March 30th 2019 @ 14:00: Pink is the colour at Stagecoach East whilst at Stagecoach North East it's Light Blue!
Former Stagecoach West Scania/Enviro 400 15637 entered service at Cambridge on 29thMarch 2019 whilst we understand that either 15641 or 15642 is likely to receive a pink-based promotional livery for Cancer Research UK. Once done it is expected that Enviro 400 19164, which currently carries a promotional livery for Cancer Research UK, will return to fleet livery.
Stagecoach East Midlands
We hear that Skegness Seasiders ‘Teddy’ and ‘Sunny’ have come out of hibernation early and open top Tridents 17013 and 17015 have already been seen in service this year on the streets of Skegness.
Dart SLF 34436 has been sold to T. Wigley (dealer) and was collected from Banbury depot last week, whilst until the end of last week Reserve Fleet 34468 has been used on a regular basis.
Stagecoach North East
The repainting of the former Newcastle City Sightseeing open top Tridents for the new Seasider (North Shields and Whitley Bay) service is now at an advanced stage with 17239/40 and 17645 receiving a light blue base colour whilst 17643 has been painted all over white.
A further withdrawn MAN/ALX300 to be collected by Alpha Recovery for scrap is 22044, whilst the second MAN/Enviro 300 here to receive the Cummins Euro6 engine modification is 24105.
March 27th 2019 @ 15:50: Full details of Stagecoach East Cambus and Go West Travel vehicle exchanges and further Optare Versas transferred to Stagecoach Cumbria
Short Enviro 200s 36301 and 36302 are currently being prepared for service at Bedford and will enter service shortly whilst work to prepare Dart SLF 34425 for service at Peterborough is also nearing completion.
Operation of the Cambridge Citi5 service transfers from Fenstanton to Cambridge this weekend with Tridents 18411/12/13/14/15 also moving from Fenstanton to Cambridge. However, the Tridents are not expected to stay once all of the six Scania/Enviro 400s being transferred from Stagecoach West (15637/39/40/41/42/43) have entered service at Cambridge. Look out for one of these Scanias being painted in other than corporate livery.
Trident 18335 is confirmed as being part of the Go West Travel (Long Sutton) allocation, whilst another vehicle transferred from Cambridge to Long Sutton is Enviro 400 19047. Enviro 400s 19694 and 19696 have moved from Long Sutton to Cambridge.
Also due to be transferred from Cambridge to Long Sutton are Tridents 18338/44 and 18416/18 along with Enviro 400s 19017/68. Moving the other way will be six Enviro 400s, 19693/95 along with the four former Norfolk Green examples 10052/53/54/55. (Our images show 19017 in service in Cambridge (pic updated and taken on 28th March) and 10054 operating in Peterborough, with an ‘On Hire to Cambus Limited’ notice in the first nearside window yesterday morning. Note that 10054, along with 10052/53/55 has tinted glazing. Also pictured in Cambridge on 28th March is former Long Sutton Enviro 400 19696.
Now out of use at Cambridge is Volvo B10M training bus 52440 whilst further vehicles sold are Optare Solos 47659, 47900, 47902 and 47903.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
A further two Optare Versas transferred here from Stagecoach West Scotland and at Carlisle are 25219 and 25221 with a further two examples also due and now confirmed as 25226 and 25227.
Stagecoach East Midlands
Currently delicenced for repairs is Enviro 400 19296.
March 26th 2019 @ 15:00: Stagecoach Skegness Seasider 'Rocky' to visit Hull and Corby Star livery hangs on at Stagecoach Midlands
Currently just two of the Scania/East Lancs vehicles in this fleet, 15401 and 15402, have so far received corporate Stagecoach livery. The other three vehicles, 15403/04/05, retain Corby Star livery. They are all based at Kettering depot and whilst nominally for Corby Town services they do appear on other Kettering-worked routes.
Likewise the Kettering-allocated Stagecoach Gold ADL Enviro 400MMCs can occasionally escape from their regular X4 workings. 11130 was yesterday working Corby service 2 and the 49 Corby-Wellingborough route.
Stagecoach East Midlands
The company has announced that Skegness Seasider Enviro 400 19169 ‘Rocky’ is off to Hull for the day this coming Saturday (March 30th 2019).
