Information uploaded on February 11th 2016 at 10:15
The two Tridents that made the journey from Stagecoach Manchester to Stagecoach South East, 17628/29, are allocated to Dover where they have displaced Volvo Olympians 16364/82 to the reserve fleet. 17631 failed on transfer and taken to Stagecoach Midlands’ Rugby depot, when received by Stagecoach South East it will go to Ashford as a replacement for Volvo Olympian 16012. Dart SLF 33175 is currently in use with the training school at Eastbourne whilst 33176 is back in service at Folkestone. At Hastings Volvo Olympian 16297 is back in the main fleet, but Dart SLF 34620 is now in the Reserve Fleet. Several vehicles have been sold and are no longer part of the fleet, there are Volvo Olympians 16361/62/67 and 16509; Volvo B10Ms 20649 and 20832: and MAN/ALX300s 22008, 22107/87/92, 22005 and 22194. Reserve Fleet Dart SLF 34697 is the paint programme cover vehicle at Eastbourne and company records show it has been re-registered from PX05EMF to NDZ3022.
At Stagecoach West, Trident 18182 has transferred from Swindon to Gloucester in exchange for 18436. Gloucester’s 18377 is now officially delicenced for repairs, however 17626 has been returned to service at Gloucester. Dart SLFs now in service are 34733 at Swindon and 34784 at Cheltenham. Delicenced for repairs is Scania/Enviro 400 15973.
Stagecoach Manchester has taken delivery of at least 10463-10474 from the new batch of ADL E40D/Enviro 400s with 10463-67/70 in service at Hyde Road. The first six of the expected batch 10457-62 were diverted to Stagecoach South West with an additional six vehicles being added at the end of the batch for delivery here. Fleet changes at Middleton have seen Volvo SB120/Plaxton Centros 26130-31 moved to the Reserve Fleet and replaced with Enviro 200s 36109/10 from Stockport, whilst TransBus Enviro 300 27501 is now in Reserve and Volvo B7TL 16949 has moved to Stockport. At Ashton, transfers in are Enviro 400s 19004/84/88 which have displaced 19168/80/87 for Magicbus duties at Shartston with 19180/87 awaiting repainting. Transferred from Ashton to Stockport at Enviro 200s 36421/22 whilst Dart SLFs 33866/71/73/75 are all out of service with 33866 awaiting disposal. Now allocated to Ashton is Optare Solo 47618. Hyde Road’s Trident 17632 and Optare Solo 47472 are now in the Reserve Fleet. Enviro 400 19492 has transferred from Stockport to Sharston. The company no longer shows MAN/ALX300s 22231/38 in the fleet so it is assumed they have been sold. A correction to a previous Fleet Ramblings is that Volvo B10M 20982 had not been sold and it, along with 20983 are now in the Training Fleet having displaced 20603/04 which are now for disposal. Also for disposal are former Reserve Fleet Dart SLFs 33867/69/72.
Information updated on February 11th 2016 at 15:15
It has been a relatively quiet month for fleet movements at Stagecoach South. The Optare Solo SR transferred from Stagecoach South East (47874) has been allocated to Aldershot where it has displaced Solo 47539 to the Reserve Fleet. Volvo Olympian 16769 has been transferred from Winchester to Andover and 16291, which had been on loan to Stagecoach South East at Hastings returned here on January 14th and is now part of the Reserve Fleet located at Basingstoke.
New vehicles dominate the changes at Stagecoach South West with Enviro 400MMCs 10455/56 in service at Exeter and similar 10457-62/88-99 at Plymouth with 10500-03 awaiting entry into service. Also new at Plymouth are 11.9m Enviro 200MMCs 26034-38. The company has also taken deliver of Volvo B11Rs 54319-26 which are painted in a green based scheme with Falcon branding for a new Plymouth-Bristol service. Dart SLF 34777 has been allocated to Plymouth ousting 33865 to the Reserve Fleet. Two further Tridents to be converted to Open Top here are 17705 and 17706. A significant number of Tridents are out of use with 17002/03/05/06/10/11/38/51/55/56/57/58 and 17670 for disposal. 17289/90 are due to transfer to Stagecoach North Scotland; 17329/30/37 to Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire with 17294/95/97/99 expected to be allocated to other Stagecoach UK Bus companies.