New green buses with celebrity tinge for Brighton and Hove passengers

DELIGHTED: Roger French, managing director of Brighton and Hove Bus Company

DELIGHTED: Roger French, managing director of Brighton and Hove Bus Company

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Bus passengers will soon be running to catch the ‘Paul Plumb’ or asking what time the ‘Fred Perry’ arrives.

The well-known names are part of new Brighton and Hove Bus Company Hybrid buses that have been named in honour of local charity workers, actors, conservationists, sports people and others.

Eleven of the eco-friendly double-deckers, which cost nearly £3.5 million, will arrive in October.

Roger French, managing director of Brighton and Hove Bus Company, said: “We’ve been able to choose a great mix of people who did fantastic work for the local area during their lifetime and who will be known to many residents.

“We are always pleased to receive suggestions and are grateful for the huge interest shown in our bus names.”

Other names on the list include Kemp Town resident Antony Dale, a leading conservationist in Brighton after the Second World War.

He formed the Regency Society of Brighton and Hove in 1945 after proposals were put forward by Hove Council to knock down Brunswick Square and build a car park.

Brighton-born inventor Reg Moores is best remembered for inventing the radio microphone.

He was a highly-regarded flight engineer for the RAF Coastal Command during the Second World War and later became chief technician in the chemistry department at the University of Sussex.

Stars of the screen are also honoured, with EastEnders favourite Wendy Richard remembered for her performances.

She played Pauline Fowler in the BBC soap for more than 20 years and appeared in pantomime at the Theatre Royal Brighton, as well as Carry On films and TV quiz shows.

Teacher turned full-time actor Peter Stockbridge received recognition for his work on a one-man show in which he played the writer and TV personality Malcolm Muggeridge.

He later appeared in many TV dramas, films and commercials and also performed in theatre.

The new hybrid buses will start running on route 7 between Hove and Brighton Marina and on journeys between Brighton and Lewes on route 28.

Mr French said: “They are fantastic buses as they use battery power for much of the time and have a much smaller engine making them very green and fuel efficient.

“We’re testing them out in different operating conditions including a busy city route and a longer distance route along the A27.”

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12:00pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

...and the 81 is being called the Lord Lucan.
...and the 81 is being called the Lord Lucan. Maxwell's Ghost
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12:05pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Patsyr says...

What is all this sillyness about having names on buses? Does any one care at all? Surely all we want is for buses to arrive regularly, be clean and the driver pleasant.

We would also like the time boards to be believeable, which they aren't. Better to have no signs than watch a countdown from 20 to "Due" then shoot up to 16 then countdown to 10 and the bus arrive as happened to me yesterday. Patcham buses are neither regular nor reliable so any name on the bus is stupid and annoying , just gives Roger French an opportunity to smile nicely for the Argus camera which he does too often.
What is all this sillyness about having names on buses? Does any one care at all? Surely all we want is for buses to arrive regularly, be clean and the driver pleasant. We would also like the time boards to be believeable, which they aren't. Better to have no signs than watch a countdown from 20 to "Due" then shoot up to 16 then countdown to 10 and the bus arrive as happened to me yesterday. Patcham buses are neither regular nor reliable so any name on the bus is stupid and annoying , just gives Roger French an opportunity to smile nicely for the Argus camera which he does too often. Patsyr
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12:15pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Goldenwight says...

Maybe we could name the buses after well known clowns and comedians? Or perhaps after ships which disappeared in the 'Bermuda Triangle' without trace?

Is that one of the new buses in the picture, by the way?
Maybe we could name the buses after well known clowns and comedians? Or perhaps after ships which disappeared in the 'Bermuda Triangle' without trace? Is that one of the new buses in the picture, by the way? Goldenwight
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12:53pm Sun 30 Sep 12

caeos says...

that picture is so old as to be historic, just like the bus thats behind it that isnt even a Brighton Hove bus

so argus where /when did you find that in your archives? the red uniform went out around 6 years ago
that picture is so old as to be historic, just like the bus thats behind it that isnt even a Brighton Hove bus so argus where /when did you find that in your archives? the red uniform went out around 6 years ago caeos
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3:07pm Sun 30 Sep 12

HJarrs says...

