Stagecoach South East Darts 33377/79/84 have been sold to Ensign Bus and collected from Eastbourne, whilst Stagecoach East has also sold Volvo Olympian 16225 to Ensign Bus, who have sold it on to Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire-based DeckerBus.
Courtesy of information from Anthony Gore we can confirm that former Stagecoach Manchester Volvo Olympians 16797/99 are at Stagecoach South's Winchester depot for Schools Contracts.
Stagecoach Oxfordshire has transferred Scania/Enviro 400 15933 back to Oxford from Witney.
Thanks to Ross Newman at Ensign Bus we can provide details of vehicles passing through the dealership in February 2015.
From Tates Travel : Solo’s MX54KKO / MX54KXY / MX05OTN / MX05OTP.
From Go South Coast : DAF SB3000 P126PWR.
From Peterborough Council : Solo’s MX55WDL / WDM / WDN AE07GNV YJ57YDB
From Impact Group : Volvo B10M M407BLC Mercedes 709 N615FLA.
From Western Greyhound : Merc 814 Vario WK51AVP. Optare Solo’s WK11AOZ / WK11APY
From Stagecoach SE : Darts T458 / 461HNH W671TNV
From Stagecoach East : Olympian S755DRP.
From Stagecoach Wales : Volvo B10M M762LAX.
From Travelsure : Primo SN57EXE.
From Watts Coaches : Enviro 200’s YX12FRD / YX12GGV.
From Aintree Coaches : Dart KN52NFD.
From Lothian Buses : Darts SK52OJC / OJF / OJG / OJJ / OKE / OKF / OKD SN53AUW / AUY / AVC / AVF / AVL Tridents V532 / 533 / 535 / 536 / 537 / 539ESC.
From Metroline : Volvo B7TL Y232NLK.
From Stagecoach South : Darts Y239 / 253FJN.
From Ace Travel : Olympians S848 / 856DGX Trident T818RFG.
Tridents Y454NHK / LK03GGU Volvo B7TL W512WGH : Geoff Ripley, Barnsley for scrap.
Mercedes 814’s WK05CFD / AOX : Moon and Benney, Bodmin, Cornwall.
DAF SB120 LF52TJX Darts T458 / 461HNH W671TNV TNZ1252 Olympian H871PVW Trident T818RFG : Western Greyhound.
Dart V132MVX : Renown Coaches, Bexhill.
Metrobus UAR250Y : Vintage Even Catering, Bournemouth.
Darts KX03HZU / HZE : Buses ETC, Merstham.
Dart KX53SDV : Elite Turck Training, Upminster.
Merc 814’s WK02BUS / WK03BUS : Dealgan Coachcraft, Dundalk, Eire.
RML2455 : Rent-a-Routemaster Ltd, Ruislip, Middx.
AEC Swift EDJ248J Enviro 200’s YX12GGV / YX12FRD : Aintree Coaches.
Volvo B7TL’s LX51XGR / LX51XGM : Redbridge Transport.
Solo SP60CLP : Travelsure Coaches, Belford, Northumberland.
DAF SB3000’s P125 / 126RWR Olympian S755DRP : Deckerbus, Whittlesey, Cambs.
Volvo B10M M407BLC : GHA Coaches, Wrexham.
Volvo B7TL’s Y143 / 164 / 171NLK : London City Tours, Heathrow.
Volvo B10M M762LAX Dart R476NPR : Mike Lawrenson, Preston.
Solo’s WK11APV / WK11APX : Next Bus, Chippenham, Wilts.
Dart NA52AWP : Carters Coaches, Northants.
Tridents LX51FNL / FMZ : Golden Coast Sporting Villas, Woolacombe, Devon.
Merc 814 WK04KUO : R Scrimshaw and Sons, Heston, Cornwall.
Merc 709 N615VLA : Randalls Travel, Bridgwater, Somerset.
Dart KN52NFD : DA Coaches, Coatbridge.
Olympian CFZ6594 : Raccoon London Ltd, Edenbridge, Kent.
Solo’s WK11APO / APU : South West Coaches, Wincanton, Somerset.
Dart Y239FJN : Galleon Travel, Roydon, Essex.
Our friends at EYMS advise that a further four Volvo Olympians have been sold and are no longer part of the fleet - 617/35/36/37. 637 has been sold straight out of service and was the last Volvo Olympian operating from Bridlington depot.
