Information uploaded on March 30th 2016 at 09:00
A further Optare Versa to transfer from Stagecoach South Wales to Stagecoach West is 25206.
Stagecoach South West Trident 17058 has transferred to Stagecoach Yorkshire. It is allocated to Chesterfield as a replacement for accident damaged 17052 which is withdrawn.
Another Stagecoach South East Enviro 400 to receive Eastbourne One branding is 19662.
Stagecoach East Midlands open top Enviro 400 19169 (Rocky) is due to enter service at Skegness this morning. Still in service from Skegness is Open Top Volvo Olympian 16314 (Hattie).
It would appear that the Norfolk Green variant of the Stagecoach livery has not found favour with Stagecoach East and another vehicle to loose it for standard Stagecoach livery is Trident 17743.
News from East Yorkshire Motor Services confirms the transfer for Enviro 200s 352 and 380 from Hull to Scarborough and the delicencing of Bridlington’s Dart SLF 487.
Thanks to Ross Newman at Ensign Bus, we are able to detail activity at the dealer during March 2016.
From Go-Ahead South Coast: Dart R464LGH; Solo VU52UEF; Volvo B7TL’s Y749TGH, PL51LDO
From Go-Ahead London : Scania’s YN56FDG/FDC/FDD/FDA/FDZ/FDU/FDX/FDY, YN06JYK/ JYL/JYO/JYJ, BV55UCX; Volvo B7TLs Y815TGH X551EGK
From Stagecoach East Midlands: Tridents W673PTD, X792JHG.
From Metroline: Tridents LK03GJV/GGP/CFD/NKW/CDU.
From Tower Transit: Tridents LK51UYE, LN51GMF, LR02LZE, LT52WVC, LT52XAH, LT52XAJ, LT52XAK; Dart LN51DUA.
From Stagecoach Manchester: Darts VX05TZO, GW55XPX; E200’s TT57BLU, PP57BLU.
From Tates Travel: Scania YN04GMU.
Volvo B7TL IIG9286: First Bus Stop, Gravesend.
Volvo B7TL LF52UOV: Coach Services, Thetford, Norfolk.
Tridents LX53JZM/JZH: Jacobite Cruises, Inverness.
Volvo B10M P173KBD: John Hoban Travel, Workington.
Dart R464LGH: DC lifestyle, Brentford, London.
Trident LK03CEN; Tempo YJ08PGO: MC Tractors, Ely, for scrap.
Trident LK03CEJ: Stagecoach Merseyside.
Dart SN03YBX: Bear Buses, Feltham, Middx.
Scania YV03PZF: Springfield Bus and Coach, Runcorn, Cheshire.
Scania’s YN03DFV/DFX: Turners Tours , Wickham St Paul, Essex.
Dart CN04NLR; Scania YN04GMU: Geoff Ripley for scrap.
Tridents LK03GGP/GJV: Happy Als, Merseyside.
DAF DB250’s LJ04LDV/LGF: Routemaster Buses, Nantwich, Cheshire.
Enviro 200 YX62FEU: McGills Buses, Glasgow.
Dart LK03NFY: RSM Driver Training, Canvey Island, Essex.
Trident T744JPO: Nu-Venture, Maidstone.
Olympian J345BSH: Shred and Butta, Oxshott, Surrey.
Volvo B7TL LJ54BBV: Country Lion, Northampton.
Volvo B7TL’s LJ54BDE/BDX: Faresaver, Chippenham.
Enviro 200 YX10TAT: Red Eagle, Aylesbury.
Volvo Y815TGH; DAF YG52CLX: County Connect , Sidcup.
Tridents LX53JYY JZT: YMS Travel, Canterbury.
Volvo B7TL LK03NHP: Reliance, Sutton-on –the –Forest, York.
Tridents LK03NKW/LK03GJU: Stagecoach South.
Darts GW55XPX, VX05TZO: Canavan Travel, Glasgow.
Dart SN03ECD: A Line Coaches, Torpoint, Cornwall.
Scania’s YN56FDG/FDA/FDC, YN06JYO/JYL : Wellglade, Notts.
Spectra T418UON: Link Communications, Pudsey, Leeds.
Tridents LN51KYX, LT52WVC: Stagecoach E Scotland.
Information uploaded on March 22nd 2016 at 10:20
The loan of the Wright StreetLite for evaluation with Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire was short-lived and it now being returned.
In other news from Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, Enviro 200 37125 has transferred from Carlisle to Kendal for service 555 Shuttle duties, whilst Optare Solo 47474 has transferred from Morecambe to Carlisle with 47754 being transferred from the Reserve Fleet to Morecambe. Conversion work on MAN/ALX300s 22823/26 to driver training vehicles is now complete with just the graphics to be added to the driver training livery.
At East Yorkshire Motor Services, open tops 881-85 are relicenced for the Summer Season at Scarborough, although pending completion of the repaint programme 886 is currently on loan to Scarborough. Enviro 400 904 is currently delicenced, whilst Dart SLF 307 has returned to service at Hull. Transferred from Hull are 734 to Bridlington and 757 to Scarborough.
