Arriva Bus and Coach (ABC), the Yorkshire-based supplier of Temsa, Van Hool and VDL coaches and buses, has launched a new website.The dealership is basing changes squarely on customer feedback and market research.â€œThat showed a wish for easy vehicle searches, for both new and used, direct links to contact details and updates about our brands,â€ says Marketing Manager Laura Finnigan. â€œWe have also added further information regarding our parts and service departments, and made the site more responsive for mobile and tablet users.â€The new website â€“ arrivabusandcoach.co.uk â€“ includes large, clear buttons at the top for navigation purposes.Also included is a potted history of the dealership from its founding as Stanley Hughes Ltd in 1951.Further developments for parts and service aspects of the website are planned for early next year, says Ms Finnigan, adding that ABC has also worked hard to make the benefits of its finance and rental options clear on the new portal.
The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this feat of engineering in a new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands next year.Three skeletons will be on display, including one of those found in the mass grave at the Bedlam burial groundOpen from 10 February-3 September 2017, the wide variety of items on display at the museum will explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.The exhibition will be free to all.Visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk
As a market-leading systems integrator, 21st Century is able to offer a range of CCTV systems, tailored to specific need. The company can advise on the most suitable cameras, including full IP, analogue and a hybrid system that can take the best from both types of technology. Hybrid systems combine the superior quality of full HD IP cameras, for areas of increased operational requirement, with the reduced cost of analogue cameras in areas of lower risk. In addition, hybrid systems often require fewer cameras than traditional analogue systems as IP cameras are able to monitor a larger area, and have a far greater clarity when zooming in on downloaded footage.Mark Johnson, Divisional Director for 21st Century says: “We are using our experience to show UK customers the benefits of IP and hybrid systems, and so far, the results have been positive, especially relating to the clarity of the footage.”For more information visit www.21stplc.com read more
Thames sightseeing operator City Cruises has bought York River Boat Cruises Ltd for £2.5m.It says the fleet will become more widely available for travel agents and group travel organisers to book as a result.The deal expands the City Cruises brand to 25 boats in three locations, including Poole, which it acquired in 2014.York Boats currently employs 20 staff and has five large passenger boats. General Manager Jo Dykes, who has been with the company for over 20 years, will oversee the company’s transition to become City Cruises York.City Cruises’ revenue increased 6% in 2016-17. It spent £2.4m refurbishing its City Alpha boat last year, and launched its third ThamesJet boat.MD Kyle Haughton says: “There are significant opportunities to work with the trade in York and the success we’ve had packaging attractions with cruises is something we want to develop there too.“We’re increasingly seeing the inbound market expanding into regions outside the capital and we believe that our brand and business model will enhance the traditional boat operator business in York.”Visit citycruisesyork.com read more
Well, now we know where we stand. Anybody who dares to expose wrongdoing by the authorities can expect to be put out of business.I am referring to Philip Higgs who had his O-Licence revoked and was disqualified by Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) John Baker, now upheld on appeal [routeone/Court Report/20 December].His crime? Posting a video which purported to show Senior Traffic Commissioner Beverley Bell breaking motoring laws. This video was taken in a public place, and yet he stands accused of invading Mrs Bell’s privacy. But the government snoops on us all the time and that’s alright? One law for Traffic Commissioners (TCs) – one for the rest of us, it seems.Apparently Mr Higgs posted his videos under an assumed name, and this is taken as proof that he knew what he was doing was ‘wrong’. But that is not illegal.Why has Mr Higgs not been charged with a crime? Simple – he hasn’t committed one. Yet both the DTC and the Upper Tribunal have concluded that he has lost his ‘repute’. The repute of the person who allegedly broke the law, meanwhile, remains unsullied.These are the people who hold the power of life and death over our businesses. How can we possibly have any faith in the regulatory regime anymore?Hugo Miller, Arun Coaches, Horsham read more
