Luxury on stage service
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ON A RECENT visit to London I travelled on a Volvo luxury coach with Van-Hool coachwork. An attractive lady courier was present to dispense snacks and answer questions. The airconditioned interior and pleasant lighting, combined with reclining seats and the smoothness of the air suspension, allowed me to sleep soundly for almost the whole of the overnight return journey.
On finishing my journey home, by Glasgow doubledecker, I was amazed by the contrast. The vehicle was bumpy, noisy and badly ventilated. It occurred to me that it would be nice to make local journeys in vehicles of the luxury of the Van Hool.
While these vehicles are expensive, perhaps, travellers would be willing to pay more for the up-market service. Tourists and strangers to the city would be pleased to have a pleasant air hostess-style courier to provide travel information and local knowledge. Another advantage might be, the socially desirable possibility of the luxury, attracting car drivers to make city centre journeys by bus, so reducing congestion and parking difficulties.
A M McHARG McHarg, Patterson & Co Glasgow