Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.
Welcome to the February 2016 edition of Busmopolitan.
On 7/2/16, a former Metroline Dennis Trident/Plaxton President, was “blown up” on (a specially closed) Lambeth Bridge in London, as a stunt for the Jackie Chan film ‘Foreigner’. Lack of communication by the production company, meant not enough information was in circulation to prevent alarm and distress to some parties.
Extreme weather on Monday 8th February caused headaches for bus providers around Thurrock; due to closure of the Dartford Bridge. More details in the Ensignbus section.
Townlink of Harlow ceased operations after service on Friday 26th February, 2016; as its Operators Licence was revoked from that midnight. Its routes have passed to other operators.
Transport for London contract changes have seen two major east London routes swap operators. Once again, full information in the main text.
And the Crossrail route has been given a formal title; after a certain monarch.
ABELLIO GREATER ANGLIA.
Class 90 electric locomotive 90006 has received the new livery, ex ONE; leaving just 90007 in this scheme.
Also into the new colours are MkIII stock FO 11070; TSOs 12042/60/99 and EMU 317509.
ACME BUS, MOLEHILL GREEN.
Withdrawn is Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer P720 RYL.
ADVANCE MINIBUSES, SOUTHEND.
Neoplan Starliner Y159 HWE has been sold to Irish Republic operator Long of Skibbereen.
Bova Futura YJ08 NSO has received revised head lights.
ADL/Enviro 200 SK07 HLV is now white/orange, ex overall white.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
Withdrawn Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3277 (T277 JKM) and Dart SLF/Caetanos 3406/10 (HX51 LSN, LRN), have gone to Southend for storage.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK HARLOW).
Short Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200 3335 (W471 XKX), is on loan from Arriva Kent and Surrey.
From 27/2/16, new commercial service 9 (Harlow-Potter Street), replaced Townlink R1.
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer no 3293 at Harlow Bus Station on 20/2/16.
This came from Arriva Kent Thameside , having been new to Dartford, for London work, but latterly at Gillingham
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
From Arriva Kent and Surrey are DAF SB120/Wright Cadets 3517 (LF52 UTA), 3528 (LF02 PNE) and 3964/5 (GN04 UGB/C). 3964/5 were new as Maidstone Park and Ride buses.
Withdrawn is SB120/Cadet 3500 (KE51 PTY). It has moved to Arriva Kent and Surrey at Maidstone.
DAF SB220L/Plaxton Prestige 3916 (T916 KKM), has passed to a preservationist.
From London Central are ADL/Enviro 40Ds E165/7/9 (SN61 BGO/V/Y), E174/5/9 (SN61 BHE/F/O). Ex First ADL/Enviro 400s EN25/6 (LK57 EJN/O) have gone the other way.
Further Electrostar EMU 357/3 conversions are 357314-18/20, ex 357214 etc.
Above: In original 357/2 condition; 357218 departs Upminster in February 2009; on an eastbound service.
CHARIOTS OF STAFORD LE HOPE.
Ex Bull of Pytchley, Northants is Bova Futura PIJ 9274.
COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Paramount J3 KCT has been acquired from Thornes of Rayleigh; while ex Lewis of Greenwich is DAF SB3000/VH K857 JSA.
COLCHESTER BUS STATION.
The western side of the old building has been repainted black. Pictured below, on 17/2/16.
COLCHESTER SOS BUS.
Leyland Lynx G126 HNP, and its ex mobile library Iveco Ford Cargo colleague, are now kept at the old First Queen Street bus depot in central Colchester; rather than the Gosbecks Road council depot on the southern outskirts. It was seen, below on 17/2/16.
Is to be officially named ‘The Elizabeth Line’.
This was announced by London Mayor Boris Johnson on 23/2/16, during a visit by HM Queen Elizabeth II, to the construction site at Bond Street.
An electrification depot has been set up on land previously occupied by sidings, between Chadwell Heath and Goodmayes.
The old Clacton, Stephenson Road depot, is now used as a workshop by Veolia, for Tendring District Council vehicles. The existing Veolia site (around the corner) at Fowler Road, remains in use. Crusader continues to outbase a coach there, and it is business as usual at the travel agency office.
TfL26(Hackney Wick-Waterloo)/N26 (Chingford-Trafalgar Square), were gained from Tower Transit, from 27th February. ADL/Enviro40Ds DN33629-35/7/8/40/2-50/2 (SN11 BNZ, BOF/H/J/U/V, BPE/K/O/V/Y/Z, BRF/V/Z, BSO/U/V/X/Z), borrowed from Tower Transit, are initially being used.
