Information posted on 28th August 2015 at 18:30
A surprise inter-company transfer to us has been the move of three Optare Versas, 25256-58 from Stagecoach South West to Stagecoach West. Combined with the Vehicles transferred from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire (25229-34), Stagecoach West has increased its Versa fleet by nine vehicles in the last month and has just taken a further two Dart SLFs from the Merseyside fleet in the shape of 34596/97. It is also widely expected that former Merseyside Dart SLF 34617, currently with Stagecoach South will also become part of the Stagecoach West fleet where Tridents are being ousted for Dart SLFs and Versas.
At Stagecoach Oxfordshire, route S4 branding has now been removed from Enviro 200 34653.
Information posted on August 27th 2015 at 11:20
Stagecoach Midlands has reduced the ranks of its operational Volvo Olympians further with the transfer of Kettering’s 16174 and 16459 into the Reserve Fleet. At Corby Reserve Fleet Optare Solo 47044 is back in the main fleet with 47046 being put into Reserve. Following completion of the single door conversion at Bus & Coach World Trident 17493 has been allocated to Rugby. Sold to A H Hardwick are Volvo Olympians 16162, 16223 and 16495 along with Dart SLF 34121.
East Yorkshire Motor Services have advised us that new Volvo B9TL has been allocated to Pocklington and that similar 771 is now confirmed as part of the Hull allocation.
At Stagecoach Manchester Trident 17578 is now back in service at Middleton. Trident 18291 has transferred from Sharston to Hyde Road with the five Tridents recently transferred from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire, 17269/71/73, 17325/31 are expected to be allocated to Sharston. Optare Solos 47001 and 47473 have transferred from Ashton to the Reserve Fleet with similar 47618-20 transferring to Ashton from Stockport. Also now in the Reserve Fleet are two Plaxton Primos, 49895/96 from Middleton. Sold and no longer part of the fleet are MAN/ALX300s 22116/18 and Dart SLF 33780. Withdrawn from service at Wigan and now for disposal are MAN/ALX300s 22223/32/34/37/39/41/42/44/46.
Information updated on August 27th 2015 at 14:30
Stagecoach South West has confirmed that the two Scania/Enviro 400s received from Stagecoach Oxfordshire, 15434/35, have been allocated to Barnstaple depot. Three Reserve Fleet Optare Solos, 47578/85/88, have transferred from Stagecoach South West to Stagecoach North Scotland.
Information posted on August 26th 2015 at 10:40
We are now able to confirm that former Stagecoach East Schoolbus Volvo B10M coach at Bedford 52486 has been repainted into corporate livery, fitted with additional exterior mirrors and is now part of the training fleet at Bedford. Also in use with the training school at Bedford are 52437 and 52485. Official lists also show 52441 as being with the training school at Bedford, but from information received this vehicle has been observed back at Cambridge. We understand that the new Scania/Enviro 400 vehicles for the Cambridgeshire Busway, 15211-20, are due to enter service from Fenstanton depot imminently. The new Volvo B8R/Wright Eclipse saloons for the Busway, 21301-10 are currently due for delivery during November 2015 so are expected to enter service in December 2015. At King's Lynn it is expected that at least four Optare Solos will be taken out of service in the coming months, as a result of the delivery of the five new Optare Solo SRs 48021-25. Our guess is that 47883/85/86/87 will be the vehicles taken out of service.
Information updated on August 26th 2015 at 15:10
At Stagecoach North East new Enviro 200s 37301-11 are now in service from South Shields, 37312-15 are being prepared for service and 37316-19 are awaiting delivery. 37312-19 carry ‘65’ mark registration plates, the original ‘15’ marks being surrendered,
Dart SLF’s 34562/65/68 and 34606/07 from Hartlepool are now in the Reserve Fleet, having been replaced by 35159/60/61/62 from Slatyford and 35156 from Sunderland. Enviro 19642 is in service at South Shields, displacing 19194 which is being prepared for service at Walkergate. Transferred from South Shields are MAN/Enviro 200s 39702-05 to Slatyford and 39706 to Sunderland. Dart SLF 34614 is a further example awaiting cascade within Stagecoach UK Bus, whilst the sold Dart SLF at South Shields, 35190 has transferred to Slatyford.
