green for the M34
Michael Wadman with some pictures of Cheltenham & District
Birmingham with Nick Ross
ENSIGN Dealers update

Weekly Briefing nr 193 - Tuesday, March 1st 2022

Editorial
Variation on a theme for the Oxford tube
Carabao Cup by James Freeman
RML for sale
A few days in West Oxfordshire from Keith Shayshutt

Fleet News & Developments
First Berkshire unveils a Platinum Jubilee StreetLite
Carousel and a look back to CB51BUS
Oxford Bus in pictures
National Express in London & Birmingham
Stagecoach West and a gold Scania found
Stagecoach Oxford in pictures
megabus start using Gloucester Green for the M34
The location of some ex Oxford Airline coaches
Michael Wadman with some pictures of Cheltenham & District
Readers Letters
Martin Sutton regarding an error in the last issue
Scotland with Nick Ross and Bill Brown
South Wales with Ben Christie

 

Weekly Briefing nr 192 - Tuesday, February 22nd 2022

Editorial
Pictures of interest from Martyn Sacaloff
Current bus patronage recovery rate ‘hugely disappointing

Isle of Wight Beer and Bus event cancelled in 2022
Visitors to Oxford
Fleet News & Developments
Interesting pictures of Arriva
Flixbus in pictures
Update from Oxford Bus regarding Fare Increases
National Express in London
Reading Buses HEATHROW WELCOMES EXTRA GREEN LINE JOURNEYS
Stagecoach West update
Stagecoach Oxford in pictures including the Training Fleet
The changing face of London Victoria buses
Andrew Dyer and the story of an ex Southdown TD5
Readers Letters
Neil Gow regarding LX06DZY
Brian Bell makes a visit to The Snake Pass and Hulleys in January

 

Weekly Briefing nr 191 - Tuesday, February 15th 2022

Editorial
Recent visitor to Oxford - GNE 6377 tested - report in CBW
STAGECOACH UNVEIL PLATINUM JUBILEE BUSES IN THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND
The Oxford Mail reports possible cuts to services from Oxford Bus and Thames Travel
Buses in the Landscape
Worths celebrate their Centenary
Unusual sightings in our area
Fleet News & Developments
A wide variety of pictures featuring Arriva
Carousel update in pictures
Update in pictures for Oxford Bus
National Express in London
red eagle, Redline and Red Rose in pictures
Stagecoach West update
Stagecoach Oxford update in pictures
London Buses update including Heathrow
North of the border with Gordon Scott
Carterton Coaches from Keith Newton
Readers Letters

 

Weekly Briefing nr 190 - Monday, February 7th 2022

Editorial
Reading press releases
Delays due  to Oxford Marches
Stokenchurch on film in 1960 - more information and current pictures
Unusual sightings in our area
Fleet News & Developments
Phil Southall updates us regarding his fleet
Carousel update in pictures
Update in pictures for Oxford Bus
National Express in London
Redline in pictures
Stagecoach Oxford update in pictures
tube 50272 returns to Oxford
London wrap for goPuff
Thomas Knowles with pictures from Times Gone in Oxford and the Potteries
Ensign update

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Weekly Briefing nr 189 - Monday, January 31st 2022

Editorial
Imberbus 2022 - a date for your diary
CMA looking into the National Express-Stagecoach tie up
Oxfordshire Enthusiasts Society dates for Spring 2022
A mystery solved regarding a question from Anthony Spencer
A morning in Henley by Kevin Fuller
Fleet News & Developments
Carousel update in pictures
Update in pictures for Oxford Bus
Redline and Red Rose in pictures
Stagecoach Oxford update in pictures
Farewell to Stagecoach 34472 - more from Theo Freeman
tube only 50233 still in service
Michael Wadman
with memories in Swindon
Steven Knight and a story of an ex tube coach
Nick Ross by The Clyde

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Weekly Briefing nr 188 - Monday, January 24th 2022
delayed until January 26th

Editorial
Oxfordshire Local Heros day out to London with an Oxford tube
Oxford Bus Company latest brand a bus competition
Farewell to Stagecoach 34472
Fleet News & Developments
Update from Phil Southall for Go Ahead in our area
Carousel lends two Scania double decks to Oxford
Electric double decks in service with Oxford City Sightseeing
Update in pictures for Oxford Bus
Stagecoach Oxford update in pictures
tube 50274 now fully branded
Gavin Francis visits London to see Northern Line replacement bus services
Readers Write features A nice puzzle for Readers
Michael Wadman reports on the Muswell Hill Running day

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on immediate matters and reports.
 

Weekly Briefing nr 187 - Monday, January 17th 2022

Editorial
Current events in our area including a loan from GNE to OBC
STOP PRESS - 50274 re-enter service on the tube
SKM provides interesting allocation updates for SC West
CBW provide more detail on GNE 6377
Richard Sharman shares pictures of a day in Oxford
Jack Cooper in Reading
The Battle of Aylesbury by Paul Coley
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva including recent sales to dealers
First in Slough
Update in pictures for Oxford Bus
Current National Express contractors
Stagecoach Oxford and 15758 returns from repaint
Grahame Wareham corrects some details of his recent article on 2 road
Memories of London route 408 from Michael Wadman

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Weekly Briefing nr 186 - Monday, January 10th 2022

Editorial
2 Road follow up with more pictures
3 road changes
Aylesbury update from Paul Coley
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva January fleet allocations
Changes at Arriva Wycombe - more Citaros
Diamond 250 new timetable
More pictures of last days of Oxford Bus & Stagecoach on various routes
Plastow's operating two more coaches
More memories of Stagecoach C&G from Michael Wadman
and his report on the TfL 93 Running Day
Readers Write with some interesting questions and information

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Weekly Briefing nr 185 - Monday, January 3rd 2022

New Year wishes to all for 2022

Editorial
Changes to Oxfordshire routes covered by Brian Bell, Grahame Wareham, Jack Cooper & Neil Bridges
plus others - being the main focus of this issue
Fleet News & Developments
More pictures of last days of Oxford Bus on various routes
Oxford tube veteran returns for service in Oxfordshire.
More local memories from Michael Wadman
Ensign Dealers vehicle movements

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Weekly Briefing nr 184 - Thursday, December 23th 2021

Christmas wishes to all

Editorial
Remainder of 183 and new 184
Companies wish their customers seasons greetings
Ensign Running Day
Last day of Arriva in Guildford
Chesham Running Day
OMSI2 from Daniel Harwood
Fleet News & Developments
List of new buses for Arriva SR - EVoRa's

Stagecoach West in pictures from Jack Cooper
Stagecoach East add more distance livery buses for the X5
megabus hire in more operators
London tube strike meant bus replacements
More local memories from contributors
In Readers Write questions about the Changes in Oxford next month
Grahame Wareham visits North Wales
Ensign Dealers vehicle movements

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Weekly Briefing nr 183 - Wednesday, December 15th 2021

Editorial
Shortened issue due to Editor's ill health
National Express - Stagecoach update
Reason to visit Guildford this next Saturday
Fleet News & Developments
December allocation list for Arriva SR

More EVoRa buses for Arriva Luton
Stagecoach allocation changes at Oxford
Comparison between 15756 and 15757 interiors
tube movements

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Weekly Briefing nr 182 - Monday, December 6th 2021

Editorial
Oxford Bus has a Mercedes demonstrator
Ensignbus running day by Andrew Webb
Fleet News & Developments
New EVoRa buses for Arriva Luton
National Express close Oxford Gloucester Green office
Reading Bus Christmas activities
Andrew Simmonds remembers OBC Cowley Road
Michael Wadman and Keith Newton provide more pictures of Swindon
Overseas Interlude from Gavin Francis
Readers Letters
A revived train service in the South West

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Weekly Briefing nr 181 - Monday, November 29th 2021

Editorial
Major changes to Oxford network coming in January
Oxford U's vs Rotherham visiting coaches
Polar Express Park & Ride by Thames Travel
The Saracens Shuttle by Arriva
Bus drivers are leaving the industry say Unite
Waddesdon Manor and Lest We Forget
M4 Calcot with James Freeman's link
Fleet News & Developm
ents
Arriva the Shires update from Simon Mathieson
Panorama's first anniversary working the tube
Michael Wadman and Keith Newton provide more pictures of Swindon
Overseas Interlude from Paul Bateson
Readers Letters

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Weekly Briefing nr 180 - Monday, November 22nd 2021

Editorial
National Express - Stagecoach talks extended into December
Van Hool introduce an Electric Astromega
Fleet News & Developments
Go Ahead's Phil Southall provides an update on current fleet matters
Newbury & District receive a new coach
Stagecoach Regional Director Michelle Hargreaves to retire
Two ex Oxford tube Astromegas return to Oxford
Latest on service MMCs now working the X5
Michael Wadman and Keith Newton provide more pictures of Swindon
North of the Border with Gordon Scott
Nick Ross visits The Highlands

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Weekly Briefing nr 179 - Monday, November 15th 2021

Editorial
Cheltenham Race Meeting and shuttles provided by Stagecoach West
Matt Robinson
records his day with a recent transfer to Aylesbury from Tamworth.
Joel Forey
has provided several pictures of ex Oxford X90 coaches now enjoying a new lease of life in the North East.
Gavin Francis
caught up with Oxford's 316 back from conversion  to Diesel from Hybrid on its second day in service.
Michael Wadman recalls memories of Stagecoach Swindon and District in the late '90s
James Freeman visits Ipswich to watch the U's
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva developments
Latest on service MMCs now working the X5
megabus have more hired in operators working their services
Michael Wadman and Keith Newton provide more pictures of Swindon
also history in West Bay and the Dorset Coast from Michael Wadman
Readers Write with recent letters
North of the Border with Gordon Scott

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Weekly Briefing nr 178 - Monday, November 8th 2021

Editorial
Green Line service reductions
Oxford Bus makes changes to some City services
Open Day at Stagecoach Swindon to celebrate 100 years
of Stagecoach and its predecessors
James Freeman visits the M40 at Beaconsfield
Fleet News & Developments
First Berkshire by Michael Wadman
READING BUSES’ FREE TRAVEL TO HELP MORE LOCAL PEOPLE INTO WORK
Updates on Redline and Red Rose
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire reduces services and buses transferred out
Latest on service MMCs now working the X5
megabus have many hired in operators working their services
Andrew Webb records overall wraps of Poppy Buses in London
Michael Wadman and Keith Newton provide more pictures of Swindon
plus Stagecoach history in the town
also history in West Bay and the Dorset Coast from Michael Wadman
Readers Write with a criticism and response regarding the OCBP
North of the Border with Gordon Scott

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Weekly Briefing nr 177 - Monday, November 1st 2021

Editorial
Sunday 24th October 2021 ~ TransportFest 2021
Open Day at Stagecoach Plumstead garage with Gavin Francis
Buses in the Landscape from David Ive and Jack Cooper
Fleet News & Developments
First Berkshire from Kevin Fuller
Coaches sold and bus purchased by Oxford Bus Phil Southall
Buses in Oxford by Jack Cooper
Thames Travel Scania 912 back in service
Updates on Redline and Red Rose
More Distance service MMCs now up to four working the X5
megabus have many hired in operators working their services
Gavin Francis catches up London Bus and Visitor happenings
Michael Wadman and Keith Newton provide more pictures of Swindon
David Allen provides some pictures from Manchester including the time when Routemasters worked the 143
Paul Bateson with some memories of Banbury and Stratford upon Avon
Readers Write questions asked
Happenings in West Bay and the Dorset Coast from Ben Studley
Ensign Dealers provide an update on October dealings

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Weekly Briefing nr 176 - Monday, October 25th 2021

Editorial
Enviro 400EV visits Oxford by David Beynon and Jack Cooper
London Bus Museum Busfest at Brooklands taster by Tony Bungay
Night buses in the Oxford Landscape from Jack Cooper
Fleet News & Developments
First Berkshire all over advert from Kevin Fuller
Oxford's 45 appears as a trainer
Buses and Coaches on Headington Hill and
more Oxford Half Marathon buses by Jack Cooper
Update on coaches 21 to 25 by Jack Cooper
Thames Travel Citaro appears on Oxford Bus 5 road by James Freeman
Motts and a bus service for Wycombe Wanderers by Gavin Francis
Stagecoach Oxford E300 now working the H4
Gavin Francis catches up with a new London Bus wrap
Michael Wadman and Keith Newton provide pictures of Swindon
Chris Lodington finds another SC West repaint in the Wirral
Gordon Scott provides interest from north of the border
Nick Ross visits the Highlands
Martyn Sacaloff with more pictures of his holiday this time in the North East

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   Weekly Briefing nr 175 - Monday, October 18th 2021

Editorial with reason for last week's issue missing
National Express and Stagecoach update
Stokenchurch fire causes service link40 to divert for 24 hours
Lymington Town coach to Thame for match by
Neil Boxford-Faulkner
Plymouth FC visit to Oxford United with coaches noted by James Freeman
Detling Event by Tony Bungay
Wythall Museum event by Kevin Fuller
More on SHOWBUS 2021 by Ciaran Bird

Bus in the Oxford Landscape from Jack Cooper
Fleet News & Developments
Latest Arriva South Region allocation list update
Oxford Half Marathon buses used by Gavin Francis and Richard Sharman
Go Ahead Oxford update by Jack Cooper
Stagecoach Oxford first Gold bus  back  in local livery
First yellow distance livery E400 works X5 to Oxford
..  and Gold S4 Scania transfers to Gloucester
Gavin Francis catches up with some new London Bus wraps
Michael Wadman with memories of a Golden Jubilee Routemaster in Wycombe
Andy Churchill with some vintage Oxford Queen Street pictures
and Paul Bateson with more memories of 1985
M
ichael Wadman has an answer to his query
Martyn Sacaloff with great pictures of his holiday in Scotland
including some coaches from our area
and Nick Ross with pictures from Hadrian's Wall

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Weekly Briefing nr 174 - Monday, October 4th 2021

Editorial
The last chimney at Stewartby
by Gary Seamarks
SHOWBUS 2021 a few more pictures of interest
Amersham & district Running Day at Chesham by Nigel Peach
Buses in the Oxford Landscape taken by Drone from Tony Bungay
Covid 19 update sees the return of many services
Fleet News & Developments
Oxford Bus uses Thames Travel buses on 5 road
Jack Cooper visits Reading for an update
Stagecoach in various local areas
Gavin Francis catches up with some new London Bus wraps
Michael Wadman with memories of Little Jim's early days
and Paul Bateson recalls Oxford/South Midland, United Counties and Motts in late 1984
M
ichael Wadman writes with a query
Martin Jarvis on the Yorkshire Moors

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Weekly Briefing nr 173 - Monday, September 27th 2021

Editorial
Serious roadworks in central Oxford cause problems for bus and coach services
SHOWBUS 2021 reported in pictures from several contributors
100 years of United Counties celebrated
Wycombe Wanderers visit Manchester for their clash against MANCITY
Covid 19 update sees the return of many services
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva in Aylesbury and Oxford
Centrebus update by Mike Penn
Oxford Bus and other operators on diversion due to the closure of Frideswide Square
National Express make a bid for Stagecoach
Thames Valley in Maidenhead by Kevin Fuller
Tony Bungay takes a ride on the Redline X20
Gavin Francis catches up with some new London Bus wraps
and also what was running the Chelsea Flower Show Shuttles this year
Michael Wadman with a look at Coachman and others
Overseas Interlude
Andrew Dyer shows what Stagecoach Auckland did with updating the then current livery
Gary Seamarks from the East Coast

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Weekly Briefing nr 172 - Monday, September 20th 2021

Editorial
A follow up about Paddy and his Oxford tube rescue
The Oxford Bus Enthusiasts meetings are back in October
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva in Wycombe
Carousel update with recent arrivals for service
Gavin Francis visits Watlington to catch school services
Stagecoach West it is suggested that the Cheltenham service will move to Witney in early October.
Michael Wadman with a look at Carterton Coaches
Overseas Interlude
Paul Bateson with a day out in Toronto
Readers Write

Comments on the last issue from Andrew Dyer, Gary Nolan and Steven Knight
Nick Ross from the South Coast

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Weekly Briefing nr 171 - Monday, September 13th 2021

Editorial
Gavin Francis catches up with Oxford Open Door and Museum buses running
also South Mimms and Crusader-Motts and on to Ongar and another Running Day
Jack Cooper & David Beynon report on St Giles Fayre and buses diverted
Abingdon Air Show and OBC
Alperton Bus Garage closes with a rally
Oxford tube driver rescues dog on the M40
Buses in the Landscape
Fleet News & Developments
Go Ahead Group developments
Longmile update
Redline School Services in Stokenchurch
Stagecoach in the North West update
Tony Bungay's United Counties Part 2
Graham Low and Mick Payne with old times with UCOC
Michael Wadman with some more local small operators
Paul Bateson's 1985 picture of the X34 run by 190 coach
Readers Write

Bus Users Oxford Chairman comments on the new Redline competition on the Aylesbury-Oxford route
Ciaran Bird in Bournemouth
David Ive in the East of England
Ensign August movements

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Weekly Briefing nr 170 - Monday, September 6th 2021

Editorial
At Binders Yard with Gavin Francis
Stagecoach West launch their new fleet of Scania MMCs in Gloucester
Epping Forest rally by Gavin Francis
Showbus update
Buses in the Landscape
Lathalmond by Gordon Scott
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva in pictures covering recently transferred buses to our area
Phil Southall updates us more on his Group
Longmile update
New coaches for Pulhams by Ben Studley
Redline launch their new X20 Aylesbury-Oxford service
Much on the Red Group from Gavin Francis who visited Aylesbury
Gavin Francis with London news plus open top tour buses
Michael Wadman and even more on Buffalo Bus
Paul Bateson's trip to find RT4743 in Canada
Readers Write

Destination screens - what is the correct layout? Some replies
Andrew Webb in Lincolnshire
 Martin Dowling takes the open top service via Sandbanks Ferry

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Weekly Briefing nr 169 - Sunday, August 22nd 2021

Editorial
Destination screens - what is the correct layout?
National Express Leisure to become the company's go-to holiday arm
Lothian Buses in the firing line
Gavin Francis visits the Marble Arch Mound

Fleet News & Developments
Arriva in pictures and a double deck working of the Bicester service
Phil Southall updates us on Carousel
More use for the Sprinter 45 buses of OBC
Stagecoach Oxford loses it last seat belt Gold to Bristol
Oxford tube past and present
More on the East moves of MMCs to Bedford Oxford route
uno features new buses
Gavin Francis with London news
North of the Border returns with Gordon Scott
Michael Wadman and even more on Buffalo Bus
Paul Bateson's 1984 pictures prompt memories from your Editor
Readers Write with some pictures and memories

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Weekly Briefing nr 168 - Sunday, August 15th 2021

Editorial
Oxford Bus services resume to Kassam Stadium for Oxford United games
Buses in the Landscape
SHOWBUS 2021 advance announcement
Fleet News & Developments
Arriva in High Wycombe by Gavin Francis
Phil Southall updates us on his group
Stagecoach to launch their new MMC fleet at Gloucester
East moves MMCs to Bedford Oxford route
Michael Wadman more on Buffalo Bus
Andy Churchill remembers Stagecoach Thames Transit early days
Malcolm Crowe and a visit to Devon in 1999
Gary Seamarks went to Brighton
Kevin Fuller in Portsmouth

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Weekly Briefing nr 167 - Sunday, August 8th 2021

Editorial
The Electric Bus and all that we may miss in the future
Red Rose and Redline service changes and new routes
Buses Festival 2021 in pictures
Fleet News & Developments
Carousel fare changes and routes
More new coaches for National Express
Reading put 795 into Green Line 702 livery
Gary Seamarks on the 10th Anniversary of Cambridge Busway
megabus hiring in coaches to meet demand
Michael Wadman remembers Buffalo Bus
Reading-Newbury buses go on holiday to Bournemouth

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Weekly Briefing nr 166 - Sunday, August 1st 2021

Editorial
853 may remain with Cheltenham
Changes with Go Ahead Group services in our area
Red Rose service changes
London Spirit revealed
Marble Arch launch and failings
Plaxton double deck coach development

Readers Write with comments on last week's issue
Covid-19 update
Fleet News and developments
Flixbus contractors again
Winner of the brand a bus revealed by Oxford Bus
SC West  -   update on new Scania double decks
megabus with different operators on hire
London Variety by Gavin Francis
Times of Old
Michael Wadman remembers early days locally with a variety of operators
plus Cheltenham & Gloucester buses in early Stagecoach days
Thomas W W Knowles with memories of Arriva the Shires 20 years ago
Paul Bateson with pictures from 1984
Overseas Interlude
Malta & Gozo latest fleet book is reviewed
Ensign trading update

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Weekly Briefing nr 165 - Sunday, July 25th 2021

Editorial
A significant change in the Cheltenham-Oxford service from Stagecoach
More pictures of the buses involved with the British F1 GP 2021 at Silverstone
Richard Sharman gives us two articles on what the future may hold
Covid-19 update
Fleet News and developments
More livery changes from The Go-Ahead Oxford Group
Winner of the brand a bus revealed Hybrid 300 appears in the livery
National Express with more contractors highlighted
SC West  -  Video of the new Scania double decks
Megabus with different operators on hire
Times of Old
Tony Bungay remembers United Counties
Michael Wadman remembers early days with R S Transport
plus Cheltenham & Gloucester buses in early Stagecoach days
Overseas Interlude
Malta & Gozo latest fleet book is revealed
Readers Write with some history from Gavin Francis
Kevin Fitzpatrick visited Bridgnorth
& Jack Cooper has pictures from his trip to St Ives

