An eventful year

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As the franchising debate raged in Greater Manchester, OneBus, an organisation representing the city’s bus operators, unveiled a £100m ‘partnership blueprint.’ Amongst other commitments, operators said they would invest in 450 new vehicles, the first 150 of which would be delivered in 2020, in return for measures from the authorities such as an action plan to tackle congestion. DAVID BELL

Last year saw many major developments for the UK coach and bus industry and the businesses within it. James Day briefly recaps the year’s big stories


In the first CBW issue of 2019, we carried the news that Stagecoach had sold off its North American arm for £271.4m. The cash generated from the sale of the struggling business division was used to reduce the group’s overall debt.

Wrightbus secured two orders from Hong Kong for a total of 100 buses. Supplied to KMB, the vehicles requested were a 50/50 split between integral StreetDecks and tri-axle Wrightbus-bodied Volvo double-deckers.

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