Information posted on September 24th 2015 at 13:45
Following the plan to cascade several MAN/ALX300s from Stagecoach Yorkshire to Stagecoach East Midlands being cancelled 22083 and 22085 are now in service with Stagecoach Yorkshire at Barnsley, allowing further MAN/East Lancs vehicles to be stood down with 39621/24/27/29/30/31 all now in the Reserve Fleet. Dart SLF 35116 has transferred from Rawmarsh to Holbrook which has allowed DAF SLF 26127 to be withdrawn for disposal. Former Stagecoach Oxfordshire MAN/ALX300 22771 is now in service at Rawmarsh. Several vehicles have been sold including MAN/ALX300s 22934/40; Dart SLFs 33096/97, 33237; Dart SPDs 33401-03 and Volvo B10M 52380.
At Stagecoach Manchester the remaining two Tridents at Ashton have been transferred out - 17200 to Middleton and 17202 to the Reserve Fleet. MAN/ALX300 22219 has been taken out of service for disposal at Middleton, whilst Plaxton Primo 49894 is the third of the batch to go into the Reserve Fleet. Sharston’s Enviro 400s 19276/77 have transferred to Ashton and Hyde Road respectively, whilst similar 19082/84 have transferred from Stockport to Wigan. Trident 17618 has transferred from Hyde Road to the Reserve Fleet. Former Reserve Fleet vehicles 22243, 22819 and 33868 are now for disposal, whilst MAN/ALX300s sold to PVS are 22189, 22217/23/29/33/35/36. A further MAN/ALX300 now for disposal is 22808 from Stockport. A re-allocation of Tridents has seen 17507/16/19/20/21/35/61, 17698/99 and 18290 now being based at Hyde Road and 17641/44/45/57/65 are at Sharston.
Stagecoach East has now withdrawn all five remaining Volvo B10BLEs for disposal – 21160/62/63 were previously in the Reserve Fleet at Bedford and 21165/66 in the Reserve Fleet at Fenstanton. Now transferred to the Reserve Fleet are Optare Solos 47435/36/37.
The arrival at Stagecoach South of Tridents from Stagecoach West, along with a reduction in fleet requirements has seen a large number of Volvo Olympians taken out of frontline service and placed into the Reserve Fleet here including 16262/68/82/91/95, 16523/24/25, 16590, 16629/31/32/33 and 16756. Additionally 16312 is withdrawn from Chichester for disposal but has been replaced by 16261 transferred from Aldershot. Allocation of Tridents has seen 18376/77/79/86/87, 18443 allocated to Aldershot and 18438/39 to Guildford. 18502/24 have transferred from Andover to Winchester. The return to service, after repair, at Aldershot of Optare Solo 47543 has seen 47307 transfer to Guildford. Allocation of Dart SLFs has seen 34514 and 34629/30/37 allocated to Aldershot and 34566 and 34608 to Guildford, with 34615 now at Portsmouth. Withdrawn from Winchester for disposal is Volvo B10M (Bus) 20228.
At Stagecoach South East several Dart SLFs have been re-allocated with 34412 now at Ashford and 34541/43/44 now at Herne Bay/Canterbury. Trident 17624 has transferred from Herne Bay to Folkestone along with Scania/E400 15440. Now in service at Folkestone are Scania/E400s 15436-39 where were recently transferred from Stagecoach Oxfordshire. Volvo Olympians on the move are 16506 from Herne Bay to Folkestone and 16507/09 from Herne Bay to Thanet. The transfer of Volvo B10Ms 20675, 20832 and 20955 from Dover to the Reserve Fleet leaves just 20654 of the type in the main fleet at Dover. Similarly at Thanet 20008, 20312 and 20642 are withdrawn for disposal leaving just 20011 and 20956 of the type in the operational fleet. In other Olympian news 16270 (Thanet) and 16388 (Hastings) are now withdrawn with 16380 transferring from Thanet to Hastings. Tridents 18163/67 are transferred from Herne Bay to Thanet and Enviro 400s 19005/59 from Folkestone to Dover. Eastbourne has lost MAN/ALX300s 22946/47/48 which have transferred to Thanet, whilst Reserve Fleet 22009 is now for disposal.
The two former Stagecoach London Tridents received recently by Stagecoach East Scotland, 17746 and 17802 are for component recovery only.