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Weekly Briefing nr 164 - Sunday, July 18th 2021

Editorial
British Formula One Grand Prix 2021 at Silverstone
David Beynon has a scoop from Oxford Bus
Service increases provides more to watch
Buses in the Landscape
Buses from Combe - the A34 - Plymouth and the A41
Covid-19 update
The end of lockdown is almost here but don't let your guard drop
The Airline restores services from Oxford to Gatwick
Fleet News and developments
Arriva new service Aylesbury-Bicester Village the X16 on first day
Flixbus update with more new operators
National Express with new contractors
Jack Cooper visits Reading
Red Rose will commence new service from Aylesbury to Bicester
SC West in Cheltenham and Gloucester -  many interesting pictures
Megabus with different operators on hire
Gavin
and his recent pictures in London area and a further LT wraps
Michael Wadman remembers more days with Vale Travel plus Cheltenham & Gloucester buses in early Stagecoach days
Overseas Interlude
Paul Bateson records the closure of Toronto Coach Station
and Istanbul from Thomas Walker
Readers Write with a question for you to answer
Peter Edgar visits Plymouth and other areas of Devon
Martyn Sacaloff
in Eastbourne

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Weekly Briefing nr 163 - Sunday, July 11th 2021

Editorial
Nail biting night of Euro 2020 Final - Italy vs England
How our local companies marked the occasion
Livery modifications on London Hydrogen Buses
Buses in the Landscape
Buses from Cheltenham, Oxford and Newtonmore near Aviemore
An unusual working of a Brookes StreetDeck Micro Hybrid to Kidlington
Covid-19 update
Approaching the end of lockdown
The Airline restores services from Oxford to Gatwick
Open top services in full swing in London and Oxford
Fleet News and developments
Arriva latest fleet allocation for the Southern Region
Arriva new service Aylesbury-Bicester Village the X16
Flixbus update with new operators
National Express fleet changes recorded
also some different operators
Two Contributors visit SC West in Cheltenham and Gloucester -  many interesting pictures
Ex Oxford tube used as a Vaccination Bus in Scotland
Megabus and some different operators on hire
Gavin
and his recent pictures in London area and a further LT wraps
Michael Wadman remembers more days with Z&S plus Cheltenham  & Gloucester buses in early Stagecoach days
Readers Write with more on two coaches from issue 162
Nick Ross visits the Highlands of Scotland
Martyn Sacaloff
in Eastbourne

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Weekly Briefing nr 162 - Sunday, July 4th 2021

Editorial
Livery changes with Oxford Bus Group and SC Oxfordshire
Work continues on Buckingham Palace Road requiring weekend closure
Botley Road delays with cause
Buses in the Landscape
featuring Johnsons
The Marble Arch Mound update
Covid-19 update
Approaching the end of lockdown
School service S route to record such routes
Fleet News and developments
Arriva hired coaches on S school routes
Change of regular bus for BV1 Bicester Village service in pictures
Ex Heyfordian E200 pictured in Leven - Scotland
Motts receive new 21 plate small coach
Gary Seamarks catches up with Redline and Red Rose in Aylesbury
Scanias for SC West at Gloucester slow to enter service

Gavin treats us to this year's Wimbledon specials
and his
recent pictures in London area and a further LT wraps
More details on TOOT
BUS
Michael Wadman remembers more days with Z&S
Paul Bateson notes changes in Ontario, Canada
Paul Hawkins north of the border with Volvo 9700 s
Martyn Sacaloff
in Staffordshire
Ensign June movements

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Weekly Briefing nr 161 - Sunday, June 27th 2021

Editorial
Nice picture contributions
Buses in the Landscape
National Express services through Oxford clarified
London routing of
Oxford tube changed by road closures
The Marble Arch Mound
Covid-19 update
London Sightseeing update in pictures
Oxford City Sightseeing buses clarified
Fleet News and developments
Flixbus increase services again
New fleet of Levante III s for National Express
Scanias for SC West at Gloucester enter service
Diversion causes smaller buses to be used on the 853 West service
Gary Seamarks provides a glimpse of Northampton Stagecoach
Gavin treats us to recent pictures in London and a further LT wraps
Graham Low provides early pictures of the Reading Rail-Air
Michael Wadman remembers early days with Z&S
In readers Write Gavin Francis gives some details of Citaro preservation projects
Richard Sharman updates us on plans for an electric bus trial in Didcot
Nick Ross from East Sussex
Martyn Sacaloff visits the Devon

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Weekly Briefing nr 160 - Sunday, June 20th 2021

Editorial
Heavy rain floods roads
Richard Sharman writes about National Express and megabus who both return to Oxford
Covid-19 update
Oxford City Sightseeing update reported by Jack Cooper
More n
ew Scanias for SC West at Gloucester
Panorama shortage sees the old megabus/Oxford tube Astromegas back on the road
megabus relief workings for the World Cup match seen in Scotland and London
Gavin treats us to recent pictures in London and a further LT wrap
Michael Wadman recalling  Reading Rail-Air over the years and Cheltenham & Gloucester in 1998
with Gavin Francis on RMA 11
In readers Write Mike Stone clarifies work on Oxford Station
Richard Sharman updates us on plans for an electric bus trial in Didcot
Martyn Sacaloff visits the North West and Derbyshire

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Weekly Briefing nr 159 - Tuesday, June 15th 2021

Editorial
The Toronto Coach Terminal closing by Paul Bateson.
Botley Road works will cause major traffic delays west of Oxford
Buses in the Landscape from Ciaran Bird, Gavin Francis, Jack Cooper and Tony Bungay
Covid-19 update
PM announces lifting of lockdown delayed
More n
ew Scanias for SC West at Gloucester
Panorama shortage sees the old megabus/Oxford tube Astromegas back on the road
Michael Wadman follows RMA 11 and Cheltenham & Gloucester in 1996
In readers Write plans for rebuilding of Oxford Station revealed
plus for those who wonder about laser printers in a video
Tony Bungay writes about his thought on local developments
Gavin Francis visits Staines-upon-Thames

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Weekly Briefing nr 158 - Tuesday, June 8th 2021

Editorial
Just under 200 pictures again in this issue
Botley Road works cause major traffic delays west of Oxford
Something new is being built at Marble Arch
A postcard from Quainton Road by Peter Edgar
The Oxford Bus Museum open day on My 31st
Buses in the Landscape from Ciaran Bird and Nick Ross
Covid-19 update
Sightseeing Tours in London really going now
Rail Replacement service over the Bank Holiday weekend
by Mike Penn& Gary Seamarks - plenty to see
Arriva SC fleet list and changes for June
Binders Yard by Gavin Francis
Flixbus still growing
Reading by Martin Dowling
New Scanias being delivered to SC West Gloucester
Where are the Oxford tube Astromegas now
London operators by Jim Wright
Michael Wadman features Red Kite and Cheltenham & Gloucester in 1996
Malcolm Crowe with memories of Oxford Bus and Stagecoach in 1998
In readers Write more details of service in Oxford during NBC days
Ensignbus trading in May 2021

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Weekly Briefing nr 157 - Sunday, May 30th 2021

Delayed by 24 hours

Editorial
Just under 200 pictures in the issue
Oxford and London pictures
Buses in the Landscape
Covid-19 update
Bank Holiday rallies with Gavin Francis and Jack Cooper
Jack Cooper visits High Wycombe
Centrebus closes Stevenage by Mike Penn
Flixbus current UK fleet list
Oxford Bus launches new mobile phone app
Marchants team coach for Cheltenham Town visit London
Reading with Jack Cooper
red eagle unveil a new livery by Taj Khan
New Scanias being delivered to SC West Gloucester
Gary Seamarks visits St Ives and Great Yarmouth
megabus services from Bournemouth highlighted by Gavin Francis
LT55's wrap history by Gavin Francis
Paul Bateson with more pictures from 1983 featuring Reading, National Express and Thames Valley
Michael Wadman moves on to cover Redline and more on Cheltenham & Gloucester in 1992
Grahame Wareham provides route details of COMS in 1983

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Weekly Briefing nr 156 - Sunday, May 23rd 2021

Editorial
Although not the best of weather this issue still has 198 pictures for you to view
A taste of what is in this issue
Martyn Sacaloff continues his trip around the U K
including pictures of buses for SC West on their way to Gloucester
plus Buses in the Landscape from Martyn
Flixbus to double U K routes
Contributions
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva changes from May 30th
Windsor Duck Tours by Jim Wright
Thames Travel 67 on diversion
National Express with more pictures
Reading Buses offer a free open top tour
Stagecoach West including Oxfordshire covered
Stagecoach including companies outside our area
City Sightseeing London new operation
Memories of Times Past
Michael Wadman on Red Eagle and Cheltenham & Gloucester
NBC Oxford South Midland in 1983 by Paul Bateson
Readers Write
Paul Coley and Mike Walker on recent comment and events
Sally-Anne Spring visits Polperro and "The Tram"
Martyn Sacaloff in Dundee, Wishaw, South Wales and Staffordshire

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Weekly Briefing nr 155 - Sunday, May 16th 2021

Editorial
Cancellation of train services on LNER and GWR as class 800 trains are withdrawn for safety checks by Richard Sharman
A taste of what is in this issue
Martyn Sacaloff finds vehicles of interest from our area in Scotland
New buses for SC West nearly ready for delivery by David Oakley
Covid-19 update
Bus and Coach capacities increased to near normal from May 17th.
Oxford Bus send Citaro mobile vaccination buses to Norfolk
Contributions
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva changes from May 17th
More on Flixbus and their contractors

Oxford Bus with news about the 33C

OBC shakes up tourism management team with all-female trio
National Express covered in more pictures
Thomas walker visited Milton Keynes
Stagecoach West including Oxfordshire covered
Stagecoach East Scotland operations
Memories of Times Past
Michael Wadman with more on Red Rose and Cheltenham & Gloucester
Readers Write
Martyn Sacaloff on The Isle of Arran
Voirrey Cadle on the Isle of Mull

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Weekly Briefing nr 154 - Sunday, May 9th 2021

Editorial
Gloucester 1992
Buses in the Landscape
A taste of what is in this issue
Trace a Bristol FHT112
Covid-19 update
Contributions
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva allocations for May
National Express covered in more pictures
More on Flixbus and their contractors
Thomas walker visited Milton Keynes
Stagecoach West including Oxfordshire covered
with an interview with Rachel Geliamassi
Stagecoach East Scotland operations
Memories of Times Past
Michael Wadman with more on Red Rose
Overseas Interlude with Electric Buses for
Other localities covered including operations in Edinburgh by Bill Brown
Ensign Dealers update list

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Weekly Briefing nr 153 - Sunday, May 2nd 2021

Editorial
Buses in the Landscape
A taste of what is in this issue
Oxford Travel Shop sells enthusiast items
Contributions
Arriva management comments on developments at High Wycombe and Aylesbury
Flixbus present operation in pictures
National Express covered in more pictures
Covid-19 update
Services returning to pre Covid levels
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
More on Flixbus and their contractors
Phil Southall comments on current developments
Much on the Red Group in Aylesbury
Stagecoach West including Oxfordshire covered with new MMCs for West
Stagecoach East Scotland CityBus operations from Perth
Other localities covered including Scotland
Memories of Times Past
Michael Wadman with more on Red Rose
Martyn Sacaloff's recent tour of the UK in pictures
Elizabeth Yule Transport featured

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Weekly Briefing nr 152 - Sunday, April 25th 2021

Editorial
A taste of what is in this issue
Changes in Bulleid Way with GLCS
Seacourt Park & Ride rebuilt and extended
Contributions
Flixbus noted again
National Express covered in pictures
Covid-19 update
Services returning to pre Covid levels
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
More on Flixbus and their contractors
Stagecoach West including Oxfordshire covered
Other localities covered including Scotland
Memories of Times Past
Gavin Francis and a picture of RT1658
Michael Wadman with more on Red Rose
Paul Bateson remembers the coach rally in Brighton during 1958
Andrew Webb with pictures of the RLH Running Day

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Weekly Briefing nr 151 - Sunday, April 18th 2021
delayed until Tuesday, April 20th 2021

Editorial
A taste of what is in this issue
Contributions
Fire in Charlbury causes delays
Flixbus back in force from April15th
DVSA announce changes
Covid-19 update
Services beginning to return to pre Covid levels
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
More on Flixbus and their contractors
Ourbus Bartons featured
Managing Director for Stagecoach West including Oxfordshire announced
Worths featured
Memories of Times Past
Michael Wadman with more on Red Rose
Gavin Francis with more pictures of the RLH after ending their service
Readers Write
A question from Martin Sutton on FHT112
Grahame Wareham responds about COMS Queens
Andrew Webb with pictures of the LBM 65 Running Day

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Weekly Briefing nr 150 - Sunday, April 11th 2021

Editorial
Flixbus to return intending to take nr 1 position in the UK
Seacourt Park & Ride improvements
A taste of what is in this issue
Covid-19 update
Oxford tube returns and co-ordinated bus services intended
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
park&ride 300 to restart
National Express and megabus now in VCS
Courtney to become Thames Valley Buses
Stagecoach X5 back in service again
Memories of Times Past
Michael Wadman with more on Red Rose
Paul Bateson celebrates 50 years since the last RLH ended their service
Readers Write
A question from Martin Sutton on FHT112
Grahame Wareham remembers COMS Queen 975 and others
Mark Turner asks about Mullany's LX06FAO
North of the Border by two contributors

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Weekly Briefing nr 149 - Monday, April 5th 2021

Editorial
A taste of what is in this issue
Nearly 200 pictures in this issue
Oxford tube returns to the road
More Oxford Bus route branded buses enter service
Go North West still on strike after one month
Hired buses and coaches recorded by Martyn Sacaloff
Covid-19 update
Oxford Bus changes from April 12th
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva updated allocation lists
Diamond branding applied to all buses working the 250
Bicester Village service to restart
park&ride 300 to restart
Victoria Coach Station trials a new arrival instruction board
Memories of Times Past
Andrew Dyer remembers The Queens in Oxford
and Michael Wadman with more on Red Rose
Mike Penn and memories of Hastings
Readers Write
Buses in the Landscape
Oxford Buses Overseas from Paul Bateson
A question from Jack Cooper
Docherty Midland
, Auchterarder from Bill Brown
Ensign Bus dealers listing for March 2021

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Weekly Briefing nr 148 - Sunday, March 28th 2021

Editorial
A taste of what is in this issue
More than 150 pictures in this issue
Ben Studley shares some unusual destination displays
Covid-19 update
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva using Solos on the 300
Oxford's City Sightseeing date for restart
Reading introduce a new livery and service
Stagecoach fleet moves at Banbury and Rugby/Northampton
Astromega in use on the H4
School workings in Aylesbury
Memories of Times Past
from Michael Wadman & Paul Bateson
Paul remembers Hastings on the last day of trolleybuses
Readers Write
Replies and comments from Phil Clark, Gavin Francis, Tony Bungay and James Freeman
Government funding in Scotland for progress

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Weekly Briefing nr 147 - Sunday, March 21st 2021

Editorial
London & Oxford LEZ's
 A taste of what is in this issue
BUS BASCK BETTER the Government's view on the future
Dates for your diary including Showbus 2021
An Obituary for Andy Carter of OBC
Covid-19 update
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva making pace with repaints
Oxford's City Sightseeing date for restart
Stagecoach East Scotland from Bill Brown
ex tube Astromega in new liveries
Gavin Francis in High Wycombe on Rail Replacement and Binders Yard
Memories of Times Past
from Michael Wadman & Paul Bateson
Overseas pictures of Railbus in N Ireland and Mexico by Dave Allen
Readers Write
Derek Dawson & Grahame Wareham on the Bristol Res with COMS

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Weekly Briefing nr 146 - Sunday, March 14th 2021

Delayed until March 15th.

Editorial
 A taste of what is in this issue
Government to invest £3 billion in local bus services
Covid-19 update
Changes in the next month
Oxford tube to resume on March 29th
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Go Ahead Oxford with fleet update
Thames Travel purchase the loaned Brighton & Hove double decks
ex tube Astromega in new liveries
Memories of Times Past
from Graham Low - High Wycombe in the 1960s
Readers Write
Michael Wadman in Oxford
Tony Bungay on matters pertaining to Oxford
James Freeman with an interesting video
plus
Paul Bateson visit Oban in 2018

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Weekly Briefing nr 145 - Sunday, March 7th 2021

Editorial
 A taste of what is in this issue
Significant changes in bus services for Milton Keynes
Items include updates on areas of interest
Covid-19 update
Changes in the next month
Oxford tube to resume on March 29th
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Latest fleet allocations for Arriva
Go Ahead Oxford with fleet update
Remaining Park & Rides scheduled to be repainted for the X3 now complete
Thames Travel purchase the loaned Brighton & Hove double decks
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire update and Banbury now a Thames Transit company
More ex tube Astromegas in new liveries
Memories of Times Past
from Michael Wadman, Nick Ross and Thomas W W Knowles
Overseas Interlude with New York Leyland Atlanteans an in Canada by Paul Bateson
Replies to request from Contributors by
 Tony Bungay, Mike Stone & Ian Hardy
in Readers Write

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Weekly Briefing nr 144 - Sunday, February 28th 2021

Editorial
Stagecoach Oxford and West to merge
A taste of what is in this issue
Oxford set to develop coach parking and drop-off strategy
Items include updates on areas of interest
Covid-19 update
The timetable out of lockdown
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Mike Penn visits Luton
Go Ahead Oxford repurpose a Citaro
Thames Travel launch buses in Milton Park livery
Go North East's ex Oxford Interdecks pictures from Andrew Tyldsley
Pulhams first 21 plate from Brent Ricketts
Full listing of Panoramas for Oxford tube
10 planned for tube delivered to SC Fife
Memories of Times Past
from Michael Wadman & Kevin Fuller
including Red Rose and Oxford COMS Centenary by Kevin
Readers Write from 
Jane Morton and T W W Knowles

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Weekly Briefing nr 143 - Sunday, February 21st 2021

Editorial
A taste of what is in this issue
Items include updates on areas of interest
First picture of a 21 plate bus from Stagecoach
Covid-19 update
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva on the 724 from Andrew Webb
Variety with Carousel
Go North East's ex Oxford Interdecks update
Four more Panoramas for Oxford tube
Memories of Times Past
from Michael Wadman, Paul Bateson & Kevin Fuller
including Red Rose, Heathrow and Wycombe Bus
Readers Write from 
Ian Hardy and Gavin Francis

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Weekly Briefing nr 142 - Sunday, February 14th 2021

Editorial
A taste of what is in this issue
Items include updates on areas of interest
Oxford Bus Company announces winner of paint a bus
Interbus services after Brexit
Editors Review of a new Paul Lacey book
Covid-19 update
Transport Select Committee to examine coach industry plight
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Variety on First's X74
Latest on Go North East's ex Oxford Interdecks ready for service on Monday
Oxford Bus first repaint of Park & Ride StreetDeck entering service on X3
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire to repaint Golds into new local livery
First tube Astromega to enter service in full megabus livery
Memories from Times Past
from Michael Wadman/Keith Newton, Dave Allen, Andrew Dyer, Paul Bateson & Malcolm Crowe
Readers Write from Thomas W W Knowles, James Freeman & Tony Bungay

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Weekly Briefing nr 141 - Sunday, February 7th 2021

Editorial
A taste of what is in this issue
Items include updates on areas of interest
Covid-19 update
More on Oxford Bus changes including the extension on 3A to serve Kassam Mass Vaccination Centre.
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva latest fleet allocation
Johnsons have repainted the Green Line Optare coach purchased new by them
Ex Astromega tube coach 50266 enters service on the M92
Memories from Times Past
from Michael Wadman/Keith Newton, Paul Bateson & Malcolm Crowe
Readers Write from Keith Aveyard, Ian Hardy, Ian Williamson, Mike Penn & Norrie Thomas
Julian Walker tells us about developments with the Dartmoor Explorer

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Weekly Briefing nr 140 - Sunday, January 31st 2021

Editorial
A taste of what is in this issue
Items include updates on areas of interest
Covid-19 update
Oxford Bus introduces service extension on 3A to serve Kassam Mass Vaccination Centre.
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
A good coverage of Arriva and Green Line
A surprise livery for the Astromega tube coaches
An update on the fleet of Go Ahead locally by Phil Southall
Memories from Times Past
from Michael Wadman/Keith Newton, Paul Bateson, Gary  Seamarks & Michael Penn (London's Trolley Buses
Malcolm Crowe's visit to Berlin in 2005
Readers Write from Paul Weal, Ian Hardy & David Ive
Bill Brown was in Kirkcaldy and the Plaxton Panther LE
Adam Baker entreats us to a report and pictures from south west London

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Weekly Briefing nr 139 - Sunday, January 24th 2021

Editorial from snowy Stokenchurch
A taste of what is in this issue
Snow in the region by Gavin Francis and Adam Wareham
also including many pictures from the past
Covid-19 update
megabus suspends operations
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Rail Replacement in Swindon by Daryl Major
Thames Travel place loaned buses in service in pictures
Memories from Times Past from Michael Wadman/Keith Newton, Paul Bateson & Malcolm Crowe
Readers Write from Julian Walker in Devon, Gavin Francis on RM1737, Grahame Wareham & Adam Baker
who also entreats us to a report and pictures from south London

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Weekly Briefing nr 138 - Sunday, January 17th 2021

Editorial
A taste of what is in this issue
including some pictures from the past
Covid-19 update
More operators reduce service levels
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva up the ante vs Redline on the Aylesbury-High Wycombe route
Rail Replacement in Swindon by Mike Lewis
Stagecoach announce new plans for low bridge avoidance
Memories from Times Past from Michael Wadman/Keith Newton and Paul Bateson
 Michael Penn and a trip to Scotland 50 years ago seeing our local vehicles in new homes
Readers Write from Peter Cartwright looking back to Wycombe in the '60s
Gary Seamarks on the problem of low bridges in Bedfordshire
Ensign arrivals  and sales

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Weekly Briefing nr 137 - Sunday, January 10th 2021

Editorial
A taste of what is in this issue
Covid-19 update
megabus reduces service levels
National Express suspends all services
Oxford tube suspended until further notice
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
The 
tube at rest with Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
Memories from Times Past from Michael Wadman, Paul Bateson & Michael Penn
Overseas - Hong Kong picture interlude by Keith Wood
Readers Write from Mike Walker, Nigel Peach, Paul Weal, Peter Cartwright and Tony Bungay
Ensign arrivals  and sales

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Weekly Briefing nr 136 - Sunday, January 3rd 2021

Editorial
New Year Greetings to all my readers
Covid-19 update
megabus reduces service levels
Oxford tube now suspended until further notice
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
The old and new
 Oxford tube at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
Memories from Times Past from Michael Wadman, Keith Newton, Gavin Francis and Malcolm Crowe
Overseas - a visit to Toronto,  Canada with Paul Bateson
Readers Write
A rather smart truck in Cornmarket

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Future issues now planned for Sundays.

