Now withdrawn and sold is former Bedford-allocated Volvo B10M training coach 52485.
Scania/Enviro 400s 15657/58/59 and 15812/13/14 have all been transferred into the Reserve Fleet at Fenstanton.
Transferred from Leamington to Rugby are Enviro 200s 36948 and 36949.
At Kettering MAN/Enviro 200 39683 is in the main fleet having replaced 39680 which is now delicenced whilst similar 39682 is now for disposal here.
With our usual thanks to Ross Newman at Ensign Bus we are able to details activity at the Essex dealership for January 2020
From Metroline: Enviro 400s LK08NVN/NVP/NVO/FND, LK58CNF/CNN/CNU, SN09CDV/CDY/CDX/CEK/CEF/CEJ/CEX; Enviro200s YX10BDZ/BFL/BFM/BFO/BDV/BDY; Volvo B7TLs LK04CUH/CVE/CVL; Tridents LK05GFZ/GGU.
From Arriva London: Volvo B7TL LJ05GSU.
From Sargeants Coaches: Volvo B7RLE BF62UYM.
From Stagecoach Merseyside: Volvo B7R SP07HHU.
From Arriva Southern Counties: DAFs YJ58FJU/FJV; Optare Solos YJ07VPW/VPX; Volvo B12B 5141MW
From National Express: Volvo B9R FJ12FYN.
From Stagecoach Bluebird: Volvo B7R SV09BHL.
From Stagecoach Highlands: Volvo B7Rs SV08DHF/DHN.
From First Essex: BMC’s KP54AZU, LK54ANC, LK54ANR; Scania’s YS03ZKJ/ZKH/ZKK
From Dawson Rentals: Enviro 200s KX57FME/FMC, KX59CYW, KX08HME/UXU
From Go-Ahead London: Darts SN51UAV, LX06EYU.
From Stagecoach South East: Tridents MV52UJF, MX03KZP.
From First South Yorkshire: Volvo B7TL YN53EOL.
Volvo B12B 5141MW; Dart LX06EYU : Candy Coaches, Morden.
Scania YT09YHU: Go Goodwins, Manchester.
Scania YT09YHL/YHO : Ridleys Coaches, Warwick.
Scania’s YN04ANP/AMV; Volvo B7TL’s LX05FBK/FAM/FAA, X588EGK: York Pullman.
Dart GX06DXD; Volvo B7TL LJ55BTE: AOT Coaches, Nottingham.
Scania YN08MLY: Flagfinders Coaches, Braintree, Essex.
Scania’s YT09YHK/YHN: Coach Services, Thetford.
Volvo B7TL LJ53BDX: First Bus Stop, Gravesend.
Enviro 200 YY67USG: Sargeants Coaches, Kington, Herefordshire.
Scania LX09AEA: Belle-Vue, Manchester.
Enviro 200s YX10BCV/BDZ: Nu-Venture, Maidstone.
Enviro 200 YX10BCY: National Driving Centre, Croydon.
Trident LX06AFZ: Punchdrunk Ltd, London N17.
Scania YT09YHW: Sussex Coaches, Brighton.
Volvo B7TL YJ04FZA: Pikes Coaches, Andover, Hants.
Volvo B7TL BX54DHK: CP Thalassiines, Paphos, Cyprus.
DAF DB250 LJ05BKX: Gloucester Minibus.
Volvo B7R SP07HHU; Volvo B9R FJ12FYN; Optare Versa YJ58VBK : Cymru Coaches.
BMC’s KP54AZU, LK54ANC, LK54ANR: Southern Transit , Brighton.
Scania’s YN08MSX/MSV: Marshalls Coaches, Leighton Buzzard.
Enviro 200’s YY67USH, YX10BFM/BFL/BFO: Warrington Transport.
Scania YN55NHZ: Johnsons Coaches, Hodthorpe.
Volvo B7TL LK04CVL: Bear Buses, Feltham, Middx.
Volvo B7TL LK04CUH: Scarborough Scenic Suncruisers.
Enviro200 KX57FME: Travel Express, Wolverhampton.
Volvo B7TL PA04CYE: Jans Coaches, Soham, Cambs.
Enviro 200 YX08MFA: Avondale, Glasgow.
Enviro 200 LJ56 VSX; Volvo B7TL LK04CUU, X578EGK, BX55XMO, LK04UWP, K04EKY; Enviro 400 LX58 DDN; Optare Solo Y237LRR; Darts KX56 JZE, KX03HZE; DAFs LJ54BGK, LJ05BJV; Trident LN51 KXP all to Shelton Motors for scrap.
