An appreciation of Brian Cox’s inspiration and intellect


As you mention in his obituary published in Buses last month, Brian Cox was appointed general manager at Kelvin Scottish, one of the new Scottish Bus Group companies set up in 1985 ahead of local bus deregulation with the aim of achieving greater focus on the Glasgow market.

Under his leadership, Kelvin broke new ground, bringing a range of new ideas to Glasgow, with a striking livery which raised eyebrows at the ultra-conservative SBG headquarters at Carron House in Edinburgh.

Over 60 minibuses on high-frequency routes within Glasgow were complemented by a similar number of former London Routemasters running every 5min between Easterhouse and Clydebank. To achieve greater accessibility for passengers, Leyland Nationals ousted high-floor single-deckers on other routes, while coach-seated Metrobuses delivered a new standard of comfort on the commuter routes to Cumbernauld.

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