The loan for Dart SLFs 34629/30 from Stagecoach South to Stagecoach East at King’s Lynn terminated on August 6th 2015 and both vehicles are currently awaiting collection from King’s Lynn.
Stagecoach South has received Dart SLFs 34602/17 from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire. 34602 has been pressed into service at Andover, but 34617 is unlikely to be used here and could be cascaded elsewhere within Stagecoach UK Bus. Now allocated to Andover are Dart SLFs 34450-54. 34466 is at Andover, transferred from Portsmouth. Trident 18525 has transferred from Andover to Basingstoke and 18527 from Andover to Winchester. Dart SLF 34448 has transferred from Portsmouth to Winchester. Transferred from Stagecoach West, Tridents 18376/86 and 18439 are in the Reserve Fleet at Aldershot. The sole Volvo Olympian at Andover, 16129, has been transferred to the Reserve Fleet.
At Stagecoach Yorkshire East Lancs-bodied MAN 39622 is transferred from Barnsley into the Reserve Fleet, whilst the remaining Dart SPD active here, 33402, has been stood down at Ecclesfield and is now for disposal. MAN/ALX300 22083 at Rawmarsh is now in the Reserve Fleet. Volvo B10M training coach 52380 has been withdrawn and is awaiting disposal. Vehicles sold to PVS, Barnsley are Dart SLF 33240, MAN/East Lancs 39628 and MAN/ALX300s 22114 and 22913.
At Stagecoach East Scotland there have been a significant number of fleet changes, including the closure of Cowdenbeath depot. These changes are summarised below:
Aberhill-Wellwood: 17333/34/83/93/94, 17401/30
Cowdenbeath-Aberhill: 17512, 18123/24/29/30, 18350/51/70
Cowdenbeath-Dunfermline: 17652, 19555/56, 19895, 22579-81, 22872-90, 27530/31/39-41
Cowdenbaeth-Glenrothes: 18196/97, 27548/49, 53249
Cowdenbeath-Wellwood: 17372/80/87/92, 17431/32/33/35, 53250
Dunfermline-Aberhill: 18099, 54114-17
Dunfermline-Glenrothes: 18001/07/08, 34367, 54109-13
Perth-St Andrews: 47392
Wellwood-Aberhill: 17469, 17579/84
To Reserve (at Arbroath): 47051/52
Volvo B10M 52477 is now part of the Training Fleet at Wellwood and previously not reported by us is the use of Optare Solo 47004 as a crew shuttle at Dundee.
Information posted on August 25th 2015 at 09:00
Disposals from Stagecoach London are of Tridents. 17530 has gone for scrap, whilst 17581 is sold to GTG Training. Disposals to other Stagecoach companies are 17583, 17746 and 17802 to Stagecoach East Scotland and 17745, 17839 to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire leaving just 17800 awaiting disposal. The Stagecoach London training fleet currently comprises Tridents 17362-64/68/95-99, 17404/09/19/26/27/34 along with Dart SLFs 34353/55/57/58/62.
Stagecoach Manchester has received Tridents 17269/71/73, 17325/31 from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire. They are for Magicbus work and will be liveried as such.
Information updated on August 25th 2015 at 16:20
The two Mercedes 709Ds used by Stagecoach East as staff mess vehicles, 40182/83 are now for disposal, as is accident damaged MAN/ALX300 22330.
Information posted on August 24th at 15:50
News from Stagecoach East is that Volvo B10M 52486 at Bedford has joined the training fleet and has been repainted in corporate livery. Cancer Research UK-liveried Peterborough-based MAN/ALX300 22331 is now undergoing repaint into corporate livery. The 70-seat Volvo B10M coach not sold to Ensign Bus, 52483, is reported to have been sold to Herberts Travel. A further former Norfolk Green Optare Solo to turn up at Bedford, presumably for repaint, is 47889.
East Yorkshire Motor Services has now put the Volvo/Gemini 791 into service and it has also received X46 branding.
