Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. April 2020.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the April 2020 edition of Busmopolitan.

Despite the UK being in lockdown for Coronavirus, things carry on in the transport world. Certainly there has been a lot of movements on the railways, with many older types being retired in the wake of new rolling stock.
On 3/4/20, the UK Government announced a 167 million pound support package for bus operators affected by the pandemic. This will help to subsidise services. There has been a 90% average drop in bus travel due to Covid-19 (80 % in Greater London). Rail suffered similarly with an 80% drop (90% in Greater London). The railways have temporarily reverted to government control, to protect franchises from financial problems.
More airlines have temporarily cut back on their operations and furloughed staff/grounded aircraft.

Due to the UK Government’s restrictions on movement, there is less content in certain parts of this edition – such as railways. All pictures dated within the Lockdown were taken either by Key Workers carrying out their work, or the photographers were on essential journeys for shopping for necessities etc, or were doing their authorised daily exercise and practicing social distancing.

GA RAINBOW (CR TOWN) 24-4-20
Above: A rainbow logo, celebrating efforts by Key Workers to keep the country moving, appeared widely during the Lockdown. This was at Colchester Town railway station on 24/4/20. (John Podgorski).

KELVEDON RAIL STATION CAR PARK 26-4-20
Above: A deserted Kelvedon railway station car park on 26/4/20. (John Podgorski).

A2B, CAMBRIDGE.
YX11AEA A2B NHS BRANDED 4-20 (ROUTEONE)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 YX11 AEA is one of three buses branded for NHS Charities. (RouteOne).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
GN58BTU 4012 AR CR 4 (HYTHE TESCO) 30-3-20
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 4012 at the Hythe Tesco terminus of route 4 on 30/3/20. For the duration of the Covid-19 Emergency Timetable, the 4 will be worked by long ADL/E200s. (John Podgorski).

GN58BUA 4017 AR CR 8 (WESTWAY) 10-4-20
Above; ADL/Enviro 200 4017 at Westway on Good Friday, 10/4/20. The original alignment of Essex Hall Road, on the right – was to the top left of this picture. This changed after Westway was opened in 1980.

Odd sightings:
3/4/20: ADL/E200 4011 (GN58 BTO) on Staff Shuttle. 6/4/20: ADL/E200 4017 (GN58 BUA) on Staff Shuttle. 17/4/20: ADL/E200 3986 (GN 07 ALO) on Staff Shuttle; StreetLite 4224 (GN62 HMY) on 2. 20/4/20: ADL/E200 GN58 BTU on Staff Shuttle. 21/4/20: ADL/E200 GN58 BTZ on Staff Shuttle. 23/4/20: ADL/E200 3986 on Staff Shuttle. 28/4/20: ADL/E200 GN58 BUF on Staff Shuttle.

EU56GVG 1559 AR CR SORNED 4-4-20
Above: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 1559 SORNED at Colchester depot on 4/4/20. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
From 1/4/20, a new express coach service 720 was due to begin, linking Stansted Airport, Stratford and London Liverpool Street. 16 Mb Tourismos are outbased at Stansted for this. However, it was delayed to to Coronavirus.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
GN08CGO ENL80 AR LON N B15 (BX) 1-2-20
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 ENL80 at Avenue Road, Bexleyheath on 1/2/20. Originally with Arriva Southend at Grays for TfL contract 370 between Lakeside and Romford, it moved with its sisters to Dartford when the 370 was double decked. (John Podgorski).

From 1/4/20, Arriva London was changed from two to three divisions. London North now covers basically east and north east London only. The old north London part has gone into a new Arriva London Central division. Dartford has now moved to a more logical London South from London North.

LJ05GRZ VLA139 AR LON N 128 (IL) 11-5-19
Above: VLA139 on Cranbrook Road, Ilford on 11/5/19. Route 128 subsequenly passed to Stagecoach on retender, and this helped accelerate the demise of the VLAs. (John Podgorski).

VLA Class Volvo B7TL/ALX400 operation was reported to have ceased, with VLA57 appearing for the lat time on TfL173 (Beckton-Goodmayes) on 24/4/20. It was just preceeded by VLA131 – also on 173, but on 21/4/20. This ends an association of some 15 years with this type in the north eastern London suburbs. They were also the very last B7TLs on TfL contracts.
From 4/4/20, Sunday schedule intoduced on 150 (Becontree Heath-Chigwell Row).
From 11/4/20, Sunday schedule introduced on TfL123 (Wood Green-Ilford), 325 (Beckton-Prince Regent).
TfL325 (Beckton-Prince Regent) was temporarily converted to double deck from 29/4/20. This was due to Covid-19 social distancing.
Centre door only boarding/alighting, to increae social distancing between staff and customers appeared on LTs from Ash Grove (AE) at an early stage, and parallel with the official trial of this at Abellio London, Walworth. From mid-April, this policy was adopted TfL wide.
ADL/Enviro 200s ENS2-5, 8, 10-12 have transferred to Arriva North West at St Helens. These had previously been on loan to Metroline for TFL393 in Hackney/Islington.

ARROW TAXIS, MALDON.
Temporarily took over ex Swallow 61 (Brentwood-Blackmore) on emergency Essex CC contract from 11/4/20. Mb Sprinter DK58 CYH seen.

BALFOUR BEATTY.
24/4/20: Plasser Theurer Tamper DR73926 on 632R Colchester-Whittlesea-Colchester via Channelsea Curve in London.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
LX56EUD E56 GAL BT 396 (IL) 11-5-19
Above: E56 in Ilford on 11/5/19; shortly after transfer from London Central, for the then newly won ex Stagecoach TfL396 contract. (John Pogorski).

From 7/4/20, 4 E Class ADL/E400s outstationed at London Central Bexleyheath garage, so that BX crews could work some journeys on 5 (Romford-Canning Town) and 101 (Gallions Reach-Wanstead). These buses were rotated and the east London routes were accessed via the Datford Crossing. Initially E55, 56, 65, 72 were loaned.
From 11/4/20, Sunday schedule introduced on 104 (Manor Park-Stratford), 115 (East Ham-Stepney).

BRITISH AIRWAYS.
From 2/4/20, 80% of workforce were furloughed due to Coronavirus. On 30/4/20, redundancies were announced.

BUDGET BUSWAYS, COLCHESTER.
Some of you might remember this short lived challenger to Eastern National in the summer of 1995. For around 6 weeks in the June and July, it tried to compete on the Colchester to Braintree and Chelmsford corridors with a fleet of motley Leyland Nationals. Well, it’s old depot at Haven Road has just been vacated. It was latterly used by Wastecare (white goods recyclers). Back in the day, Budget rented space there from the then incumbent occupier, Oyster Yachts.

C&R COACHES, LITTLE TEY.
UTK301 C&R (WINDSOR CASTLE) 1966 (D OSBORNE COLLECTION)
Above: Bedford VAL/Duple Vega Major UTK 301 at Windsor Castle in May 1966. C&R stood for Copeman and Raven. It was established in 1953. Raven was the “sleeping partner”. C&R was sold to Hedingham Omnibuses on 4th January 1982. The Little Tey depot continued in use for buses and coaches until July 2014. (David Osborne Collection).

COLAS RAIL.
1/4/20: 37057 with NR Test Train Ferme Park-Cambridge – via east London and Essex.
9/4/20: 47727/49 on Leicester-Ilford light loco.
27/4/20; 37219 on Hackney Downs to Liverpool Street via NE London circuit.
28/4/20: 37219/254 at Ripple Lane on 1Q95 Test Train from Ferme Park via Shoebury.
29/4/20: 37219/254 on 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge via GEML southern end.

DBS.
1/4/20: 66207 on Acton-Griffin Wharf, Ipswich.
13/4/20: 66142 at Ripple Lane.
14/4/20: 66080 on 6M87 Tilbury-Wembley sand.
22/4/20: 66020 on 0Z89 Wembley-Ilford and to tow 90034 as 0Z90 return, But 90034 stayed at Ilford due to a technical hitch.
24/4/20: 66020 towed 90034 Ilford-Wembley.
29-30/4/20: Some frieghts diverted via Stratford and GEML.
29/4/20: 59202 on 7V57 Harlow Mill-Acton. 66090 on FLX-Wakefield. 66164 on 4L76 East Midlands Gateway-FLX.
30/4/20: 66002 on 4L76 East Midlands Gateway-FLX. 60090 on 4E45 FLX-Wakefield.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
From 11/4/20, Sunday schedule introduced on TfL135 (Crossharbour-Old Street).

DON’S OF DUNMOW.
K733DAO DON'S DUMNOW 18-4-20 (A HAZELL)
(Alex Hazell).

Volvo B10M/Alexander PS K733 DAO has been offered for sale. It has been replaced by the recently acquired ADL/Enviro 200.

YN08MLF DON'S (GA RRP INGATESTONE) 29-3-20 (A HAZELL)
Above: Ex Nottingham City Transport Scania Omnidekka YN08 MLF on Greater Anglia rail replacement at Ingatestone on 29/3/20. (Alex Hazell).

During the COVID-19 Lockdown, one school contract was still run, for the children of Key Workers. Rail replacement was also provided.

DRS.
1/4/20: 88001 at Stowmarket from Norwich.
2/4/20: 88001 Stowmarket to Willesden via GEML.
6/4/20: 37059 on Willesden Brent-Norwich light loco via NLL and GEML.
13/4/20: 57301 on 0L50 Leicester-Ilford light loco.
14/4/20; 66008 and consist seen at Chelmsford aen route to Sizewell; returned as 6M69 to Crewe with flasks.
18/4/20: 57306 towed GWR 387140 Ilford to Reading and returned with 387131 from West Ealing.
24/4/20: 57306 towed GWR 387138 as 524L West Ealing-Ilford, then took GWR 387136 from Ilford to Oxford as 549L.

ENSIGNBUS.
LX17DZA 140 N-S ENSIGNBUS NHS BN HOSPITAL 9-4-20 (ROSS NEWMAN)
(Ensignbus).

LX17DZA 140 INTERIOR ENSIGNBUS BN HOSPITAL 9-4-20 (ROSS NEWMAN)
(Ensignbus)

On 9/4/20, BCI Excellence 140 (LX17 DZA) took a load of Easter eggs to Basildon Hospital to be distributed amongst the staff there.

ENSIGNBUS EGGS FOR HEROES 9-4-20 (VIA D DISBURY)
(Via Daniel Disbury).

PL08YLZ 121 ENSIGNBUS NHS WE SALUTE YOU (AVELEY) 9-4-20 (D DISBURY)
Above: NHS and Key Workers We Salute You. Aveley, 9/4/20. (Daniel Disbury).

On 23/4/20, Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini BJ11 EBN delivered ‘Items for Heroes’ to Basildon Hospital, in the form of PPE Personal Protective Equipment.

ENSIGNBUS ITEMS FOR HEROES 23-4-20
(Ross Newman).

EPPING FOREST COMMUNITY TRANSPORT.
Operated ex Swallow route 13 (Epping-Waltham Cross) from 8/4/20.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Suffolk CC contracts 72, 163, 173, 179 were gained from Suffolk Norse effective 6/4/20.
The Copdock Park and Ride site is being used as a Covid-19 Testing Centre.

FIRST ESSEX.
SN57HCY 37139 FE62 ON 102 (CR) 24-4-20
Above: Unusual traction on route 102 on 24/4/20 was Volvo B9TL/Gemini 37139. Pictured at Colchester. (John Podgorski).

Known reduced operational allocations due to Cornavirus:
BN: ADL/E400s 33424/25, 33504/7/44-46/48/49/51-53/55/57-59/61-63/67/68/70/72-74; StreetLites 47650-58; ADL/E200 MMCs 67160-64; Volvo 7900Hs 69901-919.
CF: Scania N250/E400 City 36836-43; Dart SLF/Pointers 42932/36; ADL/Enviro 200s 44001/2/5/81, 44537-550, 44900/8-10/13-15; ADL/E200 MMCs 67165-171; ADL/Enviro 300s 67901-4; B7RLE/Wrights 69421/30-34.
CR: B7TL/Geminis 37007, 37027/34-36/42/53/62; B9TL/Geminis 37133/34/36/38-40; StreetLites 63330-344; ADL/Enviro 300s 67735-39/41/42/50/55/56/79, 67805.
HH: B9TL/Geminis 36216-220, 37985/86; ADL/E200s 44003/4/6/80; StreetLites 47521-30, 47643-49, 63161-170, 63328/29; B7RLE/Wrights 69516-20.

LK57EJJ 44005 FE 42B (HD) 5-4-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 44005 in Halstead on the recently extended 42B, on 5/4/20. (Simon Austin).

ADL/Enviro 200s 44002/5 (LK57 EJE/J), 44081 (YX58 HVL) are further ones at Chelmsford (CF) from (HH).
Scania N250UD/Enviro 400 Cities 36836/42 were loaned by Chelmsford to Basildon.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 62407 (YS03 ZKC), 65679 (YR52 VEH), have been seen in use as crew ferries at Colchester (CR).
Odd sightings:
1/4/20: B7TL/Gemini 37007 on 104; Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 61; Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 70; Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 61; Scania/Solar 65679 on CR Staff Shuttle; ADL/E300 67779 on 1A. 3/4/20: B7TL/Geminis 37007 on 65; YJ06 XLH on 104; 67679 on CR Staff Shuttle. 4/4/20: Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 61. 5/4/20: 44001 on 71A. 6/4/20: Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 64; Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 64; ADL/E300 67742 on 75; ADL/E300s 67756/79 on 70. 8/4/20: Route 62 37134 on 64; ADL/E200 44081 on 71; B7RLEs 69430/34 on 70. 9/4/20: B7RLE 69421 on 70. 10/4/20: Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 61. 12/4/20: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67171 (YY66 PCO) on 42B. 13/4/30: Route 62 B9TL 37138 (SN57 DCX) on 2A; Dart SLF/Pointer 42936 (SN05 DZS) on 70 + 71A. 14/4/20: Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 61; ADL/E200 44550 on 70. 16/4/20: ADL/E200 MMC 67166 on 70. 17/4/20: SLF 42936 on 71; ADL/E200 44549 on 70. 20/4/20: 37034 on 104; 62407 on CR Staff Shuttle. 21/4/20: 37007 on 67; 62407 on CR Staff Shuttle. 22/4/20: ADL/E300 67737 on 75. 23/4/20: B7TL/Gemini 37007 on 65 + 1A; B7TL/Gemini 37035 on 65; B7TL/Gemini 37037 on 64; Route 62 B9TL/Geminis 37133/39 on 61; B9TL/Gemini 37140 on 65; ADL/E200 YX09 MGZ on 70; ADL/E200 MMC 67170 on 70. 24/4/20: B7TL/Gemini 37037 on 65; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37138 on 61; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 102; B7TL/Gemini 37140 on 1A; ADL/E200 MMC 67165 on 70. 25/4/20: StreetLite 63334 on 70; StreetLite 63335 on 88. 26/4/20: B7TL/Gemini 37007 on 65; B9TL/Gemini 37140 on 65. 28/4/20: B7TL/Gemini 37007 on 65; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37134 on 65; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37139 on 61; Dart SLF 42932 on 71A; StreetLite 63337 on 75. 30/4/20: B7TL/Gemini 37007 on 65; B7TL/Gemini 37035 (YJ06 XLA) on 65; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37136 on 65; B9TL/Gemini 37140 on 65.
In late April, route 65 in Coclhester went over to double deck, while M-F evening 1A s in Coclhester recerted to double deck after havivng been single deck since the Lockdown.

SN05DZS 42936 FE 71A (CR) 13-4-20
Above: 42936 at Southway, Colchester on Easter Monday 13/4/20. A Dart SLF on the 71 on a bank holiday is unusual at any time. The COVID-19 emergency timetable has seen an increase in 71A workings. (John Podgorski).

YY66PCO 67171 FE X30 42B (HALSTEAD) 12-4-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 67171 at Butler Road Bus Park, Halstead on Easter Sunday 12/4/20. (Simon Austin).

VX54MRU 67640 FE 65 (STANWAY) 26-3-20
Above: Currently SORNED ADL/Enviro 300 67640 at London Road, Stanway on 26/3/20. (John Podgorski).

FREIGHTLINER.                                                                                                        The lockdown saw all Class 70s stored, along with 86614 and 21 Class 66s. These were at Crewe and Leeds depots.66544 FL (MT) 24-4-20
Above: 66544 leads a Felixstowe bound intermodal at Marks Tey on 24/4/20. (John Podgorski).

1/4/20: 86608/12 on 4L89 Crewe-Ipswich.
w/c 5/4/20: 4M92 Felixstowe-East Midland Gateway diverted to Lawley Street.
8/4/20: 86627/32, 86637/38 on “up” intermodals from Felixstowe/Ipswich.
9/4/20: 86612/13 on 4L89 Coatbridge-Felixstowe.
13/4/20: 86607/8 on 4M87. 86637/38 at Ipswich.
14/4/20: Pink 66587 on 4L37 Lawley Street-FLX.
21/4/20; 86612/22/27/28 on 4L89 Coatbridge-Felixstowe.
24/4/20: 66526 on 4S83 London Gateway-Crewe-Coatbridge. 66531 on 4L46 Lawley Street-London Gateway.
27/4/20: 86605/12/32/37 on 4L89 Crewe-FLX.
29/4/20: 66753 on 6L49 Lindsay-Ipswich tanks.

GALLEON COACHES, STRATFORD.
VJD471 GALLEON COACHES STRATFORD (BRITISH COACH RALLY BRIGHTON 1959) (FRANK DOBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY)
Above: Bedford SB/Plaxton Embassy VJD 471 at the 1959 British Coach Rally at Brighton. Then trading as Essex County Coaches, Galleon Travel of Roydon is the current descendant. The lady and gentleman would not look out of place at a special occasion in 2020. The coach is very much late 1950s/early 1960s. (Frank Dobinson Photography/John Podgorski Collection).

GBRf.
3/4/20: 66765 tnt 66762 on 6T60 Whitemoor-West Ham engineers.
4/4/20: 66723 + DR76901 (milling machine) + 66750 on Tonbridge-Romford.
5/4/20: 66723 + DR76901 + 66750 on Romford-Laindon and return; then to Upper Holloway.
6/4/20: 66750 + DR76901 + 66723 on Upper Holloway-Romford.
6-7/4/20: 66750/DR76901/66750 Romford to Harold Wood and return.
7/4/20: 66723 took 66750 Romford to Tonbridge and returned with 66740.
7-8/4/20: 66723 + DR76901 + 66740 Romford-Forest Gate Junction-Liverpool Street.
8-9/4/20: 66740/DR76901/66723 Liverpool Street-Forest Gate Junction-Romford.
9/4/20: 66740/23 on Romford-Tonbridge light loco. Maroon 66743 ‘Belmond Royal Scotsman’ on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX. 66762 on North Walsham-Harwich tanks.
13/4/20: 66702 tnt 66714 on 6T61 Whitemoor-Colchester engineers. 66715 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
14/4/20: 66740/766 on Tonbridge West-Romford light loco for NR milling maching duties.
16/4/20: 66740 tnt 66766 with NR milling machine on 6X69 Romford-Gas Factory Junction, Bow.
17-18/4/20: 66702 tnt 66785 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Shenfield/Billericay engineers. 66714 tnt 66737 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Shenfield/Billericay engineers. 66763 on 6T61 Whitemoor-Shenfield/Billericay. 66765 on 6T60 Whitemorr-Shenfield/Billericay.
18/4/20: 66702 on 6T63 Shenfield-Whitemoor engineers. 66740 tnt 66766 with NR milling machine on 6X69 Gas Factory Junction-Bishop’s Stortford. 66785 on 6T62 Shenfield-Whitemoor.
19/4/20: 66737 tnt 66714 on 6T61 Shenfield-Whitemoor engineers. 66763 tnt 66765 on 6T60 Shenfield-Whitemoor.
20/4/20: 66737 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66738/39 on 4L04 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66741 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX.
21/4/20: 66740 tnt 66766 with NR milling maching back to Romford from Bishop’s Stortford. 66784 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX.
24/4/20: 66766/40 took the NR milling machine from Romford to Stowmarket as 6X69.
28/4/20: 66730 leading Freightliner 66956 on 6L37.
29-30/4/20: Some frieghts diverted via Stratford and GEML.
29/4/20: 66701 on 4Z35 Doncaster-FLX. 66714 on 4E86 FLX-Masborough. 66727 on 4L29 Hams Hall-FLX. 66753 on 4M01 FLX-Hams Hall.
30/4/20: 66701 on 4Z35 Doncaster-FLX. 66727 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66741 on 4M01 FLX-Hams Hall. 66752 on 4E86 FLX-Masborough.

GREATER ANGLIA.
12056 GA INTERIOR (BETHNAL GREEN) 4-1-20
Above: Aboard MkIII 12056 as the Liverpool Street-Norwich service in which it is in the formation, climbs Bethnal Green bank on 4/1/20. (John Podgorski).

The first Class 360 to be withdrawn appears to be 360118. One car has gone for a pilot refurbishment, prior to the transfer of this class to EMR.
MkIIIs 12016/24/99/103/20/41/70 to Booth, Rotherham for scrap on 1/4/20 – see below.   10403, 11096, 12009/093, 121067/50 to Midland Railway Centre, Butterley.                                                                                                                  10404, 11066/072/082 have gone to the Barry Tourist Railway.
10412 has gone to the Northampton & Lamport Railway for preservation.                                                                                                          10415 has been acquired by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for training.                                                                                                                       11090, 112032/097 have been sold to DATS DATA Acquisition and Testing Services.
90001/2 have passed to LSL (Locomotive Services Limited).
90003-15 have gone to store.
82136 has been moved to Mid Norfolk Railway. Later moved to Leicester. 82143 then sold to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
12114, 82118 have gone to Crewe Heritage Centre.
Some additional Norwich train crew trained on Class 321s.
1/4/20: 7 MkIIIs to Booth, Rotherham for scrap behind ROG 37402 ‘Stephen Middlemore’ as 5Z37.
2/4/20: 745106 to service.
5/4/20: 321430 in 1036/1P73 Norwich-London and return.                         6/4/20: 90002 Norwich to Crewe for LSL – towing 10411/15/16, 11076/077, 12111/71, 82139/43.
7/4/20: 90001 Norwich to Crewe for LSL. + 11068/91/75/70/98/87, 82127, 12114, 82118 – as 5Z90.
8/4/20: 12027/041/151, 11094, 12019/115/026/012 from Norwich to Eastleigh behind DCR 60055 ‘Thomas Barnardo’ as 5Z56. 720509 on 5Q04 test run. 745008 on 5Q81 test run. Stansted Express 745105-7 on Norwich-Liverpool Streets.
9/4/20: 720509 on 2 x Liverpool Street-Southend Victoria test runs. 745109 on Liverpool Street-Stowmarket/Parkeston test.
13/4/20: 10404, 11066/072/082 from Norwich to Barry behing GBRf 66730 ‘Whitemoor’. 11090, 12032/092/097/099 hauled Norwich to Leicester by ROG 47815 ‘Lost Boys’.  317511 + 884 towed Ilford-Crewe by DRS 57301 as 5Q08.
14/4/20: 317511 + 884 towed Crewe-Kilmarnock by DRS 57301 as 5Q10. 317885 towed Kimarnock-Ilford by 57301, 720509 on Liverpool Street-Kings Lynn test run.
15/4/20: 745107 on 5Q25 Norwich-Liverpool Street test. 745108 on 5Q81 Norwich-Liverpool Street test – then to Ely as 5Q82 and return, then 5Q88 back to Norwich. 745109 on 5Q73 Harwich International-Liverpool Street test. 16/4/20: 10403, 11096, 12009/093/107/150 Norwich-Butterley behind GBRf 66724 to Peterborough, then DRS 47727/739 tnt to Butterley.
17/4/20: 755330 towed 745108 on assistance test at Liverpool Street. 18/4/20: 82136 towed Mid Norfolk Railway to Leicester by ROG 37608 ‘Andromeda’.
20/4/20: 745105 on 5Q25 Norwich-Liverpool Stret test. 745108 on 5Q82 Liverpool Street-Cambridge test. 745109 on 5Q73 Parkeston-Liverpool Street test.
23/4/20: 755403 delivered.
24/4/20: 720509 failed at Hatfield Peveral while on test and subsequently left at Witham.
25/4/20: 720509 towed Witham-Ilford by DRS 47727/49.
29/4/20: 745001 on 5Q24 Liverpool St-Harwich International test.
A single coach from 360118 was moved by road from Ilford depot to Brodie at Kilmarnock at the end of April.

745106 GA (MT) 24-4-20
Above: 745106 at Marks Tey on 24/4/20. This is one of the ‘745s eventually destined for Stansted Express. (John Podgorski).

HCT GROUP.
It was announced that an employee at Hackney (HK) depot, was one of 15 London Buses workers who died of Coronavirus. Thoughts go out to their family, friends, colleagues.
From 4/4/20, TfL394 (Homerton Hospital-Islington) – to Sunday schedule.

HEDINGHAM.
From 4/4/20, there were further changes to the Emergency Timetable.
Some Saturdays 88s were transferred from Sible Hedingham (HD) to Kelvedon (KN).
And 83/A/B, 92 were suspended on Saturdays.
Omnidekka movements:
w/e 18/4/20: 800 – KN-Chambers; 802 – KN-Chambers; 811 – Chambers-KN; 814 – KN-Chambers. 20/4/20: 802 – Chambers-KN. 29/4/20: 810 – Chambers-KN.
Odd sightings:
14/4/20: Omnicity saloon 458 on 74. 30/4/20: Omnidekka 813 on Duty 3904 63 + 50.

W491WGH 573 HO KN SORNED 31-3-20
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 573, SORNED at Kelvedon on 31/3/20, with B7TL/Gemini 520. (John Podgorski).

YN05HFH 458 HO 74 (HEAD ST, CR) 14-4-20
Above: Scania Omnicity saloon 458 (YN05 HFH) is now in fleet livery, ex Anglian yellow/blue. Seen at Head Street, Colchester on 14/4/20. (John Podgorski)

EY57FZE 261 HO 63 (ABBEY FIELD, CR) 8-4-20
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 261 at Abbey Field, Colchester on 8/4/20. It is on a southbound service 63 to Berechurch. (John Podgorski).

YN55PZU 813 HO 50 (LAYER) 30-4-20
Above: Omnidekka 813 at Layer on 30/4/20. (John Podgorski).

Ancillary vehicles:
Renault Trafic minibus 9008 (LX09 EYT) was exchanged with Mb Vito MPV 9014 (RJ56 NYK) as the Kelvedon crew ferry, with 9008 returning to Clacton.

IPSWICH BUSES.
The Covid-19 emergency timetable has seen single deckers appear on routes on which they would not normally appear.
Buses SORNED are most of the double deckers. Scania Omnidekkas 60, 61, Scania N230UD/Olympus 68 are still available for use.
Odd sightings:
1/4/20: Versa 152 (YK08 EPV) on 93. 3/4/20: ADL/E200 78 (YX14 RVL) on 93; Versa 152 on 93. 6/4/20: Versa 149 on 93. 8/4/20: ADL/E200 101 (SN16 OGG) on 93. 11/4/20: Versa 151 on 93. 14/4/20: ADL/E200 104 (SN13 OGK) on 93. 16/4/20: ADL/E200 78 (YX14 RVL) on 93. 17/4/20: ADL/E200 101 on 93. 21/4/20: ADL/E200 103 on 93. 23/4/20: Versa 146 (YK08 EPC) on 93. 28/4/20: ADL/E200 83 on 93. 30/4/20: Versa 150 on 93.

KINGS TOURS, COLCHESTER.
KC60ABC KINGS TOURS SORNED 29-3-20
Above: Van Hool TX KC60 ABC amongst the fleet furloughed due to Coronavirus, at Stanway depot on 29/3/20. (John Podgorski).

LONDON CENTRAL.
From 11/4/20, Sunday schedule introduced on TfL108 (Lewisham-Stratford International).

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
New for the forthcoming TfL106 (Whitechapel-Finsbury Park) contract are ADL/Enviro 400 City EVs Ee22-30 (LF20 XLY/Z, XMA-H), Ee32 (LF20 XMK). Ee31, 33-37 had their delivery suspended, due to the enforced shutdown of the ADL factory due to Covid-19. Their booked registrations are LF20 XMJ, ZML-P/R.
WVL Class Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini operation ceased after 7/4/20.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
315802/12 on Romford-Upminster during April.
315816 to Booth, Rotherham for scrap.
317714/23/29/32, 317888/90 are withdrawn.
3/4/20: 317891/92 towed from Ilford to Ely for storage, by GBRf 66783.
6/4/20: 317888/90 from Ilford to Wembley Yard.
15/4/20: 317723/32 towed from Ilford to Northampton for storage.
16/4/20: 315816 towed from Wembley to Rotherham for scrap.
17/4/20: 317723/32 towed back to Ilford from Northampton.
20/4/20: 317723/32 from Ilford to Wembley for storage.
25/4/20: 317719 from Northampton back to Ilford.
315802/3/6/8/10/11/12/22/31/36 known to be still in stock in April.
Class 317 operation has finished.

MTR ELIZABETH LINE.
315847 TfL RAIL (ROMFORD) 4-5-19
Above: 315847 at Romford on 4/5/19. (John Podgorski).

Class 315s continue in service M-F and the occasional Saturday. Pre Covid-19 Lockdown, ‘315s had no longer worked at weekends. Sundays/public holidays continues as all Class 345.
9/4/20: 345011 – OC-IL behind ROG 37800. 345051 – IL-OC behind ROG 37800.
15/4/20: 315833/859 on 5Q20 Northampton-Ilford ECS – on diesel tow.
29/4/20: 345006 – OC-IL.

315833 TfL RAIL (SHENFIELD) 4-5-19
Above: 315833 at Shenfield on 4/5/19. (John Podgorski).

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
From 2359 on 5/4/20, all remaining coach services suspended. These were the emergency timetable 801 to 817. 813 (Norwich-London) and 816 (Ipswich-London) served the Busmopolitan area. London Victoria Coach Station was closed from the same time.

BF68LCL NX-GALLOWAY 481 (STRATFORD) 29-2-20
Above: NX contractor Galloway of Mendlesham Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante III BF68 LCL at Stratford, on a London Victoria bound 481 on 29/2/20. (John Podgorski).

NEW HORIZON.
Operations have been suspended.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Ex First London/Metroline ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BDY entered service at the start of April, still in London red. It had been converted to single door and led destination fitted.

YX10BDY PANTHER (CR) 5-4-20 (S BARHAM)
Above; YX10 BDY at The Crescent, Severalls Park on 4/4/20. It was on diversion due to the closure of Langham Road bridge. This took it from Birchwood Corner and along the A12 to Severalls Park. (Steve Barham).

Colchester outstation down to three buses/coaches by end of April.
Ancillary vehicles:
Vauxhall Astra van AB56 PAN has been debranded to plain white.

AB56PAN PANTHER PLAIN WHITE (CR) 8-4-20
Above: AB56 PAN at Colchester on 8/4/20. (John Podgorski).

RAILWAY MISCELLANEOUS.
RAILWAY WAGON 11 TON VAN DERELICT (MT) 24-4-20
Above: The remains of an 16 ton mineral wagon at Marks Tey on 24/4/20. This has lain there for long time – since August 1979. The circumstances of it being there was a derailment. (John Podgorski).

ROG.
2/4/20: 37608 replaced 37611 as Manningtree ‘Thunderbird’.
3/4/20: 37608 hauling dead GA 745106 as 5P24 “down” through Chelmsford.
7/4/20: 37608 towed 745108 into Norwich. 37800 on 0L50 Norwich-Ilford light loco.
9/4/20: 37800 at Ilford depot, then towed MTR 345051 to Old Oak – before returning to Ilford with 345011.
10/4/20: 37800 Ilford-Leicester light loco.

RYANAIR.
Following furloughing of much of the workforce, redundancies were announced at the end of April.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
New for TfL323 (Canning Town-Mile End) are BYD ADL/Enviro 200 MMC EVs 29201-205 (LF20 XKO/P/S/T/U).
From 4/4/20, Sunday schedule introduced on TfL165 (Romford-Hornchurch), 365 (South Hornchurch-Havering Park).
From 11/4/20, Sunday schedule introduced on 128 (Romford-Claybury), 238 (Barking-Stratford), 241 (Stratford City-Cannning Town), 248 (Cranham-Romford), 252 (Collier Row-Hornchurch), 366 (Redbrige-Beckton), D3 (Leamouth-Bethnal Green).
In late April, the Nightingale emergency Hospital in London Docklands opened.
Four dedicated services were introduced, for use by hospital staff only.
NG1 (NHS Nightingale-Pontoon Dock).Basically a park and ride, this runs 24/7 from Bow (BW) garage.
NG2 (NHS Nighingale-Docklands Riverside, Doubletree Hilton Hotel). 24/7, worked by Bow. Withdrawn 18/4/20 and replaced by revised NG3.
NG3 (NHS Nightingale-Docklands Riverside, Moxy Hotel). 24/7, operated by Bow.
NG4 (NHS Nightingale-Brittania Village). Another Park and Ride. Operated 24/7 from West Ham (WH). Withdrawn on 16/4/20 and not replaced.
The route withdrawals were due to Nightingale not being used to planned capacity.
Additionally, West Ham garage is being used by the London Ambulance Service (LAS), to commission new ambulances and also re-commisssion old ambulances with the support of the AA.
Following use by London Fire Brigade for training, Trident/ALX400 17836 (LX03 BYM) went to Lister PVS, Bolton for scrap.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON Nightingale-Hospital-bus (Stagecoach)
Above: ADL/E40H 11036 at West Ham garage and blinded for NHS service NG4. (Stagecoach).

STEPHENSONS:
SN66WLL 469 STEPHENSONS 105 (CR) 21-4-20
Above: Still in YourBus livery, ADL/Enviro 200 469 at Colchester on 21/4/20. (John Podgorski).

Great Bromley allocation w/e 4/4/20:
Short ADL/E200s 414 (SK07 HLV), 422 (EU60 CAV); ADL/E200 464 (EU62 FDF).
YourBus liveried ADL/E200 469 (SN66 WLL) appeared at Clacton w/c 5/4/20. At the end of April, all bar 414 were still at Great Bromley.

SUFFOLK NORSE.
The following sponsored services were withdrawn/changed from 4/4/20.
112 (Hadleigh-Sudbury) – due to lack of patronage. But Bildeston-Sudbury section now covered by GoStart.
72 (Woodbridge-Ipswich), 163 (Bucklesham-Ipswich), 173 (Felixstowe-Woodbridge – schools journey), 179 (Woodbridge-Felixstowe-Ipswich)- all changed contractor.
72, 163, 173, 179 went to First Eastern Counties.
Most of 173 is already worked by Ipswich Buses.

SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
Has ceased trading and administrators appointed.
Volvo B11R/Jonckherre SW16 LOW passed to an Oxford dealer.

HSK177 (REAR) SWALLOW 6-03
Above: Volvo B10MT/Jonckherre HSK 177 at Colchester in June 2003 in classic Swallow Coaches livery. Alongside is Volvo B10M/Van Hool BAZ 7059. The HSK 177 registation mark was later used on a Dart SLF/Pointer bus. (John Podgorski)..

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
During the Coronavirus Lockdown, rail replacement services were still provided.

TOWER TRANSIT.
It was announced that one of the staff at Lea Interchange (LI) garage, was one of 15 London Buses workers who died of Coronavirus. Thoughts are with their family, friends and colleagues.
From 11/4/20, Sunday schedule introduced on D8 (Stratford-Crossharbour).

TRANSPORT for LONDON.
LTZ1781 LT781 ABELLIO 68 (MIDDLE DOOR BOARDING) 4-20 (TfL)
(TfL).

Steps to protect London Buses staff from Coronavirus:
From 10/4/20, trial boarding of buses via centre doors began on a selection of routes – contracted to Abellio and in south London. This went London wide from 20/4/20. Then front doors of multi door buses were sealed off and displayed ‘No Entry’ signs.
Across the whole of the TfL bus network; clear film covers the communication holes in the drivers’ protective screens, and seats near the driver have been taped off.

LTZ1781 LT781 Abellio Middle-door boarding signs (Euston) 4-20 (TfL)
(TfL).

TURNERS OF ESSEX, WICKHAM ST PAUL.
The old depot is now used by a motorhome dealer.

UNO, HATFIELD.
SK68TNV 60 UNO CRANFIELD CONNECT CAPTAIN TOM MOORE 4-20 (ROUTEONE)
Above: Wright StreetLite 60 has been named in honour of World War 2 veteran NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore. (RouteOne).

WCR.
7/4/20: 60055 on Bristol-Norwich light loco via GWML, NLL, GEML.
8/4/20: 60055 on Norwich-Eastleigh ECS with redundant GA MkIII stock – see above.
29/4/20: 37608 Wembley-Ilford light loco; did a Class 345 swap to/from MTR “west side”, then back to Wembley light.

With thanks to: Angliagen, S Austin, S Barham, Bus News, D Disbury, Ensignbus, Essex Buses Group Io, A Hazell, RouteOne, Stagecoach, TfL.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. March 2020.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the March 2020 edition of Busmopolitan.

HEDINGHAM SOCIAL DISTANCING KN 25-3-20
Above: Social distancing measures on Hedingham Omnibuses Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 291 on 25/3/20. (John Podgorski).

The Coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected the UK transport system; especially in London. Local bus and train services were reduced. Some coach operations ceased altogether. Worst affected was the leisure market – things like coach holidays and sightseeing buses. Also scheduled coaches serving airports. Some small coach companies have had to temporarily close. Some major transport infrastructure projects have had to be put on hold.
Ironically in London, there have been cases of overcrowding on the public transport system – despite a reduced service and please by the authorities for only essential journeys to be made.
A big issue with Coronavirus is the importance of social distancing – basically 2 metres apart from other people. This is to reduce the spread of this contagious condition. From 24/3/20, the UK was put into a Lockdown for (initially) three weeks – restricting movement to all but essential travel. A total Lockdown was not wanted – due to harmful effects on the national economy.
This created scenes comparable to an apocalyse movie – deserted city and town centres.

