Information uploaded on May 31st 2016 at 11:00
Stagecoach East Midlands…
Following the recent sale of five gas-powered Optare Solos from the fleet it is understood that a sale is close to being completed for the remaining five examples - 47271/75/95, 47398/99.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire…
Sold are Volvo Olympian 16642, Dart SLF 34685 and MAN/ALX300s 22135 and 22815. Former Stagecoach Manchester Optare Solo 47001 is now in service from Carlisle with Dart SLF 34708 now allocated to West Cumbria.
Expected here from Stagecoach East at King’s Lynn are Dart SLFs 34639/40 and 34700.
With all nine ADL E20D/Enviro 200MMCs, 37431-39, now in service at King’s Lynn several vehicles have been taken out of frontline service. In addition to the three Dart SLFs for transfer to Stagecoach Manchester, Optare Solos 47883/85/89 are for disposal, whilst 47892/93/95/99 are now in the Reserve Fleet. Reserve Fleet (Cambridge)-based Trident 18342 has transferred to the Reserve Fleet at King’s Lynn. The company has confirmed that Dart SLF33382 is still on the books and is for disposal. With the planned transfer of the three Dart SLFs to Stagecoach Manchester just two examples of the type remain in service at King’s Lynn - 34701 and 34580.
Stagecoach West Scotland...
Optare Solos 47356/57/58/87 have left this fleet and have been transferred to Stagecoach West.
Information updated on May 31st 2016 at 12:00
The remaining four Tridents due to transfer to Stagecoach South East, 17657/64/67/69, have now left the fleet, whilst Reserve Fleet Tridents 17616/18/20 are now for disposal here.
Stagecoach South East…
Stagecoach South East has put its remaining 17 new Enviro 400MMC vehicles, 15261/75-90 into service on its ‘Triangle’ route linking Whitstable-Canterbury-Herne Bay.
£3.4 million worth of ultramodern double deck buses were introduced on the popular ‘Triangle’ route on Sunday. The 17 new state-of-the-art vehicles are designed to accommodate passengers in comfort and convenience. As well as being more environmentally friendly, the buses feature free WiFi and USB charging points for customers to keep connected and fully charged whilst on the move. Each bus is equipped with air-chill technology which maintains a comfortable interior temperature whatever the season.
The new buses come as part of a wider investment in the region as whole. At a launch event in Tankerton on Friday, Stagecoach South East managing director Philip Norwell said: “We believe that at £11 million, Stagecoach’s order for 55 brand new double decks during this year of our centenary is the largest ever in the county of Kent and reaffirms our policy of reinvesting in the local communities which we serve.”
Mr Norwell added “The Triangle maintains important links across the district and with a simplified timetable also being introduced we hope to tempt even more people to try the service.”
Stagecoach says that the Triangle route carried 4.8 million passengers in 2015, saving vast numbers of car journeys.
The new buses have Euro 6 specification engines which represent the very latest in clean engine technology. Scania, the vehicle manufacturer, have developed an exhaust after-treatment system which reduces particle emissions by 99% compared to the previous design standard.
Speaking at the launch of the new bus fleet on Friday, The new Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr George Metcalfe said “These striking new buses will be a huge boost to the very popular Triangle bus service. The environmental benefits of the new low emission engines are to be welcomed across the district but most particularly in Canterbury city centre where air quality is a key concern.”
For comfort the buses come with high-back moquette fabric seats and tinted windows to reduce the build-up of heat inside. On the outside the buses sport three attractive designs which represent different aspects of the three principle locations served by the route. A Whitstable design features a hard-hat diver harvesting oysters which reflects the significance of oyster farming and the diving technique developed in the 19th century. For Herne Bay the record-breaking aviatrix Amy Johnson is depicted in recognition of her pioneering solo flight and continued legacy. Finally for Canterbury the Cathedral features prominently as an iconic landmark for the past 1,400 years.
Information updated on May 31st 2016 at 15:30
Stagecoach East Midlands…
The company has confirmed that Gas-powered Optare Solos 47272/73/74/76 and 47396 have been sold to AH Hardwick.
Notable repaints here are of Scunthorpe's Volvo Olympian 16467, which has a fresh coat of corpora livery and former Megabus Volvo B12B 54052 which is now in Rail Replacement livery.
Information updated on May 31st 2016 at 15:45
Another Optare Versa due here from Stagecoach South Wales is 25215.
Stagecoach South Wales…
Received here from Stagecoach West Scotland are Optare Solos 47314 (Reserve Fleet at Merthyr) and 47359/61 (Reserve Fleet at Cwmbran).
