The company has confirmed that the 25 single deck vehicles due for Nuneaton garage from this year’s order will be 11.8metre Gold Specification Enviro 200MMCs for route 48 Coventry-Nuneaton-Atherstone/Leicester. The will replace the standard Enviro 200s currently used on the service. All 25 are due for delivery in early 2018 and are expected to be numbered 26178-26202, although this has not been confirmed by Stagecoach. Most of the displaced Enviro 200s will be cascaded to replaced older Dart SLFs at the Warwickshire garages (Nuneaton/Leamington/Rugby) although three are expected to move to Kettering as replacement for the Dart SLFs used on route 19.
The company has also said that it will bid for new vehicle investment next year to replace the Gold-specification Scania/Enviro 400s allocated to Kettering depot for the X4 Milton Keynes-Northampton-Corby-Peterborough service. These buses have been heavily worked on what is described by the Company as a demanding route.
The depot at Station Approach in Leamington will close tonight with all buses returning off service to the new facility at Poseidon Way, Trident Park. Although technically in the Warwick area the depot will still be regarded as Leamington Spa.
Previously unreported is that Stagecoach Midlands buses are now being repainted under contract by Stagecoach Yorkshire at Chesterfield. This has replaced the previous arrangement whereby the buses were painted at Stagecoach East’s Bedford depot.