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It just goes to show that liveries are a very subjective and emotive thing. routeONE admits that its panel of six judges found it difficult to shortlist the 321 entries in this year’s livery competition into 15 finalists, three in each of the bus, mini/midi and coach categories. This was the first time routeONE had adopted a shortlisting approach. And it’s as well that they did so, as voting over such a wide range of liveries must otherwise scatter the results considerably.
routeONE printed all the hopefuls in this week’s edition though why, I’m not sure, when readers can only vote for the shortlisted entries. It does, however, offer a colourful pageant. See all the entries here, with details of how to vote.
And what about a poll of our own? For whom would *you* vote from among the top five bus liveries? And let everyone know your thoughts via Comments. Like routeONE, we will allocate 3 points for first place, 2 for second and 1 for third. Vote here
The five shortlisted are:
For the mini/midi category, they are Johnson Bros Tours; Wardle Transport; Winson Coaches; Reay’s Coaches; and Wilson’s of Rhu .
And here are some statistics. The bus livery of the year saw 67 entries of the 321 total. Stagecoach came in with its Lothian lookalike Interconnect variant. There was a First-liveried coach. Arriva entered a Wardle liveries double deck in red, complete with “cow horns”. Other than a smattering of Go Ahead vehicles, the rest were smaller concerns.
Just under half of the coaches entered were in dealer stock white or substantially white. No white coach got through to the shortlist. Between 55 and 60 per cent of mini/minibuses were in dealer stock white.
The most unusual entries were a 1979 AEC Reliance/Plaxton (in white) of Just Travel; an East Lancs rebodied Leyland Leopard (in white) of Plymouth Discovery Tours; a Guy Arab IV/Metro Cammel (not in white) late of Birmingham City Transport and now with Belle Vue; a tri-axle Crosville coach (not in white but also not in green) from Weston super Mare; and a Seaford & District open top Bristol VR largely in cream with green.
For those who’ve commented in the past about Stenning lookalikes, observe the new Plymouth Citycoach livery and that of Transdev Coastliner.
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