Rocky, one of the Skegness double decker open top buses, will be visiting the centre of Hull on a planned tour of the East Midlands to promote the Seasiders return for the holiday season.
Stagecoach East Midlands introduced the distinctive brightly coloured family of buses to the resorts of Skegness and Cleethorpes; each bus is an individual character with a name and a seaside theme.
Rocky, Candy, Pierre, Sandy, Salty, Shelly, Milly, Rolly, Sweetie, Sunny and Teddy, Lolly and Splash, launched in Skegness and Cleethorpes in 2015, provide residents and holidaymakers with a fun way of accessing the attractions along the beach.
From 10:00 - 16:00 on March 30th 2019, Rocky will be providing free travel from Bay 4 at Hull Paragon Interchange, returning to the Interchange going via Albion Street, Bond Street, Alfred Gelder Street, Lowgate, Humber Street and Queen Street, every 20 minutes. On board you can expect music, the chance to sit on the open top deck and money off vouchers handed out by Stagecoach East Midlands staff.
This is the first time that a Seasider has ventured outside of their seaside town to provide a free service and the hope is to attract more tourism into the Skegness and Cleethorpes area, where the Seasider buses have become a permanent fixture and an attraction in themselves.
Jon Donnelly, Commercial Manager (North), said: “The Seasiders have been in hibernation all winter and we decided to bring Rocky out a bit earlier and showcase him around Hull.
“The Seasiders family add fun and excitement to Skegness, we aren’t aware of any other buses like them. Hull residents are in for a treat this Saturday and will get a chance to ride on Rocky for free!“
March 25th 2019 @ 16:25: Megabus Plus gains Volvo B12Bs at Hull and Trident transfer at Stagecoach East from Cambus to Go West Travel
Trident 18335 was moved over from Cambridge to Peterborough earlier today and has since gained ‘Go West Travel’ legal lettering suggesting it will nominally become a Long Sutton-allocated vehicle.
Stagecoach East Midlands
The MAN/Enviro 300 transferred from Hull to Mansfield to replace 22776 is 22760.
Now back in service at Hull following Euro6 engine conversion work are MAN/Enviro 300s 22757, 24192, 24195, 24197 and 24198. Now away for engine conversion work are 24161/93/94/96/99 and 24200.
Volvo B7R training coach 53210 is now delicenced whilst former MAN/ALX300 training vehicle 22461 has been sold.
ADL Enviro 200MMCs 26172/73 have transferred from Scunthorpe to Hull. Dart SLF 35129 is now back in use at Gainsborough after repairs and has ousted 34572 to the Reserve Fleet at Scunthorpe.
Now back on the allocation at Lincoln are Volvo B7TL open top 16943, Tridents 18317 and 18319 and Enviro 400 19318. Transferred from the main fleet at Lincoln to the Reserve Fleet are Enviro 200s 36526 and 36527.
Stagecoach Megabus/Joint Venture Operations
Megabus Plus Volvo B9Rs 53601/02 are both now out of service at Hull and have been replaced by Volvo B12Bs 54077/79 which had latterly been in use on Megabus work from Stagecoach Midland’s Rugby depot.
A further Scania/Enviro 400 here from Stagecoach West is 15642, which is parked at Bedford depot. It is expected that 15637/41 will transfer later this week with 15640 moving here once a repaint has been completed at Gloucester.
An update to our recent post on vehicles on loan here during the recent Cheltenham race meeting. A further vehicle on loan was Enviro 400 19886 from Stagecoach South which makes 58 vehicles on loan, although on the busiest race day (Friday 15thMarch) only 57, as previously reported, were used.
Stagecoach East Scotland
Glenrothes-allocated tri-axle Volvo B13R 54105 has had ‘eXpress city connect’ branding removed.
Go North East
Optare Solo M710SE fleet number 709 (WK58 EAJ) has been repainted black and given a promotional livery for the European Rugby Challenge Cup and European Rugby Continental Shield which will be held on the 10th/11th May 2019.
709 will transport the trophies along with staff, volunteers and the Newcastle Falcon’s official mascot Stephen the Seahorse to events between Friday 22 March and 14 April 2019.