COLCHESTER BUS STATION 27-3-20
Above: A crowded Colchester Bus Station on 27/3/20. But where are the people ? (John Podgorski).

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS TEMPORARY CLOSURE 21-3-20
(John Podgorski).

From 15/3/20, services were temporarily suspended due to Coronavirus. The picture of Stansted depot was taken on 21/3/20.

AIRPORTS.
Due to Coronavirus:
London City – closed.
Southend, Stansted – open, but limited.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
A reduced timetable was temporarily introduced M-F on commercial routes 1, 2, 8 from 23/3/20 due to Coronavirus. These reductions were to a 30 minute frequency. Other (contracted) routes kept to normal timetable. However, the 900 Braintree Freeport Shuttle ceased by 25/3/20. The Colchester Park and Ride was suspended after 28/3/20.
There were further reductions from 30/3/20. From 30/3/20, the pvr was 11 buses, with 19 staff. SORNED were the Mini Dart SLF/Pointers and Caetanos 1558/59, 1562-65, the P&R ADL/Enviro 200s 4071-75, all of the 54 plate Dart SLF/Pointers 3413/15/17-21; the VDL SB300/Wright Pulsar 4459. These are parked up at the Colchester depot.
The Route 133 branded Wright StreetLites have been undergoing warranty work, meaning they appeared a lot on local routes in late February/early March.
Odd sightings: 2/3/20: Route 133 StreetLite 4323 (SK68 TWU) on 8; 4324 (SK68 TWV) on 1 + 8. 4/3/20: Route 133 StreetLite 4323 on 1. 6/3/20: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1563 (RX07 KPJ) on 8; Route 133 StreetLite 4323 on 2. 23/3/20: ADL/E200 GN58 BUO on 4. 25/3/20: ADL/E200 4016 (GN58 BTZ) on 4. 26/3/20: ADL/E200 4021 on 4. 27/3/20: StreetLite 4224 on 1.

KX56HCP 1558 AR CR 8 DIVERTED ST BOTHOLPHS 8-3-20
Above: 3 weeks before it was mothballed; Dart SLF/MPD 1558 at St Botholphs on a diverted 8 via Military Road, due to the closure of Mersea Road at Napier Road junction. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Mb Sprinter 1010 has moved to Ware as a crew ferry.
Optare Solo 2484 has come from Ware.
Optare Solo 1460 is withdrawn.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3826 (GN 07 AVP) is ex Coclhester, while 3858 is from Ware.
From 23/3/20, a temporary timetable was introduced M-F on the following services: 1, 2/3, 4, 9, 10, 508/9/10. Other routes kept to normal timetable. All due to Coronavirus. There were further reductions from 30/3/20, with most routes going to hourly (or even 2 hourly in some cases).
From 29/3/20, Sunday 59s were gained from First Essex, while Sunday 418Bs passed to Trustybus – both on Essex CC re-tender.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3532 (LF02 PNN) went from store to Arriva The Shires.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (WARE).
Received for crew ferry use are Mb Sprinters 1007 from Watford, 1010 from Harlow, 1015/20 from Hemel Hempstead.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
LJ13CEX DW540 AR LON N 123 (IL) 11-5-20
Above: VDL DB300LF/Wright Pulsar Gemini DW540 (LJ13 CEX) at Cranbrook Road, Ilford on 11/5/19. (John Podgorski).

From 20/3/20, weekend night buses on TfL123 (Wood Green-Ilford) suspended.
From 23/3/20, emergency timetable introduced, based on Saturday schedules.
From 30/3/20, Sunday schedule introduced on 38 (Clapton-Victoria), with M-F am peak extras – 106 (Finsbury Park-Whitechapel), 158 (Chingford Mount-Stratford), 341 (Lea Valley Tesco-Waterloo).

LF67EVT HV353 AR LON N 341 (LEA VALLEY TESCO) 16-8-18
Above: Volvo B5H/Wright Gemini3 HV353 (LF67 EVT) at Lea Valley Tesco on 16/8/18. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA SOUTHEND.
From 23/3/20, a reduced timetable was temporarily introduced on M-F for routes 1, 6, 7/8, 9, 29; while 4 was temporarily withdrawn. Other routes kept to normal timetable. All due to Coronavirus.
As a result, 25 buses were put into store and the pvr reduced to 22 from 30/3/20. This was out of a fleet of 59.
From 29/3/20, routes 7/8 (Rayleigh-Hockley – evenings only) went to Stephensons on council retender.

BEESTONS.
Limited local bus routes post Lockdown, along with rail replacements.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
WVL Class Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini operation ceased when the schools closed pre the Covid-19 Lockdown.
From 23/3/20, emergency timetable introduced, based on Saturday Schedule.
From 30//3/20, Sunday schedule introduced on 5 (Canning Town-Romford), 15 (Blackwall-Trafalgar Square), with M-F peak am extras 101 (Gallions Reach-Wanstead), 147 (Canning Town-Ilford), 396 (Ilford-Little Heath), 474 (Manor Park-Cannning Town).
All 6xx school services suspended.

LJ61NWA WVL488 GAL BT 5 (ROMFORD) 1-9-18
Above: Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini WVL488 at Romford Station on 1/9/18. (John Podgorski).

BRAINTREE BUS PARK.
BRAINTREE BUS PARK BUILDING 20-3-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: This facility closed after service on Sunday 22/3/20 – Arriva, First and NIBS were the very last users. The final day of use by Hedingham and Stephensons routes was Saturday 21/3/20 – they didn’t operate on the Sabbath. The site is being redeveloped as a hotel, with a new smaller bus interchange being provided. On street stops replaced it in the interim. The picture of the waiting room building was taken on 20/3/20 by Simon Austin. The Bus Park had been opened in 1932.

BUS AND COACH MISCELLANEOUS.
AML88H SM88 LCBS LIVERY PRESERVED (HD) 28-3-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: At interesting sight in Halstead on 28/3/20. However, preserved AEC Swift SM88/AML 88H is actually masquerading as a London Country bus. In its normal career is had been red London Transport SM88. London Country had a batch of SMs, but these were higher numbered and were delivered after the spilt from LT to the NBC. (Simon Austin).

C2C RAIL.
Due to Coronavirus, train service frequencies were reduced from 23/3/20. M-F temporarily became a Saturday timetable.

357019 C2C (THORPE BAY) 1-4-17
Above: C2C ‘Electrostar’ 357019 at Thorpe Bay on 1/4/17. It is on the rear of a Shoebury-London service, with 357203 leading. (John Podgorski).

CHAMBERS.
There were service revisions planned from 30/3/20. However, due to Coronavirus, these were effective from the start of an emergency timetable from 28/3/20, with an associated reduced frequency.
Route 84 (Sudbury-Nayland-Colchester) was reduced to school days peak hours only. It was replaced by new service 784. 753 (Bury St Edmunds-Sudbury) has its frequency increased to half hourly from hourly. However, 754 (Sudbury-Colchester) was reduced from half hourly back to hourly – this follows a trial started in 2018. 784 partially compensated for this.
The new 784 serves Northern Approach in Colchester (for the General Hospital) and then follows basically the old 84 to Sudbury, but following the main A134 road rather than diverting into the various villages along the route. However, Nayland, Leavenheath, Assington will still be served, but by stops on the A134. 784 will additionally serve Great Cornard.
Route 374 (Clare-Bury) ceased to serve Horringer.
The changes to 84 and 754 were due to lack of custom.
The Sudbury-Bury corridor was however increased. A combination of existing indirect 753 and new direct 750 make a 30 minute headway. There is also new Sudbury-Bury school service 758.
The PVR was reduced to 7 for the duration of the emergency timetable.
SORNED for the duration were; Omnidekkas 805/6/8/9/11/12; Scania N230UD/Olympuses 870/71/74. The remaining operational allocation was: Omnilinks 453-55; Omnidekkas 801/3/7; Scania N230UD/Olympuses 872/73/75. Spare were Omnidekka 804; Scania N230UD/Olympuses 876/77. Parked up but taxed was Omnidekka 814. (NB: The Omnidekkas may rotate with Hedingham at Kelvedon for maintenance).

CROSS COUNTRY TRAINS.
Due to Coronavirus, frequencies were reduced from 23/3/20.

DBS.
4/3/20: 66009 on Ipswich-Neasden.
6/3/20: 66085 on Mountsorrel-Kennett stone.
9/3/20: 59002 on 6L21 Whatley Quarry-Dagenham Dock. 66003 on 4E25 Bow-Heck Plasmor.66192 on 4M87 Chesterton-Mountsorrel. 66167 on 4L56 Trafford-London Gateway.
10/3/20: 59204 on Acton-Chelmsford and on 6V12 return.
13/3/20: 66126 on 4M07.
18/3/20: 66176 on 6O79 Marks Tey-Crawley RMC sand.
19/3/20; 66176 on 6V55 Marks Tey-Brentford Tarmac Days Aggregates.
23/3/20: 66003 on Bow-Heck Plasmor.
25/3/20: Blue 66142 on Acton-Griffin Wharf, Ipswich and 6V07 return to Neasden.
26/3/20: 59104 on 6L30 Chelmsford stone.
30/3/20: 66077 on Wembley-Griffin Wharf, Ipswich.

DLR.
Prnce Regent station was closed due to Coronavirus.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
Scania Omnicity operation has ceased, following the Covid-19 service cuts. These were amongst the last of their type in Go-Ahead London.
From 23/3/20, emergency timetable introduced, based on Saturday schedule.
From 30/3/30 Sunday schedule introduced on 276 (Newham Hospital-Stoke Newington), D7 (Poplar-Mile End) with M-F am peak extras.

DON’S OF DUNMOW.
Has ADL/Enviro 200 DK60 AHO – via Ensign.
Post Lockdown, one school contract was still run, along with rail replacement.

DT05DON DON'S (BRENTWOOD) 3-20 (A HAZELL)
Above: Iveco Turbo Daily DT05 DON at Brentwood in March 2020. (Alex Hazell).

DRS.
4/3/20: 37611 in back platform at Manningtree.
6/3/20: 37611 at Manningtree.
9/3/20: 66432 on Daventry-Purfleet Tesco.
10/3/20: 68004 tnt 68018 on Willesden Brent-Southminster CEGB.
21/3/20; 37610 on 3Q66 Colchester-Derby RTC.

EASYJET.
The fleet was grounded until further notice from 30/3/20 – due to Coronavirus.

ENSIGNBUS.
ENSIGNBUS CORANAVIRUS TRAVEL NOTICE 3-20 (C PHILSON)
(Via Craig Philson).

In response to the Corona Virus outbreak, hand sanitisers were fitted in all buses.
From 21/3/20, an Emergency Timetable was introduced for the duration. This removed Saturday service on certain routes. Routes 32, 66A, 83 and college services 24, 25, 27, 29 suspended.
Also due to the pandemic, all of the vintage fleet and most of the operational fleet was SORNED. The remaining working fleet was: 23 Volvo B9TLS (111-131/133-34), 6 ADL/E200 MMCs (705-710), 12 BCI Excellences (140-151).

YY18THZ 710 ENSIGN (LAKESIDE) 7-3-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Yourbus ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 710 (YY18 THZ) at Lakeside on 7/3/20. (Simon Austin).

Ex temporary rail replacement fleet ADL/Enviro 400 LK55 KJX has been resold to Aintree Coaches, Bootle.

Odd sightings:
w/e 21/3/20:
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 110 (LJ54 BCO) on 33 on one day.

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
Continue to provide rail replacements.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
The ‘Ipswich Reds’ identity is now applied to most buses; either as full livery or stickers.

AU58FFM 69425 FEC IPSWICH REDS (A12S MT RACECOURSE) 2-3-20
Above; Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69425 (AU58 FFM) in an unusual location. It was spotted on the A12 south at Marks Tey Racecourse on 2/3/20. It was likely bound for the Volvo agent at Witham – MC Truck and Bus. (John Podgorski).

Buses SORNED for the Covid-19 service reductions are a mix of Volvo B7TL/ALX400s and Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipses. A few of both are still in use. Most of the working allocation is now ADL/E200s and E300s including the Park and Ride E300s.
The Ipswich Park and Rides have been suspended.

FIRST ESSEX.
YN69XYD 38843 FE X30 (CF) 7-3-20
Above: New X30 Scania N250UD/ADL Enviro 400 City 36843 in Chelmsford on 7/3/20. (John Podgorski).

Due to Coronavirus, services went over to an emergency timetable from 29/3/20.
A significant number of vehicles were SORNED. Park and Ride ADL/Enviro 200s, main fleet 54 plate ADL/E300s, most Dart SLFs, Volvo B7TL/ALX400s, older (54 plate) B7TL/Geminis, Tridents – including Westcliff 33191; older (05 plate) Volvo B7RLE/Wrights. And likely to spell the end for the remaining Scania/Solars and Dart SLF/Caetanos. The temporary use of Dart SLFs at Colchester also ceased.

AU58FFS 69430 FE REAPINTED 42 (CF) 7-3-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Recently repainted Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69430 (AU58 FFS) at Chelmsford Rail Station on 7/3/20. (Simon Austin).

WX06ONC 42968 FE 64A (CR) 13-3-20
Above: Dart SLF 42968 enters Maldon Road, Colchester on 13/3/20. (John Podgorski).

37007 (WX 55 VHU) is another ex First Bristol Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini. It however is in Bristol livery.
Dart SLF/Pointer 42968 (WX06 ONC) moved CF to CR. This and 42955 are used on Colchester town services; mainly 64/A and 65.
ADL/E200 44001 (LK57 EJD) appeared at CF from HH at the end of March, following the start of the Covid-19 Emergency Timetable.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66817 (MX05 CDZ) was loaned CF to CR in early March.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 62410 (YS03 ZKF) is withdrawn.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 30954 (YJ51 RDO) has gone to Alpha Recovery, Cramlington for scrap.
The evening Colchester-Kelvedon 71As moved from CF to CR, connected with temporary new timetable.
From 29/3/20, the Sunday 352s (Chelmsford-Braintree-Halstead) were renumbered 42B.
Sold to Ensign were Dart SLF/Caetano LK03 UFB, Dart SLF/Pointer SN53 KJY, Volvo B7TL/ALX400 X749 VUA, Trident/President LT52 XAC.
Ensign resold Scania L94UB/Wright Solar YS03 ZKJ to Hadlow Community School, Kent.
Odd sightings:
2/3/20: Dart SLF/Pointer 42955 (WX06 OMM) on 62B. 3/3/20: Scania/Solar 62407 on 75; ADL/E300 67750 on 75 + 1A. 5/3/20: X30 Scania N250UD/E400 MMC 36842 (YN69 XYC) on 525. 6/3/20: Debranded ex X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67171 on 71/X. 9/3/20: B7TL/ALX400 32485 on 174. 111/3/20: Trident 33178 on 174; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67167 on 71 12/3/20: X30 Scania N250UD/E400 City 36841 on 525. 17/3/20: X30 36839 on 525; B7TL/Gemini 37015 (WX55 VJC) on 175; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67169 (YY66 PBZ) on 71. 18/3/20: B7TL/Gemini 37034 (YJ 06 XKZ) on 175. 19/3/20: Dart SLF 42955 on 67; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67167 on 71. 20/3/20: Route 37 ADL/E200 44540 on 71; ADL/E300 67737 on 1A. 22/3/20: Dart SLF/MPD 43846 on 71C. 23/3/20: B7TL/ALX400 32477 (AU53 HJN) on 175; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67169 (YY66 PBZ) on 70. 24/3/20: B7TL/Gemini 32629 9KP54 KAX) on 64A; ADL/E300 SN62 AJU on 70. 25/3/20: X30 Scania N250UD/E400 City 36842 on 70; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67167 on 71. 27/3/20: Route 62 B9TL 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 88/A. 30/3/20: Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 70; Route 62 B9TLs 37138/39 on 61; HH ADL/E200 on route 45 in Chelmsford. 31/3/20; StreetLite 63337 on 1A.

SN57HCP 37135 FE R62 ON 88A (HD) 27-3-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 37135 at Halstead on 27/3/20. (Simon Austin).

YJ51RDO 30954 (REAR) FE CR (ALPHA FOR SCRAP) 7-3-20 (W BELL)
Above: Volvo B7TL/ALX400 30954 (YJ51 RDO) is towed away for scrap, from Colchester depot on 7/3/20. (Wayne Bell).

FLAGFINDERS.
Operartions have been suspended. Tollesbury outstation has been temporarily vacated.

FLYBE.
This troubled regional airline went into administration on 5/3/20. All operations ceased. London City and Southend Airports were its hubs covered by ‘Busmopolitan’.

FREIGHTLINER.
The Class 86s are due to be replaced by ex Greater Anglia Class 90s. The latter come off lease from GA at the end of March.
3/3/20: 66420 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford.
5/3/20: 66598 on Acton-Chelmsford. 66610 on 7L54 Acton-Harlow Mill.
6/3/20: 66598 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 86604/22 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 86613/39 on 4L89 Coatbridge-Felixstowe.
7/3/20: 66554 tnt 66512 on “down” intermodal stabled in Colchester Yard good loop.
10/3/20: 86613/39 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX. 86608/22 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX. 86639 on 4M87.
13/3/20: 66605 on 6L80 Tunstead-Marks Tey. 66511 on 7V57 Harlow Mill-Acton. 86604/12 on 4L41. 86632/37 on 4L89.
16/3/20: 86604/5/12/14 on 4L89. 86608/22 at Ipswich. 86609/32 on 4L89. 86637/8 on 4L89.
17/3/20: 86639/13 in Colchester Goods Loop on 4L75 Trafford-FLX.
19/3/20: 86605/14 on 4L89.
20/3/20: 66541/19/87 on 4E23 Ipswich-Leeds.
23/3/20: 86605/14 at Ipswich. 86608/9 on 4L89. 86627/38 on 4L89.
25/3/20: 66533/957 on 4E23 ?. 70014 on 4M81 FLX-Crewe.
27/3/20: 86604/14 on 4M87. 86608/12 on 4L75. 86632/37 at Ipswich.

GALLOWAY.
Limited local bus and NX coach contracts were run post Lockdown.

GBRf.
3/3/20: 66732 on 4M29.
4/3/20: 66788 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
5/3/20: 66788 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
6/3/20: 66715 on 4M23 Felixstowe-Hams Hall.
7/3/20: 66710 on Whitemoor-Gidea Park engineers.
9/3/20: 66701 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX. 66709 on 4L18 Trafford-FLX. 66715 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX. 66739 on 4E20 FLX-Masboro. 66779 on 4L14 Doncaster-FLX.
10/3/20:
HMS Argyle on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
13/3/20: 66776 on 6T61 Whitemoor-Manor Park engineers. 66789 on 4M23.
14/3/20: 66741 on engineers at Stratford. 66783 took GA 317887/89 to store at Ely.
16/3/20: 66787 at Bow Yard.
25/3/20: 66756 on 4Z27.
26/3/20: 66789 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.

GREATER ANGLIA.
From 23/3/20, due to Cornavirus, a Sunday type timetable was introduced, although from Colchester to London it is more Saturday like.

90003 GA DEBRANDED (CR) 15-3-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: A debranded 90003 arrives at Colchester on a Norwich to Ingatestone service on Sunday, 15/3/20. This was due to an engineering blockade towards London. (Simon Austin).

The Class 90s will be fully replaced by Class 745s after 31/3/20. 90001/2 will pass to LSL, while 90003-15 will move to Freightliner, to replace Class 86s. The DVTs and MkIII stock will also be replaced. The ’90s were all debranded prior to transfer. The last ’90s in service were 90001, 90005, 90007, 90008. Some MkIII coaching stock was also debranded prior to withdrawal.
745002/7/10 in service during March.
Ex Northern are 321901/2.
317887/89 are ex London Overground but put into store.
Withdrawn are MkIII cariages 10406/14, 11067/70/81/85, 12062, 12147.
Due to Cornonavirus, catering facilities were withdrawn from applicable trains.
4/3/20: 745002/6 to revenue service.
6/3/20: 90007 on 5L54 Bounds Green-Liverpool St ECS. 321366/63 on 1P29 1030 Norwich-Liverpool St and 1P30 1300 return. 321447/325 on 1P24 1130 Liverpool St-Norwich and 1P43 1400 return.
7/3/20: 755106 on Norwich-Shenfield test run – through Colchester @ 1413. 755107 stabled in “down” loop at Colchester.
10/3/20: 745009 to service. 745106 on 5Q74 Liverpool St-Stowmarket test.
11/3/20: 90015 withdrawn – last run was 1P60 1915 Liverpool St-Norwich.
12/3/20: MkIII carriages 10402, 12013/40/60/66/109 to Sim’s, Newport for scrap, behind DRS 37401.
14/3/20: 720509 on Ilford-Southend test run and return.
17/3/20: 745005 on 5Q64 Ipswich-Norwich test. 745105 on 5Q76 Colchester-Stowmarket and 5Q77 Stowmarket Manningtree test runs.
18/3/20: 90004 at Canonbury West Junct, North London Line @ 1717.
19/3/20: 745005 to service.
20/3/20: 90007 on 5E62 at Canonbury West Junct on Bounds Green-Liverpool St ECS.
23/3/20: 720509 on 5Q02 Southend Vic-Liverpool Street test.
24/3/20: 317344 towed Wolverton-Ilford by ROG 37800, had originated at Kilmarnock. 720509 reached Norwich on test from Ilford. 317709/10 towed Ilford-Northampton for storage.
27/3/20: 317708/19 – Ilford to Northampton for storage.
30/3/20: 745106 to service – on 1P13 0700 Norwich-Liverpool Street (Stansted Express unit).
31/3/20: 9005 on Harwich-Norwich ECS.

90004 GA (INGATESTONE) 21-3-20
Above: 90004 at Ingatestone on 21/3/20. Propelling the 1850 to Norwich. The last time the photographer saw a ’90 working for GA. (John Podgorski).

HCT GROUP.
ADL/E200s and E400s are frquently loand between the Hackney and Walthamstow depots.
ADL/E20D 1220 has become the dedicated TfL385 bus, replacing DAS1 aka 1300. They were swapped between Hackney and Walthamstow.
ADL/E200 1336 has been refurbished.
Solo OS14 returned to service ex long term VOR.
From 30/3/20, a Sunday schedule was intoduced on TfL26 (Hackney Wick-Waterloo), + with M-F am peak extras 309 (Canning Town-Bethnal Green), 388 (Stratford City-London Bridge).
Also from 30/3/20, the Islington local service 812 (Old Street-Hoxton) was suspended and the VW T6s MX67 GYD/H/J SORNED.
Odd sightings:
18/3/20: ADL/E20D 1224 on 20.

HEDINGHAM.
YN05HFF 460 HO DREAM 100 FM WRAP (WALTON) 6-3-20 (A LAW)
Above: Scania Omnilink 460 in its overall wrap for Dream 100 FM Radio. At Walton on 6/3/20. (Alex Law).

OU57FHA 298 HO 83B (CR) 6-3-20 (D PRETTY)
Above: 298 in Colchester on 6/3/20. (Daniel Pretty).

Scania Omnilink 456 (AU61 AVK), has been returned to Sible Hedingham (HD) from Clacton (CN).
Short ADL/Enviro 200 298 (OU57 FHA) entered service at Clacton on 2/3/20.
Volvo B7TL/EL 505 (PL51 LGD) was reinstated and re MOTd. It was then returned to Plymouth Citybus for driver training.

PL51LGO 505 HO (KN) 9-3-20
Above: 505 at Kelvedon on 9/3/20. (John Podgorski).

HEDINGHAM SORNED AT KELVEDON 31-3-20
Above: Volvo B7TLs SORNED at Kelvedon on 31/3/20. (John Podgorski).

The Coronavirus pandemic resulted in temporary service reductions and closure of schools. An emergency timetable was effective from 28/3/20 for commercial services, although route 7 was suspended. The PVRs reduced to the following: Claton – 11; Kelvedon – 7; Sible Hedingham – 6. As a result, some buses were parked up and SORNED out of service for the duration. These were: Mb Touros 1,2; Volvo B7TL/Geminis 510/11/12/13/17/20/21/23-25/27/28; Volvo B7TL/Presidents 565/68/69/70/71/72/73/74/75/79/80/84; Omnidekkas 815-820; Omnicities 850-852 (Stored at Kelvedon were Volvo B7TL/Geminis 520/25; B7TL/Presidents 565/68/73/84). In withdrawn condition are 1, 2, 512, 569, 570.
Operational allocations: Clacton (CN): Dart SLF/Pointers 253-58/60; ADL/Enviro 200s 262/64/65/68. Spare: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 285; short ADL/Enviro 200 298; Optare Solos 910/11. Parked up but taxed: ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions 267/68; Scania Omnilinks 456/58/60.
Kelvedon (KN): ADL/Enviro 200 261; Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 286; short ADL/Enviro 200s 292/93; Omnidekkas 800/2/10. Spare: Omnidekka 813.
Sible Hedingham (HD): Dart SLF/Pointer 259; ADL/Enviro 200 263; Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 287/91; ADL/Enviro 400s 615/16. Spare: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 288; Omnilink 457; Volvo B7RLE/Wright 470.
(In practice, HD and KN Darts, Enviro 200s rotate for maintenance. Omnidekkas also rotate between KN and Chambers. The parked and taxed buses will be used for service at all depots).
Formerly owned WPH 135Y, a Leyland Tiger/EL rebody, has gone for preservation via Venturer of Clopton.
The following Essex CC local bus contracts were gained from 29/3/20:
21 (Bocking-Braintree-Great Notley – Suns/hols) – from NIBS, Wickford.
352 (Chelmsford-Braintree-Halstead – M-Sat evenings) – from First Essex.
Omnidekka movements:
11/3/20: 810 – Chambers-KN; 811 – KN-Chambers. 16/3/20: 804 – Chambers-KN. 17/3/20: 805 – Chambers-KN. 18/3/20: 802 – Chambers-KN.
Odd sightings:
3/3/20: Volvo B7TL/President 571 on 19 + 63; Omnidekka 810 on 15 pm. 4/3/20: Volvo B7TL/President 584 on 19 + 63. 16/3/20: B7TL/President 574 on 19 + 63. 20/3/20: B7TL/President 579 on 19 + 63. 24/3/20: B7TL/President 572 on X76.
Ancillary vehicles:
Renault Trafic minibus 9008 (LX09 EYT) became the new Kelvedon crew ferry/runabout from 25/3/20. It had previously been at Clacton.
Long withdrawn Ford Transit van 9002 (EK56 MGE) and Mercedes Vito crew van 9007 (RO06 TUU) are being cannibalised at HD.

SN10CCX 295 KONECT (NOR) 14-3-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Hedingham ADL/Enviro 200 no 295, now with Konect, at Castle Meadow, Norwich on 14/3/20. (Simon Austin).

IPSWICH BUSES.
YR61RVA 47 IB 92 DIVERTED (IP RLY STN) 7-3-20
Above: Scania Omnicity 47 on diverted 92 at Ipswich Rail Station on 7/3/20. (John Podgorski).

A normal service (except for schools), continued despite Coronavirus. This was soon altered to a Saturday frequency.
Odd sightings:
7/3/20: Dart SLF/SPD 137 (SN53 AVP) on 111; Solo 245 (YJ05 XNY) on 92.

SN53AVP 137 IB 111 (IP OCM) 7-3-20
Above: Dart SLF 137 at Old Cattle Market on 7/3/20. (John Podgorski).

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
PF06EZO LODGE (GA RRP INGATESTONE) 14-3-20

Above: Two ex Blackpool Transport Trident/ELs are operated PF06 EZO was at Ingatestone on Greater Anglia rail re[placement on 14/3/20. The other is PN06 EZP. (John Podgorski).

LONDON CENTRAL.
From 30/3/20, Sunday schedule introduced on TfL100 (St Pauls-Shadwell) with M-F am peak extras.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
LF20XLJ Ee8 LG 212 (CHINGFORD) 21-3-20
Above: BYD E400EV Ee8 at Chingford on 21/3/20. (John Podgorski).

From 7/3/20, TfL212 (Chingford-Walthamstow) and TfL444 (Chingford-Turnpike Lane) were gained from Tower Transit. New for the 212 are 13 Ee Class BYD ADL/Enviro 400EVs – Ee1-13. Ee1,2 (LF20 XLA/B), Ee5 (LF20 XLE), Ee6 (LF20 XLG), Ee7 (LF20 XLH), Ee8 (LF20 XLJ), Ee10 (LF20 XLL), Ee12 (LF20 XLN). New for the 444 are BYD ADL/Enviro 200EVs SEe110-117 (LF20XMS/T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z). This continues the process of Northumberland Park becoming an all-electric garage. Intially, diesel SEs borrowed from Blue Triangle worked the 444, as the electric buses came on stream. SE20, 22, 27, 29 noted. New SEe118-122 had their delivery suspended, due to the forced shutdown of the ADL factory due to Covid-19. Their booked registrations are LF20 ANA-E.

LF20XMS SEe110 LG 444 (CHINGFORD) 21-3-20
Above: BYD/ADL/E200EV SEe110 at Chingford on 21/3/20. (John Podgorski).

SN57DWG SE21 BT LG 444 (CHINGFORD) 21-3-20
Above: ADL/E200 SE21 at Chingford on 21/3/20. (John Podgorski).

From 23/3/20, emergency timetable introduced, based on Saturday schedule.
From 29/3/20, TfL357 (Chingford Hatch-Whipps Cross) was renewed. New for this are ADL/E400 City EVs Ee14-21 (LF20 XLP-X).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
317723, 710115 ARL (CHINGFORD) 21-3-20
Above: 317723 with 710115 at Chingford on 21/3/20. (John Podgorski).

Due to Coronavirus, frequencies were reduced from 23/3/20.
Class 710s are now in service and stabling at Chingford.
315809/16, 317891/92 withdrawn.
315801/5/11 on Romford-Upminster in March.
3/3/20: 317891/92 towed from Ilford to Northampton as 5Q25. 710108/121 on 2U37 Chingford-Liverpool Street again.

315811, 710117 (CHINGFORD) 21-3-20
Above: 315811 and 710117 at Chingford on 21/3/20. (John Podgorski)

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
BOW ROAD STATION LUL 29-2-20
Above: Bow Road Station on 29/2/290. (John Podgorski).

Due to Coronavirus, the following stations in the ‘Busmopolitan’ area were closed until further notice from 20/3/20.
Central Line: Redbridge.
District Line: Bow Road, Stepney Green.
Victoria Line: Blackhorse Road.
In addition, 36 other stations across the LUL network were closed, along with the Waterloo and City Line. The ‘Night Tube’ also ceased to operate.
The Circle Line subsequently stopped.
The reduction in sevices resulted in some trains being parked up at depots.
In the Busmopolitan area, these were:
Central Line – Hainault.
District Line – Upminster.
Victoria Line – Nothumberland Park.
The District Line also used Lillie Bridge depot in west London for surplus stock storage.

METROLINE.
From 20/3/20, weekend night buses on TfL34 (Barnet-Walthamstow suspended.
From 23/3/20, emergency timetable introduced, based on Saturday schedule.
From 30/3/20, Sunday schedule introduced on 30 (Hackney Wick-Marble Arch), 34, with M-F am peak extras.

MTR ELIZABETH LINE.
A reduced timtable came into operation from 23/3/20, to to Coronavirus.
Construction work on the tunnel sections was temporarily suspended.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
From 24/3/20, due to Coronavirus, service frequencies were reduced to ‘Christmas holiday’ frequencies – using the 8xx series of route numbers. Two of these routes served the Busmopolitan area.

BF67WJZ CLARKES NX 484 (CR) 21-3-20
Above: Clarkes Mb Tourismo BF67 WJZ at Colchester on 21/3/20. (John Podgorski).

From 23/3/20, 481 ceased to serve Felixstowe (became Ipswich-London) and also no longer served Witham or Brentwood, while 484 (Clacton-London) was withdrawn. These were brought forward from 30/3/20. They were relics of the old Grey Green East Anglian Express 081 and 084. Meanwhile some 010 (Cambridge-London) journeys were planned to additionally serve Stansted Airport, but this change was suspended.
From 24/3/20, all NX services were suspended, apart from those on the emergency timetable.

BV17GSU NX-WHIPPET 727 (NOR) 14-3-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above; Volvo B11RT/Caetano Levante BV17 GSU, operated by Whippet, at Norwich on 14/3/20 on service 727 (Gatwick-Heathrow-Stansted-Cambridge-Norwich). Working from Eye, Suffolk outstation. (Simon Austin).

NETWORK RAIL.
4/3/20: The NR Test Train tnt by 37610/12 on 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge, via Thorpe Le Soken.
10/3/20: Winhoff OHL MPVs DR98003/4/11/9 on 6Y53 Wembley-Chelmsford.

NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
The fleet has been parked up.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
28 out of fleet of 41 buses SORNED due to Covid-19.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
SORNED due to Coronavirus are DAF DB250LF/EL DC52 PAN, Leyland Olympian BIG 9249, Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 BIG 7758, Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale BIG 9210.

AB61PAN PANTHER IPSWICH SCHOOLS (GT HORKESLEY) 11-3-20
Above; Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 AB61 PAN, on the Ipswich School contract, at Great Horkesley on 11/3/20. (John Podgorski).

RATP ORIGINAL LONDON SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
Due to Coronavirus, all operations were temporarily suspended from 17/3/20.

RICHMOND, BARLEY.
From 30/3/20, several local bus contracts on the Essex/Herts/Cambs borders were gained from Myalls of Bassingbourn.

ROG.
4/3/20: 37608 towed 745005 through Ipswich towards Norwich.
10/3/20: 37608 towed 745
27/3/20: 37511 on Colchester Thunderbird.The 008 Norwich-Bounds Green, but failed at Stowmarket and recovered by FL 66501.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
The coaches have been parked up. The minicabs continue.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Revised timetables from 30/3/20, due to Coronavirus. Most services to an enhanced Sunday Timetable M-Sat. Infrequent rural services not changed.
Sold to Ensign were Trident/ALX400s AE55 DJV, AE06 GZR/V/W.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
LX11BFU 19775 ST E LON 145 (IL) 8-9-18
Above: ADL/Enviro 400 19775 at Clements Road, Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

From 20/3/20, weekend night buses on TfL145 (Dagenham-Leytonstone), 158 (Walthamstow-Stratford), 296 (Ilford-Romford) suspended.
Megasightseeing was temporarily suspended from 22/3/20 due to Coronavirus.
From 23/3/20, emergency timetable introduced, based on Saturday schedule.
From 30/3/20, Sunday schedule introduced on 8 (Bow-Tottenham Court Road Station), 55 (Walthamstow-Oxford Circus), 56 (Whipps Cross-Smithfield), 86 (Romford-Stratford), 145 (Dagenham-Leytonstone), 257 (Walthamstow-Stratford), 277 (Crossharbour-Dalston), 323 (Canning Town-Mile End). (All bar 8, 55, 56, 277 with M-F am peak extras).
New BYD/ADL/E200EVs are arriving to convert TfL323 (Canning Town-Mile End), to electric operation. They are 29201-5 (LF20 XKO/P/S/T/U).
Received from Selkent was disused ADL/E400 12343, while similar 12344 joined it at West Ham from Bow.
Overall adverts:
LT264 – to Uber Eaats. LT314 – to red ex Oat-ly!; LT376 to red ex Adidas; LT383 to red ex Florida. ADL/E400 12321 to red ex Oyster Hopper.
The seasonal weekend/public holiday 15H heritage Routemaster route did not restart from 28/3/20 as planned, also due to Coronavirus.

LX11AVP 36261 ST E LON 296 (GANTS HILL) 11-5-19
Above: 36261 at Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill on 11/5/19. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 200 36261 has been delicensed due to accident damage.
Sold Trident 18967 (LX05 BVZ) has appeared at a car lot on Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park. Its ownership is not clear. It was recorded as “being sold to a charity”.

LX05BVZ 18267 EX STAGECOACH LONDON (NEWBURY PARK) 14-3-20
Above: LX05 BVZ at Newbury Park on 14/3/20. (John Podgorski).

Ensign has resold Scania Omnicity ‘deckers LX09 AHE/O to Belle-Vue, Manchester.

STAN’S, GREATR TOTHAM.
Operations appear to have ceased.

STEPHENSONS.
EU60CAV 422 STEPHENSONS 105 (CR) 30-3-20
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 422 at Colchester on 30/3/20. (John Podgorski).

Outstations:
Due to Coronavirus service cuts:
Braintree: Temporarily closed. Work moved to Boreham.
Bury St Edmunds: Reduced to one bus.
Clacton: 3 buses. Location moved to the old Talisman yard at Great Bromley.

Traffic:
17/1/20 – 13/4/20:
North section of Eastwood Road closed between Eastwood Road North and Blenheim Chase. 6A diverted via Mountdale Gardens and Bleheim Chase. Coombs Corner, Danescroft Drive, Woddleigh Ave not served for duration.
13/3/20:
Creeksea Road closed. Route 60 diverted via Apton Hall Road, Scotts Hall Road and Anchor Lane.
From 24/3/20, contracted M-F services were temporarily reduced to Saturday frequency. Commercial routes 21/921, 38/A, 39, Breeze1 went over to a special timetable.
The following services were suspended after 23/3/20; 1, 6A, 17, 61, 200/220, Bury Breeze 2.
School services were also temporarily stopped.
From 29/3/20: routes 7/8 (Rayleigh-Hockley – evenings only) came from Arriva Southend on council retender.

SULLIVAN BUSES.
All school services suspended.

SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
Operations ceased after 31/3/20. These were two local bus routes; 13 (Epping-Waltham Cross), 61 (Brentwood-Blackmore). Coaches were also operated. Suns only 66A (Waltham Cross-Loughton) passed to Trustybus as routine Essex CC contract change from 29/3/20.
The closing fleet was: ADL/E200s GX09 AGZ, LX07 BYL; Dart SLF/Pointer KP02 PWV; Scania Omnicity N230UB YR10 AZO – operational. Scania Omnicity K230UB YR10 AZV; Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PJ02 PZF; Trident/President PN03 ULY. The company had been founded in 1946.

W947ETW 777 EOS 66 (L) 20-9-14
Above: EOS was the title of Swallow’s local bus routes in the Epping Forest area, although in the last two years they were retitled as Swallow Bus. Former Bus Eirean Dart SLF/Pointer 777 at Loughton on 20/9/14. The 66 later passed to Arriva. (John Podgorski).

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Continue to provide rail replacements.

YV03PZH TENDING TRAVEL (GA RRP INGATESTONE) 14-3-20
Above: Scania Omnidekka YV03 PZH at Ingatestone on Greater Anglia rail repalcement on 14/3/20. It was ex Keane of Muckingford and originally Metrobus.

TONY GLEW/A1 COACH CO, COLCHESTER.
All of the fleet has been parked up at Little Tey depot for the duration of the Coronavirus Lockdown. Several of the minibuses are normally outbased at drivers’ homes. The taxi side continues.

TOWER TRANSIT.
BU16UXD VH38113 TT 212 (CHINGFORD) 21-12-19
Above: Volvo B5H/Wright Gemini3 VH38113 at Chingford Station on 21/12/19. (John Podgorski).

From 7/3/20, TfL212 (Chingford-Walthamstow) and TfL444 (Chingford-Turnpike Lane) passed to London General North on re-tender. As a result, the WSH Class VDL200/Wright hydrogen buses are withdrawn and stored at Lea Interchange. Also stored there were BH63101/2 and VH38101-111.
From 23/3/20, emergency timetable introduced, based on Saturday schedule.
From 30/3/20, Sunday schedule introduced on 25 (Ilford-City Thameslink), 58 (East Ham-Walthamstow), 236 (Hackney Wick-Finsbury Park), 262 (Beckton-Stratford), 425 (Stratford-Clapton), 488 (Bromley-by-Bow-Dalston Junction). All bar 25 and 58 was M-F am peak extras.

LJ13JZO WSH62998 TT 444 (CHINGFORD) 21-12-19
Above: A de-branded WSH62998 at Chingford Station on 21/12/19. (John Podgorski).

TRANSPORT for LONDON.
Due to Coronavirus, virtually all weekday bus services went over to Saturday schedules from 23/3/20.

UNO.
From 29/3/20, Herts CC Sunday 242 (Potters Bar-Waltham Cross) was gained from Trustbus.
Only 602, 653 commercial routes regularly operating post Lockdown.

WARD’S, ALRESFORD.
The fleet has been parked up.

With thanks to: AngliaGen, S Austin, W Bell, P Cackett, R Delahoy, Ensign, Essex Buses Group Io, A Law, LOTS, C Philson, D Pretty, J Sadd.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. February 2020.

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Edited by John Podgorski, BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the February 2020 edition of Busmopolitan.

The last Class 156 and 170 DMUs have now left Greater Anglia. The first MkIII carriages have gone for scrap.

There were three big storms in February. Storm Ciara on 8-9th;  Storm Dennis on 15-16th. Storm George on 28th-29th.

EPPING ONGAR BUS RALLY 23rd FEBRUARY 2020.
50 YEARS OF LONDON COUNTRY BUS SERVICES.
By LOUISE COCKER.

JPL121K RP21 and JPF108K SMA 8 at Green Man pub 23-2-20 (L COCKER)
Above: AEC Reliance/Park Royal RP21 (JPA 121K) and AEC Swift/Alexander SMA8 (JPF 108K) at Old Harlow. Although the RPs were a familiar sight in the Essex part of the old London Country, the SMWs were more associated with the south of the River Thames. (Louise Cocker).

This year marks 50 years since London Transport’s green country area and Green Line bus services became part of the National Bus Company (NBC) on 1st January 1970 and was renamed London Country Bus Services (LCBS). The newly formed London Country operated bus and Green Line services in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
As this was a day celebrating London Country, one of many subsidiaries of the National Bus Company, I thought I would wear my National Bus Company uniform. I am glad that I did as a lot of people remarked that it adds to an event like this when the bus crews are wearing uniforms of the time. We pride ourselves at the Epping Ongar Railway on looking smart in our uniforms of the time.
London Country was the largest of all the National Bus Company subsidiaries with about 1270 buses and coaches transferred to it from London Transport. The fleet was quite old, consisting of RT, RF and RM type buses with some newer Daimler Fleetlines, Leyland Atlanteans, AEC Reliances and Merlins. Examples of some of these types of buses were on display at North Weald Station and were giving bus rides around the local area.
The beautifully preserved buses from the Epping Ongar Railway fleet were in service. I was lucky enough to drive Green Line RT3238 on route 339 to Epping. There was also a large number of visiting preserved buses at North Weald Station on display and in service. There were stalls selling books, model buses, bus photos and other bus related items.
Buses were running on local routes to Chingford, Epping, Old Harlow, Nazeing Church and Little Parndon. These routes were very popular. With about 1000 visitors, many of them enjoyed the rides on the vintage buses.
The twice yearly Epping Ongar Railway bus rallies are proving very popular with visitors coming from far and wide. One of the bus conductors remarked to me that a passenger on his bus had travelled down all the way from West Yorkshire for the rally.
Among the visiting buses was London Country RT3125 from the East Anglia Transport Museum, Guy Special GS42, RT604 in National Bus Company leaf green livery, XF1 and RF180 in early London Country colours. SMA8 and RP21 in Green Line livery, MB90, Green Line RCL2260 which was the last RCL built. I can remember the RCL buses in service on route 721` and the Green Line bus garage at Romford. Timebus RLH44 (581J) which was a LCBS uniform bus which visited garages to supply bus crews with uniform. Also visiting and in service was a Leyland PD3. This type of bus was loaned to London Country from Southdown during the 1970s when there were bus shortages. These are just a few of the many wonderful preserved buses that attended the rally.
Towards the end of the day a road run took place from North Weald Station to the former London Country bus garage at Harlow which is now owned by Arriva Buses and parked up on display, We then went on one last run to Mulberry Green, Old Harlow with buses parking up for photos outside the 14th century Green Man public house which provided a wonderful background for the buses.
A fantastic day was had by all, visitors, bus owners and bus crews alike. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this another very successful Epping Ongar Railway Bus Rally. Thanks also goes to all the bus owners for bringing their wonderful buses to the rally and to Arriva for allowing us to use their garage.
The next Epping Ongar Railway bus rally is on Sunday 6th September 2020 with a tribute to Bus Deregulation. Don’t miss it !

BUF272C PD3 and SMM90F MB 90 at Green man pub 23-2-20 (L COCKER)
Above: Preserved ex Southdown Leyland Titan PD3/4 – NC ‘Queen Mary’ BUF 272C, with AEC Mertlin MB90 (SMM 90F) at Old Harlow. Three ‘Queen Marys’ came to LCBS from Southdown in 1976 to become the LS Class. They were used for about a year as a vehicle shortage stopgap from Chelsham garage in Kent. Some other Titan PD 3/4s – but with Burlingham bodies, were bought from Ribble around the same time, but purely for driver training. As the LR Class, they lasted for several years – into the early 1980s.  MB90 was one of the fleet inherited from London Transport on 1st January 1970. (Louise Cocker).

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
YN64AMU AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS (BOW ROAD) 29-2-20
Above: One of the ex Terravision Scania K360EB4/Iizar 64 seaters, YN64 AMU – at Bow Road, east London on 29/2/20. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
SK68TWU 4323 AR CR 133 BRANDED ON 2 (HIGH ST, CR) 7-2-20 (D PRETTY)
SK68TWU 4323 AR CR 133 BRANDED ON 2 (GT HORKESLEY) 7-2-20 (PETER CLACKETT)
Top: 4323 on High Street, Colchester on 7/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).
Above: 4323 at Great Horkesley on 7/2/20. The duty it was on is usually double deck as it covers an afternoon school run. (Peter Cackett).

Odd sightings:
3/2/20: StreetLite 4261 (GN64 DXR) on 1. 7/2/20: Route 133 StreetLite 4323 on 2.
24/2/20: StreetLite 4262 (GN64 DXS) on 2. 28/2/20: Route 133 StreetLite 4323 on 4.
29/2/20: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 (HX 04 HUK) on 1.

SK68TWU 4323 AR CR 133 BRANDED ON 4 (CR) 28-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 4323 on Queen Street, Colchester on 28/2/20. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
YX61FZN 4008 AKT HA 311 (BS) 1-2-20
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 4008 in Bishops Stortford on 1/2/20, on the recently started Herts CC contracted local route 311. This bus was new to First London, then Tower Transit and supplied to Arriva via Ensign. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
SN66WJE 6509 AR SD RAINBOW (SD T C) 22-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Rainbow ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6509 (SN66 WJE) at the Travel Centre on 22/2/20. (Simon Austin).

KX09KDN 3777 AR SD 22-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 3777 at Southend Travel Centre on 22/2/20. (Simon Austin).

In the new livery are VDL 200/Wright Pulsar 3777 (KX09 KDN) and Optare Versa YJ10 EYC.

GN08CHG ENL89 EX 4009 AR LON B15 (BX) 1-2-20
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 4009, in its current guise as ENL89. This was one of a batch new to Arriva Southend Grays depot, for use on TfL256 (Hornchurch-Noak Hill), although they appeared on other TfL Grays routes also. After TfL256 was re-tendered to Stagecoach, 4009 and its sisters moved “across the river” to Dartford. The ENL renumbering was when Dartford (and Grays) became part of Arriva London. So, Arriva London North ENL89 was pictured on Avenue Road, Bexleyheath on 1/2/20. Note Dartford depot comes under Arriva London North and not South. (John Podgorski).

BALFOUR BEATTY.
1/2/20: DR75408/9 at Bishop’s Stortford.

BARKERBUS, ROYDON.
Has Neoplan Skyliner N66 SUM.

C2C.
14/2/20: 357036 on 5V92 East Ham-Ilford depot via Gas Factory Loop. 357046 at Ilford depot.

COLAS.
4/2/20: 37219 tnt 37254 on 1Q95 NR test train over LTS.
6/2/20: 70810 on 6M66 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement.
14/2/20: 37057 on 3Q71 Colchester-Norwich NR test train.
18/2/20: 70802 on 4M66 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock.

BISHOPS STORTFORD COMMUNITY TRANSPORT.
SJ16BGO BS CT BS SHUTTLE (BS) 1-2-20
Above: Fiat Ducato SJ16 BGO on the Bishop’s Stortford town service on 1/2/20. (John Podgorski).

DAN’S COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET.
RGV690W DANS NORFOLK COACHWAYS 2-20 (DANIEL TRENT)
(Daniel Trent).
Bedford YMT/Duple Dominant III RGV 690W has been re-acquired from Norfolk Coachways for preservation. It was new to Suffolk County Council.

DBS.
3/2/20; 66149 on 6L69 Peterborough-Biggleswade-Bow Plasmor.
5/2/20: 66009 on 6X77 Dagenham Dock-Mossend car transporters. 66134 on 4E25 Bow-Heck Plasmor.
6/2/20: 66005 on on 6L35 Mossend-Dagenham car transporters and 6X77 return.
8/2/20: 66125 on Bow-Acton. 90034 at Ilford depot.
11/2/20: 66012 at Chesterton Junction. 66040/80 on 4M79 FLX-E Midlands Gateway.
14/2/20: 59103 on Acton-Chelmsford stone and 5V12 return. 66134 on 6L69 Biggleswade-Bow Plasmor. 90034 at Ilford depot.
18/2/20: 66120 on FLX-East Midlands Gateway.
19/2/20: 66075 on 6Z53 Tilbury-Ince. 66167 at Marks Tey sand.
20/2/20: 59101 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 66134 on Bow-Heck Plasmor.
21/2/20: 59201 on Acton-Chelmsford. 66005 on Acton-Harlow Mill.
26/2/20: 59101 on Acton-Chelmsford. 66068 on 6L07 Acton-Griffin Wharf, Ipswich and 6V07 return. 66134 on 6l69 Biggleswade-Bow Plasmor and 4E25 return.
28/2/20: 59005 6L21 Whatley-Dagenham Dock ARC. 59101 on Acton-Harlow Mill. 66142 4L56 Trafford-London Gateway.

DLR.
96 and 41 DLR (BOW CHURCH) 29-2-20
Above: Bow Church station on 29/2/20. 96 (right) arrives en route to Stratford, while 41 departs for Canary Wharf. (John Podgorski).

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
LX11CXC WVL420 GAL LC (BX) 1-2-20
Above: Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini WVL420 was new here for TfL474 (Canning Town-Manor Park). Following the loss of TfL474 to Stagecoach, WVL420 moved south of the Thames to Metrobus at Orpington. It subsequently went to London Central at Bexleyheath, where it was pictured on 1/2/20. (John Podgorski).

DRS.
7/2/20: 57301 towed GA 371508 Kilmarnock-Ilford.
18,19/2/20: 37402 on GEML route learning.
24/2/20: Contract for Dagenham Dock-Garston car transporters gained from GBRf – 66434 on inaugural working and return.
27/2/20: 37611 towed 745106 to Norwich.

ENSIGNBUS.
Following the conclusion of the London Overground Barking-Walthamstow e-rail, temporary ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 400s SN09 CDY, CEF/X, CFM, LK55 KJX were withdrawn and returned to sales stock.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400s 901/6 have passed to Sleafordian, Sleaford.

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
M80FXO FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL MCV (GA IPS-CR RRP, CR) 9-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: M80 FXO, one of the two recent MCV Evoras, at Colchester on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Ipswich on 9/2/20. (Simon Austin). The other is M20 FXO.

FIRST ESSEX.
SN55HDZ 32669 FE 61 (HIGHWOODS, CR) 28-2-20 (D PRETTY)
Above: 32669 at Highwoods, Colchester on 28/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).

From First Scotland East are Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis 32669 (SN55 HDZ), 32673 – in blue livery.
ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 67163 (YY66 PAO) is now in blue Essex Airlinks livery.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66848 is now a driver trainer.
New X30 Scania N250UD/Enviro 400 MMC 36840 (YN69 XYA) at ADL Harlow on 11/2/20. The new X30 Scanias entered service in the third week of February.
Ex X30 Volvo B9TL/Wright Geminis 37985/86 (BJ11 XGY, ECY) moved from Chelmsford to Hadleigh.
Trident/President 33086 (LN51 GMG) has returned from Basildon to Colchester.

WX06OMM 42955 FE 64A (CR) 28-2-20 (D PRETTY)
Above: 42955 at Osborne Street, Colchester on 28/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).

Dart SLF/Pointer 42955 (WX06 OMM) has come from First Eastern Counties.
Dart SLF/Pointer 42489 (SN53 KJY) is withdrawn, leaving just 42487 (SN03 WME) representing the type at Hadleigh. 42489 passed to Ensign for breaking.
Other ex First Essex vehicles now at Ensign for parts recovery are Dart SLF/Pointers 42483/86 (SN03 WLK, WMX) and Volvo B7TL/ALX400 W224 XBD. These came from First Eastern Counties. 42483 quickly passed to Shelton Motors of Ely for scrap.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65688 (YS03 ZKH) is now with Hadlow Community School, Kent – via Ensign.
Odd sightings:
3/2/20: Trident 33044 on 64A. 4/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 75/A. 5/2/20: B7TL/ALX400 32068 on 64. 7/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 17 + 65. 10/2/20: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67168 on 71. 11/2/20: Route 62 B9TLs 37134/36 on 75. 12/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 70; B7RLE 66803 on 75. 14/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 70; Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 64A. 17/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 174; Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 65; B7RLE 66825 on 100; X10 E200 MMC 67161 on 100; X30 67168 on 31B; X30 66170 on 42B.
19/2/20: Trident 33087 on 64A; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61. 24/2/20: ADL/E200 MMC 67166 on 70. 27/2/20: Route 62 B9TL 37136 at Colchester Fuel Injection. Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 17 + 65. 28/2/20: B7TL/Gemini 33669 on 65; Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 88. 29/2/20: Trident 33080 on 64; Trident 33178 on 64A.

FREIGHTLINER.
3/2/20: 66511 on 7L54 Acton-Harlow Mill. 66619 on 6L10 Tunstead-Thurrock.
4/2/20; 66511 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 66564 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks. 86608/5 on 4L41.
5/2/20: 66619 on 6L34 Tunstead-Bow. 70011 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX.
6/2/20: 66543 on 4E24 Gateway-Leeds. 66572 on 4M56 Gateway-Garston. 70016 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 86622/09 on 4L41. 86627/14 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford.
7/2/20: 66525 on Acton-Chelmsford. 66606 on 6L34 Tunstead-Bow. 70016 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 70020 on up intermodal from FLX. 90046/49 on 4L95.
11/2/20: 86604/39 on 4L89. 86607/27 ON 4L75. 86612/13 ON 4L41. 86637/38 at Ipswich yard.
12/2/20: 66572 + GBRf 66733 on 4Z27 Parkeston-Felixstowe operated by GBRf. 86707/27 on 4L75. 86608/32 on 4M87. 86612/13 on 4L41. 86639 at Ipswich.
14/2/19: 66505 on 4S83. 66534 on 4L46. 66617 on 6L80 Tunstead-Marks Tey sand. 86604/39 4L89. 86608/32 on 4L91. 86612/13 at Ipswich. 86637/38 on 4M42.
17/2/20: 66587 tnt orange 66415 with HOBC at Coclhester. 86604/39/05/14 on 4L89. 86609/28 at Ipswich.
18/2/20: 66615 on 6L80 Tunstead-Marks Tey. 86604/39 on 4L41. 86609/28 on 4L91. 86612/13 on 4L89.
19/2/20: 66505 on 4M56 at Tilbury. 86605/14 on 4L89. 86612/13 on 4L91.
20/2/20: 86605/38 on 4L91.
21/2/20: 86612/13 on 4L89. 86639/04 on 4L41.
24/2/20: 66556/13 with two boxes on Leeds-FLX Fresh Express.
25/2/20: 66511 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 86627/37 on 4L41.

GALLEON TRAVEL, ROYDON.
SS16GAL GALLEON LEGER (GA RRP BS) 1-2-20
Above: Leger Holidays liveried VDL Bova SS16 GAL at Bishop’s Stortford on GA rail replacement to/from Broxbourne; 1/2/20. (John Podgorski).

Trident/ALX400 LX04 FXL has been sold to Ensign. It was quickly resold to Shelton Motors at Ely as scrap.

GBRf.
3/2/20: 66715 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
6/2/20: 66722 on 4M46 Gateway-Hams Hall. 66725 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
10/2/20: 66726 on 4M23.
11/2/20: 66719 on 4L28. 66735 on 4M29. 66743 on 4E21 Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
12/2/20: FL 66572 + 66733 on 4Z27 Parkeston-Felixstowe.
18/2/20: 66777 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX. 66789 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX.
19/2/20: 66759 on 6O60 Bow-Tonbridge West.
20/2/20: 66730 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66741 on 4E20 FLX-Masboro. 66750 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66785/27 on 4E21 FLX-Doncaster. 66789 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX.
21/2/20: 66703 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66724 on 4L07.
22/2/20: 66703 on 4M23. 66717 on 4L20 Hams Hall-FLX. 66777 on 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX.
24/2/20: 66783 ‘The Flying Dustman’ on N Walsham to Ipswich light loco.
26/2/20: 66752 at Bow Yard at 0915. 66783 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
28/2/20: 66709 on 4L18 Trafford-FLX. 66717 on 4M02 FLX-Hams Hall. 66722 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX. 66724 on 4L07. 66732 on 4E43 FLX-Doncaster. 66736 4L14 Doncaster-FLX. 66737 on 4L00 Masboro-London Gateway. 66749 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Forest Gate engineers. 66755 on 6L34 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66757 on 4E28 FLX-Doncaster. 66769 on Whitemoor-Manor Park engineers.
29/2/20: 66749 on 6T62 engineers at Stratford.

GREATER ANGLIA.
755424 GA STN-NOR (AUDLEY END) 22-2-20
Above: 755422 at Audley End on 22/2/20 on a Stansted-Norwich working. It will run in electric mode to Ely, then as diesel to Norwich. (John Podgorski).

New are Bombardier Aventra EMUs 720506/9.

90001 GA DEBRANDED (LST) 1-2-20
Above: A de-branded 90001 at London Liverpool Street on 1/2/20. The Class 90s are due to leave GA in March, when the new Class 745s fully come on stream. (John Podgorski).

De-branded are electric locos 90001/2/3. MkIII carriages 11076/94, 12081.
Sprinter DMU 156417 has gone to EMR and Turbostar DMU 170271 to Transport for Wales.
Mk IIIs 12005/37/42/82/89/142 gone for scrap to Sims, Newport, Wales.
Some Class 90s, DVTs and other MkIIIs have come off lease, but will remain in use until 31/3/20.
317881 was at Clacton for PRM mods.

3/2/20: 156417 transferred as 2N09 to EMR – last ‘156 at GA.
4/2/20: 170271 transferred as 6N10 to Transport for Wales – last ‘170 at GA.
10/2/20: 745002 on 5Q91 test Norwich-Liverpool Street.
13/2/20: 745109 delivered behind DBS 66002.
14/2/20: 720506 delivered to Ilford from Ferme Park.
17/2/20: 745002 in down loop at Chelmsford.
18/2/20: 745002 on 5Q80 Parkeston-Liverpool Street test.
20/2/20: DRS 37401 towed MKIIIs listed above from Norwich to Newport for scrap. 317508/666 on 1F84 1814 Liverpool St-Colchester.
21/2/20: 745002 on test on GEML Stowmarket-Liverpool St and Harwich branch.
25/2/20: 745004 on 5Q81 Liverpool St-Stowmarket test run.

HEDINGHAM.
HW54BUF 288 HO 63 DIVERSION KING GEORGE RD CR) 19-2-20
Above: Over the February school half term, part of Berechurch Road in Colchester was closed for works. Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 288 was pictured on diversion on King George Road on 19/2/20. (John Podgorski).

All Scania Omnilinks are now at Clacton.
Omnilink 460 has received an overall wrap for Dream 100 FM Radio.

AN61BUS 456 HO 97 (CN) 1-2-20 (D PRETTY)
Above: Scania Omnilink 456 (AN61 BUS) has moved from Sible Hedingham (HD) to Clacton (CN). Pictured in Clacton on 1/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).

ADL/Enviro 200 261 went from KN back to HD on 5/2/20 and back to KN on 11/2/20. Then back to HD on 20/2/20. 261 is now effectively a regular KN bus.
Volvo B7TL/Gemini 521 appeared at KN again from CN on 5/2/20. 520 appeared at KN from CN on 17/2/20.
Short ADL/E200 298 (OU57 BHA) moved CN to HD on 14/2/20. By 26/2/20, it had returned to CN and was being used for mechanical training.
Omnidekka movements: 7/2/20: 802 – Chambers-KN; 810 – KN-Chambers. 10/2/20: 813 – Chambers-KN; 816 – KN-CN. 14/2/20: 817 – CN-KN. 18/2/20: 817 – KN-CN. 20/2/20: 813 – KN-Chambers; 814 – Chambers-KN; 817 – CN-KN.
Odd sightings:
10/2/20: Scania Omnilink 457 (AU61 AVK) on 16A + 82 + 50 – prior to moving HD-CN. 25/2/20: Omnidekka 814 on TLA A am, due to failure of B7TL/President 573. 26/2/20: Omnidekka 813 on 15 pm.

AU61AVK 457 CHAMBERS (CN) 14-2-20 (A LAW)
Above: Scania Omnilink 457 has moved again. This time from Sible Hedingham (HD) to Clacton (CN), where it was pictured on 14/2/20. It has both Chambers and Konect fleet names. (Alex Law).

YN06JYC 818 HO 19 (ROWHEDGE) 10-2-20 (S MILTON)
Above: Scania Omnidekka 818 at Rowhedge on 10/2/20, on the 0800 route 19 departure to Thomas Lord Audley School. It will then go onto route 63 before doing the return 19 in the afternoon. 19 only runs on schooldays. (Sonny Milton).

Destination displays are being reprogrammed to make them all DDA/PSVAR compliant.

IPSWICH BUSES.
Dart SLF/EL 85, which had been sold for preservation, has been resold for continued driver training use.
Odd sightings:
15/2/20: Optare Versa 149 (YN08 EPF) on 93.

YN08EPF 149 IB 93 9CR) 15-2-20 (D PRETTY)
Above: Versa 149 unusually in Colchester on 15/2/20. (Daniel Pretty).

JET2.COM
A woman who put a flight in danger, by being drunk and violent on board, was jailed for 2 years by Chelmsford Crown Court on 12/2/20. Chloe Haynes (26), from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire was on a Stansted to Turkey flight worked by Boeing 737 G-JZHC on 22nd June 2019, when her behaviour caused it to return to Stansted under the escort of two fighter jets.

KIRBY’S OF RAYLEIGH.
K50BYS KIRBYS GA RRP (SD VIC) 22-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Setra S415 K50 BYS at Southend Victoria on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Shenfield on 22/2/20. (Simon Austin).

L&R TRANSPORT, BASILDON.
Has Neoplan Skyliner N66 SUN.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
BYD ADL/Enviro400EV demonstrator SN69 CXJ was on loan from mid February, for staff training prior to the type being delivered as the Ee Class.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
315802/3/8/10/16 on Romford-Upminster during February.
710120 replaced 710121 on driver training. 710119 continued on this. These training runs are between Liverpool Street and London Fields/Enfield Town. The 710s stable at Ilford.
378204/11 have been refreshed at Ilford.
24/2/20: 710/1s made their passenger debut on Lea Valley Lines, with 710121/108 on 2U37 1122 Enfield Town-Liverpool Street.

315836 ARL EX MTR 1533 LST-CFD (LST) 8-2-20
Above: Ex MTR 315836 at Liverpool Street on 8/2/19, on the 1533 to Chingford. (John Podgorski).

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
21445 LUL (BOW ROAD) 29-2-20
Above: S7 Stock 21445 at Bow Road on 29/2/20, on the rear of an Upminster service. (John Podgorski).

MAYFLOWER SCHOOL, DOVERCOURT.
The Ex Hedingham Dennis Trident/EL T802 RFG now a static library, suffered vandalism while parked in the school grounds. Thanks to CrowdFunding from two pupils, £1000 has been raised to allow the bus to be craned into a secure courtyard within the school complex.

MTR.
345018 towed from Worksop to Ilford by DBS 37608.
21/2/20: 345057 OC-IL behind 37608.
25/2/20: 345057 appeared on GEML -on 2W72 1140 Liverpool St-Shenfield.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
In February, Clarkes of Sydenham took over a route 484 diagram from Chalfont of Uxbridge. This was the one which overnights on the Essex coast.

BF68LCN NX-GALLOWAY (NEW CR COACH STOP EAST HILL) 24-2-20
Above: NX-Galloway Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante III BF68 LCN picks up at the new westbound Colchester coach stop on 24/2/20. (John Podgorski).

From 20/2/20, Colchester Bus Station (Stanwell Street) was no longer served. It was replaced by the bus stops at the top of East Hill.
Between 16th and 23rd February there was disruption to some services serving Cambridge, due to Trumpington Road being blocked by an Extinction Rebellion demonstration at the junctions of Fen Causeway, Lensfield Road and Trumpington Street.
Odd sighting:
29/2/19: Gatwick (GA) Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante GA212 on A9 – worked by SH (Start Hill).

BX16CMY GA212 NX A9 (LEYTONSTONE) 29-2-20
Above: GA212 on Leytonstone High Road on 29/2/20. (John Podgorski).

NETWORK RAIL.
6/2/20: Windhoff MPVs DR98003/4/9/11 on 6Y53 Crewe-Chelmsford OHLE train.
21/2/20: Robel Mobile Maintenance Train DR97506/606/806 on 6U86 Pitsea-Colchester – later returned.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
EU58BLJ 514 NIBS GA RRP 9SD VIC0 22-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania N230UD/Olympus 514 (EU58 BLJ) at Southend Victoria on 22/2/20; on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Shenfield. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Acquired via Ensign is ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BDY.
Scania K360E4/Plaxton Panther2 DC61 PAN has reverted to TF61 OXF and been sold to a Scottish operator.
Following parts recovery; Dart SLF/Mini Pointer X509 WRG and Dart SLF/Pointers KP02 PUH, PVD have gone for scrap. None of these were operated.

ROG:
10/2/20: 37800 on Colchester ‘Thunderbird’.
18,19/2/20: 37800 CR Thunderbird.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Two all electric BYD ADL 400EV buses – LF69 UXN/O, entered service in Cambridge on Citi6 in mid February. These also sported the new Stagecoach white based corporate livery.
The new Volvo B8TL/ADL Enviro 400 Citys are also appearing on the North Cambs Busway. Green liveried BU69 XYL was the first noted.
Between 16th and 23rd February, there was disruption to services in Cambridge, due to a major junction being blocked by an Extinction Rebellion protest. This was Lensfield Road/Fen Causeway/Trumpington Road/Trumpington Street.
Routes affected were the Trumpington Park and Ride, which could not access part of Trumpington Road or use Lensfield Road. As well as being diverted via Botanic Gardens, Station Road and Hills Road, its city centre terminus was altered for the duration from Downing Street to Regent Street. Also affected were the City Sightseeing Cambridge City Tour and route 18 to Cambourne. Part of the southbound section of the tour could not operate and 18 could not serve any of its city centre stops except by Downing Street.
Ancillary vehicles:
Vauxhall Vivaro van VA18 MVT on hire from Enterprise and at Cambridge.

STEPHENSONS.
Route 23 (Leigh Rail Station-Eastwood Road) ended on 25/2/20. This was a Tuesdays only operation, and had repaced a section of withdrawn Arriva Southend routeing. Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 605 (EX63 UZV) worked the last journey.

YY67USD 436 STEPHENSONS 24 (SD) 1-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200 436, on ex First Route 24, on Chichester Road, Southend on 1/2/20. This is one of the two regular route 24 buses. (Simon Austin).
Odd sightings: 12/2/20: Omnidekka 903 (YN53 CFV) on CHS contract usually with B12M/Paragon coach 200 (X400 MTT). 22/2/20: Scania N230UD/E400 610 (CX14 EMS) on 301. 29/2/20: Mb Sprinter 301 (RE66 VPD) on 16.

RE66VPD 301 STEPHENSONS 16 9CF) 29-2-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 301 in Chelmsford on 29/2/20. (Simon Austin).

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
KX58BBHZ TENDRING TRAVEL VDL SB200 CENTRO (GA IPS-CR RRP, CR) 9-2-20 (JAMES PRETTY)
Above: Recently acquired MAN/Plaxton Centro KX58 BHZ at Colchester on Greater Anglia rail replacement to/from Ipswich on 9/2/20. (James Pretty).

TOWER TRANSIT.
SN11BOV EN38 GAL LC 486 (BX) 1-2-20
Above: One of the ADL/Enviro 400s which passed to Go-Ahead London, via Ensign in 2018. EN38 at Broadway, Bexleyheath on 1/2/20. Working for London Central.  It had been originally posted to Metrobus at Orpington. Was DN33634 at Transit. (John Podgorski).

YX61FZK DM44267 TT 339 (LEYTONSTONE HIGH ROAD) 29-2-20
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 DM44267 on Leytonstone High Road on 29/2/20. Working from Lea Interchange (LI) garage. (John Podgorski).

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
NK53UNY TRUSTYBUS 351 (BS) 1-2-20
Above: Ex Arriva North East (via Ensign) Scania L94UB/Wright Solar NK53 UNY in Bishop’s Stortford on 1/2/20. It is on the Herts CC contracted service 351. (John Podgorski).

Acquired via Ensign is Optare Solo YJ07 VPX.

YJ11EHW TRUSTYBUS (ONGAR) 25-2-20 (R DOWNTON)
Above: One of the recent ex RATP London Optare Tempos. YJ11 EHW at Ongar Two Brewers on 25/2/20. (Robert Downton).

WHIPPET.
Between 16th and 23rd February, the U service was disrupted due to Trumpington Road being blocked by an Extinction Rebellion protest, at its junction with Trumpington Street, Lensfield Road and Fen Causeway. Service U could not serve Trumpington Street so was diverted via the city centre.

With thanks to: AngliaGen, S Austin, P Cackett, A Hazell, A Law, LOTS, S Milton, D Pretty, J Pretty, D Trent, I Twine.

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Busmopolitan. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. January 2020.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the January 2020 edition of Busmopolitan.

The introduction of the new trains on Greater Anglia has continued this month. Stadler Flirts have been introduced to the Marks Tey-Sudbury branch, and there is now a regular Class 754 diagram on the Norwich-London main line.

At First Essex, the new Scania/Enviro 400 double deckers for the X30 Southend-Chelmsford-Stansted Airport have arrived. They will be launched later.

In the air, Flybe has run into monetary problems again, and this time has been “bailed out” by government intervention.

Out of the Busmopolitan area, but significant for the bus industry, was the sudden collapse of north west council fleet Halton Transport on 24/1/20. This followed two years of significant financial losses. Even a cash injection of £750K by the council could not solve the problem. This leave just 8 former municipal bus fleet in the UK now, one of which is the local Ipswich Buses.

ANITAS, STANSTED.
New is Yutong Tc9 AC69 ERN.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3826 (GN07 AVP) was on loan from Southend, to cover for acident damaged Dart SLF/Caetano 1562 (RX07 KPG), while the lateer was repaired.
Routes 133 (Braintree-Stansted Airport), 900 (Braintree Freeport Shuttle) ran on New Years Day.
Odd sightings:
2/1/20: StreetLite 4261 (GN64 DXR) on 1; short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 (HX04 HUK) on 8. 5/1/19: ADL/E200 3986 (GN07 DLO) on 900 – usually StreetLite. 6/1/20: Route 133 StreetLite 4324 (SK68 GWV) on 1. 9/1/20: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1563 (RX07 KPJ) on 8; 4261 on 1. 14/1/20: VDL DB300LF/Pulsar Gemini 4459 on 1. 15/1/20: Dart SLF/Pointer 3413 (SN54 HWY) on 77 – usually E200. 22/1/20: StreetLite 4261 on 2. 29/1/20: 4459 on 1.

GN07DLO 3986 AR CR 900 (BE FREEPORT) 5-1-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 3986 at Braintree Freeport on 5/1/20. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
From 6/1/20, new Bishop’s Stortford town service 311 commenced. It is on Herts CC contract.
A new Stansted Airport-London express coach service is also imminent.
New liveried ADL/Enviro 200 4008 (YX61 FZN) is here from Hemel Hempstead. It was new to Tower Transit and came to Arriva via Ensign.

ARRIVA KENT TAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
KX09KDU 3779 AR SD 9 (RAYLEIGH) 31-1-20
Above: VDL SB300/Wright Pulsar 3779 at Rayleigh Station on 31/1/20. (John Podgorski).

BALFOUR BEATTY.
25/1/20: DR75408/9 at Broxbourne.

BIG GREEN BUS.
KX59CXP, CXR BGB (HAVERHILL) 25-1-20
Above: Vehicles are now parked at Star Buses, Haverhill. ADL/Enviro 200s KX59 CXP/R pictured on 25/1/20. (John Podgorski).

CHAMBERS.
New Wednesdays only routes 375 (Sudbury-Bury St Edmunds), 379 (Hadleigh-Bury St Edmunds) started on 15/1/20.

BX55FYJ 2 CHAMBERS (HO HD) 25-1-20
Above: Mercedes Touro no 2; now with Hedingham at Sible Hedingham depot on 25/1/20. It is used on Hedingham School Bus 5. (John Podgorski).

COLAS.
8/1/20: 37254 tnt 37099 on 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge.
9/1/20: 70809 on 6M66 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement.
21/1/20: 37610 + NR 96604, 6260, 62287, 9808, 9703 on Cambridge-FermePark NR test train.
28/1/20: 70817 on 6M66 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock and 4S89 return.

DAN’S COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET.
T361JWA + S756XYA DAN'S COACH TRAVEL (GA RRP CB NORTH) 5-1-20 (A HAZELL)
Above: Two coaches previously with Essex operators, on GA RRP at Cambridge North on 5/1/20. Ex Graham’s of Kelvedon Scania/Irizar T361 JWA is in front of ex Philips of South Woodham Ferrers Volvo B10M/VH S756 XYA. (Alex Hazell).

DBS.
2/1/20: 66125 on Trafford-London Gateway.
7/1/20: 90034 at Ilford depot.
8/1/20: 66111 on 4E25 Biggleswade Plasmor-Bow. 66140 on Acton-Griffin Wharf Ipswich. 66147 on 6L35 Mossend-Dagenham cartics.
10/1/20: 66154 6V80 Marks Tey-Brentford empties.
14/1/20: 66111 on 4E25 Bow-Heck Plasmor.
17/1/20: 59005 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford.
23/1/20: 59104 on 6L21 Dawley Loop-Dagenham Dock ARC.
28/1/20: 59102 on on Acton-Chelmsford.
29/1/20; 66090 on 6L07 Acton-Ipswich Griffin Wharf then 6V07 return to Neasden. 66149 on 4E25 Bow-Heck.
31/1/20: 66030 on 6V80 Marks Tey- Crawley.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
ADL/Enviro 200 SE152 is here from London General, for commercial use on the FarEast shuttles in Stratford.

DRS.
Has been awarded a new contract to operate Ford automotive rail services between Dagenham and Garston (Liverpool). This is in partnership with STVA UK.
7/1/20: 57306 towing GWR 387136 on 5Q50 Reading-Ilford ECS.
9/1/20; 37608 on Leicester-Ilford light loco.
21/1/20; 68002 tnt 68012 on Southminster nuclear flasks.
31/1/20: 57306 took GWR 387141/30 to Ilford and took 387134/39 back to GWR, Reading.

