Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.
Welcome to the June 2015 edition of Busmopolitan.
Abellio has teamed up with Stagecoach to bid for the new long term Greater Anglia railway franchise. The other preferred bidders are First and National Express. The result will be known in spring 2016, with the franchise beginning the following October, and lasting between 8 and 11 years. Part of this would involve investing in new rolling stock for the Norwich to London services.
It is with deep regret that a serious accident involving a coach on a continental school trip from Essex has come to light.
On the morning of 28/6/15 – (10 00 local time), a vehicle carrying a party from The Brentwood School en route to Cologne, Germany collided with a motorway bridge on the E40 at Middelkerke in Belgium; killing the co-driver and injuring many of the 41 other occupants, some seriously. The coach involved was VAZ 8888, a modern Volvo B12B/Van Hool T operated by Richmonds of Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
The question many will ask here is, “why was a coach all the way from Ulster picking up in Essex, for such a long journey ?”
With computerised scheduling systems, coach tour drivers can be efficiently rostered to take over coaches in “remote” locations, with no contravention of EU drivers hours. For example, the 2 drivers on the coach involved in the accident, would have likely flown from Belfast, to relieve the coach in London and would have had sufficient rest (in a hotel) before commencement of the journey. Keeping tour coaches out on the road and away for base for extended periods, especially in the “high season” equates to operational efficiency, but does not compromise safety – if the rules are followed. The stricken coach will be thoroughly examined by the authorities, with the tachograph being particularly scrutinised. Our thoughts go out to all involved in this dreadful incident.
On a much more positive note, Stagecoach gained further TfL routes in Romford from the end of June, with a large number of resultant vehicle movements.
There has also been much action around Harlow, with Arriva branding appearing on the Network Harlow fleet, rolling stock upgrades for EOS London and the arrival at Trustybus of a Dart SLF in a distinctive livery with an eyecatching nickname to match, plus route changes in the Roadrunner/Townlink stable.
Then, there is the registration of two competing services by Arriva and Trustybus respectively, over mileage where Arriva’s predecessor County Bus (then trading as Townlink – no connection with the current incarnation), vied with the Buzz Cooperative a quarter of a century ago. This Essex new town always seems to generate much public transport interest.
ABELLIO GREATER ANGLIA.
As mentioned in the editorial, Abellio has gone into partnership with Stagecoach, to bid for the new 8 to 11 year rail franchise from October 2016.
The Class 317 EMU fleet is undergoing an internal Refresh. The work is being carried out at Clacton (CC) depot. The first to be treated were 317658/72.
DRS blue 90034 entered revenue traffic in early June.
Formation changes of the ‘NC’ Inter City sets, have seen 90011 and 12049 join NC01, while 90003 joined NC64. All of the NC sets currently are mixed livery; (Abellio, ONE or Virgin).
90009 is now in the new Abellio livery, ex ONE based Union Jack with silver roof scheme. DVT 82132 is also now in the new colours, along with MkIII carriages 10247, 10405, 11078, 12037, 12114 and EMUs 317710/32.
ADVANCE MINIBUSES, SOUTHEND.
Mercedes Sprinter 516DCi/Stanford WP11 BCK is ex Buzzlines of Hythe, Kent.
Leyland Olympian/NC E891 AKN is withdrawn and sold.
Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas FD03 YON, and Volvo B10M/Berkhof Axial R917 ULA have been sold. FD03 YON is now with Lainton of Manchester.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (GRAYS).
From 27/6/15, TfL499 (Gallows Corner-Romford Circular) was lost to Stagecoach East London on retender.
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 no 4007 on the 499 at Harold Hill in May 2009.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
From 8/6/15, a single fare of £2 was introduced on the Colchester Park and Ride. Previously, travel had been free of charge.
An intermediate stop at Middleborough has also been introduced.
Dart SLF/Caetano 3411 (HX51 LRO), is the second to received a darker blue skirt.
Returned to Network Harlow, off loan is Trident/EL 5445 (T406 SMV).
Borrowed SLF/Pointer 3322 (T322 NMJ) has returned to Southend, via a brief loan to Harlow.
Withdrawn is Volvo B10BLE/Alexander ALX300 3829 (W903 UJM). It went to Southend for disposal, and was quickly resold to G8 Spares and Exports of Hullbridge, for scrap.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK HARLOW).