News reaches us from Stagecoach West Scotland that the last Mercedes 709D operated 40633 is no longer considered suitable for preservation. It has been removed from the Stagecoach UK Bus Heritage Fleet and is destined to be scrapped.
Not previously reported by us is that the former Wheels/Midland Red Coaches Bristol LH/Charabanc TR6147 was sold earlier this year to English Riviera Sightseeing Tours. Also sold to a private buyer for spares are the remains of BMMO S23 5969.
At Stagecoach Oxfordshire the three remaining ALX200-bodied Dart SLFs in the fleet, 33651/52/54 have been sold. Transferred into the Reserve Fleet at Banbury is Dart SLF 34472. Now out of service are seven MAN/Enviro 300s, 22765-71, which are being cascaded to Stagecoach Yorkshire.
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire has allocated the former Stagecoach West Tridents, 18378/85, 18440/41/42 to Gillmoss. Transferred to Gillmoss is Enviro 400 19031 (from Preston) and Trident 17113 (from Birkenhead). Solos 47081-83, which joined this fleet from Stagecoach South West, and 47655 from Chorley are now at Preston. Similar 47742/43/44 have departed Preston and are in the Reserve Fleet at Gillmoss. Tridents 18149/56 have moved from Chorley to the Reserve Fleet at Preston. Sold are LDV Convoys 49614/17 and Transit 49802. Scania N94s 28513/14 have transferred from Chorley to Gillmoss. It is reported that Dart SLFs 34602/16/18/19 have departed this fleet with 34602 believed to be heading for Stagecoach South West. 34617/18/19 are believed to have departed for Stagecoach South but may not be for service with that company.
At Stagecoach South Wales Dart SLF 34663 is now used as a staff shuttle at Caerphilly, whilst 35199 has replaced 34555 at Merthyr.
Turning to Stagecoach South East the four Scania/Enviro 400s received from Stagecoach Oxfordshire, 15436-39, are in the Reserve Fleet at Folkestone. MAN/ALX300s 22006/07 are now for disposal, with 22187 confirmed as in the Reserve Fleet at Eastbourne and similar 22279 in the Reserve Fleet at Thanet, where it is being used for type training. Enviro 300s 27517-19/21/22 are transferred from Dover to the Reserve Fleet at Eastbourne and are due to be repainted. 27518 is shown by the company as being for type training at Eastbourne. Moving from Eastbourne to Dover are 27571-74/76. All six ADL Trident/Enviro 400s received from Stagecoach Yorkshire,19648-53 are now in service at Eastbourne.
At Stagecoach West Scotland a large number of Optare Solos have been transferred in from other companies or re-allocated from the Reserve Fleet. Recent allocations are:
Dumfries – 47003, 47500/29
Glasgow – 47123/63, 47246, 47361, 47462/63/76, 47502, 47627, 47760, 47842-46
Kilmarnock – 47124, 47357, 47460
Ayr – 47506
Solo 47505 has been withdrawn from service and is due to be scrapped. Volvo B12Bs 54079-42 have transferred from Cumnock to Kilmarnock. Tri-axle Olympians 13624/50 have been sold whilst 13618/32/42/43/44 are allocated to Ardrossan and 13628 to Ayr. As predicted Volvo Olympians 16728, 16852/54 have been sold. Reserve Fleet Trident 18369 is now allocated to Dumfries. MAN/ALX300s 22836/88 are now allocated to Ayr and 22390 to Dumfries . MAN/Enviro 300s 22534, 22850 and 22861 are now in the Reserve Fleet whilst 22591-94 are allocated to Cumnock; 22851/63-70 to Kilmarnock and 22857-59/62 to Ayr. Enviro 300s 28703-08 are now at Cumnock.
Information posted on August 22nd 2015 at 09:45
The three Optare Solos on loan to Stagecoach East Midlands, 47757/68/74, are no longer required and are being returned to Stagecoach Manchester where Trident 18291 has lost its Magicbus livery in favour of corporate colours.
Regular correspondent Richard smiles reports that Stagecoach North East has sold Volvo Olympians 16833 and 16839 to Stagecarriage of Grangetown.