ENSIGNBUS.
Routes 22 (Grays-Aveley), 44 (Grays-Purfleet), 73A (Lakeside-Tilbury), X80 (Chafford Hundred-Bluewater) ran on New Years Day.
ADL/Enviro 200s 705-8/11/12 (YX10 ECA, SN11 FFJ-L/P/R) have passed to Warrington’s Own Buses, for use on ex Halton Transport routes, following the latter’s sudden collapse.
For the London Overground Walthamstow to Barking e-rail, the following ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 400s were temporarily put into the fleet from sales stock: SN09 CDY, CEF/X, CFM, LK55 KJX.

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
Now has MCV Evoras M20 FXO, M80 FXO.

FIRST ESSEX.
New Scania N250UD/Enviro 400 MMCs 36837-43 (YN69 XXU-W, XYA-D) for X30 (Southend-Chelmsford-Stansted Airport) have been delivered to Chelmsford. They are two tone blue. The X30 will be relaunched as ‘Essex Airlink’.

YN69XYD 36843 FE X30 NEW (WT) 16-1-20 (PETER CLACKETT)
Above: Brand new X30 Scania N280UD/Enviro 400MMC 36843 (YN69 XYD) in Witham on 16/1/20, en route from Chelmsford depot to TruckEast. (Peter Cackett).

Further ex First West Yorkshire Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis at Colchester (CR) are 37034 (YJ06 XKZ), 37053/54 (YJ06 XMD/E), 37060-62 (YJ06 XMM/O/P).
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32475 (AU53 HJJ) has moved to First Eastern Counties at Ipswich.
Trident/President 33086 (LN51 GMG) has transferred from CR to Basildon (BN).

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Above: ADL/Enviro 300 67805 on the 98 at Jackson Road, Clacton on 22/12/19. The car park in the background is the site of the old bus station – closed in 1989. (Simon Austin).

MX05CCN 66803 FE 97 (LT CLACTON) 28-12-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66803 on the 97 at Little Clacton on 28/12/19. (Simon Austin).

Operation of commercial routes 75B (Colchester-University of Essex), 97, 98 (Colchester-Clacton-Walton) ceased after 4/1/20. Hedingham has provided replacement facilities. (See below). The last 97 was worked by Trident 33178 (LR02 LYX) after ADL/Enviro 300 67741 (SN62 AKJ) failed at Holland on Sea.
Sunday/bank holiday contracts 76 (Colchester-Clacton) and two M-Sat evening 74B (Colchester-St Osyth-Clacton)  journeys continue for the time being. First and its predecessors had served ‘The Essex Sunshine Coast’ for more than 100 years.
Also after 4/1/20, the 71B Chelmsford-Witham shorts were renumbered to 71D and 88 no longer served Great Yeldham and all journeys terminated at Halstead.
From 5/1/20, route 62 (Colchester-Brightlingsea) was revised. A new 62B variant was introduced, running via Hythe Hill. (The 62 continues to serve East Hill). Combined frequency has been increased to a peak of every 10 minutes. On Sunday/holidays there is now a 62C.
Routes X10 (Basildon-Stansted Airport), X30 (Southend-Stansted Airport) ran on New Years Day.
From 6/1/20, new registered school route 570 (Great Dunmow-Colchester) replaced the old 508 and 509. The 570 does not serve Stebbing and Rayne, however.
Also from 6/1/20, operation of route 24 (Southend-Southchurch) passed to Stephensons.

SN62ASU 67756 FE 97 LAST DAY (CR) 4-1-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 300 67756 at Stanwell Street, Colchester on the last day of First operation of route 97 on 4/1/20. (Simon Austin).

SN62AKJ 66741 FE 97 LAST DAY (CN) 4-1-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 300 67741 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on the last day of First operation of route 98 on 4/1/20. (Simon Austin).

Wright StreetLites 63328/29 (SK65 PXJ/L) have transferred from CR to HH, due to the route changes above. ADL/Enviro 300s 44596/97 (EU60 LFS, FJ58 YSL) moved from HH back to CF. B7TL/ALX400 32485 (AU53 HKC) – CF-CR, for an extra 70 duty. Sister 32483 (AU53 HKA) has a super rear advert for CT1. Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66813 (MX05 CDO) returned to BN with 66848 to CF in exchange. B7RLE/Wright 69430 (AU58 FFV) has been repainted.

YS03ZKB 62407 FE 65 (CR) 25-1-20 (D PRETTY)
Above: Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 62407 enters Queen Street, Colchester on 25/1/20. (Daniel Pretty).

Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65688-90 have been sold to Ensign. 62408 is withdrawn. This leaves just 62407/10, 65679 active at CR. They were replaced by a combination the ex First Glasgow ADL/E300s and service reductions – such as the withdrawal of the 97 and 98.
BMC 1100s 68510/20/31 (KX54 ANR, KP54 AZU, LK54 FNC) also passed to Ensign, and were quickly resold to Southern Transit.
Volvo B10BLE/Wright trainers 62139 (X618 NSS), 66179 (W379 EOW) have gone to Alpha for scrap.

W379EOW 66179 FE DT (SCRAP FROM CF DEPOT) 4-1-20 (D BELL)
Above: 66179 being taken away for scrap from Chelmsford depot on 4/1/20. (Dale Bell).

Odd sightings: 2/1/20: B7TL/ALX400 32068 (KP51 VZS) on 62; Trident 33044 (LN51 DVH) on 65; Trident 33088 (LN51 GMU) on 62; B7TL/Gemini 37010 on 64A; Route 62 B9TL/Geminis 37133/34 on 75; Roite 62 B9TL/Gemini 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 64; StreetLite 63334 on 62; 3/1/20: 32068 on 62; B7TL/ALX400 32478 (AU53 HJO) on 65; Trident 33080 (LN51 GNP) on 64; Trident 33178 (LR02 LYX) on 65; 37134 on 75; StreetLite 63335 on 62. 4/1/20: Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37133 on 75; 37134 on 70; 37135 on 64; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37138 (SN57 HCX) on 61 + 1A; 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 75. 5/1/20: 32068 on 62A; 37139 on 61. 6/1/20: 37134 on 88A. 7/1/20; 32485 (AU53 HKC) on 62B. 8/1/20: Trident 33044 on 174; StreetLite 63340 on 75. 9/1/20: B7TL/ALX400 32475 (AU53 HJJ) on 65; B7TL/ALX400 32476 (AU53 HJK) on 174; Trident 33086 (LN51 GMG) on 65; 33087 (LN51 GMO)on 66; B7TL/Gemini 37027 on 64A; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37136 on 70. 10/1/20; Trident 33044 on 65; Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 64A. 11/1/20: B7RLE 66798 (MX05 CCA) on 75. 13/1/20: Scania L94UB/Wright 62410 (YS03 ZKF) on 75. 14/1/20: 65679 on 75. 15/1/20: B9TL/Gemini 37140 at Colchester Fuel Injection. 16/1/20: 62407, 67756 on 75. 18/1/20: Route 62 37136 on 88; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67171 on 71. 20/1/20; B7TL/Gemini 37037 on 64A. 21/1/20: Trident 33044 on 62; Route 62 B9TL 37134 (SN57 HDH) on 17 + 65 pm peak. 22/1/20: B7TL/ALX400 32477 on 62; Dart SLF/Pointer 42941 (WX56 OAV) on 71. 23/1/20: Trident 33080 on 65. 24/1/20; YX09 AFV on 100. 27/1/20; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 175. 28/1/20: Route 62 37133 on 70 + 2A. 31/1/20: Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 67/C am; 44909 on 100.

FLAGFINDERS.
Scania Omnidekka YN08 MLY is ex Nottingham City Transport via Ensign.
Sold is Volvo Olympian/Alexander RL R758 DRJ.

Y4FLG FLAGFINDERS (GA IP-MT RRP) (CR) 12-1-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania Omniexpress Y4 FLG ex YT09 FLF at Colchester, on GA Ipswich-Marks Tey rail replacement on 12/1/20. (Simon Austin).

FLYBE.
A year after it had previous run into financial difficulties and been rescued by a consortium of Virgin, Stobart and a financier; Flybe ran into trouble again – after another year of losses. The UK Government struck a rescue deal. Flybe serves London City and Southend airports, in the ‘Busmopolitan’ area.

FREIGHTLINER.
2/1/20: 70002 on 4L92 Ditton-Felixstowe. 86628/07 on 4L91 Wembley-Felixstowe.
4/1/20: Orange 66415 on 4L41 Ditton-Felixstowe. 66571 on 1127 Chelmsford-Stoke Gifford FLHH stone. 86632/22 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 86637/27 on 4L93 Crewe-FLX.
7/1/20; 65501 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone. 86627/37 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 86638/12 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX.
8/1/20; 86607/09 on 0L89 Crewe-Ipswich light loco.86610/13 on 4L97. 86622/32 on 4L91.
9/1/20: 66610 on Acton-Chelmsford stone arr 0533 dep 1054. Orange 66623 on Tunstead-West Thurrock arr 0415. 86612/38 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.86627/39 on 4L91.
10/1/20: 66570 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 70002 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX. 70007 on 4M81 FLX-Crewe. 86612/38 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 86632/22 on 4L97.
13/1/20: 86639/27 on 4L89.
14/1/20: 86605/8 on 4L97. 90046/48 on 4L75 Trafford-FLX.
15/1/20: 66501 on 4L52 Garston-London Gateway. 66560 on 4E24 Gateway-Leeds. 66588 on 4M56 Gateway-Garston.
16/1/20: 66957 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 70016 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX.
17/1/20: 66957 on Acton-Harlow Mill stone. 86605/8 on 4L91.
21/1/20: 86609/37 on 4L89.
25/1/20: 66587/93 on Shenfield engineers. 66533/951 on 6Y13 Parkeston Quay-Shenfield engineers. 66594/617 on 6Y14 Whitemoor-Shenfield engineers. 66418//554 on Brentwood engineers.
27/1/20: 66431 on 4M07 Tilbury-Daventry. 66597 on 4Z53 Wembley-London Gateway. 70014 on 4L91 Wembley-FLX.
28/1/20: 86608/12 on 4L89. 86628/39 on 4L41.
29/1/20: 66559 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford. 86604/9 on 4L91. 86605/32 on 4L41. 86613/22 on 4L89.
30/1/20: 86605/32 on 4L41. 86613/22 on 4L91. 86639/28 on 4L89.
31/1/20: 70020 on 4L46 Lawley St-Gateway.86622/13 on 4L41. 86604/9 on 4L89. 86628/39 on 4L42.

GBRf.
66722 GBRf (CR) 4-1-20
Above: 66722 at Colchester on 4/1/20. (John Podgorski).

2/1/20: 66714 on 4L18 Trafford-Felixstowe. 66730 on 4L18 Garston-Dagenham car transporters.
4/1/20: 66719 on 4M26 FLX-Hams Hall. 66722 held on down goods loop at Colchester with late running 4L29 Birch Coppice-FLX intermodal. 66752 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
7/1/20: 66716 on 4M23.
8/1/20: 66773 on N Walsham-Ipswich light loco. 66789 on 6L37 Hoo-Whitemoor.
9/1/20: 66770 on Grain-Harlow Mill. 66773 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66789 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX.
11/1/20: 66704 on 4E14 FLX-Doncaster. 66729 on 4M07 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66786 on FLX-Trafford. 66789 on Hams Hall-FLX.
13/1/20; 66716 on 4M23. 66746 on 6L37.
14/1/20: 66716 on 4M23. 66723 on 4M46 London Gateway-Hams Hall. 66789 on 4L02.
15/1/20: 66723 on 4M46 London Gateway-Hams Hall.
16/1/20: 66775 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66785 on 4M23.
17/1/20: 66789 on 4L02.
18/1/20: 66789 on 4L02.
22/1/20; 66763 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks and return.
23/1/20: 66781 on 4M29.
25/1/20: 66714 on Maryland engineers. 66735 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Forest Gate engineers.
27/1/20: 66723 on London Gateway-Hams Hall.
29/1/20: 66706 on 4M23. 66722 on 4L47 Wemble-London Gateway.
30/1/20: 66785 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.

GREATER ANGLIA.
755332 GA MT FIRST DAY 21-1-20
Above: 755332 at Marks Tey on 21/1/20. The first day of ‘755 revenue operation on the Sudbury branch. (John Podgorski).

All of the Stadler Flirts have now been delivered. 745107 had the honour of being the last.
New is 720509 – first of its class.
Class 755 operation began on the Marks Tey-Sudbury on 21/1/20.

755412 GA (IPSWICH) 19-12-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Stadler Flirt bi-mode 755412 at Ipswich on 19/12/19. It is on an East Suffolk Line service. A London bound Class 321 waits on the opposite platform. (Alex Hazell).

Class 90s and MkIII carriages are now starting to be debranded.
156407/16/18 transferred to EMT.
158418 ‘ESTA’ was de-branded and de-named.
2/1/20: 755007 on 5Q91 Norwich-Liverpool Street test run.
4/1/20: The 1403 at Colchester Norwich-Liverpool Street ran as 6 coaches, due to 12091, 12139 being locked out of use.
8/1/20: 745007 on 0740 Norwich-London; the first ‘745 in revenue service.
9/1/20: 317514/08 on 5F96 Ilford-Witham test run. 745006 on 5Q92 Liverpool Street-Norwich test run. 745007 on 0740 NOR-LST again. 755325/401 delivered – completing batch.
10/1/20: 745007 on 0740 NOR-LST.
11/1/20: 745007 on 0700 NOR-IPS – due to engineering.
13/1/20: 156419 on 5V01 Norwich-Ilford ECS. 710119/21 on West Anglia training runs – Liverpool St-Enfield Town (for all of week). 720509 delivered to Ilford.
14/1/20: 156407 – to EMT. 317342 towed Kilmarnock-Ilford by DRS 57312.
16/1/20: 156418 on 2T27 Sudbury-Marks Tey, then 5P27 ECS to Norwich with 156416 replacing as 2T28 Marks Tey-Sudbury. 745006 on 5Q92 Norwich-Liverpool Street ECS/test and 5Q92 return. 745007 on 1P37 Norwich-London. 745107 delivered.
19/1/20: 745010 on 5Q91 Norwich-London test.
20/1/20: 90014 towed Norwich-Crewe by DRS 37401 as 0Z90. 156416 on last working of type on Marks Tey-Sudbury.
21/1/20: 90008 towed back from Crewe by DRS 37401. 156416 on 2E70 Colchester-Peterborough, then 2L71 back to Ipswich. 755332 on Marks Tey-Sudbury – first revenue working on this route.
24/1/20: 156419 transferred to EMR. 3 MkIIIs towed to Leeds Neville Hill by DRS 37402 at 2 MkIIIs brought back.
27/1/20; 156416 transferred to EMR.
28/1/20; 745010 failed at Forest Gate on 1P15 0740 NOR-LST; recovered by DRS 37611 as 1Z99.
31/1/20: 156417 is last ‘156 on GA.

156407 GA (MT) 9-1-20
Above: 156407 at Marks Tey on 9/1/20. (John Podgorski).

321336 GA (RAYLEIGH) 31-1-20
Above: 321336 at Rayleigh on 31/1/20. On a late evening Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria service. (John Podgorski).

HCT GROUP LONDON.
Odd sightings:
15/1/20: ADL/E20D 1237 on 20.

HEDINGHAM.
OU57FHA 298 HO (CN) 15-1-20
Above: 298 at Clacton depot on 15/1/20. (John Podgorski).

Transferred from Konect is short ADL/Enviro 200 298 (OU57 FHA). This is connected with the route changes/gains below.
Withdrawn is Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 563 (V307 LGC). The only B7TL/President now not fitted for OPO is 570 (W487 WGH).
Route 137 ran on New Years Day.

SF04SKD 910 HO 74 FIRST DAY (CR) 5-1-20 (S MILTON)
Above: Optare Solo 910 at Stanwell Street, Colchester on the first day of new route 74; 5/1/20. (Sonny Milton).

Hedingham took over ex First commercial routes 97, 98 from 5/1/20. They are being run as Clacton-Walton only. 97 terminates at The Naze and 98 turns at the Columbine Centre. Daytime frequencies are 30 minutes. to cover the Colchester-Clacton sections, there have been frequency increases on X76 (Clacton-Colchester) Mon to Sat and the introduction of new commercial service 74 (Clacton-St Osyth-Wivenhoe-Colchester). In Colchester, 74 terminates at Head Street Mon to Sat, and at Stanwell Street on Suns/hols. M-Sat, 74 interworks with X76 and is usually Omnidekka worked. On Suns/holidays, 74 interworks with 97/98 and uses saloons, due to the low railway bridge at Kirby Cross. M-Sat 97/98s use saloons for the same reason. Due to this, 16 and some 82/83s transferred from CN to KN (using an existing Omnidekka), while 16A and some 50, 63 and 82 duties moved from CN to HD (using an existing ADL/Enviro 200). Hedingham is now the dominant bus operator in Clacton and district.

SF04SKD 910 HO 97 FIRST DAY (PIER AVE CN) 5-1-20 (A LAW)
Above: 910 on the new route 97 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 5/1/20. The Boots shop to the left stands on the site of the old Suttons Coaches depot (closed 1980). (Alex Law).

YN05HFH 458 HO 97 (ROCHFORD WAY FRINTON) 11-1-20 (S MILTON)
Above: Scania Omnilink 458 at Rochford Way, Frinton on Sea on 11/1/20. (Sonny Milton).

ADL/E200 261 was at KN again from 6/1/20. B7TL/Gemini 524 returned from KN to CN on 2/1/20. B7TL/President 570 returned from KN to HD on 6/1/20. B7TL/Gemini 520 – CN-KN on 7/1/20 and returned on 10/1/20. B7TL/Gemini 521 – CN-KN on 15/1/20. 521 – KN-CN on 17/1/20. 511 – HD-KN on 21/1/20 – returned on 23/1/20. 570 – HD-KN on 23/1/20.
Omnidekka movements: 2/1/20: 819 – CN-KN. 6/1/20: 819 – KN-CN. 7/1/20: 811 – Chambers-KN; 814 – KN-Chambers. 8/1/20: 816 – CN-KN. 13/1/20: 819 – CN-KN. 17/1/20: 813 – KN-Chambers. 23/1/20: 812 – KN-Chambers; 813 – Chambers-KN. By 24/1/20: 800 – KN-Chambers. 30/1/20: 800 – Chambers-KN; 813 – KN-Chambers. By 31/1/20: 802 – KN-Chambers.
Odd sightings: 5/1/20: Solos 910/11 (SF04 SKD/E) on 74, 97/98 due to diversion via Pork Lane, Great Holland, due to closure of the main road, usually larger saloons would be used. From 7/1/20: B7TL/Gemini 520 on PL4. 7/1/20: B7TL/President 571 on 63. 8/1/20: Omnidekka 816 on 15 pm. 9/1/20: Dart SLF/Pointer 257 (EU56 FLM) on 74 + X76; B7TL/President 563 on 74 + X76; B7TL/President 565 (W425 WGH) on 19 + 63; B7TL/President 579 (W526 WGH) on 74 + X76. 13/1/20: 819 on TLA B pm. 14/1/20: 574 on 19 + 63. 15/1/20: 521 on TLA B pm. 16/1/20: 816 on TLA A/B. 17/1/20: 565 on 19 + 63; 812 on TLA am; 814 on TLA B pm. 20/1/20: B7TL/Presidents 563, 572 on 74 + X76. 21/1/20: 579 on 19 + 63. 23/1/20: ADL/E200 262 on 74 + X76; Omnidekka 816 on 15 pm.
24/1/20; 565 on 19 + 63. 27/1/20: Dart SLF/MPD 291 on 903 am; B7TL/President 572 on 19 + 63; B7TL/President 574 (W506 WGH) on 63. 28/1/20: B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) on 19 + 63.
(Note that following the start of new route 74 and the gaining of 97, 98 – Volvo B7TL/Presidents are appearing more on stage work again).
Ancillary vehicles:
Vauxhall Combo van 9004 (W761 TRE) is withdrawn. It has been parked up at Clacton.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Premiere M291 FAE is now with ACE Training, Sawbridgeworth.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
LA19KBN SEe86 GAL 214 (FINSBURY SQUARE) 16-1-20 (R DOWNTON)
Above: SEe86, one of the recent BYD ADL/E20EV electric buses for TfL214 (Parliament Hill Fields-Morrgate). At Finsbury Square on 16/1/20. (Robert Downton).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
378323 to new livery.
The Romford-Upminster saw 315801/6/9 during January.
10/1/20: 315833/59 on 5Q21 Northampton-Ilford.
13/1/20: 315833/59 back to Northampton from Ilford.
29/1/20: 710103 on 5H72 East Ham-Willesden inter depot positioning move.

MTR ELIZABETH LINE.
7/1/20: 345056 working on GEML.
23/1/20; 345020 working on GEML.

NETWORK RAIL.
31/1/20: Plasser and Theurer ballast regulator DR77905 Stowmarket-West Ealing behind DRS 37401. Plasser and Theurer ballast regulator DR77907 on 6U47 Romford-Stowmarket.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
DK09OBH 417 NIBS 21 (BE BUS PARK) 5-1-20 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Ensignbus ADL/Enviro 200 417 at Braintree Bus Park on 5/1/20. NIBS only operates in Braintree on Sundays and public holidays. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
AB09PAN PANTHER 80A (NTH STN RD, CR) 4-1-20
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 AB09 PAN at North Station Road, Colchester on 4/1/20. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 200s AB09 PAN, DB09 PAN have reverted to their original registrations YX09 AFA, AEV and with sales stock ADL/E200 YX10 BCU, passed to Warrington’s Own Buses. This was top do with the sudden collapse of Halton Transport on 24/1/20.
Long disused Dennis Dart/Alexander Dash BIG 8843 has reverted to P390LPS and Dennis Javelin/UVG BIG 8796 has gone back to P653 LRV. Both have been sold.
The current OCs are: Depot and HO at Parkeston; sub depot at Colchester; outstation at Great Dunmow (not always used); workshop at Weeley.
The Greater Anglia rail replacement cross platform shuttle at Marks Tey, is now provided by on demand taxi.

DC56PAN PANTHER 80 (NORTHERN APPR, CR) 31-1-20
Above: Ex Stanleys of Durham Dart SLF/Mini Pointer DC56 PAN, turns from Northern Approach into Turner Road, Colchester on 31/1/20. Contributor A Hazell is driving. (John Podgorski).

ROG.
8/1/20: 37611 at Colchester.
21/1/20; 37800 at Cambridge on 0Q13 light loco from Norwich – returned as 5Q14 ECS.
23/1/20: 37800 dragged 755328 as Ipswich-Norwich ECS.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Green liveried BYD ADL/Enviro 400EV City electric buses LF69 UYV/Y have appeared at Cowley Road depot, Cambridge. They are on loan from Stagecoach Manchester and are for staff training.
Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 15463 (AE09 GYN) is now in fleet livery, ex green.

YN14OXK 15959 (REAR) ST CAMBUS GOLD (HAVERHILL) 25-1-20
Above: Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 15959 at Haverhill Bus Station on 25/1/20. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings:
25/1/20: Standard liveried ADL/E400 19588 (AE10 BWZ) on Gold 13A.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
BYD ADL Enviro 200EV battery electric demonstrator LJ68 CYO was on loan at West Ham in early January.
New TfL route 497 (Harold Hill-Harold Wood), began on 25/1/20.

STAR BUS, HAVERHILL.
LK54FLB, FLG STAR BUS, HAVERHILL 25-1-20
Above: Ex Whippet Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis LK54 FLB/G, on depot on 25/1/20. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS.
YN55NKE 643 STEPHENSONS 14 (HAVERHILL) 25-1-20
Above: Scania Omnidekka 643 in Haverhill on 25/1/20. It has arrived on route 14 from Bury St Edmunds and will return on route 15. (John Podgorski).

Took over operation of route 24 (Southend-Southchurch) from First Essex, from 6/1/20. Ex Yourbus ADL/Enviro 200 MMCs 435/36 (YY67 USC/D) are the usual vehicles.
Also from 6/1/20, there were changes to the registered Newport Academy routes. 418 no longer ran, while 419 was extended to/from Great Saling.
A reminder that the Suffolk fleet at Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds is segregated from the Essex fleet. Although vehicles tend to be constant at all of the depots and outstations, there is a “common user” approach with no set allocations as such. There are rotations between depots and outstations; eg Boreham to Braintree and Boreham to Clacton. Current OCs are: Depots at Boreham, Haverhill, Maldon, Rochford. Outstations at: Braintree, Bury St Edmunds, Clacton.
Odd sightings:
11/1/20: Dart SLF/Pointer 460 (EU05 CZA) on 30.

YX10FFK 449 STEPHENSONS WHITE (HAVERHILL) 25-1-20
Above: Dealer white ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 449 in Haverhill on 25/1/20. (John Podgorski).

SULLIVAN BUSES.
The last two Plaxton Presidents in TfL service are Tridents TPL926/27. They are normally used on school routes. They were new to Blue Triangle.

TONY GLEW/A1 COACH CO, COLCHESTER.
The latest acquired minibus is Ford Transit hi cube 16 seater LC16 KZM.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Ex RATP London United are Optare Tempos YJ112 EHO/W.

UNO.
Mb Citaro MB304 suffered an engine fire in Cranfield on 24/1/20 and is withdrawn.

VOLKER.
7-8/1/20: Matisa B45 tamper DR75303 on driver training at Stratford.
10/1/20: Matisa R24S Ballast Regulator DR77802 on 1140 Romford-Manningtree.

YOUNGS OF CAMBRIDGE.
YN58BCV YOUNGS CB 9GA RRP INGATESTONE) 26-1-20 (A HAZELL)
Above; Scania Omnicity YN58 BCV at Ingatestone on GA RRP to/from Newbury Park on 26/1/20. (Alex Hazell).

With thanks to: Angliagen, S Austin, D Bell, P Cackett, L Cornwell, D Disbury, A Hazell, A Law, S Milton, D Pretty.

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Busmopolitan. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. December 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSC, CMILT.

Welcome to the December, 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

YY66PBU 67166 FE X30 FATHER XMAS (CF) 21-12-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Father Christmas looks to have traded his reindeer and sleigh for an ADL/Enviro 200 MMC ! First Essex 67166 in fact. Spotted in Chelmsford on 21/12/19, he could at least have got hold of one in the proper route X30 colours ! (Daniel Pretty).

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
Services ran on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Routes 133 (Braintree-Stansted Airport), 900 (Braintree Freeport Shuttle) ran on Boxing Day.
At least one of the Park & Ride ADL/Enviro 200s received Xmas bodyside vinyls – of Santa and snowflakes.
Odd sightings:
10/12/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 (HX04 HUK) on 8. 20/12/19: Dart SLF/MPD 1559 (EU56 GVG) on 8. 23/12/19: Dart SLF/MPD 1558 (KX56 HCP) on 1; 1565 on 8; StreetLite 4224 (GN62 HMY) on 2 + 11. 24/12/19: 1558 on 8. 27/12/19: 1559, 1562, 1564 on 1. 31/12/19: 1558 on 1; 1565 on 8; long Dart SLF/Pointer 3417 (SN54 HXC) on 4.
Ancillary vehicles:
The latest crew ferry is rented Ford Kuga DP18 RZK.

DP18RZK + GN07DLO AR CR 27-12-19
Above: At Osborne Street, Colchester on 27/12/19, Ford Kuga DP18 RZK collects crew to return to the depot at Old Heath, while ADL/Enviro 200 3986 passes on a northbound service 8. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW):
Ex Arriva Guildford and West Surrey ADL/Enviro 200MMC 4113 (SN67 WUA) is here.
Routes 309 (Bishop’s Stortford-Stansted Airport), 510 (Harlow-Stansted Airport) ran on Boxing Day.
Odd sightings:
13/12/19: Mb Sprinter 1010 on 10.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Ex Arriva Kent and Sussex Optare Versa 4240 (KX13 DHL) is now at work here.
Odd sightings:
9/12/19: Mb Sprinter 1007 on 29.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
A few VLA Class Volvo B7TL/ALX400s remain active. On 3/12/19, VLA57 was on TfL173 (Beckton-Goodmayes Hospital); VLA130/31 were on TfL368 (Chadwell Heath-Barking).
VLA133 (LJ05 GPY) passed to Ensign for scrap.
Odd sightings:
21/12/19: ADL/E400 T250 (LJ61 LLA) on 313 (Chingford-Potters Bar) – usually ENX Class ADL/E200.

LJ59AEW DW240 AR LON N 66 (NEWBURY PARK) 29-12-19
Above: The VLAs were largely replaced by DW Class VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemin2s, cascaded from within Arriva London. DW240 was at Newbury Park on 29/12/19. Now at Grays, it had previously been at Norwood. (John Podgorski).

BLUE TRIANGLE.
LX57CJE E65 BT 396 (NEWBURY PARK) 29-12-19
Above: E65 at Newbury Park on 29/12/19. Still in the old London General livery, it had latterly been with London Central at New Cross. (John Podgorski).

The ex London General E Class ADL/Enviro 400s continue to appear on TfL396 (Ilford-Little Heath). New SE Class ADL/Enviro 200s are due. On 29/12/19, E65, E69 were seen, still in “as acquired” condition.

LX57CJU E69 BT 396 (NEWBURY PARK) 29-12-19
Above: E69 at Newbury Park on 29/12/19. In the newer Go-Ahead London Buses livery, it retains its markings from its previous life at London General at Merton. (John Podgorski).

CHAMBERS.
Transferred to Hedingham at Sible Hedingham are Mb Touros 1, 2 (BX55 FYH/J); Scania Omnilink 457 (AU61 AVK).
Scania Omnidekka 800 (YN53 RYP) was at Hedingham, Clacton in early December. 803 (YN55 PZD) was at Clacton on 11th December.

COLAS.
10/12/19: 37254 with 37057 on 1Q95 NR test train at Grays.

DBS.
1/12/19: 66091 tnt 66126 on RHTT at Marks Tey.
5/12/19: 59005 on Chelmsford stone. 66136 on 4L40 Cowley-Purfleet. 66170 on 4L56 Trafford-London Gateway.
6/12/19: 66150 on 4L40.
9/12/19: 66106 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich.
16/12/19: 66108 light loco on 0Z66 Stowamarket-Ilford deopot – for wheel lathe.
18/12/19: 66091/122/126 moved as 0Z37 Stowmarket-Crewe. 66104 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich.
20/12/19: 66025 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich.
23/12/19: 66063 on 6L12 Wembley-Bow East. 66108 left Stowmarket for off region with DRS 37409 and RHTT set.

DRS.
2/12/19: 37608 towed 755419 Ipswich to Norwich after ‘755 failed on Bury branch.
10/12/19: 37611 on Norwich-Ipswich Class 745 move. 68004/33 on Southminster CEGB flask train.
20/12/19: 57002/3 on 0E37 Stowmarket-Bounds Green light loco.

ENSIGNBUS.
From 2/12/19, new schooldays only route 29 (Purfleet-Socketts Heath) began, and X1 (London-Southend Airport) additionally called at Lakeside.
The Heritage Running Day 7/12/19, saw St Helens RT BDJ 807 make its post restoration debut.
AEC PRV Routemaster RMC 1477 (477 CLT) is ex a preservationist.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 905 (LJ54 BFO) is now with Ashman, Great Addington, Northants.

LX15GOK 127 ENSIGNBUS X2 (UPMINSTER) 26-12-19 (D DISBURY)
Above: Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini 127 at Upminster Rail Station on X2 in the late evening of 26/12/19. (Daniel Disbury).
Below: 127 on the X10 at Southend Travel Centre on 26/12/19. (Daniel Disbury).
LX15GOK 127 ENSIGNBUS X10 (SD T C) 26-12-19 (D DISBURY)

On Boxing Day, route X1 (London Victoria-Southend Airport) operated, along with special 26th December only services X2 (Upminster-Southend Airport), X10 (Lakeside-Southend). Local routes 22, 44, 73A, X80 also ran to a special timeetable. The Amazon ‘Z’ routes ran to a Saturday timetable.

YY18THU 707 ENSIGNBUS 44 (PURFLEET) 19-12-19 (D DISBURY)
Above: One of the recent ex Yourbus ADL/Enviro 200 MMCs. 707 (YY18 THU) at Purfleet on 19/12/19. (Daniel Disbury).

ADL/Enviro 200 709 (SN11 FFM) has passed to Simonds, Diss. It was replaced at Ensign by ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 709 (YY18 THX).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32494 (AU53 HKM) collided with the canopy at Ipswich Hospital on 19/12/19. The same bus came to grief at the same spot back in 2012.
B7TL/ALX400 32481 (AU53 HJY) is now in Ipswich Reds livery.

FIRST ESSEX.
AU53HJK 32476 FE 61 (HAVEN RD CR) 15-12-19
Above: Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32476 at Haven Road, The Hythe, Colchester on Sunday 15/12/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69434 (EU58 JWZ) was loaned from Chelmsford (CF) to Colchester (CR) in early December. 69518/19 (BJ11 ECT/V) were returned from Colchester (CR)to Hadleigh (HH), off loan.
Barbie2 liveried Scania L94UB/Wright Solars 65681/82 (YR52 VEL/P) are withdrawn; leaving 65679 (YR52 VEH) at Colchester.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32475 (AU53 HJJ) is reinstated.
Registered school services 508 9Great Dunmow-Colchester), 509 (Little Dunmow-Colchester) ceased after 20/12/19. They will be replaced by a new, single route in January 2020.
Routes X10 (Basildon-Stansted Airport), X30 (Southend-Stansted Airport) operated on Boxing Day.
Odd sightings:
2/12/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 17 + 65 pm peak. 3/12/19: Trident 33184 (LR02 LZD) on 65 all day; StreetLite 63340 on 75. 4/12/19: B7RLE 66801 (MX05 CCJ) on 75. 5/12/19: B7TL 32087 (LN51 GMO) on 175; Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 1A. 6/12/19: B7TL 32478 (AU53 HJO) on 174; Trident 33184 on 62; StreetLite 63331 on 62A. 7/12/19: B7TL/ALX400 32478 on 65; B7TL/Gemini 37020 on 66. 7/12/19: ADL/E300 67756 on 75. 11/12/19: StreetLite 63341 (SM65 EFA) on 1A. 13/12/19: Trident 33087 on 174; Trident 33178 (LR02 LYX) on 62; StreetLite 63335 on 75 and 1A.
14/12/19: Trident 33196 (LT52 XAG) on 65; X10 ADL/E200 MMC 67164 on 100. 15/12/19: B7TL/ALX400 32478 on 62; Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 75. 16/12/19: Trident 33178 (LR02 LYX0 on 64A; ADL/E300 67739 on 75 + 1A. 17/12/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 88. 20/12/19: B7TL/Gemini 32629 (KP54 KAX) on 174; Route 62 B9TL/Gemini 37133 (SN57 HDH) on 88A. 21/12/19; StreetLite 63329 (SK65 PXL) on 70. 22/12/19: B7TL/Gemini 37042 (YJ06 XLH) on 65. 23/12/19: B7TL/Gemini 32629 (KP54 KAX) on 64; Trident 33087 (LN51 GMO) on 65; Trident 33178 (LR02 LYX) on 62; StreetLite 63334 (SK65 PXR) on 71. Trident 33044 (LN51 DVH) on 65. 27/12/19: 33044 on 65 – later failed at Osborne Street, Colchester and towed back to CR depot; B7RLE/Wright 66848 on 100; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67170 on 71. 29/12/19 Sunday: B7TL/Gemini 37016 on 1A. 31/12/19: Trident 33088 on 64; Trident 33196 on 65; StreetLie 63333 on 62; 63337 on 75/A; X30 ADL/E200MMC 67170 on 71.

YY66PBF 67164 FE X10 ON 100 (LAKESIDE) 17-12-19 (D DISBURY)
MX05CGZ 66848 FE 100 (CF) 27-12-19 (S AUSTIN)
Oddities on the 100. Top: ADL/Enviro 200MMC 66164 at Lakeside on 14/12/19. (Daniel Disbury). Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66848 at Chelmsford on 27/12/19. (Simon Austin). 100 is scheduled for Volvo 7900H hybrids.

FREIGHTLINER.
2/12/19: 86609/10/22/38 on 4L89.
3/12/19: 66413 on 4L36 Wentloog-Felixstowe. 66537 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 66550 on 4E24 London Gateway-Leeds. 70002 on 4M63 FLX-Trafford. 86604/37 on 4L91 Trafford-Felixstowe. 86613/12 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX. 86639/32 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX.
4/12/19: 66423 on 4M07 Tilbury-Daventry. 86607/8 on 4L97. 86639/32 on 4L75 Trafford-FLX.
5/12/19: 66415 on 4L46 Lawley-London Gateway. 66550 on 4M60 London Gatreway-Ditton. 86610/38 on 4L91 Trafford-FLX.
6/12/19: 66423 on 4M07 Tilbury-Daventry. 66526 on 4L46 Lawley-London Gateway. 70008 on 4M63 FLX-Trafford. 86622/09 on 4L97. 86639/32 on 4L75.
9/12/19: 70008/7 on 4L41 Crewe-Ipswich. 86609/22 on 4L89. 86610/38 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 86612/13 on 4M53 FLX-Trafford.86632/39 on 4S88 FLX-Coatbridge.
11/12/19: 66513 on Chelmsford stone. 70015 + 66594 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX.
13/12/19: 66513 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone. 70015 on 4M63 FLX-Trafford.
16/12/19: 70003 on 4M63. 86614/04 on 4L89 Crewe-FLX.
17/12/19: 86608/10 on 4L89. 86638/05 on 4L91.
18/12/19: 66526 on Chelmsford stone. 86607/37 on 4L89. 86608/10 on 4L91.
19/12/19: 70015 on 4L91 Trafford-FLX. 86612/13 on 4L97.
20/12/19: 86605/38 on 4L91. 86608/10 on 4L89.
24/12/19: 86612/13 on 4L91. 86637/27 on 4L89.

