Stylish liveries and exotic exteriors are all well and good, but ANDY RIGBY argues that passengers are more likely to judge a bus by the comfort, quality and facilities of its interior. In the first of two articles, he focuses on urban vehicles — in London and a few places beyond to identify the latest trends

Top deck of a TE-class Alexander Dennis Enviro400 in the Metroline fleet.
Lower saloon of a Scania OmniCity double-decker newly retired from its first life with Stagecoach London and predecessor East London Bus Group.

You may have to excuse the cliché of a title but the old adage is, more often than not, correct. When taking the whole journey view, a passenger often sees little of the outside of a bus, perhaps only a fleeting glimpse as one pulls up at the stop for them to board or as it drives away after they have alighted.

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