News from Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is that seatbelt fitted Tridents 17197/99 have been allocated to West Cumbria, where they have displaced Volvo Olympians 16652/57 to the Reserve Fleet. Less fortunate is 16336 which is now for disposal. Optare Solos 47007/21 are back in regular service at Morecambe having displaced 47247/49 to the Reserve Fleet. A cull of MAN/ALX300s has seen 22134/39/43, 22730 and 22806 joining the pool of vehicles awaiting disposal.
EYMS has advised that five of the former Whittles vehicles, 164/66/67/68/69 have now been sold. It is also likely that the new double deck training bus will get fleet number 9915 and it is likely to replace Volvo B10M 9914 which will be withdrawn.
The six Plaxton Panther coaches transferred from Stagercoach East to Stagecoach East Midlands at Hull are 53601-06.
Reserve Fleet Dart SPD 33833 is reported to have been in service with Stagecoach East Midlands at Grimsby this morning.
Two more Stagecoach North East vehicles, 27725 and 27727 have received 'Get There with Es' branding with the seaside graphic.
We have now been advised that Stagecoach South Wales Alexander PS-bodied Volvo B10Ms 20362/65/66/89 have been taken out of service and have already left the company. It is believed they have gone to Ensign. The ‘heritage’-fleet example 20392 is also out of service at Cwmbran and is expected to move to Blackwood for storage pending a final decision on its future.
The former Stagecoach East Scotland MAN/ALX300, 22377, transferred at the end of last year to Stagecoach West has been reported as receiving attention at Stagecoach South Wales’ Bulwark depot.
Stagecoach South fleet information received advises that Enviro 200s 37261-7are all in service now at Aldershot and all branded for 'The Kite' (route 20 Aldershot- Guildford, although the route number doesn't feature in the branding). Similar 37275-9 have also now arrived at Portsmouth. 37275 is unbranded but the other four have received branding for routes 30 and 31 to Hayling Island (from Havant).
Stagecoach East has now despatched six of the former X5 coaches from Bedford to Stagecoach East Midlands. Fleet numbers are awaiting confirmation but it is understood they will be refurbished by Plaxton before being allocated to MegabusPlus duties at Hull. Vehicle problems again with Stagecoach East at Bedford appears to be the reason why Stagecoach East has transferred two Reserve Fleet Tridents 18423/24 there and also sent Enviro 37214 on loan from Cambridge and Dart SLF 34881 on loan from Peterborough. The Megadekka 14000 has also been out on daytime service and former X5 coachs 53617/18 have also been out on service.
Several Alexander PS-bodied Volvo B10M saloons have been reported as being stood down from service with Stagecoach South Wales, we will hopefully have more confirmation in the next few weeks, whilst the delivery of the new ADL E30D/Enviro 300 saloons here (27189-27205) is now complete.
A further vehicle to receive the newer version of the InterConnect livery with Stagecoach East Midlands is 16918.
Stagecoach East now has all three Reserve Fleet Tridents in service, 18422 at Peterborough and 18423/24 at Bedford. One of the Cambridge allocation of ADL E20D/Enviro 200 saloons 37214 has also been reported in service in Bedford.
We are also receiving reports of the re-allocation of some Enviro 400s at Stagecoach South West with 19657/58 reported as working from Exeter, with 19093/94/95 being moved from Exeter to Torquay.
The former Whittles vehicles that have returned to EYMS will generally regain their former EYMS fleet numbers. Details are:
154-156 will become 335-337
157-160 will become 349-352
170 will become 332 (an exception as it was previously EYMS 337)
171/72 will become 354/55
173-176 will become 314-317
In a surprise development, Norfolk Green has received a seventh ex Stagecoach London Trident. 17744 was delivered to King's Lynn after single door conversion at the end of last week and is in an all over bright green livery.It will receive an undisclosed branding. 17744 was one of the six ex London Tridents initially expected to be allocated to Norfolk Green but it was initially believed it had ben replaced by 17741.
Dave Russell & Deric Pemberton have advised that former Stagecoach East Scotland MAN/ALX300 22378 has now arrived with Stagecoach West at Gloucester where a repaint is currently taking place.