Journeying from Middlesbrough to Newcastle, up to Berwick and the Scottish Borders, the Tour will give fans the opportunity to have photographs taken with the trophies - and be in with a chance to win tickets to the finals. In total the silverware will visit 12 schools, 11 rugby clubs, 11 community/public events, five businesses and major sporting fixtures at Newcastle United FC, Middlesbrough FC, Newcastle Eagles basketball, Newcastle Falcons and the Melrose Sevens.
Open Top Volvo B7TL 6000 which was acquired from East Yorkshire is confirmed as being in the process of receiving the new corporate livery.
Volvo B9TL Wright Gemini 2 6104 (NL63 YJG) is the latest to be returned from refurbishment at Blackburn-based Bus & Coach World in the blue and silver livery for the Cobalt Clipper 309/310 services, while Optare Solo SR 681 (NK66 CWW) has been repainted pink.
March 24th 2019 @ 12:00: Another Stagecoach Midlands Dart moves to Northampton and Scania/E400 moves from Stagecoach West to Stagecoach East
At least two Scania/Enviro 400s have now transferred here from Stagecoach West. 15637/41 were parked up at Bedford depot yesterday.
Another Reserve Fleet Dart SLF to be moved from Rugby to Northampton is 34817.
March 21st 2019 @ 16:10: Enviro 400MMC for Ensign Bus Fleet and Stagecoach Midlands Dart SLFs at Northampton
A new addition to the fleet for private hire and Rail Replacement duties is the former Go Goodwins high-spec ADL Enviro 400MMC YX66WLH, which has been allocated fleet number 132 here.
South Gloucester Bus & Coach
It has been confirmed that SG27 is Stagecoach Megabus 55028 which means that SG28-32 are Stagecoach Megabus 55023-27 in order.
Another Dart SLF training vehicle in use with a provincial fleet is 34358. It has been seen in the Northampton area but we await confirmation on whether the vehicle is in use with Stagecoach Midlands or Stagecoach East. Similar 34362 remained parked up at Stagecoach East’s Peterborough depot yesterday pending return to London.
Four Reserve Fleet Dart SLFs are now parked up at Northampton depot. 34815/16 and 35174/75 had previously been based at Rugby.
Following its repaint in the new East Yorkshire livery Volvo B9BTL 762 has transferred from Scarborough to Hull whilst Volvo B9TL 718 is now confirmed as being allocated to Scarborough having previously been based at Hull.
Stagecoach South East
Scania/Enviro 400s 15450/51 and 15636 arrived at Eastbourne on 20th March 2019 having been transferred from Stagecoach West.
Stagecoach East Scotland
Further SmartHybrid ADL Enviro 400MMCs in service at Aberhill are 11183 and 11185.
March 19th 2019 @ 14:55: East Yorkshire Open Top Volvo B7TL moves to Go North East and fleet changes at Stagecoach West Scotland
Stagecoach South West
The displaced Enviro 200s from Kilmarnock are now located at:
Stranraer: 36142/43/44/45. 36145 was temporarily allocated to Dumfries to release Optare Versa 25228 for repaint but has now been replaced by 36152.
The Enviro 300 transfers have displaced several Optare Versas including 25201/02/19/21/35/36. 25227 is at Dumfries for MOT prep and 25228 is at Kilmarnock for repaint.
Dumfries & Galloway Council SWest Trans-liveried Optare Versa 25244 has been transferred to Dumfries depot (from Stranraer) and swapped with SWest Trans-liveried Optare Versa 25245 which is now at Stranraer. The latter is better suited at Stranraer depot and it is seat belted for use on that depot’s school contracts.
TransBus-bodied Enviro 300 27512 is currently on loan to Dumfries depot from Stranraer but is temporary and will be returning to Stranraer within the next few days.
A surprising transfer is that of open top Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 885 from this fleet to the Go North East fleet, where it has been given fleet number 6000.
Go North East
Optare Solo 635 has transferred from Deptford to Percy Main.
Withdrawn Scania L94/Wright Solar-bodied 4992 and 5218 along with Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 6030 have been sold to Alpha, Weetslade for scrap.
We understand that Enviro 200s 120 and 122 are currently providing cover at Wincham depot, whilst Optare Solo 49 is away undergoing repairs at Crewe .
We also understand that Wright StreetLite vehicles 150/52/53/54/55/56 have also moved from Wincham to Crewe.
