Further new from Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is that the two MAN/ALX300s used last summer on Lakes Bike Bus services, 22121/41, are being converted to driver training vehicles. Also look out for similar 22108/37 being disposed of direct from Stagecoach West Scotland where they have been on loan and not returning to the Cumbria Fleet.
Stagecoach West is now reported to have received Volvo B9R/Plaxton Panther coaches 53609-11 from Stagecoach East at Bedford. They will be based at Gloucester depot for a new coach service. Stagecoach East Midlands has reported the arrival of 53601-05 and there is now a suggestion that 53606-08 will move to Stagecoach North Scotland. At Bedford 53612/13 have lost their X5 branding and have been at work on the 99 Milton Keynes-Luton Airport service.
Also look out for two more MAN/ALX300 saloons, 22349/50, being transferred from Stagecoach East Scotland at Arbroath to Stagecoach Midlands.
The only change reported in the last month by Stagecoach North East is the completion of engine repairs on MAN/ALX300 22206, which is now in the Reserve Fleet at Stockton.
Arrivals at Norfolk Green over the past weekend have been Reserve Fleet Pointer-bodied Darts 34639/40 from Stagecoach South. They are understood to be on loan and repaint/refurbishment float vehicles with Optare Tempo 25125 reported as being taken south to Stagecoach South at Winchester for the work to take place.
Stagecoach East Midlands is reporting a large number of fleet changes in the last month with Dart SLFs 22459, 33155, 33206/17, 33406/39, 33848, 34001, 34182 and former training vehicle Volvo B10M coach 52415 being sold. A number of vehicles have also been withdrawn for disposal including Trident 18037; MAN/ALX300s 22701, 22802; Dart SLFs 33208/13/21, 34188 and the entire fleet of six DAF SB220/East Lancs Myllennium saloons 26121-26. New Enviro 200 37203 is out of service at Grimsby with accident damage, which accounts for Reserve Fleet Dart SPD 33833 being pressed into service. MAN/ALX300 22491 is another of the type for conversion to a driver training role. In other changes MAN/ALX300s 22364/80/81/84/85 are allocated to Hull with 22365 and 22463/64 at Lincoln. MAN/Enviro 300s 22755/56/58 have moved from Hull to Scunthorpe, 24201-05 from Hull to Grimsby and ADL E300/Enviro 300s 27762-64 from Hull to Skegness. Also at Skegness Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 21216 has been transferred to the Seasonal Reserve Fleet.
Stagecoach London Trident 17487 has been transferred to Stagecoach East Midlands at Hull where it has been used for component recovery. It is now awaiting disposal.
There have also been quite a few changes at Stagecoach South Wales which has seen all Volvo B10B 21028 transferred from Blackwood to Cwmbran and eight displaced MAN/Enviro 300s 22779/84/86/87/88/92/93/94 being made available for transfer within Stagecoach UK Bus. Volvo B10M coaches 52628/54 have become training vehicles at Merthyr and Blackwood, replacing 52480/98 - the former now with Stagecoach South West and the latter on its way to Stagecoach South East. Also moving to Stagecoach South East is 52502. All six Volvo B10BLEs at Merthyr, 21174/76/78/79/87 are out of service and in the Reserve Fleet, whilst at Blackwood MAN/MCW 39619 is back in the Reserve Fleet being replaced with MAN/East Lancs 39608. No coaches remain allocated to Blackwood. Cwmbran’s Optare Solo 47195 is out of service for repairs and has been replaced by 47236 from Aberdare.