Weekly Briefing nr 135 - Wednesday, December 23rd 2020

Editorial
Christmas Greetings to all my readers
Tasters for this issue
Covid-19 update
Tier 4 hits the South East
Oxford tube to be suspended from last coach Christmas Eve
Victoria Coach Station under Covid-19
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva celebrate Green Line 90th Anniversary
More new Panoramas arrive at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
Buses in London from Gavin Francis
Memories from Times Past from Michael Wadman, Kevin Fuller & Gavin Francis
Overseas - a visit to Toronto,  Canada with Paul Bateson
Readers Write
Paul Bateson with a Christmas question
Readers visits
Gary Seamarks in Peterborough
James Freeman on the South Coast & I O W
Gavin Francis visits Binders Yard and finds a long time company has changed direction

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Weekly Briefing nr 134 - Saturday, December 12th 2020

Editorial
more on the new Oxford tube Panoramas delivered
Covid-19 update
Government gives NEx and megabus £3 million to run extra services at Christmas
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Buses in London from Gavin Francis & Jack Cooper
Memories from Times Past from Michael Wadman,
Overseas - a visit to Toronto,  Canada with Paul Bateson
Readers Write
Tony Bungay on GreenLine and David Gray on a Versa in the last issue
Readers visits
Joel Forey on new buses in Newcastle
Ensign Bus arrivals and disposals
Malta Transport Society 2021 calendar.

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Weekly Briefing nr 133 - Friday, December 4th 2020

Editorial
more on the new Oxford tube Panoramas entering service on November 28th
megabus revised livery from Colin Ashcroft
Covid-19 update
New rules for our area, now in Tier 2
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
National Express double deck coaches back in service
Marlow Branch replacement bus service - further pictures
New buses in London from Mark Wakefield
Memories from Times Past from Michael Wadman,
Overseas we return to Canada with Paul Bateson
Readers Write
Replies to Paul Bateson regarding a picture of an Ipswich bus.
Readers visits
Gavin Francis visits Didcot
Thomas Walker in Aylesbury and Bicester

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Weekly Briefing nr 132 - Friday, November 27th 2020

Editorial
more on the Christmas Light Bus in Oxford
New tube coaches start entering service on November 28th
Marlow Branch replacement bus service - further pictures
Covid-19 update
New rules for our area, now in Tier 2
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
including a report on the launch of the new Oxford tube Panoramas
Memories from Times Past
from Michael Wadman, Paul Bateson and Tony Bungay
including Thames Valley in High Wycombe
Readers Write
A request from Paul Bateson regarding a picture of an Ipswich bus.

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Weekly Briefing nr 131 - Friday, November 20th 2020

Editorial
Christmas Light Bus in Oxford
More new tube coaches arrive and training starts
Queen Street in Oxford still closed
Frideswide Square to close until 27th
Marlow Branch replacement bus service
Covid-19 update
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
including a further report on the new Oxford tube Panoramas
Memories from Times Past
from Michael Wadman & Chris Loddington
Readers Write
Readers visit Slough & east Scotland

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Weekly Briefing nr 130 - Friday, November 13th 2020

Editorial
Covid-19 update
Various services change following the recent LOCKDOWN
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
including a full report on the new Oxford tube Panoramas
Also Astromega re-registrations
Memories from Times Past by Michael Wadman
Readers Write
updating us on Milton Keynes

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Weekly Briefing nr 129 - Friday, November 6th 2020

Stop Press
The first two Panoramas arrive at Oxford tube
Editorial
Covid-19 update
Various services change following the recent LOCKDOWN
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Memories from Times Past by Michael Wadman
Days out with Daniel Harwood in Brighton
and in Worcester with Jack Cooper
Ensign Sales and Changes in October

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Weekly Briefing nr 128 - Friday, October 30th 2020

Editorial
Covid-19 update
Oxford goes into Tier 2 restrictions from Saturday, October31st
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Manchester magic bus in service in Swindon
Stagecoach switches off wi-fi on many services
Memories from Times Past by Michael Wadman
Marshalls Coaches Neoplan
A day out with Andrew Webb in Staines and Slough
featuring the electric bus in Slough
Readers Write
Paul Bateson records buses from City of Oxford & Thames Valley abroad

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Weekly Briefing nr 127 - Friday, October 23rd 2020

Editorial
Rail Replacement in Oxford & Didcot
RM797 is still "alive" on both sides of the Atlantic
Thames Travel gain Milton Park services from January 2021
Emphasis on the past in this week's page
Covid-19 update
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Manchester magic bus in service in Swindon
megabus coaches on schools in Manchester return south for the half term
Memories from Times Past by Michael Wadman and Paul Bateson
Marshalls Coaches remembered
Paul Bateson goes back to 1983 in Oxford
Readers Write
Pictures of Rail Replacement in Oxford & Didcot

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Weekly Briefing nr 126 - Friday, October 16th 2020

Editorial
Emphasis on the past in this week's page
Covid-19 update
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Contribution from the Luton & Beds Transport Page
ex megabus Oxford tube coaches head north to Scotland
megabus coaches on schools in Manchester
Lewisham with Gavin Francis
Memories from Times Past by Michael Wadman and Paul Bateson
Operators in Bucks plus pictures from the 1970's & 80's
Paul Bateson goes back to 1977 in Oxford and Windsor
North of the border with Paul Hawkins
An electric coach service

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Special Showbus Album Briefing Part Two - Sunday, September 27th 2020

Showbus Flyby from Sunday , September 27th
Pictures relating to the pictures of stops made and received
Contributions from readers as mentioned
The final part of this event record

Weekly Briefing nr 125 - Friday, October 9th 2020

Editorial
Stagecoach celebrates 40 years service
New Plaxton Panoramas for the tube now due before Christmas
Full details in a Press Release
Covid-19 update
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
nice coverage of Stagecoach East from Gary Seamarks
Memories from Times Past by Michael Wadman and David Gray
READERS WRITE
More on the recent acquisitions for Walters
Paul Bateson goes back to 1957 on service 686 Carlisle - Newcastle once the 34!
North of the border with Gordon Scott

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Weekly Briefing nr 124 - Friday, October 2nd 2020

Editorial and Covid-19 update
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Branding changes for the Go Ahead Oxford Group - pictures show the changes
Walters acquire some Go-Ahead deckers
Local and London developments
Andrew Webb shows some of the latest developments in London
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
Michael Wadman reminds us of smaller local operators
READERS WRITE
A question about McLeans new coaches answered
Andrew Tyldsley writes about Brampton and the 686
Questions answered in detail about Worcester and Birmingham to Oxford services
OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST
Devon from Julian Walker
plus Devon and Cornwall from Gary Seamarks

Special Showbus Album Briefing - Sunday, September 27th 2020

Showbus Flyby from Sunday , September 27th
Pictures relating to the pictures of stops made and received
Contributions from readers as mentioned
More will added as available in the next week.

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Weekly Briefing nr 123 - Friday, September 25th 2020

Showbus Flyby is this coming Sunday from Oxford services to Beaconsfield services.
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva make some more changes to allocations
Significant fleet changes for the Go Ahead Oxford Group - pictures show the changes
Thames Travel use 845 on 98A by Jack Cooper

Reading Buses win a National Express award for 2019
Local and London developments
A Travel London decker stops for a Kebab
Andrew Webb shows some of the latest developments in London

From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
Michael Wadman reminds us of The Oxford Circle Tour
READERS WRITE
Gary Seamarks asks some interesting questions
Ian Williamson remembers the Derwent Dart in Cambridgeshire
OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST
Andrew Tyldsley writes about Go North East
Trevor Wilson tells us about the Cross Pennine services in the North of England

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Weekly Briefing nr 122 - Friday, September 18th 2020

Final StreetDeck 909 enters service with Thames Travel
Recent allocation within 
Oxford Bus Group
News of readers visits to various locations including East Yorkshire
and The Tyne Valley Ten
Update on COVID-19 situation
Buses on school children only services
READERS WRITE
Oxford County Council's use of over £0.5million
and the lack of proper stop flags on recently re-introduced routes
Comments on matters in the previous issue
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

Pulhams in the last century by Michael Wadman
North of the Border with Gavin Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Arriva make some more changes to allocations
Significant fleet changes for the Go Ahead Oxford Group - pictures show the changes
Reading Buses charity open day goes ahead virtually this year

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Weekly Briefing nr 121 - Friday, September 11th 2020

This week we have 201 pictures, a bumper issue with 21 photographic contributors
James Freeman to retire
Update on COVID-19 situation
Passenger loading easing up on many services as Commuters failed to return to the office
Bus companies advertising for themselves
READERS WRITE
An Oxford Gold turns up in Liverpool
Comments on matters in the previous issue
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

A great deal more on Dring's of Headington
History of route 63 worked by Whites and Red Rose
Smaller operators in Oxfordshire by Michael Wadman
Gavin Francis with pictures of route 15 10 years or so ago
Penzance by Jack Cooper
The River Tamar area by David Ive
Bluewater with Gavin Francis
North of the Border with Gavin Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Go North East expected ex X90 coaches -work in progress at Hants & Dorset
Significant fleet changes for the Go Ahead Oxford Group - new allocation lists on line
Chiltern Bus acquired E400 enters service
Oxford tube coach used on daily School S3 service
Gavin Francis reports from London

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Weekly Briefing nr 120 - Friday, September 4th 2020

This week over 200 pictures, a bumper issue with 25 photographic contributors
Passenger loading improving on many services including Leisure
First 70 plate vehicle for Pulhams in pictures
Stagecoach Oxford at last put their new E200MMC into service
Aspire Gym Bus catches fire - Thursday September 3rd
Fire at Stagecoach depot in Cambridge
Update on COVID-19 situation
Closure of Oxford's George Street may not be the success hoped for
in the first days of the trial month to increase space for cafes
Pulhams start a number of new services in Oxfordshire
Readers write on varying subjects including Dring's of Headington
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
OXON TRAVEL memories by 
Michael Wadman
A day out in Birmingham with Ciaran Bird
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Arriva introduces 20 plate coaches on the Luton/Hemel services
Go North East plans for the old X90 coaches acquired
Significant fleet changes for the Go Ahead Oxford Group
Pictures of changes to the Stagecoach X5 with coaches back on the route split at Bedford
Reading refreshes yellow 26 - with pictures
Oxford tube returns the ex megabus coaches to service
Gavin Francis reports from London

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Weekly Briefing nr 119 - Friday, August  28th 2020

More StreetDecks enter service with for Oxford Bus and Thames Travel
First 70 plate new vehicles revealed
Showbus update from Martin Isles
Update on COVID-19 situation
Oxford tube service uplift from Monday, August 31st
Oxford's George Street closed for a trial month to increase space for cafes
Pictures of the closed George Street - not so busy!
Travel de Courcey enters administration
Angus Travel ceases operations
Johnson's considering redundancies 
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
A happy memory from your Editor
More local memories by 
Michael Wadman
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Arriva's Stansted coaches moved to Luton
Oxford Bus refreshes its destination displays
Update on changes to the Stagecoach X5 which is split at Bedford
Gavin Francis reports from London
 including tour buses

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Weekly Briefing nr 118 - Friday, August  21st 2020

OXFORD residents can now take advantage of the quieter streets with a free sightseeing bus tour of the city’s landmarks.
Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester is leaving
A date for your diary - Showbus update from Martin Isles
Readers' write
Update on COVID-19 situation
Oxford's George Street to close for a trial month to increase space for cafes
Coach tours seen again in Oxford
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

Gavin Francis reminds us of a local bus now in Canada
Motts Travel memories by 
Michael Wadman
A visit to Norfolk by Simon Caygill
Jack Cooper visits Dorset
Visit to Newport - MON by Andrew Webb
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
including updates to Go Ahead service from August 30th in our area
also changes to the Stagecoach X5 which will no longer operate to Cambridge
Gavin Francis reports from London
Two new fleet books from SKM and a Calendar for Malta mentioned

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Weekly Briefing nr 117 - Friday, August 14th 2020
delayed to August 15th

Oxford's Magdalen Bridge and the new cycle tracks, more comments and pictures
New StreetDecks enter service with 
Oxford Bus

Showbus update from Martin Isles
New Engineering Director for Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
Oxford's George Street to close for a trial month to increase space for cafes
Update on COVID-19 situation
Government to provide further help to operators
Oxford tube to increase services and restart the express journeys
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

Daryl Major catches an Olympian on the 66 in Gloucester Green
Michael Wadman's photo of service working by Smith's of Tring
Services in Brixham, Devon by Julian Walker
Jack Cooper visits Dorset
Gavin Francis visits London
Overseas Interlude with Jim Wright on holiday in Poland
Gordon Scott updates us on ADL, Falkirk
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Full coverage of Oxford Bus StreetDecks in their first days
Two new fleet books from SKM and a Calendar for Malta mentioned

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Weekly Briefing nr 116 - Friday, August 7th 2020

Oxford's Magdalen Bridge now has new cycle tracks with a discussion on same !
New Street Decks enter service with Thames Travel

Update on COVID-19 situation
More areas face further lockdown such as Greater Manchester
Free Parking using Park & Ride in August 2020
JG Travel revive National Holidays
National Express restart service 737
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

Michael Wadman's photos of old workings on Grayline
Torbay open top service resumes by Julian Walker
Adam Green visits Brighton and Skegness
Andrew Webb visits Slough

and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Full coverage of Oxford Bus and Thames Travel StreetDecks in their first days
New model from Northcord of Gold MMC arrives with the Editor
Gavin Francis visits 
London
A book on Smiths of Reading and a Calendar for Malta mentioned

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Weekly Briefing nr 115 - Friday, July 31st 2020

Stagecoach take over the 853
SKM announce changes to fleet books
Update on COVID-19 situation
Specific areas face further lockdown
Gordon Scott passes by ADL Falkirk
Further comment on the cycle track in London's Park Lane
More on 
Honk for Hope Rally in London
National Express restart service 707
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

More on that London minibus MW17
Michael Wadman's photos of the 853 in Swanbrook's days
Overseas Interlude with Kevin Nicol in Ontario
Memories of a Devon General Centenary Rally by Julian Walker
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Flixbus rumoured to be looking at Oxford-London
Various readers visit Cheltenham with pictures

First day of operation on the 853 by Stagecoach West
Gavin Francis visits 
London

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Weekly Briefing nr 114 - Friday, July 24th 2020

Stop Press News - Eurolines collapse - ends today
Honk for Hope Rally to London by Andrew Webb
Full details and pictures of the new StreetDecks for Thames Travel

Update on COVID-19 situation
Government Stats for transport under lockdown in the U.K.
Further comment on the cycle track in London's Park Lane
National Express and Victoria Coach Station
Oxford Bus reopens Gloucester Green Travel Shop
Oxford tube with increased capacity
Covid-19 effects in South Devon by Julian Walker
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

More on that London minibus MW17
Route 171 Oxford-Cheltenham by Graham Low
Alton Rally 2010 by David Gray as 2020 cancelled
Coaches in Scotland that we remember by Bill Walker
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Flixbus fully in action
Oxford Bus 35 changes
European Coach operators in pictures
Swansong for Swanbrook 853 service from Richard Kemble
Gavin Francis visits 
Cryers Hill

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Weekly Briefing nr 113 - Friday, July 17th 2020

More services are increased as matters slowly return to a more normal situation
More on the new buses around Oxford
How to take a lovely scenic picture with a bus
Update on COVID-19 situation
Oxford tube services seem to be having better load factors
Maximum number of passengers change as lockdown is eased
How is megabus coping with the reduced loading
Showbus to be a drive-by for 2020 - amended route
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

Rail connections via Oxford and coach by Graham Welford
A history of Arriva The Shires 3838 from Gavin Francis
Changes to Park Lane with a cycle lane between bus shelters and the actual stop
Comment and pictures from Phil Rumsby

Overseas Interlude with Paul Bateson in Canada
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
First view of bus 901 fully branded at Go-Ahead Oxford
More on the 853 service from Andrew Dyer
Gary Seamarks from Skegness
Gavin Francis visits in London

Adam Green from Heathrow

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Weekly Briefing nr 112 - Friday, July 10th 2020

Oxford Ring Road at Kennington Bridge could be closed
Update on COVID-19 situation
Oxford tube restarted on July 6th
Oxford Airline to increase services and return to Gatwick
Victoria Coach Station open again
Maximum number of passengers change as lockdown is eased
More bus gates for Oxford
Showbus to be a drive-by for 2020
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

Michael Wadman/Keith Newton on Watlington service 101
House of Watlington
More on the 853 service from Andrew Dyer
A history of Arriva The Shires 3838 from Gavin Francis
North of the Border from Gordon Scott, our man in Drum Brae
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Developments at Go-Ahead Oxford
Gary Seamarks updates us on small operators in Bedfordshire
Changes to Park Lane with a cycle lane between bus shelters and the actual stop
Gavin Francis visits in London

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Weekly Briefing nr 111 - Friday, July 3rd 2020

Flixbus started operation in the UK on July 2nd
Stagecoach Oxfordshire named overall winner 
in 2020 eco-driving winners in the Christopher Ball Memorial Awards
Abellio fully support bus franchising for the future
Go-Ahead's Oxford Group now use Freeflow ticketing
Swanbrook will not operate the 853 Gloucester-Oxford route after July 21st

Update on COVID-19 situation
National Express Covid-19 requirements revealed
Will the maximum number of passengers change as lockdown is eased?
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
Whites on Henley Town services by Julian Walker
Ben Christie with High Wycombe memories and pictures at the turn of the century by Malcolm Crowe
North of the Border from Gordon Scott, our man in Drum Brae
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Two years service in pictures by PMU service in Oxford from Richard Sharman
Reading Buses changes following closure of Reading Bridge
Stagecoach Oxfordshire receive first new bus in revised local livery
Gavin Francis visits 
Uxbridge, Hounslow West and West London

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Weekly Briefing nr 110 - Friday, June 26th 2020

Shearings name acquired by Leger Tours
Update on COVID-19 situation
megabus, National Express and Oxford tube to restart
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
House of Watlington in pictures by Keith Newton
Gavin Francis visits Redhill, Biggin Hill and Orpington
North of the Border from Gordon Scott, our man in Drum Brae
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
including fleet movements by various operators bringing unusual buses to our areas
Maybe a light at the end of the tunnel for PMU service in Oxford
Reading Buses oppose a six week closure of Reading Bridge

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Weekly Briefing nr 109 - Friday, June 19th 2020

Bicester Village reopens with new shuttle service
Update on COVID-19 situation
Oxford introduces one way pedestrianisation
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
RML 2440 recreates the 441 to Windsor
Answers on A-Tax by Tim Walker & Matthew Bullock
Lewis Nagle in Thames Valley and Surrey

North of the Border from Gordon Scott, our man in Drum Brae
Another visit to ADL, Falkirk
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

including fleet movements by various operators bringing unusual buses to our areas
X5 pictures using Volvo/EVoRa single decks
plus pictures from Aylesbury and Milton Keynes by Gavin Francis

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Weekly Briefing nr 108 - Sunday, June 14th 2020

Update on COVID-19 situation
During Covid-19 masks become mandatory on public transport
Coach Tourism needs £65 million per month to survive - CPT
Oxford developments by Jim Wright including one way pavements!
During no coaches to London , regular Phil Rumsby shows us travel on Chiltern Trains
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
A Keith Newton picture from Michael Wadman
Comments on Langston & Tasker by Mike Penn
A request from Martin Sutton regarding A-Tax Travel
Blackpool Heritage Tramway wins the Queens Award for Voluntary Services

Overseas Interlude
A Thames Valley Bristol when in Canada
North of the Border from Gordon Scott, our man in Drum Brae
New coaches for Parks of Hamilton
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
including fleet movements by various operators bringing unusual buses to our areas
plus a report on Reading Buses by Gavin Francis

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Weekly Briefing nr 107 - Friday, June 5th 2020

Changes for services at Bicester Village - Oxford Bus and Hallmark
Wallingford Coaches (Walters) running the Barton Park Shuttle
Update on COVID-19 situation including  Government Statistics
and SNAP is in the headlines again
VCS in Lockdown further pictures from Andrew Webb
Further Oxford roadworks close Gloucester Green again by Jim Wright
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
Keith Newton pictures from Michael Wadman
An Oxford Metroliner in Galway

Overseas Interlude
New buses for Brampton Transit by Paul Bateson
Request for information on Langston & Tasker

North of the Border from Gordon Scott, our man in Drum Brae
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

including fleet movements by various operators bringing unusual buses to our areas.

