March 12th 2019 @ 14:10: New livery for Go North East and Stagecoach South East gets former megasightseeing.com open top Trident
Go North East
Correcting our initial report, the company is introducing a new livery style livery. The silver and blue variant on Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 6103 (NL63XBT) is for the vehicles which carry the Colbolt Clipper branding (branding still to be applied). The Go North East generic red and blue livery will also be applied in the same style. The new look livery will feature on both new and repainted vehicles.
We understand that several vehicles which had been stood down for disposal here are being assessed for return to service. MAN/Enviro 200 39692 has already been allocated to Kettering and is in service whilst 39690/91 are expected to follow. We understand that Tridents 18150/53/57 may also be assessed for a return to service.
A number of the withdrawn vehicles here have now been sold and a start has been made on removing them. MAN/ALX300 22329 was collected from March depot this morning. All of the vehicles for disposal her, with the exception of the Optare Tempos, Optare Solos, Trident 18343 and Dart SLF 35104 have been sold to Ensign Bus. We understand that most will be for scrap although the Optare Versas, open top Tridents and some of the newer Tridents may be prepared for resale.
Stagecoach North East
Another ADL Enviro 300 to lose Stockton ‘Zone’ branding on repaint is 27176.
With the megasightseeing.com fleet being upgraded with converted open top Enviro 400s, open top Trident 18477 has been transferred to Stagecoach South East to provide an additional vehicle to the open top fleet there.
Stagecoach UK Bus
The company has not made any announcement to date on its new vehicle plans for the upcoming 2019/20 financial year and we understand that some bids from regional companies for new vehicle investment are still being considered by Stagecoach Group.
Deliveries of new vehicles are currently taking place and we understand that these are from the forthcoming 2019/20 order. ADL Enviro 400MMCs 11139-58 were delivered at the start of this year to Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire/UK Bus.
Smart Hybrid ADL Enviro 400MMCs 11176-91 (16 vehicles) are currently being delivered to Stagecoach East Scotland at Aberhill.
Stagecoach North Scotland is about to take delivery of 15 Smart Hybrid ADL Enviro 400MMC double decks (11161-75). They will be allocated to Macduff depot where they will replace Volvo B9R coaches on the 35 service which links Aberdeen with Elgin and increasing capacity by 45% as well as providing easy access low floor vehicles.
Stagecoach East Midlands has also confirmed that it will be putting ten ADL Enviro 400MMCs in service at Hull this Summer.
We do not expect fleet numbers 11159/60 will be used on future vehicle deliveries, and will remain spare.
Stagecoach West Scotland has recently put 20 10.8m ADL Enviro 200MMCs (37482-37500, 37601) into service at Kilmarnock.
The longer 11.8m ADL Enviro 200MMCs will also feature in the 2019/20 order with Stagecoach East Midlands having confirmed that it will be putting 21 vehicles of the type into Hull this Summer.
There have been two coaches delivered so far to Stagecoach West Scotland at Ayr - Volvo B11RT/Plaxton elite i 54364/65.