Information uploaded on November 14th 2016 at 13:55
Stagecoach South Wales…
Delivery of Stagecoach Gold-specification Enviro 200MMC 11.8m saloons 26088-26111 has started with 26088-98 now having been delivered. They will be allocated to Porth. An arrival here, from Stagecoach East Scotland is dart SLF 34586 which has been allocated to Porth, along with 34595 which has transferred from Stagecoach Midlands. Also from Stagecoach Midlands are Optare Solos 47073/74 with the former in the Reserve Fleet at Cwmbran and the latter in service at Blackwood. Optare Solo 47639, which had been used as a staff shuttle vehicle at Caerphilly is now in the Reserve Fleet. Optare Solo InfoBus is currently based at Porth. Dart SLF 35202 has transferred from Blackwood to Porth whilst Scania/Enviro 300s 28733-36/39 have transferred from Cwmbran to Porth in exchange for 28724/37-41.
The number of Optare Versas here has been reduced to just two following the transfer of 25203/04/07/08/09 to Stagecoach East Scotland.
All 12 of the Gold ADL/E400MMC have now arrived at Cheltenham. We can confirm they are 10749-60 (SN66 VXT-Z, SN66 VYA-E). They have real leather dark blue coach seats with white headrests and increased leg room, laminated floors, WiFi and individual USB ports. They are due to enter service on 19th November on Service 94 (the main Cheltenham to Gloucester route), with an official launch in Cheltenham on the previous day. However, all were used at some point on the 11th and 12th November on the Cheltenham Races services, even though branding hasn’t been completed yet. These buses will replace the original batch of Gold Scania/E400 at Cheltenham, 15521-15532. These are currently being repainted, still in Gold livery. So far done are 15521-29. Six will move to Gloucester for Service 97/98, the other six to Stroud for Service 63.
Other buses of note in use at the Races were West’s final three Races Reserve Olympians, 16099, 16128 and 16759 and heritage Bristol VRT 19950, plus four Olympians borrowed from Stagecoach South, 16302/5 (Alexander) and 16624/28 (Northern Counties). There is a possibility the West Olympians will be used for a final time at the Cheltenham Race Meeting on 9/10th December, but as this is only a small meeting their use is not guaranteed. After that, they will be withdrawn.The two Solos recently transferred from Stagecoach Midlands, 47046 and 47069, have entered service at Swindon on new tendered Service 4. 47046 has been repainted from Corby Star orange into corporate livery and both carry Service 4 branding. Also at Swindon, Solo 47126 was involved in an accident recently and is believed to have already been sold for scrap.
Gloucester MAN 22053 is the second to receive an all over orange livery for driver training duties.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire…
Bow out of service here and for disposal are Volvo Olympian 16666 and Optare Solos 47745/51. Volvo Olympian 16793 has transferred from the Reserve Fleet to Carlisle, whilst also at Carlisle is Trident 18326 from Kendal. Returned to service at Carlisle after repairs is MAN/Enviro 300 24122.
It is understood that MAN/ALX300s 22873/78 and 24117 are being made available for cascade within Stagecoach UK Bus.
Back here form a period on loan to Stagecoach West is MAN/ALX300 driver trainer 22822.
Due here next month is a sole ADL Enviro 200MMC 11.8m saloon (26111) which will be to Stagecoach Gold specification. It will be allocated to Oxford. The company has indicated that Dart SLF 34472 is now part of the Reserve Fleet and located at Banbury. Its place in the main fleet there being taken by Enviro 200 36768 from Oxford.
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire…
Despite only being listed as part of the Stagecoach UK Bus Heritage Fleet last month, Open Top Leyland Olympian 14166 has left the fleet along with Tridents 17021, 17111, 17201, 17501/49/91 and Dart SLFs 34601, 34741/42/44/45/80. Open Top Tridents 17455/70/79 and 17502 are now in the Seasonal Reserve fleet and stored at Birkenhead.
Information updated on November 14th 2016 at 14:55
The eight Enviro 400s due here from Stagecoach East at Cambridge will be 19309-16.
Stagecoach East Midlands....
The 14 Enviro 400s due here from Stagecoach East will be 19295-19208