Our friends at Andy’s Bus Blog advise that refurbished Optare Tempos 25121/25 are back in service with Stagecoach in Norfolk at King’s Lynn and 25122/27 are now reported to be at Hants & Dorset Trim for refurbishment - there is no confirmation yet on whether these two vehicles will emerge in standard Stagecoach livery. In other news from this fleet, Dart SLFs 34639/40 which had been on loan from Stagecoach South are now permanently allocated here.
The Stagecoach West Volvo Olympian 16129, which has transferred to Stagecoach South has replaced 16293 at Andover. In other Stagecoach South news Optare Solo 47542 is allocated to Aldershot replacing 47306 which has been transferred to Stagecoach in Norfolk. Optare Versa 25248/49 have been now left the fleet at the end of the lease period and Mercedes 709D 40896 has been sold to Lister PSV of Bolton. Reserve Fleet Dart SLF 34418 is now allocated to Worthing.
Stagecoach London’s New Bus for London LT272 was displayed at the Fenland Vintage Vehicle event yesterday and visited Stagecoach East’s Peterborough depot yesterday afternoon for fuel before returning to Bow.
Final news for today is that two of the Stagecoach East Midlands withdrawn former Rail Replacement Unit Volvo B10M coaches 52381 and 52446 has turned up with Stagecoach West at Gloucester. Their intended use is currently unknown. Surprisingly they still carry cherished registration marks IUI3463 and 647DYE. They were originally registered P181PRH and R456FCE. 52446 has also carried the registration marks RHE194 and TSU639.