Kent County Council is among purchasers of EVM’s Cityline low-floorKent County Council recently purchased two Mercedes-Benz Sprinters with EVM Cityline low-floor conversions that are each able to carry one wheelchair user.They have wide Masats double leaf doors with remote control along with panoramic double-glazed side windows. An Audio 15 Upgrade radio with iPod input is fitted along with a heater booster and cab air-conditioning.Length 7.47mHeight 2.60mWidth 1.99mGVW 5,000kgEngine Mercedes-Benz four-cylinderPower 163bhpTorque 360NmEmissions Euro 6Gearbox Seven-speed automatic read more
Plug-in , 12m 7900e set to be used on hotel shuttle service to Dublin Airport’s two passenger terminalsVolvo 7900e for Dublin airport shuttle will be delivered later this yearVolvo is to supply what it says will be Ireland’s first electric bus later this year when the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel takes delivery of a 7900e that will be charged via a high-power plug-in connection.The single-door, 12m 7900e will have a battery capacity of 200kW. The charging solution will be provided by ESB – Ireland’s foremost energy provider – and it will be rated at 150kW.Volvo has sold over 150 7900e electric buses in Europe, including a number that are in service with Transdev Blazefield in Harrogate. It also has a right-hand drive demonstrator (pictured).Says Volvo Bus UK and Ireland MD Nick Page: “We’ve seen the kind of contribution that the 7900e can make to improving air quality. In addition to the UK trials, it has been successfully tried and tested in countries including Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden.“Our vision is to develop a range of vehicles, which includes hybrids, electric hybrids and full electrics, to deliver improved air quality where they operate.”The 7900e for Dublin will be used on a shuttle service between the Crown Plaza and Holiday Inn Express airport hotels and the passenger terminals. It will operate an all-day schedule, hence the need for a high-power charger.Adds General Manager for the two hotels Garret O’Neill: “While the purchase of the Volvo 7900e is a significant investment for the hotels, we believe it will deliver long-term benefits for both our customers and the local environment.” read more
Karsan has worked closely with BMW when developing the Atak Electric small bus. It offers a claimed range of 300km with a gross weight of 11,000kg, and it is likely to come here at some point, says KarsanThere may be scope in the UK market for a lightweight, small electric bus with a range of 300km, believes Karsan. When it launched the Atak Electric in Germany recently, it revealed that delivering a right-hand drive model is in its development programme.The Atak Electric is 8.3m long and in its launch form it has two doors and 25 seats.However, the Turkish builder does not rule out revising that layout to further suit the UK. It believes that the bus has potential in several right-hand drive markets, strengthening the argument for its homologation in such a layout.Perhaps the most significant aspect of the Atak Electric is how Karsan has collaborated with BMW in developing the driveline. The five BMW batteries give a total energy storage of 220kW/h; all are positioned in the short rear overhang, either below the back seat or on the roof.A single electric motor rated at 230kW and able to deliver 2,400Nm of torque from stationary, along with an unladen weight of below 8,000kg, means that performance is sparkling. The Atak Electric’s looks are modern, and its passenger area is attractive, quiet and rattle-free.Turkish delightWhile BMW is Karsan’s driveline partner, the remainder of the vehicle is its own work. It is Karsan’s second electric bus debut in less than a year; the smaller Jest Electric is an outside bet for development in right-hand drive form.The Atak Electric utilises space frame construction, and when kneeled its step height is 270mm. Air suspension is fitted on both axles and it is independent at the front. Unusually, the front wheels are slightly larger than those at the rear. Charging is via either AC or DC. With the latter arrangement, the time required is three hours; using AC, it is either five or 10 hours depending on whether a double or single plug-in is used.A dash switch governs the level of regeneration. Under the more aggressive setting, speed is lost quickly when the accelerator is released, although engagement is ‘blended’, and there is no sudden jerk as it commences.Work is required to configure the saloon to the layout needed in the UKThe dash binnacle is entirely digital, with dials created on an LCD screen. As shown, the Atak