I hope that the Argus will be publishing a follow article in, say, six months to see how these new hybrid buses are getting on.
I hope that the Argus will be publishing a follow article in, say, six months to see how these new hybrid buses are getting on. HJarrs
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3:07pm Sun 30 Sep 12

HJarrs says...

I hope that the Argus will be publishing a follow article in, say, six months to see how these new hybrid buses are getting on.
I hope that the Argus will be publishing a follow article in, say, six months to see how these new hybrid buses are getting on. HJarrs
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3:07pm Sun 30 Sep 12

HJarrs says...

I hope that the Argus will be publishing a follow article in, say, six months to see how these new hybrid buses are getting on.
I hope that the Argus will be publishing a follow article in, say, six months to see how these new hybrid buses are getting on. HJarrs
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3:14pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Morpheus says...

If they are like the present hybrid buses they will use the battery for a few yards when they pull away, unless they refuse to start as they seem inlined to do.
If they are like the present hybrid buses they will use the battery for a few yards when they pull away, unless they refuse to start as they seem inlined to do. Morpheus
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3:20pm Sun 30 Sep 12

boblat says...

Yeah! get a few more Hibrids around the Clocktower and North Street..Give the people a few extra years on their lives??
Yeah! get a few more Hibrids around the Clocktower and North Street..Give the people a few extra years on their lives?? boblat
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3:35pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

What happened to the mayors car? And did he pay the £70 taxi fare from his own money after choosing an unsuitable electric vehicle at tax payers expense which then broke down. I hope my council tax wasn't used for the fare.
What happened to the mayors car? And did he pay the £70 taxi fare from his own money after choosing an unsuitable electric vehicle at tax payers expense which then broke down. I hope my council tax wasn't used for the fare. Maxwell's Ghost
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7:58pm Sun 30 Sep 12

remluf says...

Patsyr wrote:
What is all this sillyness about having names on buses? Does any one care at all? Surely all we want is for buses to arrive regularly, be clean and the driver pleasant.

We would also like the time boards to be believeable, which they aren't. Better to have no signs than watch a countdown from 20 to "Due" then shoot up to 16 then countdown to 10 and the bus arrive as happened to me yesterday. Patcham buses are neither regular nor reliable so any name on the bus is stupid and annoying , just gives Roger French an opportunity to smile nicely for the Argus camera which he does too often.
What are you talking about? This has got nothing to do with the story.
[quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: What is all this sillyness about having names on buses? Does any one care at all? Surely all we want is for buses to arrive regularly, be clean and the driver pleasant. We would also like the time boards to be believeable, which they aren't. Better to have no signs than watch a countdown from 20 to "Due" then shoot up to 16 then countdown to 10 and the bus arrive as happened to me yesterday. Patcham buses are neither regular nor reliable so any name on the bus is stupid and annoying , just gives Roger French an opportunity to smile nicely for the Argus camera which he does too often.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about? This has got nothing to do with the story. remluf
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8:29pm Sun 30 Sep 12

HJarrs says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
What happened to the mayors car? And did he pay the £70 taxi fare from his own money after choosing an unsuitable electric vehicle at tax payers expense which then broke down. I hope my council tax wasn't used for the fare.
That will be the car that was donated to the city for 6 months for free. Seems like a good deal.

I saw the Mayor of Lambeth in his Jag the other week, I suppose you would like us to return to the days of having a big flash car?

To be fair, Labour, Tories and the Greens have all been quite restrained in recent years compared to other councils when it comes to mayoral transport.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: What happened to the mayors car? And did he pay the £70 taxi fare from his own money after choosing an unsuitable electric vehicle at tax payers expense which then broke down. I hope my council tax wasn't used for the fare.[/p][/quote]That will be the car that was donated to the city for 6 months for free. Seems like a good deal. I saw the Mayor of Lambeth in his Jag the other week, I suppose you would like us to return to the days of having a big flash car? To be fair, Labour, Tories and the Greens have all been quite restrained in recent years compared to other councils when it comes to mayoral transport. HJarrs
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8:41pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Sussex jim says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Maybe we could name the buses after well known clowns and comedians? Or perhaps after ships which disappeared in the 'Bermuda Triangle' without trace?