Three ADL Trident/ADL Enviro 400s have arrived with Stagecoach East at Cambridge from Stagecoach Manchester. Buses 19017/47/68 were previously operating from Manchester’s Hyde Road depot. We are seeking information on which depot(s) they will be allocated to with Stagecoach East. This corrects our original post. 19004 was due to be collected from Manchester by the Cambridge drivers last Sunday but was substituted and 19068 transferred instead.
Also ousted from Stagecoach Manchester have been the last three Volvo Olympians in the fleet - 16797/98/99 - which have been transferred to Stagecoach South. Information on planned allocation(s) with Stagecoach South is awaited.
At EYMS we are advised that several recently repainted vehicles have received ‘Go Card’ branding. Those seen so far include 344/45/47/56/72. For fuelling and engineering back office functions the six coaches on loan to National Express West Midlands for the National Express duties previously undertaken by Whittles have been allocated fleet numbers 9084-89. These are not carried on the vehicles which still carry Whittles fleet numbers 84-89.
Our friends at Andy’s Bus Blog (ABB) report that Plaxton Pointer-bodied Dart SLF 33382 is back with Norfolk Green. It spent much of last year operating from King’s Lynn but was transferred to the Stagecoach South fleet in December last year. It retains all over white livery. ABB also reports that the two Slimline Optare Solos taken out of service last month, 47902/03, have had an internal re-trim and a repaint in a slightly modified version of the Coasthopper livery. The work is part of a £60,000 project to refresh the vehicles used on the popular Coasthopper routes in Norfolk.
At East Yorkshire Motor Services, ex Whittles Dart SLFs with Plaxton Pointer bodywork, 154/55 (now numbered 335/36 in the main EYMS fleet series), have been repainted in EYMS livery.
More Stagecoach Yorkshire vehicles operating in Sheffield have lost route branding upon repaint. We plan to bring you a update in the next few weeks but we are advised that branding is no longer carried by 22429/34/37 and 35110.
The latest update for the Stagecoach East Midlands fleet comes from the LEYTR and Damon Powell. It seems that at least five fully DDA-compliant open top buses will take to the road this year seeing off the two Olympians and two of the Tridents used on the seasonal seafront service at Skegness. Two of the new conversions are expected to be used at Grimsby on the Cleethorpes service, two at Skegness and one at Lincoln for the Lincoln City Tour. Expected to transfer from Stagecoach East Scotland for conversion are Volvo B7TLs with Wright Gemini Eclipse bodywork16962/64/65/66 whist it is also thought the similar 16943 from the Stagecoach East Midlands fleet which is out of service with accident damage may be the fifth vehicle for conversion.
Just one Volvo Olympian, 116 (M1OCT), now remains in the fleet of Bourne, Lincolnshire-based Delaine Buses following the sale of 127 (R4OCT) to nearby Sleafordian. 116 is due to join Delaine's Heritage Fleet when it is retired from frontline service.
Its been a quiet week for information but look out for Stagecoach East transferring Enviro 400s 10012/13 back to Peterborough from Bedford with 19892/93 being transferred from Peterborough to Bedford. 10012/13 were originally Peterborough vehicles but due to them having tachographs fitted were moved to Bedford to allow use on the X5 Cambridge-Oxford service. Now the X5 is operated under domestic driving regulations the use of techograph-fitted vehicles is no longer a requirement.
The Managing Director of Stagecoach Midlands, Steve Burd, has advised us that restoration of Routemaster 12738 (RML2738) at Rugby is now complete and it has joined the fleet of heritage vehicles that are available for hire.
It has been suggested to us that some of the Reserve Fleet Dart SLFs at Stagecoach West may be used during the March race meeting in Cheltenham - confirmation is awaited. Despite being allocated on paper the recently transferred Dart SLFs, Optare Versa and MAN/ALX300s has yet to enter service at their nominated depots by last weekend.
Stagecoach Midlands are planning changes to their X46/X47 Stagecoach Gold services from next month. The route will operate from Northampton to Raunds with only peak hour extensions to Thrapston. Currently most services operate through to Thrapston. This is expected to result in a reduced vehicle requirement.
Stagecoach Yorkshire was due to return Gold-spec Sacnia/Enviro 400 15196 to Stagecoach Midlands at Northampton yesterday with standard-spec Scania/Enviro 400 15829 returning from Northampton to Chesterfield.
