Stagecoach East is launching its' premium 'Gold' quality service on the busy Cambridge to Haverhill route from Sunday June 1st. Eleven new buses with a value of over £1.5 million are being introduced on the route. They have eLeather seating and also on-boad WiFi. They carry a destinctive gold and dark blue colour scheme and will be driven by dedicate team of 18 drivers based at the Haverhill outststion who will wear distinctive uniforms and a gold tie.
Two of the buses, along with two of the dedicated drivers took part in a photocall on May 18th.
(Photos: Stagecoach East)
Stagecoach East, which operates throughout Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, has expanded its operational Open Top fleet with the re-entry into service of a former Cambridge City Sightseeing Volvo Olympian.
The bus, 16541 (P541EFL) was retired a couple of years ago when the Cambridge City Sightseeing fleet, operated by Stagecoach, was upgraded using former London-based Trident double decks. Since then 16541 has remained in the reserve fleet. It is now back in the operational fleet at Cambridge and has received a repaint in off white with blue relief and is available for private hire bookings, along with the Bristol FLF Open Top bus which is based at Peterborough.
(Photo: Richard Morgan)
The two 1966-built Bristol FLF buses owned by Stagecoach and kept at Peterborough and Kettering depots are now ready for their use at the Stagecoach West Running Day on Saturday 31st May 2014.
Made by McKenna Brothers, both buses now have period-type 'white on black' destination and route number blinds, including relevant destinations for their use at the Running Day,
Full details of the special services and more details on the Running Day are available at www.stagecoachbus.com/cheltenham
The pair of Stagecoach-owned Bristol FLF double deck vehicles proved to be extremely popular at the Fenland Vintage Vehicle event, held on Saturday 17th May 2014.
Will wall-to-wall sunshine and a clear blue sky the Open Top vehicle was the firdt choice for many families taking a trip back in time between Whittlesey and Thorney.
Offering a bonus for photographers, it was arranged for both FLFs to operate the route, with one forming a 'Relief' journey. This gave the sight of two double deck buses dating from 1966 operating together along Fenland roads.
Both buses now sport 'older style' 'white on black' destination blinds capable of displaying appropriate destinations when used at special events.
Special thanks are due to Stagecoach East and Stagecoach Midlands and the staff at Peterborough and Kettering depots, who made the vehicles available for the day and the staff who volunteered to work them.
Its been a busy few weeks here at Steven Knight Media. The Second Edition of the Stagecoach Midlands book went to the printers last week and copies are due to arrive with us today.
We have now started work on the new edition of the East Yorkshire Motor Services Fleet Handbook, which will be published in August. This book will contain the latest information on vehicles in the main EYMS and also Whittles fleets. Many changes have taken place with both fleets in the last year and more new buses are due for EYMS this summer.
We re also planning at least two more additions to the Stagecoach series of Fleet Handbooks later this year.
The Stagecoach FLF's continue to attract interest and we have produced a postcard with a view of the Open Top example. Both this, and the closed top FLF, will make an appearance at the Fenland Vintage Vehicle event at Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire on Saturday 17th May as well as at the Cheltenham 'Heritage Running Day' on May 31st.
Steven Knight is a Transport Specialist who has over 40 years experience in the bus and rail industries as well as in specialist transport journalism. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.