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Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
This fleet continues to have a large number of original Optare Solos on its books with over 54 examples in the fleet. There are also 11 Optare Solo SRs operated. Two examples of the original Optare Solo fleet include two narrow-bodied Slimline vehicles with high floors which were specifically bought for use on the Keswick-Honister service and we are able to bring an image of one of these, 47722, photographed recently by John Gelson. Most of the Optare Solos retain the 2000-style Stagecoach livery although some others carry Lakes Connection colours and five, 47006/09, 47139/40 and 47617 have been painted in the new Stagecoach ‘Local’ colours.
Further repaints into Stagecoach 'Local' livery here are Scania/Enviro 400s 15682/83 and 15726 along with MAN/Enviro 300 24129.
Look out for the departure of Trident 18328 from West Cumbria. It is being transferred to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire and is expected to be allocated to Birkenhead.
Stagecoach Engineering Services
The company has taken out adverts in the Bus & Coach Trade Press offering its engineering expertise to private operators. Services being offered include vehicle inspections and maintenance, MOT preparation, vehicle repaints, body repairs and repainting along with vehicle interior, exterior and chassis cleaning. The advert says that many of the services on offer are provided at a fixed price.
We were quite surprised to see this phot from Stephen Longmire, a leading light in the Eastern Bus Enthusiasts and a driver with Yorkshire-based Connexions. This was not a photo from last winter, but was taken after a heavy thunderstorm yesterday which was accompanied by significant hail. The bus is Optare Solo SR L50LOW, which was originally registered YJ65EVH.
This week on the Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page
Malcolm has made few changes to the layout of the page this week with local area news now at the top of the page and other areas of interest at the bottom, so if you only want a quick check you don’t need to read the full page.
The direct link to the latest page is: Weekly Briefing nr 123 - September 25th 2020
Showbus Flyby is this coming Sunday from Oxford services to Beaconsfield services.
Buses on school children only services
All your pictures and notes on operators covered in our area
Arriva make some more changes to allocations
Significant fleet changes for the Go Ahead Oxford Group - pictures show the changes
Reading Buses win a National Express award for 2019
Local and London developments
A Travel London decker stops for a Kebab
Andrew Webb shows some of the latest developments in London
From Times of Old memories flood back - a weekly reminisce
Michael Wadman reminds us of The Oxford Circle Tour
Gary Seamarks asks some interesting questions
Ian Williamson remembers the Derwent Dart in Cambridgeshire
OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST
Andrew Tyldsley writes about Go North East
Trevor Wilson tells us about the Cross Pennine services in the North of England
…..plus all the local news and some pictures of other operators.
Don’t forget that you can check out the Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page at any time by visiting
The exchange of a further two Gold-spec Scania/Enviro 400s for standard examples took place last weekend with 15535 and 15609 moving from Barnsley to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire’s Birkenhead depot. Moving the other way were 15590/91 from Gilmoss.
Dart SLFs returned to service here are 35236/63 at Barnsley and 35109/11, 35231/32/33/34/61 at Ecclesfield. Also returned to service here are Enviro 200s 36178/79/81 and MAN/ALX300s 22435/45 at Barnsley and MAN/Enviro 300 22542 at Rawmarsh. Delicensed here for repairs are MAN/Enviro 300 22537 from Rawmarsh and Optare Solo 47724 from Barnsley.
Additional Scania/Enviro 400s on loan to Holbrook are 15660 from Barnsley and 15695 from Chesterfield.
Dart SLFs 34582/83, 34720/22 and 35107 are now for disposal here.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
In use today for ‘The Peoples Friend’ promotional tour is Kendal-allocated Enviro 200 36100.
The company has confirmed that it currently has 12 vehicles on loan. All are being prepared for service before allocation to depots.
From Ensign Bus have come former Tower Transit Enviro 400s SN13CHC/H/K along with former Metroline Enviro 400s LK08DXP and LK08NVF. Also from Ensign Bus are former Tower Transit Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Geminis BJ11DSX/DTZ/DZZ/EAO/EBL. These have been joined by Lothian Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Geminis SN56AEZ/AFA which had been on loan to Stagecoach Yorkshire.
Stagecoach East Midlands
Seven MAN/Enviro 300s are being transferred from Mansfield to Hull. 22760/72/73/74/75/77/78 are being exchanged for Enviro 300s 27182/83/84, 27200, 27785/87/88.
A change of plan here initially saw on loan Volvo B7TLs 20794-97 remain at Holbrook for Supertram BL3 replacement service whilst 20798-20800 moved to Ecclesfield for ‘closed’ schools services with Enviro 400s 19032/37 and Scania/Enviro 400 15711 moving from Ecclesfield to Holbrook on loan.
However, we now understand that 20800 along with one other example has moved to Stagecoach Midlands.