March 16th 2019: Cheltenham Races - full list of Stagecoach West loans, fleet numbers for new East Yorkshire Enviro 200MMCs and Stagecoach Enviro 400MMC 11158 spotted
Stagecoach UK Bus
The 20th ADL Enviro 400MMC for Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, 11158, which is on loan to Stagecoach UK Bus for IT systems development and trials and remains in Manchester and was pictured inside Stockport depot yesterday.
Go North East
Three Volvo B9TLs now carry silver and blue livery in the new style - 6101-03, whilst Wright StreetLite Max 5452 is the first vehicle to receive the red/blue generic style of the new livery.
Stagecoach South East
Optare Solo 47176 has been written off after catching fire near Polegate railway station just after 07:00 on March 14th 2019.
Volvo B9R coach 83 returned here on March 14th 2018 after being on loan to Go North East. It will return to the National Express fleet here allowing similar 82 to transfer over to the East Yorkshire Coaches fleet.
Managing Director Martijn Gilbert confirms that the first double deck here to receive the ‘as new’ refurbishment is Volvo B9TL 782. The work is being done at Bus & Coach World at Blackburn. Others vehicles for the ‘as new’ refurbishment are expected include vehicles from the same batch of Volvo B9TLs with Wright Eclipse Gemini bodywork which were new in 2014.
The East Yorkshire Facebook page reports that due next in the paintshop at Hull is Enviro 200 503 whilst the fleet numbers for the two new Enviro 200MMCs will be 515 (8.9m vehicle) and 396 (10.8m vehicle).
With thanks to Dave Russell and Deric Pemberton we are able to report that 57 vehicles were on loan for the Cheltenham Race Meeting specials. These vehicles were provided by:
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire: (3)
15700, 15818, 15820
Stagecoach East Midlands: (4)
10734, 10735, 10736, 10737
Stagecoach London: (4)
10110, 10111, 10112, 19871
Stagecoach Manchester: (8)
10419, 10426, 10443, 10472, 10473, 10606, 10623, 10625
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire: (6)
15592, 15593, 15599, 15910, 15911, 15912
Stagecoach Midlands: (5)
10731, 10732, 15607, 15667, 15668
Stagecoach North East: (5)
10631, 10635, 10640, 10653, 10654
Stagecoach South: (4)
10894, 10953, 18443, 19034
Stagecoach South East: (10)
15438, 15489, 15496, 15771, 15774, 44013, 44014, 44028, 44029, 44030
Stagecoach South West: (4)
10500, 10695, 15669, 15799
Stagecoach Yorkshire: (4)
10662, 15692, 15696, 15709
On Friday 15th March Gold Cup Day, the evenings operations would have been the busiest, which in addition to the above there were at least a further 22 vehicles from the Stagecoach West allocation involved meaning that 79 buses were planned to be used!
The use of the five Mercedes Sprinters from South East was a first. They operated an evening only premium price shuttle from the taxi rank at the request of the Racecourse authorities.