An application has been made for a new depot on the Old Kent Road.
Class 59 diesel electric loco 59004 has donned Aggregate Industries livery. This and 59001 have received ’30 YEARS CLASS 59′ plaques. The ’59s work into the ‘Busmopolitan’ area, to Dagenham Dock and Purfleet.
Class 66 diesel electric locomotive 66048; withdrawn following an accident in 2010 – has passed to Booth, Rotherham (dealer). It had been repainted overall black before sale.
Ex London Central ADL/Enviro 40Ds E165/7/75/9 are now here.
A new depot at Barking is in the pipeline.
New are Airbus A320-214s G-EZPA/B/C.
On 8/2/16, there was severe disruption across the Thurrock network, due to closure of the Dartford Bridge, as a result of high winds. Reports suggest the area was “gridlocked” for up to 11 hours, and Ensign believed it could have lost up to £10K in revenue. Service X80 (Chafford Hundred-Bluewater) was suspended, while 22 (Aveley-Grays); 33 (Lakeside-Chafford Hundred-Grays); 44 (Lakeside-Purfleet-Grays); 66 (Lakeside-Tilbury-Chadwell St Mary); 73 (Lakeside-Tilbury); 83 (Lakeside-Chadwell St Mary) and 88 (Grays-Stifford Clays-Lakeside) all experienced long delays, turning short and cancellations.
Above: Dennis Trident/EL no 196 at Chafford Hundred rail station, on 16/2/13.
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 no 707, at Hathaway Road, Grays on 1/12/15.
(Picture: D W Rhodes).
Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale 827 (P427 UUG) has been on loan to County Connect, Sidcup. It was pictured at Gravesend on 25/2/16.
Another ex Metroline Dennis Trident/Plaxton President via Ensign is LK03 CEU.
It is pictured, below at Shenfield on TfL rail replacement, on 20/2/16.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 741 (YN51 MKZ) has been withdrawn due to accident damage, and sold to Ensign (dealer). It was quickly resold to Howard of Great Sankey in Cheshire, for repair.
Ex Terravision contracted Scania K340EB6/Irizar YN08 OFG is now in National Express livery, ex Terravision. But it subsequently passed to Solus of Tamworth (as dealer).
Solus also took ex Terravision Scania K360/Irizars YT10 OAX/Y, which were resold to Pats of Southsea.
Scania K114/Irizar 23019 (YN54 APX) has entered service at Chelmsford (CF), a year after acquisition. It is plain white.
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 30903 (W758 DWX) didn’t stay at Colchester (CR) long, and has now moved to CF. Sister 42480/1/5 (AU53 HJX/Y, HKC) are now in Refreshed livery; as are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 43802 (AO02 ODN) and Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66808 (MX05 CCZ).
B7TL/ALX400 32475 (AU53 HJJ) has lost its Route 61-62 branding.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66815 (MX05 CDV) now has a super rear advert for Essex Fire and Rescue, but 66817 (MX05 CDZ) has lost it’s super rear for the same organisation. Also now with super rear advert for Essex Fire are Volvo 9700Hs 69906/11/6. Sister 69902 has a super rear advert for Route 100.
Reinstated is Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65665 (SN51 UXX).
Volvo B10BLE/Wrights 62195/7 (X689/92 ADK), are now driver trainers.
Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon 20500 (AO02 RBY) has moved to First Eastern Counties.
Disposals to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade, for scrap are SLF/Mini Pointer 43356 (V356 DVG); SLF/Marshall 43679 (R679 MEW); SLF/Pointer 43734 (S734 TWC); Scania L94UB/Wright 65626 (V826 FSC).
Withdrawn Scania L113/Wright 65574 (S574 TPW) and Scania L94UB/Wright 65586 (V586 DVF), have gone from store at Braintree. 65586 went for preservation, 65574 to Connexions Buses, Great Hammerton, while 65587 (V587 DVF) also went to Connexions. Additionally now in preservation is Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 43731 (S731 TWC).
One time ADL/Enviro 200 44518 (YX09 ACZ) – now with First Eastern Counties; has received a charcoal front for Route 40 in Norwich and been fully branded.
Trials have been carried out with a double decker at Messing, to look at diverting certain service 75 journeys through there.
The old Colchester travel office at Queen Street, is now a shop called ‘Sofa Express’ – (below).
Above: Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 no 30903 at Colchester Bus Station on 15/2/16; working from Braintree outstation.
FIRST STOP, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Sold is Ford Transit 8 seater EK06 XVP.
FLAGFINDERS, BRAINTREE AND HALSTEAD.