Transfers from Arriva Midlands are Dennis Dart SLF/Mini Pointers 2217 (T47 WUT) and 2132 (V425 DGT).
Received from Arriva Medway Towns is ADL/Enviro 200 4058 (GN09 AXM).
Loaned from Southend is Optare Versa 4203 (YJ61 CHY).
Optare Solo 1474 (YJ56 ATZ) is now in Arriva livery, ex Network Harlow blue.
Dart SLF/Plaxton Super Pointers 1554/5 (V230/1 HBH) have passed to G8 Spares and Exports of Hullbridge for scrap. When new, they were branded for route 10, serving the then growing Church Langley residential area, and sponsored by the developers.
A new commercial service, numbered 1, has been registered between Harlow Bus Station and Sumners/Katherines. Trustybus has registered a competing route, T1.
ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Ex Arriva London South DAF DB250L/ALX400s DLA374/6/81/7/8 (LJ03 MSY, MTF/Z, MYY/Z) were briefly used at Barking (DX) before sale to Lister, Bolton (dealer).
Further ADL/Enviro 400s to Arriva London South at Thornton Heath from DX are T12, 17, 21/5/6 (LJ08 CVG, 217 CLT, LJ08 CUU/Y, CVA).
Withdrawn ex London South DB250L/ALX400 DLA256 (X508 GGO) is stored at DX.
Ayatts Bravo Y386 NVV, has been re-registered M155 BWR.
From 27/6/15, TfL498 (Romford-Brentwood) passed to Stagecoach East London on retender.
SLF/Pointer LDP186 (Y986 TGH) is now in a cream/blue/gold Commercial livery.
ADL/Enviro 200 SE42 (LX10 AUW) has lost its Docklands Buses fleet names.
Transfers out are of SLF/Pointer LDP208 (SN51 UAX); Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini WVL95 (LF52 ZNH) to Docklands and ADL/Enviro 400 EN27 (LK08 FKX), back to London General North at Northumberland Park (NP).
Withdrawn are ex London General, former East Thames Buses DAF SB120/Wright Cadets DW11/12 (LF52 TKN/A).
CARL WOODS, LEIGH ON SEA.
DAF SB/Caetano K669 RNR ex C17 WDS has passed to Red Rose of Blackburn.
Ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekka 1500 (YN53 RYP) entered traffic in early June. Sister 1510 (YN55 PZP) arrived later in the month.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 578/80 (W519/27 WGH) have transferred to Hedingham. 570 (W487 WGH) is debranded – (pictured below).
Ford Transit 48 (EX07 UGH) and 53 (EU07 VUT), have been renumbered to 103 and 42 respectively.
COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE.
AEC PRV Routemaster RML2296 (CUV 296C) has been repainted gold, ex red. It has since been adorned with posters for Firstsite the Visual Arts Facility (VAF) – below.
Two Dotto land trains are in use.
Q753 GPD is blue/red and named ‘Thomas’ (pictured above). The other is mint green/cream and unregistered. Both consist of an engine and 3 Treni trailers.
They operate the ‘Lost Madagasca Trail’ service around the zoological gardens on a network of dedicated roadways.
COUNTY COACHES, BRENTWOOD.
Volvo B10M/Caetano Algarve 2328 RU is now with ATS Minibuses of Romford. ATS appears to have taken on work from the defunct Clintona of Brentwood.
Scania Omnicity double decker SD1, is delicenced due to accident damage. It has gone to ADL at Harlow for repairs.
Set 64 is in a rainbow livery for Pride.
New for TfL135 (Crossharbour-Old Street) are Volvo B5LH/Enviro 400s EHV1-16 (BK15 AZR/T, BJ15 TWL, BL15 HBK, BJ15 TWP, BL15 HBJ/O/P/U/X/Y/Z, HCA/C/D, HBN). They have replaced the borrowed ex London Central ADL/Enviro 400s E208-223, which have moved to London General, some initially for Wimbledon Tennis shuttles.
The first B5LH to enter traffic was EHV5.
DONS OF DUNMOW.
Bova Futura DD05 DON has passed to Turners of Essex, Wickham St Paul.
The Class 47 diesel locomotives ceased to be use on passenger operations with Abellio Greater Anglia after 15/6/15. They still appear on other duties.
Their replacements are Class 37s, which are push pull equipped.
47841 is now withdrawn.