Enviro 200s 705/706/707/708/711/712 sold to Warrington Transport.
Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire
The company reports that Reserve Fleet Trident 18138 is now in the main fleet at Carlisle, we presume as a replacement for Enviro 400 19141 which is now recorded as in the Reserve Fleet at Carlisle. Also moved from the Reserve Fleet to the main fleet at Carlisle is MAN/Enviro 300 22882.
Enviro 400MMC is confirmed as now back in Manchester and on loan to Stagecoach Group for special trials. We believe these may be IT-related.
Further withdrawn vehicles sold are Dart SLF 34714 and MAN/Enviro 300s 22608 and 22886.
Stagecoach North Scotland [Highlands]
It would appear that Stagecoach North East is providing engineering support here with Enviro 300 27590 (from Inverness) and Volvo B7R 53316 (from Orkney) having been moved to the North East. To provide cover in this fleet we understand that new Enviro 400MMCs 11298, 11300 and 11503 have been received at Inverness from Stagecoach North East. They are on loan and all three are in plain white livery. There is a suggestion that a total of six vehicles from Stagecoach North East will be temporarily allocated to Inverness.
Stagecoach North Scotland [Bluebird]
We understand that transfer of Enviro 400s 19212-17 which are expected here from Stagecoach North East, had been temporarily put on hold and some of the vehicles are expected to be returned to service in the North East as cover for the Enviro 400MMCs which have gone on loan to the Stagecoach North Scotland [Highland] fleet at Inverness.
Trident 18152 has been returned to service at Northampton whilst we understand that similar 18323/71/98/99 and 18403 are all back operational and have been in service over the last week at Leamington.
Recently re-instated to the operational fleet at Kettering after being listed for withdrawal, MAN/Enviro 200 39699 has been pressed into use on the X4 Northampton-Peterborough route today covering for a Gold-spec Enviro 400MMC.
Stagecoach West’s heritage Bristol VR 19950 (JOU 160P) is receiving a repaint into dark red and cream, representing the 1930s livery of the Cheltenham District Traction Company. This is very similar to the livery previously carried by this bus in 1989 when it belonged to the Cheltenham District fleet when commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of that Company.
The first vehicle in this fleet to receive the new Stagecoach livery and branding is Enviro 400MMC 11259.
Stagecoach East Midlands
The planned transfer of Enviro 200s 36453/54/55 from Hull to Mansfield has been cancelled. However, we now understand that Dart SLFs 35147 and 35148 will now be transferred from the main fleet to the Reserve Fleet at Hull. Trident 18026 is expected to remain delicensed rather than being returned to service.
First Eastern Counties
The company has confirmed that its fleet of 19 Scania N250UD/Enviro 400City vehicles for the excel service from Peterborough to Norwich will enter service on February 16th. The new vehicles represent investment of £5.3 million into the route. The current blue livery has made way for an impactful red-based scheme designed by Best Impressions.
The Stagecoach rebrand has broken cover overnight.
The red, blue and orange ‘beachball’ logo with italicised ‘Stagecoach’ name has been wiped away. In its place is a re-worked roundel which gives a nod to the ‘beachball’ variant. It is a more stylised tri-colour version with the three coloured segments appearing to have been designed to represent a wheel rather than a ‘beachball’ - although Stagecoach has never actually used the ‘beachball’ description at a corporate level. The ‘Stagecoach’ text is in a ‘normal’ style. The new logo uses different shades of blue and orange but also includes green. The green appears to be the same shade as used on the recently delivered tri-axle Enviro 400XLBs for the Cambridge Busway.
Supporting the new logo is a new livery, or rather a livery family. Details of the liveries have been kept under wraps but were launched overnight and include a standard version in white which includes all three colours from the logo palate. A further version of white with green relief is specifically for use where Stagecoach can demonstrate the environmental benefits of bus travel such as electric buses, Park & Ride services and routes like the Cambridgeshire Busway. The third variant, orange-based, will be used on longer-distance InterUrban routes.
Given the strong brand recognition, Oxford Tube will retain its current livery and brand and the Megabus operation has already benefitted from a brand upgrade.
The new liveries are expected to be applied to new vehicles and only during planned repaints to the existing fleet. That means that the existing Stagecoach livery could be around for many years to come.
