Information uploaded on October 30th 2015 at 09:35
The new ADL Enviro 200MMCs for Stagecoach South are painted in a gold and purple livery and branded King’s City. The are fitted with WiFi and also have USB charging sockets. They will enter service shortly.
East Yorkshire Motor Services has taken delivery of new ADL E30D/Enviro 200 SN65ZGJ and SN65ZGM. They are in all over white and are expected to receive EYMS livery before entering service. Dart 461 has been sold.
Information uploaded on October 26th 2015 at 10:15
It is now confirmed that Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire will be transferring Optare Solos 47742-45 to Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire. Already moved to Carlisle is 47744.
A surprise transfer is Trident 17619, recently repainted in corporate livery, from Stagecoach Manchester to Stagecoach South East where we understand it has been pressed into service at Dover as a result of Volvo Olympian 16361 sustaining accident damage.
New ADL E40D/Enviro 400MMCs at Stagecoach Manchester carry branding for services 34/X34.
Information updated on October 26th 2015 at 12:15
There have been a number of changes reported with the Stagecoach East fleet which has seen former Busway Scania/Enviro 400s, 15456-58/65, now in service at Cambridge whilst two more displaced Tridents, 18344/45, are undergoing repainting. Dart SLFs ousted to the Reserve Fleet are 34538 from Fenstanton; 34479 from Bedford and 33305 from Cambridge. MAN/ALX300 22332 has moved from the Reserve Fleet to Cambridge. At King’s Lynn Optare Tempo 25130 is back in service following refurbishment but the recent transfer of Tridents from Cambridge has seen Optare Spectras 13982/83/85/87 transferred to the Reserve Fleet.
Information uploaded on October 23rd 2015 at 09:00
Stagecoach Manchester has confirmed that Trident 17202 is on loan to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire and is not a transfer. 17176 received in exchange is allocated to Sharston along with 17618 reinstated from the Reserve Fleet. Back in Reserve from Ashton are Dart SLFs 33871/75 and Optare Solo 47559. Trident 17484 is reinstated to service at Middleton releasing Volvo B7TL to Reserve, whilst Middleton’s MAN/ALX300 22226 is now for disposal. New vehicles undergoing preparation for service launch are ADL E40D/ADL Enviro 400MMCs 10443-51 (SN65NYY/Z, NZA/B/C/D/E/F/G).
Further to yesterday’s reference to the new Enviro 200s for East Yorkshire Motor Services, they will carry fleet numbers 388-391.
Information updated on October 23rd 2015 at 12:15
News from Stagecoach South West includes the transfer of Tridents 18061/79 from Exeter to Plymouth and 18064 from Barnstaple to Plymouth. As a result Tridents 17295 and 17337 have moved from Plymouth to the Reserve Fleet. Also in Reserve (from Barnstaple) are Dart SLFs 34406 and 34777. Optare Solo 47096 has been taken out of service at Barnstaple and is now the staff shuttle vehicle at Torquay where it has replaced Mercedes 709D 40553 which is now awaiting disposal. Also for disposal here are six Dart SLFs previously in the Reserve Fleet - 33201/02, 34068/77/92/95.
Information uploaded on October 23rd 2015 at 09:10
Fleet changes at Stagecoach South East have seen further non-DDA saloons ousted with Volvo B10Ms 20011 and 20956 now in the Reserve Fleet from Thanet, with MAN/ALX300 22054 now on the allocation at Thanet. Ashford has lost MAN/ALX300 22194 to the Reserve Fleet, with 22942 allocated as a replacement. All of the vehicles which were awaiting disposal - Volvo Olympians 16022, 16270, 16356/71/87/88; Volvo B10Ms 20008, 20312, 20642/44 and MAN/ALX300s 22006/07/09 - have been sold.
Information updated on October 23rd 2015 at 15:30
Stagecoach South has transferred Optare Solo SR 47307 from Guildford to Aldershot. 47545 has returned to service at Andover whilst Dart SLF 34615 moves from Portsmouth to the Reserve Fleet. Sold are Volvo Olympian 16312 and Volvo B10M 20228, whilst Volvo Olympians 16129, 16293 and 16524 are now awaiting disposal.
At Stagecoach West Scotland BMCs 29727/28 have been returned to Dumfries and Galloway Council (D&GC), whilst now in the fleet are D&GC-owned Enviro 300s 27626/26 (SN08AEL/O). A new Optare Solo here is 47981 (YJ65EPP) which was last reported at Ayr being prepared for service. The transfer of Volvo Artic (sleeper) 51096 to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum has still not taken place. Two additional Volvo B7R coaches are Ardrossan are 53238 from Glasgow and 53330 from Arran. Moved from Ardrossan to Glasgow are Scania/Enviro 400s 15948/49. Sold from the fleet are Volvo Artic coaches 51093/94, whilst Arran-based Volvo Olympian 16864 is now delicenced. MAN/ALX300s 22386/88 are now at Ardrossan. MAN/E300 22528 is now in the Reserve Fleet with 22592 moving from Reserve to Ayr.
