Information posted on February 23rd 2019 at 11:05
✤Stagecoach South East
Scania/Enviro 400 15917 has now received Unibus/Biobus branding on its green base livery. The base colour scheme is generally similar to the Stagecoach ‘Hybrid’ livery.
Stagecoach says it will be adjusting timetables on some Ashford bus routes next week in a bid to beat the town’s escalating traffic congestion.
Timetables on routes B and C will benefit from extra buses to help maintain an even frequency and reduce the risk of late running. There will also be extra ‘recovery time’ built in to ensure buses leave on schedule. Timetables on routes A and D will also be adjusted.
The company says that journey times in Ashford have increased over the years due to more traffic on the roads and slower average road speeds. Route C buses have been particularly affected with journeys between the hospital and town centre taking up to 50% longer at peak times compared to 2009.
“As Ashford expands and develops, so too have the demands on the road transport infrastructure” said Matthew Arnold, Stagecoach Commercial Director for the South East region.
“We know from our own monitoring that some peak-time journeys in Ashford are taking up to 50% longer than they did a decade ago. More and more traffic and slower road speeds are to blame which is also affecting air quality.”
Stagecoach point out that another problem in the town has been sporadic and variable congestion caused by road works and road closures.
“Unfortunately it's very difficult to plan for this but we can make changes that help our services become more resilient to these conditions and cope better with the general rise in congestion.
“We’re doing this by pulling in some additional resource (this includes extra buses) without any financial support from outside Stagecoach”. The extra vehicles will come from within the Stagecoach South East fleet and Stagecoach says they have been available at Ashford as standby vehicles in recent weeks.
“We hope these changes will make a real difference to the reliability of our services, but we continue to call upon local authorities to act to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and encourage a shift to sustainable transport.”
In 2018 there were nearly 4 million passenger journeys by bus in the Ashford area.
We understand that ADL Enviro 400 Hybrid 12097 has been repainted into corporate livery.
With thanks to our friends at the Oxford & Chiltern Bus Page we can confirm that ADL Enviro 400 Hybrids 12006 and 12007 are the latest vehicles in the fleet to receive corporate livery whilst Enviro 400 10070 is reported as being repainted by Coachleasing of Nuneaton.