Soroco steps up

A growing number of operators whose businesses are built on full-sized coaches are buying minicoaches for their fleet, evidenced by new sales in this sector growing while coach sales are shrinking. The king of the road for minicoaches has, for some time, been Mercedes-Benz’ nimble Sprinter, mostly as van conversions, to create upwards of 16 […]

Snap in trouble?

A lack of funding has meant coach hire app, Snap, has ceased operating. Its website states it has suspended the business. Speaking to Bus and Coach Buyer, the company’s CEO, Thomas Ableman, said: “Securing the funding needed has taken longer than required.” All outstanding bookings made through the app have been cancelled and customers have […]

Electric discussion

Optare hosted the latest meeting of CILT’s (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s) Busmark group. The tour of the  manufacturer’s Sherburn-in-Elmet factory was the highlight of the gathering  of members from the organisation’s benchmarking club for the coach and bus industry. Whisking attendees to the plant from the venue of the meeting was an Optare […]

Transport Bill: Municipals could return to Scotland

Municipal bus operations could return to Scotland, according to a report in the Scotsman newspaper. This would remove a legislative stumbling block for Aberdeen Labour group’s plans to buy First’s Aberdeen operation (see B&CB 1534, 14 June 2019). MSPs have voted to lift a ban on creating municipally-owned bus services, proposing to amend the Scottish […]


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