The three vehicles used for the launch image are Stagecoach Yorkshire's Volvo B9R 53715 from Barnsley and 11.8m ADL Enviro 200MMC 26026 from Rawmarsh. The Enviro 400MMC is 11259 from Stagecoach Manchester at Hyde Road.
It would appear that Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 44007, with Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is the first vehicle in UK bus to carry the new logo. The bus has also been half wrapped in a partnership with Story Homes for the new Cockermouth Town Service C1 C2 C3.
The application of the new logo to this vehicle suggests to us that vehicles in the existing Stagecoach livery will receive the new logo.
We are not aware yet whether the new livery/brand proposition will allow additional route branding but we believe that local brands, such as the Citi brand in Cambridge and Peterborough will be discontinued. Indeed recent vehicle repaints at Cambridge have seen the Citi logo ditched in favour of the Stagecoach logo.
Stagecoach has issued more information including details of a specially-liveried vehicle to launch the new brand, which we reproduce here:
Stagecoach, the UK’s largest bus and coach operator, has unveiled a brand new look for its iconic buses, shaped by the needs of customers it proudly serves across the UK, every day.
The new bus design is part of a wider commitment from Stagecoach to simplify, modernise and enhance its customer experience, whilst reaffirming the customer-first approach that runs through everything it does - from its drivers and buses, to its customer service and technology solutions.
When conceiving the new bus design, Stagecoach asked thousands of customers to share their thoughts on how the new design could serve them best, and what would encourage them to use public transport more regularly.
The findings highlighted that 69% of customers often found it confusing to find the bus they wanted, with a further 37% stating they would use the bus more often if it was simpler and more modern.
Taking on board feedback from customers, the bus operator created a new simplified and clearly colour coded design for its various bus services to make it easier and instantly recognisable for passengers to identify their required service, representing the three different types of journey; Azure blue for its Local service, Amber yellow for Longer, and Ocean green for Specialist.
Stagecoach has also restructured the way its services are classified to make it easier and more clearly differentiated for customers to identify which service they require. The new changes across Stagecoach services embody the company’s commitment to being proud to serve all of its current and new customers, representing the important role it plays in connecting people to the people and places that matter most.
Martin Griffiths, Chief Executive, Stagecoach: “We are proud to serve our customers and connect communities across Britain, and our research shows more people will get on board the bus if it’s simpler to use. Our new look design and the multi-million-pound investments we are making in greener buses, smart technology, and better journeys is designed to give our customers exactly what they want.”
To celebrate the arrival of the new look bus design, Stagecoach created a special one-of-a-kind mosaic bus livery, featuring the faces of customers, drivers and communities from across the 11 regions of the country served by Stagecoach. This has been applied to Stagecoach North East’s Enviro 400MMC 11501.
The images featured on the special one-off bus were selected from a year-long photography project commissioned by Stagecoach, with photographer Stuart Roy Clarke travelling across the UK to capture the spirit, individuality and personalities of the people and communities that the iconic bus serves every day.
Aislin Smith, 17, Student, from Glasgow, who features on the special bus livery, “I have always found Stagecoach buses easy to use, especially for someone who has a less visible disability like myself. I think it’s great that there is a continued commitment to making the buses easy to use for customers, it’s something that has helped me have more freedom and flexibility in my life. It’s pretty cool to be featured on the very first of the new buses.”
With a further commitment to modernising and simplifying its customer experience, Stagecoach has kickstarted the biggest roll-out of the technology by any bus operator in Britain. This includes the introduction of the Stagecoach bus app, featuring a new online travel-planning tool that provides customers with real-time tracking of their bus service on an interactive map, and contactless payment facilities cover all of Stagecoach's vehicle fleet.
Stagecoach is investing more than £13m in one of the biggest orders of new electric buses in Europe, as part of a drive to provide a more sustainable transport solution to the people and communities it serves. By the end of 2020, it will have more electric vehicles than any other major UK bus operator.
Martin Griffiths added, “We are modernising and simplifying our products and services to make bus travel the smarter, easier choice. Over the next year, our customers across the country will start to see new innovations and intuitive changes to their Stagecoach services, which we hope will bring greater ease of use to all journeys.”
This year marks 40 years since the birth of Stagecoach. It has come a long way since 1980, from humble beginnings, starting with just two buses in Perth, Scotland, and growing dramatically to become the UK’s largest bus and coach operator. Today, Stagecoach serves over 2.5 million passengers a day, playing a vital role in keeping people and communities connected across the country.