Buses named after fallen local soldiers from The Great War are:
B9TL/Olympus 115 – Lance Corporal Sidney Biles.
B9TL/Olympus 118 – Sapper Joseph Randall.
B9TL/Olympus 119 – Rifleman Basil Johnson.
B9TL/Olympus 120 – Rifleman Thomas Rowland.
B9TL/Olympus 123 – Private John Suckling.
B9TL/Olympus 124 – Private Edward McKay.
B9TL/Olympus 126 – Private John Goldspring.
B9TL/Gemini2 130 – Private Archibald Snaich.
ADL/Enviro 200 701 – Private Reuben Beaumont.
ADL/Enviro 200 702 – Private George Newton.
ADL/Enviro 200 703 – Sapper Bertie Gathercole.
ADL/Enviro 200 704 – Acting Bombardier Arthur Hills.
ADL/Enviro 200 705 – Private William Watkins.
ADL/Enviro 200 706 – Bombardier Harry Watkins.
ADL/Enviro 200 707 – Gunner Frederick Rogers.
ADL/Enviro 200 708 – Lance Corporal John Newbold.
ADL/Enviro 200 709 – Sergeant George Clarke.
ADL/Enviro 200 710 – Private Arthur Reed.
ADL/Enviro 200 711 – Second Lieutenant William Scott.
ADL/Enviro 200 712 – Private Edgar Truelove.
ADL/Enviro 200 713 – Private Charles Riches.
Another ADL/Enviro 200 to join the fleet is 714 (YN62 AOH). It is ex Littles of Ilkeston.
Volvo B12B/Caetano 604 (FN04 USE) has been re-registered to 864 DYE.
Withdrawn is Dart SLF/Caetano 783 (MA02 BLU).
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 109 (T87 KLD) has been offered for sale.
Trident/ALX400s sold are:
105 (V105 MEV), 143 (X343 NNO) – to Buses Etc of Mertsham.
192 (T192 CLO) – to Havering Transport.
194 (T194 CLO) – to Bear Buses of Feltham.
From 29/6/15, new commercial service 12 (Aveley-Lakeside) began. Aimed at commuters, it serves the new ‘The Village’ development at Aveley and then runs via Belhus, Ockendon rail station and South Road towards Lakeside. There are 8 journeys in total; 4 each am and pm peaks, M-F with the “tidal flow”. Initially, the Aveley terminus will be on the by-pass, until roads on the new estate are accessible to traffic. This coincides with the issue of Timetable booklet no 25 from 29th June.
AEC PRV front entrance Routemaster FPT 590C, has been sold for continued preservation.
All white Optare Solo M880 YJ08 PJX is now here.
Via Ensign is ex Lothian Dart SLF/Super Pointer SK52 OKE.
The Optare Excels are all withdrawn.
Above: On 30/5/15, SLF SK52 OKE awaits collection from Ensign by EOS London. Alongside is one time Trustybus of Harlow SLF TNZ 1186, which had latterly been with Western Greyhound.
Wright Streetlites 47657/8 (SN15 AEX/Y) was first noted in service from Colchester (CR) in early June. They have appeared on various local routes; particularly 63 (Roman Way-Tufnell Way). 47657 is pictured (above) at Crouch Street on June 11th.
Now in Refreshed livery are SLF/Pointer 42934 (SN05 DZP); Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66811/2/5 (MX05 CDK/N/V).
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 32810 (T810 LLC) has moved from Basildon (BN) to Braintree (BE).
Dennis Dart SLF/Pointer 43480 (R680 DPW) had moved from CR to CF by mid June.
Withdrawn are Dart SLF/Mini Pointers 43357/9 (V357/9 DVG) – already delicensed; Dart SLF/Pointers 43714/7/9 (R714/7/9 DJN) – last of their batch; Scania L94UB/Wrights 65556 (R556 CNG), 65653 (T653 SSF).
Long term VOR are Scania L94UB/Wrights 62406 (YS03 ZKA), 65683 (YR52 VEU); Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66804 (MX05 CCO), 69432 (AU58 FFV).
SLF/Mini Pointer 43359 (V359 DVG); SLF/Pointers 43448 (P448 NEX), 43717/9 (R717/9 DJN) and accident damaged Scania L94/Wright Access Ultraflow 65652 (T652 SSF) have gone to Alpha for scrap.