Stagecoach has confirmed that it has added Megabunk Volvo B10MA/Jonckhere 51062 to its 'heritage' fleet and the vehicle will move to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum shortly. Also die to move to the museum is Volvo B6/Alexander Dash 30339.
Stagecoach West Scotland is showing withdrawn MAN/ALX300 as awaiting transfer to Stagecoach North East. This vehicle had been on loan to West Scotland from the North East fleet.
Coaches 53306/07/15 and 53271 received by Stagecoach North Scotland from Stagecoach East have been allocated to Caithness. Also at Stagecoach Highlands Optare Solo 47813 is transferre from Inverness to Aviemore. Optare Solo 47569 is transferred from Orkney to Aberdeen and replaced by VW LT28 49756.
Stagecoach South West reports that two Reserve Fleet Tridents are back in service, 17003 at Torquay/Paignton and 17702 at Exeter. Exeter also now has Trident 18065 from Torquay/Paignton on its books. Scania/Enviro 400 15868 is now at Barnstaple and Enviro 400s 19093/94/95 and 19107 have been reallocated from Exeter to Torquay/Paignton, with 19657/58 moving the other way.
East Yorkshire Motor Services has advised that Volvo Olympian 630 has been taken out of service at Withernsea, with a replacement Volvo B7TL 663 coming from Hull. Dart SLF 491 has transferre from Hull to Scarborough with former Finglands Trident 641 entering service at Hull. Vehicles sold are Mercedes Varios 418 and 419 along with Volvo Olympians 623, 627, 629 and 634. Recent repaints have been 350/51/52/55.
Stagecoach East has allocated former Reserve Fleet Tridents 18422 to Peterborough and 18423/24 to Bedford. Also returned to service at Bedford is Volvo B10M (70-seach schoolbus) 52155. The four Volvo B7Rs 53271, 53306/07/15 have transferred to Stagecoach North Scotland. MAN/ALX300s 22332/36 are transferred to the Reserve Fleet.
Norfolk Green reports that Optare Solo 47882 has been withdrawn for disposal. This was one of the first buses to receive the Stagecoach version of the Norfolk Green livery last year. Two further Optare Solos are out of service and delicensed - 47902/03. Optare Tempo 25125 is also delicensed whilst it is away at Stagecoach South Winchester for repaint and refurbishment. Information on the recent allocation of former Stagecoach London Tridents is that the seating layout is H45/29F.
We have received reports that Stagecoach East Midlands’ Lincoln-allocated Volvo B7TL 16908 has been operating from Grimsby depot.
Stagecoach West has received a single Plaxton Pointer-bodied Dennis Dart SLF from Stagecoach South. 33307 is currently being prepared for service. Sold from the Stagecoach West fleet is Dart SLF 33978, whilst former Norfolk Green Optare Versa 25269 has entered service at Ross on Wye, where it has displaced Dart SLF 34402 which has transferred to Stroud. Also allocated to Stroud is Dart SLF 34432 which has recently transferred from Stagecoach East. Enviro 200s 36126-28 have transferred from Swindon to Cheltenham and have been replaced by Dart SLFs 34431, 34840/43.
Stagecoach South East has allocated Dart SLF 34441 to Ashford, where Enviro 200 36125 is also back in service following repairs and these have allowed Volvo B10M 20659 and MAN/ALX300 22192 to move to the Reserve Fleet. Also in the Reserve Fleet is Volvo Olympian 16090 from Herne Bay. Olympian 16013 has been withdrawn from service at Folkestone and replaced by 16365 transferred from Eastbourne. Hastings-based 16382 is now in the Reserve Fleet, whilst former Reserve Fleet 16360 is now for disposal. The three Optare Solos due from Stagecoach South will be allocated to Eastbourne. The four Dart SLFs expected here from Stagecoach South, 34410-13, are being stored at Aldershot, whilst Dart SLF 33319 is technically returned to this fleet after a period on loan but has been withdrawn and awaits disposal from Stagecoach South’s Basingstoke depot.
