Stagecoach East Now back at Fenstanton from Bedford are Volvo B7RLE 21235 and Volvo B8R /MCV 21268 whilst returned to service at Fenstanton from store is Volvo B7R 21228. We understand that Enviro 200s 36934 and 37218 have now returned to service at Peterborough. Volvo B9R/Plaxton Panther 53617, along with another example, have been seen on the M1 heading north near Watford Gap this afternoon. They are on Trade Plates suggesting they are being transferred. There was a suggestion earlier this year they may move to Stagecoach North Scotland [Highlands]. Further information and sighting welcomed.
Stagecoach South West Four Dart SLFs have been relicensed and transferred from Plymouth to Barnstaple. 34609, 34776/77 and 35154 are to assist with schools traffic and we understand a further example is due to join the Barnstaple allocation. Now repainted in Stagecoach ‘Local’ livery is Scania/Enviro 400 15887, which has lost its North Devon Wave livery, Next up for repaint is 15888. Dart SLF 35171 is also receiving the new livery with 35166 being prepared for a visit to the paint shop.
Stagecoach Midlands The fourth Dart SLF received at Rugby from Stagecoach East is 34425, which had been in store at March depot. We understand that further Dart SLFs from Stagecoach East could be made available to transfer here if required.
Stagecoach North East Our Editorial Consultant Richard Smiles has been busy checking through his records and can shed a little more light on the use of Optare Solo 47025 here. It would appear it was a ‘leased’ vehicle which initially, at least, was owned by the Countryside Commission. YL02 FKY was new to Busways in August 2002, but with no fleet number recorded, however by late 2002 it was reported as being given fleet number B009, which at the time was the type of code used for Ancillary vehicles, rather than main fleet vehicles. It was reported as being returned to the Countryside Commission (as B009) in November 2002. In April 2003 it was returned to Busways from the Countryside Commission and was then carrying fleet number 47025. The vehicle then past to Stagecoach North West in November 2003 It then saw further use with Busways, certainly in 2004 and 2005, when it carried the name "Spartacus" and a special Hadrians Wall Bus (AD122) livery. By March 2006 it was reported ‘Off Lease’ at Walkergate depot. It was later operated by Classic Coaches.
Stagecoach South Wales Several vehicles have been relicensed here and are now back in service. These include Volvo B8R/MCV 21353/60, Wright Streetlite 43003 and Dart SLF 34764 at Merthyr. ADL 11.8m Enviro 200MMCs 26092/96 and 26106 along with Enviro 300s 27692/93/94/99 at Porth, 11.8m Enviro 200MMCs 26182/86/87/90 and 26200 at Blackwood, Scania/Enviro 300s 27824/25/27/28 at Cwmbran and similar 28637 at Aberdare.