November 5th 2019 @ 12:30: First new Stagecoach East Busway Volvo B8L now undergoing testing; Ensign Bus dealership activity in October 2019 and ADL Demonstrator to retain BooBee Bus livery
Former Norfolk Green Enviro 400 10055 was transferred back to Bedford last night following a short period operating on loan at Cambridge.
In line with several other Stagecoach UK Bus operating companies, the company is programming the destination screens on its vehicles to display a special Remembrance Day message.
The first of the 12 Volvo B8L/ADL E400XLB tri-axle dual door vehicles for the Cambridgeshire Busway, 13901 (BU69XYA) has broken cover and has been moved South from ADL’s Falkirk site to the Millbrook vehicle testing and proving site. It carries a pale green colour scheme onto which Busway branding will be applied. No details have been released on when these vehicles will enter service.
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Another Gold-specification Scania/Enviro 400 to transfer here from Stagecoach Oxfordshire is 15614, which is being prepared for service and will join the Long Sutton fleet.
Now moved from Hull to Long Sutton is Enviro 400 19687 whilst similar 19068, the last of the original Trident/Enviro 400s from the Long Sutton fleet has now been transferred to Worksop.
Trident 17725 has been taken out of service at Mansfield and following component recovery it will be for disposal. Dart SLF 35132 from Skegness is now delicenced for repairs whilst Enviro 300 37005 has returned to use at Mansfield following repairs.
Now in the Seasonal Reserve Fleet are open top Tridents 17013/15/16, 17673/75/76/77/78 and 18467/73 along with open top Enviro 400 19169 and open top Volvo B7TLs 16962/65. Also now in the Seasonal Reserve Fleet from Skegness are Volvo B7TLs 16905/06.
Gold-spec Scania/Enviro 400s 15609/10 are understood to have been transferred to Stagecoach Yorkshire.
Another former Leamington Trident to return to service at Northampton is 18106.
With thanks to Ross Newman we are able to detail activity at the Ensign Bus dealership during October 2019.
From Go-Ahead London: E400H LX58DDN.
From YourBus: Enviro 200s YY67USC/USD/USG/USH, N66WLO/WLL/WLP, YY18THK/THN/THU/THV/THX/THZ.
From RATP London: Optare Versa YJ58VBD
From Skills Coaches: Scanias W320/303MKY
From Arriva London: DAFs LJ54BGF, LJ05BJY/BHP; Volvo B7TL’s LJ05GPX/GPY/GPZ/GRZ/GRF/GLZ/GRU/GRX/GSO.
From Stagecoach Midlands: Darts KX54OPC, KX06JYU
From Stagecoach Cumbria: Dart PX55EGV.
From Nottingham City Transport: Scania’s YN08MLY, YT09YHL/YHW.
From Metroline: Enviro 200s YX10BFE/BDO/BGE/BDF/BCZ/BFN
From Hunts Coaches: Enviro 200 PN07KRF.
Trident LX55EPP: Bear Buses, Feltham, Middx.
Volvo B11Rs FJ11FXE/FXT: Seaford and District.
Trident LX06AHA: Select Bus Services, Stafford.
Volvo B7TL PA04CYC; Scania YN07EYK: Red Rose, Aylesbury.
Mercedes-Benz 814 YN07OZU: McGonagle Coach Hire, Co Donegal, Eire.
Scanias LX09AEG, YP59ODT: Bruens Coaches, Dublin.
Enviro 200 MX08ZDZ: A2B buses, Cambridge.
Scania YN07EYL: Bakers Dolphin , Weston-Super-Mare.
Scania YN07EYJ: Pulhams Coaches, Bourton-on-the-water, Gloucs.
Volvo B7RLE’s NK54NUO/NUM: RJ Coaches, Ashford, Kent.
Enviro 200s SN66WLO; YY67USC/USD: Stephensons of Essex.
Dart PX55EGV: Halton Transport.
DAFs LX05BHP/BHV: Peter Godward Coaches, Basildon, Essex.
Scania YT09YHS: Chesters Coaches, Manchester.
Scania’s YN55NKP/NKO: Dartline Coaches, Exeter.
Scania YN55NJU: Carmel Coaches , Okehampton.
Enviro 200s MX59AVB/YX10BFA: Transdev Blazefield
The following all to Shelton Motors for scrap: Tridents LX53KAJ, LX03BWE; Optare Versa YJ58VBB: Volvo B7TLs LK03GKN, LJ05GRX, BX54DJV, LJ03MXN; Optare Solos KP04HVR, KX04RBZ; Enviro 200 PN07KRF
Enviro 200s 710 and 713 sold to Faresaver, Chippenham.
Enviro 200s YY18THK/THN/THU/THV/THX/THZ into fleet as 705/706/707/708/709/710. The existing Enviro 200s with these fleet numbers will be withdrawn as these enter service.
The company has reported that its Enviro 400 demonstrator (YX19ONU) has returned from its time in Greater Manchester promoting Breast Cancer awareness. ADL adds that it will keep its pink BooBee Bus livery to continue raising awareness for the cause. It's at the CPT Scotland conference this week before returning to its demonstration duties!
ADL has also issued a press statement confirming that it has delivered six Plaxton Panorama double deck coaches to Stagecoach’s Megabus operation. Offering 87 seats, the coaches will be used on megabus services between England and Scotland.
The new Plaxton Panorama coaches introduce a new interior for megabus, enhancing the passenger experience and complementing other recent innovations such as the option for passengers to reserve the most popular seats at the upstairs front and around tables on the lower deck. The 14.5m long coaches fully meet PSV Accessibility Regulations, with wheelchair users boarding the coach through the rear door.
megabus will use the coaches on its busy Anglo-Scottish services between London, Manchester, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
ADL’s Plaxton coach division has a long history of designing and delivering high-capacity coaches for megabus, dating back to the introduction of the UK’s first 15m long single deck coaches in 2007 and having been continued more recently with the Plaxton Elitei interdeck coach, for which megabus was the launch customer.
Mark Ballam, Commercial Manager Coach at ADL, comments: “As the last British coachbuilder, Plaxton’s strength is in working closely with our customers to design the solutions they need. With the introduction of the Plaxton Panorama double deck coach to megabus, we are delighted to continue this strong partnership and deliver highest seating capacity for the network’s busiest route.”
The launch images show YX69LCC which also carries the name ‘Caledonian Cruiser’