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• London Buses new subsidiary company. Stanwell Buses, will operate three routes in the Hounslow area of West London.
The routes were won by London Buses after they were put out to tender by London Regional Transport in association with Surrey County Council.
The three routes will be operated under the Westlink name by existing London Buses Leyland National single-deckers.
▪ Galleon Taxis Of new
Milton, Hampshire has become the first taxi operator to set up a taxi bus service which operates regular services to a series of New Forest villages. Galleon started its service, which operates every day except Sundays, with the aid of the Development Commission's Rural Transport Development Fund.
An eight-seat Fiat Ducato minibus had been purchased to operate the service, which was inaugurated by Public Transport Minister David Mitchell. The Department of Transport says nearly 90 taxi operators have obtained special restricted operator's licences and registered more than 50local services which can be operated after October 26.
• Ikartis has built a prototype 24-seat urban bus on a Japanese Isuzu chassis at its Szekesfehervar factory for an Egyptian firm. The Hungarian builder says the bus is designed for Japanese chassis so that it can meet any possible demand for a sub-assembly.
• Volvo Bus is claiming market leadership in the single deck coach market for the first six months of 1986. Despite a decline in the market, Volvo's BlOM captured its highest ever share of 34%. Volvo Bus registered 321 coaches and buses in Britain up to the end of July 1986.