Sold from the Stagecoach South East fleet are MAN/ALX300s 22004 and 22191. The recently transferred Volvo B10M coaches, 52498, 52502 and 52614 have been allocated to the Training School at Thanet. The eight Tridents received from Stagecoach London will be allocated to
Thanet - 17585/87/90
Herne Bay/Canterbury - 17538/53/82
Eastbourne - 17528/29
Stagecoach Midlands has put former London/Stagecoach East Scotland Trident 17127 into service at Rugby, where it has resulted in the withdrawal for disposal of Volvo Olympian 16680. Also for now disposal is Volvo Olympian 16692 from Kettering. Reserve Fleet Dart SLF 24772 is in service at Kettering, displacing Optare Solo 47015 into the Reserve Fleet. Reserve Fleet Volvo Olympian 16684 is now based at Kettering.
Dart SLFs 33174 and 33853 have been sold by Stagecoach Manchester, with 33100, 33864/65/66/67/69-76 being taken out of service at Middleton and now await disposal. Seven Tridents have gone on loan - 17002/10/11 and 17567 to Stagecoach London and 17494, 17527/75 to Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire.
Stagecoach East Scotland has received Tridents 18005 and 18332/33 from Stagecoach West Scotland with Volvo B12B coaches 54061/71 being transferred the other way. Volvo B10M 52567 has transferred to Stagecoach North Scotland.
At Stagecoach South Dart SLFs 33375, 34110 and 34373 are for disposal, whilst 34445 is now in the Reserve Fleet. Former Stagecoach London Trident 17425 is allocated to Portsmouth. Dart 34117 has been sold.
Stagecoach London reports that Scania Omnicity 15147/48/54/55/56/60 are being prepared for return at the end of the lease agreement. Trident 17427 is a further conversion here for the training fleet.
Vehicles sold by Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire are Volvo Olympians 16236/37 and 16653; Trident 17018 and Volvo B10M 52172.
Ross Newman at Ensign Bus has advised us of the following activity during January 2015.
From Western Greyhound : Merc Vario’s : WK02BUS / SAT WK03BUS / WK53BNB / EUT WK04CCC / CUL / HSD / KUO / OTA WK54BHN / BHP WK05AOX / CFD. Optare Solo’s WK11APO / WK11APV / WK11APU / WK11APX Dart NA52AWP
From APH Parking : Versa YJ10MGV.
From Blazefield : Versa’s YJ57XVZ / XWA / XWB / XWC / XWD / XWF / XWG
From Stagecoach SE : Olympian S757DRP.
From Stagecoach Merseyside : Olympians R254NBV S659NUG.
From Epsom Buses : Enviro 200’s PE56UFP / UFR.
From Metroline : Volvo B7TL’s Y191 / 203 / 233 / 235NLK LK51XGM / XGR / XGG.
From Stagecoach Wales : Volvo B10M’s M765 / 766RAX R789DHB.
From Dawson Rentals : Darts KX03HZG / HZE KX53SDV.
From Arriva TGM : Volvo B12M TUI4844.
RML2350 : It’s Vintage Event Catering Ltd, Bournemouth.
DAF SB120’s FJ54ZDP / ZDT LF52TKD / TKO / TKJ / TKC Volvo B7TL W578DGU : Western Greyhound, Newquay.
Volvo B7TL Y738TGH : Coastal and Country, Whitby, converted to part open top.
Trident T745JPO : Minibus Direct, Churchdown, Gloucs.
Neoplan LX05BWN : Hunters Coaches, Daventry.
Dart SNZ7293 : Watts Coaches, Bonvilston, Wales.
Tridents LY02OAW / OBG : South East Bus Supplies, Bromley, Kent.
Olympian K741ODL : Freedom Travel, Cardinals Green, Cambs.
Dart SN53ETO : Blueworks Taxis, Ulverston, Cumbria.
Dart TNZ1186 : Mann’s Travel, Gravesend.
Volvo B7TL’s LK51XGL / XGN : Redbridge Transport.
Volvo B12M YN06PFE : Lehane Travel, Canterbury.
Volvo B7TL’s Y149 / 147 / 163 / 183NLK : London City Tours.
Versa’s YJ57XWA / XWB / XWC / XVZ / XVV : D and G Buses, Stoke on Trent.
Olympian S757DRP : Rodgers Coaches, Northampton.
Volvo B12B UK05BCL : Go-Ahead London.
Scania YN54NYT : Hilton Hire Services, Newton-le-Willows.
