June 28th 2019 @ 15:20: Another Optare Solo transferred from Stagecoach Midlands to Stagecoach Yorkshire and Astromega 50237 to become permanent Oxford Tube vehicle
Stagecoach North Scotland
The company has advised that Volvo B12B 53103 has been reinstated from the Reserve Fleet to the main fleet at Skye.
Stagecoach North East
Open top Trident 17645 has been delicenced and is undergoing repairs.
A further Scania/Enviro 300 gas vehicle to receive corporate livery is 28022.
We have been advised that Volvo B7RLEs 338-41 will not be delicenced and all four will be allocated to the main operational fleet at Hull. We have also been advised that Volvo B7TLs 582/84/85 will not be delicenced and instead will go on loan to Go North East.
Another Optare Solo transferred to Stagecoach Yorkshire is 47509.
Following repairs Tridents 18151 and 18407 along with Enviro 400 19085 and MAN/Enviro 300 22832 have returned to service at Northampton. Delicenced from Northampton for repairs is Trident 18153 whilst Enviro 200 36163 has transferred from Northampton to Leamington as a replacement for 36847 which is out of service for collision repairs.
The company has confirmed to us that it is the plan for former Megabus Van Hool Astromega 50237 to join the main Oxford Tube fleet. It had been on loan from Stagecoach South Wales but is now allocated here and is due to be repainted into Oxford Tube livery. The Peak Vehicle Requirement for the Oxford Tube remains at 20 from an allocation of 25 vehicles once 50237 is returned to service here.
Stagecoach Megabus/Joint Venture Operations
Now in service with South Gloucester Bus & Coach are former Van Hool Sleeper coaches 50302/08 which are now numbered SG46 and SG51.
Van Hool Astromega 50238 is now at Rugby being prepared for service.
We have become aware that not all messages sent to us using the 'Contact Us' form between around 20th May 2019 and 15th June 2019 were received. We believe only a small number of messages were involved. If you sent a message to us during this time and we did not respond please accept our apologies. If you would like to re-send your message we will respond to you.
June 27th 2019 @ 15:55: Clear out of withdrawn MANs at Stagecoach Yorkshire and Optare Versa scrapped at Stagecoach East Scotland
Previously unreported by us is the repaint of Scania/East Lancs 15403 from Corby Star livery into corporate livery.
Scania/Enviro 400 15650 has received an red-based all over advert for Cirencester Sixth Form College. It retains corporate livery on the front.
Stagecoach North Scotland
Transfers to the Reserve Fleet are Volvo B12B 53103 (at Skye); Volvo B7R 53338 and Trident 18001 (at Inverness); Volvo B7Rs 53331/39 (at Caithness); Volvo B9TL 16954 (at Aberdeen) and Optare Solos 47178 and 47235 (at Peterhead).
Transfers reported from Inverness to Tain are ADL Enviro 300 27917; Volvo B7R 53270 and Scania/Levante 59217.
Reserve Fleet Enviro 200s 36206 and 37258 have returned to the main fleet at Inverness as has Volvo B7R 53306 following repairs. Volvo B11R 54825 has transferred from Elgin to Aberdeen.
Vehicles taken out of service for repairs are Enviro 36203 (from Inverness); Enviro 300 27111 (from Insch) and Volvo B7R 53278 (from Aviemore).
Accident damaged Enviro 36954 is to be scrapped whilst now omitted from the official fleet card are Trident 18345 and Volvo B12B 54046 which are assumed to have been sold/scrapped.
Enviro 400s 19178/79, on loan here from Stagecoach Manchester for Supertram replacement work are now listed by the company as in the Reserve Fleet at Ecclesfield.
Scania/Enviro 300 28678 is now allocated to Rawmarsh following refurbishment whilst Enviro 400MMC 10655 is now at Chesterfield as a result of Scania/East Lancs 15412 being under repair. Also receiving repairs is Scania/Enviro 400 15694 from Ecclesfield.