Volvo Olympian/NC 34305 (L305 PWR) continues in use at Chelmsford (CF). It is the last of the batch of Olympians acquired from First Calderline in 1998, and has now spend considerably more time in Essex than its original Yorkshire home !
FORDS OF ALTHORNE.
Now has ex Nottingham City Transport Scania Omnidekka YN53 CFA. It came via Stephensons of Essex (as dealer).
66544 continued on loan to Intermodal from Heavy Haul during June.
Seen (above) at Stratford on 3/6/15, on a Felixstowe to Lawley Street, Birmingham service.
(Picture by Roger Goodrum, courtesy Railway Herald Images).
66711 has been named ‘Sence’.
66721 is in a commemorative ‘London Underground’ livery, featuring map diagrams on one side, and graphics of London Transport icons on the other. It is named ‘Harry Beck’, after the designer of the “classic” London Underground diagrammatic map.
Above: 66721 at Ipswich on 10/6/15.
1516 (YN55 PSX), is another ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekka.
Received from Chambers are Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 576/8 (W517/9 WGH). They are allocated to Clacton (CN).
Volvo Olympian/NC 91 (N540 LHG) has moved from Clacton (CN) to Tollesbury (TY).
Volvo Olympian/NC 66 (P602 CAY) is withdrawn following turbo failure, and is stored at TY.
There has been a cull of the ex Dublin Alexander RH bodied Volvo Olympians; with 81/2/3/4/5 (M144/6, 273/6/82 UKN) all withdrawn.
83 is stored at Kelvedon (KN) – pictured below.
Also withdrawn are EL bodied Dennis Tridents 728 (W828 NNJ), 730 (W83 NNJ) – which had both been long term VOR at CN.
From 1/6/15, there were enhancements to service 2 (Clacton-Mistley). It now additionally serves Great Clacton Morrisons and has extended operating hours.
Dennis Dart SLF/EL Spryte 94 (X94 LBJ), lost its ‘Dauntless’ name, upon repaint in the new livery.
KEANE TRAVEL, LINFORD.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RL BIG 8751, has passed to Coastal Liner of Wolverhampton.
KIRBYS OF RAYLEIGH.
Founder Edward Kirby has passed away, at the age of 85. He started the business in 1953; after completing National Service. Kirby’s is well known for its Setras, and was the first UK operator of the marque, back in 1971 – with S130 OTW 116K, which is still owned by the company.
Above: Kirbys Setra S250 K100 BYS, at South Mymms Services in July 2005.
L and R TRAVEL, BASILDON.
RJ15 KSZ is a new Mercedes 516CDi minicoach.
LONDON UNDERGROUND LIMITED.
New S7 Stock for the District/Circle/Hammersmith and City Lines are 21461/2, 21463/4, 21465/6, 21469/70, 21471/2.
The latest D78 Stock withdrawals are of
7023 + 17023 + 8023; 7049 + 17049 + 8049; 7055 + 17055 + 8055; 7059 + 17059 + 8059; 7066 + 17066 + 8066; 7078 + 17078 + 8078; 7090 + 17090 + 8090; 7-96 + 17096 + 8096; 7120 + 17120 + 8120; 7522 + 17522 + 7523.
The 7xxx and 7xxxx vehicles have passed to Vivarail for D Train conversion, while the 8xxxs have gone to Booth Roe of Rotherham for scrap.
Meanwhile, 7010 + 17010 + 8010 and 7123 + 17123 + 8123 have a new lease of life with LUL; as Rail Adhesion Train (RAT) vehicles.
LOROL (LONDON OVERGROUND).
Freshly repainted EMU 317817 ‘Transport for London’, was used to launch the new London Overground services, in a ceremony at Enfield Town on 1st June. London Mayor Boris Johnson officiated.
The Romford to Upminster branch now regularly uses a Class 317 EMU.
Ex Abellio 315801/2/4/15/7 are the first of their class to appear in LOROL livery. All the ‘315s have received LOROL branding. The relevant stations also now sport LOROL logos and signage.
Further new Class 378 trailers are 38421/2/4/5.
Electrostar EMUs 378218/9 are now 5 car, ex 4.
Above: 378221 at Stratford in August 2011.
New commercial limited stop service 714 (New Barnet-St Albans-Luton) started on 20th June.
Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas YN05 ATO, has passed to PPH of St Albans.