Dart SLF re-allocations are 35677 from Reserve to Caerphilly; 35207 from Caerphilly to Blackwood; 35198 from Blackwood to Caerphilly; 35472 from Merthyr to Porth; 34753 from Reserve to Merthyr and then to Porth. The Blackwood Staff Shuttle Dart SLF 34490 is now in service at Porth.
Optare Solo has transferred from Cwmbran to the Reserve Fleet at Blackwood. Optare Tempo 25107 is away at Optare for repairs.
Information uploaded on May 26th 2016 at 11:30
Enviro 400 19700 has returned to service at Peterborough following completion of repairs as a result of fire damage sustained at the end of last year.
Stagecoach East Midlands…
Scania/Enviro 400 15808 is out of service at Skegness for electrical repairs, whilst Worksop-based Scania/Enviro 300 28615 has been delicenced following severe fire damage. As a result Skegness has received ADL Enviro 400 19686 from Hull and Worskop has Dart SLF 34455 from the Reserve Fleet at Mansfield.
Volvo Olympian 16063 has returned to service at Scunthorpe, releasing Dart SLF 35141 to the Reserve Fleet at Worksop.
Repairs to Hull-based MAN/ALX300 22278 are no longer planned and the vehicle is for disposal. It is currently at Skegness depot.
Five more Gas-powered Optare Solos have been sold - 47272/73/74/76 and 47396, all confirm,ed as sold to AH Hardwick.
Information uploaded on May 25th 2016 at 11:45
Now delivered are Enviro 400MMCs 10578-80/1, of which at least 10578/82 were used in service yesterday from Hyde Road Garage.
Information uploaded on May 24th 2016 at 11:24
Following the introduction of the Enviro 200MMCs onto the Norfolk Coasthopper service earlier this month, six Slimline Optare Solo SRs are due in July for the route. They will carry fleet numbers 48031-36 and will also be finished in the new Best Impressions-designed Coasthopper livery.
East Yorkshire Motor Service…
In preparation for its season use on the Bridlington-Flamborough Open Top service, Volvo B7TL 886 has been transferred to Bridlington from the Hull (Coaching) allocation. At Pocklington look out for Dart SLF 304 joining the depot’s allocation (previously delicenced) and replacing 482 which is now for disposal.
Information uploaded on May 23rd 2016 at 12:00
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire…
Reported withdrawn from service at Carlisle are MAN/ALX300s 22763 and 22873, whilst Enviro 200s 37121/22/23/25 are now back at Carlisle after an extended loan to Kendal, whilst 16119 has returned to Carlisle after a period on loan to West Cumbria. ADL Enviro 300s 27747/50/51/54 are all reported as transferred from Morecambe to West Cumbria. ADL Enviro 300 is away for warranty repairs. Open top Trident 17217 and open top Volvo Olympian 16534 have been pressed into service at Kendal, both on loan from Carlisle.
King’s Lynn allocated Volvo B10M training coach 52647 has received corporate Stagecoach livery. It was previously painted all over white.
East Yorkshire Motor Services…
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 592 has had its ‘poppy’ livery revised and it now carries commemorative working for the Centenary of The Somme.
Information uploaded on May 16th 2016 at 09:20
The Nuneaton-based driver trainer 20215 was at the Fenland Busfest at Whittlesey yesterday and operated several of the free services from Whittlesey to Thorney and well as to Peterborough. Also in use at the event was Bristol FLF 19953.
A surprise repaint here is that of Volvo Olympian 16699.
Stratford-based Trident 17417 has been named Daniel Higgs after a local handicapped child.
Stagecoach East Midlands…
Hull-based-ADL Enviro 400 19687 has received commemorative branding for Amy Johnson 1903-1941.
In a surprise move the eight MAN/East Lancs Kinetics (22508-15) received from Stagecoach East Scotland last year have been taken out of service and are being cascaded to Stagecoach North East although their allocation and work in the north east is not yet known.
Other fleet changes which took effect yesterday involve the removal of all MAN/ALX300s from Barnsley with 22083 being placed into the Operational Reserve fleet at Ecclesfield. 22446-49 have also transferred from Barnsley to Ecclesfield. MAN (Midis) 39611/12/15 are back in the main Barnsley fleet (from Reserve). Ecclesfield MAN/Enviro 300s 22560/61 move to Barnsley and 22562 to Rawmarsh. Transferred from Rawmarsh to Barnsley are Dart SLFs 35113/14 and Enviro 200s 36410-13.
Information uploaded on May 13th 2016 at 10:40
Stagecoach East Midlands…
Look out for Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal Scania/Enviro 400 15653 moving to Grimsby from next week.
Withdrawn for disposal are 53613 from Fort William and 52698 and 53282 from Aviemore. 53308/10 are transferred from the Reserve Fleet to Caithness as replacements for 53206/28 which are now delicenced for repairs. 53252 is now allocated to Fort William.