The Bova Futuras have been re-registered. RY04 ERN is now GB04 FLG, while KC55 ABC has become GB55 FLG. The latter is seen (below), on Abellio Greater Anglia rail replacement, at Ingatestone on 21/2/16.
A third Bova Futura now here is GB05 FLG.
Sold are MAN 18.310/Noge K6 FTC, and Toyota Optima/Caetano K647 PGJ.
New is Bombardier ATR 72-800 twin turbo prop G-FBXD.
FORDS OF ALTHORNE.
YT13 HLF is a Scania K360/Irizar, ex City Circle of Hayes.
Class 86 electric loco 86501 has re-entered traffic under its old identity of 86608; following conversion back to 86/6 from 86/5.
Class 66 diesel electric loco 66708 is in the new livery.
Above: EMD diesel electric locomotive 66702 – in latest GBRf colours; on engineering duty, at Shenfield on 20/2/16.
Dennis Trident/EL Lolyne 712 (T812 RFG), has transferred back to Anglian Bus at Beccles.
Rejuvinated Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH 84 (M276 UKN), is being prepared to re-enter service from Tollesbury (TY) and Kelvedon (KN). Sister 86 (M294 UKN) has received a front dash panel in darker red, with a yellow (was black) fleet number.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 257 (EU56 FLM) was loaned from Clacton (CN) to Tollesbury (TY) in late February.
Withdrawn Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 283 (W791 VMV) and Volvo B10BLE/Alexander ALX300 480 (S376 MVP,) have gone from Sible Hedingham (HD) depot; to store at Anglian, Beccles.
Long term withdrawn Volvo Olympian/NC 69 (P608 CAY) and Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH 80 (J838 TSC), have both been stripped of parts.
Above: Volvo Olympian no 86 at Kelvedon depot on 22/2/16.
Above: Withdrawn Volvo Olympian no 69 at Kelvedon, in December 2015.
JACKSONS OF BICKNACRE.
Scania K114/Irizar MJI 5031 has been offered for sale.
JOHN JAMES TRAVEL, DAGENHAM.
Neoplan Starliner YN03 AWH is now here. It was seen, above, on AGA rail replacement at Ingatestone on 21/2/16.
This coach was new to West Yorkshire operator Hargreaves of Hebden, subsequently with Solus of Tamworth; but was acquired from Peyton Travel of Brynna, Mid Glamorgan, Wales, with whom it had been registered SIL 7486.
Has moved from Muckingford, to the old AVRO 77 depot at Orsett.
Ford Transit SWB van Y597 YGC is in use as a crew ferry. It is lettered for Kelly’s property maintenance business.
KINGS TOURS, STANWAY.
Cherished registration mark KC56 ABC is owned, but currently not on any of the coach fleet.
LCB TRAVEL, HARLOW.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer W928 PTS, has been sold.
LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
On loan from Scania, has been Irizar i6 YT65 BYX.
Dennis Trident/EL Lolyne T273 BPR in now YAZ 8827.
Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale N593 BRH has been sold to Keeble of Leicester.
MAN14/EL bus FY52 PMU has passed to Semmence of Wymondham, Norfolk. Sister FY52 PMV is now with Gordon Springate Transport Training, of Detling Kent – and has been re-registered G15 SPR.
After trials on TfL108 (Lewisham-Stratford), Optare Metrocity electric demonstrator OE1 (YJ65 EOV) has moved on to Arriva London South at Croydon.
SE Class ADL/Enviro 200s SE198-212, from the batch originally delivered for TfL286 (Greenwich-Sidcup); are now increasingly appearing on TfL108.
Former East Thames Buses DAF SB120/Wright Cadet DWL17 (FJ54 ZDR) is now at Camberwell (Q).
Above: ADL/E200 SE203 on it’s regular route, TfL286; at Greenwich on 13/12/15.
Above; The ex East Thames/Easylink ELS Class Scania Omnilinks have been replaced on TfL42 (Denmark Hill-Liverpool Street), by SOE Class Optare bodied ADL/Enviro 200s, from London General. SOE19 is pictured at Liverpool Street on 19/2/16.
Above; A more unusual interloper on the 42 was Wright Cadet Hybrid WHY9, also pictured at Liverpool Street on 19th February. This is the temporary terminus at Worship Street, while the bus station is redeveloped in connection with Crossrail.
Into the new livery is EMU 315814.
New S7 Stock units are 21501/02, 21517/18, 21537/38, 21539/40.
