Information posted on August 7th 2015 at 11:45
News reaches us that the remaining five operational Optare Excel saloons with Stagecoach Yorkshire, 35001-04/06, were stood down at Chesterfield depot at the end of last week that means with the recent withdrawal of the Excel’s by Stagecoach East Midlands at Hull all of the batch are now out of service with a number awaiting disposal.
The conversion of Optare Excel 35005 to a training bus at Stagecoach Yorkshire’s Chesterfield depot is continuing.
Update posted on August 7th 2015 at 18:45
News from East Yorkshire Motor Services is that Caetano-bodied Dart SLF 318 and Volvo Olympians 624 and 633 have been sold. This brings to an end the era of Volvo Olympians in the fleet as once they have been collected none will remain with the operator. Further repaints are 340 and 792.
In the Stagecoach East Midlands fleet, new correspondent Nigel Kirk reports that it was Trident 18034 that suffered an engine fire near Saxilby on July 30th 2015 whilst being transferred from Lincoln to Worksop. Currently Trident 17682 from Lincoln and Volvo 16917 from Scunthorpe are on loan to Worksop. Nigel also reports that MAN/ALX300 22658 continues to see regular use at Lincoln and has been in all day service today.