June 11th 2019 @ 12:00: Trident loses Lakes Connection livery at Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, New Enviro 400MMCs for Stagecoach Midlands will be for Leamington whilst new vehicles ordered by Go North East
Stagecoach South West
New open top conversion, Scania/Enviro 400 15665, has been completed and repainted and following application of vinyls and final preparation for service is due to replace open top Trident 17701 at Exeter
Stagecoach North East
Former Volvo B10M/Alexander PS Driver Training Vehicle 20552, which had been withdrawn and awaiting disposal at South Shields for some time, was collected by Alpha Recovery for scrap on Wednesday 5th June 2019.
Volvo B9TL 723 and 724 have transferred from Scarborough to Hull in exchange for 783/84.
New Volvo B7TL open top conversions now allocated to Scarborough for the Sea Front service are 889/93/95.
Previously unreported to us is that Volvo B7TL 581 left the fleet in November last year.
Transferred from Catford to Plumstead are Hybrid Enviro 400H 12262/65/66/81-90. Also now at Plumstead are similar 12271/91/92.
Sold to Ensign Bus are Scania OmniCity 15022/50/51/55/57/62/77/95/96 and 15122 whilst Tridents 17796/99 and 18483/96 have been sold to Lister PVS.
The training fleet currently comprises:
Trident - 17395/99
Enviro 400 - 19137-40
Optare Versa - 25302-05
Dart SLF - 34353/58
Enviro 200 - 36556/59/62/66/67/69
Undergoing training bus conversion are Enviro 200s 36557/61/65/68.
The company reports that Routemasters RM652, RM1968 and RM2050 are awaiting return to Transport for London following the reduction in operating requirements for heritage route 15H (Tower Hill-Trafalgar Square).
Also awaiting return following the end of the lease agreements are:
Enviro 400H: 12324/35/26 along with Volvo B5LH 13001-09/11-13/15-22/24-32.
A large number of vehicles here are currently awaiting disposal:
Optare Versa 25310/11/13/14
Scania OmniCity: 15018/20/49/53/56/64/65 and 15121/23
Trident: 17363/64/68/96/97, 17426/27/34, 17833/34/38/42/51/60/61/63/76, 17989, 18211/12/20/67/70/72/76, 18451/54/55/57/58/59/61/62/63/72/78/88/89
Dart SLFs: 34355/57/62
Enviro 200: 36309/10/27-37
The latest company Fleet Card records just 14 operational Tridents in the fleet allocated to:
Romford: 17791, 17858, 17979
Plumstead: 17843/62, 17981, 18208, 18465
Leyton: 17811/36, 18209, 18484
Bromley: 17864, 18495
The company has confirmed that the 17 new ADL Enviro 400MMCs (11216-32) due for delivery this summer will be for the Unibus services worked by Leamington garage. Previous information received by us suggested they were for Northampton but this is not the case. Phil Medlicott, Managing Director for Stagecoach Midlands said “We are delighted to able to continue our investment in better transport for students at Warwick University and the wider community in Leamington. These 17 buses have cost £3.7 million, and represent a real enhancement with USB charging, a smooth ride and improved environmental engines.
Former Bedford Dart SLF 34424 is now in service at Peterborough.
We are expecting the ten former Stagecoach London Scania OmniCity vehicles currently at ADL Anston for single door conversion, to be based at Cambridge. It is understood that they will also allow the displacement of the five Tridents still in use from Cambridge - 18411-15.
Further vehicles confirmed as stored at Chesterfield pending disposal/collection are MAN/ALX300s 22422/30/31 and Volvo B12Bs 54051/52/54/55/59/60.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Trident 18357 has now lost its Lakes Connection 554 livery and now carries corporate colours. MAN/Enviro 300 22878 is now back following Euro 6 engine modification and following a repaint is allocated to Carlisle.
The Delaine Heritage Trust’s museum at the Spalding Road depot in Bourne was officially opened by Buses magazine Editor Alan Millar on June 8th. Home to most of the Delaine Buses Heritage Fleet the museum also contains the company’s extensive archive collection.
The company advises that a further Volvo B8RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban is due to join the fleet at the end of this year. It’s arrival will see one of the Volvo B7RLEs taken out of service. There are no immediate plans for any new double deck orders to be placed.
Delivered this week are three new Caetano Levante vehicles for National Express work. With thanks to our friends at the Oxford and Chiltern Bus page we can confirm the details of the new coaches are:
Scania K360EB4/Caetano Levante II C48Ft
1415 - BV19XPC
1416 - BV19XPD
1417 - BV19XPS
Go North East
The company has announced details of its new vehicle orders for this year.
Nine Yutong E10 single deck buses have been ordered for the operator’s services between Newcastle and Gateshead following extensive trials of various electric bus types.
Also on order and due for delivery from September this year are
31 Wrights StreetDecks (One of which will be the UK's first with Daimler's 6-cylinder engine),
3 ADL Enviro 400MMCs
11 ADL Enviro 200MMCs
The three Enviro 400MMCs will meet a requirement for low height double decks.
The company reports that further repaints into the “Little Coasters” livery include Optare Solo SR M890/Optare 693 (YJ13 HNY) and Optare Solo M880/Optare 700 (YJ10 MFU). Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Max Micro-Hybrid 5440 (NK16 AZV) has also been repainted into the 2019 fleet livery.
Optare Solo M880/Optare 700 (YJ10 MFU) has transferred from Deptford to Percy Main, and similar 705 (YJ10 MFN) from Washington to Percy Main. As such, Optare Solo SR M925/Optare 680 (NK16 BXY) has transferred from Percy Main to Washington in exchange.
Float Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 4932 (Y932 ERG) and 4933 (Y933 ERG) have transferred from Riverside Depot to Chester-le-Street.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5204 (NK54 NUX) has been withdrawn.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5206 (NK54 NVA) has been sold to ConnexionsBus, Harrogate and we understand a further two similar vehicles are due to be sold to ConnexionsBus.
Ex Go-Ahead London Metrobus Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 563 (YN08 OAV) has been acquired for spare part recovery, while similar 567 (YN08 OAZ) acquired earlier this year has now been sold to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade, for scrap.