Information uploaded on March 21st 2016 at 14:40
Lots of branding news from Stagecoach North East to announce with Route 1 branding now having been removed from Enviro 400s 19431-41, but some are amongst the buses that have started to gain four versions of Club 22 branding. Confirmed so far are:
19385 & 19431 - Join Club 22 - Cobalt Graphic.
19386 & 19430 - Join Club 22 - 2 Pink Flamingos (with their necks forming the shape of a Heart) Graphic.
19389 & 19432 - Join Club 22 - Mr 22 Graphic.
19433 - Join Club 22 - 2 Little Ducks Graphic
At Stagecoach South East, Eastbourne Route One branding has now been applied to Enviro 400s 19649 and 19650.
Former Stagecoach Manchester Tridents 17636/37/58 arrived at Stagecoach South East’s Thanet depot yesterday evening.
Stagecoach East Midlands has Volvo B10M training vehicle 20281 on loan from Stagecoach Yorkshire. It is based at Lincoln but can be seen on training duties in other parts of the East Midlands operating area. The training conversion on MAN/ALX300 22658 has now been completed and the bus moved from Great Northern Terrace depot to Deacon Road workshops in Lincoln this morning for repaint. Also repainted at Deacon Road is withdrawn open top Trident, 17674, which has been painted all over blue to hide its former Skegness Seasiders livery prior to disposal.
Information uploaded on March 17th 2016 at 14:10
A further ex-Stagecoach Manchester Trident to be transferred to Stagecoach South East is 17658, which is currently in use on race duties With Stagecoach West at Cheltenham.
News reaches us that the first of the new Scania/Enviro 400MMCs for Stagecoach South East have now arrived at Thanet.
Stagecoach East Midlands is putting its open top fleet into service for the Summer this weekend, although it is likely that Splash and Lolly from Grimsby (16962/95) will spend this weekend in Skegness before returning to Grimsby to take up duties on the Cleethorpes Open Top service from the Easter weekend. Also due back in service at Skegness are Volvo B7RLEs 21212/14/16 and Trident 18045 which is being transferred from Lincoln. Vehicles sold are Volvo Olympians 16136/48, 16456 and 16582; Open Top Trident 17674; MAN/ALX300s 22306/07 and the remaining Dart SPDs in the fleet 33831-36/47. Transferred here from Stagecoach South Wales is MAN/Enviro 300 22789 which is being prepared for service at Hull.
Information update on March 17th 2016 at 15:40
News has reached us that Stagecoach East Midlands has applied special branding to Grimsby-based Dart/Enviro 200 36525, which promoted this year's Arm Forces Day.
Information uploaded on March 15th 2016 at 10:45
A further Optare Versa to transfer from Stagecoach South Wales to Stagecoach West is 25206, which is reported to have arrived at Gloucester. Look out for 25205 and 25216 also transferring to Stagecoach West.
Stagecoach West has several vehicles on loan for the Cheltenham Races operation. Of note are Tridents 17636/37 from Stagecoach Manchester which after the races will transfer to Stagecoach South East. Likewise Tridents 17703/05/06 from Stagecoach South West will transfer after use to Stagecoach East Scotland.
News from Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire reports the return of Optare Solo 47721 from Morecambe to Carlisle with similar 47474 and 47722 expected to transfer from Kendal to Carlisle this week. Moving from Carlisle to Kendal will be Enviro 200 37123 for the 555 Shuttle service. MAN/Enviro 300 22597 has been repainted and has lost its service 30/31 branding, whilst Scania/Enviro 400 15223 is out of service with accident damage. Enviro 200 37124 has been repainted at Carlisle and was the first vehicle to be repainted following the area’s flooding at the end of last year.
Stagecoach East Midlands launched its Marie Curie Daffodil Bus (Scania/Enviro 400 15653) at Lincoln Cathedral yesterday (See out blog for more details).
Information uploaded on March 13th 2016 at 12:05
Stagecoach East is reported to be currently using a second Reserve MAN/ALX300 at Peterborough - 22329.
Fleet changes at Stagecoach Bluebird/Highland have seen Volvo B10Ms 20951/57 and 52603/29 sold whilst MAN 22792 has been exchanged between Kirkwall and Aberdeen for Optare Solo 47572. Coaches 53332/33 have transferred from Inverness to Fort William, with 54066/88 now at Aberdeen and 54046/48 at Inverness.
Information uploaded on March 12th 2016 at 09:30
Changes at Stagecoach South West have seen Tridents 17707/08 replaced at Exmouth with 18062/63 which have transferred from Exeter. Also transferred from Exeter have been Trident 18072 to the Reserve Fleet and Enviro 19572 to Torquay. Replacements at Exeter have been Enviro 400s 19093/94/95 and 19107 from Torquay. Arrivals at Torquay have been Enviro 400s 19569-71 from the Reserve Fleet. New Enviro 400MMCs 10500-03 along with Volvo B11Rs 54319-26 are now allocated to Plymouth but the depot has seen Trident 17066 withdrawn for disposal and 18067/68/69 moved to the Reserve Fleet. Also now at Plymouth for Megabus work are Volvo B11Rs 54263-76 transferred from Stagecoach Midlands Rugby depot. The Training fleet is allocated to Exeter - 34115, 52344, 52480 and Plymouth - 52345. The planned conversion of Tridents 17702/03/05/06 has been cancelled and these vehicles, along with 17707/08 are now due to transfer to Stagecoach East Scotland.
