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Concessionary Travel, Buses in the Landscape, Running Days and Historical articles

Issue 272
Sunday 31st August 2008

(next update week ending 14th September 2008)

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Concessionary Travel, Buses in the Landscape, Running Days and Historical articles.

Concessionary Travel

Concessionary deal struck

Stagecoach and First are on the verge of striking a three-year deal with the PTEs.

Its for reimbursement under the national concessionary travel scheme. The main boards of the two companies are shortly expected to agree to the arrangements which will increase the 2007/08 payments by a fixed annual percentage for each of 2008-09 and the two subsequent years.

Such a deal would avoid lengthy and costly appeals to the Department for Transport at least from the large operators and cap costs for the PTEs.

Buses in the Landscape

A view of the famous Magdalen tower and bridge in Oxford with a local bus passing by. M Crowe

Colourful Oxford and not just the buses - M Crowe

Shamrock Olympian seen in Bournemouth by John Marsh.

A Trent Barton Scania/Wright Solar at Repton, Derbyshire on route V3 taken on Thursday 28 August 2008 by Keith Shayshutt

Rallies & Running Days

More on the Alton Rally 20th July

Southdown variety

Stagecoach past and present

Routemaster line-up

The latest

When buses were buses and coaches, coaches.

What a little gem

All the above pictures were taken by David Benyon.

Gosport Rally

Steve Warwick and Malcolm Hyland took along their Bristol RE.

Worcester Park last Sunday

Malcolm Hyland took some excellent pictures and I could not resist publishing the ones below. This was a reminder of days when buses were a far cry from our modern day counterparts.


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A Thames Valley Bristol LWL seen in Hambleden in April 1967 - Photo by J H Bristow through John Bristow
An interesting link re Hambleden can be found at :

Vic & Sylvy Priest (AJB 243 owner). write saying "Just thought you might be interested in these parting shots of two ex- Harwell buses. Taken at Kemble 3/8/08. XAN and AJB together for what would now seem the last time.

XAN431T was then in it's last week of service before going to a dealer, who has sold it on to the States. It will leave these shores approx 30th Aug. These two have meet on a few rallies before, but now the ex-Harwell fleet declines by one more."

From Chris Bush on olden days at Uxbridge

Have just found your Oxford & Chiltern bus page (almost by accident). I am a member (recent) of the Omnibus Society and now live in York so know Top Line Travel and use the brilliant service - now owned by Transdev - The Yorkshire Coastliner. 

As a child I was borne and grew up in Ruislip. The Ian Allen ABCs were eagerly awaited each reprint, and I am wondering if any of your respondents have pictures of buses in the old bus station by the tube station.  In the 1950s I often travelled by bus with my grandmother, to Windsor and Staines and also Hillingdon, and we changed buses there.  Uxbridge was a great source for bus spotters as I grew more independent, even cycling there on occasions. 

We lived near the 158 bus route and remember the excitement when RTs replaced STLs, not to mention the front entrance STL on the 457 Windsor route.  I remember the later RTs bore an advert at the front top inside for "The Airscrew Company and Jicwood Ltd"!

Maybe someone has some suitable pictures of this period which would bring back even stronger memories for Chris?

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