GALLOWAY.
Ex National Express contract Volvo B9R/Caetano Levantes FJ61 EVN/V, are now with Hornsby, Ashby, Lincs.

GBRf.
2/12/19: 66709 on 6L41 grain to Bow. 66753 on 4M23 Felixstowe-Hams Hall.
3/12/19: 66754 on 4M23.
7/12/19: 66703 tnt 66732 on 3S70 Broxbourne RHTT via Wickford.
9/12/19: 66777/47 on 6L37.
11/12/19; 66756 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
12/12/19: Tube Map 66721 tnt 66747 on 3S70 Broxbourne RHTT.
16/12/19: 66773 ‘Pride of GBRf’ on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
19/12/19: 66745 on 4E21 FLX-Doncaster. 66768 on 4M23. 66773 on 6P41 Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66787 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX.
23/12/19: 0L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor light engine.
27/12/19: 66766 on 4M23.
28/12/19: 66710 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Colchester engineers.

GREATER ANGLIA.
754327 GA IPS-FLX 19-12-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: 755327 at Ipswich on a Felixstowe service on 19/12/19. (Alex Hazell).

New are 745105/6.
There have been teething problems with the new Class 745/755s that are in use. ‘755s were temporarily suspended from the Cambridge routes following “an incident at a level crossing”.
The Class 153s have been transferred to Transport for Wales. These were 153309 ‘Gerard Fiennes’, 153314, 153322 ‘Benjamin Britten’, 153335 ‘Michael Palin’. Those with names were de-named before transfer.
The Class 156s are being withdrawn. 156409/12 are now with East Midlands Railway. 156422 had been de-branded by late December.
170271 is last Class 170 here.
Staff training on Class 745/755 has begun at Colchester.
MkIII coaches withdrawn are 11067, 12013, 12126.
1/12/19: 745336 on test at Harwich International. 755333 at Parkeston for Colchester crew training – Colchester to Clacton daytime trips.
2/12/19: 153309/14/22 transferred to Transport for Wales. 755422 on Ipswich-Felixstowes.
4/12/19: 90010 on Norwich-Crewe light loco.
5/12/19: 90011 on 0Z90 Crewe-Norwich light loco. 745105 delivered.
6/12/19: 317338 towed Kilmarnock to Ilford, by 47749.
8/12/19: 90002 on 1P16 Liverpool Street-Norwich on country end; back to London end by 10/12/19.
11/12/19: 317348/45 on 1Y34 Liverpool St-Ipswich – from w/c 15/12/19, the 1Y34 terminated at Colchester.
12/12/19: 755417 on 1258 IPS-FLX.
13/12/19: 745007 on 5Q91 Norwich-Liverpool Street test.
15/12/19: First day of new Norwich-Stansted Airport service, using Class 755/4s on both diesel and electric modes.
16/12/19: 90008/14 and DVT on 5M01 Norwich-Wembley ECS. 745006 on 5Q91 Norwich-LST test.
17/12/19: Class 755 testing began on Marks Tey-Sudbury. 745106 delivered behind DBS 66002. 755327 to service.
18/12/19: 755327 on 0858 Ipswich-Felixstowe. 755337 replaced 755333 at Colchester staff trainer.
19/12/19; 90010 on 0Z19 Crewe-Norwich light loco via NLL and GEML.
21/12/19: 156402/17/19 on Ipswich-Cambridges.
23/12/19: 90008 towed to Crewe by 37423. 156412 to EMR.

90007 + 90002 GA (LST) 21-12-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 90007 and 90002 at London Liverpool Street on 21/12/19. (Simon Austin).

HCT GROUP (was CT PLUS).
Buses have now been rebranded to read ‘Part of HCT Group’.
BYD Enviro 400EV City demonstrator LF69 UXJ is on loan at Hackney (HK).

HEDINGHAM.
EU07GVY 615 HO 88 (CR) 20-12-19
Above: 615 at Southway, Colchester on 20/12/19. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 400 615 (EU07 GVY) is in the new livery.
Received from Chambers are Mb Touros 1, 2 (BX55 FYH/J), Scania Omnilink 457 (AU61 AVK). All are now at HD. The Touros have been offered for sale, but continue in use of schools – usually Hedingham School Bus 5.
Dart SLF/MPD 286 (HW54 BTY) was returned to CN from KN on 7/12/19, in exchange for 285 (SN03 EBV). ADL/E200 261 (EY57 FZE) was at KN again from early December and was regularly used on the evening 15s. It returned to HD on 31/12/19.
285 returned to CN from KN on 21/12/19, in exchange for 286.
Volvo B7TL/Gemini 524 (LX05 EZG) was at KN again from 11/12/19. On 16/12/19, sister 523 (LX05 EZF) arrived at KN also. 523 was returned to CN on 23/12/19.
Volvo B7TL/Presidents 563 (V307 LGC), 572 (W489 WGH) have been fitted for contactless OPO, leaving just 570 (W487 WGH) to be done. 570 was loaned from HD to KN on 20/12/19 – see below. It was returned on 23/12/19, but was back at KN on 24/12/19.
Omnidekka movements: By 6/12/19: 810 – KN-Chambers; 811 – Chambers-KN. 12/12/19: 808 – Chambers-KN; 817 – KN-CN. 13/12/19: 808 – KN-Chambers after failure. 17/12/19; 809 – Chambers-KN; 811 KN-Chambers after failure. 23/12/19: 809 – KN-Chambers. 31/12/19: Chambers 800 – HD-KN.

W526WGH 579 HO X76 (CR) 28-12-19 (S MILTON)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 579 on X76 at Stanwell Street, Colchester on 28/12/19. (Sonny Milton).

Odd sightings: 5/12/19: B7TL/President 575 (W516 WGH) on 19 + 63. 11/12/19: Omnidekka 817 (YN06 JYB) on TLA am, TLA B pm. 12/12/19: 817 on TLA A am. 13/12/19: B7TL/Gemini 524 (LX05 EZG) on TLA B pm; Omnidekka 811 (YN55 PZP) on 903 pm. 16/12/19: B7TL/Gemini 524 on 903 pm; B7TL/President 584 (PJ02 REU) on 19 + 63. 17/12/19: 524 on 903. 18/12/19: ADL/E200 261 on PL4 am; B7TL/Gemini 523 (LX05 EZF) on TLA A am, PL4 pm; 524 on 903; Omnidekka 814 (YN55 PZV) on TLA B pm. 20/12/19: B7TL/President 570 (W487 WGH) on 19 pm – run by KN instead of CN due to TLA School finishing early for Xmas holidays. 23/12/19: B7TL/President 579 (W526 WGH) on X76. 28/12/19: B7TL/Presidents 565, 575, 579 on X76.
Route 137 ran on Boxing Day.

SF04SKD 910 HO 4 (JAYWICK) 19-12-19 (S MILTON)
Above: Hedingham Optare Solo 910 (SF04 SKD) on the seafront in Jaywick on 19/12/19. To the left is the sea wall. Jaywick is below sea level, and was badly affected by the 1953 East Coast floods. (Sonny Milton).

IPSWICH BUSES.
On loan from Aleander Dennis was ADL/Enviro 20D demonstrator YX19 ONV.

YR61RUU IB IPS RLY STN GA RRP 2019 (N MILLS)
Above: Scania Omnidekka 38 at Ipswich Rail Station on GA RRP in November 2019. (Nathaniel Mills).

KENZIE, SHEPRETH.
Volvo B10M/VH K50 TER is sold.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright AE12 FGM has been resold by Enbsign to York Pullman.

KEVENDY’S, WICKFORD.
Setra S250 K800 DYS orig R958 AEV retains Kirbys livery and looks smart.

KINGS TOURS, COLCHESTER.
Plain white Mb Tourismos BF67 WLL and BV19 YLU were on loan from Evobus at separate time in December.

KIRBYS, RAYLEIGH.
Mb Tourismo K800 BYS is running in plain white.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
315802/8/12/15 worked the Romford-Upminster at various times during December. Generally, a particular unit works on the branch each week. It stables at Ilford.
315825/31/36 are ex MTR. Moved from Northampton back to Ilford on 11-12/12/19.
315804 has gone for scrap.
378206/9 are now 5 cars again.
16/12/19: 315804 for scrap, behind 37800.

315801 ARL CHINGFORD 21-12-19
Above: 315801 at Chingford on 21/12/19. (John Podgorski).

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
91015 LUL CENTRAL LINE (EALING BROADWAY) 7-12-19
Above: At the far end of the Central Line, 1992 Tube Stock 9105 awaits departure back to Metropolitan Essex on 7/12/19. (John Podgorski).

91009 LUL CENTRAL LINE (NEWBURY PARK) 29-12-19
Above: And back in Metropolitan Essex, 91009 arrives at Newbury Park on 29/12/19. (John Podgorski).

MALCOLMS BUS SERVICE, CLACTON.
Withdrawn is Mb 709D/Beaver E343 TYD.

MTR ELIZABETH LINE.
7/12/19: 345052 on Liverpool Street-Shenfields.
8/12/19: 345009 back on GEML.
15/12/19: 345038 on GEML.

345051 MTR (LST) 14-12-19
Above: Bombardier Aventra 345051 at London Liverpool Street on 14/12/19. It is bound for Shenfield. (John Podgorski).

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
New Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante III tri-axles are BV69 KSE/F/J/K/N/O/U/X-Z, KTD.
Initial driver training (for Start Hill depot), is now provided by RSM of Wickford. This had previously been done “in house”. Two coaches are retained for staff training – Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante FJ57 KHY and Scania K440EB6/Levante BV66 WRC.
On 22/12/19, ex Start Hill (now Gatwick) based Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante 203 (BG65 TGJ) was in collision with a Zipcar car rental VW Polo on Queesnstown Road, Battersea, London SW at approx 0430, while working the 0245 A3 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria service. A subsequent fire destroyed both vehicles. One person in the car was killed and two others injured – one seriously. All on the coach were evacuated safely although one coach passenger was treated for minor injuries. 203 is withdrawn.
On Christmas Day, some ‘A’ services operated from Stansted Airport to London. On Boxing Day, most services ran as normal.

BK14LFT SH179 NX A8 (LIVERPOOL ST) 29-12-19
Above: Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante SH179 at Bishopsgate, City of London on 29/12/19. (John Podgorski).

NETWORK RAIL.
10/12/19: 950001 on Ferme Park and return via London Gateway and Cambridge.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Has ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 470 (SN66 WLO). It was initially at Stephensons.

YX10FFL 450 NIBS 374 (BN) 27-12-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 450 (YX10 FFL) at Basildon on 27/12/19, on council contracted route 374 (Basildon-Corringham-Stanford-East Tilbury-Grays), which had previously been operated by GoRide, Imperial and originally Ensign. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
From 21/12/19, X15 (Harwich-Colchester) was withdrawn on Saturdays due to low custom. Mon to Fri ops continue as normal.

AB09PAN PANTHER 2A (WEELEY) 28-12-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above; Ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 200 AB09 PAN at Weeley on 28/12/19. It is on the Mistley-Clacton 2/A service which is operated on behalf of First Essex. (Simon Austin).

RICHMOND, BARLEY.
Mb Sprinter 516/EVM BU55 EVM was on loan from EVM, and used on the Royston town service.

SALWA TRAVEL, ABRIDGE.
The O licence has been revoked and the company closed.
Scania L94IB/Irizar X498 AHE has been sold.

SOUTH EAST COACHES, WICKFORD.
Ex Johnson, Worksop is Irizar i6 YN14 NPO.
Sold is Volvo B9R/Plaxton Elite RL62 RSL.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
New are Volvo B8L/Enviro500s 13901-12 (BU69 XYA-G/J-M). They are light green and for the North Cambs Guided Busway.
Trident/ALX400s 18349 (AE55 DKX), 18420/22 (AE06 GZS/U) have transferred to Stagecoach Cheltenham and Gloucester.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
The last Trident/ALX400s, 17836/43 (LX03 BYM/V) have passed to London Fire Brigade.

STEPHENSONS.
Ex Yourbus, Heanor are ADL/Enviro 200 MMCs 435/36 (YY67 USC/D).
Mb Sprinter/Strata 302 (KF19 LCV) is now in fleet livery. It is allocated to Haverhill and used on services 5/6 (Saffron Walden-B Stortford).
ADL/Enviro 200 449 (YX10 FFK) has come from NIBS. This and Optare Solo M880 YJ58 PHO are also both at Haverhill. They are white with Stephensons fleet names, having been acquired originally as sales stock.

EU12HXW 601 (REAR) HPV AWARE (INGATESTONE) 29-12-19
Above: 601 at Ingatestone on 29/12/19. On a Greater Anglia rail replacement shuttle to/from Shenfield. (John Podgorski).

Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 601 (EU12 HXW) has a super rear advert for HPV Aware.
Dart SLF/MPDs 413/14 (EU03 CFX/Y) are still going strong. 413 is at Braintree and often on 9/A. 414 is often at the Bury St Edmunds outstation of Haverhill. These two buses were new for the ‘Blackwater Link’ Witham-Maldon 90, when Stephensons won it from Hedingham in 2003.

SULLIVAN BUSES, SOUTH MIMMS.
Dart SLF/Pointer driver trainer LN51 DXG has fleet no TB1.

TOWER TRANSIT.
LK60HPN WSH62995 TT 444 (CHINGFORD) 21-12-19
Above: One of the hydrogen buses in suburban semi retirement. VDL SB200/Wright Pulsa WSH62995 at Chingford on 21/12/19. (John Podgorski).

BU16UXC VH38115 TT 212 (CHINGFORD) 21-12-19
Above: Volvo B5H/Wright Gemini3 VH38115 on ex CT Plus route TfL 212 at Chingford on 21/12/19. (John Podgorski).

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Ex RATP London United are Optare Tempos YJ11 EHG/H.
Sold are Dart SLF/Mini Pointers KC03 PGU, SN03 EBU, YBK/S; Scania Omnicity saloons YN53 RXG/J/M/O/U/V/Y/Z; Trident/ALX400 LX03 BVW ex PSU 316. YN53 RXO went for preservation.

UNO, HATFIELD.
Sold to Ripley, Carlton for scrap were Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 277 (LF52 ZNW) and Mb Citaro bendybus MBA323 (LK05 FCN).

YOUNG, HADDENHAM.
Ex Brighton and Hove are Scania Omnicity saloons YN58 BCO/U/V/Y.

With thanks to: Angliagen, S Austin, L Cornwell, D Disbury, HarlowRide, A Hazell, N Mills, S Milton, D Pretty.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. November 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSC, CMILT.

Welcome to the November 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

It was announced on 8/11/19, that the CrossRail project has been delayed further, and will not now be completed until 2021. This has resulted in a stay of execution for the Class 315 EMUs, although they will continue to be replaced by new Class 345s during this time. Some 315s are now moving over to London Overground.

A2B, CAMBRIDGE.
ADL/Enviro 200 LJ56 VSX has passed to Ensign for scrap.

ANITAS, STANSTED.
Sold is Volvo 9700 RY08 ERN.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
GN07DLO 3986 AR CR 30-11-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Received from Arriva Ware is ADL/Enviro 200 3986 (GN07 DLO). Pictured at Osborne Street on 30/11/19. (Daniel Pretty).

DAF DB250LF/EL 6259 (FD02 UKO) was parked up at the back of the depot in mid November. It returned to Arriva Kent and Sussex at the end of November.
Odd sightings
9/11/19: VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini 4459 (MX61 AXW) on 8. 17/11/19: Long Dart SLF/Pointer 3413 (SN54 HWY) on 8 (Sunday). 18/11/19: 4459 on 1. 21/11/19:
StreetLite 4262 (GN64 DXS) on 1. 26/11/19: Short SLF/Caetano 1562 (RX07 KPG) on 8. 29/11/19: 4459 on 1. 30/11/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetanos 1562, 1565 (HX04 HUK) on 1.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Now here is new liveried Volvo B7RLE/Wright Urban Eclipse 3889 (BG59 FWP). Similar, former Arriva Midlands 3863 (KE05 GOH) has also been noted; this was ex Arriva The Shires.

DK55FXL 3512 AR HA 59 (CF) 2-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3512 (DK55 FXL), unusually on route 59 and seen in Chelmsford on 2/11/19. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
GN07AVC 3816 AR SD HERITAGE 23-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3816 is now in 1990s heritage livery. Pictured on 23/11/19. (Simon Austin).

Ex Arriva Midlands Mb Sprinter 1007 (BF67 WGA) is now here.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
From 9/11/19, TfL34 (Walthamstow-Barnet) was gained from Metroline. Ex Stagecoach Selkent HVs were acquired for this. Arriva previously ran TfL34 in the ‘noughties’, using DLAs. TfL192 (Enfield-Tottenham Hale) was also taken over – from Go-Ahead London General North. Arriva had also run the 192 before, losing it to Go-Ahead in 2014.

LJ03MKF DLA361 34 5-03
Above: DAF DB250LF/ALX400 DLA361 in Barnet on the previous Arriva operation of TfL34, in May 2003. (John Podgorski).

New Routemaster LT351 didn’t stay long at Clapton (CT), and quickly relocated down the road to Ash Grove (AE).

AVON COACHES/GATWICK FLYER, ROMFORD.
Mercedes 516/EVW RX16 XGN has passed to a dealer.

BARING AND DAGENHAM COUNCIL.
Fiat Ducato AE16 (YX61 BHZ0 has been sold via CVA Auctions, Hemel Hempstead.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
New ADL/Enviro 200s SE304-319 are registered YX69 NNH/J-M/O/P/R/T-W/Y/Z, NOF/H. 304/6-9 arrived in October; the rest in November.
ADL/Enviro 200s SE306/7 have returned from Luton Airport off loan, for use on TfL364.

COLAS RAIL.
20/11/19: DR75008/9 on Paddock Wood-Marks Tey.

DAN’S COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET.
W283JBN DAN'S COACH TRAVEL (CR RRP) 3-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B10M/VH W283 JBN at Colchester on GA RRP to/from Marks Tey on 3/11/19. This was new to Shearings. (Simon Austin).

DBS.
66091 DBS (MARKS TEY) 24-11-19
Above: 66091 at Marks Tey on 24/11/19. (John Podgorski).

The Class 59/2s have been transferred to Freightliner, with the Mendip Rail contract.
1/11/19: 66108 tnt 66122 on RHTT “up” through Marks Tey @ 2044.
5/11/19: 66117 on Wakefield-Felixstowe. 66135 on Bow-Heck. 66155 on Mountsorrell-Kennet. 66197 on Chesterton-Mountsorrel.
8/11/19: 59101 on Dagenham Dock-Acton stone. 66135 on 6O60 Peterborouugh Bow, then Bow-Heck.
12/11/19: 66126 tnt 66091 on 3S60 Stowmarket via Wickford and Shenfield RHTT.
13/11/19: 59101 on Dagenham Dock-Acton stone.
21/11/19: 66091/126 to Ilford depot.
22/11/19: 66080 at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich. 66091 at Ilford depot.
24/11/19: 66126 tnt 66091 on “up” RHTT through Marks Tey @ 2209.
25/11/19: 59002 on 6V28 Dagenham-Acton stone.
27/11/19: 59002 on 6V28 Dagenham-Acton. 66079 on 6O79 Marks Tey-Crawley. 66130 on 6V07 Ipswich Griffin Wharf-Neasden.
29/11/19: 59102 on 6V28 Dagenham-Acton. 66104 on 6L35 Mossend-Dagenham.

DRS.
2/11/19: 37401 + DBS 66091 at Marks Tey on 3S99 STP from Stowmarket.
5/11/19: 57003 tnt 68017 on 3S60 Stowmarket RHTT via Wickford.
12/11/19: 37409 + 4 x MkIII carriages on Norwich-Ilford ECS.
13/11/19: 37405 on Norwich-Willesden light loco.
17/11/19: 37402 tnt 37425 on RHTT stabled at Marks Tey Yard, returned to Stowmarket in evening.
20/11/19: 57305 towed GWR 387140 on 5Q50 0948 Reading-Ilford ECS. 37305 then ran light to Leicester.
29/11/19: 37402/5 on 0M37 Norwich-Wembley light loco.

ENSIGNBUS.
Withdrawn is ADL/Enviro 200 707 (SN11 FFL). It was replaced by ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 707 (YY18 THU).

FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL.
M60FXO FELIXSTOWE TRAVEL SCANIA TOURING (CR RRP) 3-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: One of two Scania Tourings recently acquired. M60 FXO at Colchester on GA RRP to/from Marks Tey on 3/11/19. (Simon Austin).

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Now in Ipswich Reds colours are Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 69007/8 (AU05 DMO/V).

FIRST ESSEX.
From First Potteries are ADL/Enviro 300s 67638 (VX54 MGO), 67640, 67641 (VX54 MRU/V). All are at Colchester (CR).

VX54MRU 67640 FE 75B (CR) 30-11-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 67640 in Colchester on 30/11/19. (Daniel Pretty).

SN53KJX 42488 FE CR 61 (U OF E) 6-11-19 (S MILTON)
Above: 42488 at The University of Essex on 6/11/19. (Sonny Milton).

Dart SLF/Pointers 42483/88 (SN03 WLK, SN53 KJX) were on loan at Colchester. 42483 came from CF and 42488 reinstated from HH. 32483 was then transferred to First Eastern Counties at Great Yarmouth.

SN03WME 42487 FE 26 (SD) 23-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 42487 at Southend Travel Centre of 23/11/19. (Simon Austin).

Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 69518/19 (BJ11 ECT/V) are on loan to CR from HH. 66813 was transferred from BN to CR, but was only there briefly before going to CF. 66829 is long term VOR at CF and has been cannibalised.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32482 (AU53 HJZ) and B7TL/Wright Gemini 32628 (KP54 KAU) were returned to Chelmsford ex loan to Colchester on 3/11/19. B7TL/ALX400 32475 (AU53 HJJ) is withdrawn.
ADL/Enviro 300 67903 (SN13 CHX) is now in Refreshed livery.
Odd sightings:
2/11/19: Trident 33080 (LN51 GNP) on 64A. 3/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 75. 4/11/19; B7TL/Gemini 37037 (YJ06 XLC) on 64. 6/11/19: Trident 33196 on 175. 7/11/19: Trident 33196 on 62; Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 65. 11/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 65; X30 ADL/E200 MMC YY66 PCO on 71. 13/11/19: B7TL/Gemini 37037 (YJ06 XLC) on 175; StreetLite 63333 (SK65 PXP) on 70; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67169 on 71A.
15/11/19: StreetLite 63334 on 75. 18/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 17 bus 2 + 65. 19/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 75. 20/11/19: B7TL/ALX400 32954 on 62; Trident 37087 on 174; X30 67170 on 71A. 22/11/19: B7TL/ALX400 32478 on 62. 23/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 1A. 25/11/19: Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 70; Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 17 + 65.26/11/19: B7TL/ALX400 32476 on 174.

X749VUA 30894 FE (SD) 23-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Veteran Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 30894 on Chichester Road, Southend, on 23/11/19. The oldest bus in regular service with First Essex at the time of this picture. (Simon Austin).

FIRST STOP, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Withdrawn is minibus KE04 JVD.

FLAGFINDERS.
YL08 PZS is an acquired Mercedes Sprinter.
VDL Bova SO15 UBS has been re-registered Y2 FLG.
Irizar i6 YN15 YTP is now Y3 FLG.
Scania Omniexpress YT09 FLF is now Y4 FLG.

FLAVIN/CHARIOTS, STANFORD LE HOPE.
Dennis Javelin/Berkhof K12 KFC has passed to Davies, Abercynon.

FORDS OF ALTHORNE.
Ex Metroline ADL/Enviro 400 LK55 KKF is here – via Ensign.

FREIGHTLINER.
5/11/19: 66518 on London Gateway-Leeds. 66622 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks.
7/11/19: 66526 on Chelmsford-Acton stone. 86627/05 on 4L91 Trafford Park-FLX. 86639/14 on 4L89 Coatbridge-Felixstowe.
8/11/19: 66518 on 4E24 London Gateway-Leeds. 66526 on Chelmsford-Acton. 86639/14 on 4L91. 90045/16 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.
12/11/19: 66593 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone.
13/11/19: 70010 on 4M94 FLX-Lawley Street. 70020 on London Gateway-Garston. 86607/32 on 4L91.
19/11/19: 86608/10/09/07 on intermodal arived at Ipswich, then detached and light engine to Claydon Loop.
20/11/19: 66604 on Tunstead-Marks Tey. 86627/39 on 4L91. 86637/05 on 4L92.
22/11/19: 66537 at Chelmsford @ 0824. 66621 at Bow Olympic @ 0857. Orange 66623 at Marks Tey Yard @ 0803 to later form aggregates service to Brentford.
25/11/19: 66554 on Willeden Brent-Ipswich VSTP. 86604/32/12/13 on 4L89 Crewe-FLX.
27/11/19: 66604 on 4M63 Bow-Tunstead. 66955 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton. 70008 on 4L38 Wentloog-FLX. 86638/10 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.
29/11/19: 66423 on 4M07 Tilbury-Daventry. 66623 on 6V80 Marks Tey-Brentford.

GBRf.
5/11/19: 66710 on Felixstowe-Doncaster. 66755 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66764 on Felixstowe-Birch Coppice. 66785 on 4Z81 Masboro-Felixstowe.
7/11/19: 66721 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66771 on 6M03 Foxton-Ferme Park.
8/11/19: 66756 tnt 66719 on Broxbourne-Ilford via Dagenham RHTT.
9/11/19: 66721 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX. 66752 on 4L43 Doncaster-Parkeston.
11/11/19: 66783 ‘Biffa’ on 0Z61 Peterborough-Broxbourne, replacing 66787 on RHTT.
12/11/19; 47815 replaced 47848 at Ilford for Riviera Trains; 47815 came from Eastleigh; 47848 to Leicester.
13/11/19: 66721 and 66770 on FLX to Hams Hall intermodals. 66777 on 6O60 Bow-Tonbridge West. 66783 tnt 66703 on RHTT at Ilford depot.
15/11/19. 66779 on 6L37.
20/11/19: 66732 on 4M23.
23/11/19: 66707 replaced 66756 on one of the Broxbourne RHTT sets. 66707 now tnt with 66719.
25/11/19: 66715 led FL 66511 on Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
28/11/19: 66760 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66768 on 4M23. 66773 on 6L37.
30/11/19: 66732 tnt 66703 on 3S70 on Broxbourne via Southend Vic RHTT.

GODWARD, BASILDON.
T88PGC GODWARD (GA RRP MT) 17-11-19
Above: T88 PGC is an ex Mc Gills, former Arriva London DAF DB250LF/Wright Pulsar Gemini. Pictured at Marks Tey on Greater Anglia RRP to/from Colchester on 17/11/19. (John Podgorski).

GREATER ANGLIA.
755412 GA (THURSTON) 26-11-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Stadtler Flirt 755412 at Thurston on 26/11/19. (Alex Hazell).

321354 GA (CR TOWN) 22-11-19
Above: 321354 at Colchester Town on 22/11/19. (John Podgorski).

First Class accommodation will be phased out on all services except Inter-City as the new trains enter service over the next 18 months.
New are 745007/010.
The Class 153s have been withdrawn.
170202/3/4/6/273 have gone to Transport for Wales.
1/11/19: 153306 on Marks Tey-Sudbury.
‘156s appeared on the Sudbury branch again from 5/11/19.
7/11/19: 745005 on 5Q95 Norwich Liverpool Street test.
11/11/19: 170202/4 transferred to Transport for Wales.
14/11/19: 170206 transferred to Transport for Wales. 317337 returned to Ilford from Kilmarnock behind 47747. 745007 delivered.
15/11/19: 90004 on Crewe-Norwich light loco via Willesden Brent.
18/11/19: 170201/8 transferred to Transport for Wales. 321358/337 on 0908 Norwich-Liverpool Street.
20/11/19: 755412 on 0857 Ipswich-Felixstowe.
21/11/19: 745010 delivered.
24/11/19: 156412 on Marks Tey-Sudbury after booked ‘153 failed.
25/11/19: 170203 transferred to Transport for Wales.
28/11/19: 317668/64 on 1Y34 Liverpool Street-Ipswich.
30/11/19: Class 153s withdrawn. 75533 at Parkeston for Colchester crew training.

153322 GA (MT) 3-11-19
Above: 153322 at Marks Tey on 3/11/19, on a Sudbury service. (John Podgorski).

HCT GROUP.
Some renumbering of the London fleet is happening, to standardise on the four digit numerical system and phase out the alpha numeric class codes.

HEDINGHAM.
Dart SLF/Pointer 257 (EU57 FLM) appeared at Kelvedon (KN) on 1/11/19 and was returned to Clacton (CN) on 5/11/19. Dart SLF/MPD 286 (HW54 BTY) was unusually loaned by CN to KN from 6/11/19. Sible Hedingham (HD) ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE) was back at KN on 15/11/19 and stayed until 25/11/19. Withdrawn Dart SLF/MPD 290 (EX02 RYR) was towed from KN to CN on 6/11/19, for parts recovery. 289 (EJ02 KYY) was towed away from HD on 13/11/19 to CN for further parts recovery. Both then went to Alpha for scrap. The engine from 289 went into SLF/Pointer 257 (EU56 FLM). The engine from 290 went into SLF/Pointer 254 (EU 05 AUR).
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 8 (R453 FWT) passed to Alpha Recovery for scrap. It was collected from CN on 9/11/19. 8 was the last coach with Hedingham.

EJ02KYY 289 HEDINGHAM SCRAP (CN) 20-11019
Above: 289 at Clacton on 20/11/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7TL/Gemini 523 (LX05 EZF) returned to CN from KN on 25/11/19. HD allocated B7TL/President 569 (W484 WGH) appeared at KN from then.
Omnidekka movements:
1/11/19: 808 (YN55 PZL) – Chambers-KN. 7/11/19: 808 – KN-Chambers; 809 – Chambers-KN. 11/11/19: 815 – CN-KN. 15/11/19: 814 – KN-CN; 817 – CN-KN. 19/11/19: 813 – Chambers-KN. 22/11/19: 811 – Chambers-KN; 813 – KN-Chambers.
Odd sightings:
1/11/19: B7TL/President 579 (W526 WGH) on 82/83 – usually saloon. 2/11/19: B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) on 95 + D1/D2 – usually saloon. 4/11/19: B7TL/President 580 (W527 WGH) on 63 – CN duty. 6/11/19: Omnidekka 802 on 16 pm and 63 Duty 195 – KN bus on CN duty; Omnidekka 808 on TLA B pm. 9/11/19: B7TL/President 580 on X76. 11,12/11/19: Omnidekka 815 on 903 pm. 13/11/19: B7TL/President 563 (V307 LGC) on TLA B pm – usually only on PL4. 18/11/9: Long ADL/E200 261 (EY 57 FZE) on 15 pm; Volvo B7TL/Gemini 523 (LX05 EZF) on 903. w/c 18/11/19: Solo 911 (SF04 HKE) on 50, 69, 84B etc. 21/11/19: B7TL/President 584 (PJ02 REU) on 19 + 63.
Subsequent history:
Volvo B7TL/President 561 (V301 LGC), now in preservation has had its slack adjuster replaced and cured brake/gearbox problems. London spec destination equipment has also been sourced.

KENZIE, SHEPRETH.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright AE12 FGM has passed to Ensign for resale.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
GB15 KCL is an acquired Irizar i6 tri-axle.
Mercedes Tourismos T14 KCL, BV66 GVX have 10th anniversary branding.

LC TRANSPORT, WOODGORD GREEN.
Has moved to Edmonton.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
TfL192 (Tottenham Hale-Enfield) was lost to Arriva London North from 9/11/19. Arriva had run 192 in the past. 15 WS Class StreetLite WFs were made surplus by this loss. Some were retained for TfL357 (Chingford Hatch-Whipps Cross), TfL379 (Chingford-Yardley Lane), whilst others were redeployed in Go-Ahead.
New TfL contract gains will see Northumberland Park as a mostly electric bus depot from early 2020.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
315817 LO (LST) 22-11-19
Above: 315817 at London Liverpool Street on 22/11/19, on the 1600 to Enfield Town. (John Podgorski).

315805 has been repaired.
3158-08 has been regular on the Romford-Upminster.
315822/27 are ex MTR.
315814/858 have gone for scrap.
18/11/19: 315814/858 to Sims, Newport for scrap behind 37301. 315822/27 on 5Q22 Northampton-Ilford ECS.

315827 ARL (LST) 30-11-19
Above: Ex MTR 315827 at Liverpool Street on 30/11/19, on a Cheshunt service.

MTR ELIZABETH LINE.
315820 and 315853 MTR TfL RAIL (LST) 22-11-19
Above: 315820 and 315853 at London Liverpool Street on 22/11/19. (John Podgorski).

The full CrossRail project completion has been delayed again; until 2021.
7/11/19: 315831/36 Ilford-Northampton for temporary storage.
8/11/19: 315825 on 5Q19 Ilford-Northampton ECS for temporary storage.
11/11/19: 315827/22 on 5Q20 Ilford-Northampton ECS.
12/11/19; 315833/59 on 5Q21 Ilford-Northampton ECS.
14/11/19: 345040 OC-IL as 5Q50 behind 37601.
17/11/19: 345040 in service on GE.
28/11/19: 345051 on 2W42 Liverpool Street-Shenfield.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
From 11/11/19, there were adjustments to 350 (Stansted-Manchester-Liverpool).
From 23/11/19, certain journeys 777 (Stansted-Birmingham) served Cambridge and Northampton.
Woods of Leicester is the 350 contractor.
De Courcey of Coventry is the 777 contractor.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Now has ex Galloway Optare Solo MX59 AWF. It came, unused via Stephensons.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Witham outstation closed on 2/11/19; in practice buses/coaches had not been kept there since the end of September. Great Dunmow remains available for use if required. Colchester is now a sub depot with 6 vehicles. Parkeston is the main depot and Weeley the central workshop.
Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DB54 PAN has been re-registered back to YN54 WWT and sold to Hawkes Tours, Derby.

DC56PAN PANTHER STENA SHUTTLE (HIP) 26-11-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: In late November, a Stena Line foot passenger shuttle was again being operated at Harwich International Port. Dart SLF/MPD DC56 PAN was seen on 26/11/19. (Alex Hazell).

RICHMOND, BARLEY.
VH TX 153 WAR has received a revised livery. This is metallic light brown with white “wings” towards the rear. The traditional colours are brown/cream.

ROG.
4/11/19: 37608 towed GWR 378139 Reading to Ilford ECS.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Odd sightings:
23/11/19: Gold Scania N230UD/E400 15958 (YN14 OXJ) on Citi 1.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
ADL/Enviro 40D 12344 (SN64 OGT) is withdrawn due to fire damage. ADL/Enviro 200 36333 (LX58 CDF) has been scrapped.
Sold are: Trident/ALX400s 17364 (Y364 NHK), 17396 (LX51 FHO), 17810 (LX03 BXE), 17811 (LX03 BXF) – to Bromley Bus Preservation Group; 17395 (Y395 NHK) – to Lister, Bolton (dealer). 18270 (LX05 BWC) – donated to a charity in Basingstoke.
Dart SLF/Pointers 34353/55/57 (LV52 HKE/G/J) – to Bromley Bus Preservation Group. 34362 (LV52 HKO) – to GTG Training.
Ensign has resold Trident/ALX400s LX04 FWV to Shelton Motors, Ely – for scrap, while LX04 FWY has passed to the Leverton Primary School, Waltham Abbey.
Scania Omnicity ‘deckers LX58 CFL, LX09 ACJ, AFE are now with The Bus Business, Witney – also via Ensign.

STAGECOACH HUNTINGDONSHIRE.
Odd sightings:
23/11/19: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 21225 (AE09 GYV) on Busway A.

STEPHENSONS.
Acquired through Ensign is are ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200s SN66 WLL/O – fleet numbers 469/70.
In early November, the Bury outstation allocation was: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 406, ADL/Enviro 200s 431/33/34, 449, 467.
Short ADL/Enviro 200 423 (EU64 CVT) was badly damaged in a collision at Black Notley on 19/11/19. The driver and a passenger were injured; fortunately neither seriously. 423 was initially recovered to Boreham depot, and then moved to Rochford for storage.
Ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200 YY67 USD was seen on route 9/A on 27/11/19, still in Yourbus maroon/white.

YX10FFG 448 STEPHENSONS NEW FN 30 (BE BP) 2-11-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: With the new style fleet names. Ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 448 at Braintree Bus Park on 2/111/9. (Simon Austin).

SUFFOLK NORSE.
Optare Solo SR M960 YJ62 FZF is ex PK Travel, Bushmills, Northern Ireland.
Iveco 50C welfare bus LK08 EBM has passed Mc Govern, Butlersbridge, Eire.

TONY GLEW/A1 COACH CO, COLCHESTER.
AV12 ZJX is another Ford Transit 16 seater. It was ex London Borough of Merton.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Has ex RATP London United Optare Tempo YJ11 EHS.
ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolution HSK 176 orig LX07 BYK has gone to a preservationist.

UNO.
TfL schools routes 692 and 699 were gained from Sullivan Buses from 23/11/19. The ex Metroline BYDs will appear on these, once ready.
Mercedes Citaro bendy bus MBA327 (MH06 YJF) was destroyed by fire on 21/11/19, while on the University of Herts inter campus shuttle. Also withdrawn are sisters MBA325/26. They have been replaced my dual door rigid Citaros 301-305.

VENTURA, CLOPTON.
Sold Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President X607 EGK, was seen stored at a farm at Chappel, Essex in late November.

