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When the opportunity arises we profile vehicle manufacturing companies. Next week we carry an interview with one European independent who answers frankly.
• Also in CM next Friday we will be looking at bodywork. Recently there have been innovations in this market. Some have been operator-inspired, others have evolved as a result of one-off specifications.
• Since the 1980 Transport Act changed the British coaching scene many operators have launched commuter services linking London with the Medway towns.
Operators have come and gone while one, the Kings Ferry, has gone from strength to strength. Noel Millier has been to Gillingham to find out why. His report appears next week.
• Despite the limitations of national tyre approval some vehicle manufacturers are still prepared to modify chassis specifications to suit particular operator requirements. Leyland is one such manufacturer and Douglas Concrete is an operator which has benefited from cooperation with Leyland. The operator's transport manager has some firm and unorthodox views on the ideal specification for a 6x4 mixer chassis. He has been explaining them to Tim Blakemore,