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News : Leyland Olympian farewell in Preston

News : Leyland Olympian farewell in Preston

The Olympian was the final chassis produced by Leyland Bus, with the very last model leaving the Workington plant in 1993. With the recent change in legislation regarding step-entrance double-decker buses taking effect in this coming New Year, the last ones in daily public service cease operating this weekend within the county they were assembled. […]

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News : Legendary Leyland bus operator closes

News : Legendary Leyland bus operator closes

Mike Humble After a short period of financial uncertainty, one of the longest-trading UK bus operators to have had a strong association with British Leyland has closed after an incredible 107 years in business. Leyland-based John Fishwick & Son has closed this weekend marking the end of an era for a well-respected bus operator which also had one of the strongest ties with […]

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News : Maggie’s armoured battle bus is up for sale

News : Maggie’s armoured battle bus is up for sale

Story: Business Insider Additions: Mike Humble Nick Mead, a collector of armoured vehicles in Helmdon, Northamptonshire, is selling former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s own armoured bus and has put it on the market for £25,000. Mrs Thatcher was used to British products in less than hostile conditions as she was often seen on the TV […]

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Mike Humble When I was just a slip of a young man, I got completely fed up with working on cars in a dealership Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30 with the odd Saturday morning thrown in for good measure. A fellow apprentice had recently left, but we kept in touch socially and one night […]

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Despite all the historical trauma of Leyland, our sole remaining builder of trucks is in American ownership but still producing plenty of vehicles for the home market and for export at the factory in Leyland, Lancashire. Its major component supplier is Cummins, which is also US owned. Now in its fiftieth year in the UK, Cummins’ current engine facility in […]

By 25 February 2015 18 Comments Read More →
Buses : The 2014 Worthing Seafront Gathering

Buses : The 2014 Worthing Seafront Gathering

Mike Humble   It all started off with a phone call with a few days notice – would I be interested in driving a Daimler down to Worthing to take part in a seafront vehicle parade. Now before you get too excited, this Daimler wasn’t a Sovereign, a Double Six or a 4.2 for that […]

Blog : The school bus home – an Olympian task…

Blog : The school bus home – an Olympian task…

Mike Humble At AROnline, we like the bigger Leylands too. This fact was re-enforced when I took a ‘phone call on a recent day off asking If I could do a local operator and customer of mine a favour. Many of you will know my working life revolves around public transport as the old daytime […]

The Bus Section : Leyland Bus – 20 years since closure

The Bus Section : Leyland Bus – 20 years since closure

Mike Humble While ploughing through my extensive archive of all things bus and coach just now, I was staggered to notice that, 20 years ago this month, in July 1993 – and, after much diversification, rationalising and inevitable streamlining under the ownership of Volvo, the lights were finally switched out, the doors were locked and the gates were closed on arguably […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – AEC-Leyland 740/800 series V8 diesel

Essay : Not their finest hour – AEC-Leyland 740/800 series V8 diesel

Mike Humble They say that jealousy is never the best policy for politics, a point proven when a well known former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer was quoted as saying ‘we will tax the rich until the pips squeak‘. The internal politics within British Leyland have always been well documented. The Longbridge management loathed their opposite numbers at Cowley and the Triumph staff […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Guy Wulfrunian

Essay : Not their finest hour – Guy Wulfrunian

Mike Humble From personal experience, there is no customer more difficult to trade with or educate for that matter than a Bus or Coach operator. Your average road haulier for example will look for overall cost and network support before driver acceptance and a typical average car buyer tends to look for reliability and a […]

Buses : Daimler and Leyland Fleetline

Buses : Daimler and Leyland Fleetline

Mike Humble Coventry’s local hero Daimler had a long and respected image in the eyes and hearts of many a transport manager as a builder of rock solid and cost effective buses right up the brands disappearance in 1973. Where Leyland was king of the corporate fleets that existed before the creation of the National Bus […]

News : Ashok Leyland to open R&D facility in the UK

News : Ashok Leyland to open R&D facility in the UK

Mike Humble/Bus and Coach magazine Ashok Leyland, the owner of Optare, is to open a Research and Development Centre at the MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton, creating 30 jobs. The decision was confirmed during this week’s visit to India by prime minister David Cameron. Ashok Leyland increased its shareholding in the Yorkshire-based Optare group which was […]

By 23 February 2013 26 Comments Read More →
News : Optare doubles revenue and reduces losses

News : Optare doubles revenue and reduces losses

  Optare sales revenue doubled in the six months to 30 September from £22.7m last year to £46.7m this year. In the six months the company reduced its pre-tax losses from £4.4m to £3.3m. In the last three months of the period it produced an EBITDA profit of £146,000. Export revenues reached a record £10.5m. […]

By 20 December 2012 23 Comments Read More →
Commercial Vehicles : Leyland Marathon

Commercial Vehicles : Leyland Marathon

Mike Humble tells the story of the hugely influential Leyland Marathon The start of the fightback Adapting to market changes – and fast After all the trials and tribulations over the past three decades, one of the key members of the British Leyland Motor Corporation still prospers and survives. Leyland trucks based in the Lancashire […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Daimler Roadliner, the Lyons-made blunder bus

Essay : Not their finest hour – Daimler Roadliner, the Lyons-made blunder bus

Daimler tries things new: The Daimler motor company had a rich and respected past of which many people, including bus operators, had an enviable loyalty. William Lyons was almost held in regard as being another Donald Stokes, that was until Leyland Motors with Stokes at the helm bought into Jaguar Daimler in the early 1960`s. […]

Buses: The Bristol VRT & VRL – 1967 to 1981

Buses: The Bristol VRT & VRL – 1967 to 1981

Mike Humble:   One of the many companies within the old British Leyland empire involved with public transport, was Bristol Commercial Vehicles with its headquarters in the suburb of Brislington, slightly south west of Bristol city centre. Some relaxation in Government policy regarding free market competition resulted in Leyland Motors Ltd buying a majority shareholding […]

Essays : Leyland Bus – the declining years

Essays : Leyland Bus – the declining years

It’s 20 years since Volvo delivered three killer blows to our motoring industry: 1992 saw the end of Leyland Lynx and Tiger production with total closure being announced for the following year. Mike Humble takes a look at the declining years of Leyland Bus. Recession of an Empire Moving fast, in a fast moving world Looking […]

Archive : Standard-Triumph ‘Saved From Bankruptcy’

Archive : Standard-Triumph ‘Saved From Bankruptcy’

Finance, Industry, and Commerce By Our City Editor Just how bad was the financial position of Standard-Triumph International when it was taken over last year by Leylands is now revealed in the annual statement by Sir Henry Spurrier (left), chairman of Leyland Motors. It also seems pretty clear from this statement that Standard were in […]

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