The new bus design will be rolled out across the fleet of 8,400 buses over a three-year period, with customers seeing the first buses on the road from February. The one-off special bus of the people livery will go into service in the North East from today.
Stagecoach’s instantly recognisable ‘roundel’ icon, a familiar sight on the British road for two decades, has been rejuvenated, modernised and simplified and will be universally adopted across everything that the bus operator offers, representing the three different types of journey. These include:
Local buses – these are everyday community buses with strong local connections that take people to work, education, hospitals, leisure activities with friends and family and life’s important moments.
Longer distance – buses with added comfort and value for customers that need to take a bus beyond the place they live.
Specialist – these are specialist services built for purpose – for drivers who need to park their car outside of town and use park and ride services, university students who need a lift to class and tourists who want to go sightseeing around the country
Stagecoach Group has confirmed to Steven Knight Media that the company is actively “developing (vehicle) interiors to incorporate our new brand identity and create the right environment for our customers when they travel with us”.
The company has also clarified how the new logo will be used on vehicles. A company spokesperson told us that the new logo will be used “mainly as vehicles are repainted, and also be on all the new vehicles being introduced.
There are no immediate plans to replace staff uniforms with Stagecoach confirming that: “Our current uniform contract is up for renewal this year and as part of that process we will review our uniform in line with our new brand identity”.
Stagecoach has said that the new logo will only be applied to new vehicles and upon normal scheduled repaints of the existing fleet. Application of the new logo to the existing livery (and this is our own image mock-up of what it might look like) are not expected to take place. (c) Steven Knight Media
The transfer of three MAN/ALX300s here has been reported by Stagecoach East Midlands. We believe that 22416/17/18 are for driver training use. They were withdrawn from service at Hull by Stagecoach East Midlands last year.
Stagecoach East Midlands
Vehicles reported as scrapped are Tridents 17709/21/23/25 and Dart SLF 34458. Further Enviro 400s joining this fleet from Stagecoach North East are 19195, 19207, 19208 and 19209 which are expected to be allocated to Skegness. Enviro 400 19690 has transferred from Long Sutton to Hull.
Fleet alterations expected over the next week include the return to service of Trident 18026, which is currently delicenced, to the allocation at Hull.
The three Enviro 200s allocated to Hull, 36453/54/55, are also due to transfer to Mansfield.
Currently on loan to Stagecoach East at Cambridge for staff familiarisation is BYD/ADL Enviro 400EV14031 (LF69UYY).
The first repaint here into the pale green livery, as carried by the Cambridge Busway Enviro 400XLBs, is Volvo B7RLE 21224, which previously carried the green-based 'Greener Smarter Travel' livery.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Volvo B10M 52414 has now left the fleet and is with the Ribble Valley Preservation Trust who intend to use it for component recovery to allow similar 52409 to be restored.
Go North East
Extracted from the Go North East website, the company has reported the following fleet information:
Repaints last week included Wright StreetDeck 6331 into the blue variant of X-lines livery for service X21.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5230 transferred from Deptford to Riverside, as a replacement for similar 5231 which has been withdrawn but was itself withdrawn a few days later. Also withdrawn from Riverside has been 5232.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 6084 has transferred from Riverside to Deptford, displacing recently refurbished 6099 to Percy Main.
Former East Yorkshire Volvo B5TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 797, now numbered 6335 within the Go North East fleet, has entered service at Riverside. It has been repainted into the “spare bus” X-lines livery and existing seats replaced with high-back Esteban Civic V3 seats trimmed in Go North East’s new moquette, with cream headrests. It should see primary allocation to services X9/X10 (Newcastle-Middlesbrough).
As a result of service changes, there have been a large number of vehicle movements this week:
Optare Solo SRs 637, 638 and 639 have transferred from Riverside to Deptford, allowing similar 718, 719 and 720 to transfer from Deptford to Riverside where they will be allocated to the new 30/31/32 services which operate from Stanley to Lanchester, East Stanley and Annfield Plain.
Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6143 has transferred from Percy Main to Chester-le-Street, displacing Vovlo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 6912 from Chester-le-Street to Consett. Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 6932 has transferred from Consett to Saltmeadows.
Dual-door Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 6911 has also transferred from Riverside to Consett.
Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6146 has transferred from Chester-le-Street to Riverside, whilst Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 6043 and 6044, as well as dual-door Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 6910 have transferred from Riverside to Chester-le-Street. The two Volvo B9s should be allocated to “X-lines” service X21, following service changes on this route requiring more vehicles.
Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Micro-Hybrid 5419 has transferred from Consett to Chester-le-Street. Scania CN230UB/Scania OmniCity 5262 and 5263 have transferred from Chester-le-Street to Washington, displacing Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro 5486 and 5487 to Deptford, both acting as float vehicles, covering for the repaints on the similar examples still branded as “Wear Xpress”.
In order to concentrate dual-door configuration Volvo B7TLs at Saltmeadows, with provincial specification vehicles allocated to Riverside (where they are more likely to be allocated to services on the frontline core commercial network).
3967, 3970, 3971, 3973, 3975, 3977, 3983 from Riverside to Saltmeadows
6920, 6921, 6922, 6923, 6924, 6925, 6926, 6927, 6928, 6929, 6930, 6931 from Riverside to Saltmeadows
3995, 3996, 6122, 6123, 6124, 6125, 6128, 6131, 6136, 6137, 6138, 6139 from Saltmeadows to Riverside
6935, 6936, 6938, 6939, 6940, 6941 from Saltmeadows to Riverside.
Vehicles sold this week included Optare Solo M950/Optare 710, 711, 712, 713 and 714 to Scarlet Band, West Cornforth, and Scania K340EB/Caetano Levante 7096 to Weardale Motor Services.
Regular correspondent Ian Knott has provided images of one of the Enviro 200s here, 380, which now carries branding for the 66 Hull-Hessle service.
Stagecoach East Midlands
News reaches us from Scunthorpe where Dart SLF 34426, which is now one of the oldest Dart SLF in service with Stagecoach, has received a full repaint and has also gained ‘Simplibus’ branding. Other 3441x and 3442x Darts remaining in regular service are 34421/22/24/25 at Peterborough and 34428 at Bedford with Stagecoach East and 34410/11 at Thanet with Stagecoach South East.
Scania/Enviro 400s 15812/13 have both turned up at Bedford depot where they are expected to be put through the paint shop and receive corporate livery, having been ousted from Busway work following the entry of the new Volvo B8L/Enviro 400XLBs into service.
Our photo shows both these vehicles on their first day in service in July 2012 when they both failed at the same location on the Busway with a fuel systems issue!
Dart SLF 34537 which had been on loan to Bedford was returned to Fenstanton depot on January 15th 2020.
Branding for route 66 is being applied to Enviro 200s 378/79/80/89 and Volvo B9TLs 722 and 723.
ADL Enviro 200MMC demonstrator YX19OWA, which had been on loan here at Pocklington and numbered 141, was returned to ADL on January 8th 2020. It has since go on loan to Delaine Buses.
Volvo B7TLs 677 and 678, which had been on loan to Stanley Travel, County Durham, were returned to East Yorkshire on January 18th 2020.
Stagecoach South West
Volvo B11R 54211 has now received Falcon branding on its all white livery and has entered service here. It is allocated to Plymouth.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
No sooner had Enviro 400MMC 11158 arrived at Carlisle and had route 685 ‘CrossPennine’ branding applied than it emerged that it was to return to an IT development role. has already been moved south to Stagecoach Manchester's Stockport depot, where it also spent much of last year in the same role!
Go North East
Repaints last week included Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6129 into the 2019 fleet livery, which has also transferred from Saltmeadows to Riverside, in exchange for similar 3996.
Similarly, Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6165 is now in service at Chester-le-Street following repaint, displacing dual-door Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 6910 to Riverside. In turn, 6136 (has transferred from Riverside to Saltmeadows, allowing 6166 to be taken out of service from Saltmeadows for paint preparation and re-trim.
Former East Yorkshire Volvo B5TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 796, now numbered 6334 within the Go North East fleet, has entered service at Riverside. It has been repainted into the ‘spare bus’ X-lines livery and existing seats replaced with high-back Esteban Civic V3 seats trimmed in Go North East’s new moquette, with cream headrests. It should see primary allocation to services X9/X10 (Newcastle-Middlesbrough).
Scania K340EB/Caetano Levante 7099 has been withdrawn from service at Hexham and sold to Cochranes Coaches, Peterlee. Other vehicles sold include; Volvo B7TL/East Lancs Vyking 3974, Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 4989 and Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5229, all for scrap to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade.
The final former Metrobus Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity, 566, brought up to the North East for spares recovery, has also been sold to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade, for scrap.