Information posted on October 29th 2018 at 12:05
Withdrawn Dart SLF 34627 has received a blue and gold livery in the style carried by the MAN/ALX300s in the training fleet, suggesting it will be joining the training school. However, it does not appear to have received any internal modifications and is expected to beer used for driver CPC training. The Volvo B10M//Alexander PS currently used at Northampton for driver CPC training is expected to be added to the Stagecoach UK Bus heritage fleet.
✤Stagecoach East Midlands
The open top Skegness Seasider fleet operated for the final scheduled time in 2018 last weekend and now in the Seasonal Reserve pool are ADL Enviro 400 19169, Volvo B7TLs 16964 and 16966 along with Tridents 17013/15/16 and 17673/75/76/77/78.
Now back in service at Skegness after engine repairs is Volvo B7TL 16914. The only vehicle now retaining the older purple/gold Interconnect livery is Volvo B7TL 16909.
ADL Enviro 200 36762 has returned to Witney after a period on loan at Banbury.
✤East Yorkshire Motor Services
We understand that Volvo B9R coach 91 is to go on loan to Go North East whilst Volvo B7RLE 384 is due to transfer from Beverley to Hull in exchange for Volvo B9BTL 761. Volvo B7TL 581 has been delicenced at Bridlington and replaced there by 669.
A transfer planned for November 1st 2018 will see Volvo B7TL 707 transferred from Withernsea to Hull in exchange for Volvo B9TL 745.
✤Stagecoach UK Bus vehicle status
We are frequently asked what it means when vehicles are referred to as being in the Reserve Fleet and also why vehicles are sometimes seen operating when they have been shown as withdrawn or for disposal.
Depots have a core allocation of vehicles which is calculated on the peak vehicle requirement (PVR) plus a number of additional vehicles to cover routine maintenance and repairs. Generally the additional vehicles are calculated as a percentage of the PVR. The Number of spares varies across depots but nominally will be between 12% and 14% of the PVR. So a depot of 50 vehicles may have six or seven additional vehicles.
The Reserve Fleet may be split into two categories. The operational Reserve Fleet comprises additional vehicles that are not regarded as part of a depot’s core allocation but are available for use. Thus it is not uncommon for Reserve Fleet vehicles to be seen in service on a regular basis as they provide a contingency for vehicles requiring non-scheduled repairs.
Some companies refer to strategic Reserve Fleet vehicles, which includes vehicles undergoing major repairs or modifications, whilst other companies show these vehicles as delicenced.
Where a company shows a vehicle for disposal it does not mean that it has already been taken out of service. It may be the case that it will continue to be used until road tax or MOT expires or in some cases the vehicle becomes due for its next maintenance inspection. Thus vehicles shown as being for disposal may continue to be used in service in the short term. Where an additional vehicle is needed at a depot it is possible that if no suitable surplus vehicles are available than a vehicle previously parked up for disposal may be put back into core fleet service.