Posted on 25th April 2024


The theme for this year’s Album Conference held in Edinburgh and hosted so expertly by Lothian Buses was quite simply INNOVATE, INTEGRATE and MOTIVATE.


So what could we do that would be innovative, something we could integrate and also something that would be motivational.


Well with the help of our friends over at Bus and Coach World in Blackburn we came up with the idea of using a fully renovated double decker bus which they have superbly restored to a nearly new condition, and to re-vinyl both the exterior and interior with full colour graphics not previously seen on a public service vehicle.


With the conference being held at Murrayfield Stadium the home of Scottish rugby, and with Bus and Coach World completely re-painting the vehicle in Scotland’s National colour of blue, we decided to apply on both exterior sides of the bus a 4 metre high image of Izak van der Westhuizen, the Edinburgh player who would normally only stand at a mere 6’5” tall, to this we added some rugby posts with a ball successfully being kicked between the posts. 


The interior of both decks were treated to something really special, as we completely covered the ceilings with blue sky/white cloud vinyl that gave the impression of open space and added light. All the cove panels on the upper deck were fitted with full colour images of the city of Edinburgh and surrounding districts which added to the bright open feel, whilst downstairs on entering the bus you were greeted with a blue sky welcome aboard vinyl.


So all in all we feel that we have been very innovative in the design of the vinyl materials used, which we have integrated well with the colour of the bus and the theme of the venue choice and in the process hope to have motivated operators to do something different with their own vehicles when the time comes to renovate them.


Our vinyl department is fully equipped with the latest specification software and printing machines to cope with the demands of further orders, and having already secured contracts to supply FirstGroup, Stagecoach and McGill’s, we very much look forward to adding many more operators to this list.