Fleet changes reported by Stagecoach East Scotland are Scania 24007 from Dunfermline to Reserve, Volvo B10Ms 52420/26/78 for disposal, Volvo B7R 53290 from Glenrothes to Reserve being replaced by Volvo B12B 54075. Volvo B12B 54048 is due to transfer to Stagecoach North Scotland.
Information uploaded on March 11th 2016 at 15:00
East Yorkshire Motor Services advises that the final Whittles coach on loan to National Express, 86 (FJ11GZJ) has now been released and has returned to Hull.
There have been a number of fleet changes reported by Stagecoach Yorkshire. MAN/ALX300 22083, MAN/East Lancs 22510/11/12, MAN (Midi) 39613/14 and Optare Solos 47282/89/91 are now part of the main allocation at Barnsley - 47291 was previously surplus and awaiting disposal/cascade. At Chesterfield Trident 17052 is withdrawn for disposal with accident damage, whilst Dart SLF 34460 is now part of the main depot allocation. MAN/East Lancs 22509 is allocated to Ecclesfield and following completion of the conversion to a driver training vehicle MAN/ALX300 is allocated to Barnsley, whilst similar 22087 is now at Chesterfield for driver trainer conversion.
Information uploaded on March 10 2016 at 09:30
Fleet changes at Stagecoach South East have seen Dart SLF 34620 allocated to Herne Bay, with 34439 moving to the Reserve Fleet. Volvo Olympian 16507 has transferred from Thanet to Folkestone where it has displaced Dart SLF 33176 to the Reserve Fleet. Dart SLF 33175 has moved to Ashford ousting 34790 to the Reserve Fleet. The remains of Dart SLF 34847 have been sold whilst vehicles now awaiting disposal are Volvo B10M 20614, Trident 17691 and Volvo Olympians 16012, 16364/80, 16740 and 16804. Changes to the training fleet have seen Volvo B10M (bus) 20614 withdrawn for disposal whilst Volvo B10M (coach) 52130 is now considered to be part of the Reserve Fleet. As a result 52498 has moved from Thanet to Ashford and 52614 from Thanet to Folkestone.
There has been a clear out of surplus MAN/ALX300s from Stagecoach North East with 22196-98, 22202/04/06/11, 22451/52/54-56/66/69/71/75, 22666-68/71 and 22733-35 sold to Alpha Recovery.
Information updated on March 10th 2016 at 11:30
Recent withdrawals for disposal at Stagecoach London are Tridents 17362 and 17419 along with Dart SLF 34366. Optare Versas 25301-04 are being prepared for transfer to the training fleet, whilst similar 25305-09 are for providing a float for the refurbishment programme. Trident 17818 has transferred from West Ham to Plumstead and 18219 from Leyton to Plumstead with Enviro 300s36268-75 moving from Plumstead to Barking. Tridents being returned to the leasing company are 17945-49/54/57/64-75.
Information updated on March 10 2016 at 13:55
It has been a quiet few weeks at Stagecoach South with the only fleet change reported being the allocation of Reserve Fleet Volvo Olympian 16590 to Chichester as a replacement for 16278, which is now for disposal and stored at Portsmouth.
Information updated on March 10 2016 at 15:25
Further to a couple of queries regarding a Fleet Ramblings earlier this week we can confirm that Enviro 400 19130 which has recently been transferred to Ashton depot joined the Stagecoach Manchester fleet a couple of years ago and was new to Stagecoach West.
Information uploaded on March 9th 2016 at 13:00
At Stagecoach Midlands MAN/Enviro 300 22840 has returned to service at Rugby after repairs, with Dart SLF 34491 returning to the Reserve Fleet. Optare Solos 47510/12 have moved from Northampton to the Reserve Fleet, whilst 47128 which has been the paintshop float vehicle based at Nuneaton is now in the Reserve Fleet at Stratford. Now for disposal are Open Top Volvo Olympian 16538 and Optare Solos 47030 and 47039. Sold to AH Hardwick have been Open Top Volvo Olympian 16539 and closed top Olympian 16755 along with MAN/ALX300 22921 and Optare Solos 47015/38. Changes to the Megabus fleet have seen Volvo B12B 54078 move on loan to Stagecoach South Wales at Cwmbran and Volvo B9R 53641 to Stagecoach North Scotland at Inverness. Volvo B11Rs 54263-76 have transferred en-bloc to Stagecoach South West and are allocated to a new Megabus operation at Plymouth.
Information updated on March 9th 2016 at 14:30
Stagecoach South Wales has confirmed that it has transferred Optare Versa 25214 to Stagecoach West and advises tat others of the type will be transferred to Stagecoach West later in the year.