Stagecoach South East
Enviro 400MMcs 10711/18/19 are now all at Herne Bay having been exchanged for Scania/Enviro 400MMCs 15280/83/87 with Folkestone depot. This is a part of an evaluation trial to see how the Scanias perform on the longer-distance ‘Wave’ routes as we understand they have not been suited to the ‘Triangle’ local work.
Repaints so far in the new Stagecoach ‘Local’ livery in the East Kent are Scania/Enviro 400 15181, Scania/Enviro 400MMCs 15272/80/83/87, 15329; Enviro 400MMCs 10711/17/18; Enviro 200 36859 and Enviro 200MMC 26243 with Enviro 400MMC 10705 currently being repainted.
A further Enviro 200 to return to service at Peterborough is 37220.
We understand that there are now no plans for any of the Volvo B9R coaches at Stagecoach South East (53702/03/04/05/06/08/16) displaced from the M2 service to transfer here as replacements for the Volvo B9R coaches at Bedford (53612/13/15/16/17/18) which were, prior to ‘lockdown’, used on the 99 Milton Keynes-Luton service. We believe that 53702/03/04/05/06/08/16 will for the time being remain in the Stagecoach South East fleet.
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire
Now back on the main fleet at Chester are City Sightseeing open top Tridents 17470/79 and 17502. The former ‘Be Nice Bus’ MAN/Enviro 300 24136 is now allocated to the main fleet at Gilmoss. Dart SLFs 34808/09/10 which had been shown as awaiting disposal here are now recorded by the company as being part of the Reserve Fleet.
Stagecoach South Wales
Reserve Fleet vehicles back on the main allocation at Cwmbran are Tridents 18006/07/08/72/76/79 , Scania/Enviro 300s 28640 and 28737 along with Optare Solos 47530/32. Meanwhile Optare Solos 47236 and 47629 from Cwmbran are now in the Reserve Fleet there.
The company reports that plans to retain and restore Dart SLF 34502 in a ‘heritage’ capacity here has been put on temporary hold due to the COVID-19 issues but it remains a long-term plan.
Stagecoach South West
Scania/Enviro 400 15961 has now returned to Exeter following a period on loan to Torquay.
Optare Solo SR 48007 was transferred from Exeter to Plymouth on July 24th and immediately entered service there. Yesterday (July 27th) 48012/13/14/15 left Exeter depot around 15:00 and have also been transferred to Plymouth.