YOUNG, HADDENHAM.
Volvo B12T/Berkhof K7 YCC has revered to R157 RJH. K7 YCC is now on Scania Omnidekka YN06 TGF.

With thanks to: Anglia Gen, S Austin, J Clayton, HarlowRide, A Hazell, M Lloyd, LOTS, S Milton, D Pretty.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. October 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the October 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

Following the collapse of Wrightbus, intensive talks followed to find a buyer and basically save the business. By mid October, Jo Bamford, from the JCB dynasty, had made a firm offer “in principle”. This was confirmed in mid October. The new company is called Bamford Bus Company and has an ex JCB senior manager as its CEO. Initially, 60 ex Wrights staff were employed.

24/7, STANSTED.
Vauxhall Vivaro EN14 CGX is now with UK Private Hire, Blackburn.

A2B BUSES, CAMBRIDGE.
Via Ensign is ADL/Enviro 200 MX07 ZDZ.

AIR INDIA.
Began three flights a week to/from Stansted at the end of October.

AJK COACHES, ILFORD.
BU16OZR PREMIUM OF LONDON (CHS CR) 3-10-19
(John Podgorski).
Odd sightings:
2,3/10/19: Premium of London Volvo B11R/Jonckherre BU16 OZR on Colchester High School.

AMBASSADOR TRAVEL.
New for National Express is Scania K360EB4/Caetano Levante III 216 (BV69 KPT).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Park and Rode ADL/Enviro 200s 4071/72 (SK15 GXR/S) have super rear adverts for Jump Street Activity Centre.
Odd sightings: 3/10/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 on 1 – all day. 14/10/19: StreetLites 4224, 4261 on 1. 16/10/19: Sort Dart SLF/Caetano 1562 on 1; StreetLite 4262 on 1.

GN64DXR 4261 AR CR 900 (BE FREEPORT) 12-10-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: StreetLite 4261 at Braintree Freeport on 12/10/19. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3860 (KE54 HHF) has returned from Stevenage and is now in the new livery. Optare Versea 4243 (KX13 DHN) has also appeared here.
ADL/Enviro 200 3989 has gone to Southend for storage.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
ADL/Enviro 400 6458 (SN58 ENX) has been branded for Remembrance Day 2019 and named ‘Charles Benford’. The other E400 MMCs have all received discreet poppy branding too.

SN58ENX 6458 AR SD (CANVEY OPEN DAY) 13-10-19
Above: 6458 at the Canvey Museum Open Day on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).

Mb Sprinter 1008 (BF67 WGC) has gone to Arriva The Shires.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Received from Stagecoach Selkent are Volvo B5LH/Wright Gemini hybrids HV161-192
(BU14 EFW-Y, BN14 VZH/J-M/O/P/R, WAA/E/J/O, BJ14 KSU/V/X/Y, BG14 ONR/T/S/V/U/X/W, OOA/D, ONZ, OOV/C. They are for the forthcoming gain of TfL34 (Walthamstow-Barnet) from Metroline. They are allocated to Palmers Green (AD).
From Arriva London South is New Routemaster LT351 – now at Clapton (CT).

LTZ1475 LT475 AR LONDON NTH 48 (LONDON BRIDGE) 31-8-19
Above: New Routemaster LT475 at London Bridge on 31/8/19. (John Podgorski).

From 12/10/19, TfL48 (Walthamstow-London Bridge) ceased. It was replaced by enhanced TfL26 (Hackney Wick-Waterloo) (HCT Group), TfL55 (Leyton Green-Oxford Circus) (Stagecoach), and extended TfL388 (Stratford City-London Bridge – extended from Liverpool Street) (HCT Group). The LTs displaced from 48 moved from Ash Grove to Tottenham for TfL19/N19 (Finsbury Park-Battersea Bridge/Clapham Junction). Also from 12/10/19, TfL128 (Romford-Claybury) passed to Stagecoach, which spelt the end for more of the VLA Class Volvo B7TL/ALX400s.
Withdrawn were VLA116/27/29/32-35/39/41-43.
VLA129 (LJ05 GLZ), VLA132-134 (LJ05 GPX/Y/Z), VLA135/37-40 (LJ05 GRF/U/X/Z, GSO) passed to Ensign. VLA138/LJ05 GRX was resold to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.

LJ05GPX VLA132 AR LON NTH 128 (ILFORD) 8-9-18
Above: VLA132 in Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).

AVON COACHES/GATWICK FLYER, ROMFORD.
Ceased trading on 2/10/19. The company had been established for 32 years.
The closing Gatwick Flyer branded fleet was: Mb 516/EVW KXZ 2667; Mb 0815D/Ferqui MX56 ACO; Mb 516/EVMs RX16 AGM/O; Ford Transit 16 seater HV18 FHF.
Mb 614D/Onyx YX06 DNN was sold to SJ Coaches, Hornchurch.

HY13RHV GATWICK FLYER (GATWICK) (THURROCK GAZETTE)
Above: Gatwick Flyer Ford Transit HY13 RHV at Gatwick Airport. An undated picture. This vehicle is now sold. (Thurrock Gazette).

BARING AND DAGENHAM COUNCIL.
Sold via CVA Auctions, Hemel Hempstead are Fiat Ducatos AE09/11/15 (YX61 BHN/P/Y).
Mercedes 513/Mellor DK13 BTX has been teturned to London Hire, off loan.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
New for TfL364 (Dagenham East-Becontree) are ADL/Enviro 20Ds SE304-319 (YX69 NNH/J/K/L/M/O/P/R/T/U/V/W/Y/Z, NOF/H). They are in the course of delivery. SE306/7 were initially used by Commercial Services at Luton Airport.

CHAMBERS.
Withdrawn Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premieres 9, 10 (S290/91 TVW) went to Alpha Recovery for scrap. Withdrawn Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 566 (W428 WGH) was still on site in October.

COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE.
The RML has been restored by a local vehicle engineer.

DANS COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET.
Ex Philips of South Woodham Ferrers is Volvo B10M/VH S756 XYA. Also acquitred is Mb 0814D/Plaxton Cheetah XIL 8515. Sold is Scania K114/Irizar YR02 ZYY.

DBS.
66091/108/122/126 all at Stowmarket for RHTT.
1/10/19: 66136 at Bow, Plasmor.
17/10/19: 59002 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton.
26/10/19: 66108 tnt 66122 on 3S60 RHTT.
28/10/19: 59102 on Chelmsford-Acton stone.
30/10/19: 66110 on 5V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone. 66175 on 6V07 Ipswich Griffin Wharf- Neasden sand.

DLR.
On 17/10/19, an Extinction Rebellion activist glued himself to a train at Shadwell. Four activists were subsequently arrested. The train involved was 94 + 146.

DLR 194 SHADWELL (EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTECT) 18-10-19 (EXTINCTION REBELLION)
(Extinction Rebellion).

DRS.
2/10/19: 37402 on 0Z37 Stowmarket-Cardiff light loco. 37401 tnt 37405 on 3S01 Stowmarket RHTT. 37403 tnt 37424 on 3S60 Stowmarket via Mistley RHTT.
3/10/19: 66427 tnt 66428 on 3660 Stowmarket via Shenfield RHTT.
5/10/19: 37403 tnt “37558” on RHTT reversing at Colchester @ 1355.
12/10/19: 37402 with DBS 66108 at Ipswich on Crewe-Stowmarket @ 1536. 66427 tnt 66428 on 3S60 RHTT at Ipswich.
17/10/19: 37403/402 on Stowmarket-Ilford RHTT.
24/10/19: 68033 + 37305 towed GA 90015 and DVT 82107 on 5Z68 Crewe to Norwich via GEML.
25/10/19: 37424 tnt 37401 on 3S60 Stowmarkey-Harwich International RHTT.
26/10/19; 57003 + 37038 on Willesden-Stowmarket light engine.

EAST YORKSHIRE.
The National Express contract for 090 (London-Southend) is now held.

ENSIGNBUS.
Some ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200s have been taken into stock, following the collapse of that company – 705-710 (YY18 THK/N/U/V/X/Z). They are replacing 2010/2011 vintage E200s. Indeed, 710/13 (SN11 FFO/T) have already passed to Faresaver of Chippenham.
Temporary Scania omnidekka 920 (YN55 NKP) is now with Dartline, Clyst St Mry, Devon.

LX19EAG 406 ENSIGN X1 RELAUNCH 5-10-19 2340 SD AIRPORT LONDON VIC (JAMES SADD)
Above: BCI Enterprise 406 at Southend Airport on 5/10/19, awaiting departure with the 2340 to London. The gentleman to the right is Busmopolitan contributor Daniel Disbury. (James Sadd).

From 5/10/19, the X1 overnight Southend Airport-London Victoria service was reinstated. This followed successful negotiations with the owners of Southend Airport for access.

LX19EAG 406 ENSIGNBUS X1 (LONDON VICTORIA) 6-10-19 (D DISBURY)
Above: 406 at London Victoria in the early hours of 6/10/19. (Daniel Disbury).

ADL/Enviro 200s 710/13 (SN11 FFO/T) have been sold to Faresaver of Chippenham.

FIRST ESSEX.
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 32064 (W224 XBD0 has been returned to First Eastern Counties.
Dart SLF/Pointer 42484-86 (SN03 WLW, WMM/X) have transferred to First Eastern Counties at Great Yarmouth. Sister 42488 (SN53 KJX) was withdrawn on 17/10/19, but was then reinstated at Basildon (BN). 42483 (SN03 WLK) moved from Basildon (BN) back to Chelmsford (CF).

SN03WLK 42483 FE CF 47 30-10-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 42483 in Chelmsford on 30/10/19. (Daniel Pretty).
Below: 42488 in Basildon on 30/10/19. (Daniel Pretty).
SN53KJX 42488 FE BN 10 (BN BS) 30-10-19 (D PRETTY)

BJ11ECV 69519 FE 64 (CR) 18-10-19
Above: 69519 in Colchester on 18/10/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69519 (BJ11 ECV) has moved from Hadleigh (HH) to Colchester (CR).
On loan from CF to CR in late October were Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32482 (AU53 HJZ) and B7TL/Gemini 32628 (KP54 KAU).
Long ADL/Enviro 200s 44596-99 (EU60 LFS, FJ58 YSL, KX57 BWF, YX08 HJF) have moved from CF to HH.

KX57BWF 44598 FE 28 (BN BS) 30-10-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 44598 at Basildon on 30/10/19. (Daniel Pretty).

Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65677 (SN51 UYL) was withdrawn from pcv use and become a temporary driver trainer, before retirement upon MOT expiry. Also withdrawn is Dart SLF/Caetano 41523 (LK03 UFA); mechanically failed Trident/President 33195 (LT52 XAF) and Volvo B10BLE/Wright driver trainers 62139 (X618 NSS), 66179 (W379 EOW).
Odd sightings: 3/10/19: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67168 on 71; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67170 on 70. 13/10/19: Streetlite 47651 (SN15 AEO) on X10. 14/10/19: B7TL/Gemini 37027 (YJ06 XKS) on 64. 15/10/19: Route 62 37134 on 88; 65681 (YR52 VEL) on 67C. 17/10/19: Scania/Solar 65682 (YR52 VEP) on 75. 18/10/19: SLF/MPD 42847 on 71. 19/10/19: Trident 33184 (LR02 LZD) on 65; B7RLE 66798 (MX05 CCA) on 75. 20/10/19: B7RLE 66828 on 62. 21/10/19: 43845 (SN55 CXH) on 71. 26/10/19: Trident 33088 on 88. 27/10/19 – Sunday: Tridents 33078/178 on 65; Trident 33184 on 1A. 29/10/19: Tridents 33080/184/96 on 62.

YY66PCF 66170 X30 FE 70 (BE) 3-10-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 66170 at Braintree on 3/10/19. (Simon Austin).

FLAGFINDERS.
Irizar i6 tri-axle YN15 YTP is ex Galleon, Roydon.

FREIGHTLINER.
2/10/19: 86607/37 on 4L91 Trafford Park-Felixstowe.
4/10/19: 86604 failed at Ipswich and parked in station sidings.
16/10/19: 70002 towed failed 86604 on 8Q64 Ipswich-Felixstowe light engine; 86604 to be removed by road to Crewe for repair or withdrawal.
17/10/19: 86637/607 on 4L75 Trafford Park-FLX.
26/10/19: 66553/551 on FLX-Leeds. 66555 on 4L16 Ditton-London Gateway.
28/10/19: 70002 on 4L06 Lawley Street-London Gateway. 86609 + 632 at Ipswich Field sidings.
29/10/19: 66506 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks.
30/10/19: 66616 on Marks Tey sand yard-Brentford. 66617 at Bow. 86613 + 604 + 70008 DIT on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.

GALLEON, ROYDON.
Irizar i6 DK64 GAL has passed to Carolan, Nobber, Eire.

GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.
After 19/10/19. Suffolk CC contracts 110/12/13/14 (Ipswich/Stowmarket/Eye/Diss) were retendered and passed to Simonds of Diss. 115/16 (Ipswich-Mendlesham) went to Ipswich Buses, also on retender. 384/385 (Stowupland/Stowmarket-Bury St Edmunds) had previously been transferred to Stephensons. 118/119 (Ipswich-Framlingham) remained with Galloway.

YJ65EWF 332 (REAR) GALLOWAY 118 (IPSWICH) 28-10-19
Above: Optare Solo SR 332 on a 118 at Old Cattle Market, Ipswich on 28/10/19. Note it now has a fleet number in the Stephensons series. (John Podgorski).

GBRf.
4/10/19: 66787 tnt 66703 on 3S61 Broxbourne based RHTT.
5/10/19: 66759 on “down” intermodal at Colchester goods loop @ 1420. 66769 through Colchester @ 1420 on “up” intermodal.
6/10/19: 66709 on 4Y26 Peterborough-Felixstowe. 66749 on 4E00 London Gateway-Masborough.
7/10/19: 66729 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
12/10/19: Biffa livered 66788 at Ilford depot.
15/10/19: 66788 ‘Locomotion15’ on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX and 4M04 return.
16/10/19: 66724 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
21/10/19: 66706 on 4L81 Trafford Park-FLX. 66721 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66740 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66772 + FL 66604 on 6L37.
24/10/19: 66717 on 6L37.
26/10/19: 66710 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX. 66719 tnt 66715 on 3S70 Broxbourne RHTT at Gidea Park. 66783 4L43 Doncaster-Parkeston.
28/10/19: 66703 + 66787 at Broxbourne for RHTT. 66715 on 0Z82 Broxbourne-Peterborough light loco. 66756 on Peterborough-Broxbourne 0Z81 light loco.
29/10/19: 66721 on 4M29. 66760 on 6M76 Chesterton-Bardon Mill.

GODWARD, BASILDON.
Has ex Arriva london DAF DB250LF/Wright Pulsar Geminis LJ05 BHP/V – via Ensign.

GREATER ANGLIA.
170204 GA (CR DEPOT) 12-10-19
Above: 170204 at Colchester depot on 12/10/19. It had been parked there after a collision with a fallen tree. (John Podgorski).

New are 745008/9, 755327/7/38/421.
755411 is at Cambridge for staff training.
MkIII coaching stock is beginning to be stood down.
2/10/19: 755337, 755421 delivered.
7/10/19: 82107 + UID 82xx on Norwich-Crewe ECS – to Crewe for tyre turning – between 2 DRS ’37s.
10/10/19: 90004/15 on Norwich-Crewe light engine.
14/10/19: 317504 towed by ROG 37884 on 5Q50 Kilmarnock-Ilford. 755409 on West Anglia 5Q33 1247 B Stortford-Cambridge.
15/10/19: 317339/651 on 1812 LST-IPS. 321310/405/308, 321312/27, 321319/30 on Liverpool St-Norwichs (1930, 0625, 1030).
17/10/19: 745009 delivered. 755411 on 5Q30 Cambridge-B Stortford.
18/10/19: 745005 on 5Q92 Liverpool St-Norwich.
22/10/19: 153322 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. ‘153 unusual M-F.
24/10/19: 755327/338 delivered.
29/10/19: 153314 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. ‘153 unusual M-F.
30/10/19: 153306 on Marks Tey-Sudbury.
31/10/19: 153322 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. 745008 delivered by DBS 66002.

153306 GA (MT) 30-10-19
Above: 153306 at Marks Tey on 30/10/19. (John Podgorski).

HCT GROUP.
The first 69 plate buses to record on ‘Busmopolitan’ are ADL/Enviro 40Hs 2548/49. They are mainly for extras on TfL26, but will appear on all double deck work from Hackney (HK).

HEDINGHAM.
SN10CCV 616 HO 88 NEW LIVERY (CR0 11-10-19
Above: Freshly repainted 616 at Southway, Colchester on 11/10/19. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 400 616 (SN10 CCV) has received the new livery, ex Hedingham 50th Anniversary cream/chocolate/red. 615 (EU07 GVY) went for repaint in the same new scheme later in October.
The Optare Solos, 910/11 (SF04 SKD/E) are now appearing on more routes outside of Clacton, such as the 50 Colchester to Tollesburys.
ADL/E200 261 (EY57 FZE) appeared at Kelvedon on 11/10/19. It was returned to HD on 15/10/19. 263 (EU59 AYL) and 292 (EU59 AFF) now have super rear advertising for Contactless Ticketing.

PL51LDJ 500 (REAR) HO KN STORAGE 14-10-19
Above: 500 at Kelvedon on 14/10/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President open topper 500 (PL51 LDJ) has gone to store in the old workshop at Kelvedon for the winter. Accident damaged B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) has been repaired using parts from withdrawn 578 (W519 WGH). 561 (V301 LGC) has been collected by its new preservationist owners – The Bromley Bus Preservation Group, while 582 (X508 EGK) went for scrap.
Withdrawn on 31/10/19 was Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 290 (EX02 RYR). It was last used on 30/10/19, on Duty 3003 – routes 91/92/95.

EX02RYR 290 HO BEING PARKED AFTER WITHDRAWAL AT KN 31-10-19
Above; 290 being parked up at Kelvedon after withdrawal on 31/10/19. (John Podgorski).

From 7/10/19, there were changes to the maintenance arrangements for buses at Kelvedon. Sible Hedingham now (usually) only looks after saloons, while Clacton does all Volvo B7TL/Presidents. Chambers still looks after Omnidekkas. However, Clacton may also now provide B7TL/Geminis and Omnidekkas. As a result, B7TL/President 563 was reallocated from HD to CN. B7TL/Presidents 569/70/73 now (usually) only work from Sible Hedingham, but 573 appeared at KN on 31/10/19 (ableit briefly). Gemini 524 (LX05 EZG) appeared at KN from 21/10/19, and was returned to CN on 30/10/19, when 523 (LX05 EZF) arrived.
From 21/10/19, Honywood Schools services HN2 and HN3 were merged to form a new HN2.
The crew room at Sible Hedingham had been modernised.
Scania Omnidekka movements: 2/10/19: 818 – KN-CN. By 4/10/19: 802 – KN-Chambers. 10/10/19: 811 – Chambers-KN; 813 – KN-Chambers. 16/10/19; 816 – CN-KN. 18/10/19: 802/6 – Chambers-KN; 810/12 – KN-Chambers. 23/10/19: 806 – KN-Chambers; 813 – Chambers-KN. 24/10/19: 816 – KN-CN. 28/10/19: 814 – KN-Chambers. 30/10/19: 812 – KN-Chambers; 814 – Chambers-KN.
Odd sightings: 1/10/19: Omnidekka 818 on TLA A am. 4/10/19: Omnidekka 812 on 903 pm. 21/10/19: Omnidekka 816 on TLA B am. 22/10/19: 802 on TLA B am; 811 on TLA B pm. 24/10/19: Omnidekka 816 on TLA am.

IPSWICH BUSES.
Mb Citaro demonstrator BF68 ZHB was on loan from Evobus.
Dart SLF/Super Pointers 134/35 (SN53 AVG/K) have passed to Red Eagle, Haddenham, Bucks.
Subsequent history:
Trident/ALX400 13 (LG02 FDF) is now a catering vehicle in Rochdale.

KEVENDY’S, WICKFORD.
The depot on Robert Way is shared with L and R Transport. The site had been used by NIBS in the past.

KEVENDY'S WICKFORD DEPOT 13-10-19
Above: Kevendy’s Wickford depot on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).

L and R TRANSPORT, WICKFORD.
At the depot in October were: Ex Ensignbus Trident/ALX400 V479 KJN; red Optare Solo SF05 DXE, along with UID Trustybus Scania L94UB/Wright Solar and Scania Omnicity ‘decker; a UID red/green Bristol VRT branded ‘BUZZ’ and a UID RML.
The depot is shared with Kevendy’s.

L&R WICKFORD DEPOT 13-10-19
Above: L&R Wickford depot on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).

LONDON CENTRAL.
New for TfL100 are BYD/ADL/EV200EVs SEe99-109.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
New is BYD/ADL/E200EV SEe77 for TfL214.
Sold are Dart SLF/Marshall Capitals DMN1, 9 (LT02 NUK/P).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
6/10/19: 317732 + UID on 0830 Liverpool Street-Enfield Town.

378222 LOROL (KEW GARDENS) 12-10-19
Above: 378222 approaches Kew Gardens on 12/10/19; on a Richmond to Stratford service. (John Podgorski).

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
On 17/10/19, two Extinction Rebellion activists climbed onto the top of a Jubilee Line 1996 Tube train at Canning Town, and unrolled a banner reading “Business as usual = death”. They were removed by LUL staff and passers by and 4 activists were arrested. There were also protests at Stratford Jubilee Line station.

LUL JUBILEE LINE (CANNING TOWN EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTECT) 18-10-19 (GRETCHEN RED)
(Gretchen Red).

METROLINE.
New for TfL393 (Clapton-Chalk Farm) are ADL/Enviro 20Ds DEM2681-96. They entered service from 17/10/19 and replaced the temporary borrowed buses.

MTR TfL RAIL.
Has been renamed TfL Elizabeth Line.
315821/23 withdrawn at Gidea Park. Then to Sims Metals, Newport (Wales) for scrap.
315822/59 withdrawn at Aldersbrook.
315831/42 to Sims Metals, Newport (Wales) for scrap.
1/10/19: 315825/59 went for scrap – Ilford to Wolverton. 345039 – OC-IL.
2/10/19: 315831/42 – Ilford to Wolverton for scrap.
10/10/19: 345044 towed OC-IL by ROG 37800 as 5Q50.
21/10/19: 325821/23 towed by ROG 37884 Ilford-Newport (Wales) for scrap.
28/10/19: 315831/42 towed by ROG 37800 on 5Q78 Ilford-Newport (Wales) for scrap.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
The standard single decker is now the ADL/Enviro 200, with the double deck fleet being all Scania. E200 449 (YX10 FFK) has been transfered to sister Eastern Transport Holdings company Stephensons.
In from other sister company, Galooway of Mendlesham is Optare Solo M880SL MX59 AWF.

DK09OBH 417 + CN11FBE 419 (REAR) NIBS WICKFORD DEPOT 13-10-19
Above: ADL/E200s 417, 419 at Wickford depot on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGO is now AB10 PAN.
ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGK has been sold on without being used, to Southend Airport.
Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 TB61 OXF has been re-registered DB61 PAN. It entered service in plain white. It received Panther Travel vinyls in late October.
Ancillary vehicles:
Dennis Dart/Alexander Dash BIG 8843 has now had various parts removed; including several lights, the wipers, drivers seat and instrument panel. It continues in use as a static store at Parkeston depot.

BIG8843 PANTHER (PARKESTON DEPOT) 20-10-19
Above; BIG 8843 on 20/10/19. (John Podgorski).

A “new” ferry car is Seat Ibiza 5door h/b AB64 PAN. Ford Focus estate EU06 EUY has gone for scrap.

PHILIPS, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
Volvo B10M/VH S756 XYA has passed to Dan’s Coach Travel, Needham Market.

REGAL BUSWAYS.
Although this company closed in January 2018, its former fleet is still being traced. Short ADL/Enviro 200s 651/52 (SN10 CAU, MX10 DXO) are now with Summercourt Travel, Cornwall.

SILVERLINE, ABRIDGE.
Mb Tourismo SIL 474 has reverted to BF61 HBL and been sold.

STAR BUSES, HAVERHILL.
Ex Whippet Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis LK54 FLB/E/G, have replaced the Volvo Olympians.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Transferred out are Trident/ALX400s 18335/38/40/41/44/47/48 (AE55 DJU/Y, DKA/D/L/U/V), 184116/8 (AE06 GZN/P), ADL/Enviro 400s 19017 (MX06 XAS), 19047 (MX56 FRP) 129068 (MX56 SSZ); Dart SLF/Pointers 34426 (KV53 EZC), 34530 (GX04 EYC). This was in connection with the transfer of Long Sutton Outstation to Stagecoach Lincolnshire.
Mercedes Sprinters 44005/6 (BP16 UWH, BV66 GRZ) have gone to Stagecoach Cleveland Transit, following their temporary use on a diverted route in east Cambridge.
Newmarket outstation finally officially ceased use in October 2019. This ended many years of Stagecoach and its predecesors keeping vehicles in this Suffolk horse racing town. The allocation of Ely increased as a result.

YN14OXH 15957 CAMBUS GOLD 2 (PARKSIDE CB) 26-10-19
Above: 15957 at Parkside, Cambridge on 26/10/19. (John Podgorski).
Odd sightings:
26/10/19: Green Scania N230UD/E400 AE09 GYG on 13A; Gold Scania N230UD/E400 15957 on 2. 27/10/19: UID green Scania N230UD/E400 on 3.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
From 12/10/19, TfL128 (Romford-Claybury) was gained from Arriva London North.

YX19OMC 11076 ST EL 372 (LAKESIDE) 4-10-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: One of the recent ADL/Enviro 40D MMCs for TfL372. 11076 at Lakeside on 4/10/19. (Simon Austin).

Overall adverts: ADL/E40H 10347 (SN16 OLO), New Routemaster LT376 – Royal British Legion. LT258, LT313 – GoPro. LT375 – National Lottery.. Jedi – LT379. Back to red fleet livery – LT369/81.

Ensign has resold Trident/ALX400 17979 (LX53 KAJ) to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.

STAGECOACH HUNTINGDONSHIRE.
Amongst the first buses in the new livery are Volvo B8TL/Enviro 400 Citys for the North Cambridgeshire Busway.

STEPHENSONS.
ADL/Enviro 200s SN66 WLO, YY67 USC/D are ex Yourbus of Heanor, via Ensign.
ADL/Enviro 200s 144 (SK07 HLV), 449 (YX10 FFK) has transferred internally from NIBS at Wickford.
Allocation changes at Braintree have seen the arrival of ADL/Enviro 200s 414, 441 and 467. 414 and 441 have the new fleet names.
From Mellor, Rochdale (dealer) is Mb Sprinter 516 accessible minibus KF19 LCV. It had previously been on loan.
The allocation at Bury St Edmunds at the end of October was Dart SLF/MPDs 404, 406; ADL/E200s 442, 449; Dart SLF/Pointer 456; ADL/E200 462.

EU07FVN 323 STEPHENSONS 301 (LITTLEBURY) 26-10-19
Above: Optare Solo 323 at Littlebury on 26/10/19; on diversion due to the B1052 being closed between Saffron Walden and Wendens Ambo. (John Podgorski).

TENDRING TRAVEL.
Scania Omnidekka YN03 PZV is ex Keane of Muckingford.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Received from Metroline are ADL/Enviro 200s DML44181-89 (YX11 AEV/W/Y/Z, AFA/F, CNK/U.

UNO.
ADL/Enviro 200s 601-5 are now branded for TfL route 383 (Barnet-Woodside Park). They have also had a light refurbishment.
ADL/Enviro 200 MCM 528 (YX67 UYB) has branding for ‘Poppy’ route 17.
From 28/10/19 ex Centrebus routes 59, 60 (Northampton-Market Harborough) were taken on, following the closure of Centrebus Corby depot.
Odd sightings: 19/10/19: Omnidekka 205 (UL55 UNO) on 601.

VICEROY OF ESSEX, SAFFRON WALDEN.
Ceased trading at the end of October. Its school swimming contracts passed to Don’s of Dunmow. Just prior to this, Neoplan Tourliner TUI 9840 was sold.

WHIPPET.
Acquisitions are of: Dart SLF/EL WS326 (PN06 UYO) – from Tyrer, Adlington; Volvo B7RLE/Wrights WS327/28 (YX59 BZF/K) – from Alton Towers.
Withdrawn is ADL/E300 WS435 (SN04 EFS).
Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis WD429/35 (LK54 FLG/E), LK54 FLB have passed to Star Cabs, Haverhill. WD440 (LK04 HZN) went to Stafford Bus Centre (dealer), while WD431 (LK54 FLA) was also sold.

With thanks to: Anglia gen, S Austin, T Bartrop, D Disbury, Extinction Rebellion, Greta Red, HarlowRide, A Hazell, L and S Kinsella Ilot, J Lidstone, LOTS, Route One, J Sadd, Thurrock Gazette, A Totman.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. September 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the September 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

This time of the year sees the new vehicle registration number; 69 in this case. The first buses to bear this are with TfL contractors.
And it’s the start of the new school year, which means changes to some contracts.
Double deckers have returned to Arriva Colchester, after some three years.

On the rails, the first stock to depart Greater Anglia as a result of the new Stadler ‘Flirt’ are the Class 170 Turbostar DMUs. They will all go to Transport for Wales.
Two well known names ceased trading in September. Wrightbus, the manufacturer of the “Borismaster”, StreetLite buses and the Gemini and Solar bus bodies; plus (in the air), the iconic travel agent Thomas Cook, who had a significant presence at Stansted.

EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY RT/RF BUS RALLY ON 8th SEPTEMBER 2019.
(By LOUISE COCKER).

EYK396 RT1, FXT183 RT8, FXT288 RT113 EOR RALLY 8-9-19 (LOUISE COCKER)
Above: RT1, RT8 and RT113 at the rally. (Louise Cocker).

This year marks 80 years since RT1 first entered service and 40 years since the withdrawal of the RT and RF types from service with London Transport (LT). With these two significant anniversaries this year, an event which may never be repeated anywhere again because of the age of the buses was organised and very well attended.
The day started early with lots of activity getting the buses ready and into position to travel to North Weald Station. It was great to see so many lovely old buses and so many enthusiastic bus crews.
We had over 30 buses in attendance at North Weald Station and several stals selling books, model buses, bus photos and other bus related items.
There were bus rides around the local area to Chingford, High Beach, Loughton, Theydon Bois and Waltham Abbey. There was also a special bus service to Lodge’s Coaches depot at High Easter for their Bus and Car show. Lodge’s has a fleet of preserved coaches. The regular 339 and 381 services were also operated with RT and RF vehicles.
I was lucky enough to drive Leyland RTL1076 in service to Waltham Abbey.
I parked up when we arrived at Waltham Abbey to allow for photos to be taken of RTL1076 with the Abbey Church in the background. I also drove RF401.

LUC523 RTL1076 (EOR RALLY WALTHAM ABBEY) 8-8-19 (LOUISE COCKER)
Above: RTL1076 at Waltham Abbey. (Louise Cocker).

Of the many buses attending today was RT1 which entered service in 1939, the first of nearly 7000 RT buses that London Transport operated. RT1 has been beautifully restored by the London Bus Museum in Surrey, where it is kept. RT8 and RT113, biult in 1940 were also in attendance, all in lovely condition and still running around as if they were new. You wouldn’t have thought they were all in their 8th decade. There were also many post war built RT and RF buses in attendance.
Production of the RT stopped during the War and resumed afterwards. Most London Transport RT buses were built by AEC, but there were also some built by Leyland. Today, there were examples of AEC and Leyland RT buses as well as RF buses, of which RF136 was “the star of the show”.
“Star of the show” RF136 entered Green Line service in 1952. The RF buses were so reliable that by the mid 1960’s LT decided to refurbish them rather than replace them. By 1966 RT136 had been refurbished to give it a more “modern” look, but what made RT136 a one off was that it was the only RF to have the pale pearlescent grey with a broad green stripe bearing the Green Line fleet name livery that you see it in today. The rest of the Green Line RF fleet was painted in the same green livery which RF180 wears today. Until today, only one colour photo taken in 1966 existed of RF136. We can now see RF136 in its full glory beautifully restored.
Towards the end of the day a road run took place from North Weald Station to the airfield where a cavalcade of RT and RF buses did several circuits so that people could ride on them and some people were at the roadside taking photos. We then all drove to Harlow Garden Centre and parked up for one last display of these wonderful buses. A fantastic day was had by all, visitors and bus crews alike.
Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this another very successful Epping Ongar Bus Rally and to all the bus owners for bringing their wonderful buses to the rally.
The next bus rally is Sunday 23rd February 2020, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the formation of London Country Buses. Don’t miss it !

MLL523 RF136 and MLL567 RF180 EOR RALLY 8-9-19 (LOUISE COCKER)
Above: RF136 and RF180. (Lousie Cocker).

A and U TRANSPORTS, ILFORD.
BV19YKM A&U TRANSPORTS ILFORD (CR) 4-9-19
Above: Has the contract for Colchester High School, previously held by AJK Travel of Ilford. Mb Sprinter Transfer 18 seater BV19 YKM is used. Pictured at Colchester on 4/9/19. (John Podgorski).

AJK TRAVEL, ILFORD.
BX15UOL AJK COACHES ILFORD (CR) 24-9-19
Above: Mb Tourismo BK15 UOL ex 151-D-350046 is used on a contract for Colchester High School. Seen at Colchester on 24/9/19. It was ex Eirebus, Dublin in August 2019. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
KX09KDU 3779 AR CR LOANED FROM SD ON 1 10-9-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 3779 at Osbourne Street, Colchester on 10/9/19. (Simon Austin).

Southend VDL200/Wright 3779 (KX09 KDU) was here in early September. it is on loan to cover vehicles undergoing Euro6 upgrade.
Also from Southend is VDL SB300/Wright Gemini2 4459 (MX61 AXW), reintroducing double deckers here. Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3825 (GN07 AVO) went in exchange. Then DAF DB250LF/EL 6259 (FD02 UKO) arrived from Southend on 30th September.
Odd sightings: 5/9/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1563 (RX07 KPJ) on 8; Route 133 StreetLite 4324 (SK68 TWV) on 1. 9/9/19: Short SLF/Caetano 1562 (RX07 KPG) on 8; P and R ADL/E200 4073 (SK15 GXT) on 900. 16/9/19: Route 133 StreetLite 4324 on 1. 19/9/19: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3817 on 1. 24/9/19: StreetLite 4261 (GN64 DXR) on 1.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
New liveried Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3824 (GN07 AVM) is from Stevenage. Ex Watford is Optare Versa 4191 (KX62 JPY).
Mb Sprinter 1010 (BF67 WGE) has returned to service, but 1015 is no longer used.
Into the new livery are Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 3878/79 (KX11 PVL, PUY).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Further Volvo B7TL/ALX400s withdrawn are VLA137/38.

AVON COACHES/GATWICK FLYER, ROMFORD.
Sold are Ford Transit 16 seaters BN64 HUZ, HX65 WGA.

BEESTONS.
Some Cornard Upper School runs have been gained from Chambers.
The Ipswich-Colchester Schools have been lost to Ipswich Buses and Panther Travel.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Commercial Southend Seafront service 68, finished for the season on 1/9/19.
Ex London Central New Routemaster LT452 is now here.
Odd sightings: 7/9/19: ADL/E400 E70 on 5.

BOB’S, GREAT OAKLEY.
Has ceased trading.

CHAMBERS.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 562 (V303 LGC), 564 (W409 WGH) are stored at Konect, New Rackheath depot, near Norwich. 566 (W428 WGH) is stored at Chambers Sudbury depot.

COLAS RAIL.
16/9/19: 37116 tnt 37057 on 1Q90 Derby-Ferme Park via Broxbourne and Liverpool Street.
Then:
17/9/19: 1Q95 Ferme Park-Ripple Lane. 1Q96 Ripple Lane-Ferme Park.
18/9/19: 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Harwich Town, Clacton, Southend Victoria.
19/9/19; 1Q98 Cambridge-Cambridge via Gt Yarmouth, Lowestoft.
20/9/19; 1Q99 Cambridge-March via Kings Lynn, Flelixstowe, Mistley.
21/9/19: 1Q86 March-Derby via Lincoln, Doncaster.

DBS.
1/9/19: 59101 at Harlow Mill.
2/9/19: Maritime 66047 on 4L45 Wakefield-Felixstowe.
24/9/19: 59205 on Acton-Chelmsford.
26-27/9/19: 59204 on Acton-Chelmsford.

DRAGOMAN, DEBENHAM.
This operator provides overseas “adventure exploration” tours.
Mercedes Axor 1824 WN60 AYG is a lorry chassis cab with an in house bus body fitted. It is named ‘Amelia’ and is for use in Africa. 329 AFK 93 is a French registered left hand drive Mercedes lorry chassis cab. It has been converted to a bus and is named ‘Eva’. It is for use in South America.

DRS.
2/9/19: 57306 hauled GWR 378134 on 5Q50 Reading-Ilford ECS.
3/9/19: 37402 on York-Stowmarket RHTT wagon move.
19/9/19: 37402 with inspection saloon ‘Caroline’ on 2Z03 route learning tour of East Anglia and North London, from/to Brent sidings.
20/9/19: 66427 + 37407/1 on 0Z37 Crewe-Stowmarket RHTT convoy.
27/9/19: 66427/28 on “up” RHTT at Brantham.
30/9/19: 37401/5 on 3S60 Stowmarket via Shenfield and Wickford RHTT.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
AU58FFL 69424 FEC IPSWICH REDS (CROWN ST IP) 15-9-19
Above: Ipswich Reds Felixstowe Flyers VolvoB7RLE/Wright Soalr Eclipse 69424 at Crown Street on 15/9/19. (John Podgorski).

AU53HKK 32492 FEC (WOODBRIDGE RD IPS) 15-9-19
Above: Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32492 at Woodbridge Road, Rushmere on 15/9/19. (John Podgorski).