‘Buses’ magazine reports that Sheffield route 2 branding has been removed from Scania/Enviro 400 15718/19.
A clear out of withdrawn vehicles here has seen MAN/ALX300s 22083 along with 22421/22/27/29/31/32/33/40/48 sold to A H Hardwick (Dealer).
Stagecoach East Scotland
The return to service of Enviro 300 27118 at Perth has seen 27599 returned to the Reserve Fleet. Enviro 400 10005 has returned to service at Blairgowrie with 10002 now undergoing refurbishment. Reserve Fleet Enviro 300 27613 has been allocated to Glenrothes with Volvo B9R 53701 transferred from Glenrothes to Dunfermline. Also now on the books at Dunfermline is Enviro 400 19062 whilst St Andrews has former Reserve Fleet Optare Solo 47228 as a replacement for Optare Versa 25215 which has been scrapped.
Former Stagecoach London Scania Omnicitys 15059/63 will not be used here and have been used for component recovery.
Volvo B7TL 16932, which had been for disposal here, is now listed by the company as being in the Reserve Fleet at Chichester.
Dart SLF 34466 is now for disposal here whilst Van Hool Astromega 50238, which had been on loan and was listed as awaiting disposal has now been re-instated as an Oxford Tube Reserve Fleet vehicle.
Vehicles sold and no longer part of this fleet are MAN/Enviro 300s 22620/21/25/26.
Stagecoach East Midlands
Simplibus branding is currently being applied to the new Enviro 400MMCs at Hull.
The company has advised a number of fleet changes that will take place from June 30th. In summary these are:
New Enviro 200MMCs 276-283 to Scarborough displacing Enviro 200s 374-80/89 for transfer to Hull.
Volvo B7RLEs 338 at Pocklington and 339-41 at Hull to be delicenced whilst Volvo B8RLE 393 will transfer from Hull to Pocklington.
Volvo B7TLs 582, 658 (at Hull) and 584/85 (at Scarborough) will be delicenced with 583 transferring from Hull to Bridlington and 589/91 from Hull to Scarborough.
Volvo B9TLs 725/26 will move from Scarborough to Hull in exchange for 743 and 785.
Volvo B7TL open top 886 at Bridlington will be delicenced and replaced with Trident open top 888 from Scarborough whilst Volvo B7TL open top 883 and 884 will be taken out of service at Scarborough and transferred to Go North East, whilst newly-converted open top Volvo B7TL 894 is allocated to Scarborough and similar 892/96 are at Hull for preparation before allocation to Scarborough, however, they both have full 'Beachcomber' branding despite being expected without branding
Upon the return of Volvo B9TLs 790/92 to Scarborough following refurbishment at Bus & Coach World, Volvo B5TL/MCV 804 will transfer from Scarborough to Hull and 805 from Scarborough to Pocklington.
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire
ADL Enviro 400MMC 10534 has been painted all over white.
June 25th 2019 @ 12:35: New buses arrive with Stagecoach Wales, East Midlands and South East; Volvo B9TLs sold from Stagecoach Merseyside; Enviro 200MMCs and 400MMCs for East Yorkshire fleet and open top Routemaster tours in Llangollen
Stagecoach South East
New ADL 11.8m Enviro 200MMCs are now being delivered here and are for Thanet for the Thanet loop service. Delivered have been 26231-42 with 26243-54 to follow.
Back in service at Herne Bay following repairs is Scania/Enviro 400 15775 with Reserve Fleet Enviro 300 27579 now back on the books at Thanet. Currently delicenced and out of use is Volvo B10M training coach 52644 at Dover.
Stagecoach East Midlands
Now delivered here and entering service at Hull are new ADL Enviro 400MMCs from ADL’s Scarborough facility, 11193/94/95/96/98. Several of the new vehicles were on display at a launch event in Hull on June 20th.
At Hull Trident 17709 is now in the reserve fleet whilst 17723 is delicenced for repairs. Now back in service at Hull following repairs are MAN/ALX300 22379 and MAN/Enviro 300 22789.
