FirstGroup first quarter trading as expected

Trading for FirstGroup Plc during the first quarter of its 2014/15 financial year was in line with management’s expectations, according to an interim management statement. The company said its transformation programmes are progressing well. In its UK Bus operations, like-for-like passenger revenue increased by 2.7% during the period. As it rebases its local fares and […]

21st Century Technology Solutions – Board change brings new strategy for tech specialist

Pushing integration According to Russ, the move is expected to bring about a strategic change in direction for the business in 2014, seeing it concentrate much more on collaborative integrated solutions. Although it is fair to say the company is one of the best known suppliers of bus and coach CCTV, its latest activity involves […]

Centrebus in Luton & Dunstable – Achieving a lot with a little

I recently visited the Luton/Dunstable operation and met up with Commercial Director, David Shelley and Luton Operations Manager, Dave Streeton at the garage on Dunstable’s Woodside Industrial Park to see first hand what this local business is all about. David Shelley commented, ‘Centrebus is fundamentally a lower cost operation. The majority of the routes operated […]

New Cheetah unleashed – Plaxton switches to Mercedes-Benz Atego chassis

Atego change over The new model aims to build on what Plaxton describes as the ‘outstanding success’ of the Cheetah which was first launched in 1997, although Mercedes-Benz based Plaxton small coaches had been available for many years previously. The restyled second generation came out in 2007, which was followed in 2012 by a re-engineered […]

Clarecastle Coaches takes EVM pair

Clarecastle Coaches has taken delivery of two EVM Elegance minicoaches based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis with Euro6 516Cdi 163bhp Common Rail Direct Injection diesel engines matched to six-speed manual gearboxes. The specification includes LED strip lights, EVM’s light weight luggage partition with full depth drop boot, in-dash air conditioning, 22 EVM Comfort seats, a […]

New Stagecoach West Ops Manager

Kevin Sharp has been appointed the new Operations Manager of Stagecoach West’s Cheltenham and Stroud depots. Kevin joined Stagecoach in September 2012 as part of the Stagecoach Graduate Development Programme. According to the operator, he excelled in his role as Assistant Operations Manager at the company’s Oxford depot. Kevin previously worked in the hospitality and […]


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