FELIX, LONG MELFORD.
Acquired from a preservationist, for heritage use, is 1950 vintage Bedford OB/Duople LJO 757.

FIRST ESSEX.
From First West of England are 8.9m ADL/Enviro 200s 44908-10/13-15 (YX09 AFV/Y/Z, AGV/Z, AHA). 44908-10 are at Basildon, and the rest are for Chelmsford. This will see the end of more Dart SLF/Caetanos.

W224XBD 32064 FE 65 (HIGHWOODS) 5-9-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 32064 at Derwent Road, Highwoods, Colchester on 3/9/19. It is on an afternoon peak double deck working of 65. (Daniel Pretty).

KP54KAX 32629 FE (MN RD CR) 3-9-19
Above: 32629 at Maldon Road, Colchester on 3/9/19. (John Podgorski).

From First Eastern Counties at Great Yarmouth are Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400s 30954 (YJ51 RDO), 32064 (W224 XBD) and B7TL/Wright Gemini 32629 (KP 54 KAX) – all at Colchester. B7TL/ALX400 32480/81 (AU53 HJX/Y), 32651 (AU05 MUO) have gone to Eastern Counties at Ipswich. The swap was due to the need for more low height ‘deckers at Ipswich. Part of the depot at Ipswich is too low for full height ‘deckers. However, 32064 was taken out of use, later in September.
Trident/Presidents 33072/74/90 (LN51 GOC/H, GMX) have gone to First Bristol.
Dart SLF/Pointer 42483 (SN03 WLK) has moved from Hadleigh to Chelmsford and then to Basildon. 42485 (SN03 WMM) moved HH to CF. 42482/88 (SN03 WLD, SN53 KJX) are withdrawn.
Chelmsford to Colchester school services 524, 525 have had their “dead” runs registered as journeys on public bus service 71X.
Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 69520 (BJ11 ECW) is now repainted into Thamesway pink and yellow heritage livery, ex Park and Ride black.

BJ11ECW 69520 FE TWAY HERITAGE (SHOWBUS) 29-9-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: 69520 at Showbus on 29/9/19. (Daniel Pretty).

Dart SLF/Caetano 41494 (LK03 LLZ) has gone to Alpha for scrap.

Odd sightings: 2/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 88/A. 10/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 70. 11/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 61. 12/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 75. 14/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 88A. 18/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 75; Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66816 on 75; X30 E200MMCs 67168/70 on 71. 19/9/19: X30 E200 MMC 67169 on 70. 23/9/19: Route 62 37133 on 65; Route 62 37136 on 75; Scania L94UB/Solar 65681 on 1A. 25/9/19: Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 75B. 26/9/19: Scania L94UB/Solar 62408 on 75. 27/9/19: B7TL/ALX400 30954 on 62.
A double decker on the 174 (Colchester-Fingringhoe) in school terms in now more common.

FREIGHTLINER.
3/9/19: 66528 ‘Madge Elliot MBE’ on 4E24 London Gateway-Leeds.
7/9/19: 66522 with intermodal wagon rake stabled in goods loop in Colchester yard with loco at London end.
14-15/9/19: 66598 on Whitemoor-East Tilbury engineers.
17/9/19: Pink 66587 on Whitemoor-Parkeston Quay light engine. 70005 on Felixstowe-Crewe.
24/9/19: 66552 on Ipswich-Lindsay oil tanks.
27/9/19: 70005 on FLX-Crewe.

GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.
Volvo B10M/Van Hool 339 (NJI 9241) has passed to a preservationist.

GBRf:
2/9/19: 66761/31 on 0L33 Peterborough-Felixstowe light loco.
4/9/19: 66767 on North Walsham-Ipswich light loco.
5/9/19: Newell & Wright 66747 on 6L34 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
12/9/19: 66768 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
15-16/9/19: 66733 on 6T61 Whitemoor-East Tilbury engineers. 66764 on 6T62 Whitemoor-East Tilbury engineers.
16/9/19: 66708 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66721 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66768 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice.
17/9/19: 66708 on 6L37. 66767 on 4M07 FLX-Birch Coppice.
19/9/19: 6708 on 6O36 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct.66761 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
21/9/19: LUL white 66721 on 4M23.
23/7/19: 66708 on 6L37. 66735 on 6O36.
25/9/19; Maritime blue 66727 on 0L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66742 on 4L18 Trafford Park-FLX. 66782 on 4L14 Doncaster-FLX.
26/9/19: 66717 on 6L37.
27/9/19: 66727 on Chesterton-Wellingborough.
30/9/19: 66750/59 on 0L33. 66764 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66788/32 on 6O36.

GREATER ANGLIA.
New are Stansted Express 745103; GA 755334-36.
170207 has transferred to Transport for Wales, being towed to Cardiff by a DRS diesel.
2/9/19: 156422 failed at Colchester, so replacement buses on Marks Tey-Sudbury.
3/9/19: 755415 on Norwich-Liverpool St test.
5/9/19: 745103 delivered.
7/9/19: 156422 on Marks Tey-Sudbury, rather than the usual ‘153 on a weekend.
12/9/19: 755334-36 delivered.
18/9/19: 317501 returned to GA.
23/9/19: 170272 transferred to Transport for Wales.
26/9/19: 755424 on 5Q42 Ipswich-Felixstowe test and 5Q43 return.

90011 GA (IPS) 22-9-19
Above: Soon to be replaced 90011 at Ipswich on 22/9/19. (John Podgorski).

GREY GREEN.
D101NDW 101 GREY GREEN LYNX PRESERVED (HD) 10-9-19 (C BAINES)
Above: Preserved Leyland Lynx 801 seen in Halstead on 10/9/19. (Chris Baines).

HEDINGHAM.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 561 (V301 LGC) has been saved for preservation.
575 (W516 WGH) has been repaired and now has a new style wheelchair ramp – with string pull.

W516WGH 575 HO 902 (KN) 5-9-19
Above; Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 575 on 903 and 574 on 902 at Kelvedon depot on 5/9/19. (John Podgorski).

Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 286 (HW54 BTY) has transferred from Sible Hedingham to Clacton. ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE) went CN to HD in exchange.

The Stanway School services ST1-ST4 are now registered bus routes 901 to 904.
901 (Mount Bures), 902 (Little Horkesley), 903 (Kelvedon, Birch, Hardys Green, Easthorpe, Copford, Marks Tey), 904 (Layer).
There were changes to the Plume School, Maldon services from the start of the Autumn term. This involved duty changes to alleviate capacity problems on 95A.
Scania Omnidekka movements: 19/9/19: 818 – CN-KN. 20/9/19: 802 – Chambers-KN; 810 – KN-Chambers. 23/9/19: 810 – Chambers-KN. 26/9/19: 818 – CN-KN.
Odd sightings: 2/9/19: Solo 910 on 50A. 24/9/19: Solo 911 on 50B + 83. 30/9/19: Omnidekka 818 on TLA B am.
Subsequent history:
Ensign has resold Trident/EL 727 (W827 NNJ) to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.

IPSWICH BUSES.
The end of Dart operation wasn’t 31/8/19 after all, as 84 (PJ53 OLC), 86 (PJ53 OLG), 135 (SN53 AVG), 137 (SN53 AVK) , along with Trident/President 25 (SN51 AXV) were reinstated for new school contracts in September – see below.
Gained is an Ipswich School to Colchester contract from Beestons. It is numbered 2C and usually uses DAF DB250LF/EL or Trident double deckers and Dart SLF saloons.
Odd sightings:
24/9/19: Dart SLF/SPD 135 (SN53 AVG) on 93.
Subsequent history:
Scania Omnicity saloon 71 (YN56 NVC) is now with Al’s Coaches, Birkenhead, via Ensign.

SN53AVK 135 IB 93 (CR) 24-9-19
Above: 135 in Colchester on 24/9/19. (John Podgorski).

KENZIES, SHEPRETH.
Volvo B10M/VH VVE 885 is now with ingleby, Acomb.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
New is Scania Touring YN69 XNW.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
Ford Model T SV 6936 has been named ‘Lucy’.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
The old pump house at Northumberland Park depot has been demolished to provide extra parking/charging space for forthcoming new electric buses.

LONDON OVERGROUND.
New Aventra 710510 has been on test.

MAYMIST, BARKING.
Has ex Galloway of Mendlesham Mb 0816D/Palxton Cheetah AY08 CRU – via Parnell, Honiton (dealer).

MTR TfL RAIL.
315822/23 are withdrawn.
26/9/19: 345029 seen on Liverpool St-Shenfields, ex “west side”.
30/9/19: 315831/42 went for scrap. Ilford to Wolverton. (Planned).

345012 MTR TfL RAIL (HAYES AND HARLINGTON) 7-9-19
Above: 345012 at Hayes and Harlington on 7/9/19. (John Podgorski).

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
BV66WRC NX (MT) 9-9-19
Above: Not all it appears. Volvo B11RT/Caetano Levante BV66 WRC is actually a training vehicle, based at Start Hill. Seen at Marks Tey (at the route 250 coach stop) on 9/9/19. (John Podgorski).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Additions to the fleet are ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGK and Scania K360ERB4/Plaxton Panther2 TF61 OXF.

WV02EUP PANTHER FLEETNAMES (IPS RRP) 15-9-19
Above: WV02 EUP at Ipswich on 15/9/19. (John Podgorski).

Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon WV02 EUP is now AB02 PAN.

DC56PAN PANTHER 14 (PER AVE CN) 27-7-19 (C BAINES)
Above: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer DC56 PAN on route 14 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 27/7/19. (Chris Baines).

Commercial service 14 (Harwich-Clacton/Clacton-Clacton Common), was deregistered from 1/9/19 – the last operational day was 31/8/19. However, 6 new school contracts have been gained, to compensate. These are Ipswich School to Colchester – ex Beestons and Harlequin, Manningtree School – ex Hedingham and Ward’s. The Colchester outstation VA has been increased to 6 as a result.
The duplicates for Airport Bus Express have ceased. Great Dunmow outstation (at Don’s Coaches) is still available, but is no longer regularly used for parking.

RYANAIR.
There was further industrial action by pilots in early September.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Ensign has resold Trident/ALX400 17982 (LX53 KAU) to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.

LX53KAJ 17979 (REAR) EX ST EL (ENSIGN) SCRAP 28-9-19
Above: Route 247 branded Trident/ALX400 17979 (LX53 FAJ) is being stripped at Ensign. Pictured on 28/9/19, between ex Metroline Volvo B7TL/President LK03 GKN and ex Arriva London South Volvo B7TL/ALX400 LJ53 BFO. (John Podgorski).

Below: 17979 when still in service, at Romford on 1/9/18. (John Podgorski).
LX53KAJ 19797 ST EL 247 BRANDED (RM) 1-9-18

LX04FWV 18209 EX ST EL (ENSIGN) 28-9-19
Above: One of the last Tridents in normal service with Stagecoach East London was 18209 (LX04 FWV). Pictured at Ensign on 28/9/19. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS.
From 23/9/19, took over routes 59/590 (Audley End-Haverhill) from Viceroy of Saffron Walden.

X400MTT 200 STEPHENSONS (CR) 5-9-19
Above: Volvo B12M coach 200 at Southway, Colchester on 5/9/19. (John Podgorski).

Stephensons has gained the Colchester High School contract from First Essex, who had used yellow BMCs. Stephensons has received Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon 200 (X400 MTT) back from Galloway of Mendlesham for this. It does home to school, with school activity runs in between.

SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
Ex EOS Scania Omnicity 700 (YR10 AZV) is now with Swissport, Dublin Airport. It has been disused since the closure of EOS.

THOMAS COOK.
Ceased trading at 0200 on 23/9/19. This travel agent was established in Leicester in 1841. The fleet of Airbus Aircraft A320 and A321 was grounded, with the last landing at Manchester. Stansted was a base for Thomas Cook and several planes are now grounded there, having been “seized” by the administrators. 150 000 UK holiday makers were left stranded abroad by the collapse of this company, and Stansted was one of the airport to which they were flown back using emergency hired aircraft. Titan Airways participated in flights to Stansted.

G-TCDA THOMAS COOK LSN 21-5-16
Above: Airbus A321-211 G-TCDA at Stansted on 21/5/16. (John Podgorski).

TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
YN54NYH TONY GLEW (CR) 25-9-19
Above: YN54 NYH is an acquired Scania/Irizar. Pictured at Southway, Colchester on 25/9/19. (John Podgorski).

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Another ex RATP London Scania Omnicity ‘decker is YP59 OEM. Sister YP59 OET is now in red.blue ‘Central Connect’ livery, ex plain red.

UGOBUS.
This is the new title for Community Link, the passenger transport section of Essex County Council. New vehicles in Ugo purple livery are Mb Sprinters KE19 ZTM, LN69 NYX/Z, at Harlow, Clacton and Tiptree respectively.

UNO.
ADL/Enviro 200 529 (YX67 UYC) is branded for new ‘Poppy’ route 17.
From 29/9/19, Herts CC Sunday/Holiday contracts on 304 (St Albans-Wheathampstead), 357 (St Albans-Rebourn), 404/5 (Welwyn Hatfield Circulars) were gained from Arriva.
Subsequent history:
Dart SLF/EL Esteems 510/12 (PE56 UFM/S) to MC Tractors, Ramsey for scrap, via Ensign.

VICEROY, SAFFRON WALDEN.
Ceased local bus operation after 21/9/19, with the cessetation of commercial services 59/590 (Audley End-Haverhill). They passed to Stephensons.

YOUNG, HADDENHAM.
Volvo B12T/Berkhof R157 RJH is now with GDS 2016, Long Sutton.

With thanks to: Anglia gen, S Austin, C Baines, L Cocker, Ensign, HarlowRide, LOTS, C Nixon, D Pretty.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. August 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski, BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the August 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.
Several types of bus/coach have been retired this month. Following the withdrawal of its last Trident, Go East Anglia has removed all but two coaches from its Chambers fleet, and has eliminated coaches from Hedingham completely. The Volvo B7TL has gone from Chambers and been depleted at Hedingham.
At Ipswich Buses, the remaining Dart SLFs and surviving Trident bowed out at the end of August.
And the last Tridents have been withdrawn from Stagecoach East London.
On the trains, the first Class 170 DMUs from Greater Anglia have been returned to their lessor. The entire two batches are to be relocated to Wales, and will be the first GA stock to be replaced by the new Class 755 ‘Flirt’ bi-modes.

A and U TRANSPORTS, ILFORD.
New is Mercedes Sprinter Transfer BV19 YKM. A contract for Colchester High School has been gained from September.

A2B, CAMBRIDGE.
Acquisitions are ADL/Enviro 200s KX08 HMF , KX09 GGJJ – from Accessible Transport, Aston, and Optare Solo M950 YJ10 MBF ex Gloucester Minibuses.
Withdrawn is Dart SLF OU04 FMV ex SN04 EFW.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Southend ADL/Enviro 400 MMCs 6505/6/12/13 were borrowed over the August Bank Holiday Weekend for the Esd Sheeran concert at Ipswich.
DAF SB120/Wright Cadet driver trainer 3524 (LJ51 DDX) was in use during August.
Odd sightings: 11/8/19: Park & Ride ADL/E200 4015 (SK15 GXV) on Freeport. 13/8/19: Dart SLF/Pointer 3413 (SN54 HWY) being recovered at Crouch Street by Hammonds @ 1630, after failing on an Ambrose Avenue bound 1. 14/8/19: StreetLite 4224 (GN62 HMY) on 1.
Ancillary vehicles:
DP18 RZK is a hired Ford Kuga, for crew ferry use.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
From Arriva Hemel Hempstead is slim Optare Solo 2482 (YJ07 VRF).
To the new livery are Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 3838 (KE54 KPF), 3884/85 (KX11 PVK/J)

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Received from Arriva Hemel Hempstead is Optare Versa 4186 (KX62 JKE)
The remaining DAF SB120/Wright Cadets have been withdrawn, along with most of the VDL SB200/Wright Commanders. SB120 3514 (LJ03 MZE) is confirmed.

YX17NFG 6529 AR SD SAPPHIRE 31-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Ex Hemel Hempstead ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6529 at Southend Travel Centre on 31/8/19. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Volvo B7TL/ALX400 VLA140 is withdrawn.

ATS, ROMFORD.
FJ57KHM ATS (CN) 10-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Scania K340/Caetano Levante FJ57 KHM, new to National Express, on the seafront at Clacton on 10/8/19. (Simon Austin).

AVON COACHES/GATWICK FLYER, ROMFORD.
Ford Transit 16 seater HY13 RHV has passed to BHX, Birmingham.

BARKERBUS, ROYDON.
From Akiens and Feeley of Leicester is Ayatsingle deck coach TIB 8569.

BEESTONS.
The Two Sisters Foods chicken factory at Witham, closed on 8/8/19.
Beestons was the staff bus provider; having taken over from Arriva Colchester in 2015. Fargo was the operator 1997 to 2008, and for the first three months (in 1997), Tony Glew was the contractor. Back then, Two Sisters was called Sovereign Chicken.
Services to the factory latterly ran in from Ipswich and Colchester. The original route started at Harwich. During the ensuing years, the works buses also served Braintree and Clacton. Panther Travel also briefly subcontracted during 2015.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Buses used on the the commercial 68 Southend Seafront service, have been ADL/Enviro 400s E14, 15 (SN06 BNZ, BOF); open top Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PVL224 (Y824 TGH); open top Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis WVL83 (LF52 ZNR), WVL93 (LF52 ZNE).

CANVEY MUSEUM.
Daimler CVD open topper FOP 429 is now in pseudo Town and Country two tone blue, ex Southend Corporation cream/blue.

CARTERS HERITAGE, GREAT BROMLEY.
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President W553 RSG has passed to the Bus Stop Diner, Crowland – for use as an eatery.

CHAMBERS.
YN55PZG 805 CHAMBERS CONTACTLESS (HO KN) 11-8-19
Above: Scania Omnidekka 805 (YN55 PZG) with contactless branding. (John Podgorski).

Contactless ticketing started on 11/8/19.
Optare Solo 911 (SF04 HKE) was briefly borrowed from Hedingham in late August. This was to do with a road closure near Bures. Volvo B7TL/President 570 (W487 WGH) went to Hedingham Clacton in exchange and then permanently moved to Sible Hedingham.
Withdrawn are Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 562, 564.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 562 (V303 LGC) was the last licensed example of this type here. The rest of the bus fleet is now all Scania.
B7TL/President 564 (W409 WGH) appeared at Konect, New Rackheath depot on 23/8/19. It had been at Hedingham Sible Hedingham, but not used, before briefly returning to Chambers.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere coaches 9, 10 (S290/91 TVW) are withdrawn, leaving the Mb Touros 1, 2 (BX55 HYT/U) as the last coaches.

COLAS RAIL.
9/8/19: 37219 tnt 37116 on NR test train at Colchester Yard.
20/8/19:
70801 on 6L37 Oxwellmains-Thurrock cement.
20-21/8/19: 37099 tnt 37521 on 1Q95/1Q96 Ferme Park-Ripple Lane and return.
21/8/19: 37099 tnt 37521 on NR test train at Colchester Yard; 1Q97 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Stanford, Liverpool Street, Harwich Town, Clacton. 37219 on Whitemoor-Whitemoor via Ipswich and Stowmarket.
22/8/19: 70807 N+ 66849 on 0Z70 Whitemoor-Hoo Junct light loco.
27/8/19: 70801 on 6L44.

COZY, BASSINGBOURN.
Acquired from Aircoach Dublin are Volvo B12BT/Jonckherres 08-D-69442, 70256/351/54 which have been re-registered CO53 ZYO, CO03 ZYO, CO54 ZYS, CO04 ZYO respectively.

CT PLUS.
From 19/8/19, the CT Plus title was replaced by HCT Group. Legals and fleet names have/will be changed.

DBS.
9/8/19: 66118 on Acton-Ipswich Griffin Wharf JNA empties – seen at Claydon.
13/8/19: 59002 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton yard.
15/8/19: ‘Maritime Four’ 66051 on 4L45 Wakefield-Felixstowe.
20/8/19: 66105 on 4E08 London Gatway-Wakefield.
23/8/19; 66092 on Bow-Heck Plasmor.

DRS.
7/8/19: 37608 towed MTR TfL Rail 345008 OC-IL.
20/8/19: 37402 towing GA DVT on Norwich-Cardiff.

ENSIGNBUS.
Temporary Scania Omnicity ‘decker YN07 EXM has passed to Connexions Buses, Tockwith.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
The Ipswich Reds identity is starting to appear more widely. As well as repaints, some buses have ‘Ipswich Reds’ fleet names on existing First livery.
Now in the new scheme are ADL/Enviro 300 67406 (SN13 CKC), and with Felixstowe Fyers branding Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 69423/27/28 (AU58 FFK/O/P).

AU58FFO 69427 FEC IP REDS FLX FLYER (CROWN ST) 10-8-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Ipswich Reds Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 66429, with ‘Felixstowe Flyers’ branding, at Crown Street, Ipswich on 10/8/19. The ‘Flyers’ are services 75, 76. (Daniel Pretty).

AU53HKH 32490 FEC IP REDS BRANDED 66 (CROWN ST) 10-8-19 (D PRETTY)
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 32490, in First “charcoal” livery, with Ipswich Reds branding. Crown Street, Ipswich on 10/8/19. (Daniel Pretty).

MX05CEV 66825 FEC EX NOR (CROWN ST IPS) 10-8-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: First Eastern Counties Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66824, at Crown Street, Ipswich on 10/8/19. New to First Manchester, it then served with First Essex at Basildon. At FEC it was first posted to Norwich and then Ipswich. Service 89 is a descendant of the old ‘Superoute 88’ to Stowmarket. (Daniel Pretty).

FIRST ESSEX.
LK03UEY 41521 FE PUBLICITY (BN) 31-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Dart SLF/Caetano 41521 is now publicity vehicle. Seen at Basildon on 31/8/19. (Simon Austin).

AU58FFW 69433 FE 70 (HIGH ST CR) 11-8-19
Above: Former First Eastern Counties Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipse 69433 on High Street, Colchester on a Sunday route 70 working on 11/8/19. Note that Mason Road is served on the Sabbath and that this bus has not had its destination changed back to “Chelmsford”. It is passing the ATIK Nightclub, previously Liquid, before that The Hippodrome and originally The Grand Theatre. Interestingly, the name of ATIK’S owner is The Deltic Group. They are a sort of nightclub equivalent to First (or Arriva, or Stagecoach). (John Podgorski).

More Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipses received are ex First Manchester 66846/48/60/61/63. All are at Basildon, except 66860 at Chelmsford.
Loaned Volvo B10BLE/Wright trainer 60651 (T833 MAK) has been returned to First Manchester at Bolton.
Futher Volvo B7RLE/Wrights repainted out of Park and Ride black into standard Interurban colours are 69516/17.
Trident/Presidents 33073, 33133/90 have returned to Hadleigh from Basildon.
Withdrawn due to engine failure and then cannibalised at Colchester was Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65684. Withdrawn for the same reason were Trident/Presidents 33081, 33229 which have been cannibalised at Hadleigh and Basildon respectively. 33134 has been repaired with parts from 33080.
More Dart SLF/Caetanos withdrawn are 41527/40/42 (LK53 FDD/Z, FEG); 42519 (LK03 NHN).
To Alpha Recovery for scrap: Dart SLF/Caetanos 41527/43, 42519.
Odd sightings: 1/8/19: Route 62 Volvo B9TL/Gemini2 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 1A. 15/8/19: Route 62 37134 (SN57 HDJ) on 70; Route 62 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 75; ADL/E300 67805 (SN13 CPE) on 67. 18/8/19: Dart SLF/Pointer 42944 (WX56 OAU) on 71C (Sunday). 27/8/19: Scania L94UB/Solar 62408 (YS03 ZKE) on 62. 28/8/19: Route 62 B9TL 37138 on 174; Dart SLF/Pointer WX05 RVF on 71A. 29/8/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61.

SN03WMX 42486 FE 26 (LEIGH RAIL STN) 31-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Dart SLF/Pointer 42483 at Leigh on Sea Rail Station on 31/8/19. (Simon Austin).

FIRST STOP, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Withdrawn are minibuses ND03 WTM, DG53 BNX.

FLAGFINDERS.
Mb Sprinter GK03 JUC is now in the full fleet livery, ex a blue/silver interim scheme.

FORDS OF ALTHORNE.
Dwennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 S804 BWC is withdrawn.

FOURWAYS, HIGHWOODS.
Dennis Condor/Metsec G505 WPN ex G310 FWC has been sold for preservation.

FREIGHTLINER.
66535 FREIGHTLINER CLAYDON 6-03
Above: 66535 at Claydon, heading towards Ipswich, in June 2003. It is passing the site of the long closed railway station. (John Podgorski).

2/8/19: 86628/08 on 4L41 Basford Hall-Felixstowe.
3/8/19: 86604/13 in Colchester yard “down” loop.
9/8/19: 66621 on Hope-Dagenham.
10/8/19: 86604/13 on 4L89 Coatbridge-Felixstowe. 86610/22 on 4L91 Trafford Park-Ipswich – held at Colchester Yard loop for a while.
13/8/19: 86638/28 on 4L41.
15/8/19: 86604/13 on 4L91 Trafford Park-FLX. 86612/37 on 4L41.
16/8/19: 86604/13 on 4L91.
17/8/19: 86627/28 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.
21/8/19: 86610/37 on 4L41.
23/8/19: 86612/32 on 4L41. 86638/04 on 4L91.
24/8/19: 86610/37 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX.86638/04 on 4L91.
31/8/19: 66556 on Whitemoor-Tilbury engineers.

86637 FREIGHTLINER (NEW) (KN) 10-11
Above: 86637 is the trailing loco on this “down” intermodal through Kelvedon in October 2011. (John Podgorski).

GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.
Mb 0816D/Plaxton Cheetah 265 (4178 PP) has reverted to AY08 CRU and been sold to Parnell (dealer) Honiton. Optare Solo M950 317 (4092 PP) has reverted to MX53 FDN.
Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 412 (SK02 XGP) and Dart SLF/Pointer 455 (EG02 NZD) have returned to Stephensons of Essex, ex loan.

GBRf.
3/8/19: 66702 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Bethnal Green engineers. 66729 on 4M23 Felixstowe-Hams Hall.
5/8/19: 66772/61 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich-FLX light engine.
7/8/19: 66761 on 4M23. 66771 on Harwich-North Walsham tanks.
10/8/19: 66786 on 4L41 Doncaster-Felixstowe.
11/8/19: 66769/55 on 0L33.
13/8/19: 66705 on 4M21 FLX-Trafford Park. 66720 on 6L37 Hoo-Whitemoor.
15/8/19: 66701/61 on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX. 66720 on 6L37.
19/8/19: 66706 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
20/8/19: 66741 on 4E14 FLX-Doncaster.
21/8/19: 66706 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
22/8/19: 66708 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66768 on 6M76 Chesterton Junct-Bardon Hill empties.
24/8/19: 66733 on 4M05 FLX-Hams Hall. 66765 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall. 66780 on 5X92 Slade Green-Ilford EMU drag.
27/8/19: 66772/36 on 0L33.
28/8/19: 66726 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro.
30/8/19: 66708 on 6L37.
31/8/19: 66747 on 6T62 Whitemoor-East Tilbury engineers. 66755 on 6T61 Whitemoor-East Tilbury. 66761 tnt 66764 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Tilbury.

GREATER ANGLIA.
It has been officially announced that a new station at Beaulieu Park, near Chelmsford is to be built, as a cost of £218m.
New are 755329/32/33, 755402/11/12.
The first 170 DMUs have been withdrawn; 170207/70.

153309 GA P6 SIDING CR 10-8-19
Above: 153309 stabled in the siding by Platform 6 at Colchester, on 10/8/19. (John Podgorski).

Stormy weather on 10/8/19, caused trees to fall across the track on the Marks Tey-Sudbury branch line. 153309 was slightly damaged by fallen debris. Buses replaced trains for the weekend.
10/8/19: 755410 on Norwich-Yarmouths.
13/8/19: 755330/31, 755415 delivered.
14/8/19: 90005 on 0Z05 Norwich-Crewe light engine via GEML and NLL. 379008/9 at Norwich.
15/8/19: 321336/445 on 1P24 LST-Norwich. 745006 delivered.
17/8/19: EMT 158770 on hire to GA and on Norwich-Cambridges. 321344/64 on 1P24 LST-Norwich instead of usual DVT + ’90. 755410 on 1357 Norwich-Yarmouth. 755418 on 0938 Norwich-Cambridge.
19/8/19: 317881/505 on 1Y34 1812 LST-Ipswich.
21/8/19: 317338/881 on 1Y34 1812 LST-Ipswich. 755413 ON 5Q26 Colchester-Norwich test train.
22/8/19: 317664 stabled at Clacton. 755402/11/12 delivered.
24/8/19: 755414 on Norwich-Ipswich test.
29/8/19: 755329/32/33 delivered. 755410 on Cambridge-Norwich.
30/8/19: 755413 on Cambridge-Norwich. 755422 on 5Q53 test.
31/8/19: 61306 ‘Mayflower’ passed Cambridge North with 47245 as 1Z60, to do with KingsCross-Norwich special. 317502 on 5N98 Ilford-Clacton for maintenance. 321361/436 on Norwich-Liverpool St 1503 dep from Colchester. 755418 on Cambridge-Norwich.

755410 (NORWICH RLY STN) 16-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Stadtler Flirt 755410 at Norwich Rail Station on 16/8/19. (Simon Austin).

HEDINGHAM.
LX05EZD 521 (REAR) VINEGAR SUPER REAR ADAVERT (CN DEPOT) 15-8-19 (A LAW)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 521 (LX05 EZD) now has a super rear advert for Sarson Malt Vinegar. It was pictured at Clacton depot on 15/8/19. (Alex Law).

W761TRE 9004 HO KN LAST DAY OF VIX TICKETING 11-8-19
Above: Old Vix ticket machines at Kelvedon on 11/8/19. Vauxhall Combo van W761 TRE has fleet no 9004.(John Podgorski).

Contactless ticketing began from 11/8/19. Not all vehicles are fitted, namely some of the Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents. 565/68/74/75/77/79/81 are equipped for contactless. But 581 was later withdrawn (on 23/8/19).
Scania Omnicity ‘decker 851 has transferred in from Konect.
Scania Omnilinks 458/60 entered service at Clacton in late August.
ADL/Enviro 200s 261 (EY57 FZE), 262 (EU58 JCJ) have transferred internally from Sible Hedingham (HD) to Clacton (CN). Short ADL/E200 292 (EU59 AFF) went the other way in exchange. Short E200 296 (SN10 CCY) has gone to Konect at Dereham.

EU58JCJ 262 HO 4 CN 22-8-19
Above: Newly transferred 262 at Pier Avenue, Clacton on 22/8/19. (John Podgorski).

Optare Solo 911 (SF04 SKE) was briefly loaned to Chambers in late August.
Withdrawn are Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 8 (R453 FWT) – the last coach; ex Plymouth/driver trainer Volvo B7TL/EL 505 (PL51 LGD) – following loss of the Samuel Ward School contract; Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 581 (W956 WGH) – 581 was last used on a Clacton Airshow Shuttle on 23/8/19.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 578 (W519 WGH) 581 and Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 737 (T107 DBW) have been cannibalised. 737 was taken away for scrap by Alpha Recovery on 29/8/19. Trident/EL 701 (T801 RFG) has been sold to Southern Transit for preservation via Ensign.
A new ‘Not in Service’ destination display has appeared, showing alternating sub titles.
Scania Omnidekka movements: 1/8/19: 805 – Chambers-KN; 812 – KN-Chambers. 8/8/19: 810 – KN-Chambers; 813 – Chambers-KN. By 10/8/19: 812 – Chambers-KN. By 23/8/19: 808/10/11 – Chambers-KN; 805/12/14 – KN-Chambers.
Odd sightings: 1/8/19: Long Dart SLF/Pointer 259 (EU56 FLP) on D1/D2; Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 510 (LB02 YWX) – HD-KN – returned on 7/8/19; Scania Omnidekka 805 (YN55 PZG) on 15 pm (an Omnidekka has since been regular on this over the summer school holidays). 13/8/19: Volvo B7TL/President 579 (W526 WGH) on 63 D3007. 15/8/19: Volvo B7TL/President 577 (W518 WGH) on 63 D3009. 16/8/19: ADL/E200 261 (EY57 FZE) – HD-KN; 577 on 15 pm.

LX06EAK 527 HO CN AIRSHOW SHUTTLE B (HOLLAND HAVEN) 23-8-19
Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 527 at Holland Haven on Clacton Airshow Shuttle B on 23/8/19. (John Podgorski).

IPSWICH BUSES.
On loan in late August was BYD E200EV Electric demonstrator LJ68 EYD. It entered service on 23/8/19 – exactly 56 years since trolleybus abandonment in Ipswich.
Normal operation of the Dart SLFs (nos 134/37) and the final Trident (no 25) was on 31/8/19. They were then withdrawn.
Trident/ALX400 7 (LX03 BTF) and Trident/President 26 (LR52 KWH) have been sold.

KENZIES OF SHEPRETH.
This well known south Cambs coach operator ceased trading on 31/8/19. The owner decided to retire.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Some TfL contracts were gained from Metroline in August. These were outside of the Busmopolitan area, but TfL214 (Moorgate-Highgate Village) is significant because it was once operated by Thamesway, prior to all of First’s London operations coming under First Capital. The other gain was TfL232 (Wood Green-Neasden St Raphaels). Buses from 232 (WS Class StreetLites WS131-148) may well appear on routes running into Metropolitan Essex in the future, while 214 is using dedicated electric SEe Class ADL/E20EVs numbers SEe77-98. TfL232 came on 3/8/19, while 214 was taken over from 17/8/19.

M and J MINIBUS HIRE, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Iveco 45C YJ16 XLF has been reregistered MJZ 5293. The previous bearer, a VW Crafter/Onyx, has reverted to its original MX12 CLV mark and been sold to Gwynne Price, Trimsaran, Wales.

MTR TfL RAIL.
7/8/19: 345008 – OC-IL, towed by DRS 37608.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Scania Omnidekka 644 9YN55 NKG) has come from sister company Stephensons to provide extra capcity on route 269 (Brentwood-Grays).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
YX10BGO PANTHER REPAINT (WEELEY) 1-8-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: YX10 BGO in the paint shop at Weeley on 1/8/19. (Alex Hazell).

YX10BGO PANTHER 14 (CLACTON COMMON) 23-6-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: YX10 BGO in its old colour scheme, at Clacton Common on 23/6/19. (Alex Hazell).

ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGO has received fleet livery, ex white with front in blue/white. It has been named ‘Charlie’.
Also now named are Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 AB 61 PAN – ‘Caitlin’ and Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon WV02 EUP – ‘Cadbury’ – after its purple and gold livery.
Dealer stock ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BFV has passed to Libra, Frome.

BIG9249 PANTHER ED SHEERAN (CR) 25-8-19
Above: Leyland Olympian BIG 9249, ready to depart from Colchester on 25/8/19, to take up a shuttle for the Ed Sheeran concert at Ipswich. (John Podgorski).

PURLING, IPSWICH.
LDV Convoy MX04 CFG is withdrawn.

RAILWAY MISCELLANEOUS.
WEST MERSEA MUSEUM MODEL TRAIN 28-8-19
(John Podgorski).

This picture was taken in the Mersea Museum on 28/8/19. The real railway never reached Mersea Island, although there were ideas to extend the Crab and Winkle Line from Tollesbury across the creek. If that had happened, the West Mersea Rail Station would have been at Fountain Square/Queens Corner, by the erstwhile Fountain Hotel (demolished 2000).
In August 2019, traces of the Kelvedon to Tollesbury railway still existed around Tolleshunt Darcy.

SOUTH EASTERN.
3/8/19: 466029/030 on 5X91 Slade Green-Ilford ECS hauled by GBRf.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
ADL/Enviro MMC YY67 VDF is here.
Ex London Scania Omnicity ‘deckers 15078/83 have entered service.
ADL/Enviro 400 19586 was on loan to Bedford.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
From 9/8/19, The LTs on TfL8 (Old Ford-Tottenham Court Road), N8 (Oxford Circus-Hainault) went over to boarding at the front door with exit at the centre and rear doors. Previously, boarding/alighting had been via any of the 3 doors, as fares are cashless and ticketing off-bus. Other LT worked routes will follow.
ADL/Enviro 200 36267 has transferred to Selkent at Bromley. ADL/Enviro 400s 10197, 19834 have transferred internally to Romford North Street as Trident replacements.
Trident operation has ceased. Leyton was the last garage – with routes TfL215 (Walthamstow-Lee Valley Camp Site), TfL275 (Walthamstow-Barkingside). 17811 (LX03 BXF) was the last in use – on 215, being withdrawn after use on 19/8/19, and ferried from Leyton to West Ham the following day. 17836 (LX03 BYM) was the penultimate one. Other Tridents withdrawn were 17791, 17858, 18484.
Operation of TfL499 (Romford-Harold Wood Circular) transferred from North Street to Rainham from 24/8/19.

LX04FYJ 18242 N55 10-05
Above: Trident 18242 from Leyton, at Hackney Central in October 2005. This was coincidentally, also the the last night of Routemaster operation on Arriva route 38. (John Podgorski).

From Selkent was ADL/Enviro 400 19755 (LX11 BDE) – allocated to Barking.
ADL/Enviro 400s 10197, 19834 have been transferred to Romford North Street.
Transferred out:
Optare vVersas 15111/13 (LX09 FZH/K) – to Stagecoach East Kent; ADL/Enviro 200 32267 (LX11 AVY) – to Selkent.
Trident/ALX400s 17834 (LX03 BYJ), 17851 (LX03 BZE), 18276 (LX05 BWJ), 18458/61 (LX55 EPE/J), 18478 (LX55 ESG) have gone to Lister PVS, Bolton for breaking.
18220 (LX04 FXH) has passed to Hook Lane primary School, Welling.