MTR CROSSRAIL/TfL RAIL.
All of the ex Abellio Class 315s have received TfL Rail branding, along with the stations – as illustrated above and below.
315861 is now in TfL Rail livery, ex ONE. This was the last of its class in the old livery, and was pictured (below) at Brentwood on 16/5/15, when still running for Abellio.
315857 has lost its ‘Stratford Connections’ name plates.
The old Cedric’s site at Ardleigh has been cleared, with Volvo B10M/Jonckherre K908 RGE being sold.
The location is now used as a truck depot and workshop by Wasteaway, who operate an adjacent waste transfer station.
OLYMPIAN COACHES/ROADRUNNER, HARLOW.
Withdrawn are Volvo B10M/Plaxton Excalibur V283 SBW, Scania K114/Irizar T50 APT, Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers S307/126 JUA, Dart SLF/ALX200s LX51 FGO, FHG.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Panther W3 TRU has been sold to Cavendish of Cardiff.
Dennis Javelin/UVG BIG 8796 is on hire to Turners of Essex.
Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200 Y253 FJN is on loan from Trustybus.
Ex Western Greyhound SLF/Mini Pointers NA52 AWF/M have been acquired through Ensign.
RICHMOND OF BARLEY.
New is Van Hool TDX27 integral coach 403 NMM.
Van Hool T917 integral coach YJ11 AOO is ex Limberg Tours of Sheffield.
Van Hool TX BO13 BYM is now YJ13 GVT.
RICHMONDS COACHES, LISBURN.
Volvo B12B/VH VAZ 8888 was the coach involved in the serious accident in Belgium, on a trip from The Brentwood School on 28/6/15, (see Editorial). It is a complete write off.
Commercial service 255 (Debden-Waltham Cross) suddenly ceased after 8/6/15. Two days later it restarted, but under Townlink.
Also between 8th and 10th June, services R1, R31, 511/2 were temporarily reallocated to Townlink.
SLF/Pointer S316 JUA has been transferred from Townlink.
SEE LONDON BY NIGHT, BARKING.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH open topper J345 BSH, has passed to Ensign.
ADL/Enviro 400 19589 (AE10 BXA) has returned to service following accident repairs.
The former Cowley Road Park and Ride site, latterly used as part of Cambridge Stagecoach depot, has been offered To Let by Bidwells.
STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
The following new TfL contracts were gained from 27/6/15; 498 (Romford-Brentwood) – from Blue Triangle, and 499 (Gallows Corner-Romford Circular) – from Arriva Kent Thameside. Both are worked from Romford North Street (NS) garage. As a result, from the same date – the entire allocation of TfL103 (Chase Cross-Rainham Interchange) was concentrated at Rainham (RM) depot, with NS ceasing to have any involvement.
Initially, ex West Ham (WH) Tridents 17789/98 (LX03 BWC/M), 17834/46/52/3/5 (LX03 BYJ/Z, BZF/G, NEU), 17922 (LX03 OSW), 18204/5/10 (LX04 FWP/R/W) are being used on the 498, and also temporarily on TfL296 (Ilford-Romford). The latter is to release ADL/E200s onto 499. These arrangements are in advance on new buses arriving for 498 and 499. The Tridents from WH will appear on other NS routes too.
New Routemasters LT241/71 (LTZ 1241/71) are now in overall adverts for BPay.
Received from Selkent are more Scania Omnicity double deckers; 15036-41/3-8 (LX58 CGY/Z, CHC/D, LX09 AAO/U/Y, AZZ, ABF/G/N/O) which have released the Tridents to NS as detailed above. A solitary Trident to migrate from Selkent is 17837 (LX03 BYN).
Above: Omnicity no 15045 working for Selkent, at Greenwich in May 2009. These have been replaced on TfL177 by new Volvo B5LH/Enviro 400 MMCs.
Other transfers from Selkent are of Tridents 17836/7 (LX03 BYM/N) (Plumstead (PD) to NS); 17838/40 (LX03 BYP/S) (PD to Leyton (T)); 17893 (LX03 ORF) (PD to Barking (BK)) and ADL/Enviro 200s 36366/9/70 (LX59 ECV/Z, EDC) (TL to WH).
Dispatched to Selkent are Tridents 17876/7 (LX03 NGE/F); ADL/Enviro 200s 36276/7/8 (LX11 AWO/P/R).