Electric has a greater degree of driver control over some elements than would likely be wanted by many UK operators, but the cab is nevertheless a pleasant place to be.In the saloonDemonstration Atak Electrics are all fitted out to a continental layout, where the volume of standees is greater than the number of seated passengers.A 22kW air-conditioning unit is fitted to the roof. It uses heat pump technology, and as a result Karsan says that it is highly efficient. Additionally, side radiators are also fitted, although the manufacturer adds that they are only necessary in sub-zero temperatures.The air-conditioning unit worked well in an ambient temperature of over 30oc. Also dotted around the saloon are USB charging points.It is only beyond the drive axle that the floor rises, with two steps into the rear area. Visibility throughout the bus is good, but the most noticeable aspect is how quiet it is. Not only is the driveline almost silent, but there are no rattles whatsoever even on a poor road surface.Behind the wheelKarsan made three Atak Electrics available for test. The most striking thing when driving them is how fast they are. The motor has already been reined in from its original specification – when Karsan says it could propel the bus from stationary to 50mph in less than eight seconds – and it will be further moderated before production begins in August.As is typical with an electric bus, acceleration is constant regardless of the starting road speed. The opportunity was provided to drive the Atak Electric through a variety of chicanes, and another impressive aspect is how well it handles being pushed hard. There is no oversteer at all, although the anti-slip regulation cut in more than once when the throttle was opened while the bus was not completely straight.The five BMW batteries of 44kW each are amounted behind the rear axleCoach-style electrically adjusted and heated mirrors are fitted, and external lighting all round is with LEDs.Coming here soon?Karsan will need to do a reasonable amount of work to make the Atak Electric suitable for the UK. The main bulk of that will be moving the steering wheel, but adjusting the wheelchair area’s location and potentially removing the centre door are also relevant.If it can do all of that satisfactorily, the Atak Electric stands a chance of being taken up here.Important to note is that it is neither a low-cost nor a low-quality bus. Its retail price starts at the equivalent of around £295,000, but it is an attractive model that seems to be well put together.The attraction of a claimed 300km range in a bus with a GVW of 11,000kg is obvious, and the use of BMW technology in the driveline should give an assurance of durability. Karsan will provide a warranty of two years for the motor and four years or 200,000km on the batteries.It remains to be seen what potential the smaller Jest Electric has in the UK, but on this first showing, the Atak Electric will certainly tick some boxes. read more
Two Mercedes-Benz Sprinters with X-Clusive conversions have been delivered to Gravesend operator Grange Travel by EVM Direct (0845 520 5160).Each has 19 Executive Class 110 seats that are trimmed in virtual leather and which come with three-point belts and folding armrests. The rearmost row is raised to accommodate a drop boot, to which EVM has added its coach-style rear.Saloon air-conditioning is included, as is a fridge and a PA system. Speakers are within the passenger service units and both minicoaches each have a 17in monitor at the front, coupled to a DVD player.Grange Travel has specified a glazed roof for each of the vehicles, along with a Masats powered passenger door and USB charging points at 14 seats.
Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Previous article1 year-old drowns in family pool in Three RiversNext articleU.S. Marshals of Northern Indiana warn residents of new phone scam Darrin Wright Pinterest Google+ IndianaNews (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Indiana is the 6th most “energy-expensive” state in the country.That’s according to a study released today by personal finance website WalletHub. In the U.S., energy costs take up between 5% and 22% of families’ total after-tax income, with the poorest Americans paying the most.The average total monthly energy cost in Indiana is $333, with electricity and gas prices taking up the lion’s share of costs. Indiana was also ranked the 4th most expensive for monthly motor fuel costs with an average of $169.Neighboring states Ohio came in at 35th most expensive, Michigan at 25th, and Illinois at 45th. Read the full study here. WhatsApp Study: Indiana 6th most “energy-expensive” state Twitter Facebook By Darrin Wright – July 5, 2019 0 567 Twitter read more