Enviro 200’s PE56UFP / UFR : Watts Coaches, Bonvilston, Wales.
Trident LK03GHY : Ace Travel, Liverpool.
Trident LX04FXM : Brylaine Coaches, Lincs.
Metrobus BYX304V : Unipessoal LDA, Maia Castelo Da Maia, Portugal
Neoplan KX05HVE : Stagecarriage , Middlesborough.
Volvo B10M M765RAX : Galleon Travel, Frating, Essex.
Tridents Y529NHK / LV52HFJ : Bryans Coaches, Enfield.
Olympian R253NBV : Red Kite, Tilsworth, Beds.
Dart KM02HFN : J Coates Driver Training, Leicester.
Volvo B10M M766RAX : Rooney International, Hilltown, Co Down, N Ireland.
Tridents LX04FXR / FXS / FXT / FXU into fleet as 156-159.
Further new from Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is that the two MAN/ALX300s used last summer on Lakes Bike Bus services, 22121/41, are being converted to driver training vehicles. Also look out for similar 22108/37 being disposed of direct from Stagecoach West Scotland where they have been on loan and not returning to the Cumbria Fleet.
Stagecoach West is now reported to have received Volvo B9R/Plaxton Panther coaches 53609-11 from Stagecoach East at Bedford. They will be based at Gloucester depot for a new coach service. Stagecoach East Midlands has reported the arrival of 53601-05 and there is now a suggestion that 53606-08 will move to Stagecoach North Scotland. At Bedford 53612/13 have lost their X5 branding and have been at work on the 99 Milton Keynes-Luton Airport service.
Also look out for two more MAN/ALX300 saloons, 22349/50, being transferred from Stagecoach East Scotland at Arbroath to Stagecoach Midlands.
The only change reported in the last month by Stagecoach North East is the completion of engine repairs on MAN/ALX300 22206, which is now in the Reserve Fleet at Stockton.
Arrivals at Norfolk Green over the past weekend have been Reserve Fleet Pointer-bodied Darts 34639/40 from Stagecoach South. They are understood to be on loan and repaint/refurbishment float vehicles with Optare Tempo 25125 reported as being taken south to Stagecoach South at Winchester for the work to take place.
Stagecoach East Midlands is reporting a large number of fleet changes in the last month with Dart SLFs 22459, 33155, 33206/17, 33406/39, 33848, 34001, 34182 and former training vehicle Volvo B10M coach 52415 being sold. A number of vehicles have also been withdrawn for disposal including Trident 18037; MAN/ALX300s 22701, 22802; Dart SLFs 33208/13/21, 34188 and the entire fleet of six DAF SB220/East Lancs Myllennium saloons 26121-26. New Enviro 200 37203 is out of service at Grimsby with accident damage, which accounts for Reserve Fleet Dart SPD 33833 being pressed into service. MAN/ALX300 22491 is another of the type for conversion to a driver training role. In other changes MAN/ALX300s 22364/80/81/84/85 are allocated to Hull with 22365 and 22463/64 at Lincoln. MAN/Enviro 300s 22755/56/58 have moved from Hull to Scunthorpe, 24201-05 from Hull to Grimsby and ADL E300/Enviro 300s 27762-64 from Hull to Skegness. Also at Skegness Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 21216 has been transferred to the Seasonal Reserve Fleet.
Stagecoach London Trident 17487 has been transferred to Stagecoach East Midlands at Hull where it has been used for component recovery. It is now awaiting disposal.
There have also been quite a few changes at Stagecoach South Wales which has seen all Volvo B10B 21028 transferred from Blackwood to Cwmbran and eight displaced MAN/Enviro 300s 22779/84/86/87/88/92/93/94 being made available for transfer within Stagecoach UK Bus. Volvo B10M coaches 52628/54 have become training vehicles at Merthyr and Blackwood, replacing 52480/98 - the former now with Stagecoach South West and the latter on its way to Stagecoach South East. Also moving to Stagecoach South East is 52502. All six Volvo B10BLEs at Merthyr, 21174/76/78/79/87 are out of service and in the Reserve Fleet, whilst at Blackwood MAN/MCW 39619 is back in the Reserve Fleet being replaced with MAN/East Lancs 39608. No coaches remain allocated to Blackwood. Cwmbran’s Optare Solo 47195 is out of service for repairs and has been replaced by 47236 from Aberdare.