Movements within East London are of ADL/E40Ds 10159-62 (EU62 AZN/O/P, AAO) from NS to RM, in connection with the route 103 changes; ADL/E40Hs 12129/30 (LX61 DFE/F)- surprisingly back from T to Bow (BW); Trident 17746 (LY52 ZFE) – WH to BK; ADL/Enviro 200 36284 (LX11 AXA) from BK to NS and New Routemaster LT463 (LTZ 1463) from BW to T.
Scania Omnicities 15151/64 (LX59 COJ, CRK) are now with Centaur of Crayford, via Scania, Worksop (dealer). They have been acquired for the University of Greenwich inter campus shuttle.
Withdrawn are Tridents 17530/7/56 (LX51 FOP, LY02 OAC, OBH). 17556 is for scrap.
Accident damaged Trident 17812 (LX03 BXG) is long term VOR.
Tridents resold via Ensign are:
17447 (Y447 NHK) – exported to Hshama Developments, Dubai.
17440 (Y522 NHK) – MC Tractors, Ely for scrap, after cannibalisation.
17565/77, 17550 (LV52 HDY, HFK, LY02 OBB) – to New Adventure Travel, Cardiff.
17803 (LX03 BWW) – to Brylaine of Boston, Lincolnshire.
17804 (LX03 BWY) – to Hornsby of Ashby, South Humberside.
Above: In its “heyday”, Trident 17556 at Victoria in September 2003. The N8 has since been extended to Hainault.
STEPHENSONS OF ESSEX.
SLF/Caetano 454 (HV 52 WTE), briefly replaced regular SLF/Pointer 459 (GU52 HKD) on the 247 in early June. 454 was pictured (above), on Colchester High Street.
Route 80 (Boxted-Colchester-Fordham) has reverted to cross working with 676 (Great Waltham-Chelmsford-Colchester schools). The 80 runs in service firstly showing ‘Colchester’ as its ultimate destination, then reverting to ‘Boxted’ or ‘Fordham’ (depending on direction of travel), upon reaching Colchester.
Acquired for spares is ex Stagecoach South Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Super Pointer T593 CGT.
Withdrawn are Volvo Olympian/Alexander RHs 827/8 (N827/8 FKK). These were new to Dublin Bus as 96-D-254/3 respectively.
Has ex Arriva London North Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis LF52 UPL/M/V – via Ensign.
They are numbered VLW6, 7, 5 respectively.
SUPREME COACHES, RETTENDON.
Mercedes 1836RL BU53 AXH is now with Eclipse of Melbourn, Cambs.
TALISMAN COACHLINES, GREAT BROMLEY.
Acquired from J and B Travel, Horsforth near Leeds are former London United/National Express Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale coaches N119/20 UHP. These had been J600 JBT and J900 JBT with their previous operator.
Sold to Holmeswood Coaches of Cheshire, is Dennis Trident/Plaxton President W567 RSG.
TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
Berkhof bodied 10 metre Dennis Javelin M684 LRU, has come from Three Star Coaches of Luton.
TRANSPORT FOR LONDON.
The east side of Canning Town Bus Station was closed for works during June, with access only in a southbound direction. Northbound routes picked up/set down on Silvertown Way instead.
TfL services affected were 5, 69, 115, 300, 309, 330, 474, 541, N550. The picture above illustrates the closed part of the bus station, while the shot below shows the temporary stops. Both views taken on 21/6/15.
Volvo B10M/Alexander PS M765 RAX is now overall red.
New commercial service T1 (Harlow-Katherines/Sumners) has been registered, competing against Arriva.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer DP576 (W576 XRO) has passed into preservation. It is now in Universitybus white, with mauve lining. This colour scheme was never carried by the bus in service. It wore Sovereign blue/cream, and UNO pink/purple during its career.
VICEROY OF ESSEX, SAFFRON WALDEN.
Volvo B12T/Jonckherre double deck coach B19 WSC is ex Westway of Raynes Park. It was new to Clarkes of London as P77 COL.
From Robinson of Burbage, Leics is Iveco 80E18/Indicar FG03 JDJ.
Neoplan Cityliner IIG 3840 has been sold to YMS of Canterbury.
Loaned from SGBC Scania K340EB4/Caetano Levante NX02/NX23 (FJ57 KHK) was still in use at the end of June. It was pictured (below) in Cambridge.