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North East QCS given go-ahead

In a move which could signal the biggest changes to the way buses operate across the region since de-regulation in the 1980s, members of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) have agreed to submit proposals for the introduction of a Quality Contract Scheme (QCS) for consideration by the national QCS Board.

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King Long’s private show

King Long has said that owing to the success of its road shows, with an overspill of customers who wanted to go but were prevented from doing so due to their location, the company has taken the decision not to attend this year’s Euro Bus Expo show. Instead it is offering the chance to both view and drive the vehicle.

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Autoglass wins National Express contract

National Express has awarded a new contract to Autoglass Specials, the specialist arm of the UK’s largest glass repair and replacement company.

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Ellisons Travel orders three Irizar i6 coaches

One of the vehicles will be on display at this year’s Euro Bus Expo

One of the vehicles will be on display at this year’s Euro Bus Expo

Irizar UK has secured an order for three i6 integral coaches from Ellisons Travel, which supplies half the Premiership football team coaches.

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Megabus appoints new management team

The Stagecoach-owned operator said the number of passengers using its coach network in Europe had grown by more than 50% between 2012-13 and 2013-14

The Stagecoach-owned operator said the number of passengers using its coach network in Europe had grown by more than 50% between 2012-13 and 2013-14

Large number of new appointments made after a 50% growth in passenger numbers in Europe

Stagecoach Group announced that it has strengthened the management team at its megabus.com business with a number of new appointments as the brand continues its expansion in the UK and mainland Europe.

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Salisbury Reds invest in new buses for Park & Ride services

Horace Prickett, portfolio holder for public transport at Wiltshire Council (right) and Salisbury Reds Managing Director, Andrew Wickham (left).

Horace Prickett, portfolio holder for public transport at Wiltshire Council (right) and Salisbury Reds Managing Director, Andrew Wickham (left).

Eight new buses are taking to the region’s roads, following an investment from Go-Ahead owned Salisbury Reds to provide Park & Ride services in the city.

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Courtney’s takes delivery of Optare hybrids

The Optare Versa hybrids join Courtney’s majority Optare fleet

The Optare Versa hybrids join Courtney’s majority Optare fleet

Courtney’s of Finchampstead, Berkshire has added two 11.7m Optare Versa Hybrids to their fleet. The Versa Hybrids were purchased with support from the Government’s Green Bus Fund.

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First production Euro 6 New Routemasters

New Routemsters are carrying a growing variety of advertising schemes. DAVID BELL

New Routemsters are carrying a growing variety of advertising schemes. DAVID BELL

Go-Ahead London has taken delivery of the first production Euro 6 New Routemasters, 39 buses some of which inaugurated the type on route 453 (Deptford Bridge – Great Central Street) from October 18. They operate with the rear platform closed when moving and without ‘conductors’ as is already the case with routes 8 (Bow Church – Tottenham Court Road Station) and 148 (Denmark Hill/Camberwell Green – White City Bus Station).

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Go-Ahead record levels of customer satisfaction

Konectbus topped the satisfaction score tables, with 98%, a score it also achieved the previous year. DAVID BELL

Konectbus topped the satisfaction score tables, with 98%, a score it also achieved the previous year. DAVID BELL

All but one Go-Ahead operator achieves a passenger satisfaction score above 90%, with a company average of 92%

Passengers have given Go-Ahead’s bus services the stamp of approval, with an impressive 92% saying they are satisfied with the service.

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Arriva North East introduce micro-hybrids to 306 service

The hybrid launch took advantage of its location with some sand art, which took four hours to complete

The hybrid launch took advantage of its location with some sand art, which took four hours to complete

Arriva North East celebrated the introduction of eight new micro-hybrid buses for their 306 service with a giant piece of sand art on Tynemouth beach.

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    Swansea Bus Museum Running Day, October 26, 2014

    Location: SA1 Business Park, Langdon Road, SA1 8QY

    Contact: www.swanseabusmuseum.com

    International Bus and Coach Trade Fair, October 28-31, 2014

    Location: Feria de Madrid Avda del Partenon, 5 28042 Madrid, Spain

    Contact: www.ifema.es

    Euro Bus Expo Expo, November 4-6, 2014

    Location: NEC, Birmingham

    Contact: www.eurobusexpo.com