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Weekly Briefing nr 106 - Friday, May 29th 2020

Botley Road upgrade revealed
Home Start overall wrap unveiled by Oxford Bus Company
The Government details on a large financial package for local bus
Update on COVID-19 situation including  more resurfacing in the City of Oxford
Bus levels to increase from June 1st
Changes to maximum number of passengers during the pandemic - more detail
VCS in Lockdown by Mark Wakefield
SLG (Shearings) finally closes down - the end of a chapter
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
Tony Bungay treats us to pictures from more than 30 years ago
David Bell on a visit to Oxford
Michael Wadman with more on Chiltern Queens
Matt Cooper remembers summer months in 2002 driving for OBC
Binders Yard with Gavin Francis
Guildford from Adam Baker
Overseas Interlude
Singapore SBS Transit with Joel Forey
North of the Border from Gordon Scott, our man in Drum Brae
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

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Weekly Briefing nr 105 - Friday, May 22nd 2020

Update on COVID-19 situation including completion of resurfacing in the City of Oxford
Changes to maximum number of passengers during the pandemic
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
Malcolm Crowe with pictures from 1989 and 1993

Michael Wadman & Keith Newton bring us memories of Chiltern Queens
Overseas Interlude
Brampton buses by Paul Bateson in Canada
North of the Border from Gordon Scott, our man in Drum Brae
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Malta Buses from Chris Maxfield
A new book on Thames Valley from Paul Lacey

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Weekly Briefing nr 104 - Friday, May 15th 2020

Changes to our interest and public transport in the future
Oxford's PICKMEUP to end in June
Update on COVID-19 situation including completion of resurfacing in Gloucester Green
Magdalen Street's East and West resurfaced
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

Jack Cooper goes back to July 2018 for rail replacements at the Train Station
and Nick Ross reminds us of an ex Stagecoach Manchester Olympian with Grant Palmer
Ian Williamson and a story of pre war London RTs in green
Michael Wadman remembers Tappins of Didcot
South of the Thames with Adam Baker in Guildford

Singapore buses by Joel Forey
Various memories and pictures from your Editor
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
Malta Buses from Chris Maxfield
A new book on Thames Valley from Paul Lacey

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Weekly Briefing nr 103 - Friday, May 8th 2020

Thoughts on VE 75 from Bernard Lewendon and your Editor
Update on COVID-19 situation including resurfacing of Gloucester Green
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

Thames Travel by Richard Sharman
and Peter Brown reminisces about Yellow Bus and Chiltern Rover
Jack Cooper on 2018 in Oxford
Hong Kong wrapped buses by Paul Hawkins
Railways by Mike Walker
Oxford Bus Museum on New Year's Day 2020 by Graham Welford
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
with a report on Redline by Peter Brown
A new book on Thames Valley from Paul Lacey

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Weekly Briefing nr 102 - Friday, May 1st 2020

Update on COVID-19 situation including problems for Shearings
Your Editor's Tour to Devon with a Shearings coach

Oxford tube coaches SORN'd picture
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce

Stagecoach working former RH Buses routes
Jack Cooper on 2018 in Oxford

A new book on Thames Valley from Paul Lacey
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

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Weekly Briefing nr 101 - Friday, April 24th 2020

Update on COVID-19 situation plus Stagecoach update
Golden Tours in Hemel from Adam Green
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
Eastern Bus Enthusiasts and L720JUD
Adam Baker updates us from Guildford
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

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Weekly Briefing nr 100 - Friday, April 17th 2020

Comment on issue 100 of Weekly Briefing
Update on COVID-19 situation and services
details include: COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant is explained
Effects on places like Gloucester Green and customer advice
plus Brookes, Oxford Airline service and Stagecoach update
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

 

Weekly Briefing nr 99 - Friday, April 10th 2020

Update on COVID-19 situation and services
details include: Oxford tube, megabus, Oxford Airline services
A look at Oxford and London locations showing how Lock Down is affecting us
Do you have any Plaxton memorabilia
Letter from Canada - Paul Bateson
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

 

Weekly Briefing nr 98 - Friday, April 3rd 2020

Further major changes to services throughout our area due to COVID-19
details include: Oxford tube, National Express megabus, Arriva, First & Reading
Some interesting links whilst housebound
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
Nick Ross on an overbridge!
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered
including new deliveries and planning with allocations in these times of change

 

Weekly Briefing nr 97 - Friday, March 27th 2020

Further major changes to services throughout our area due to COVID-19 - details
COVID-19 other changes of interest
Oxford in the last day of full bus services by Richard Sharman
Martin Dowling takes us for a break to Luxembourg
Luxembourg offer Free Public Transport to everyone
Up in the Highlands with Nick Ross

North of the Border from Gordon Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Special

Weekly Briefing nr 96/1 - Tuesday, March 24th 2020

Major changes to services throughout our area due to COVID-19 - more details
Recent pictures of changes and an Airline repaint

Weekly Briefing nr 96 - Friday, March 20th 2020

Major changes to services throughout our area due to COVID-19 - details
Postponement of the upcoming X50 High Wycombe-Heathrow service
Gavin Francis visits Turnpike Lane and Finsbury Park on February 13th
A new book by Paul Lacey on Thames Valley
Gary Seamarks publishes a new book on Showbus past
North of the Border from Gordon Scott

Arriva - details of the new Tourismo coaches for the Green Line 720
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered 

 

Weekly Briefing nr 95 - Friday, March 13th 2020

Oxford City Sightseeing place first electric open top conversion in service
A close look  at the upcoming X50 High Wycombe-Heathrow service
Chris Lowe treats us to a view of Manchester's new electric buses from Stagecoach
David Gray takes us back to Brookes by the sea in 2006
Gary Seamarks publishes a new book on Showbus past
Tony Gaze records Cheltenham Festival bus services 2020

North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Arriva - More new Temsa coaches arrive for the 758
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered 

Weekly Briefing nr 94 - Friday, March 6th 2020

34 Volvo/Plaxton Panoramas ordered for The Oxford tube - full details and graphics
Oxford Bus Enthusiasts Society future programme
Paul Hawkins visit Glasgow and Liverpool
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Arriva - Latest fleet allocation list for our area
National Express pledge to go all electric
Oxford Bus's City Sightseeing gets first all electric open topper
Fleet update of Reading Group operations from their CEO
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered 

Weekly Briefing nr 93 - Friday, February 28th 2020

First 20 plate pictures courtesy Chris Maxfield
Some now historical pictures of Oxford's buses by Grahame Wareham
Paul Bateson visits Mississauga near Toronto and sees ADL E500's in service
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
London wraps and sightseeing buses Interlude
Surprise loan at SC Oxford from SC C&G
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 92 - Friday, February 21st 2020

Doubtless some will have wondered if they should build an arc
First view of Airline coach 67 in livery for service X50
Carousel set to get four Citaros on loan
M4 closure from tonight until Sunday evening
Flixbus register operations in the UK
Geoff Cunliffe remembers British Coachways
Michael Wadman remembers Oxfordshire in 2013
Paul Bateson's memories of the early 1980s
Scottish Highlands with Nick Ross
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Carousel's nr 77 - a picture
Oxford Bus details on what is to happen to the remaining X90 Interdeckers
London Interlude
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 91 - Friday, February 14th 2020

An interesting commentary on local matters by Matt Cooper
A note from Alexander on historical matters
Rickards RailAir coach body identified
Scotland, Berlin and Ireland by Paul Hawkins
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Carousel's trio of repainted Interdeckers now in service
Reading have some very upmarket E200s entering service
National Express increase operation through Oxford's Gloucester Green
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

 

Weekly Briefing nr 90 - Friday, February 7th 2020

Carousel's first repainted Interdeck enters service
Arriva's first Temsa coach in service on the 758
Stagecoach new image further pictures in this issue
OXFORD BUS ENTHUSIASTS NEXT MEETING
St. Gallen with Kevin Nicol in pictures
Buenos Aires with Paul Bateson
Longmile Coach Hire new coaches and an ex Hong Kong Olympian
James Freeman takes a trip to the North East
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

 

Weekly Briefing nr 89 - Saturday, February 1st 2020

Many changes are happening in our area with upcoming developments
PICKMEUP OXFORD passes 250,000 hits but needs funding to continue
Stagecoach surprises with the new image fully covered in this issue
Stagecoach also advises changes and appointments
RailAir coach service from High Wycombe in 1966
Bus catches fire in Oxford on the Eastern By-Pass
Peter Cartwright comments on co-operation in High Wycombe
Readers memories of services in Oxfordshire
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 88 - Tuesday, January 21st 2020

Another bumper issue with over 150 photographs!
The revised Oxford tube services in detail
An upcoming trip on an Olympian
More pictures from the final day of the X90
Stokenchurch pictures from history by Ed Maun
More co-operation in High Wycombe
Winchester on New Year's Day 2020 - FoKAB
First Kernow from Nick Ross
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Stagecoach Oxford tube changes from January 6th & pictures of repainted megabus Astromegas
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 87 - Sunday, January 5th 2020

A bumper issue with nearly 200 photographs!
The last day of the X90 Oxford-London service
Daniel Doyle in the Philippines
Paul Bateson in Argentina - part 1
Urban Transit Fleet in Canada book
Kevin Nicol visits Switzerland - part 1

North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Stagecoach Oxford tube changes from January 6th & pictures of repainted megabus Astromegas
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 86 - Sunday, December 22nd 2019

Sir Brian Souter hands over Chairmanship of Stagecoach
Urban Transit Fleet in Canada book
Changes on the Oxford tube and the end of the X90

North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Stagecoach new liveries to be revealed in the New Year
Arriva Wales by your Editor
Oxford Bus PICK-ME-UP service to be extended to Horspath in the New Year
Changes to the National Express 737 in February
Red Rose 1000 Express to Milton Keynes
Stagecoach Oxford's Training fleet under review
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 85 - Tuesday, December 10th 2019

News of plans to mark the end of the X90 service on January 4th
Virgin Trains - last day on the West Coast Main Line
Dawson's Yard by Gary Seamarks
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Stagecoach Volvo B8L tri-axles training in Cambridge & Peterborough
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 84 - Thursday, December 5th 2019

Oxford Bus Enthusiasts Society December Meeting
Christmas at Blenheim Palace - supporting bus services
A piece of history - SMA 8 Green Line
New book due from Paul Lacey
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
See Borders Buses bike friendly service 253
Oxford Bus Group fleet allocations out for November
Pulhams get three new E200MMCs for route 606
First of the new Stagecoach Volvo B8L tri-axles arrive in Cambridge
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 83 - Thursday, November 28th 2019

All success for Oxford Bus Group awards and Aspire for OBC
Arriva launch a new DRT service to Watford
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Paul Hawkins sends pictures of now in Belfast
Oxford Bus reveal their Christmas and New Year plans
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 82 - Thursday, November 21st 2019

Oxford tube reveals plans from January 6th 2020
Joshua Sammons reports on the 442 service at Heathrow
Dylan Jones updates us  on matters in the West Midlands
Oxford Park & Ride history in pictures from Tony Bungay
Paul Bateson reveals an  ADL E500 in Toronto
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Oxford Bus convert some buses to new silver destination screens
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 81 - Thursday, November 14th 2019

Lest we forget - we will remember them
Battle Buses for the upcoming General Election
Accident on Magdalen Bridge closes road requiring buses to divert
A Bristol VR hangs on in by Marcus Lapthorn
Nigel Peach stays in Scotland in pictures
James Freeman went to watch Oxford United at Yeading & Hayes FC
Colourful London buses by Gavin Francis
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
CAROUSEL set to launch a revised service to Heathrow with coaches
Grant Palmer fleet revealed
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 80 - Friday, November 8th 2019

Malta Calendar for sale
Park & Ride Blue Plaque installed at Redbridge
Flixbus crash in France was London bound
Pictures from Africa by Nina Purbrick
Visit by two enthusiasts to The Oxford Bus Museum
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Urban Transit Fleets in Canada
and all your pictures and notes on operators covered

Weekly Briefing nr 79 - Thursday, October 31st 2019

New buses for the S1 and S2 at Witney, the launch covered
Traffic delays in Wheatley
Electric buses in London by Gordon Scott
Gordon caught up with a few buses in central London
Wright Bus saved and becomes Bamford Bus Company
North of the Border from Gordon Scott
Full details of the West Coast Motors Panoramas
New coaches ordered by Arriva to replace the Van Hool coaches used on the 758
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 78 - Thursday, October 24th 2019

Diamond Bus depot suffers second blaze in the West Midlands
A Routemaster covered in ivy.
Wanderings in the North West with Paul Hawkins
Steve Gee's record of current Leamington Spa
North of the Border from Gordon Scott on airport services
plus pictures of the West Coast Motors Panoramas
Urban Transit Fleets in Canada
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 77 - Thursday, October 17th 2019

Beer and buses on the Isle of Wight from Gary Seamarks
Centenary of Banbury depot formerly Midland Red and now Stagecoach - full report & pictures
Oxford Half Marathon with report on extra buses provided
Macau with Les Burton

More on the new E40Ds for Stagecoach in Oxfordshire at Witney
including North of the Border from Gordon Scott at Falkirk
More is revealed on the "new" megabus livery with pictures of Panorama 50411 at Aberdeen
Stagecoach launches an opportunity for nominations for your star and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 76 - Thursday, October 10th 2019

Centenary of Banbury depot formerly Midland Red and now Stagecoach next Sunday.
Chesham Running Day in pictures from Gavin Francis
Route One Wards for 2019 see two local operators with success
More on 
Showbus from Sunday September 29th
Malta Visit by Marcus Lapthorn
Full details of the new E40Ds for Stagecoach in Oxfordshire at Witney
Paul Bateson treats us to some pictures of City Sightseeing Toronto style
and your pictures and notes which includes first pictures of ex Gold Bus 15612 in its new area
plus just arrived the first of the new buses for Witney seen at the depot

Weekly Briefing nr 75 - Friday, October 4th 2019

Service with a long history withdrawn - Last X90 will be January 4th 2020
yourbus has ceased trading from October 4th

Showbus report from Sunday September 29th
Report from Coach & Bus 2019
First view of the new E40Ds for Stagecoach in Oxfordshire in Witney
Arriva Green Line 748-755-758 and 759 transferred to Luton for operation
North of the Border with Gordon Scott - A few pictures of interest
and your pictures and notes which includes 
unusual workings for branded buses in Oxford
 

  

Weekly Briefing nr 74 - Thursday, September 26th 2019

Obituary to Clive King of Arriva the Shires
Showbus draws near - Sunday September 29th
Stagecoach absorbs South Gloucester Bus & Coach - full details
Sadly Wright Bus have entered administration
New livery for Thames Valley Buses now including Courtney
Nick Ross reports on a few buses in Tenerife
Some more on the recent High Wycombe running day in pictures
North of the Border with Gordon Scott - A few pictures of interest
and all your pictures and notes which includes 
unusual working for branded buses in Oxford

Weekly Briefing nr 73 - Thursday, September 19th 2019

Showbus draws near - Sunday September 29th
Amersham & District Running day on September 1st at High Wycombe - follow up with pictures
Megabus introduce seat reservations available at the time of booking
Your Editor visits Didcot and Oxford with a number of interesting pictures
Dylan Jones updates us on happenings in the West Midlands
David Gray reports on the recent Oxford open Doors Event with OBM's buses
North of the Border with Gordon Scott - A few pictures of interest
A letter from Giles Woodforde
and all your pictures and notes which includes full coverage on the new Thames Travel buses

Weekly Briefing nr 72 - Thursday, September 12th 2019

Arrival of the 8.9m E200MMCs for Thames Travel
Amersham & District Running day on September 1st at High Wycombe with further pictures
Update on Showbus
Megabus service M34 diverted to Gloucester Green for a few days
Gary Seamarks tells of his week off seeing much in the area
A short visit to The Black Country Museum
North of the Border with Gordon Scott - A few pictures of interest
Nick Leighton visited Inverness
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 71 - Thursday, September 5th 2019

Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts next meetings
Update on Showbus - how to get there
TfL confirms that VCS is to stay and be upgraded
Amersham & District Running day on September 1st at High Wycombe in pictures
Picture report of RT1 road run in London to celebrate its 80th birthday
Theo Freeman visited Oxford
North of the Border with Gordon Scott - A few pictures of interest
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 70 - Thursday, August 29th 2019

Answer as to why there was never a route 270 out of Oxford
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts winter programme
Amersham & District Running day on September 1st at High Wycombe
Latest PSV Fleetlists for Oxfordshire reviewed
Reading Festival report from August 23rd to 25th
Buses Festival in pictures
Marcus Lapthorn visits the North West in pictures
North of the Border with Gordon Scott - A recent visit to ADL
Bicester and P&Rs by Newman Morgan
Red Rose developments with a visit to the depot and Aylesbury by the Editor
and all your pictures and notes
STOP PRESS - Picture of Oxford PMU 980

Weekly Briefing nr 69 - Friday, August 16th 2019

Exploring Switzerland by Marcus Lapthorn
Bedford  depot Centenary Open Day by Tony Bungay and Gary Seamarks
Bedford depot 1981 Open Day by Tony Bungay
5
th Dorchester Vintage Bus and Coach running day by David Gray

Scottish citylink "OOR Wullie" buses by Paul Hawkins

North of the Border with Gordon Scott - New Lothian Airport Link double decks enter service
Arriva recent arrivals at Hemel Hempstead
Multi Million pound investment creates demand for drivers at Thames Travel
Stagecoach  Banbury Depot to celebrate depot centenary on October 13th
First glimpse of ADL E200MMC adorned in Midland Red livery
Pictures of FlixBus in Poland from Jim Wright
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 68 - Thursday, August 8th 2019

Botley Road problems
Jack Cooper holidays on the Isle of Wight
Observations on the end of the Arriva 60 from Aylesbury to Buckingham from Martin Isles and Peter Crabb
North of the Border with Gordon Scott - New Lothian Airport Link double decks enter service
Latest Arriva fleet list for our area
Your Editor spends sometime at Reading Station with pictures
Oxford tube 50237 returns to service with full branding
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 67 - Thursday, August 1st 2019

Your Editor visits North Wales
Gary Seamarks visit the East Coast and London
David Gray visits the recent Worthing event
Tony Bungay and his recent travels including the Isle of Wight
Potters Bar open Day by Tony Bungay
North of the border and on the North East Coast with Gordon Scott.
The end of the Arriva 60 from Aylesbury to Buckingham in pictures
Adam Green reports on two ex London E200s now at work in Hemel
Carousel starts the new 8/X8 services in Wycombe
Thames Travel is launching a third match-day bus service, for Oxford United fans to get from Didcot to Kassam Stadium.
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 66 - Wednesday, July 24th 2019

New Oxford Airline coaches enter service over July 13th weekend
Service ST1 and ST2 by Thames Travel started on July 15th
My holiday in North Wales reveals anew operator, Dilwyn's Coaches
Delays in and around Oxford due to road works cause problems for Operators
Gavin Francis reports on a further Afternoon Tea bus in London
John Owen remembers his early days with COMS
Andrews ex tube Astromegas visit Oxford
Flixbus acquire Eurolines leaving them the largest low price coach service in Europe
The Scania Coaches of Oxford Bus are now retiring to be replaced by the Mercedes Tourismos
British F1 Grand Prix special services by Stagecoach reported on
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 65 - Wednesday, July 10th 2019

New Oxford Airline coaches due to go into service very soon
Change of single deckers from Carousel for Thames Travel services ST1 and ST2
with one Scania decker from Thames Travel and two from Oxford
David Allen visits a vintage show at Nuffield Place
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 64  Wednesday, July 3rd 2019

Main thoroughfare in Oxford closed due to a Sink Hole!
Bournemouth Yellow Buses bought out by Managers from RATP
Bucks County Council bus changes from end of July revealed
ADL purchased by North American giant
Stroud Vintage Bus Show by David Gray
Dylan Jones visits Oxfordshire and Wiltshire
North of the Border with Gordon Scott
Record breaking day by Reading Buses' Charity Open Day
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 63  June 26th 2019
updated and fully published on June 29th.

Oxford Bus has two Demonstrators, one in Oxford and one in Didcot
First news on new Thames Travel's new Science Transit Shuttle.
Coach seized by police at Blenheim Palace

Delays for those using Folly Bridge
A visit to Italy with Marcus Lapthorn
Developments in the West Midlands by Dylan Jones
Brooklands - London Bus Museum Summer event by Tony Bungay
Gordon Scott with news from north of the Border
Mike Walker treats us to a steam 150 celebration on the District Line
Updates on fleet news in our area
including an ex Megabus Astromega to join the Oxford tube fleet
and all your pictures and notes

Weekly Briefing nr 62 - Tuesday, June 18th 2019

SN-AP suspended for now
Bournemouth Rally on June 9th by David Gray
A day out in London with Gavin Francis - Part 2
Your Editors pictures from over 20 years ago taken in Oxford and surrounding areas
Steam Corner by Mike Walker
megabus.com launches new Airport services linked with SGBC and revamped coaches originally sleeper coaches
plus all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators. 