D78 Stock withdrawals for February, were of:
7043+17043+8043; 7071+17071+8071; 7086+17086+8086; 7098+17098+8098; 7103+17103+8103; 7110+17110+8110; 7127+17127+8127; 7528+17528+7529.
Sold to VivaRail are 7043+17043; 7071+17071; 17086; 7098+17098; 7103+17103; 7528+17528+7529;7127+17127; 7110+17110
To Booth Roe for scrap are 8043/71/98/103/110/127.
17122 was used for emergency training at Littlebrook Power Station, Dartford; between 29th February and 3rd March.
Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante FJ11 MOA, is now in National Express livery, for use on Stansted-London services.
NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
New are Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levantes SH203-207 (BG65 JFO, BG65 TGJ/K/N/O/U).
NATIONAL EXPRESS (CONTRACTORS).
New for Selwyns of Runcorn is Scania K410EB/Caetano Levante BD65 JFA; for NX 350 (Liverpool-Southend) and NX 370 (Runcorn-Clacton), amongst other work.
NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
The last vehicle in Cedric’s livery is Volvo B10M/Berkhof Axial R20 CED.
OLYMPIAN COACHES, HARLOW.
Following the revocation of the Town link O licence, school services OC1, 2, 3 (Waltham Cross/Cheshunt/Goffs Oak-Bishops Stortford), and Commuter coach 741 (Harlow-London) ceased. The school routes went to Barkerbus; 741 was replaced by Regal Busways X10.
The following vehicles are withdrawn:
Iveco Euroriders XIB 3914, F10 BUS.
DAF SB3000/VH Y314 HUA.
Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200s S467/72/73 BWC; Y293/6, 344/6/51 FJN; LX51 FFW, FGN/O/U, FHA/B/H/J/K/L.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointers V729 DNL, V188/91/3 ERG, Y862 TGH.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers V808 KAG, Y542/53/4 XAG.
Iveco Euroriders XIB 3914, F10 BUS, LV02 LKD.
Iveco Turbo Daily NX04 CTV.
Scania K114/Irizar YN06 CKY.
Scania L94/Irizar T50 APT.
A new outstation has been established at Silvertown, London for a Metropolitan Police (Safe Schools) contract. Regular vehicle is LEZ compliant all Leyland Olympian BIG 9249. This outbase is used as and when required.
Ford Transit 16 seater LN52 LFW has been re-registered DC52 PAN.
Offered for sale are Optare Solo VB08 PAN and Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DC04 PAN.
Ex Anglian/Hedingham Optare Solo YJ51 XSM; which had been acquired for spares only, has gone for scrap.
Above: Panther ex Lodge of High Easter, former East Yorkshire Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale BIG 9210 orig N592 BRH, at Witham outstation on 17/2/16.
On loan from South East Coaches of South Woodham Ferrers, were Setra S415 GRZ 2450 and DAF SB/VH GRZ 2451; and from Ensign, Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano KM51 BFO.
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 1403 (V763 HBY) has gone for scrap, having been long term stored after engine failure. Sister 1404 (V764 HBY) has been withdrawn and cannibalised, with its engine going into Trident/ALX400 1302.
Sold is Dennis Dart/Alexander Dash 515 (P392 LPS). Previously sold Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 604 (R510 SJM) has ended up with MC Tractors, Ramsey, Cambs for scrap; via S&D Commercials, Upwell.
MAN NL270/Wright Solar 801 (RG09 BUS) is in the new livery, and back in service. It is pictured, below at Shenfield on Abellio Greater Anglia rail replacement on 20/2/16.
ROMAN CARS, COLCHESTER.
The first full size coach here is Scania K114/Irizar V21 ROM. It was previously with New Horizon of Frating, as YN51 MHO. It has ‘Roman Cars Coaches’ fleet names.
New are Boeing 737-800s EI-FOG/J/K/L/M/N/O/P/R.
As a result, several older 737-800s have been noted stored at Stansted. EI-ENK is pictured (below) on 31/1/16.
ST MARGARETS TRAVEL, STANSTEAD ABBOTTS.
Setra S315 W211 UGX is ex Howe of Ramsgate.
MAN18.350/Noge YN53 EWK, has been exported to Cyprus.
On 22/2/16, Volvo B8RLE/Wright 21307 (BF65 WKW) derailed off the North Cambs Guided Busway at Trumpington. 6 passengers were slightly injured. The bus was extensively damaged.
STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Transferred in from Selkent are ADL/Enviro 200s 36268-75 (LX11 AVZ, AWC/F/G/H/J/M/N). They have been allocated to Barking (BK).