STAN’S, GREAT TOTHAM.
Short Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Paramount MVF 812 is now with Fryer, Aberanan, Wales.

STEPHENSONS.
Acquired is ex demonstrator Mb Sprinter/Mellor Strata Ultra KF19 LCV.
Routes 384/5 (Bury St Edmunds-Stowmarket/Stowupland) are being operated on behalf of Galloway from Bury outstation. Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 412 (SK02 XGP), Dart SLF/Pointer 455 (EG02 NZD) which had been on loan to Galloway, returned to Stephensons to initially operate these routes. The Bury outbase has increased from 4 to 6 buses.
The first internal transfer to NIBS is of Scania Omnidekka 644 (YN55 NKG).
Withdrawals are: Solo 325 (EU08 WND) – due to accident damage; Dart SLF/Caetano 454 (HV52 WTE); Dart SLF/Pointers 455 9EG02 NZD), 457/59 (GU52 HJY, HKD) – all for cannibalisation. The Dart SLF is now declining in this fleet.

YY15NJO 427 STEPHENSONS 352 (CF B S) 31-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above; ADL/Enviro 200 427 at Chelmsford on ex Hedingham Essex CC 352 on 31/8/19. (Simon Austin).

SUFFOLK NORSE.
Has ex Arriva London Volvo B7TL/ALX400s LJ05 BKY/Z.

LJ05BKY SUFFOLK NORSE ED SHEERAN (SUFFOLK SHOWGROUND) 25-8-19
Above: LJ05 BKY at the Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, Ipswich on 25/8/19, on Park and Ride for the Ed Sheeran concert at Chantry Park. (John Podgorski).

SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolution HSK 176 ex LX07 BYK has passed to preservationist.

TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
There is an additional base at the old Micraline premises on Osborne Street, Colchester. Ford Transit YP10 PHV normally parks there. Space means only minibuses and minicabs can use this site.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYDON.
Acquisitions are Ex RATP London Scania Omnicity ‘decker YP59 OEM and ex Stagecoach East Optare Solo M850 AE06 TWN.
Withdrawn are Scania Omnicity saloons YN53 RXJ/M/O/U, RXV/Y/Z.

ULTIMATE, CRAYS HILL.
Withdrawn is Mb Sprinter YN07 EDX.

UNO, HATFIELD.
Fire damaged Mb Ctato benby MBA323 (LK05 FCN) has been sold for spares recovery.

WALDEN TRAVEL, SAFFRON WALDEN.
GDZ571 FREESTONES (NOR RLY STN) 16-8-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7R/Jonckherre Modulo BU53 WTL is now GDZ 571 with Freestones of Beetley in Norfolk. It was at Norwich Rail Station on Greater Anglia standby on 16/8/19. (Simon Austin).

WARD’S, ALRESFORD.
The fleet looks to have been reduced to four. Scania K114/VH EX52 WSV, Scania K114/Irizar YN04 GGZ; Ford Transit 16 seaters AY59 XJE, MV59 YVT. Scania K114/Irizar YR02 ZYY has passed to Dans Coach Travel, Needham Market. Also sold was Ford Transit 16 seater AY54 WOU.

With thanks to: Anglia Gen, S Austin, R Clinnick, Essex Buses Yahoo, HarlowRide, A Hazell, A Law, J Lidstone, LOTS, D Pretty, Rob2700, The Bus Forum.

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Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. July 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the July 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

The first daytime run of a Stadtler Flirt train happened on 19/7/19; along the whole length of the Great Eastern Main Line. They will appear network wide during 2020.
Class 317 EMUs have begun to be stood down. However, a few refurbished examples will be retained. Other EMUs to remain on GA are the Renatus refubished Class 321s and the Class 379s. The latter will appear on all West Anglia Routes, havivng been originally for Stansted Express and selected London to Cambridges.

24 X 7, STANSTED.
Sold are Vauxhall Vivaros EJ14 AVR/Y, EY14 VEM.

A2B TRAVEL, BARBRAHAM.
Two new services from 8/7/19 were 114 (Cambridge Drummer Street-Coldhams Lane-Mill Road-Colebridge Road Addenbrookes M-F) and 117 Chesterton-Drummer Street M-F). These replaced withdrawn Big Green Bus facilities.
Sold are Dart SLF/Pointer SN03 WMP and VW Tranbsporter/Bluebird YX06 CSY.

ACME BUS, MOLEHILL GREEN.
Ex Go North East is Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante FL08 KLS.
Dennis Javelion/Berkhof E4 CME has reverted to P899 FMO. It then passed to Ensign (dealer) who resold it to Hire Your Transport, Kingswood.

AMI, ILFORD.
BN17 JDZ is a Mercedes Tourismo, ex Viva Bonta, Boston.
VW Crafter S14 AVK has reverted to its original BK57 TFZ and been sold to Wilcoach, Athersley.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
Driver trainer DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3524 (LJ51 DDX). was on loan at the end of July.
Odd sightings: 5/7/19: Park and Ride ADL/E200 4072 (SK15 GXS) on 77/A. 10/7/19; StreetLite 4261 (GN64 DXR) on 1. 20/7/19; Dart SLF/Pointer 3418 (SN54 HXE) failed on Head Street (am). 22/7/19: Dart SLF/MPD 1559 (EU56 GVG) on 8; ADL/E200 4011 (GN58 BTO) on 4; Park and Ride ADL/E200 4072 (SK15 GXS) on crew ferry. 26/7/19: Short Dart SLF/Cartano 1562 (RX07 KPG) on 8; Volvo B7RLE 3825 (GN07 AVO) on 1.

GN58BUH 4020 AR CR 77 CROUCH STREET 24-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 4020 arrives at Crouch Street on the M-F afternoon short working from Tufnell Way, on 24/7/19. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Ex Arriva Merseyside are VDL SB120/Wright Cadets 3512/13 (DK55 FXL, FYV).
Mb Sprinters 1010/15 were parked up by late July.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Mb Sprinter 1008 (BF67 WGC) is ex Arriva Midlands.

SN66WHS 6499 AR SD HERITAGE (BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6499 has received Southend Transport heritage livery. Pictured at the Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
New Routemaster LT4 has an overall advert for Bananas.
VDL DB300LF/Wright Pulsar Gemminis DW324/25; ADL/Enviro 200 ENL73 have been transferred to Barking.
ADL/Enviro 200s ENL3, 111 have been transferred to Grays.
VLA110/19 (LJ05 BLX, BKN) have gone to Lister PVS, Bolton for breaking.

ARROW TAXIS, MALDON.
Iveco 50C18 AE57 BYW has come from St Lukes School, Redbourn.

BALFOUR BEATTY.
DR73944 BB (LIVERPOOL ST) 6-7-19
(John Podgorski).

6-7/7/19: Tamper DR73944 at London Liverpool Street.
13-14/7/19: Tamper DR73945 at London Liverpool Street.

BARKERBUS, ROYDON.
Mb Sprinter 413/Excel DK04 LWN is ex Procter, Leeming Bar.

BEESTONS.
The Colchester-Ipswich School contracts ceased at the end of the summer term. Panther Travel and Ipswich Buses will run them from September.
Volvo B12M/VH 77 CJX ex WA03 HPZ has been sold to Crawley Luxury.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
The commercial 68 Southend seafront service began on 27/7/19, for the duration of the summer school holidays.

YX61FZR SEN32 LG 80 (SUTTON) 6-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 SEN32 was originally with First Capital. It came to Blue Triangle when First pulled out of London in September/October 2013. It is now one of several with London General at Sutton, and was seen there on 6/7/19. (John Podgorski).

C2C.
An unusual visitor to the network on 18/7/19 was ‘Mayflower’, on a steam special.
On 25/7/19, due to exceptionally hot weather, service reductions and speed restrictions were enforced.

CHAMBERS.
From Konect is Scania Omnilink 455 (AU61 AVK).
Withdrawn is Volvo B7TL/President 566 (W428 WGH). 562 (V303 LGC) is due for withdrawal. 564/70/72 (W409/87/89 WGH) have transferred to Hedingham.
Scania N230UD/Olympus 877 (PN09 ENO) is VOR due to accident damage.
Some school contracts have ceased. Nayland Primary School and Cornard Upper School. Some runs on the latter passed to Beestons. This means that Chambers coach operation has ceased.
Route 84 (Colchester-Nayland-Sudbury) was reduced from hourly to 2 hourly from 29/7/19.

CL TRAVEL, FLINTS CROSS.
Scania N113/EL 466 YMG has been re-registered X119 ABA.

COLAS.
2/7/19: 70802 on 6L44 on Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement.
7/7/19: 70805/16 at Ripple Lane – work site.
16/7/19: 70802 on 6L44.
23/7/19: 37219 tnt 37116 with NR test train on 1Q18 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Harwich Town.
24/7/19: 37219 tnt 3716 on 1Q18 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Blackhorse Road and Manningtree.
26/7/19: 37219 tnt 37116 on 1Q18 Cambridge-March via Felixstowe.

CT PLUS.
ADL/Enviro 200s DA8, 10, 11, 12 (YX62 DMU, DSZ, DTV/Y) have passed to Go North West.

SN16OHT 2504 CT PLUS 388 TO LST (BISHOPSGATE) 7-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 40H City 2504 at Bishopsgate on 7/7/19, on the shortened 388 service. (See June Busmopolitan). (John Podgorski).

DBS.
2/7/19: Maritime liveried 66005 on London Gateway-Wakefield.
4/7/19: 92015 + 66017 on Dollands Moor-Ripple Lane.
7/7/19: 66017 at Dagenham Dock.
10/7/19: 66104 on Bow-Burngullow.
12/7/19: Blue 66005 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX. Blue 66051 on 4E08 London Gateway-Wakefield and 4L08 return.
19/7/19: Blue 66005 on 4L45.
29/7/19: 59101 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone empties.
31/7/19: 66015 on Burngullow-Bow.

DANS LUXURY TRAVEL, WALTHAM ABBEY.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere R10 ETS has passed to Windcrest Transport, Plymouth.

DRS.
37407 DRS-BR + DVT ON NR-CANTON (BRANTHAM) 19-7-19 (C BAINES)
Above: 37407 with 82112 at Brantham on 19/7/19. (Chris Baines).

5/7/19: Europhoenix 37608 on 0V91 Norwich-Ilford light engine.
15/7/19: 57306 hauling GWR 378133 on 5Q50 West Ealing-Ilford ECS.
16/7/19: 57003 on Norwich-Cardiff light engine; to return with GA DVT.
17/7/19: 37407 on Crewe-Norwich light engine.
19/7/19: 37407 towed GA DVT 82112 on 5Z37 Norwich-Cardiff move. 37608 on 0Z72 Colchester-Norwich light engine. 57003 + GA DVT 82133 on 5Z38 Cardiff-Norwich.
20/7/19; 37407 on 0Z38 Cardiff-Norwich light engine.
27/7/19: 37402 + 57002 on Crewe-Norwich light engine via GEML.
29/7/19: 37402 + 57002 + GA 90013 dit on 0Z90 Norwich-Crewe light engine via GEML.
30/7/19: 37419 on Crewe-Norwich light engine via NLL and GEML.

EASTERN NATIONAL.
B459WHJ 1602 ENOC NAT HOLS (COVENTRY) 26-7-86 (R POPE)
Above: MCW Metroliner 1602 at Coventry on 26/7/1986. These coaches were short lived with ENOC. (Roger Pope).

ESSEX COUNTY COPUNCIL – UGOBUS.
Mb Sprinter 45/Mellor DK14 AGV was on loan at Harlow for route 381 to Toot Hill.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69424/25 (AU58 FFL/M) are now in Ipswich Reds livery with Felixstowe Flyers branding.

FIRST ESSEX.
MX05CBU 66795 FE (PANTHER, WEELEY) 1-7-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Is Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66795 lost ? No it’s been to Panther Travel at Weeley for maintenance. Pictured about to return to Chelmsford on 1/7/19. (Alex Hazell).

SN62ASO 67755 FE (PANTHER, WEELEY) 1-7-19 (S BARHAM)
Above: ADL/Enviro 300 67755 at Panther’s Weeley workshop on 1/7/19. Panther now has a contract to do welding work for First Essex, after it ceased with the First Group company for “health and safety reasons” (!). This has been “rectified” by the end of July, however. (Steve Barham).
In from First Manchester are Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66846/48/60 (MX05 CGV/Z, CHY)- 66846/48 are at Basildon; 66860 at Chelmsford.
More Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbuses withdrawn are 41519/27/43. None are left in revenue use at Chelmsford, with the remainder left at Basildon.
Volvo B10BLE/Wright trainer 60651 (T833 MAK) is on loan from First Manchester.
Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 69512-20 are being repainted out of their old Park and Ride black into standard Interurban livery. 69515 (BJ11 ECN) was the first. ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 67166 is now in Interurban, ex X30 colours.
Trident 33195 has gained the engine from withdrawn 33189.
Accident Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 62409 (YS03 ZKD) was withdrawn, and cannibalised. To Alpha for scrap are Dart SLF/Caetanos 41519/27.
The remaining Barbie2 liveried Scania L94UB/Wright Solars – 65677/79/81/82/84 (SN51 UYL, YR52 VEH/L/P/Y) – continue in use at Colchester. The only other buses left in Barbie2 are Dart SLF/Caetano 41541 and Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66821.
The Colchester High School contract ceased at the end of the summer school term. Stephensons will take it over from September. As a result, BMCs 68510/20/31 are withdrawn.

T833MAK 60651 FE DT (HALSTEAD) 31-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 60651 at Butler Road, Halstead on 31/7/19. (Simon Austin).

BJ11ECN 69515 FE REFRESHED 22 (BN) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Repainted 69515 in Basildon on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

Odd sightings:
2/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 88; Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 70 then 103/4. 4/7/19: B7TL 37017 on 65 all day; Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 17 bus 2 + 65; StreetLite 63341 (SM65 EEZ) on 17 bus 1. 6/7/19; B7TL/Gemini 37017 (WX55 VJE). 7/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61. 8/7/19; B7TL/ALX400 32481 on 103/4; Trident/President 33044 on 103/4. 9/7/19: Trident/President 33184 (LR02 LZD) on 175. 11/7/19; Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 65. 12/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 103/104 later 17 bus 1 + 65 pm peak. 13/7/19: Scania/Solar 62408 (YS03 ZKE) on 1A. 14/7/19: B7TL/Gemini 37015 on 1A (Sunday); Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 75. 15/7/19: B7TL/Gemini 37042 (YJ06 XLH) on 65 all day. 17/7/19: Route 62 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 65 pm peak; StreetLite 63339 (SM65 EEX) on 71. 20/7/19: Trident 33196 (LT52 XAG) on 64. 21/7/19: Route 62 37135 on 88A; Route 62 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 75; Route 62 37139 on 66. 24/7/19: Route 62 37138 on 61; B7RLE 66816 (MX05 CDY) on 62; ADL/E300 67755 (SN62 ASD) on 62. 28/7/19: Route 62 37138 on 61. 30/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 1A.

FIRST STOP, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
The first full size coach here is Volvo B10M/Jonckherre GDZ 481.
Sold is Iveco Euromidi/Indcar W30 BCL orig W654 SJF.

FORDS, ALTHORNE.
Dennis Javelin/Caetano A16 AWF has reverted to M486 HBC, and been withdrawn.

FREIGHTLINER.
66590 FL (CR) 22-7-19
Above: 66590 at Colchester on 22/7/19. (John Podgorski).

Now orange/yellow are 66413/15/19, 66623.
7/7/19: 66432 stabled at Dagenham on Tesco train.
9/7/19; Orange 66419 on 4E64 Felixstowe-Tees Dock. 86628/38 at Ipswich.
10/7/19: 66507 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX usually 2 x ’86s. 86608/27 on 4L91/4M87.
12/7/19: Orange 66419 on 4M63 FLX-Crewe as far as IPS.
19/7/19: Orange 66415 on 4L93 Lawley Street-FLX. Orange 66419 on 4E23 FLX-Leeds.
23/7/19: 66590 on Ipswich-Lindsey empty fuel tanks. 7003 through Upminster on diverted London Gateway-Garston (Liverpool). 70007 on 4L41, rather than usual pair of ’86s.
24/7/19: 66589 on revived London Gateway-Leeds intermodal. 86627/39 on 4L41.
29/7/19: Orange 66413 on 4L40 Doncaster-FLX. Orange 66415 on 4E64 FLX-Tees Dock. 86613/04 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.
30/7/19: Orange 66413 on 4E64 FLX-Tees Dock. 86604/13 on 4L91 Trafford Park-FLX. 86608/28 on 4L41.
31/7/19: 86604/13 on 4L91 Traford Park-FLX. 86607/37 on 4L41 Basford Hall-FLX.

GBRf.
66775 is named ‘HMS Argyll’. The ships number of F231 is shown under the name plates.
2/7/19: Biffa 66783 + 66740 on 4Z27 Masboro-Felixstowe.
3/7/19: 66740 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro, then 0A33 back to Stowmarket. 66783 on 0P40 FLX-Harwich then North Walsham tanks. 66787 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX.

66721 GBRf (LIVERPOOL STREET) 6-7-19
(John Podgorski).

6/7/19: 66721, 66742 and 66750 on the engineering blockade between London Liverpool Street and Stratford on the “fast” lines.

66742 GBRf (BETHNAL GREEN BANK) 6-7-19
(John Podgorski).

66785 GBRf (BETHNAL GREEN BANK) 7-7-19
Above: 66785 at the London end of a ballast train (6T64 from Whitemoor) on Bethnal Green Bank on 7/7/19. 66705 was on the country end. (John Podgorski).

7/7/19: 66721, 66742 (6T61), 66705 tnt 66785 on the Liverpool Street-Stratford engineering blockade. 66716 at Dagenham Dock.
8/7/19: 66702/51 with FL 66544 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66715/68 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich-FLX light loco.
9/7/19: 66721 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66723/47 on 4E00 London Gateway-Masboro.
10/7/19: 66785 on Bow-Wellingborough.
11/7/19: 66713 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
12/7/19: 66775 on 4M02.
13/7/19: 66703, 66713 tnt 66719, 66761, 66778 at Bethnal Green on engineering works.
14/7/19: 66761 on 6T61 Bow-Whitemoor engineers.
15/7/19: 08757 transferred from FLX to Dagenham by road; replaced at FLX by 08939. 66761 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
16/7/19: 66761 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 92036 on Dollands Moor-Ripple Lane.
19/7/19: 66747 on London Gateway-Masboro.
20/7/19: 66744 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Bow Junction engineers. 66765 on 4M23. 66775 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Bow Junction engineers. 66778 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Bow Junction engineers.
22/7/19: 66729/72 on 0L33. 66776 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
23/7/19: 50008 through Shelford @ 1424 en route to Willesden via Cheshunt. Maritime blue 66727 on Rylstone-Chesterton stone.
24/7/19: 66724 at Upminster on diverted 4M46 London Gateway-Hams Hall.
26/7/19: 60021 on 0Z60 Ely-Willesden via West Anglia Main Line. 66768 on 4M23.
27/7/19: 66787 on 0E04 Parkeston-Peterborough light engine.
28/7/19: 66703 on 0L33. 66787 with 66759 dead in tow on 4Z20 Peterborough-Parkeston.
29/7/19: 66754 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66781 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX.
31/7/19: 66730 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66747 on 4M02.

GREATER ANGLIA.
Withdrawal of the Class 317 EMUs has started.

317652 GA (AUDLEY END) 27-7-19
Above: On a rather cooler 27/7/19, 317652 arrives at Audley End, on a Cambridge to London stopping service. (John Podgorski).

The very hot weather of late July caused some service restrictions. On 25/7/19, there were speed and service restrictions.
3/7/19: 755328, 423/24 delivered.
4/7/19: B1 61306 ‘Mayflower’ tnt 33207 on Liverpool St-Norwich special.
5/7/19: 755410 on Norwich-Liverpool Street test on electric power.

379015 GA (STRATFORD) 6-7-19
Above: 379015 + 379025 at Stratford on 6/7/19, leading a Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport service. It will take the Lea Valley route from Stratford. This was due to the engineering blockade described below. ‘379s do appear at Stratford at other times, but usually as ECS to Orient Way sidings at Leyton. (John Podgorski).

Over the weekends of 6-7/7/19, 13-14/7/19, 20-21/7/19 – all services used the south side of London Liverpool Street only. This was due to engineering works.

90009 GA (LST SUB SURFACE LOCAL PLATFORMS) 6-7-19
Above: 90009 unusually in the subsurface local platforms at London Liverpool Street on 6/7/19. It is awaiting departure on the 1955 to Norwich. (John Podgorski).

9/7/19: 317501 towed Ilford-Kilmarnock by ROG 37800.
10/7/19: 317656/64 on 1Y34 Liverpool Street-Ipswich.
19/7/19: 745003 on Norwich-London Liverpool Street daytime test run.
21/7/19: 755417 in Norwich-Ipswich test run.
24/7/19: 745101 delivered.
27/7/19: 745003 on Norwich-Ipswich test run.
29/7/19: 755410 as first in revenue service; on 0747 Lowestoft-Norwich. 755416 on 5Q73 Norwich-Ipswich test run.
30/7/19: 755410 on same run as on 29/7; then on 1036 Norwich-Yarmouth.

GTR.
10/7/19: 365535/31 towed Ilford-Crewe by 37884.

HARLEQUIN TRAVEL, IPSWICH.
The Ipswich School-Coclhester (Tollgate) contract ceased at the end of the summer term. Panther Travel will run it from September.

HEDINGHAM.
T107DBW 737 HO (CN AFTER LAST RUN) 24-7-19
Above: Trident LH737 at Clacton depot after its last run on 24/7/19. This was Hedingham’s final operational Trident. Parked behind is withdrawn Trident 727. (See below). (John Podgorski).

B10PUL ALPHA RECOVERY O-S + T108DBW LH738 HO CN 12-7-19 (LEON PARKER)
Above: Trident LH738 (T108 DBW) being collected for scrap from Clacton depot on 12/6/19, by Alpha Recovery Volvo FM 6X2 ‘wrecker B10 PUL – see below. (Leon Parker).

PL51LDJ 500 (REAR) HO OT (CN WORKSHOP) 24-7-19
Above: Open top Volvo B7TL/President 500 at Clacton workshop on 24/7/19. (John Podgorski).

School contract changes saw the end of operation of Manningtree School, Samuel Ward School, Haverhill at the end of the summer term. They have passed to 24/7, Stansted both from September. They will be subcontracted out.
From 1/7/19, there were changes to the Plume School, Maldon closed contracts. PL1 (Tollesbury, Tolleshunt Darcy, Goldhanger, Heybridge Basin) was replaced by existing and parallel registered service 95A (Tollesbury-Maldon). PL3 (Tolleshunt Darcy, Tolleshunt Major, The Tothams) was revised to take all students from Tolleshunt Darcy. 24 students at Great Totham were transferred from PL3 onto PL2 (Tiptree, Gt Totham, Wickham Bishops). PL2 additionally additionally called at The Bentalls Centre, Heybridge.
There were also revisions to bus routes around Clacton at the end of July. This included introduction of an open topper on service 134 – see below. The biggest changes were to service 137, which was rerouted via St Johns Road and Old Road, instead of London Road, thus service Great Clacton, and changing its town centre stop from Jackson Road to Pier Avenue.
A third ex Konect Dart SLF/Mini Pointer is 288 (HW54 BUF). Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 564 (W409 WGH), 570 (W487 WGH), 572 (W489 WGH) are now part of the Hedingham fleet – ex Chambers. Open top B7TL/President 500 (PL51 LDJ) is ex East Yorkshire. It entered public service on Clacton route 134 on 25/7/19. B7TL/Presidents 561 (V301 LGC), 578 (W519 WGH) are now withdrawn. 578 was last used on 18/7/19 on Clacton schools.
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/ELs 725/27 (W825/27 NNJ), Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 737 (T107 DBW). Ford Transit BU14 YNT has returned to Robertsons – off loan, following the end of the Manningtree school contract. Coach and Trident operation has now ended. 737 was actually the last to hold a valid MOT – to 8/9/19. 725’s MOT was to expire on 3/8/19, while 727’s ran out on 15/7/19. In practice, 725 and 737 were not used after the schools broke up for the summer. 738 (T108 DBW) was collected from Clacton for scrap, by Alpha Recovery of Cramlington on 12/7/19. Tridents 701, 727 passed to Ensign. The Tridents were amongst the first buses acquired after Go-Ahead took over in 2012. They have been replaced by cascaded ex Chambers Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents. The coaches were replaced by upseated ex Konect former Anglian Scania Omnilinks.

TICKETEERS HO CN 18-7-19 (A LAW)
Above: Ticketeers for staff training at Clacton depot on 18/7/19. (Alex Law).

Buses have received wiring for the forthcoming contactless Ticketeer ticket machines. New CCTV is being installed across the fleet.
The staff room in Colchester town centre closed after 31/7/19.

Dart SLF/Pointer 259 (EU59 FLP) returned to HD from KN on 3/7/19. It was back at KN on 9/7/19. Withdrawn Dart SLF/MPD 289 (EJ02 KYY) is being cannibalised at HD. Volvo B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) made its first appearance at Kelvedon on 12/7/19 and returned to Clacton on 18/7/19. 575 is back in use ex accident repairs.
Omnidekka movements: 1/7/19: 815 – Chambers-KN. 5/7/19: 811 – KN-Chambers; 813 – Chambers-KN. 10/7/19: 805 – KN-Chambers; 809 – Chambers-KN. 12/7/19: 815 – KN-CN.
17/7/19: 812 – Chambers-KN; 814 – KN-Chambers.

Odd sightings:
1/7/19: B7TL/President 574 on 19 + 63. 2/7/19: Short ADL/E200 293 on 15 pm. 5/7/19; B7TL/President 584 on 63. 6/7/19: B7TL/President 571 on X76. 8/7/19: Dart SLF/MPD 287 on 15 am. 9/7/19: B7TL 571 on 19 + 63. 16/7/19; B7TL/President 565 on 19 + 63. 17/7/19: B7TL/Gemini 510 (LB02 YWX) on 88 – usually on schools. 17-18/7/19: B7TL/President 575 on 19 + 63. 18/7/19: Dart SLF/MPD 287 on 15 am. 23/7/19: Trident 737 on last revenue runs – HN1 am, ST3 pm. 24/7/19: 568 on X76 + 63; 737 ferried KN-CN by Busmopolitan editor.

Ancillary vehicles:
Ex Go-Ahead London General (Sutton) Ford Transit 100T280 van EJ13 UHR, has replaced mechanically challenged 9002 (EK56 MGE) at Sible Hedingham. Sister ex London General at Stockwell EA63 VUE, has been allocated to Clacton.

IPSWICH BUSES.
Dart SLF/EL 87 (PJ53 OLH) has passed to the Ipswich Bus Preservation Group.
On 26/7/19, Scania N230UD/Olympus 69 (YJ60 KGY) was destroyed by fire on the A12 southbound at Sandon, near Chelmsford. It was on a private charter to Southend. All aboard were safely evacuated.

YJ60KGY 69 IB 93 9CR0 6-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 69 in Colchester on 6/7/19. 93/94 are on diversion, due to ongoing roadworks  at Ipswich Road/Cowdray Avenue/St Andrews Avenue in Colchester.
(Simon Austin).

Odd sightings:
6/7/19: Scania N230UD/Olympus 69 (YJ60 KGY) on 93. 8/7/19: Dart SLF/EL 84 (PJ53 OLC) on 93. 12/7/19: Dart SLF/Super Pointer 135 (SN53 AVK) on 93. 17/7/19: 84 on 93. 24/7/19: 84 on 93.

Dart SLF/EL 87 (PJ53 OLH) has gone for preservation.

Subsequent history:
Scania Omnicity saloon 56 (YN56 NVD), now with Rumwood Green Farm, Maidstone – has been re-registered W20 RGF.

JET2.COM.
The 25 year old woman passenger, whose disruptive behaviour caused a Turkey bound flight to have to return to Stansted in June 2019, has been fined £85000 by the airline for lost revenue. She has also been criminally charged with assault and endangering an aircraft.

KEANE, STANFORD.
YJ52HEA KEANES (BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini YJ52 HEA at the Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. Ex Reliance of Sutton in the Forest, N Yorks, but originally a demonstrator registered IKZ 8515. (Simon Austin).

KINGS TOURS, STANWAY.
Borrowed ex Goodwins VH TX tri-axle MJ13 VMC, was returned to its dealer – off loan, in early July. VH TX KC12 ABC finally wentr to Evobus at the end of July, having been actually sold to them in May, but remaining on hire to Kings.

KIRBY’S, RAYLEIGH.
Setra S315 K16 BYS has reverted to T311 RWC.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
Scania K410EB6/Irizar YT15 AUO is now GB15 KCL.
Setra S315 BX05 UVN has passed to A2B Taxis, Trispen, Cornwall.
Mb Sprinter K16 KCL has been re-registered back to its original mark – JHZ 333 (?) and been sold.

LITTLE LEGS BUSES, THURROCK.
PF52WPZ LITTLELEGS BUSES PLAYBUS 9BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President soft playbus PF52 WPZ, at Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
G297UYK EX LODGE (FUN BUS, CAYTON BAY, SCARBOROUGH 2018) (MATT HILL)
Above: Sold Leyland Olympian G297 UYK at Cayton Bay, near Scarborough in 2018. (Matt Hill).

LOGANAIR.
A new Carlisle-Southend service began on 4/7/19.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Wright StreetLites WS131-144 have been allocated here.

M and J MINIBUS HIRE, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Iveco 45C YJ16 XLF is ex Graham, Appleby, Cumbria.

MAYMIST, BARKING.
A Volvo B7R/Plaxton coach was destroyed by fire on the A127 near Rayleigh on 1/7/19.

METROLINE.
Some of the borrowed Arriva ENS Class Enviro 200s on TfL393 (Clapton-Islington), have moved from Holloway to Potters Bar in exchange for native DEMs. The intended DELs – deemed too long, remain in store at West Perivale.

LK58KHR TE949 METROLINE 34 (PB DEPOT) 20-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 40D TE949 at Potter Bar garage on 20/7/19, starting a duty on TfL route 34 (Barnet-Walthamstow Central). (John Podgorski).

MTR TfL RAIL.
Over the weekends of 6-7/7/19, 13-14/7/19 – due to engineering works on the “fast” lines between Stratford and Liverpool Street, all TfL Rail services terminated/started at Stratford on the Saturday and some on the Sunday.
Class 315s tend not to operate on Sundays now.
Gidea Park now has more ‘345s than ‘315s allocated.
345026/45/46/48 reported stored at Maidenhead before move to Old Oak Common.
Class 345 locations at 16/7/19: 345001 – Old Dalby (OD); 345002 – Derby (DY); 345003 Old Oak (OC); 345005-11 – Ilford (IL); 345012/13 – OC; 345014-17 – IL; 345018 (OD); 345019-21 – OC; 345022 – IL; 345023 – Worksop (WP); 345024-55 – OC; 345056-58 – WP; 345059/60 – OC; 345061 – WP; 345062-64 – OD; 345065/66 – DY.
17/7/19: 345004 – DY-OD.
30/7/19: 345065 to OD.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
BF68LDE SH247 NX A8 TO KX (BISHOPSGATE) 6-7-19
Above: Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante III SH237 (BF68 LDE) at Bishopsgate, on the first day of the new A8 extension. (John Podgorski).

From 6/7/19, route A8 from Stansted Airport was extended from/to London Liverpool Street to Kings Cross via Farringdon.
From the same date, new route A6N (London Victoria-Stansted) started. This operates as one journey towards Stansted, and follows the daytime A6 line of route from Marble Arch.

BK14LFR SH177 NX A7 (WATERLOO) 7-7-19
Above: Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante SH177 (BK14 LFR) at London Waterloo on 7/7/19, on a westbound A7 service. (John Podgorski).

NIBS, WICKFORD.
ADL/Enviro 200 415 CSK 282 has reverted to LK07 BEJ.
Scania N230UD/Olympus 516 (PN09 EKT) has entered service.

YX10FEV 444 NIBS 81 (BRENTWOOD) 20-7-19
Above: Ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 444 at Brentwood Rail Station on ex Ensignbus route 81, on 20/7/19. (John Podgorski).

PN09EKT 516 NIBS (BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Recently acquired ex Go-Ahead London Scania N230UD/Olympus 516 at the Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

OLD MAGDALEN STREET BUS DEPOT, COLCHESTER.
Construction of the new student flats, had commenced at the east end of the site during July. The old power station frontage on Military Road, has had a breezeblock boxroom structure erected behind it.

OLST.
T219XBV OLST (PICCADILLY) 17-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: DAF DB250LF/Plaxton President DLP219/T219 XBV at Piccadilly Circus on 17/7/19. Working from Rainham depot. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
AB61PAN PANTHER BRANDED (WEELEY) 3-7-19 (JOSH STEWARD)
Above: AB61 PAN at Weeley on 3/7/19. (Josh Steward).

Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 AB61 PAN now has Panther Travel fleet names on its white livery.
Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon WV02 EUP has been retrimmed and upseated to 56. It retains its wheelchair lift.
The registered bus route serving Manningtree School ceased at the end of the summer term.
Ancillary vehicles:
Vauxhall Zafira LD02 NCC went for scrap following mechanical failure.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
Neoplan Tourliner MJ11 DHM ex R500 ACL is ex Angela of Lowford, Hants.

SIMONDS, DISS.
Service 191 (Diss-Bury St Edmunds) was de-registered after 31/7/19. It was indirect, running via Roydon, South Lopham, Garboldisham and Thetford, and mainly carried students for West Suffolk College in Bury. It was replaced by parts of Simonds 304, 337/8 and Coach Services 84.

ST EDMUNDS TRAVEL, THURSTON.
From Eavesway, Ashton in Makerfield is VH TD921 YJ11 GKE.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
From 1/7/19, for 8 weeks, Mill Road railway bridge in Cambridge was closed for works; affecting route Citi2. To cover this, two shuttles were introduced; 2A (Emanuel Street-Mill Road north); 2B (Mill Road south-Sainbury’s at Coldhams Lane). 2 of the former East Kent ‘Little and Often’ Mb Sprinters are being used, with a third as spare. The main Citi2 is diverted via Newmarket Road, Coldhams Lane Sainsbury’s, Brookes Road.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
LX56EAJ 19133 MEGA SIGHTSEEING (SOUTH BANK) 7-7-19
Above: Mega Sightseeing ex Selkent ADL/Enviro 400 19133 at The South Bank on 7/7/19. (John Podgorski).

S812BWC 17012 ST NL & CUMB 599 (WINDERMERE) 10-7-19 (M FLYNN)
Above: 17012, one of the original Tridents for Stagecoach East London, is these days with Stagecoach North Lancashire & Cumbria, and part open top. On 12/7/19, it was pictured departing from Windermere. (Malcolm Flynn).

New are ADL/Enviro 20Ds 37540/41 (YW19 VUC/D).
Overall adverts:
ADL/Enviro 400 12318 (SN14 TYV) – Oyster off peak card; New Routemasters LT253, 367 – Bananas.
To red ex coverall adverts: ADL/Enviro 400 12320 (SK14 CSY); New Rouytemasters LT250, 365/81/88.

STANSTED PRIVATE HIRE.
Iveco 45C/Elite CT57 BUS is now with Richards of Cardigan, Wales.

STEPHENSONS.
Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon 200 (X400 MTT) has returned from Galloway, Mendlsham.
Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 509 (YN07 LHP) has the new style fleet names.

EU03CFX 413 STEPHENSONS 352 (HALSTEAD) 29-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 413 on Market Hill, Halstead on 29/7/19. It is on the evenings only Essex CC 352 service, previously contracted to Hedingham. The 352 is operated (all day) by First on Sundays and public holidays. To the right is the site of the old Eastern National bus depot – (closed and demolished in March/April 1984). (Simon Austin).

SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
Setra S416 EU06 JBV has passed to Jumbo of Newport (Wales). Also sold is Ford Transit 16 seater HK15 XHD.
Ex EOS Scania Omnicity saloon YR10 AZY has passed to Ensign.Volvo B12BT/Plaxton Panther CN07 BAA is now with Briggs, Crymlyn Burrows, Wales.

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Setra S315 T243 LBJ has been reinstated.

TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
Mb 0814D/Robin Hood L111 ANT ex X677 MCE has gone to Whiting, Elmstead Market for scrap.

TRUSTYBUS, ROYSDN.
Ex RATP London United are Scania Omnicity ‘deckers YP59 OEN/O/S/T/U/V/W/X.
Also now acquired are ex Stagecoach Cambus Optare Solos AE06 TWN, YJ07 EGE.
Scania omnicity saloons YN53 RXF/O/R have gone for scrap.

UNO, HATFIELD.
Dart SLF/Pointer DP124 (SN51 TCX) has gone for preservation.

WARD’S OF ALRESFORD.
G296UYK EX WARDS OF ALRESFORD 9HULL) 6-7-19 (CARL IRELAND)
Above: G296 UYK at Hull on 6/7/19. (Carl Ireland).

All Leyland Olympian G296 UYK has gone for preservation in Yorkshire. It will be restored to EYMS livery, as it used to work there.
Also sold is Bova Futura WA53 FDJ ex MIL 5830.

YOUNG, HADDENHAM.
Volvo Olympian/NC R374 LGH is now with Saffords of Little Gransden.
From Westway, Raynes Park is Volvo B10M/Van Hool K456 VVR.
Withdrawn is Volvo/Jonckherre V141 KFL.

With thanks to: M Allen, Angliagen, S Austin, C Baines, W Bell, Cambus, M Flynn, HarlowRide, A Hazell, Hedingham, M Hill, C Ireland, A Law, J Lomas, S Milton, L Parker, R Pope, J Steward, G Stewart.

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