Volvo B10M 52416 has transferred from Macduff to Insch in exchange for 52408. Following refurbishment 53638/43-45 have been allocated to Aberdeen and 53640 to Elgin. Now in the Reserve Fleet (from Aberdeen) is MAN/ALX300 22312 whilst Volvo Olympians 16111 (Aberdeen) and 16121 (Insch) are withdrawn for disposal.
Transferred to the Reserve Fleet are Dart SLFs 34726/28 from Elgin.
The Optare Solos transferred from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire have been put into service at Insch (47482/83/84), Stonehaven (47485/86) and Peterhead (47489), whilst the company reports that Optare Solos 47016/78/79/80 and 47281 have been sold with 47111 transferring from Peterhead to the Reserve Fleet and 47257 from Stonehaven to the Reserve Fleet. 53311/13 are in the Reserve Fleet here with 53312 now allocated to Aviemore. 53239 is now in the Reserve Fleet from Macduff.
Two more Volvo B7TL Wright Geminis have arrived. They are still in London Red and are ex-Tower Transit 32361/82 LK04HYN,HZN. I assume its planned that during the School Summer holidays they will go for refurbishment, centre-door removal & repaint. Fleet numbers will be WD439/40 respectively. WD440 is in use on Schools Only work, whilst WD 439 is receiving attention & being made ready for use. Until Hanover Electronic blinds are fitted during refurbishment, both may well be used on Schools Only.
The King Long saloon WS323 has been vinyled up for New CCC-operated Service 115 Newmarket Rd Park & Ride to Addenbrookes Hospital, which is an hourly service, using the one bus.
Information uploaded on May 9th 2016 at 08:30
Work to return Dart SLF 34471 to service was completed at Banbury last week when the bus was presented for MOT and passed. It remains in the Reserve Fleet and has returned to Oxford for storage.
Withdrawn from Winchester for disposal is Volvo Olympian 16591, whilst Reserve Fleet dart SLF 34615 is back in service at Portsmouth as cover for Enviro 300 27875 which has collision damage. Another Reserve Fleet vehicle back in service is Optare Solo 47539 at Andover. Enviro 200s 36014-17/20 have transferred from Aldershot to the Reserve Fleet and are stored at Portsmouth. Dart 33381 has been donated to the WOTS project at Blandford Forum.
New ADL Enviro 400MMCs to enter service are 10309/10/12/13/15/19/23-26/28-32 at Barking and 10333/35/37 at Romford. The additional vehicles at Barking has displaced Enviro 400s 19768-72 and 19804/05 to Romford. Now on the books at Barking are Tridents 18201/02 (transferred from Romford). Romford has also transferred Enviro 400 19734 to Rainham.
Barking-allocated Enviro 200s 36269/70/72 are now withdrawn and awaiting return to the leasing company. An additional vehicle at Bromley is Trident 17857 from Romford, whilst Plumstead has received Trident 17564 from Romford.
Just two Tridents now remain on loan to Tower Transit - 18244/54, with the others (18238/40-42/45-53/55/56 along with 18237/43 from Romford now awaiting return to the leasing company.
Dart SLFs 34360/87 have been scrapped, whilst Tridents 17870/74 from Romford now await disposal. The conversion work on Optare Versas 25301 and 25302 has been completed and they are now part of the training fleet allocated to West Ham.
Further ADL Enviro 400MMCs here and awaiting entry into service are 10318/20/22/34/38-47.
Information uploaded on May 6th 2016 at 11:40
Optare Solo 47125 has transferred from the Reserve Fleet to Stratford, whilst 47128 is now delicenced for repairs (at Stratford). MAN/Enviro 200s 39694/95/97 are transferred from Northampton to the Reserve Fleet whilst Reserve Fleet 39696 is now allocated to Nuneaton and 39700 is seeing occasional use at Northampton. Kettering is without a Volvo Olympian on its main fleet books following the transfer of 16113 to the Reserve Fleet. Optare Solo 47039, which was awaiting disposal is now back in the Reserve Fleet, whilst Reserve Fleet 47043 is now for disposal. 47042 has transferred to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire and is in the Reserve Fleet there.
Information uploaded on May 5th 2016 at 17:25
Latest news from Ross Newman at Ensign Bus is:
From Stagecoach London: Trident LX53JYO
From Stagecoach Merseyside: Volvo B10BLE’s YK53GXJ / GXM.
