Southern Eye (BBC documentary, 2004)


Malcolm Rennie recalls this 1994 BBC2 show: "A very one sided character assassination of Stagecoach buses on the South Coast. Alleging predatory tactics against smaller operators a large selection of Stagecoach buses are shown: Leyland and Volvo Olympians (some with Fife Scottish fleetnames), Volvo B10M, Bristol VRT, Dennis Darts, Leyland Nationals (one in Sainsbury advertising livery), Iveco minibuses and a long MCW Metrorider. Extended footage of Iveco F61AVV and Leyland National 2 411DCD on service. Also shown were Thanet Bus Mercedes L709D/ Marshall L206MAV and Iveco H899NFS; and Westrings Scania/Jonkheere coach D314VVV and an unidentified Optare City Pacer of the same firm.

Stagecoach Director Brian Cox firmly put the programme makers in their place with a stellar performance denying all allegations put to him."

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