Following completion of the work to convert Dart SLF 34703 to a training bus it has been allocated to the training school Worksop where it has displaced Volvo B10M 52630 which is now for disposal. The training fleet here now comprises eight Dart SLFs nominally allocated to:
The other two Mercedes-Benz Sprinters transferred here from Stagecoach South East are 44029 and 44030.
Stagecoach West Scotland
Trident 18008 is on loan here from the Rennies fleet at Stagecoach East Scotland. Allocated to Ayr it has replaced 18003 which is currently delicenced for repairs.
Sales are in progress for the disposal of Optare Versas 25235 and 25236 along with Van Hool Astromega 50241.
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire
A further former Stagecoach Midlands Scania/Enviro 400 to enter service at Birkenhead is 15745. MAN/Enviro 300s 24155/58/59 are now at Gilmoss ousting Enviro 300s 27289/90/91 to Preston. Optare Solos 47620 and 47622 are now at Preston with 47624 having replaced 47620 at Chester.
Away for repairs is Enviro 400MMC 10827 whilst reported as sold are Volvo B9TLs 16951/52. We understand that the Volvo B9TLs are with Vision of Blackrod and that they have also taken 16953/56/59.
Reserve Fleet Trident 18156 is now at Chester with Reserve Fleet Dart SLF 34808 back on the allocation at Gilmoss.
On loan here from Ferrymill motors is fm36 (MX14FUP), an ADL Enviro 200 which is currently at Gilmoss.
Stagecoach South Wales
Now in course of delivery here are 12 Volvo B8RLE/MCV saloons for TrawsCymru services, 21351-62. They will be allocated to Merthyr and are due to enter service from July 4th. The Optare Tempos currently here will return to Powys County Council whilst the plan is also that MAN/Enviro 300s (22780/81/85/91) will be cascaded within Stagecoach UK Bus.
Dart SLF 34676 has been scrapped whilst there have been numerous vehicle transfers in the last month. All the vehicles which were transferred into the Reserve Fleet are for repairs. In summary these changes are:
Porth-Aberdare: Optare Solo SR 47863
Reserve-Aberdare: Dart SLFs 34502/55 and Optare Solo 47380
Aberdare-Reserve: Scania/Enviro 300 28639 and Optare Solos 47205 and 47907
Reserve-Porth: Optare Solo 47346
Reserve-Blackwood: Optare Solo SRs 47950/51/52/61
Blackwood-Merthyr: Optare Solo 47201
Reserve-Merthyr: Optare Solos 47236 and 47349
Caerphilly-Cwmbran: Optare Solo 47628
Blackwood-Cwmbran: Optare Solo 47534
Cwmbran-Reserve: Optare Solos 47352 and 47628, Optare Solo SR 47975 and Volvo B10M 52632
Reserve-Cwmbran: Optare Solo 47384 and Volvo B10M 52403
Blackwood-Caerphilly: Optare Solo 47197
Blackwood-Reserve: Enviro 200MMC 11.8m 26189
Merthyr-Reserve: Wright StreetLite 43009 and Dart SLF 35199
Optare Solo 47074 was transferred from the Reserve Fleet to Blackwood but then was subsequently transferred from Blackwood to Merthyr.
Dart SLF 35208 has been taken out of service at Blackwood and is now for disposal.
Currently on loan at Caerphilly is B29D-seated Optare Metrocity EV demonstrator YJ65EOV. This is here for evaluation prior to delivery of 12 examples of the type due for delivery early next year which will carry fleet numbers 25401-12. Four Optare Solo EVs with 9.2m bodywork are also on order for allocation to Caerphilly.
Due for delivery imminently to Scarborough are eight ADL Enviro 200MMCs from dealer stock. They are for services 7 and 7A and have been allocated fleet numbers 276-83 with the registrations YW19VOA/B/C/D/F/G/H/J. It is expected that registrations will be in fleet number order but that has not been confirmed.
