We can now confirm that the two Dart SLFs in an all over pink colour scheme seen earlier this week at Guildford depot are 34852 and 34853.
An additional Enviro 400 Hybrid (SN63 VTX) has arrived at Hyde Road Garage freshly painted in the green ‘hybrid’ version of the Stagecoach corporate livery. This vehicle is a replacement for the 12054 which has been returned to ADL and is understood to be at Anston. Unusually this replacement vehicle arrived with Stagecoach carrying fleet numbers 12054 on the vehicle but the company has confirmed that it has been assigned the fleet number 12258.
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February 27th 2019 at 18:45
Now here from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire are Enviro 400s 19034 and 19039. They are on loan at Portsmouth for a increase in vehicle requirement due to additional contract. They are expected to stay here until Easter 2019 when a transfer to Stagecoach Manchester is expected.
ADL Enviro 200EV 29101 has returned to Guildford, where it arrived back around 14:30 this afternoon, after a few days in Cambridge with Stagecoach East.
✤Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire
The transfer of Enviro 400s 19031 and 19040 to Stagecoach Manchester is imminent.
✤Stagecoach West Scotland
The first of 20 new 10.8 metre ADL Enviro 200MMCs for Kilmarnock, 37482-37500, 37601 have now been delivered with 11 examples now entering service. Also new for this fleet are two Volvo B11RT/Plaxton elite coaches which we understand will carry fleet numbers 54364/65. Their entry into service will allow similar 54601/03, which have been on loan here, to return to the Megabus fleet with Stagecoach Midlands at Rugby.
Now transferred here from Stagecoach West Scotland are ADL Enviro 200s 36131-34, with more to follow.
Former Wessex Bus Enviro 200 36080 is now in service at North Bristol.
The first MAN/Enviro 300s to receive Cummins Euro 6 engine conversions are now returning to Stroud.
✤Stagecoach East Midlands
The first two MAN/Enviro 300s to receive Cummins Euro 6 engine conversions at ADL Anston, 24162/64, are now back in service at Hull releasing 24161 and 24193 for engine conversion.
✤Megabus/Joint Venture Operations
Volvo B11RT/Plaxton elite KSK980, operated by Parks of Hamilton, has received a promotional wrap for the 24 hour service provided on the 900 route between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Information posted on February 26th 2019 at 10:10
✤Stagecoach East Midlands
Trident 17739 has returned to service at Mansfield whilst Dart SLF 34474 is now in use as a training vehicle at Lincoln replacing MAN/ALX300 22461 which has been delicenced.
Information posted on February 25th 2019 at 16:50
Currently on loan at Cambridge, for display at a Greater Cambridge Partnership event, is Stagecoach South ADL/BYD Enviro 200EV 29101 which was made available for a photoshoot for Steven Knight Media.
On loan here from Stagecoach London is Dart SLF training bus 34362, which was observed this afternoon in the company of Peterborough-allocated training coach 52398 near the A1 south of Peterborough. The Dart, along with a Stagecoach London instructor, is due to be used at Peterborough for three weeks.
Information posted on February 23rd 2019 at 11:05
✤Stagecoach South East
Scania/Enviro 400 15917 has now received Unibus/Biobus branding on its green base livery. The base colour scheme is generally similar to the Stagecoach ‘Hybrid’ livery.
Stagecoach says it will be adjusting timetables on some Ashford bus routes next week in a bid to beat the town’s escalating traffic congestion.
Timetables on routes B and C will benefit from extra buses to help maintain an even frequency and reduce the risk of late running. There will also be extra ‘recovery time’ built in to ensure buses leave on schedule. Timetables on routes A and D will also be adjusted.
The company says that journey times in Ashford have increased over the years due to more traffic on the roads and slower average road speeds. Route C buses have been particularly affected with journeys between the hospital and town centre taking up to 50% longer at peak times compared to 2009.
“As Ashford expands and develops, so too have the demands on the road transport infrastructure” said Matthew Arnold, Stagecoach Commercial Director for the South East region.
“We know from our own monitoring that some peak-time journeys in Ashford are taking up to 50% longer than they did a decade ago. More and more traffic and slower road speeds are to blame which is also affecting air quality.”
Stagecoach point out that another problem in the town has been sporadic and variable congestion caused by road works and road closures.
“Unfortunately it's very difficult to plan for this but we can make changes that help our services become more resilient to these conditions and cope better with the general rise in congestion.
“We’re doing this by pulling in some additional resource (this includes extra buses) without any financial support from outside Stagecoach”. The extra vehicles will come from within the Stagecoach South East fleet and Stagecoach says they have been available at Ashford as standby vehicles in recent weeks.
“We hope these changes will make a real difference to the reliability of our services, but we continue to call upon local authorities to act to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and encourage a shift to sustainable transport.”
In 2018 there were nearly 4 million passenger journeys by bus in the Ashford area.
We understand that ADL Enviro 400 Hybrid 12097 has been repainted into corporate livery.
