Information posted on September 17th 2015 at 19:00
At Stagecoach East Midlands, the end of the peak summer season has seen open top Volvo Olympian 16314 along with Trident 18045 and Volvo B7RLE 21214 being stood down at Skegness and placed into the seasonal reserve fleet. A further Trident to be taken out of service Lincoln is 18289 which is now awaiting disposal. The conversion of MAN/ALX300 22658 into a training vehicle has been put on hold and it is back in service at Lincoln. Repairs to Volvo B12B 53031 have been completed and it is back in the Rail Replacement fleet at Lincoln. Dart SPD 33835 is out of service at Hull, whilst similar 33833 has transferred from the Reserve Fleet at Skegness to the Reserve Fleet at Hull although it is being parked up at Scunthorpe. The next two Volvo Olympians to be taken out of service are expected to be 16462/69.
As expected Stagecoach East Optare Solo 47659 is now in use from Ely on service 15 (Ely Town).
It would appear that former Coventry Transport/WMPTE Daimler CVG 239 remains out of service with DeCourcey of Coventry and is being used as a store for seats and other material.
We have now received confirmation that MAN/ALX300s 22083-89 are no longer due to be transferred from Stagecoach Yorkshire to Stagecoach East Midlands.
At Stagecoach Midlands two Olympians have been withdrawn for disposal at Stratford – 16693 and open top 16580. Replacements are Tridents 17617 and 17575. MAN/Enviro 300 39698 is back in service at Northampton, which has allowed MAN/ALX300 22375 to transfer to Rugby. Back in service at Rugby is Enviro 200 36212, which has allowed Optare Solo 47030 to move to the Reserve Fleet. The new ‘Gold’ spec Optare Solos at Leamington (47967-80) are registered YJ65ETR/T/U/V/X, ERZ, ESF/G/N/O/U/V/Y, ETA. They are expected to enter service in the next few weeks. Exact seating capacity is still to be confirmed. Seven Volvo Olympians are in the Reserve Fleet here - 16174, 16459/60, 16683/85, 16755, 16873.