Heritage meets new tech at Euro Bus Expo

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The superbly-restored AEC Regent looked fantastic on display amongst its modern brethren at the NEC. RICHARD WALTER

A classic double-decker with a local connection was among the many new coaches and buses on show at the recent Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham

Among the many shiny modern pieces of kit on display at the 2022 Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham was something much more traditional, though no less shiny. Taking centre stage on the Omnibus and EPM Solutions stand was newly restored 1931 AEC Regent 486, kindly loaned by Transport Museum Wythall.

The double decker bus has a remarkable history spanning more than 90 years. Starting life on the roads of Birmingham in 1931, it now has a new lease of life after a restoration that cost £500,000 – almost double the price of some of the brand new vehicles on show! Like the bus, the software company’s solutions for modern operators are just as far removed from the days of paper and pencil that the AEC would have known when plying the streets of the West Midlands 90 years ago.


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