Is that one of the new buses in the picture, by the way?
No, it's a routemaster. With facilities for a separate conductor, hopefully.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Maybe we could name the buses after well known clowns and comedians? Or perhaps after ships which disappeared in the 'Bermuda Triangle' without trace? Is that one of the new buses in the picture, by the way?[/p][/quote]No, it's a routemaster. With facilities for a separate conductor, hopefully. Sussex jim
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10:56pm Sun 30 Sep 12

boblat says...

remluf wrote:
Patsyr wrote:
What is all this sillyness about having names on buses? Does any one care at all? Surely all we want is for buses to arrive regularly, be clean and the driver pleasant.

We would also like the time boards to be believeable, which they aren't. Better to have no signs than watch a countdown from 20 to "Due" then shoot up to 16 then countdown to 10 and the bus arrive as happened to me yesterday. Patcham buses are neither regular nor reliable so any name on the bus is stupid and annoying , just gives Roger French an opportunity to smile nicely for the Argus camera which he does too often.
What are you talking about? This has got nothing to do with the story.
Maybe, instead of filling the vast spaces with people and things of the PAST, Frenchy should use the facility to advertise ''genuine'' green organisations, It would not only earn advertising revenue but maybe get a few HYBRID deals thrown in??..


Another free tip from a ''brain''....
[quote][p][bold]remluf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: What is all this sillyness about having names on buses? Does any one care at all? Surely all we want is for buses to arrive regularly, be clean and the driver pleasant. We would also like the time boards to be believeable, which they aren't. Better to have no signs than watch a countdown from 20 to "Due" then shoot up to 16 then countdown to 10 and the bus arrive as happened to me yesterday. Patcham buses are neither regular nor reliable so any name on the bus is stupid and annoying , just gives Roger French an opportunity to smile nicely for the Argus camera which he does too often.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about? This has got nothing to do with the story.[/p][/quote]Maybe, instead of filling the vast spaces with people and things of the PAST, Frenchy should use the facility to advertise ''genuine'' green organisations, It would not only earn advertising revenue but maybe get a few HYBRID deals thrown in??.. Another free tip from a ''brain''.... boblat
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11:42pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Actually H Jarrs I think the Greens should all use public transport and bikes.
As you are their PR spin doctor can you tell us which ones actually cycle. Then tell us which ones have full time jobs with employers and which ones cycle to those jobs. And it's easy to donate something which doesn't work.
It's called scrap.
Actually H Jarrs I think the Greens should all use public transport and bikes. As you are their PR spin doctor can you tell us which ones actually cycle. Then tell us which ones have full time jobs with employers and which ones cycle to those jobs. And it's easy to donate something which doesn't work. It's called scrap. Maxwell's Ghost
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9:02am Mon 1 Oct 12

Goldenwight says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Actually H Jarrs I think the Greens should all use public transport and bikes.
As you are their PR spin doctor can you tell us which ones actually cycle. Then tell us which ones have full time jobs with employers and which ones cycle to those jobs. And it's easy to donate something which doesn't work.
It's called scrap.
Reminds me of all those carefully framed pre-election shots of Cameron cycling to work. If you got hold of a wider angle shot you could see the two van loads of Police Officers and support staff following, but these pictures rarely made it onto the front pages!
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Actually H Jarrs I think the Greens should all use public transport and bikes. As you are their PR spin doctor can you tell us which ones actually cycle. Then tell us which ones have full time jobs with employers and which ones cycle to those jobs. And it's easy to donate something which doesn't work. It's called scrap.[/p][/quote]Reminds me of all those carefully framed pre-election shots of Cameron cycling to work. If you got hold of a wider angle shot you could see the two van loads of Police Officers and support staff following, but these pictures rarely made it onto the front pages! Goldenwight
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3:49pm Mon 1 Oct 12

remluf says...

boblat wrote:
remluf wrote:
Patsyr wrote:
What is all this sillyness about having names on buses? Does any one care at all? Surely all we want is for buses to arrive regularly, be clean and the driver pleasant.

We would also like the time boards to be believeable, which they aren't. Better to have no signs than watch a countdown from 20 to "Due" then shoot up to 16 then countdown to 10 and the bus arrive as happened to me yesterday. Patcham buses are neither regular nor reliable so any name on the bus is stupid and annoying , just gives Roger French an opportunity to smile nicely for the Argus camera which he does too often.
What are you talking about? This has got nothing to do with the story.
Maybe, instead of filling the vast spaces with people and things of the PAST, Frenchy should use the facility to advertise ''genuine'' green organisations, It would not only earn advertising revenue but maybe get a few HYBRID deals thrown in??..