A large number of fleet changes have been reported by Stagecoach North East this month. The Enviro 400s received a few months ago from Stagecoach Yorkshire, but originally new to Stagecoach East Scotland, are now all in service here following the allocation of 19194-7 and 19647 to Walkergate and 19641/44/46 to South Shields. Dart SLKF 35155 has replaced 34550 at Hartlepool. The allocation of the remaining new ADL E30D/Enviro 300s to Stockton (27243/46-50/53/54) has seen a cull of MAN/ALX300s with 22011-15 moving to the Reserve Fleet and 22196-98, 22671 now for disposal. 22214/15 from the Reserve Fleet have become training vehicles at Walkergate and Sunderland. 22050 is also in the Reserve Fleet ex South Shields. A surprise move here is that Dart SLF 34401 is no longer awaiting disposal and is in the Reserve Fleet at South Shields. MAN/ALX300 22480 has been sold, whilst 22202/04/06/11, 22451/52/54/55/56/62/66, 22668/74, 22735 are all now for disposal.
Our friends at East Yorkshire Motor Services advise that four new Enviro 200s are due. The booked registration marks are SN65ZGJ/K/L/M. Fleet numbers have not yet been confirmed.
Information updated on October 21st 2015 at 13:00
Stagecoach Yorkshire has confirmed that it has abandoned plans to convert Optare Excel 35000 into a driver training vehicle and it, along with Optare Excels 35001-04/06 are now all awaiting disposal. It is now planned to convert MAN/ALX300 22088 into a training vehicle. MAN/ALX300s 22087/89 have transferred from Rawmarsh to Ecclesfield, whilst Scania/E400 15707 is show by the company as being away at GKN Telford. More MAN/Enviro 300s from Stagecoach Oxford to enter service at Rawmarsh are 22765-68, leaving just 22769/70 to enter service and oust the two remaining MAN/ALX300s at Rawmarsh - 22085/86. Further vehicles now awaiting disposal here are MAN/ALX300s 22113, 22203/05 and 22935.
At Stagecoach North Scotland MAN/ALX300s 22266/67 have moved from Dundee to the Reserve Fleet at Arbroath, whilst 22367/69 have moved from Reserve to Dundee. At Dunfermline is 22350 as a replacement for ADL Enviro 300 27531 which is receiving accident repairs. Scania K270UB/Omnilink 24004 has transferred from Dumfermline to Stagecoach North Scotland in exchange for Enviro 300 27532. The three Dart SLFs transferred from Stagecoach North East, 34568/69 and 34606, are in the Reserve Fleet at Aberhill.
Information updated on October 20th 2015 at 11:45
Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has taken delivery of three new Scania/Enviro 400s – 15226-28 (YN65XEA/B/C) are for Preston. The Optare Solos transferred from Stagecoach Midlands (47513-17) are in the Reserve Fleet at Chester. Sold are Bluebird Schoolbuses 29887/88 whilst a transfer from Stagecoach Manchester for the training fleet at Gillmoss is Volvo B10M 20603. Also transferred from Stagecoach Manchester is Trident 17202 which has been swapped for 17176 and is at Gillmoss. Ousted from Gillmoss into the Reserve Fleet is Optare Solo 47711. Reserve Fleet Optare Solos 47742/43/44 are being prepared for transfer to Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire. Other transfers are Open Top Trident 17455 from Chester into the Reserve Fleet and Tridents 18147/52 from Birkenhead to Gillmoss in exchange for 17452 and 17500.
New to Stagecoach Oxfordshire for use on service 500 from Banbury are ADL E20D/Enviro 200MMCs 37401-05. It is expected that Enviro 200s 56453 and 36763/64 will move to Oxford from Banbury whilst other displaced E200s will allow a similar number of Banbury-based Pointer-bodied Dart SLFs to move into the reserve fleet. There is also a suggestion that the four Optare Solo SRs at Banbury (47831-34) could move to Witney in exchange for older Optare Solos.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is currently fitting Volvo Olympian 16639 with seatbelts.
At Stagecoach East Midlands Tridents 17686/97 have been allocated to Worksop, from the Reserve Fleet at Hull. Their transfer enabling the last two Worksop based Volvo Olympians to be transferred away with 16066 and 16136 now in the Reserve Fleet at Lincoln.
