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Stagecoach’s minibus revival offers a glimpse into the future of urban transport

Peter White, University of Westminster
17 February 2017
Peter White is an emeritus professor at the University of Westminster.
Peter White is an emeritus professor at the University of Westminster.


The launch by Stagecoach South East of high-frequency minibus services in Ashford, Kent, from 11 February (LTT 03 Feb), marks a striking revival of a concept widely used in the 1980s and 1990s. Large increases in frequency using smaller vehicles provided a much more attractive service, by reducing roadside waiting times and providing a schedule more likely to suit users’ activities. Costs were reduced by better fuel consumption and lower maintenance costs. Speeds tended to be higher (due...

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