March 18th 2019 @ 17:45: London Enviro 200s for Stagecoach in Bedford and former Norfolk Green Optare Tempos sold
Now here from Stagecoach London are 9.4m single door ADL Enviro 200s 36301/02. They are being repainted and prepared for service at Bedford. Once they are in service training Dart SLFs 34421/22 will return to Peterborough and Cambridge.
Now sold are former Norfolk Green Optare Tempos 25123/27/28/29/30/31, whilst surplus Optare Solos 47351/52 are being transferred to Stagecoach South Wales.
Look out for six Scania/Enviro 400s being transferred to this fleet from Stagecoach West. We understand these will be 15637/39/40/41/42/43. 15638 is not included as it carries the Stagecoach West 25th Anniversary livery and branding.
Besides the transfer of the six Scania/Enviro 400s to Stagecoach East we also understand that 15450/51 and 15636 are being transferred to Stagecoach South East at Eastbourne.
Stagecoach UK Bus
The UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus is now being trialled by Stagecoach at Stagecoach Manchester's Sharston depot in Manchester.
The ground-breaking project involving an Enviro 200MMC single-deck vehicle is part of a programme being delivered by transport operator Stagecoach in partnership with bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and technology company Fusion Processing.
The 11.5m ADL Enviro200, which is not part of the Stagecoach fleet, although it carries Stagecoach fleetnames, is now able to operate autonomously within the depot, and the technology being used could also provide future road safety benefits for vehicles operating in manual mode.
The ADL-manufactured bus has been fitted with the CAVstar® system provided by Fusion Processing Limited. The trial includes the bus being used in autonomous mode within the depot environment, to carry out movements such as parking and moving into the bus wash.
The CAVstar® control and sensing system was utilised successfully in the UK’s largest public trial of autonomous vehicles to date, in Greenwich last year, and a number of other projects.
The system uses multiple sensor types including radar, LIDAR, optical cameras and ultrasound, along with satellite navigation to detect and avoid objects, in all weathers, day and night, and plan an optimum path for the vehicle.
The software being used in the pilot vehicle also forms the basis for a significant autonomous vehicle trial due to get underway in 2020 when a fleet of five autonomous buses will operate carrying passengers between Fife and Edinburgh, across the Forth Road Bridge Corridor.
Funding of £4.35m from the UK Government’s Innovate UK fund was awarded last year to the CAVForth project team which includes Stagecoach along with partners Transport Scotland, Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), Fusion Processing Ltd, ESP Group, Edinburgh Napier University and University of West of England.
The vehicles in both trials will be used autonomously to Level 4 standard which means that a safety driver must remain on board in line with UK regulations.
The technology can also be used to help improve the safety of road users in manually driven vehicles. For example, the sensor system on the vehicle can be used to provide assistance to the driver by warning of cyclists or pedestrians that may be in the blind spot or arrive unexpectedly close to the vehicle.
Stagecoach Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “Stagecoach was the original transport disruptor, trying new things and breaking new ground, and that has never changed. This is an exciting project to trial autonomous technology on a full-sized bus for the first time in the UK.
“Our employees are the beating heart of our business and I believe that will remain the case, but the world is changing fast, particularly where new technology is involved, and it’s our job to lead the way in looking at ways to continually progress and improve our operations for the good of the many people who use our bus services every day.”
Jim Hutchinson, CEO of Fusion Processing Ltd said: “Our CAVstar® sensor and control system has now been successfully applied to vehicles ranging in size from two-seater electric vehicles right up to a 12m, 43 seat seater bus. Today offers a glimpse of how future bus depots can be automated for improved safety and efficiency.
“Our advanced driver-assistance systems such as CycleEye® already offer improved operational safety for buses and HGV’s today, and we anticipate further new ADAS products as spin offs from the AV bus project.
“Beyond this trial we look forward to continue our collaboration with Stagecoach and Alexander Dennis Limited delivering the world’s first large scale autonomous bus service in Edinburgh in 2020.”
Colin Robertson, ADL Chief Executive added: “Alexander Dennis is at the forefront of innovation in the bus industry. This trial allows us to evaluate potential benefits of autonomous technology in a real-world scenario, and feeds into our extensive work to further improve the safety of buses with the help of state-of-the-art technology.”