From Go-Ahead London: Darts SN56AYC, AE06HCG/HCK, SN51UAK, PN06UYM/UYO/UYP/UYR/UYV/UYW; Volvo B7TL’s LK03NHF/NHG/NHV; Scania’s BV55UCT/UCU/UCW/UCY; Volvo B7TL’s X552/569/707EGK , Y732/733TGH, LF52ZNU/ZPD/ZPB/ZPJ/ZPC/ZPG/ZPH; DAF SB120’s FJ54DZR, BX04BXN.From Metroline: Tridents LK03GFZ/CFL/CEY/GHZ/CFD/GHF/CFA/CFG.
From Arriva London: Volvo B7TL’s LJ54BFF/BDY.
From Rotala: Scania YT59NZN.
From First Norwich: RML2623, RML2480.
From Chris Steel: RM2185.
From Go-Ahead South Coast: Darts N205/213NNJ; Volvo B7TL’s Y749TGH, PL51LDO.From Stagecoach South: Olympian P285VPN.
From Bath Bus Co: Olympians N548LHG, P718/767/772/774SWC.
Volvo B7TL LJ54BCZ: Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Cheddar, Somerset.
Olympian P285VPN: Red Kite, Tilsworth, Beds.
DAF DB250’s LJ04LFA / LFD / LDC: Rotala plc.
Olympian K736ODL: York Pullman.
Scania YN06JYG: Regency Coaches, Bexhill.
Enviro 200’s YX12TAT, YX62FET: Faresaver, Chippenham, Wilts.
Volvo B10BLE’s V531GDS, R842/847PRG: GHA Coaches, Wrexham.
RML2480: Bus and Us, Thetford, Norfolk.
RML2623: Dawson Rentals.
RM2185: Carters Heritage Travel, Capel-St-Mary.
Dart SN03ECC: Avondale Coaches, Glasgow.
Dart N205NNJ: Carl English , Southwick, W Sussex.
MAN’s AJ58WBF, AE09DHK: Omega Buses, Paralimi, Cyprus.
Volvo B7TL Y815TGH: County Connect, Sidcup, Kent.
Dart SN03EBZ: Nu-Venture, Maidstone.
Dart N213NNJ: Xelabus, Eastleigh, Hants.
Olympian P757SWC: Seaford and District.
Scania’s YN56FDU/FDY/FDZ, YN06JYK: Wellglade Group, Notts.
Tridents X792JHG, V801EBR, LK03CFA; DAF LJ03MVW; Scania YN53RXW: MC Tractors for scrap.
Scania’s YN53RXV/RXO: Trustybus , Roydon, Essex.
Volvo B7TL LF52ZNU: Abbey Travel, Erith, Kent.
Trident LX53JYO: Cardinal Buses , Egham, Surrey.
Scania’s BV55UCW/UCT: Stephensons of Essex.
Trident LT52XAK: Stagecoach West.
Tridents LK03GFZ: Stagecoach E Mids.
Tridents LK03CEY/CFD : Stagecoach Midlands.
Trident LK03CFC: Stagecoach East.
Olympian 393 sold to Alphabus, Soulbury, Bucks.
Volvo B7TL’s LJ54BDO/BDV now single door and numbered 109/110.
Enviro 200’s YX60EOR/EOS/EOT are now single door and numbered 716/717/718.
Seven Volvo B7TL’s that were temporary additions are now staying until Feb next year for an 8 month rail contract. It is a TFL rail job so they will not be going blue and silver. These are 901-907, they are ex Arriva VLA’s and are LJ54BCY/BFF/BDF/BDU/BDZ/BFO/BFL
Finally there are three Darts being added to the fleet for Tilbury Cruise Terminal work, which are 796-8, LK03NLJ, LK03NLM,LK53FDN.
A large number of vehicles have been sold with MAN/MCV 39610 and MAN/East Lancs 39621-7/29-31going to Ensign Bus.
PVS has taken 17052, 22113, 22203/05, 22801/12, 22935, 33297, 33837-41, 52380, 52407 and 52514.
The only transfer to report are Dart SLFs 35109-12 from Rawmarsh to Ecclesfield in exchange for MAN/Enviro 300s 22617/29/30/34.
The training bus conversion on MAN/ALX300 22086 has been completed and it has been allocated to Rawmarsh.
Stagecoach North East…
Volvo B10B 21037 and MAN/ALX300 22674 have both been sold for preservation. MAN/Enviro 200 39710 has moved from Hartlepool to the Reserve Fleet with Dart SLF 34562 now allocated to Hartlepool.
Enviro 200s 37056/57/58 now have branding for route 15. The Homesense all over advert on Scania/Enviro 15453 is vynil which has been applied over the commemorative Tilling green livery. MAN/Enviro 300 22841 has returned to Rugby after repaint but without the light blue below the windscreen. MAN/Enviro 200s 39694-97 are in the Reserve Fleet at Northampton.