Sam Boothby has confirmed that all of the '64'-registered Enviro 200s with Stagecoach East Midlands at Grimsby depot now carry Simplibus branding.
Stagecoach South Wales has put new ADL E30D/Enviro 300 saloons 27194/95 into service and both carry X3 branding on one side and X4 branding on the other.
Stagecoach East Reserve Fleet Trident 18422 is currently operating from Peterborough depot
A further repaint into the green 'lakes'-version of the Stagecoach corporate livery with Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is Optare Solo 47055.
Norfolk Green has confirmed that it has now withdrawn and sold Volvo Olympian 16227, which means that the fleet is restored to a 100% low-floor operation.
Stagecoach East has put MAN/ALX300 22320 back into the main fleet at Bedford, whilst Reserve Fleet Trident 18423 is currently operating from Bedford although the company still repors it as being part of the Fenstanton Reserve Fleet.
Although not officially reported, we believe the following is the current position with EYMS' former Whittles fleet:
Former Whittles Fleet (32)
Volvo B12B - 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 83
Volvo B12BT - 24
Volvo B9R - 21, 23, 84, 85, 86, 87. 88, 89
Dennis Dart SLF - 154, 155, 156, 170
ADL Dart/Enviro 200 - 175, 158, 159, 160, 171, 172
Volvo B10BLE - 173, 174, 175, 176, 309
The locations and status of the former Whittles fleet (which is awaiting official confirmation) is:
Kidderminster for return to EYMS - 22, 83
On Hire to National Express - 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89
Sale to Johnsons - 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24
Stored EYMS Hull - 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 170, 171, 172, 309
Stored EYMS Pocklington - 173, 174, 175, 176
Former Whittles Fleet - For Disposal (6)
Dennis Dart SLF - 163, 164, 166, 167, 168, 169
Stagecoach West Scotland has put new Scania/Enviro 300s 28703-08 into service at Cumnock, where they have displaced MAN/Enviro 300s 22522/82-85 to Reserve and 22862 to Glasgow. New Enviro 200s 37247-51 are in service at Kilmarnock where they have displaced a number of Optare Versas, 25201/02 to Stranraer, 25218/19 to Ardrossan and 25220 to the Reserve Fleet. The five Scania/Levante coaches in this fleet 59301-05 have been transferred to Stagecoach Midlands at Rugby for Megabus duties. Mercedes 709D 40056 has replaced 40058 at the staff shuttle vehicle at Ayr. Of the five Volvo B7Rs received from Stagecoach East Scotland, 53256/57 are in the Reserve Fleet and 53293-95 have been allocated to Stranraer. Displaced from Ardrossan, Dart SLFs 35241/43 are being prepared for allocation to Stranraer.
At Stagecoach Yorkshire MAN/ALX300 22935 is back in service at Ecclesfield, whilst Reserve Fleet Dart SLF 33238 is now awaiting disposal. Barnsley-allocated Dart SLF 34721 is out of service undergoing engine repairs.
Stagecoach North East has started the process of disposing of surplus MAN/ALX300s with 22465/70/72/79/82/83/88/92 and 22660/61 heading off to A H Hardwick (Dealer). Similar 22668 is no longer awaiting disposal and is back in the reserve fleet. Dart SLF 33101 is now awaiting disposal and the return to service of Dart SLF 34615 at Hartlepool has seen similar 34401 transferred to the Reserve Fleet. Chassis Repairs have been undertaken on Volvo Olympian 16839 which is no longer awaiting disposal and is back in the Reserve Fleet at Sunderland. Repairs on MAN/ALX300 22672 are not taking place and the vehicle is now awaiting disposal, whilst similar 22675 is back in service at Slatyford.
Geoffrey Simmonds advises that further to yesterday's Fleet News Ramblings re Stagecoach South (more specifically Chichester). Some of the listed changes, while indeed planned, have not yet been implemented. Firstly only 37269 and 37270 of the expected 6 new AD20D saloons have thus far entered service. Presumably because of that 34684/86/89 have not yet moved away and are still active here in Chichester (the other ex-Carlisle example 34690 has recently gained Stagecoach Chichester University colours as previously applied to E40D 19900). Also, rather more surprisingly, T-reg Dart SLF 33378 is in service this morning.