Delivered to Stagecoach Midlands after single door and open top conversion is Trident 17575. Painted all over red awaiting application of City Sightseeing branding it was at Leamington garage earlier this week.
There have been significant changes to the Stagecoach East Midlands training fleet with Volvo B10Ms 52259 and 52283 now awaiting disposal and Hull’s MAN/ALX300 22162 out of service for engine repairs. As a result 22272 has moved from Grimsby to Mansfield in exchange for 22491 and 52379 has moved from Grimsby to Lincoln. Recently withdrawn MAN/ALX300 22658 is now being converted into a training vehicle.
In other news from Stagecoach East Midlands Volvo Olympian 16582 has been withdrawn from Lincoln and is now for disposal, whilst former Manchester Tridents 17648/50 and 18281/83 are now in service at Lincoln. Following fire damage Trident 18034 is for disposal, whilst 18432 is back in traffic at Hull. Further MAN/ALX300s out of service at Hull for repairs are 22306/07 and at Lincoln Reserve Fleet 22453 is now for disposal. Acquired from Stagecoach South is Dart SLF 33306 which is required for a charity donation and will not enter service here. Dart SLF 34400 has transferred from Mansfield to Lincoln with 34455 moving into the Reserve Fleet at Mansfield. B12M 53021 and B7R 53213 from the Lincoln-based Rail Replacement fleet are both out of service for repairs.
At Stagecoach Oxfordshire new ‘Gold’ Scania/Enviro 300s have entered service on the S4 service from Banbury. As a result Enviro 200s 36452/54 have had their S4 branding removed and have transferred to Oxford. Dart SLF 34470, which had suffered an engine failure is now reported to have donated its gearbox to 34466. 34470 was towed away from Banbury to Oxford on August 20th.
Moving north, Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire has transferred Scania/E400s 15681/98 from Morecambe to Kendal, whilst Tridents 17013/36, Volvo B10M 20712 and 20915, MAN/ALX300 22135 and Dart SLF 34119 are all now in the Reserve Fleet. In other fleet changed Dart 34717 has been transferred from the Reserve Fleet to Carlisle with Kendal releasing 34718 for transfer to Morecambe. Former Norfolk Green Optare Solo 47884 transfers from the Reserve Fleet to Carlisle. Vehicles sold are Volvo B10M 52629 and MAN/ALX300s 22495, 22721/28, 22816 and 22821. Optare Solo 47753 has transferred from Carlisle to West Cumbria.
Information posted on August 20th 2015 at 13:05
Three Dart SLFs which were surplus with Stagecoach North East, 34609/10/13 were at Stagecoach South’s Portsmouth depot yesterday but are reported to be heading to Stagecoach South West for its Plymouth operation.
At Stagecoach West, Trident 18378 has been transferred to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire but similar 18388 which was due to transfer to Stagecoach South has suffered rear-end fire damage this morning whilst on the A417 heading towards Cirencester.
At Stagecoach Manchester latest arrivals at Wigan are Enviro 300s 27236/37, whilst a further new Enviro 200 delivered to Stagecoach North East is 37312.
The former Stagecoach East 70-seat Volvo B10M schools coaches are now advertised for sale on the Ensign Bus website.
Information posted on August 18th 2015 at 14:25
The movement of vehicles to Stagecoach South West, for the upcoming Plymouth operation has now started. The planned Plymouth allocation will include:
Stagecoach South West: Optare Solo's 47084/86-91
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire: Enviro E200's 37113-20
Stagecoach West Scotland: 18004
Stagecoach East Scotland (Fife): Tridents 17289/290/294/295/297/299/329/330/337
Stagecoach Manchester: Tridents 17002/5/6/10/11/38/51/66/670 and Darts 33865/69-76
News reaches us that Volvo B10M 52414 with Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is to be transferred from the training fleet back into the main fleet.
We have also heard that following loss of schools work all of the 70-seat Volvo B10M coaches at Stagecoach East have been sold, with the first examples already having been collected from Bedford garage by Ensign Bus. We have also heard that Enviro 200 36045 at Bedford is set to receive the pink Cancer Research UK livery, with the current recipient 34221 being returned to fleet livery.