Over at Stagecoach West a further Trident to leave the fleet in exchange for a Dart SLF is 18446 which has been swapped with Stagecoach Bluebird for 34740, which is now allocated to Gloucester. Trident 18377 never completed the journey to Stagecoach South and is back on the allocation at Gloucester with 18082 now being transferred in its place. Reserve Fleet Dart SLF 346198 is now allocated to Stroud where it has ousted 33980 to the Reserve Fleet. Three Optare Solos have arrived here from Stagecoach Midlands and 47032/36/37 are in the Reserve Fleet at Cheltenham. Sold and no longer part of the fleet are Dart SLFs 33957 and 33958.
Information posted on October 19th 2015 at 09:10
Stagecoach East Midlands has made some changes to its planned fleet changes that were due to take place over the weekend. Dart SLF had transferred from Hull (Reserve) to Gainsborough which means a further reprieve for MAN/ALX300 22658 at Lincoln which remains in frontline service. As a result of these changes Dart SLF 34455 remains in the Reserve Fleet at Mansfield.
Information updated on October 19th 2015 at 10:35
Stagecoach South Wales has sold its remaining fleet of Volvo B10BLEs – 21174/76/78/79 have gone to Chepstow Classic Buses, whilst 21187 has been sold to the South Wales Preservation Group. Chepstow Classic Buses have also taken Dart SLF 33563. Reserve Fleet MAN/East Lancs 39620 and Volvo B10M 20685 are now awaiting disposal. Dart SLF 34490 has moved from Aberdare to Blackwood and Optare Solo 47209 from Blackwood to Cwmbran. Dart SLF 34622 and Optare Solo 47381 are out of service for repairs and Dart SLF 34749 has returned to service at Cwmbran from the Reserve Fleet.
Information posted on October 17th 2015 at 13:20
News from Stagecoach Cumbria & South Lancashire is the disposal of Volvo Olympian 16339 and MAN/ALX300 22825. At Barrow Volvo Olympian 16639 has moved to the Reserve Fleet following the entry into service of Trident 17036. Reserve Fleet MAN/ALX300 22804 is now for disposal. Optare Solo 47059 is now allocated to West Cumbria, which has seen 47753 transfer from West Cumbria to Morecambe.. Volvo B10M training coach 52030 is now out of use and awaiting disposal. Also for disposal is Dart SLF 34218 from West Cumbria, whilst 34704 has moved from West Cumbria to Morecambe. Volvo B7Rs 53336-38 are being repainted at Carlisle prior to transfer to Stagecoach East Scotland.
Information posted on October 16th 2015 at 14:30
Lots of fleet changes have been reported by Stagecoach Midlands which have seen three more Volvo Olympians - 16615 (Leamington), 16619 (Stratford) and 16757 (Rugby) withdrawn for disposal. But its not all bad news on the Olympian front as 16460 from the Corby Reserve Fleet is now allocated to Stratford and 16873 has returned to service at Leamington. Former Stagecoach Manchester Trident 17613 is now in service at Rugby, whilst Leamington’s 18189 which has suffered accident damage has been replaced by 18371 transferred from Stagecoach West Scotland. Enviro 400 19020 has transferred from Kettering to Northampton in exchange for Trident 18410. Northampton has also lost MAN/ALX300 22376 to Rugby and has Reserve Fleet Dart SLF 34494 as a replacement. MAN/E200 39693 is being prepared for transfer from Northampton to Nuneaton. There have been a major shake up of the Optare Solo fleet here following the entry into service of the new Stagecoach Gold Solo SRs at Leamington. These changes are:
For transfer to Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire: 47010/15
For transfer to Stagecoach West: 47032/36/37
For transfer to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire: 47034/35, 47513-17
To be allocated to Northampton: 47508-12
To be allocated to Stratford: 47651-54.
47046 has transferred from the Reserve Fleet to Kettering, displacing 47411 for return to Northamptonshire County Council.
Moving to Stagecoach East Midlands another two Volvo Olympians 16148 and 16456 are due to be taken out of service from Lincoln imminently and are being replaced by Tridents 17063 and 18293 which will transfer from Hull after Hull Fair duties. Also transferring from Hull to Lincoln is Dart SLF 35150 which will allow MAN/ALX300 22658 to be taken out of service for conversion to a training vehicle. MAN/ALX300 has returned to the Reserve Fleet at Gainsborough whilst 22110/18, 22278, 22306/07 and Dart SPDs 33831-33/35/36 are being allocated to the Hull Reserve Fleet but will be parked at Scunthorpe.
Information posted on October 15th 2015 at 08:20
Look out for Optare Solos 47010/15 from the Stagecoach Midlands Reserve Fleet moving north to Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire. 47010 is currently at Stratford and 47015 at Corby.
We are hearing that Stagecoach East has two versions of the three-tone green livery in which it is repainting the former Busway Scania/Enviro 400s