Ross Newman at Ensign Bus has provided the following update covering December 2014:
From Forest Environmental : Volvo B7TL’s W512 / 513WGH
From Metroline : Volvo B7TL LK51XGN Enviro 200’s YX09FLZ / FMU / FMV / FLD / FLW.
From Regal Busways : Solo YJ56AOU.
From Stagecoach London : Trident Y454NHK.
From Go-Ahead South Coast : DAF’s T165AUA / K547RJX / P125RWR / N68FWU / L526EHD Solo R618NFX Excel W601PLJ Volvo B10M M694BTU Volvo B7TL W905WGH Olympians K735 / 741ODL H728DDL.
From Coaches ETC : Olympian LIG9127.
From Compass Travel : Dart SN53ETO.
From Transdev Blazefield : Versa’s YJ57XVO / XVP / XVR / XVW / XVS / XVT / XVV / XVX / XVY.
From Dawson Rentals : Darts KP54BYY.
From London General : DAF SB120’s LF52TKD / TKC / TKO / TKK / TKJ / TJY / TJV /
TJX BX04BXM FJ54ZDP / ZDT
From First Cornwall : Scania’s YN54NXT / NXU YN04YHZ / YHY.
From Galleon Travel : SPD’s SNZ7292 / 7296 MPD’s TNZ1186 / 1252.
From Dawson Rentals : Darts KP54BYY / KX53SDU / KM02HDJ / KM02HFN.
Scania’s YN54NXT / NXU : Hilton’s Hire, Warrington.
Tridents LN51KXP / KYT : Buses ETC, Merstham, Surrey.
Volvo B7TL W514WGH Dart R931FOO : Geoff Ripley for scrap.
Solo’s YJ56AOT / AOU / YSK : First Devon and Cornwall.
Volvo B7TL PN02XCS : Redbridge Transport.
Enviro 200’s YX09FLZ / FMU / FMV / FLD / FLW : London General.
Javelin P955DNR DAF’s N45 / 68FWU : York Pullman.
DAF L526EHD : Watts Coaches, Bonvilston.
Trident LK03CEV : Compass Travel, Worthing.
Volvo B7TL Y734TGH : Redline Buses, Aylesbury.
Tridents LY02OAB / OBM : Cardinal Buses, Staines.
Olympian H728DDL : Stagecarriage, Middlesborough.
Versa’s YJ57XVT / XVW / XVX / XVY : Central Buses, Birmingham.
DAF T165AUA Excel W601PLJ Darts X223FBB NK51MKL : Mike Lawrenson, Preston.
DAF SB120’s LF52TJY / TKK : Cotswold Green, Nailsworth.
DAF BX04BXM Darts KX51UDE / PJ02RGZ Solo R618NFX : Western Greyhound
Volvo B7TL’s Y162 / 179 / 182NLK : London City Tours.
Versa’s YJ57XVO / XVS / XVR / XVP : Marchants Coaches, Cheltenham.
Trident T697KPU : Regal Buses, Chelmsford.
Volvo B10M M694BTU DAF’s P124RWR / K547RJX : First Choice Travel, Merthyr Tydfil
Trident PK02REU :Herberts Coaches, Shefford, Beds.
Dart KP54BYL : Galleon Travel, Roydon.=
Olympian D235FYM : Aphrodites Waves Tours, Agia Wapu, Cyprus
Olympian 826 sold to A2B Travel, Luton.
Dart 743 sold to Nu-Venture, Aylesford.
Dart 772 sold to Belle-Vue, Manchester.
Dart 729 sold to Galleon Travel, Roydon
Olympian 395 sold to Aphrodites Waves Tours, Agia Wapu, Cyprus.
Stagecoach Midlands has completed axle repairs on MAN/ALX300 22374, which is back in service at Northampton. Following its return from a period on loan to Norfolk Green Volvo Olympian 16459 is back in the main fleet at Kettering as cover following the write-off of Trident 18105 with fire damage. Also now allocated to Kettering is Optare Solo 47124. Dart SLF 34491 is back in service at Rugby as cover for Enviro 200 36213 which is receiving engine repairs.
