Our friends at Andy’s Bus Blog (ABB) report that Plaxton Pointer-bodied Dart SLF 33382 is back with Norfolk Green. It spent much of last year operating from King’s Lynn but was transferred to the Stagecoach South fleet in December last year. It retains all over white livery. ABB also reports that the two Slimline Optare Solos taken out of service last month, 47902/03, have had an internal re-trim and a repaint in a slightly modified version of the Coasthopper livery. The work is part of a £60,000 project to refresh the vehicles used on the popular Coasthopper routes in Norfolk.
At East Yorkshire Motor Services, ex Whittles Dart SLFs with Plaxton Pointer bodywork, 154/55 (now numbered 335/36 in the main EYMS fleet series), have been repainted in EYMS livery.
More Stagecoach Yorkshire vehicles operating in Sheffield have lost route branding upon repaint. We plan to bring you a update in the next few weeks but we are advised that branding is no longer carried by 22429/34/37 and 35110.
The latest update for the Stagecoach East Midlands fleet comes from the LEYTR and Damon Powell. It seems that at least five fully DDA-compliant open top buses will take to the road this year seeing off the two Olympians and two of the Tridents used on the seasonal seafront service at Skegness. Two of the new conversions are expected to be used at Grimsby on the Cleethorpes service, two at Skegness and one at Lincoln for the Lincoln City Tour. Expected to transfer from Stagecoach East Scotland for conversion are Volvo B7TLs with Wright Gemini Eclipse bodywork16962/64/65/66 whist it is also thought the similar 16943 from the Stagecoach East Midlands fleet which is out of service with accident damage may be the fifth vehicle for conversion.