At East Yorkshire Motor Services we are advised that Volvo/Wright Geminis 790 and 792, along with the sole Volvo B5TL/MCV Evo Seti 793 are in service from Hull. 792 and 793 also carry branding for service X46. Former training Volvo B10M/Alexander PS 9914 is now for sale whilst Dart SLF 163 is confirmed as being sold. Volvo 708 has transferred from Hornsea to Hull whilst we are advised that open top 886 is allocated to Hull’s Coaching Unit and is merely on loan to Bridlington for the seasonal service to Flamborough. Not previously reported by us is the renumbering of former Whittle Volvo B9Rs 84-89 which are on loan to National Express Operations. They are now numbered 91-96 to avoid any clash with other EYMS vehicles when they return to the main fleet.
At Stagecoach West, six Optare Versas have now been received from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire – 25229-34.
Information posted on August 13th 2015 at 11:15
In scenes reminiscent of the former Saturday TV series Swap Shop, Stagecoach vehicles are being moved around the country as either cascades following new vehicle deliveries, completion of tram replacement work or straight swaps. I can imagine an internal discussion board reading some thing like “Tridents available will swap for single decks”, well that’s the Stagecoach West/Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire exchange explained!
Following the delivery of new Enviro 400MMs to Stagecoach Oxfordshire a batch of six Scania/Enviro 400s has been released with 15434/35 now on the books of Stagecoach South West and 15436-39 assisting with the displacement of step floor double decks at Stagecoach South East. We have also been advised that the Headington Connect 700 branding is due to be/has been removed from Enviro 400s 10061-71. Further transfers of vehicles from Stagecoach Oxfordshire to other fleets is expected in the coming months.
At Stagecoach Midlands the repaint of MAN saloons at Nuneaton is seeing vehicles return to service without Matrix branding.
Further Tridents have been reported as arriving with Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire from Stagecoach West with 18385 and 18440/41/42 reported as being at Gillmoss with at least Optare Versa 25229/31-34 already transferred south to Gloucester in exchange.
Look out for one of Stagecoach East’s Peterborough-based Enviro 200s receiving pink all over advertising livery for Cancer Research UK - suggestions are that 36011 could be the recipient.
Finally Lou Phillips reports on Twitter that at least three Enviro 400s, 19648/49/51, transferred from Stagecoach Yorkshire to Stagecoach South East have been put into service at Eastbourne working services 1 and 1A.
Information posted on August 10th 2015 at 10:05
We have now been informed that it is Optare Solo SRs 47842-46 along with earlier Solos 47462/63 that have been transferred from Stagecoach East Midlands at Lincoln to Stagecoach West Scotland at Glasgow.
At Stagecoach West, Optare Versas 25229/31-33 have arrived from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire and will displace a similar number of Tridents that will go to Merseyside. We also understand that Stagecoach West also intends to exchange further Tridents with Stagecoach South taking Dart SLFs in return. Now in service at Gloucester are new Enviro 200s 37323-26.
Information updated on August 10th 2015 at 13:00
We seems to have suffered an IT malfunction, which was probably caused through a ‘delete’ button being pressed in error which meant that our post made on August 7th 2015 was deleted. We are now re-publishing that information.
Nigel Kirk has confirmed that at Stagecoach East Midlands it was Trident 18034 that suffered an engine fire whilst being transferred from Lincoln to Workshop recently. It has been replaced by 17682 which has subsequently been transferred on loan. Also on loan to Worksop is Volvo 16917 from Scunthorpe. Despite its move into the Reserve Fleet at Lincoln MAN/ALX300 22658 is continuing to see regular all day service from Lincoln.
At Stagecoach Yorkshire the remaining Optare Excels - 35001/02/03/04/06 - have been taken out of service at Chesterfield. The work to convert similar 35000 into a training vehicle continues at Chesterfield.
The sale of Volvo Olympians 624 and 633 by East Yorkshire Motor Services means that there are now no Olympians on the company’s books. Also sold is Caetano Dart SLF 319, whilst repaints into corporate livery are 340 and 792