The Company has confirmed to Steven Knight Media that it is not currently taking forward the idea of temporarily using the 98-seat Busway Enviro 400XLBs on the X5 Cambridge-Oxford route. The comment follows a test run using one of the vehicles last week.
Whilst the idea is not being taken forward at the moment the Company says it has not discounted looking again at the use of the vehicles in the future.
The higher seating capacity and length of these Cambridgeshire Busway vehicles would have provided more scope for Social Distancing of passengers.
Stagecoach East has also confirmed that from next Monday (May 18th) it will no longer provide change for cash fares. It is urging passengers to used Smartcards or Contactless payments and is urging those who use cash to tender the exact fare. Where change is not given the difference between the fare and the money tendered will be donated by the Company to charity.
Enviro 200MMCs 26188/98 operate from Cwmbran depot pending the relicensing of a number off Enviro 300s as 'Gold'-spec Optare Solos were too small to provide the capacity required. They’ve since returned to Blackwood.
Enviro 37014 has temporarily moved to Merthyr in return for 47236 as Merthyr needed a larger capacity vehicle.