Weekly Briefing nr 61 - Tuesday, June 11th 2019

Your Editors pictures from over 20 years ago taken in Oxford and surrounding areas
A day out in London with Gavin Francis
Mike Lewis report on the Didcot Bus Rally & Running Day 2019
A correction regarding Imperials E400 fleet by Andrew Webb
Mike Walker reports from the recent Ongar event
New National Express Levantes delivered to Reading Buses
Report on Weavaway's new coach fleet by Mike Lewis
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators. 

Weekly Briefing nr 60 - Tuesday, June 4th 2019

Chelsea Flower Show 811 bus service for 2019
David Gray visits the Chippenham Bus Rally & Running Day 2019
Jack Cooper catches the last HST 125 through our area
North of the border with Gordon Scott
Oxford Bus Enthusiasts meeting on June 11th
Pictures of what happened to old Carousel depot in high Wycombe
Heyfordian gain second hand 14 plate coaches reported by Gavin Francis
New National Express Levante III's enter service with Yorkshire Traction
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators. 

Weekly Briefing nr 59 - Tuesday, May 28th 2019

First chance to view and photograph the new Oxford Bus Mercedes Tourismo
David Gray visits the Isle of Wight to attend Rydabus 2019
Michael Wadman shares pictures from a few operators who are no longer operating bus services
Gavin Francis wonders if ERMs are going to reappear in London on tour services
Tony Bungay treats us to pictures of Bedford through the '80s
A weekend in Scotland with Gary Seamarks 
including Lathalmond weekend
Dylan Jones updates us on West Midlands developments including the demise of igo Bus.

Nick Ross provides a view on Norwich
Gordon Scott reports on developments in Scotland including Lathalmond weekend
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators. 

Weekly Briefing nr 58 - Tuesday, May 21st 2019

Paul Bateson buses in Las Vegas plus pictures of the city and The Hoover Dam
Paul Bateson provides pictures of South East buses in the "last century"
Derek Dawson provides some interesting pictures of new Weavaway coaches and others on the A34
Fewer bus passengers as funding falls
Gordon Scott reports on developments in Scotland including Lathalmond weekend
First news of a coach for training arriving at Oxford Bus from Mercedes
Stagecoach orders revealed for 2019/2020
Recall of Classic E200 and E300 Cummings engined models by the DVSA
New Volvo-MCV coach fleet for Golden Tours
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators. 

Weekly Briefing nr 57 - Tuesday, May 14th 2019
Publication delayed until midday on May 15th

Paul Bateson tracks down British buses in Las Vegas plus a picture of their current transport
David Allen treats us to more pictures of the past with Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
Malcolm's visit to Bedford in pictures
David Gray shares his pictures of Winchester for the FoKAB event
Graham Low records his visit to ADL's open day at Guildford
Paul Bateson provides pictures of Oxford in the 1990's and earlier
Gordon Scott reports on developments in Scotland
Oxford Enthusiasts next meeting is on Tuesday, May 21st
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators. 

Weekly Briefing nr 56 - Tuesday, May 7th 2019

David Allen treats us to pictures of the past with Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
David Allen and Neil Beckley report on the Abingdon Show on May 5th
David Gray shares his pictures of Bournemouth on a recent visit
Tony Bungay provides memories of buses and coach around Oxfordshire in the '90s
Gordon Scott reports on developments at ADL and a few pictures of a couple of years ago
James Freeman looks at 19 plate coaches around Oxford
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators. 

Weekly Briefing nr 55 - Monday, April 29th 2019

Gavin Francis visits Northampton and also remembers a visit in 2007
Gary Seamarks report on the Wellingborough event on April 14th
Paul Bateson's weekly report has prompted contributions from others
More photographic memories from Weymann's by Mike Walker
Your Editor visits Reading and the depot
Gordon Scott in pictures from north of the border
Paul Hawkins reports from Edinburgh and Glasgow
Brent Ricketts visits The Gambia
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators. 

Weekly Briefing nr 54 - Saturday, April 20th 2019

Delayed by a week for which apologies
Oxford Enthusiasts next meeting
London ULEZ came into force on April 8th with big fins for infringement
Oxford's PICKMEUP service reach 100,000 users and now there are plans to expand this service
Bernard Lewendon with a couple more pictures of modern Jeepneys in The Philippines
Times Past by Paul Bateson with more pictures from the '70s and '90s plus Southend loans to Alder Valley
Gavin Francis visits The Spring Gathering at Brooklands
Tony Bungay visits the rally at Detling
Mike Walker sends some pictures from Weymann's in the '40s and '50s
Andrew Tyldesley retires after a lifetime in the bus industry
2019 Coach Rally at Blackpool by Alan Robson
Lewis Parker reports on present day Cyprus
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators. 

Weekly Briefing nr 53 - Saturday, April 6th 2019

A change to the Weekly Briefing as we join SKM for more news
Oxford Enthusiasts next meetings
Work on the Eden Bus Station in High Wycombe means some services picking up outside
County Council Budgets £1.47 m to destroy bus link in City
Bernard Lewendon briefs us on buses in The Philippines
Times Past by Paul Bateson with more pictures from the '70s and '90s
Dylan Jones takes us to the West Midlands and Birmingham in pictures
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators.

Weekly Briefing nr 52 - Monday, March 25th 2019

An Obituary to Ralph Adams

Times Past by Paul Bateson with more pictures from the '70s and '90s
Dylan Jones takes us to the Midlands and Birmingham in pictures
Peter Brown updates us on Red Line's acquisitions 
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators.

Weekly Briefing nr 51 - Monday, March 18th 2019

Gary Seamarks visit Scotland with current pictures and some much older pictures from past visits
Times Past by Paul Bateson with pictures from the 50's,60's and '70s
Gavin Francis's pictures of Red Nose Day special services in London
Cheltenham Festival special services by Stagecoach with pictures from David Gray and Richard Sharman

SKM provides some update news of Stagecoach fleet developments for 2019/2020
Theo Freeman records Rail Replacement coaches in Banbury
plus
 all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators.

Weekly Briefing nr 50 - Monday, March 11th 2019

Reading agrees to acquire Courtney buses
Times Past by Paul Bateson with pictures from the 50's and 60's of South Midland coaches
Gavin Francis's pictures from Florida
More news on Reading developments
Oxford Bus put their new Levante III's into service on the NEx 737
Another odd bus appearing on the Jet Black number 1 service by Bob Morley
and all the news from our local operators
plus some pictures from other areas including Aviemore by Nick Ross

Weekly Briefing nr 49 - Monday, March 4th 2019

Gavin Francis looks at buses ad coaches in Florida
Times Past by Paul Bateson with more pictures from the 1960s and 1970s
Marcus Lapthorn visits Nostalgia Travel
Ralph Adams takes the bus from Banbury to Stratford with pictures from Richard Sharman
Paul Hawkins visits Dublin and we can show some the buses in use by Go Ahead in the area
Oxford Bus get an odd mixture of rear destinations on the Citaros
More on the Thames Travel move from Wallingford to Didcot in a second report from Ralph Adams
Odd buses still appearing on the Jet Black number 1 service by Bob Morley
Recent arrivals at Hemel Hempstead from Guildford by Adam Green
and all the news from our local operators

Weekly Briefing nr 48 - Monday, February 25th 2019

Apologies for the delay in publishing on Wednesday, February 27th 2019

Newbury & District get a distinctive new livery
Times Past by Paul Bateson with more pictures from the 1960s
Theo Freeman provides a few pictures from First Kernow in Cornwall
Review of the new book by Paul Lacey - Early Independents of the Henley & Marlow Areas
Paul Hawkins visits Dublin and we can show some the buses in use by Go Ahead in the area
Oxford Bus get an odd mixture of rear destinations on the Citaros
Thames Travel move from Wallingford to Didcot in a report from Ralph Adams
More temporary loans from Carousel to Oxford Bus
Odd buses appearing on the Jet Black number 1 service by Bob Morley
and all the news from our local operators

Weekly Briefing nr 47 - Monday, February 18th 2019

Dangerous problems involving drivers using off-slip road to enter M40 in wrong direction
Times Past by Paul Bateson with more pictures from the 1960s
Mike Walker remembers the rather poor buses used across the Marlow Bridge in the '70s
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts meeting cancelled
Citaro Hybrid trialled in Blackpool
Memories of Thames Valley garages in Fingest and Stokenchurch
Gavin Francis visits This Bus at Binders Yard
New ticket machines for Arriva The Shires
Carousel lends Thames Travel a Solo for diversion work to Faringdon
First of the new Caetano IIIs arrive for the National Express 737 Oxford-Stansted service
and all the news from our local operators

Weekly Briefing nr 46 - Monday, February 11th 2019

Problems with indiscriminate parking in Watlington means possible withdrawl of the T1 service
Times Past by Paul Bateson with pictures from the 1960s
Recollections from Tony Bungay of routes now gone in and around Buckinghamshire
Gavin Francis visits Staines and Slough in pictures
and all the news from our local operators

Weekly Briefing nr 45 - Monday, February 4th 2019

A snowy weekend in the area
PICKMEUP in line for awards
Blackpool Tower camera sees all
Costa Rica by Paul Bateson
Times Past by Paul Bateson with pictures from the 1960s
The Abellio buses stored at Walters, Wheatley - update
Bedford happenings by Gary Seamarks
and all the news from our local operators

Weekly Briefing nr 44 - Monday, January 28th 2019

Climb-down on Oxford zero emission zone plans
First's new RailAir coaches - final rear graphic revealed
The Abellio buses stored at Walters, Wheatley - updates for disposal
West Midlands update from Dylan Jones
More on the Oxford-Swindon route
SKM produce two news fleet books
Stagecoach offers Versas for sale
and all the news from our local operators

Weekly Briefing nr 43 - Monday, January 21st 2019

Developments in Blackpool regarding the Heritage Trams
First's new RailAir coaches take the road
A major development with a new stop in London on the X90
A day in Guildford with Gavin Francis
A visit to Costa Rica with Daniel Doyle and pictures of various buses
Oxford City Sightseeing second Scania open topper takes the road
Detailed changes to the Megabus fleet

and all the news from our local operators

Weekly Briefing nr 42 - Monday, January 14th 2019

Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Meeting
New coaches in service with Reading Railair
Report from Ralph Adams on local matters
Days Gone with a Rainbow of buses by Tony Bungay
snap expects growth with its Intercity model
Timetable changes on the 8 and 280 with Arriva
Oxford Bus 602 enters service with its Chiltern Trains wrap
Buses in Dundee by Paul Hawkins
Platinum Coaches revealed
London Trident turns up at Oxford
and all the news from our local operators

Weekly Briefing nr 41 - Monday, January 7th 2019

Bus versus train related to usage and fares
Taxi sharing could replace bus routes
Read about success of Didcot Night Bus
A colourful UCOC Bristol VR from Tony Bungay
Electric buses in Guildford
Further updates on fleet news

Weekly Briefing nr 40 - Monday, December 31st 2018

PICKMEUP latest moves to Wycombe
A foggy day in Stokenchurch
That London Dart in Didcot
Reading provides a larger number of deckers for Bicester Village
Arriva renumbers various Shires buses
Go Ahead Oxford group updates
New Heyfordian coach by Richard Sharman
Further updates on fleet news
and a Happy New Year to all my readers!

Weekly Briefing nr 39 - Monday, December 24th 2018

TrawsCymru some pictures and information
Stagecoach disposes of its North American operation
Buckinghamshire History by Tony Bungay with pictures
A picture from nearly 40 years ago of COMS running to Swindon
Arriva allocation and renumbering changes
Oxford Bus puts a further PICKMEUP bus into service
Update on changes to Cranfield University service by Gary Seamarks
Update on fleet news
and a Happy Christmas to all my readers!

Weekly Briefing nr 38 - Sunday, December 9th 2018

New bus station at Newbury Wharf opens for business - report and pictures from Bob Morley
More pictures from Michael Wadman on route 66  

SNCF sells loss making Ouibus services
Undercover bus mission
Next meeting posted for the Oxford Bus Enthusiasts Society - December 11th !!
Answers to the location of pictures in the last issue
A yellow Levante visits Oxfordshire with tricky wording
Obituary for Steve Wimbush
plus reports on all our local companies

Weekly Briefing nr 37 - Sunday, December 2nd 2018

Celebrating 20 years of these pages

Photographs by The Editor from 1998 and 1998
More details and pictures on Route 66 and its associated routes
Oxford Bus unable to serve Pear Tree Park & Ride
Michael Wadman visits Oxford and Banbury
Pictures in Oxfordshire from Keith Newton and a challenge to determine where they were taken
More on the Bicester Park & Ride services
Theo Freeman visits Leamington.

Weekly Briefing nr 36 - Sunday, November 25th 2018

Update and more pictures on route 66
Bicester Park & Ride developments
Pictures from Norway by Paul Hubbert
Livery change on two ex Megabus Elite i's by Gordon Scott
Lothian Motorcoaches 18 plate visits Cheshire
Arriva's renumbering in detail
Heyfordian Variety
Details of the two new buses for Oxford's PICKMEUP
Magdalen Street East in Oxford closed for repairs causing diversions and delays
Stagecoach Midland's Gold buses from the X4 seen in new Liverpool home
Go Ahead London trial the tri-axle BCI double deck on route 12

Fleet News and some pictures from London.

Weekly Briefing nr 35 - Sunday, November 18th 2018

Oxford bus Enthusiasts next meeting
Improvements planned for the A40 between Witney & Oxford
Lothian's new 100 seat tri-axle E400LXB - details and pictures.
New Abingdon service from Thames Travel
The Stagecoach Swindon 66 and S6 history and pictures
Euro Bus Expo 2018 in pictures from Graham Low
Fire at Abus Bristol with 10 vehicles damaged beyond repair
Interlude in South Kensington by Gavin Francis
Visit to Blackpool by Tony Bungay
Interesting local pictures
Fleet News and some pictures from London.

Weekly Briefing nr 34 - Sunday, November 11th 2018

A remembrance of 100 years ago - 1918 and the guns fell silent
The 11th hour, on the 11 day, in the 11th month - we will remember them!
Poppy buses

Weekly Briefing nr 33 - Sunday, November 4th 2018

Express Motors, Gwynedd directors given jail sentences
Volvo-MCV keenly priced entry level coach
ADL at the NEC Show
Poppy buses revealed
Green Plates for Green vehicles proposed
Shopping Centre boost to Park & Ride in Oxford
West Midlands variety & changes by Dylan Jones
Oxford Bus wrap for Prostate Cancer takes the road
Oxford sn-ap review discussed
A chance to see Newbury buses before any changes take place - by Gavin Francis
and all the local fleet news

Weekly Briefing nr 32 - Sunday, October 28th 2018

Another Hybrid involved in a fire incident
The Oxford tube reduces fares
Success of PICKMEUP in Oxford
ADL building 200 new tri-axle E500s for Berlin
Stagecoach East's Andy Campbell retires after 50 years
"South Midland Sortie" by David Gray
BaMMOT Wythall Museum Twilight Event by Gary Seamarks
and all the fleet news including new coaches for Oxford Bus

Weekly Briefing nr 31 - Sunday, October 21st 2018

ADL improves visibility for drivers with Cameras instead of mirrors
Stagecoach Midlands upgrade the X4 with brand new Gold buses
Stagecoach driver win Driver of the Year at Blackpool
Paul Hubbert's visit to Ibiza
Les Burton visits Palma
Amersham & Chesham Running Day in pictures by John Horsman
Lowland Bristol VR visits the Oxford Bus Museum
Oxford X90 service changes
Where have the 2009 Oxford tubes gone?
Full details on latest fleet developments.

Weekly Briefing nr 30 - Sunday, October 14th 2018

Carousel launch the key in Buckinghamshire
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society next meeting
Pictures of school buses
Oxfordshire County Council Meeting by Ralph Adams
Fleet News
Red Rose at Showbus and local developments
2009 Oxford tubes and where are they now
An interesting development in London's sightseeing
Latest deliveries to National Express Stansted
More on Open Top services in London
More Wraps in London
Joshua Sammons finds some ex Oxford Bus Volvo B10Bs in South Wales

Weekly Briefing nr 29 - Sunday, October 7th 2018

Forty years ago - Showbus 1978 - by Tony Bungay
Showbus 2018 - photographic reports
West Midlands buses - report by Dylan Jones
Bedfordshire Steam Rally by Neil Beckley
A Belfast outing by Gary Seamarks
Fleet News including allocations to Arriva Aylesbury & High Wycombe
Oxford Half Marathon special services from Oxford Bus
Thames Travel service changes
09 plate one time Oxford tubes turn up for sale
Newbury changes by Lewis Parker
Latest Stagecoach Golds entering service on the Midlands X4
and much much more!

Weekly Briefing nr 28 - Sunday, September 30th 2018

Route planning for Oxford City Centre means the reopening of Cornmarket
Yutong Demonstration in Oxford was a great success
Amersham Running Day revised plans
Fleet News and pictures

Weekly Briefing nr 27 - Thursday, September 20th 2018
Two weeks in one!
Newbury & District acquired from Weavaway by Reading Buses
Reading Buses takes over National Express 926 on contract
Silver Celebration for Stagecoach South East
Some Little & Often Stagecoach Sprinters move to Wales
Biogas facility for Reading
Oxford Bus deal with Sn-ap in detail
Oxford past history with older buses in the '80s
Oxford Open Doors Event in Oxford
More pictures of the new Brookes buses in Oxford as the enter service
Brookes Bus MMC turns blue
Red rose put the BMC back into service
Marcus Lapthorn visits Stagecoach Swindon where the Wessex fleet is stored
Dylan Jones visits London and see four differing single decks in use on TfL services
Derek Dawson looks back on times gone with some of the older and no longer extant operators
plus lots of other fleet news

Weekly Briefing nr 26 - Thursday, September 6th 2018

St. Giles Fair, Oxford plus a Sink Hole outside Boswells causes major problems for the bus companies
An interesting bus visits the Fair
Fylde Coast interlude from Geoff Cunliffe
Oxford's Buses and Coaches in the 1980s by Tony Bungay
Another picture of RML2414 taken in 1978
What happens when summer ends on the Dorset Coast
First appearance of the new Brookes Buses on Driver Training
Thames Travels new buses enter service
Last days of the 66
Red Kite sees the end of regular service with Olympians

Weekly Briefing nr 25 - Thursday, August 30th 2018

Electric Buses planned for Manchester by Stagecoach
Bus route closures more damaging than we think
Gaydon by the Editor and Tony Bungay
sn-ap - what is it?
Farewell to Garston with Mark Turner
Manchester & Crewe Museums with Marcus Lapthorn
Yutong double decker planned for the UK in 2019
Go-Ahead and how Commuters could gain 55 hours of extra sleep annually
Many new and repainted buses for Oxford Bus Group
Details of the new buses for Brookes and Thames Travel with pictures
megabus.com celebrates its 15th birthday
TfL London trials electronic blinds

Weekly Briefing nr 24 - Tuesday August 21st 2018
Fully on line Thursday, August 23rd
Short report on Gaydon Buses 2018
New buses for Brookes arrive
Stagecoach 12007 in Jacob's coat of many colours
Stagecoach fleet update for Scotland including ex Oxford tube Astromegas

Weekly Briefing nr 23 - Tuesday August 14th 2018
Now fully online Thursday, August 16th
New Plaxton Panoramas enter service on the X76 from Kilmarnock to Glasgow
Yutong demonstrator all electric bus enters revenue service in Oxford with Oxford Bus
Oxford's 662 revealed in G
WR livery
Oxford Brookes 606 debranded
Stagecoach 12007 getting ready to go into corporate livery
London City Tour closes down an OLST takes over its operation
Full details of fleet news in our area plus:
What is happening with the ex Oxford tubes in Scotland
The 66 becomes the S6
and much more

Weekly Briefing nr 22 - Thursday August 9th 2018
delayed from August 7th.
Visit to Derby for replacement bus/coach services and a look at the local buses
First rumours of asset sales
Bus seriously damaged by drunken teenagers
Changes to some local bus services from September
Red London buses used by Arriva Aylesbury whilst their buses are at Derby
Oxford's 662 decked in a wrap for GWR trains
CountryFile Live 2018 - borrowed buses from Gloucester
2009 Oxford tube Astromegas still going strong in West Scotland
and more including fleet news updates and pictures

Weekly Briefing nr 21 - Tuesday July 31st 2018
Yutong all electric bus arrives in Oxford Bus for trials on 3A and 6 services
Route 61 now and in the past by Tony Bungay
Arriva Garson red double deck operating out of Aylesbury on the 500
Oxford tube meets extra demand on London service with two Gold buses
More pictures of the Oxford Blockade and buses used
Arriva 590 service to RAF Halton finishes and it's now the number 8
Marcus Lapthorn visits Slovenia
Alton Bus Rally by Tony Bungay
Your Editors time in RAF Germany with their Ford Koln coaches
and much more besides including updates on the fleet news.

