Around The UK: Revolutionary technology, open days and more stuck buses!

Revolutionary new technology will see London bus users able to
use their smart phones to pay for travel.
There's been a good handful of interesting news this week in the bus world, including some Boris Johnson-baffling technology, depot open days and more stuck buses!

In the technology section of the news this week was the what is believed to be the first acceptance of the new contactless payment system, Apple Pay. Mastered by Californian based technology giant Apple, the system allows users to pay for bus or tube travel using their Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch. Transport for London are expected to launch the new system, in which passengers will 'swipe' their smart phones or watches on existing Oyster Card readers at stations or on buses. Mayor of London Boris Johnson commented whilst on live radio in typical Boris style when asked about how the system works by saying "Listen mate, look it up on the TfL website."

Also from London, on Saturday 20th June Epsom Garage will be open to members of the public for a day of rides and activities. Visiting vintage vehicles and a display from the historical police motorcycle collection are both planned to be present.

Buses were back in the news this week when this Arriva Plaxton
Centre got stuck in Bridgnorth (Mercia Police)
Saved from closure this week was Chiltern Travel, who has been brought back by Trever Boorman - who sold the operation to an Irish investor in 2013.  The company will now trade as Boorman Transport.

Notable from neighboring Cambridgeshire, around thirty entries appeared in this week's Notices and Proceedings document resembling a clear up of services for the first time since the operator's takeover from Tower Transit. No coastal services into Norfolk were registered.

Buses were back in the news this week for the wrong reasons when a Arriva Plaxton Centro bodied VDL SB200 got stuck on a right turn up a hill in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. The bus became stuck as the rear of the bus became wedged at the bottom of the hill.
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Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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