Following the delivery of 14 new ADL E20D/Enviro 200 saloons to Stagecoach South there have been further withdrawals of non-DDA Dart SLFs. 37261-68 are at Aldershot and 37269-74 at Chichester. The earlier Darts taken out of service are 33002/16/17/20/25/26/27/28, 33119, 33306/07/76/78/81, 33818, 34107, 34239/43/53. Other changes here have included the transfer of Volvo Olympian 16293 from Winchester to Andover whilst similar 16590 has been returned to service and allocated to Basingstoke. Former Stagecoach London Trident 17740 is allocated to Portsmouth. Optare Solo 47047 is withdrawn for disposal, whilst 47419 has been taken out of service for return to Hampshire County Council. Other fleet changes in the last month have included:
Former Stagecoach London Tridents 17292/93 have been allocated to Perth by Stagecoach East Scotland, but similar 17537 will not be used and is awaiting disposal. Enviro 300s 27548/49/51 have been allocated to Dunfermline, whilst Dart SLF 33435 has been donated to the Sir Brian Souter Foundation. He two ‘Borrismaster’ 61312/13 have returned to Stagecoach London, whilst received from Stagecoach Highlands at Inverness are Dart SLFs 34735-39. Volvo B7R coaches 53256/57/61/93 are due to be transferred to the Stagecoach West Scotland fleet. Internal transfers of B7Rs has seen 53250/90 being allocated to Cowdenbeath; 53291 to Perth and 53304 to Dundee. Into the Reserve Fleet with accident damage is 53717.
Finally for this posting comes news from our friends at East Yorkshire Motor Services who have advised that the first two vehicles from the, now closed, Whittles operation have arrived in Hull – ADL Dart/Enviro 200s 171 and 172 are the vehicles.
News reaches us that Stagecoach South East has been allocated eight former Stagecoach London Tridents. 17528/29/38/53/82/85/87/90 have received single door and DDA compliance modifications by Ensign and will go to Ashford before being allocated. Further additions to the fleet hare are Dart SLFs 34410/11/12/13 from Stagecoach South, whilst due from the same source shortly are three Optare Solos 47065/66/67. Herne Bay has been allocated Dart SLF 34540, with similar 34545 going to Thanet to replace 34064. Ashford has been allocated 34434 and 34440 to replace 34071 and Enviro 200 36125 which is off the road for repairs. Volvo Olympian 16774 is back in service at Dover, whilst 16370 has transferred from Hastings to Eastbourne where it has replaced 16317 which is now for disposal. Hastings has received Dart SLFs 34435/38 and 34546/47 as replacements for 33320/77/79/84 and Eastbourne has 34544 as a replacement for 33365. The remaining acquired Dart SLFs here are due to be allocated to:
Herne Bay – 34439
Thanet – 34110/11/33, 34548
Ashford – 34413/41
Dover – 34412
Hastings – 34442/43/44, 34543
One final transfer to Stagecoach South East is Volvo B10M coach 52614.
Stagecoach Manchester has put new Enviro 400 MMC double decks 10401-09 into service at Sharston where they have displaced Tridents 18281-89 into the Reserve Fleet. Also into the Reserve Fleet are Volvo Olympians 16797/98/99 from Middleton. Trident 17175 is in Reserve from Hyde Road, whilst 17497, 17504/78 move from the Reserve Fleet to Hyde Road. Sold and no longer part of the fleet are MANs 22131/32; Volvo B6BLE 31387, Dart SLFs 33075, 33772/75/79, 33853/58, 34080/81, 34114/16 and Optare Excel 35048.
Sold from the Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire fleet have been Volvo B10M 52405 and Bluebird 29881. Received here from Stagecoach East Scotland are Tridents 17448/49 and 17549/91. 17448 is at Birkenhead whilst the other three are at Gilmoss. Not previously reported by us is the transfer of Pointer-bodied Dart SLF 34579 into the training fleet here, where it has recently received training livery.