The order for new ADL Enviro 400MMCs has been increased to 19 with 11 due this year and the balance of eight in early 2020. There is no confirmation yet on fleet numbers but it has been suggested that they would be numbered from 911 -29.
A further Volvo B9TL back from refurbishment is 782, which has also gained ‘Coaster’ branding.
The company has confirmed that the final four open top Volvo B7TL conversions due here will not carry ‘Beachcomber’ branding. That will enable one to be allocated to Bridlington and two to be used on the Scarborough Skipper service with the fourth vehicle being an engineering spare.
Go North East
Recent repaints include Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicitys 5250/54 and Mercedes Citaro 0530N/Mercedes Citaro 5286 into the 2019 fleet livery. Open Top Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 3998 has also been repainted, into the Toon Tour yellow and blue base livery. Optare Solo M880/Optare 698 is a further repaint into “Little Coasters” livery.
Another Scania L94UB/Wright Solar sold to ConnexionsBuses, Harrogate is 5204.
East Yorkshire’s open-top Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 883 has been acquired and numbered 3997 within the Go North East fleet.
Back in service at Peterborough following major accident repairs at ADL Anston is Enviro 400MMC 10871.
There is a suggestion that the three Mercedes-Benz Sprinters here, 44005/06/09, could remain after their intended use on the Citi 2 shuttle service in Cambridge during bridge works on the route. They could be used on innovative feeder services into main Citi routes.
Stagecoach South West
Open top Scania/Enviro 400 15665 still awaits branding to be applied but has been working on the 95 Route, Exmouth to Sandy Bay, since June 10th.
Optare Solo 47084 is also currently working out of Exeter.
Dart SLF 34725 has had a repaint and whilst it is expected to operate out of Exeter in the short term, there is suggestion it could transfer to Barnstaple.
Stagecoach North East
Sunday 23rd June 2019 saw South Tyneside services E1, E2, E6, 30, X20, and X34 transfer from South Shields' Chichester depot to Sunderland's Wheatsheaf depot. We understand, subject to company confirmation that transfer of services included:
Enviro 400s 19641-44, Enviro 300s 27726-40 and four MAN/Enviro 200s 39715-18.
South Shields depot retains services 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 ,8 , 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 575.
Stagecoach North East recently announced a new partnership with Sunderland AFC, as it has become SAFC’s Official Bus Partner, and will work with the club throughout the 2019-20 season. A event at the Stadium of Light will showcase a Hall of Fame and honour the greatest names in the club's rich history for their outstanding achievements, and three buses in Sunderland will feature their images. MAN/Enviro 300 36975 is the first vehicle to have vinyls applied.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 44007 has transferred from the Reserve Fleet and is now allocated to Carlisle. Reserve Fleet MAN/Enviro 300 22878 is now part of the Carlisle allocation displacing 24120 to the Reserve Fleet.
Go North West
The new name for the former First Manchester operations from Queens Road depot. Now under Go Ahead ownership the first vehicle to carry Go North West livery is Enviro 400 33841 (SN14TTE).
Routemaster 4 Hire
This North Wales-based operator is currently operating two sightseeing tours from Llangollen. One takes in the steeply-graded Horseshoe Pass whilst the other take in thePontcysyllte Aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal 126ft over the River Dee. A 30 minute break is planned on each tour.
Operating the tour is open top Routemaster RM1783 (783DYE) and further details of the tours and to hire the bus can be found on the operators website.https://www.routemaster4hire.co.uk/llangollen-sightseeing
RM1783 has also been fitted with a more powerful AEC690 engine
Routemaster 4 Hire also has two closed top Routemasters RMs in its fleet - RM548, which now carries registration mark SVS618 and was originally WLT548 - along with RM765 (WLT765). as well as a longer RML - RML2213 (CUV213C) which was recently acquired from Peterborough-based A1Bus and a former London Transport Bristol LH, BL88 (OJD88R).
Further to our recent report that withdrawn Trident 17612 had been allocated to the training school at Hyde Road, we understand that it has also benefitted from a recent repaint.