Weekly Briefing nr 20 - Tuesday July 24th 2018
Oxford Bus supports Hospice
Stagecoach drivers win praise for careful driving award
BCC supported Rural Bus Review
PennFest 2018 P&R service provided by Reading Buses
Final pictures of the Oxford Blockade and buses used
Weekly fleet news including Thames Travel Citaros moved to Carousel and much more

Weekly Briefing nr 19 - Monday July 16th 2018
New appointments of MD for Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and CEO for Reading
Rail replacement for Oxford in pictures
History in pictures throughout this issue
Fleet news updates

Weekly Briefing nr 18 - Tuesday July 10th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 17 - Tuesday July 3rd 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 16 - Sunday June 24th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 15 - Tuesday June 19th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 14 - Monday June 4th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 13 - Monday May 28th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 12 - Monday May 21st 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 11 - Monday May 14th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 10 - Tuesday May 8th 2018
Finalised on May 9th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 9 - Sunday April 29th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 8 - Monday April 23rd 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 7 - Sunday April 15th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 6 - Sunday April 8th 2018

Jack's week of Work Experience with Stagecoach

Weekly Briefing nr 5 - Easter Monday April 2nd 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 4 - Sunday March 25th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 3 - Sunday March 18th 2018

Weekly briefing nr 2 - Sunday March 11th 2018

Weekly Briefing nr 1 - Sunday March 4th 2018

As I am now able to maintain an almost weekly update we now change to Weekly Briefing

Spottings & Jottings Nr 108 -  January-March 2018

Smaller Groups now on line: March 21st

Stagecoach now on line: March 15th

National Express now on line: February 27th
updated March 2nd

First page now on line: February 24th

We now have a new page just for Reading Buses on line: February 20th
updated February 24th

The Arriva page is now on line: February 18th 2018
The Go-Ahead page on line February 7th 2018
updated February 10th with service changes due February 18th
The Editorial on line. January 29th 2018
This includes plans for a change to bus routes in Oxford
Bus Users UK thought on Oxford's transport policy
New vehicles for Oxford and Reading
plus interesting additions to the Reading portfolio
Bus and coach services affected by heavy snow falls in December.
Check back soon for further additions.

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 107 -  October/November 2017

Due to unexpected family commitments I have been unable to fully complete this issue beyond the section on First Bus.

As a result from Go-Ahead onwards all will be included in issue 108 now under construction - December 29th 2017

My apologies to readers for this lack of a full page and may I wish everyone a Happy New Year 2018

Check back in January for the start of issue 108.

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 106 -  August/September 2017
Now fully complete with the final parts now added
Rather late - 12 October - due to family reasons.

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 105 -  June and July 2017

OurBusBartons, a new local initiative to serve villagers by John Madden
New route colours and new buses from Oxford Bus
New deliveries for Arriva in High Wycombe
Various new deliveries to Stagecoach companies in 2017/18
Arriva and other operators in North Wales by Malcolm Crowe
Interesting developments in Megabus with South Gloucester Bus & Coach becoming a contractor
Friends of King Alfred Buses running day by Marcus Lapthorn
COMS & Thames Transit history in pictures by Matt Cooper
Some great black & white pictures from John Bristow
Report from North of the Border by Gordon Scott
Reports on smaller local operators with pictures - Red Rose in more detail
Fanfares and Fords by Nigel Lukowski
Report on recent rally events
and much much more from the local scene
& Links to other useful and interesting sites

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 104 -  May 2017
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the remaining parts of this issue were held over to Issue 105

UK Coach Awards - Express Driver of the Year from the Oxford tube
Oxford Bus win award for innovation on Express services
and much much more from the local scene
& Links to other useful and interesting sites

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 103 -  April 2017

Megabus Gold Sleeper service to end
Flixbus becoming a force to be reckoned with here in the UK on European services
Edwards receive the National Express Boa Vista double decks for service
New coaches on the 758 from Hemel to London
Five Days in pictures at Marble Arch-Park Lane with your Editor
Stagecoach orders for this year announced
Report from North of the Border by Gordon Scott
Reports on smaller local operators with pictures - Red Rose in more detail
More of COMS in pictures from the 1980s by Nigel Lukowski
Report on recent rally events
and much much more from the local scene
& Links to other useful and interesting sites

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 102 -  March 2017

Oxford Bus on strike for two days - pictures and details of what happened
Carousel ex London Citaros expected to enter service on Monday, March 20th
Route revision proposed for Stagecoach Wantage services
Competition in our area by Ralph Adams
Campaign warns of transport deserts
Stagecoach launch "little & often - its huge"
Report from Ralph Adams on this operation in Kent
Victoria Coach Station celebrates its 85th Anniversary
Report from North of the Border by Gordon Scott
Enviro 500 low height bus for Switzerland revealed
Reports on smaller local operators with pictures - Red Rose in more detail
First picture of Megabus Astromega with West Coast Motors
Heyfordian, COMS and Charlton Services in pictures from the 1980s by Nigel Lukowski
Report on a visit to Hong Kong and Singapore by Paul Hawkins
and much much more from the local scene
& Links to other useful and interesting sites

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 101 -  February 2017

Go-Ahead companies in our area have significant fleet changes
More new buses enter service in Oxford
Interesting cascades to Carousel and Thames Travel
National Express buys Clarks Coaches
Cyclists and traffic congestion in London
National Express recasts its services with operator changes
The Caetano double decks to come off the A1

Report from North of the Border by Gordon Scott
Enviro 500 low height bus for Switzerland revealed
Oxford Tube resorts to using a Gold Bus to ensure service
Reports on smaller local operators with pictures - new double decks for Reading
Weavaway update with new coach details
Ex Stagecoach Oxford Levante coaches with West Coast Motors
Report on a visit to Hong Kong and Singapore by Paul Hawkins
Buses involved with gliding at Bicester in the 1980s
and much much more from the local scene
& Links to other useful and interesting sites

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 100 -  January 2017

Well, Issue nr 100 - it seems a long time since I started with "the page"

Go-Ahead companies in our area to offer Contactless payment
Many new buses enter service in Oxford
Interesting cascades to Carousel and Thames Travel
Full details with interior pictures of the new Park & Ride buses and the Gold MMCs
Stagecoach starts new route 7 using Gold MMCs
More Thames Travel Solos move to Go North East
Gold M A N s move from Stagecoach South to West and one appears on the 66
Report from  North of the Border by Gordon Scott
Ex Oxford tube Astromega swops route from X77 to X76 routes in West Scotland
Interesting reports on smaller local operators with pictures of Red Rose etc
Major TfL page featuring the many overall wraps in London service
National Express double deck coach joins its sisters at Luton
Much discussion on matters concerning the pedestrianisation of Queen Street
Arriva seemingly replace non compliant deckers with Solos in Wycombe
Brief report on Editors visit to North Wales - Arriva, Bangor
First use Green Line DP deckers on X74 to Wycombe
More Stagecoach Hybrids move from Oxford to Manchester
Reading get two white MMCs deckers for their Royal Blue service
News of a new book on model buses in London and our area
and much much more from the local scene
& Links to other useful and interesting sites

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Christmas Message from the Editor - December 25th 2016

 

Spottings & Jottings Nr 99 -  9th November 2016

Welcome to a new and refreshed page design for Spottings & Jottings

Stagecoach now offers Contactless payment on local services in Oxfordshire and the Oxford tube
New National Express Scania-Caetano double deck now in service to Luton and South Wales
New services by Oxford Bus and Stagecoach from Oxford to Woodstock
Thames Travel Solos now with Go North East but to gain more double decks from Oxford
Resurfacing works on the M40 between junctions 6 and 8A cause long delays at peak times
Picture reports on Showbus - Brooklands - Amersham
Report from  North of the Border by Gordon Scott
Ex Oxford tube Astromegas serve new route in West Scotland
Older Megabus Astromegas stand down for new Astromegas
Gavin Francis visits Florida and finds a large number of second hand Megabus Astromegas
Each major Group operator now enjoys their own page
and much much more from the local scene
& Links to other useful and interesting sites

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 98 -  9th October 2016

Full page published on October 16th
over 350 pictures

New deliveries in our area including 21 MMCs for Stagecoach
New National Express Scania-Caetano double deck - first views
uno Science Transit Shuttle update with new 66 plate buses
Arriva launch the X8 to Oxford and X30 to high Wycombe
Carousel lose a Trident to a fire but gain a couple of interesting replacements
Oxford express trials a new Mercedes Benz Tourismo coach
Thames Travel loss many Solos to Go North East but gain more double decks from Oxford
Stagecoach Oxford Hybrids move to Manchester
Megabus seen for a few days in Gloucester Green
Further transfers of Arriva Midlands buses to the Shires
Red Eagle grow apace in our area
Gordon Scott reports on new buses emerging from Alexander, Falkirk
East Coast Buses emerge with Lothian
A visit to Orkney by Paul Francis
 and much much more from the local scene

Jottings includes a number of interesting events

Marcus Lapthorn's visits to Spain, The Isle of Man and The Crosville Rally
Buses Festival at Gaydon
Showbus 2016 at Donnington Race Circuit
Old pictures of Oxford's bendi bus trials in the 1980s
British Buses abroad by Paul Bateson
East Kent event
A Lancashire seaside event by Geoff Cunliffe
and many pictures from London and other areas

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 97 - 12th August 2016

The results of the loss of 54 tendered services in Oxfordshire and some thoughts on the future
Carousel's new Regatta service, the X80 to Reading
New University shuttle bus in Oxford brings operator UNO to our streets
Major rail line closure brings a myriad of coaches to Oxford
Oxford Bus Enthusiasts visit Grayline of Bicester
Swindon update by Derek Wiggins - Calne to Marlborough
International Air Tattoo brings many Stagecoach buses to help
Walters and route 98 in Didcot brings variety
Arriva to go MAX on their High Wycombe-Reading services
Further transfers of Arriva Midlands buses to the Shires
Gavin and your Editor spend a day on the Isle of Wight pictures and thoughts
Flixbus increases presence in London
Stagecoach Oxford takes delivery of 21 new MMC double deckers
First and services to Legoland
Stagecoach and this year's F1 at Silverstone
Thames Travel following the loss of many tendered routes

Letter to the Editor from Bus Users local Chairman
7th Alton classic running day by Marcus Lapthorn
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 96 - 14th July 2016

Oxford's Airline expansion to Birmingham - first day pictures
Significant changes in Wycombe with Carousel with new service X80 to Reading
National Express to operate double deckers again - or so the rumours go!
Oxontime goes live
Bristol with Paul Hawkins
Jersey with Marcus Lapthorn
X90 gets new coaches
Rallies in Didcot and London for RTWs
Megabus sells the commercial operation of Europe to Flixbus
More from Gordon Scott on the borders and in Scotland
Gavin and your Editor spend a day on the Isle of Wight
The Bus Services Bill
A record of buses to Wimbledon for this year's event
Now the first coaches for Megabus to Europe have appeared on services in Scotland
First and services to Legoland
Editors holiday in North Wales - buses over the Menai Bridge
Motts update

New University shuttle service in Oxford
Royal Blue commemorative run from Victoria
More pictures from London and their NRM wraps which keep appearing
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 95 - 20th May 2016

Oxford's Airline expansion to Birmingham form July 2nd
Significant changes in Wycombe with Carousel increasing their presence and gaining a new Sunday tender on the 48
New Scania double deck gas powered bus on trial in Sweden
Manchester & Hong Kong with Paul Hawkins
Gibraltar with Marcus Lapthorn
X90 old and new with Richard Griffin
The Editor goes to Yorkshire
Paul Bateson and buses in Florida
Those evocative Blackpool Streamliners by Brian Turner
LOTS Brooklands Spring 2016 by Gavin Francis
Red Arrow in London by Gavin Francis
More from Gordon Scott on the borders and in Scotland
Tony Wilson finds Stagecoach Oxford's 22764 in its new home around Carlisle
New buses for Carousel
Final repaints of ex Oxford Tube Astromegas in Megabus livery
Flixbus operations to the U.K. expand
New buses for Thamesdown, Swindon

More pictures from London and their NRM wraps which keep appearing
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 94 - 15th April 2016

Stagecoach Group orders for 2016-7 revealed
Stagecoach East Kent celebrate 100 years of East Kent in style
Oxford United lose at Wembley but the operators laid on extra services
Marcus Lapthorn visits Wythall Museum
Paul Bateson finds some interesting buses from our area in the USA and Canada
More 16 plate vehicles take to the road
Stagecoach West new Swindon depot - more pictures from Swindon
Graham Low provides some nostalgic black and white pictures
More from Gordon Scott on the borders and in Scotland
Lewis Nagle provides some nice Rail Replacement shots with Arriva
Detailed update from Carousel
New coaches for the Motts/Crusader Group provided by Luke Braham
Original Megabus Continental service Volvos revealed in their corporate livery
Changes on National Express Stansted services and their competition
Weavaway take delivery of 10 E400 double decks
Collecting a new double deck bus in the USA for service in Canada by Paul Bateson
Gavin Francis reports on his trip to Florida
Luke Braham provides an update on Redline, Aylesbury
More pictures from London and their NRM wraps which keep appearing
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 93 - 10th March 2016

County tendered services in Oxfordshire - all support will cease from July 20th 2016
Full details of services affected
Wycombe Coachway PR1 service gaining in popularity
The changing face of colourful Oxford's buses
16 plate vehicles take to the road
Stagecoach West launch new Swindon depot
Stagecoach Olympian donated to Witney school
Amersham 2016 Running Day details
Pictures from Running Days in the Chilterns
Pictures from London and Scotland
A day in Manchester by Malcolm Crowe
Original Megabus Continental service Volvos cascaded to other work
Operator changes on National Express 310 service
Some detail of the proposed Buses Bill
More bus pictures in Canada by Paul Bateson
Gavin Francis highlights latest overall wraps on London's NRMs
DVSA clamps down on dodgers - relating to new rules on accessible buses
Buses in India from Daniel Doyle
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 92 - 9th February 2016

County tendered services in Oxfordshire - vote in February 16th 2016
Westgate building works and a road collapse causes chaos
Wycombe Coachway opened on January 18th 2016 - pictures of first day
Carousel commence service on Wycombe Coachway and Park & Ride service PR1
Carousel Route 40 to Stokenchurch goes half hourly
Stagecoach get large fleet of Interdeckers for express services, Megabus and sur le continent
National Express branded Levante strays far from home
First variety on the X74 to High Wycombe
Marcus Lapthorn finds some interest in Oxfordshire on route 66
Wilts and Dorset Lodekka in Canada
Your Editor enjoys Gold and a chance to see some new London Hybrids
Ice Breaker Running Day in Newbury in pictures
Oxford Tube 36 returns to Oxford for the day
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 91 - 30th December 2015
updated and added to on January 3rd 2016

County tendered services in Oxfordshire up for the chop - vote in February 2016
Extra service on the London-Gatwick route provided by Kings Ferry
News on changes in Wycombe with the advent of the Coachway in February 2016
Pictures of the extra services provided by Stagecoach following the closure of the Forth Road Bridge
New arrivals at High Wycombe see some ex Shrewsbury Park & Ride Optares come to our area
Arriva and Redline updates by Luke Braham
A white Levante on Green Line 757 service
First introduce StreetLites on the X74 to High Wycombe
Carousel and many changes
Ex London Citaro bendi-buses in service at Waddesdon
Frideswide Square complete
Details of Showbus September 25th 2016
Marcus Lapthorn finds some old buses of interest in Oxfordshire
Megabus Astromega in Canada
Levante for Snoopy!
Local coach operators benefit from crowds visiting "panto" in Oxford
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 90 - 23rd November 2015

ADL E200MMC buses enter service on Banbury's 500 route
Two new operators take the road on the London-Stansted Airport route
Swindon Bus Station changes by Marcus Lapthorn
Various pictures in New York and Scotland from Gordon Scott
IdBus upgrade and change their name
More pictures from Showbus 2015 by Gavin Francis
Parks take over the National Express 310 route which runs through Oxford
Fishwick's of Leyland demise
Your Editor helps out with a Megabus Gold in  trouble
Carousel update
Solo SRs to move from Banbury to Witney
Oxford Parkway opens with Chiltern Trains service to London
New Bucks University service between Wycombe and Uxbridge
Bus Travel at Risk
First London E400MMC ready for service
Motts update by Hedley Shanks
First Citaros return to the X74 Slough service
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 89 - 22nd October 2015

New Stagecoach single deck ADL E200MMC buses for Banbury's 500 route
Alexander Falkirk factory visit pictures
Hemel event by Mark Turner
Various pictures in Manchester and Scotland from Gordon Scott
IdBus upgrade and change their name
Reading demonstrators and developments
Oxford Bus puts new Volvo Caetano coaches into service on the 737 National Express route
and have a hire coach on the LHR service
Old Oxford Bus coaches sighted and photographed
Carousel update
New Gold Solo SRs enter service in Leamington
Megabus Astromegas enter service in Italy
Buses and coaches which have left Oxford are pictured with the new operators
Bus Travel at Risk
Yorkshire visit & Buses at Gaydon by Marcus Lapthorn
Lytham St. Annes rally and Blackpool by Geoff Cunliffe
A visit to Eire by Gary Seamarks
Bracknell by Gavin Francis
Developments at Polski Bus
Coach & Bus at the NEC
Showbus 2015 - first report
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 88 - August 19th 2015

Oxford's StreetDecks & Stagecoach MMCs takeover on the Blackbird Leys services
Stagecoach Gold Scania ADL E300s takeover on the S4
Brijan Tours cease trading
Report and pictures on Thames Valley 100
Running Days at Imberbus
Sightings at Alexander's Falkirk factory including new buses for Oxfordshire
Carousel receives first of their StreetLites for service in Wycombe
First contracts and Stagecoach takes over Plymouth services
Megabus European Astromega trip from Leipzig to Berlin
Changes to the Megabus UK fleet
Ducklington rally report
The 66 route to Swindon sees a variety of buses
Oxford Bus buys their loaned South Coast green buses
National Express variety and new contractors
Terravision now using Westway to Stansted
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 87 - July 15th 2015

Lest we forget - 7/7 10 years on
Scoop - First glimpse of Oxford's StreetDecks
Thames Travel launch a new Connector service from Didcot Parkway to Harwell Campus
Reports on Tube Strike and Wimbledon
Running Days at Hemel and Imberbus
Sightings at Alexander's Falkirk factory including new Gold Bus for Oxfordshire.
Westgate car park demolition on hottest day of the year
Arriva - StreetLite on test in Wycombe
Carousel re-register buses used on the 40
Reports from Devon and North Wales
Megabus details of European Astromega fleet
Portugal 2015 by 
Peter Gascoigne who is the editor of the Modelstone Bus Club
Additions to the Megabus UK fleet
you can now take pictures in the street without fear of a hand on your shoulder
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 86 - June 24th 2015

Z&S surprise me with the destination screen
Roadworks in progress in Oxford with the rebuilding of the Westgate
Carousel takes over the Thame route from high Wycombe
Seemingly Arriva admit defeat and withdraw their 40 from end of July
New PINK Streetdecks for Oxford Bus 5 road
Ex Whittle's coach to feature in an Endeavour programme
Gordon Scott again visits Alexander's
National Express need further capacity on their A1 Luton Airport service
Oxford loan more Citaros to Thames Travel
Reports from rallies at Basingstoke and Slough
Second ex Tube Astromega gets full Megabus livery and regain their Oxford registrations
Portugal 2015 by Marcus Lapthorn
Southsea Rally 2015 by Marcus Lapthorn
First re-livery their Reading RailAir link
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 85 - May 15th 2015

Oxfordshire announce bus cuts from May 31st
Roadworks in Oxford are causing major delays to services
New handbooks reviewed from SKM
Gordon Scott visit Alexander's and other buses in Scotland
320 is upgraded to Sapphire by Adam Green
Carousel gets two single decks from Thames Travel

Charlton Services upgrades its fleet
Motts take new coaches for Crusader
Stagecoach SW1 ends
Gavin Francis catches up with two ex Tube Skyliners
First ex Tube Astromegas gets full Megabus livery
Arriva Investment - details
Brooklands 2015
Watford and Penzance Running Days
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 84 - April 2nd 2015

New arrivals for Arriva - Aylesbury and High Wycombe
Final coaches arrive from the new batch of Interdeckers on the X90
The first 15 plate Levantes are entering service with National Express
Obituary to Colin Shears, founder of The West of England Transport Museum
Western Greyhound finally closes for good
Major works in central Oxford cause diversion and delay
Oxford Trams by Ralph Adams
Megabus starts domestic services in Germany with bases in Hanover and Munich
Five ex Oxford tube Astromegas move to South Wales for Megabus duties
Buckinghamshire developments by Colin Richardson
Carousel to operate the service between High Wycombe and Thame from June 1st
Several of the older X5 coaches, now replaced, find a new home in Gloucester on the Belles Express

Gavin Francis with pictures from his recent visit to Florida
Jason Grinham's pictures of his tour coach from Lochs and Glens
Marcus Lapthorn visits Cyprus - recorded in pictures
Gordon Scott visit Alexander's and other buses in Scotland
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 83 - February 22nd 2015

Oxford Bus go for route coloured buses
Diversion due road closure at St Clements
Megabus Sleeper visits Oxford
National Express 737 operation by Oxford Bus brings variety
Gavin Francis provides interesting pictures of London buses
Gordon Scott visit Alexander's and other buses in Scotland
 
and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 82 - January 16th 2015

Stagecoach East introduce 18 new coaches on their X5 service
Reponses to readers questions answers 280 queries
Editor's visit to Winchester and North Wales
Gavin Francis visits Bicester
Oxford X90 Scanias appear with Noah Vale
Left hand drive Megabus Astromegas from Belgium appear on London services
Pictures from Scotland of ex Oxford Astromegas now with full re-registration details