Another free tip from a ''brain''....
Yeat again ,what are you talking about? It has NOTHING to do with the story.They stopped advertising long ago. B&H are the greenest bus company in the country after London, and bus companies who buy hybrid buses do get a good deal - a very good deal!
[quote][p][bold]boblat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remluf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: What is all this sillyness about having names on buses? Does any one care at all? Surely all we want is for buses to arrive regularly, be clean and the driver pleasant. We would also like the time boards to be believeable, which they aren't. Better to have no signs than watch a countdown from 20 to "Due" then shoot up to 16 then countdown to 10 and the bus arrive as happened to me yesterday. Patcham buses are neither regular nor reliable so any name on the bus is stupid and annoying , just gives Roger French an opportunity to smile nicely for the Argus camera which he does too often.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about? This has got nothing to do with the story.[/p][/quote]Maybe, instead of filling the vast spaces with people and things of the PAST, Frenchy should use the facility to advertise ''genuine'' green organisations, It would not only earn advertising revenue but maybe get a few HYBRID deals thrown in??.. Another free tip from a ''brain''....[/p][/quote]Yeat again ,what are you talking about? It has NOTHING to do with the story.They stopped advertising long ago. B&H are the greenest bus company in the country after London, and bus companies who buy hybrid buses do get a good deal - a very good deal! remluf
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7:34am Tue 2 Oct 12

davyboy says...

remluf wrote:
boblat wrote:
remluf wrote:
Patsyr wrote:
What is all this sillyness about having names on buses? Does any one care at all? Surely all we want is for buses to arrive regularly, be clean and the driver pleasant.

We would also like the time boards to be believeable, which they aren't. Better to have no signs than watch a countdown from 20 to "Due" then shoot up to 16 then countdown to 10 and the bus arrive as happened to me yesterday. Patcham buses are neither regular nor reliable so any name on the bus is stupid and annoying , just gives Roger French an opportunity to smile nicely for the Argus camera which he does too often.
What are you talking about? This has got nothing to do with the story.
Maybe, instead of filling the vast spaces with people and things of the PAST, Frenchy should use the facility to advertise ''genuine'' green organisations, It would not only earn advertising revenue but maybe get a few HYBRID deals thrown in??..


Another free tip from a ''brain''....
Yeat again ,what are you talking about? It has NOTHING to do with the story.They stopped advertising long ago. B&H are the greenest bus company in the country after London, and bus companies who buy hybrid buses do get a good deal - a very good deal!
actually, they're not. that plaudit goes to the Oxford Bus Company, who already run the largest number of hybrids outside london, with another 19 due in december. both companies are part of the Go-Ahead group, which has very green credentials, and allow their companies to have their own buying policies, unlike stagecoach, first or arriva. that is also why each company can have their own livery, which helps identify them from the 'bland' opposition!
[quote][p][bold]remluf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boblat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remluf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: What is all this sillyness about having names on buses? Does any one care at all? Surely all we want is for buses to arrive regularly, be clean and the driver pleasant. We would also like the time boards to be believeable, which they aren't. Better to have no signs than watch a countdown from 20 to "Due" then shoot up to 16 then countdown to 10 and the bus arrive as happened to me yesterday. Patcham buses are neither regular nor reliable so any name on the bus is stupid and annoying , just gives Roger French an opportunity to smile nicely for the Argus camera which he does too often.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about? This has got nothing to do with the story.[/p][/quote]Maybe, instead of filling the vast spaces with people and things of the PAST, Frenchy should use the facility to advertise ''genuine'' green organisations, It would not only earn advertising revenue but maybe get a few HYBRID deals thrown in??.. Another free tip from a ''brain''....[/p][/quote]Yeat again ,what are you talking about? It has NOTHING to do with the story.They stopped advertising long ago. B&H are the greenest bus company in the country after London, and bus companies who buy hybrid buses do get a good deal - a very good deal![/p][/quote]actually, they're not. that plaudit goes to the Oxford Bus Company, who already run the largest number of hybrids outside london, with another 19 due in december. both companies are part of the Go-Ahead group, which has very green credentials, and allow their companies to have their own buying policies, unlike stagecoach, first or arriva. that is also why each company can have their own livery, which helps identify them from the 'bland' opposition! davyboy
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