The last Volvo B10M training vehicle here, 20982, has now been stood down and is awaiting disposal.
STOP PRESS..... 14th June 2019 @ 15:35: Mercedes-Benz Sprinters transferred to Stagecoach East Midlands
Stagecoach East Midlands
Transferred from Stagecoach South East to this fleet and currently at Grimsby are Mercedes-Benz Sprinters 44014 and 44028. The former is in Stagecoach corporate livery whilst the latter retains the silver/blue scheme it carried when used on the Ashford Little&Often network. We understand they are for the Grimsby Phone & Ride demand responsive service and that further examples of the type are due to transfer here.
14th June 2019 @ 15:33: Omnibus Society/Stagecoach East open day at Bedford Depot on Saturday 10th August 2019
The organisers of the The Peterborough Bus Rally and Commercial Vehicle Show planned for Sunday 16th June 2019 at Sacrewell near Peterborough have advised us that the event has had to be cancelled.
The recent heavy rain has resulted in the rally site, and an alternative site higher up the farm becoming waterlogged and impassable to vehicles. The current weather forecast is for more rain, including on Sunday.
They ask that if you know anyone who was planning to come, please let them know.
The organisers add that “anyone who attended Showbus 2015 at Woburn Abbey will understand why we have had to make this difficult decision”.
This week on the Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page
Your Editors pictures from over 20 years ago taken in Oxford and surrounding areas
A day out in London with Gavin Francis
Mike Lewis report on the Didcot Bus Rally & Running Day 2019
A correction regarding Imperials E400 fleet by Andrew Webb
Mike Walker reports from the recent Ongar event
New National Express Levantes delivered to Reading Buses
Report on Weavaway's new coach fleet by Mike Lewis
plus all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators.
…..plus all the local news from our area and some pictures of other operators.
June 11th 2019 @ 12:00: Trident loses Lakes Connection livery at Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, New Enviro 400MMCs for Stagecoach Midlands will be for Leamington whilst new vehicles ordered by Go North East
Stagecoach South West
New open top conversion, Scania/Enviro 400 15665, has been completed and repainted and following application of vinyls and final preparation for service is due to replace open top Trident 17701 at Exeter
Stagecoach North East
Former Volvo B10M/Alexander PS Driver Training Vehicle 20552, which had been withdrawn and awaiting disposal at South Shields for some time, was collected by Alpha Recovery for scrap on Wednesday 5th June 2019.
Volvo B9TL 723 and 724 have transferred from Scarborough to Hull in exchange for 783/84.
New Volvo B7TL open top conversions now allocated to Scarborough for the Sea Front service are 889/93/95.
Previously unreported to us is that Volvo B7TL 581 left the fleet in November last year.
Transferred from Catford to Plumstead are Hybrid Enviro 400H 12262/65/66/81-90. Also now at Plumstead are similar 12271/91/92.
Sold to Ensign Bus are Scania OmniCity 15022/50/51/55/57/62/77/95/96 and 15122 whilst Tridents 17796/99 and 18483/96 have been sold to Lister PVS.
The training fleet currently comprises:
Trident - 17395/99
Enviro 400 - 19137-40
Optare Versa - 25302-05
Dart SLF - 34353/58
Enviro 200 - 36556/59/62/66/67/69
Undergoing training bus conversion are Enviro 200s 36557/61/65/68.
The company reports that Routemasters RM652, RM1968 and RM2050 are awaiting return to Transport for London following the reduction in operating requirements for heritage route 15H (Tower Hill-Trafalgar Square).
Also awaiting return following the end of the lease agreements are:
Enviro 400H: 12324/35/26 along with Volvo B5LH 13001-09/11-13/15-22/24-32.