With thanks to our friends at the Oxford & Chiltern Bus Page we can confirm that ADL Enviro 400 Hybrids 12006 and 12007 are the latest vehicles in the fleet to receive corporate livery whilst Enviro 400 10070 is reported as being repainted by Coachleasing of Nuneaton.
Information posted on February 20th 2019 at 15:15
✤Stagecoach London/Transport for London
Operation of the Heritage service on route 15 using Routemasters, between Tower Gateway and Trafalgar Square, will end on weekdays after operation on Friday 1stMarch 2019. The tourist service will then only operate on weekends and Bank Holidays from the last Saturday in March until the last weekend in September each year. The change comes as Transport for London (TfL) seeks to reduce the costs of operation.
The service is currently operated by Stagecoach London, who have a fleet of ten Routemasters provided by Transport for London. Five buses have been required on weekdays with four at weekends. TfL says the changes will reduce operating costs from around £1.2m a year to £400,000 and are being made against falling ridership. Figures show that in early 2018 just 300 journeys were being made on weekdays increasing to 450 on weekends. These ridership figures are significantly down on those for 2015 when 850 journeys were made on weekdays increasing to 1,000 at weekends. TfL also says that the subsidy per passenger is £9 against 48p per passenger on the main 15 route and 23p per passenger across all TfL routes.
Stagecoach London operates the service from its West Ham depot. The heritage service requires 12 drivers and 12 customer/platform assistants. We understand that Stagecoach will look to find alternative work for the staff who are displaced. No decision has been made on the future of the vehicles, some of which have been refreshed in recent years at Hants & Dorset trim, as we understand that the number required at West Ham will be reduced.
Currently the Routemasters allocated to West Ham are:
✤Stagecoach UK Bus
Stagecoach has said that work is still ongoing on a project to refresh its corporate branding and image. The current Stagecoach UK Bus livery and branding is almost 20 years old, having replaced the original Stagecoach ‘stripes’ livery in 2000. It has remained largely unchanged since then except for some simplification which removed some of the upward swoops at the front of vehicles and the removal of the white separator between the red and orange swoops on the rear of vehicles. Several alternative colour schemes have been introduced for specific routes and networks over the last 19 years along with the Stagecoach Gold (originally Goldline) livery and branding.
Information posted on February 18th 2019 at 10:45
Peterborough Dart SLF 35104 is currently out of use with collision damage whilst ‘Little&Often’ Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 44028 was returned to Stagecoach South East on 14th February.
✤Stagecoach South East
A number of vehicles are currently on loan to Eastbourne to cover rail replacement duties:
Ashford: Scania/Enviro 400s 15436/75/78
Dover: Scania/Enviro 400s 15438/39
Folkestone: Scania/Enviro 400s 15496, 15502
Thanet: Enviro 300s 27577/78/79
✤Stagecoach North East
Further Enviro 200s to lose ‘Connecting the Dots’ branding are 37305/19.
Information posted on February 15th 2019 at 11:25
✤Stagecoach South West
Barnstaple-allocated Optare Solo 47084 has been operating recently from Exeter, although it is currently unknown whether this is a transfer or a loan.
Withdrawn Optare Solo 47087 has gone from Plymouth suggesting it has been sold.
✤Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
MAN/Enviro 300s 24118 and 24171 are now out of service at Carlisle and expected to be placed on the disposal list. They have been replaced by 22824 and 22890. We understand that the conversion of Dart SLF 35157 to a training vehicle here will not now take place. Due to lose its X6 branding on repaint is Scania/Enviro 400 15723.
Volvo B7RLE 21227 is still operating from Cambridge suggesting its transfer to Fenstanton has still to take place or has been cancelled.
Generic Gold livery is now carried by Scania/Enviro 400s 15765-77, whilst the advertising wrap for Megabus on Enviro 200 37008 has now been removed and the vehicle returned to corporate livery.
✤East Yorkshire Motor Services
The company has confirmed the same of two heritage fleet vehicles - Bedford OB 100 to Midland Bus and Coach and Bristol Lodekka 645 to the Bristol Omnibus Vehicle Collection. Other vehicles sold to Midland Bus & Coach are Mercedes 816 20 and Volvo B12Bs 71 and 72.
Due here are two new ADL Enviro 200MMCs, one 8.9m and the other a 10.8metre example.
✤Stagecoach North Scotland
A large number of vehicle movements have taken place here over the last few weeks.
Now allocated to Orkney are Optare Solo 476252 and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 44025.
Only five of the 12 vehicles allocated to Tain at the start of the year remain there - Scania/Enviro 300s 28643/47/48/19 and Volvo B7R 53257. Transferred to the depot have been ADL Enviro 300 27916; Scania/Enviro 300 28604; Volvo B7R 53262; Volvo B12B 53115; Volvo B10M 52326; ADL Enviro 200s 36955 and 37256; Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 44020 and Scania/Levante 59218.
Transferred to Inverness have been ADL Enviro 300s 27588, 27805 and 27917 along with Scania/Enviro 300 28601/02/03/644/45/50.