Delicensed are ex Selkent Optare Vesas 25301-4 (LX58 CHF-J). They have gone from BK to store at West Ham (WH).
New Routemaster colour changes: LT271, 312 (LTZ 1271/312) – to overall advert for L’Oréal; LT377/88 (LTZ 1377/88) – to overall scheme for Sky Q. Back into standard red are LT256/72 (LTZ 1256/72).
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s 17789/98 (LX03 BWC/M), 17922 (LX03 OSW) have passed to a preservationist.
TfL69 (Walthamstow-Canning Town), was lost to Tower Transit on re-tender, from 6th February.
Above: Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 no 17144, on the 69 at Leyton High Road in May 2011.
STEPHENSONS OF ESSEX.
An additional vehicle for the ‘Three Rivers’ network is long ADL/Enviro 200 476 (EU65 EOM).
Long ADL/Enviro 200 464 (EU62 FDF) was the route 247 bus for most of February; being replaced by sister 466 (DK57 OPZ) towards the end of the month.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH L953 MSC, now with a school at Maldon; has been moved to Mill Beach.
SULLIVAN BUSES, SOUTH MYMMS.
Dennis Trident/EL TN3 (PO51 UMR) has gone to MC Tractors, Ely for scrap.
SUPREME COACHES/COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
Has Volvo B12M/Berkhof Axial KC02 EEX. It was new to Club Cantabrica of Watford.
TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Mercedes 0814/ACI PIL 4683, has passed to Parnell, Honiton (dealer).
From 1/2/16, A52 (Stratford-Stansted) was temporarily suspended, and A51 (Liverpool Street-Stansted) was temporarily revised to terminate at Bishops Stortford, which A50 (Victoria-Stansted) temporarily changed its London terminus from Victoria to Kings Cross.
The only subcontractor now used is Talisman of Colchester.
TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
Withdrawn is former MOD Dennis Javelin/WS TJI 4147.
Sold are Iveco 35-10/Euromotive welfare bus S731 SKE; Iveco 59/Mellor mini coach V208 EAL; Toyota Optima L480 NUD.
Took over TfL69 (Canning Town-Walthamstow) from Stagecoach East London, from 6/2/16; intitially using 19 Dennis Tridents borrowed from Stagecoach.
From 27/2/16, TfL26 (Hackney Wick-Waterloo)/N26 (Chingford-Trafalgar Square) were lost to CT Plus, with 20 ADL/Enviro 400s initially being loaned from Transit. In the final weeks of route 26 operation by Transit; Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 VN36111 was observed at Bishopsgate on 19/2/16.
Now in overall advert for Green Bus is ADL/Enviro 40H DNH39120 (SN12 ASV).Back into red, ex overall adverts are ADL/Enviro 40Hs DNH39113/18 (SN12 ARF, ASO).
Operations ceased after service on 26/2/16. Routes worked until the end were R1/31 (Harlow-Sumners Circulars); T15 (Harlow-Brays Grove Circular); 19/20/21 (Harlow-Ongar); 524 (Harlow-Hertford).
Work passed to Arriva, Barkerbus, Regal and Trustybus.
Prior to the end of operations; Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas LV02 LKD transferred to Olympus, while Olympus sold sister LV02 LLJ.
A list of vehicles withdrawn appears in the Olympus Coaches section (above).
Above: In the final week of Townlink operations, Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer Y542 XAG, hurries along Forth Avenue in Harlow, on 20/2/16.
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200 Y344 FJN, outside the Burnt Mills depot of Townlink on 20/2/16.
Arrivals are ex London Central Scania Omnilink/ELs YU02 GHG, YR52 VFH/M – via Ensign. They have “fleet nos” TB-GHG, VFH/M.
From 27/2/16, new commercial service 424 (Harlow-Hertford), replaced Townlink 524.
Schools route 249 (Cheshunt-Chancellors School) ceased after 19/2/16.
TURNERS OF ESSEX, WICKHAM ST PAUL.
Dennis Javelin/UVG BIG 8796 is on loan from Panther Travel.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere N611 APU has been sold.
DAF SB120/Wright Cadets 777 (KE51 VJD), DFW778 (KE51 VJC).
Denis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointers DMP100/1 (FM52 NBN/M); DMP102/3 (FM52 GEY, GFA). DMP102 is now with M Travel of Longsight, Manchester.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers DP122/3 (SN51 TAU/V); 126/8/9 (LG02 FFN, FGD, SK02 XGU).
With thanks to: D Arnold, G Dell, District Dave, A Hazell, LOTS, Panther Travel, D Osborne, D W Rhodes; RM, RE, P Roden.