A large number of vehicles here are currently awaiting disposal:
Optare Versa 25310/11/13/14
Scania OmniCity: 15018/20/49/53/56/64/65 and 15121/23
Trident: 17363/64/68/96/97, 17426/27/34, 17833/34/38/42/51/60/61/63/76, 17989, 18211/12/20/67/70/72/76, 18451/54/55/57/58/59/61/62/63/72/78/88/89
Dart SLFs: 34355/57/62
Enviro 200: 36309/10/27-37
The latest company Fleet Card records just 14 operational Tridents in the fleet allocated to:
Romford: 17791, 17858, 17979
Plumstead: 17843/62, 17981, 18208, 18465
Leyton: 17811/36, 18209, 18484
Bromley: 17864, 18495
The company has confirmed that the 17 new ADL Enviro 400MMCs (11216-32) due for delivery this summer will be for the Unibus services worked by Leamington garage. Previous information received by us suggested they were for Northampton but this is not the case. Phil Medlicott, Managing Director for Stagecoach Midlands said “We are delighted to able to continue our investment in better transport for students at Warwick University and the wider community in Leamington. These 17 buses have cost £3.7 million, and represent a real enhancement with USB charging, a smooth ride and improved environmental engines.
Former Bedford Dart SLF 34424 is now in service at Peterborough.
We are expecting the ten former Stagecoach London Scania OmniCity vehicles currently at ADL Anston for single door conversion, to be based at Cambridge. It is understood that they will also allow the displacement of the five Tridents still in use from Cambridge - 18411-15.
Further vehicles confirmed as stored at Chesterfield pending disposal/collection are MAN/ALX300s 22422/30/31 and Volvo B12Bs 54051/52/54/55/59/60.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Trident 18357 has now lost its Lakes Connection 554 livery and now carries corporate colours. MAN/Enviro 300 22878 is now back following Euro 6 engine modification and following a repaint is allocated to Carlisle.
The Delaine Heritage Trust’s museum at the Spalding Road depot in Bourne was officially opened by Buses magazine Editor Alan Millar on June 8th. Home to most of the Delaine Buses Heritage Fleet the museum also contains the company’s extensive archive collection.
The company advises that a further Volvo B8RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban is due to join the fleet at the end of this year. It’s arrival will see one of the Volvo B7RLEs taken out of service. There are no immediate plans for any new double deck orders to be placed.
Delivered this week are three new Caetano Levante vehicles for National Express work. With thanks to our friends at the Oxford and Chiltern Bus page we can confirm the details of the new coaches are:
Scania K360EB4/Caetano Levante II C48Ft
1415 - BV19XPC
1416 - BV19XPD
1417 - BV19XPS
Go North East
The company has announced details of its new vehicle orders for this year.
Nine Yutong E10 single deck buses have been ordered for the operator’s services between Newcastle and Gateshead following extensive trials of various electric bus types.
Also on order and due for delivery from September this year are
31 Wrights StreetDecks (One of which will be the UK's first with Daimler's 6-cylinder engine),
3 ADL Enviro 400MMCs
11 ADL Enviro 200MMCs
The three Enviro 400MMCs will meet a requirement for low height double decks.
The company reports that further repaints into the “Little Coasters” livery include Optare Solo SR M890/Optare 693 (YJ13 HNY) and Optare Solo M880/Optare 700 (YJ10 MFU). Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Max Micro-Hybrid 5440 (NK16 AZV) has also been repainted into the 2019 fleet livery.
Optare Solo M880/Optare 700 (YJ10 MFU) has transferred from Deptford to Percy Main, and similar 705 (YJ10 MFN) from Washington to Percy Main. As such, Optare Solo SR M925/Optare 680 (NK16 BXY) has transferred from Percy Main to Washington in exchange.
Float Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 4932 (Y932 ERG) and 4933 (Y933 ERG) have transferred from Riverside Depot to Chester-le-Street.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5204 (NK54 NUX) has been withdrawn.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5206 (NK54 NVA) has been sold to ConnexionsBus, Harrogate and we understand a further two similar vehicles are due to be sold to ConnexionsBus.
Ex Go-Ahead London Metrobus Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 563 (YN08 OAV) has been acquired for spare part recovery, while similar 567 (YN08 OAZ) acquired earlier this year has now been sold to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade, for scrap.