Stagecoach South West
Optare Solos 47086/88 are now in the Reserve Fleet at Plymouth, having been replaced by 47598/99 which have transferred from Barnstaple, whilst 47084 from Plymouth and 47313 from Barnstaple are now at Exeter. Now in the main fleet at Barnstaple is Dart SLF 34725 from the Reserve Fleet.
Optare Solo 47443 is now allocated to Torquay as are Dart SLFs 34407, 34614 and 34689 whilst Optare Solo 47443 is now in the Reserve Fleet at Exeter.
Enviro 400s 10113/14 are now back here from loan to CT Plus and have been allocated to Leyton whilst similar 10198-203 are in the Reserve Fleet pending allocation. New Enviro 400MMCs at Rainham are 11075-81.
Now out of service and pending return to the leasing companies Volvo B5TLs 13010/14/23 and Mercedes Citaros 23101-13.
Now withdrawn for disposal are Trident 17862 from Plumstead, Scania Omnicity 15095 from West Ham and Trident 18209 from Leyton. Trident 18267 is a further donation to charity from this fleet.
Sold to Lister PSV are Tridents 17363/99, 17427/34 and 18459/62/99.
Enviro 400 19828 has transferred from Rainham to Barking.
Enviro 200s 36557/61/65/68 are now in the training fleet with former training vehicles Trident 17395 and Dart SLFs 34353/58 now for disposal.
RATP Dev has announced the sale of its subsidiary Bournemouth Transport Limited (trading as Yellow Buses and Yellow Coaches) to the management team led by David Squire (Managing Director) with Phil Pannell (Service Delivery Director) and Simon Newport (Commercial Director). The associated non-trading company of Vintage Yellow Buses Limited was also included in the sale.
“Our decision to step down from our commercial bus operations in the Bournemouth deregulated sector pertains to our strategic focus on our franchise operations in London, together with our sightseeing and coach businesses in Bath, London and the North West. Under the leadership of David Squire and his team, Bournemouth Transport has undergone a major transformation. The agreement completed today will ensure the company has local ownership and management. We are delighted that we can enable Bournemouth Transport Ltd and its employees to pursue a promising way forward and wish them every success”, said Laurence Batlle, Chief Executive Officer of RATP Dev.
David Squire, Managing Director, said “The company has been transformed and energised over the last 18 months, we are seeing growth and increased ridership across our bus network, having improved punctuality significantly in 2018, together with a revamped, colour coded and easy to understand network. Meanwhile, our coaching business continues to grow with National Express, private coach hire for groups and individuals and rail replacement activities all contributing to a much improved commercial performance. Under local ownership, the company will still be able to react quickly to opportunities as they arise and look forward to working with BCP Council and other stakeholders to deliver the vision of the transforming cities fund to ease congestion and promote model shift in the conurbation”.