A story of trams in Canada
First view of Stagecoach Manchester's new ADL E400s
Three new Megabus Astromega sleepers delivered
 and much much more from the local scene


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 81 - November 30th 2014

Stagecoach launch the SW1 Gold service to London
NEC - Coach and Bus Live 2014
Oxford Bus uses Carousel Mercedes and loan Citaro on route 6
Arriva launches Arriva MAX on the 60 and X60 from Aylesbury to Milton Keynes
London's New Routemasters in overall wrap livery's
Carousel re-registers its Trident fleet and uses a loan Trident in London red
Pictures from Scotland of ex Oxford Astromegas and new tri-axles on the X7

RTs run the 11 one Sunday in pictures
An American Alexander E500
Citylink in Scotland uses ex NEx Levantes including Oxford ones on express services
Great Western Heritage weekend
Megabus update
 and much much more from the local scene


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 80 - October 5th 2014

New Brookes fleet takes the road
Showbus 2014 at Duxford - report
Editor visits Glasgow and Ayr to see the ex SC Oxford Astromegas in service
Arriva have a new fleet on the 321 and the Citaros move to other depots
New Scania E400s for SC Oxford
Carousel enjoys a Trident repaint - 102 looking very smart
London in pictures including new E40H deckers entering service with operators

Megabus update
 and much much more from the local scene


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 79 - 12th August 2014

Launch of the new Oxford Tube Astromegas
Philip Kirk to leave Oxford Bus
Arriva and their new Sapphires and recent news
Stagecoach add three more Gold Scania E400s to their fleet
Oxford Tube Astromega fleet of TD927s move to Scotland
A window on Stagecoach Kilmarnock depot
The Commonwealth Games
Marcus Lapthorn's trip to Scotland
Many vehicle changes at Carousel in pictures
Oxford Bus changes to Brookes fleet and services
London in pictures including Chelsea Flower Show and Wimbledon specials

Game Fair specials for show at Blenheim
 and much much more from the local scene


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 78 - 21st May 2014

New buses and coach on the horizon in Oxford
Tube strike replacement buses reviewed
South Gloucester re-register many coaches
Stagecoach has been confirmed as Britain’s best value major bus operator for the third successive time
Road closures in Oxford lead to massive traffic delays
 & diversions
Luke Braham visits Great Yarmouth with a report and pictures
Beaconsfield services proves an interesting location for our hobby
Gavin Francis visits and colourful and varied Milton Keynes
Stagecoach double Gold Bus frequency in Devon
Megabus appoints a new operator for services from Devon using ex Oxford Bus coaches
Thames Travel M A N s pictured in Plymouth
Another £30 million for green buses is announced
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings RT Running Day special - 30th April 2014

Saturday, April 12th saw a large gathering of RT type buses providing service on route 22
Gavin Francis and Malcolm Crowe enjoyed a full day out at this event
Malcolm rode on RT1 achieving a long time desire

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 77 - 10th April 2014

Many new 14 plate coaches and buses enter service
Rail replacement services bring more coaches & buses to Oxford from far afield
Oxford Bus Rail Replacement services for Chiltern Rail seen en route and at Bicester
National Express more new coaches
Stagecoach places highest value order for new buses and coaches ever placed by a UK operator
Oxford Tube expects a brand new fleet of 26 Astromega Euro 6 
coaches
Oxford Bus place five new Volvo B11R/Plaxton coaches in service on Airline services
Victoria Coach station has a facelift externally with new signage on the main entrance
South Gloucester puts personal plates on tow of its recently acquired Levantes, one of which is ex Stagecoach Oxford
Oxford Bus has an Alexander Hybrid on loan
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Northampton's new bus station by Richard Morgan
Cheltenham Gold Cup draws Stagecoach buses from around the UK including Oxford
Watford Running day by Mark Turner
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 76 - 25th February 2014

Still some local flooding causes problems
Rail replacement services bring coaches to Oxford from far afield
Oxford Bus start service on Rail Replacement services for Chiltern Rail between Oxford and Bicester
National Express more new coaches
Arriva order two more Sapphire E400s for the 280
Carousel place a large number of ex Oxford Bus Tridents in service
An Oxford Scania coach placed in service by a Scottish operator
London Underground strike produces some interesting workings
National Express takes over Sammy's facility at Victoria
Luke Braham visits Motts depot
Megabus orders more Astromegas for service in the USA

and much much more on the local scene


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Special Issue - 6th February 2014

London’s Tube strike – surprise buses used as service extras by Gavin Francis.

Special Issue on this archive  

Spottings & Jottings Nr 75 - 20th January 2014

1st issue of 2014
Floods in and around Oxford cause major disruption to city and coach services
Winchester - New Year's Day 2014 - report and pictures
Oxford Bus place the Go South Coast buses in service - many pictures
National Express introduce more new coaches
Arriva Electric StreetLites enter service in Milton Keynes
Courtney introduce a new decker on the Milton Park service
Oxford's old coaches turn up with a near Oxford operator
Oxford Bus withdraw Dean Court service to protests from local users
First Bus order many new buses
Amersham & District 2014 Running Days - details
The Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society January meeting
and much much more on the local scene


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 74 - 25th December 2013

Christmas issue
Just a few items to wet your appetite for the next page
Arriva get another M A N and seem to have withdrawn their ex London Taxi crew shuttles
First introduce the X9 between Maidenhead and Wycombe
Oxford Bus introduces some E40D buses, diverted from Go South Coast
Stagecoach introduces five new E400 buses specifically for the 700 route

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 73 - 5th December 2013

New coaches for Oxford Bus Express services 
- Plaxton Interdeckers enter service
The Oxford Tube experiments with new style colour destination blinds
First makes changes to various company management structures
Changes to services in Aylesbury
Visits to Luton Busway, Bracknell and London
VOSA to be axed
Isles of Scilly by Al Partington
Blackpool by Geoff Cunliffe
New operation in Bristol by Mark Purchase
Jersey Liberty Bus by Colin Garnier
More new investment by Stagecoach - this time for buses in Northants
Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 72 - 8th November 2013

Many new buses and coaches this issue - reports and picture as 63 plate buses enter service
10 more Megabus Plaxton Inter deckers ready for service
Oxford's X90 service changes terminus in London after many many years
Pictures of Showbus, Coach & Bus and Amersham 2014
Changes to services in Buckinghamshire
New services in Oxford in pictures
Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 71 - 14th September 2013

Stagecoach driver from Oxfordshire becomes Bus Driver of the Year 2013
New 63 plate buses enter service
Megabus Van Hool Inter deckers ready for service
Oxford's LED draws nearer
Green Line retaliate as the battle for passengers between London and Luton Airport hots up
Reports on visit to Maidenhead by Gavin Francis
Hemel Rally in pictures
Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 70 - 12th August 2013

BSOG changes reported
Luton Busway in pictures from Clive King
Plaxton reveals new low cost coach
Arriva launch their new Sapphire service on the 280 between Aylesbury and Oxford
Stagecoach Gold is coming to the South West
National Express attack Green Line full force as the battle for passengers between London and Luton Airport hots up
Oxford Bus launch Heartbeat, with Wi Fi on services from the J R to Abingdon via the city centre
New Optare Solo SR s take the road with Stagecoach in Banbury
Megabus Gold now covering Cardiff and Plymouth in the South West
First of the left hand drive Altanos arrive for Megabus European services
Reports on visits to Wimbledon, Hemel & Watford and Reading by Gavin Francis
Newbury Rally a great success with pictures from Marcus Lapthorn
Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 69 - 3rd July 2013


Stagecoach have ceased operating the National Express 737 service from the end of June and this service is now operated by NEx Stansted
Thames Travel have grown dramatically in size with gained contract services as far away as Bicester
Arriva is getting very close to the launch of their new Sapphire service on the 280 between Aylesbury and Oxford
National Express have continued with their A1 service from Luton Airport to London
Green Line also continue with their 757 service, albeit with revised connecting shuttles at Luton Airport.
Changes have occurred to a number of Oxford County services with revised operators
Oxford Bus have launched a redesigned web site and improved the seating in a number of Scania double decks
Latest update from Aylesbury Vale Transport Users Group - now over 27 years since formation
VOSA and DSA to merge
First in £615m Rights Issue
Green Bus Fund winners revealed
Summercourt fire destroys 35 Western Greyhound fleet buses
Latest on operators and much much more


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 68 - 10th May 2013

New contracts for subsidised bus services in North Oxfordshire
More on the changes between Luton Airport and London
Brooklands 2013 - new location from Cobham reported by Gavin Francis
First place new Hybrids in service at Slough
Jeffs get some new coaches
History in a picture of Thames Valley at Fingest by Graham Low
Banbury in April 2013 by Richard Morgan
May Day in Oxford causes diversions
Many new coaches for National Express
Bus Users AGM held in Oxford
Slough Running Day on May 12th
More MCV Volvos for Golden Tours
Evan Evans Wartime Tour of London sees RT8
Latest on operators and much much more

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A special issue to mark changes to the service between Luton Airport and London Victoria

with a history and pictures of the past 32 years of greenline service by Mike Penn

29th April 2013

 



A special issue to celebrate the launch of an innovative new concept by Stagecoach

18th April 2013

 

Spottings & Jottings Nr 67 - 10th April 2013

The complete page is now on line with small amendments to the Spottings section.

New contracts for subsidised bus services in North Oxfordshire
Luton - Dunstable Busway revealed by Mike Penn
Blackpool runs heritage fleet again
Delaine Running day in pictures
Wellingborough 100 by Richard Morgan
Hampshire and Dorset by Andrew Webb
Manchester today by Chris Maxfield
Oxford Bus surprise livery for two Airline coaches
Megabus hired coaches bring some surprises
Tappins change the face of City sightseeing in Oxford
Green Line lose the right to serve Luton Airport after more than 30 years
National Express to start a new service A1 between Luton Airport and London Victoria
Harry Potter tour buses get new branding
Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 66 - 8th March 2013

Megabus Interdeckers - livery variety
Update on local matters including new buses
Arriva & Carousel sign a co-operation agreement in Wycombe
OFT accept Stagecoach take-over of Wigan and Blue bird
Arriva launch Sapphire upgrade on various U.K. routes including the 280 from Aylesbury to Oxford
First Group announces £76m order
Parry's to close at the end of the year
Showbus 2013 - change of venue
Richard Morgan records buses and coaches at Winchester 2013
Chris Maxfield visits the Wirral and Chester to witness the take-over of First by Stagecoach
Stansted developments by Gavin Francis
Pictureview of other operators and London buses
Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 65 - 6th February 2013

Megabus Interdeckers enter service
Update on local matters including new buses
New Hybrids enter service with Oxford Bus - many pictures
Thames Travel now has 14 Citaros and pictures are included in this issue
South Midland name reappears with Weavaway
Wonderful old Leyland Olympian gives good service on Wycombe route 32
Stagecoach orders for 2013
Snow and floods mar January 2013.
Memories of the Stratford-Oxford service by Richard Sharman

Stansted developments by Gavin Francis
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Pictureview of other operators and London buses

Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 64 - 1st January 2013

Update on local matters including new buses
New Hybrids enter service with Oxford Bus
Twelve E200s enter service with Stagecoach on route 10 in Oxford
Thames Travel sells a number of buses and borrow more from Carousel
Euro Bus Expo 2012 at the N E C - pictures of many vehicles on display
Carousel fleet list and update on borrowed coaches from Oxford Bus
Do you have favourite bus or coach your would like to have a painting of?
Olympic follow up by Peter Edgar
Barbados and Antigua by Andrew Webb  with a surprise UK decker found

Weavaway/Tappins fleet list
Stansted developments by Gavin Francis
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Pictureview of other operators and London buses

Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 63 - 25th October 2012

Stagecoach, Oxford Bus run RH services from Monday 8th October
Pictures of Stagecoach on these routes
Changes at Carousel
Weavaway/Tappins fleet changes
Heyfordian acquire several Van Hool coaches from Tappins
Stansted developments by Gavin Francis
Majorca by Lewis Nagle

Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Event at the Oxford Bus Museum
Thames Travel and its acquired Citaros etc
Megabus Astromega TX27's enter service

Pictureview with an interesting sighting

Latest on operators and much much more

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Olympic Special - 22nd October 2012

Gavin Francis recounts matters pertaining Olympic 2012 with many pictures
giving a unique insight into the work, buses, coaches and workings at this very special event

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 62 - 5th October 2012

RH in administration as of midnight on 4th October
Stagecoach, Oxford Bus and many other operators to run services from Monday 8th October
Weavaway takes over Tappins from Heyfordian effective September 30th
Duxford 2012 in pictures
The Olympics at East Dorney by Trevor Wilson
Istanbul by Marcus Lapthorn -
- who also visits south of Swindon
Vale Transport takes over some Wycombe services
Arriva moves DAF double decks into Wycombe

SNCF low cost coach service to London from Paris - pictures
New Astromega TX for Megabus first seen at Duxford
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Rallies at Hemel and Weston
Buses in the Landscape from contributors
Pictureview with many interesting sightings

Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 61 - 3rd September 2012

Thames Travel takes over on the X2 to Didcot
Gold deckers enter service on the S3 to Chipping Norton
More pictures of the old Tube Skyliners with new owners
Stagecoach Oxford helps out on the South Coast
Mark Lyons writes a book on Go Ahead
Vale Transport takes over some Wycombe services
Arriva moves DAF double decks into Wycombe

SNCF start low cost coach service to London from Paris
Open Golf at Lytham
More on the Olympics
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
More on Malta
Rallies at Bristol & Newbury
Buses in the Landscape from contributors
Pictureview with many interesting sightings

Latest on operators and much much more


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 60 - 26th July 2012

Stagecoach to increase services in North Devon
STAGECOACH EMPLOYEES TO PLAY KEY ROLE AT LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS
Olympic Torch Relay
Wimbledon 2012
COACH DRIVER PRAISED FOR CALM RESPONSE TO M6 TOLL MOTORWAY INCIDENT
MEGABUS.COM PROVIDES THOUSANDS OF EXTRA SEATS TO LONDON THIS SUMMER
Guided busway could be extended into central Cambridge
ADL buys Oz bus builder

STAGECOACH GROUP PLC – PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2012

Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
A report from Malta
Peak Park Preserved Bus Gathering
Germany visit by Marcus Lapthorn

Buses in the Landscape from contributors
Pictureview with many interesting sightings

Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 59 - 4th June 2012

Snakes make way for bigger park-and-ride
First issues UK Bus profit warning
STAGECOACH ACCEPTS SMARTCARDS FOR CONCESSIONARY JOURNEYS
Stagecoach expands megabus.com North American network to Texas
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Olympic Torch Relay report from Royal Wootton Bassett
Trip to Swindon and report on buses to Chelsea Flower Show
Aldershot & District 100th - SC Oxford Hybrid attends the event
Wisley and the Spring Gathering by Steve Warwick
Marcus Lapthorn reports on goings on in the Faringdon area
Buses in the Landscape from contributors
Pictureview with many interesting sightings

Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 58 - 1st May 2012

Epson Coaches sold to the French
Anglian buses sold to Go-Ahead
Swanbrook gets Levantes to work the 853 service
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Carousel fleet developments
easyBus more on the new fleet
Olympic Torch Relay fleet prepares
uno bus new StreetLites
Developments in MK by Harold Atkins

Service changes to OCC tendered services from June 3rd
Simon Hewings visits Aston Manor and Devon
Vic Gackowski visits Liverpool and Belfast
M4 bridge restrictions cause a lot of traffic problems
Pictureview with some interesting sightings

Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 57 - 19th April 2012

First Megabus services to Europe leave Victoria
Management changes at Stagecoach
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe - the new trams start to roll
Carousel fleet developments including renumbering
easyBus gets a new fleet
Terravision's new coaches
Reading's new StreetLites
Grayline get two further coaches
Stagecoach Megabus developments including a potential new sleeper coach
Marcus Lapthorn goes to East Anglia
Andy Buckingham visits the USA
Sammy's closed for resurfacing
Oxford Bus announce success in next round of Green Bus funding and will take Volvo/Wrights double decks
Red Rose celebrate the Queens Jubilee with a special repaint
Scania to launch gas bus
M4 bridge restrictions cause a lot of traffic problems
Pictureview with some interesting sightings

Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 56 - 28th March 2012

Launch of Oxford Tube history at Oxford Bus Museum
The new London bus in words and pictures
Stagecoach and Arriva orders for 2012-13
Go-Ahead takes over Carousel & Hedingham
New Green Bus funding
BSOG update
Heyfordian fleet list
Oxford Bus launch new look X90 service
Oxford Tube celebrates 25th birthday
Megabus goes continental
Cheltenham Gold Cup race day specials
Thames Travel fleet list and renumbering
Peter Huntley
Stagecoach to buy First North Devon
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Pictureview with some interesting sightings

Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 55 - 15th February 2012

Arriva appoints an interim Managing Director in Malta
Megabus launches its new Astromegas on services from south Wales and west country

Red Rose new single decks revealed
Olympic mission for local buses
A bus stuck in Croxley Green
Let the bus pull out
Dates for your diary - launch of Oxford tube 25th anniversary history
Pictureview with some interesting sightings

Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 54 - 27th January 2012

Launch of Gold Buses by Stagecoach on routes S5 and 66 which both serve Oxford
Three ex Brighton & Hove Tridents have entered service with Thames Travel
Carousel have received three new 
Mercedes-Benz OC500U/MCV C124RLE Evolutions
Red Rose 275 route from High Wycombe to Oxford has re-routed via Chinnor and Bledlow Ridge
McLeans of Witney have ceased trading
Revised services are being operated by National Express through Oxford and Manchester is once again served direct

uro5 derogation expected next year

Bus passengers to get a better deal
New independent research confirms Stagecoach is best value bus operator
Tiger Line’s demise

Ashok Leyland in Optare ‘takeover’

Changes to Aylesbury operated services by Colin Richardson
Classic coaches of High Wycombe – A history in pictures by Michael Wadman
Buses in the Landscape

Pictureview with an Editors favourites in Winchester on New Year’s Day

Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 53 - 14th December 2011

Oxford tube wins Express coach Operator of the Year 2011 at UK Bus Awards
9th December sees the end of Bendi buses in London with pictures from Gavin Francis and Malcolm Crowe.
Changes to operators on National Express routes - Arriva and Classic leave the family
New coaches for Oxford Bus - The Airline - first pictures
megabus.com will run throughout Christmas including Christmas Day

Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Adam Green visits Lincolnshire
Latest on operators in our area by John Hammond
Oxford tube coaches return to Bicester
Megabus gets new Astromega double deck coaches for UK services
Motts buys Crusader Tours
Wellglade buys Felix Buses
Third Round of Green Bus funding.
Latest on operators and much much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 52 - 25th November 2011

New buses for our area
More on the Oxford tube Skyliners
National Express takes a lot more Levantes
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Bath & the West Country by Andrew Webb
Latest on operators and much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 51 - 31st October 2011

Version 2 - 2nd November 2011 with missing Blackpool story by Geoff Cunliffe

Souter Investments launches PolskiBus
Bus crashes into roundabout in Aylesbury
Bargain bus is a sleeper hit
Transport minister opens Arriva Midlands’ new head office and depot
Final days of bendi-buses in London fast approaching
‘FASTER JOURNEYS ON ROUTE 200’
Stagecoach expands budget coach service megabus.com to southern United States
Peter Huntley resigns
New Zealand by Conrad Holmes
Malta update by Chris Farmer
Winkleigh 2011 by Marcus Lapthorn

Amersham 2011
Cobweb Corner closes with Blackpool trams, the story to date by Geoff Cunliffe
Latest on operators and much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 50 - 7th October 2011


Duxford 2011 on record
Fleet news and the transfer of some Tridents from Oxford Bus to Thames Travel
Update on Blackpool and its' new trams by Geoff Cunliffe
Bus service updates in MK by Harold Atkins
Marcus Lapthorn visits Cambridge Busway
Cambridge Busway is not all a bed of roses by Mike Walker
Bedfordshire by John Hammond
John Marsh visits Oxfordshire in pictures
Ensign Bus Running Day at Lakeside by Mike Penn
Stagecoach successes in Bus Awards
Megabus introduces more services in the U.K.
Geoff Cunliffe’s Cobweb Corner - Part 4, Northern England
Latest on operators and much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 49 - 28th August 2011


Tribute to the Red Arrows
North Weald 2011
Cambridge Busway including pictures
Arriva in Malta
Megabus starts a sleeper service between London & Glasgow
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Geoff Amos and Hookways close down
Stagecoach sells Manchester Metrolink
Reports on Bristol and Gloucester rallies
Pictures from the past by Geoff Cunliffe
Old pictures from High Wycombe

Latest on operators and much more

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Jottings Nr 48 - 25th July 2011

Oxford Smart Zone launches with report and pictures
Scots ditch their cars for luxury coach service
Malta by Marcus Lapthorn with pictures and details of the first days of Arriva
Buses in the Landscape with some great pictures
Cyprus 2011 by Andrew Webb
Glastonbury 2011 in pictures by John Hammond
Pictureview
Hampshire and Devon memories and pictures by Geoff Cunliffe
and much more

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Spottings Nr 48 - 19th July 2011

