News reaches us that Stagecoach South East has been allocated eight former Stagecoach London Tridents. 17528/29/38/53/82/85/87/90 have received single door and DDA compliance modifications by Ensign and will go to Ashford before being allocated. Further additions to the fleet hare are Dart SLFs 34410/11/12/13 from Stagecoach South, whilst due from the same source shortly are three Optare Solos 47065/66/67. Herne Bay has been allocated Dart SLF 34540, with similar 34545 going to Thanet to replace 34064. Ashford has been allocated 34434 and 34440 to replace 34071 and Enviro 200 36125 which is off the road for repairs. Volvo Olympian 16774 is back in service at Dover, whilst 16370 has transferred from Hastings to Eastbourne where it has replaced 16317 which is now for disposal. Hastings has received Dart SLFs 34435/38 and 34546/47 as replacements for 33320/77/79/84 and Eastbourne has 34544 as a replacement for 33365. The remaining acquired Dart SLFs here are due to be allocated to:
Herne Bay – 34439
Thanet – 34110/11/33, 34548
Ashford – 34413/41
Dover – 34412
Hastings – 34442/43/44, 34543
One final transfer to Stagecoach South East is Volvo B10M coach 52614.
Stagecoach Manchester has put new Enviro 400 MMC double decks 10401-09 into service at Sharston where they have displaced Tridents 18281-89 into the Reserve Fleet. Also into the Reserve Fleet are Volvo Olympians 16797/98/99 from Middleton. Trident 17175 is in Reserve from Hyde Road, whilst 17497, 17504/78 move from the Reserve Fleet to Hyde Road. Sold and no longer part of the fleet are MANs 22131/32; Volvo B6BLE 31387, Dart SLFs 33075, 33772/75/79, 33853/58, 34080/81, 34114/16 and Optare Excel 35048.
Sold from the Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire fleet have been Volvo B10M 52405 and Bluebird 29881. Received here from Stagecoach East Scotland are Tridents 17448/49 and 17549/91. 17448 is at Birkenhead whilst the other three are at Gilmoss. Not previously reported by us is the transfer of Pointer-bodied Dart SLF 34579 into the training fleet here, where it has recently received training livery.