Transferred to Aviemore are Volvo B7R 53283 and Optare Solo 47182 with Volvo B12B 53109 and Volvo B11R 54210 now at Caithness.
Optare Solo 47568 has been allocated to Macduff where it has displaced 47601 for transfer to Elgin.
Seasonal Reserve Tridents 18000 and 18068 are now allocated to Aberdeen with Stonehaven receiving Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 59617 and ADL Enviro 300 27101. Reserve Fleet Optare Solo 47178 is now in the main fleet at Peterhead where ADL Enviro 300s 27601 and 27602 are also allocated. Reserve Fleet 47167 is now at Elgin.
Volvo B7R/Wright Commuter 21201/02 have been sold.
Vehicles delicenced in the last month are Enviro 200 36954, Volvo B7Rs 53306/07 and 53335 along with Volvo B9R 53622.
Information posted on February 9th 2019 at 10:40
The transfer of Optare Solo 47518 from Northampton to Nuneaton has allowed 47512 to be withdrawn, At Kettering Dart SLF 35224 is back in service displacing 35183 which has now been withdrawn
Rugby depot now has two additional Enviro 200s - 36160 from Leamington and 37070 from Northampton.
The number of vehicles allocated to the Stratford Outstation has increased from nine to ten with the addition of Scania/Enviro 400 15452.
Enviro 400s currently delicenced are 19010/97/91 at Northampton and 19087 at Kettering.
Dart SLFs 35174/75/83 at Rugby have been transferred into the Reserve Fleet.
At Leamington Volvo B10M training coach 52526 is out of use and is now for disposal.
Following a network-wide service revision at the start of January, a number of vehicles are now surplus here and awaiting disposal. These include MAN/Enviro 200s 39690-96 and 39700; Tridents 17567, 18107/50/53/57/90, 18403/10 and Optare Solos 47508/09/10 and 47653/54.
Van Hool Altano 55001 has been sold.
The company is reporting that tridents 18483/98/99 are allocated to Barking whilst Enviro 400 19839 has transferred from Barking to Catford. For disposal from Catford are Enviro 200s 36330-37 whilst also now for disposal are Tridents 17796 17861 and 18266.
Four Tridents are earmarked for donation to a homeless charity - 17859, 17994, 18203 and 18277
Information posted on February 8th 2019 at 12:15
It can be confirmed that Stagecoach South East ‘Little & Often’ Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 44028 is now at Cambridge on extended loan. It is to be used for route assessment with Stagecoach East. Volvo B9R coach SB12NMZ, from Plaxton’s dealer stock, has returned here and is on loan at Bedford for use on the X5 Cambridge-Bedford service.
Cambridge-allocated CPT training Bus, Dart SLF 34422, continues to see use in service and in the last week has been used on the Citi2 service.
The last Scania SLF/East Lancs in service in the main fleet at Chesterfield, 15413, is now in the Reserve Fleet but similar 15414 from the Reserve Fleet at Barnsley is now back in the main fleet there.
Reserve Fleet Optare Solo 47465 is now back in the main fleet at Ecclesfield swapping places with 47317. Sold to AH Hardwick are MAN/ALX300 22430 and Dart SLF 35228.
Two Scania SLF/East Lancs vehicles donated are15415 to Lukes School and 15417 to Hope Church.
Trident 18057 and Dart SLF 34733 are now allocated to Swindon and it is believed they have ousted Dart SLFs 34595 and 34667 to the Reserve Fleet. Scania/Enviro 400 15451 has transferred from Cheltenham to Stroud, whilst also at Stroud is Dart SLF 34786 from Gloucester. Gold-spec MAN/Enviro 300 22749 is also now out of service and in the Reserve Fleet. The training fleet has been reduced to five vehicles with the withdrawal of MAN/ALX300 22053 and Volvo B10M coach 52628. A reduction in vehicle requirement at North Bristol has been Enviro 300s 27703 and 27778 transfer to Gloucester.
Vehicles no longer part of the fleet are Dart SLFs 34507/88 and 34807 along with the remains of Optare Solo 47908.
The three remaining Reserve Fleet 12.8metre MAN/Enviro 300s 22623/25/26 are now for disposal.
Look out for the first of the former Wessex Bus Enviro 200s entering service at North Bristol.
✤Stagecoach South West
Transferred here from Stagecoach Midlands for use as a spare vehicle for the Falcon service is Volvo B12B 54074.
✤Stagecoach North East
Now for disposal here is Volvo B10M training bus 20841 whilst MAN/East Lancs 22509 is now allocated to Slatyford displacing 22508 to the Reserve Fleet.
A further repaint from blue ‘gas’ livery to corporate livery is 28005.
Information posted on February 8th 2019 at 13:45
✤Stagecoach West Scotland
Van Hool Astromega 50209 has been sold whilst MAN/ALX300s 22015/37 have been scrapped. MAN/Enviro 300 22591 and Optare Solo 47470 have been taken out of service at Kilmarnock and are now in the Reserve Fleet at Stranraer.