Details of the new Arriva single decks being delivered at this time
Many new Levantes have arrived for the new contractors
Silverstone and details of the buses there from Stagecoach
Latest on operators and much more

Jottings to follow

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 47 - 29th June 2011


Changes to services in Oxford by three main companies mean better services fro all users
Developments by Stagecoach heralds a green future and greater profits
More on Malta
Arriva takes over D&G
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Bus Chief is knighted - Sir Brian Souter!
History items including Carlisle and Keswick in the 1950s
Associated Motorways Cheltenham Coach Station Rally
Latest on operators and much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 46 - 9th June 2011

Thames Travel taken over by Go-Ahead Group
Woottens partially acquired by Bowen Travel Group
Stagecoach fits greener engines to prolong active life
Bus operators perform well on the stock market
New Deputy Senior Traffic commissioner appointed
Two sacked at bus depot after probe into missing fuel
Blackpool again by Geoff Cunliffe
Malta - more details and pictures of current changes
Newbury Buses withdraw two routes to protests from locals
Changes to services in Milton Keynes|
Pictures from Jersey by Barry
Bristol Harbourside Rally by Marcus Lapthorn and Carl Berry
Museum Running Day in the West Midlands
History items
Oxford Bus Company paints more Tridents red
Latest on operators and much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 45 - 18th May 2011

STC Philip Brown is ‘stood down’ 
Stagecoach drives forward green awareness

RAIL REPLACEMENT by John Hammond

Blackpool again by Geoff Cunliffe
Malta by Ian Brown - King Longs delivered
Visits to Cornwall, Cyprus and Hong Kong by various contributors
Changes to Oxford Bus Company services in detail
Latest fleet list and more on Oxford Bus
 
 
Latest on operators and much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 44 - 7th May 2011

Oxford Bus launch new fleet of Hybrids on their most successful Park & Ride service
Ensignbus sells City Sightseeing
NEx Interim shareholders` statement

CC ‘looks for more competition’
CAMBRIDGE Busway

UK Coach Rally
 
Blackpool update by Geoff Cunliffe
Malta again - King Longs delivered
Visits to Cornwall, Leamington, Banbury, Nottingham, Reading and Bournemouth by various contributors
 
 
Latest on operators and much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 43 - 10th April 2011

Jottings, this part issue is following on from the one below and contains Jottings
Latest news from major companies including Arriva, First, Stagecoach and others
A theft from Carousel Buses
Oxfordshire tender changes
First to sell kings Lynn operation to Norfolk Green
National Express in the news with new coach order and talks of a possible merger
Stagecoach multi-million-pound investment in eco-driving technology
TfL appoints Leon Daniels as MD Surface Transport 
Arriva - Malta developments
Big hole at Thornhill Park & Ride repaired
Developments in Hertfordshire
Arriva orders 419 new buses for UK fleets
‘Intelligent’ lighting to be installed at Stagecoach UK bus depots
First place £160 m order for new buses
New routes for megabus.com network in North America
Stagecoach shortlisted for top environmental awards
Jump to top navigation Jump to site servicesBlackpool and Preston update from Geoff Cunliffe
Government figures confirm Stagecoach leads the way on greener hybrid electric buses
 Jump to top navigation Jump to site services
Oxford bus crash leaves passengers injured
Readers report on their trips to Cuba and Malta
..and John Hammond takes a day out to Cambridgeshire and a days work on rail replacement at Bicester
History includes comments on the Leyland Royal Tiger Cub
and Buses in the Landscape

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 43 - 10th April 2011

Spottings part issue with Jottings to follow shortly

Spotting Notes from many readers
Latest on operators and much more

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 42 - 22nd February 2011

More attacks on bus drivers and fights among passengers leading to arrests
Bucks County Council budget cuts to transport - changes to Sunday and evening services
Changes to bus services in Bedfordshire
Marshalls in pictures by Glenn Knight
The School Bus Company revealed by Chris Maxfield
Malta news - first Citaro bendi arrives on the island
Out and about in Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire with various contributors
Steve Gee visit Skegness and sees Stagecoach in Lincolnshire in action
Spotting Notes from many readers
Latest on operators and much more

ISSUE S&J Nr 42 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 41 - 4th February 2011

Youth who caused an Oxford Tube to overturn on the M40 is jailed
Bucks County Council budget cuts will affect local bus services and users dramatically
White Paper sets out transport funding

Preston Bus sold to Rotala for £3.2m
Design approaches for Frideswide Square in Oxford
Latest PSV Circle G list for Berks and Oxon reviewed
Malta update and news
Two interesting loans to Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
First views of Stagecoach influence on their London operation
Two readers visit Swindon and report in pictures
Spotting Notes from many readers

Buses in the Landscape
Latest on operators & much more

ISSUE S&J Nr 41 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 40 - 18th January 2011

Stagecoach orders new buses for 2011 delivery
The Reading Blockade - Railway workings by bus
First Greyhound launches new route from Glasgow to London
Faringdon by Marcus Lapthorn
Blackpool update
More new coaches for National Express and Kings Ferry
Heyfordian developments
Winchester 2011 by Mike Bennett
A visit to Oxford by Adam Baker
First news of Running Days in 2011
Spotting Notes from many readers
Latest on operators & much more

ISSUE S&J Nr 40 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 39 - 21st December 2010

Snow causes disruption to bus and coach services in the Oxford & Chilterns area.
Nearly 100 pictures of buses and coaches in the snow
Now a Gold Levante on National Express services
Arriva sets up Malta operation web site
Oxford tube accident reported
National Express continues strong progress
Milton Keynes Coachway transformed
Pictures from the Hybrid Bus launch in Reading
Torbay and a free bus service on Boxing Day
RH takes over several Oxfordshire routes - report by Mike Bennett
Chippenham by Marcus Lapthorn

Buses in the Landscape
Latest on operators & much more

ISSUE S&J Nr 39 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 38 - 10th December 2010

A 66 catches fire
Snow falls on the Chilterns with little effect
Woottens get first low floor bus
Minister decides 'no change' to Domestic Hours rules
Arriva Midlands acquires Wardle Transport
Young Man who caused the crash of an Oxford Tube is charged
Hybrid Bus launch in Reading
Stagecoach rated Britain’s “Most Admired” transport group
Torbay and a free bus service on Boxing Day
Spain by Julian Walker
The USA by Andrew D Webb
 
Buses in the Landscape
Latest on operators & much more

ISSUE S&J Nr 38 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 37 - 23rd November 2010

More Hybrids for London
Arriva increase fares in the Shires area
New London bus unveiled
Studio North has designs on Stagecoach's Sheffield services
Success for Arriva and Stagecoach at UK Bus Awards
Malta update as Arriva set for takeover
megabus.com expands footprint in North America
Bay changes at Aylesbury bus station
Blackpool tram update by Geoff Cunliffe
John Hammond visits the North West - picture report
Buses in the Landscape

                                                                                                            Latest on operators with new coaches for Woottens & much more

ISSUE S&J Nr 37 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 36 - 1st November 2010

BSOG not cut by as much as expected
Stagecoach reports success at the Ryder Cup
Blackpool tram update by Geoff Cunliffe
Stagecoach in Sheffield report
Pink Levante appears making a surprise for readers
New Arriva weekend service to Bicester Village
Marcus Lapthorn visits Italy
Pink M A N in Cambridge
Swindon M A N problems by Marcus Lapthorn
Wycombe Park & Ride success
Buses in the Landscape

Latest on operators
and lots more

ISSUE S&J Nr 36 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 35 - 17th October 2010
Stagecoach takes East London
Oxford Bus gains 17 Hybrids
Amersham Running Day in pictures
Oxford Bus Museum event in pictures
Florida buses by Gavin Francis
US Megabus in pictures by Andrew Webb
Blackpool Tram 125th by Geoff Cunliffe
Heyfordian gain 60 plate for Eurolines services
Ryder Cup brings out fleet of some 150 Stagecoach buses for Park & Ride services
Thames Travel gets a Hybrid - first picture by Mark E Lyons
Stagecoach introduces smartcard travel across Oxfordshire
Optare wins three year deal
Marcus Lapthorn visits Albania
First in Great Yarmouth by Adam Green
Caernarfon by Marcus Lapthorn
More pictures from Showbus
Buses in the Landscape

Latest on operators
and lots more
ISSUE S&J Nr 35 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 34 - 28th September 2010
First report on Showbus 2010
More 60 plates in service
More on Harlow operations with TGM
Oxford bus open doors
Megabus accident in the US
New Blackpool coach station by Geoff Cunliffe
Stagecoach Hybrids enter service in Manchester by Chris Lowe
St Giles Fair in Oxford causes bus operations to the north of the city to switch to Broad Street
Arriva yellow Volvo coaches appear on the 280 and 500
Ex Hong Kong Stagecoach Dart joins the Red Rose fleet
Stagecoach achieves the highest number of shortlisted nominations at the UK Bus Awards
Moir Lockhead to leave First
London defers LEZ for small vehicles
People smuggled into UK via Victoria Coach Station
Imber opens to visitors for a day - full report and pictures
Latest on operators
and lots more
ISSUE S&J Nr 34 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 34 - 28th September 2010
First report on Showbus 2010
More 60 plates in service
More on Harlow operations with TGM
Oxford bus open doors
Megabus accident in the US
New Blackpool coach station by Geoff Cunliffe
Stagecoach Hybrids enter service in Manchester by Chris Lowe
St Giles Fair in Oxford causes bus operations to the north of the city to switch to Broad Street
Arriva yellow Volvo coaches appear on the 280 and 500
Ex Hong Kong Stagecoach Dart joins the Red Rose fleet
Stagecoach achieves the highest number of shortlisted nominations at the UK Bus Awards
Moir Lockhead to leave First
London defers LEZ for small vehicles
People smuggled into UK via Victoria Coach Station
Imber opens to visitors for a day - full report and pictures
Latest on operators
and lots more
ISSUE S&J Nr 34 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 33 - 7th September 2010
Oxford Tube overturns after steering wheel is grabbed by disturbed passenger
First 60 plates appear in High Wycombe with Carousel
Arriva hands over Harlow operations to TGM
Arriva lose another bus to fire in High Wycombe
A London Citaro bendi goes up in smoke at Victoria
Blackpool update from Geoff Cunliffe
Stagecoach on Merseyside in pictures
A day out in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire by Stephen Le Bras
Devon Cream runs again in rally at Torquay
National Express news and changes to operators
Pictureview highlights of interesting photographs
Latest on operators
and lots more
ISSUE S&J Nr 33 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 32 - 24th August 2010
Oxford play Wycombe and produce a new coach company for their team at away games
Stagecoach confirms orders for new vehicles
RT8 on the streets of London once again after a four year total rebuild
Maltese buses 30 years ago by Marcus Lapthorn
Bristol, Kemble and Hemel rallies reported on
More on collapsed company On A Mission
Tiger Line introduces new service T5
Stagecoach older M A N reported in its new home
Swiss Interlude by Paul Dudfield
Pictureview highlights of interesting photographs
Latest on operators
and lots more
ISSUE S&J Nr 32 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 31 - 6th August 2010
Buckinghamshire operator On A Mission goes into receivership
Ashok Leyland to take 26% stake in Optare

Transport Malta has chosen Arriva (Malta) Consortium

Two coach crashes cause massive delays on the M25 and M40
A challenge to spotters - spot the bike in London
New Plaxton Elites enter service on the National Express 737 service
Green Line celebrates its 80th Anniversary
Tiger Line set to introduce Leyland Tigers on new service T5
Ex Oxford Bus Volvos enter service in the North East
Oxford Park & Ride services extended to give evening services once again
Picture reports on Alton and Worthing events
First to relaunch the Slough - Wycombe service as the X74
Geoff Cunliffe reports on Blackpool tram developments and Pulham's of Bourton-on-the-Water
Pictureview highlights of interesting photographs
Latest on operators
and lots more
ISSUE S&J Nr 31 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 30 - 17th July 2010
Full report on the launch and first day services of the new Enviro 400 Hybrids for Stagecoach in Oxford
First of the new Plaxton elites for the National Express 737 service arrive at Oxford
Stagecoach and partners launch a new concept in coach travel - Citylink Gold
Stagecoach named Public Transport Operator of the Year
EU plan for passenger compensation for coach delays
Green Bus Fund second round
Picture report on the British Grand Prix buses and coaches at Silverstone
The Ridgeway Run 2010 by Andrew Morgan
North Weald picture report
Bus shelter in Beaconsfield stolen? some answers
Woottens Tiger Line launches another new service
New service for shoppers from London to Bicester Village
Pictureview highlights of interesting photographs
Latest on operators
and lots more
ISSUE S&J Nr 30 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 29 - 2nd July 2010
First sightings of the new Enviro 400 Hybrids for Stagecoach in Oxford
More on the new Scania/Enviro 400s for Oxford Bus
Plan for High Wycombe coach station at Wycombe Sports Centre, Handy Cross on hold
OBCs old Volvo B10BLEs move north to Go-Ahead in Newcastle
Glastonbury 2010 from John Hammond
The Ridgeway Run 2010 by Andrew Morgan
Days out from several readers
Bus shelter in Beaconsfield stolen??
End of local bus services by Worth's of Enstone by Matt Bullock
Memories of bus chassis being driven on test and to the body builders by Geoff Cunliffe

Pictureview highlights of interesting photographs
Latest on operators
and lots more
ISSUE S&J Nr 29 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 28 - 15th June 2010
The new Oxford Bus Scania deckers enter service - extensive photo coverage
Stagecoach launch new route 20 and receive two new Solos
Optare wins major new orders
Change in top management at First Bus
East London bus group for sale
Hugh bus blaze at Handy Cross, High Wycombe
John Hammond visits many local operators - new pictures
6th Slough Vintage Bus Running Day - Sunday 9 May 2010 with some pictures of STL441
Marcus Lapthorn visits south Wales
Route 66 and the  M A  N problems by Marcus Lapthorn
David Percy remembers Oxford and Cheltenham in the '70s
Latest on upcoming events - a must read for those wanting days out this summer
Pictureview highlights of interesting photographs
Latest on operators
and lots more
ISSUE S&J Nr 28 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 27 - 31st May 2010
First of the new Oxford Bus Scania deckers sighted
Megabus receive two additional Astromegas
New National Express fleet of Volvo coaches revealed
Stagecoach Group welcomes Competition Appeal Tribunal decision in Preston Bus case Jump to top navigation Jump to site services
Probe into guided bus is rejected
Massive coach movement supports Oxford United success at Wembley
6th Slough Vintage Bus Running Day - Sunday 9 May 2010 by Peter Edgar
Last of the Witney Tridents arrives in Devon
Happenings on route 66 by Marcus Lapthorn
Waltham Cross proves interesting when Glenn Knight visited
First meeting announced for The Oxford Bus Society
Coming events - Kemble
Pictureview highlights of interesting photographs
Latest on operators
and lots more
ISSUE S&J Nr 27 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 26 - 11th May 2010
Megabus increases coach services in the U.K.
Malta Story - part 2 by Gavin Francis
More on Malta 2010 style by Marcus Lapthorn
Uxbridge interlude by Gavin Francis
A day out in Kent with john Hammond

Plaxton Elite coaches enter service on National Express diagrams
Elephants hit the streets of London
Intalink update for Hertfordshire
Stagecoach wins more awards
Witney Tridents go to the seaside on The Wave
Route 66 revamped
Coming events - Kemble
Pictureview highlights of interesting photographs
Latest on operators
ISSUE S&J Nr 26 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 25 - 21st April 2010
DB takeover of Arriva nears completion
Cobham Spring 2010 Green Line's 80th
 - special supplement
Fallout for public transport in our area from the volcanic eruption in Iceland
Stagecoach Group plc appoints former National Express Group (NEG) Chief Executive

& demand for cross-border coach services up 70% whilst UK flight disruption continued
Changes in Milton Keynes approach
A runaway bus in Harlow
Memories of my first pictures with a box Brownie
Coming events - Slough Running Day and Kemble
Pictureview highlights of interesting photographs
Latest on operators
ISSUE S&J Nr 25 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 24 - 4th April 2010
Witney goes Gold - special supplement
National Express coach involved in a fire near Luton
Haddenham Station forecourt closure affects Arriva service 280
A proposal from John Hammond to set up an interest group in Oxford

Various service changes in Aylesbury and High Wycombe
John Hammond visits Southampton
Malta Story - by Gavin Francis - part one
Geoff Cunliffe reports on latest from Blackpool and its trams
Oxford Bus Museum's recent open day
David Percy gives us a view of Edinburgh in 1976
Coming events - Cobham next Sunday and Kemble shortly
Pictureview highlights of interesting photographs
Latest on operators
ISSUE S&J Nr 24 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 23 - 22nd March 2010
Arriva in potential takeover moves
More Gold for Witney
Geoff Cunliffe & John Marsh visit Oxford
Matt Cooper takes a trip
Haddenham Station forecourt closure affects Arriva service 280
A proposal from John Hammond to set up an interest group in Oxford

Changes to Milton Keynes services
Luton Busway plans
Cheltenham Gold Cup and gold buses
Geoff Cunliffe reports on latest from Blackpool and its trams
Pictureview highlights coaches visiting Oxford
Latest on operators
ISSUE S&J Nr 23 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 22 - 5th March 2010
The Editor takes lunch in Oxford
Haddenham Station forecourt closure affects Arriva service 280
A proposal from John Hammond to set up an interest group in Oxford

Arriva bids Keolis au revoir
Aylesbury Transport Hub by Colin Richardson.
West Midlands Metrobuses by Peter Hale
Pictureview highlights coaches visiting Oxford
Latest on operators
ISSUE S&J Nr 22 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 21 - 26th February 2010
Coachway approved for High Wycombe
The problem of buses and coaches in The High in Oxford
First Stagecoach Gold 2010 deliveries arrive for Oxfordshire

More snow in Oxfordshire
New Scanias for Coastliner 700 service prepped in Oxfordshire
Passenger focus starts work
Stagecoach launches UK’s first ‘Healthy Heart’ Bus
Latest on operators
ISSUE S&J Nr 21 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 20 - 16th February 2010
First details of the new Stagecoach Gold buses due in March
Centrebus gets new Scanias and uses one on the 700

Cycling in Oxford - a view from a cyclist
Top accolade for Sheffield's super Tram
More on the Stagecoach "amphibus"
First lined up for Olympic win
Oxford Bus ready to launch ex Brighton Volvos on Park & Ride services

A GWR Thornycroft is made ready to take to the road again
Last passenger trip for the West Midlands' Metrobus

A Bristol LS passes by Oxford
Latest on operators
ISSUE S&J Nr 20 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 19 - 4th February 2010
Oxford bus launch four Tridents in Brookesbus livery
Sad news of a fatal accident involving a bus in High Wycombe

Stagecoach to launch a river bus service in Scotland
dOT2dOT in store by Ian Brown of Hemel Hempstead
RH Buses introduce new routes
Further news on 
Blackpool by Geoff Cunliffe

Latest on operators
ISSUE S&J Nr 19 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 18 - 25th January 2010
Report on new buses in Milton Keynes
More details
 on Oxford's local bus services
Further news on 
Blackpool by Geoff Cunliffe

Latest on operators
ISSUE S&J Nr 18 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 17 - 14th January 2010
The latest snow fall and its effects on our buses and coaches
All change coming for Oxford City bus services
OFT refers local bus services
Blackpool goings on by Geoff Cunliffe

Islwyn to join Stagecoach
Your Editor goes back on Oxford tube
Latest on operators
ISSUE S&J Nr 17 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 16 - 3rd January 2010
How the snow affected High Wycombe and other areas
Experiences of a National Express driver in the snow
Your Editor's last duties on National Express
Visit to FoKAB Winchester 2010
Ipswich in line to join Go-Ahead
BSOG to change
Wrightbus gets TfL’s ‘NB4L’ order
Happenings with Arriva, Carousel, Heyfordian, Motts, National Express, Oxford Bus, Stagecoach & uno bus
ISSUE S&J Nr 16 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 15 - 21st December 2009
Snow causes travel chaos
BSOG grants to change
megabus.com to run on Christmas Day
Your Editor visits North Wales
Blackpool tram update by Geoff Cunliffe
New fleet of Solos for Heyfordian
Carousel to run special services over the holidays with their Routemasters
Pictureview
Happenings with Arriva, Carousel, Charlton, Heyfordian, Mullanys, Oxford Bus, RH Buses, Stagecoach,  Tex & uno bus
ISSUE S&J Nr 15 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 14 - 9th December 2009
Green Bus awards revealed by government
Stagecoach enjoy good half year results
East Coast trains revealed
Abingdon working by Guy Watts
Blackpool tram update by Geoff Cunliffe
Memories of the DAF/Van Hool NEx coaches when new
History of Stockwell Bus Garage
Pictureview
Happenings with Arriva, Carousel, First, Heyfordian, National Express, Oxford Bus, Stagecoach, Thamesdown, uno bus & Walters
ISSUE S&J Nr 14 on this archive

Spottings & Jottings Nr 13 - 30th November 2009
Christmas lights go up in Oxford
Megabus needs new trailers with the arrival of the Van Hool Astromega
Coincidence with a reader looking for an Alero
Charlton Services buys a late model Leyland Tiger
Buses in the Landscape
Go-Ahead is confirmed to buy Plymouth
Blackpool Trams update from Geoff Cunliffe
Pictureview
Happenings with Arriva, Carousel, First, Heyfordian, National Express, Oxford Bus, Stagecoach, uno bus, Walters & Weavawa