Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail News Page. March 2016.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the March, 2016 edition of Busmopolitan.
This month sees the new 16 registration mark; with Anitas of Stansted being first off the mark, amongst Essex and District bus/coach operators; quickly followed by Ipswich Buses.
Meanwhile Arriva has retrenched its activity in Uttlesford District; with the passing of the B Stortford-Saffron Walden service to Stephensons. Arriva Harlow now only reaches Stansted Airport in Uttlesford, with its main area being the “M11 Corridor”, of Bishops Stortford/Sawbridgeworth, Harlow and Epping Forest. In Colchester, Arriva has has several interesting vehicles on loan.
And Ensignbus has been putting a Volvo B5TL/MCV demonstrator through its paces.
On the railway; ONE liveried stock is now getting a rarity at Abellio Greater Anglia, while the surplus DRS Class 47 diesel locomotives are finding buyers.
Finally thoughts go out to all affected by the terrorist attacks on the Brussels public transport system on 22nd March.

ABELLIO GREATER ANGLIA.
Loaned Class 321 EMU 321417 has gone to Scotrail, and converted to 3 car formation – as 320417.
Class 90 electric Locomotive 90007 has received the new AGA livery; meaning none of the type remain in the old ONE colours. 90003/8 retain National Express white/silver at the time of writing. The last DVT in ONE “hues”, 82127 has also now appeared in AGA white. Mk III carriages into the new colours are FOs 10402, 11101; TSOs 12032/107/11/51/66.
The NC64 ‘Pretendalino’ set was powered by blue Class 90 90034 in late February/early March.
90008 NXEA LIVERY 12-08
Above: 90008, in full National Express colours, calls at Ipswich in December 2008; on a Norwich to London service.

82127 + ALL ONE RAKE (KN)  13-3-15
Above; 82127 heads an all ONE liveried rake through Kelvedon on 13/3/15; on the 0830 Liverpool Street to Norwich.

ADVANCE MINIBUSES, SOUTHEND.
Mercedes 614D/ACI V922 PDV has passed to Midlands Trade Centre, Birmingham (dealer).
Ford Tourneo EN10 AXB is a crew ferry cum fleet vehicle.

ANGLIA RAILWAYS.
Former fleet member 86235, a Class 86 electric locomotive, has passed to Bulmarket, Bulgaria

ANITAS, STANSTED.
VV16 ERN ANITAS STANSTED 16-4-16
VV16 ERN is a new Mercedes 0816/UNVI Voyager midi coach – pictured above. AC16 ERN is a new Mercedes Tourismo.
The oldest coach is now Volvo B10M/Caetano Enigma RY51 FRN. This has been relegated to “Reserve” status, and is mainly used on schools.

APT, RAYLEIGH.
From Renfrewshire Council, Scotland is Ford Transit 11 seater SK04 VYS. It has been re-registered PT04 APT, and is often used as a crew ferry.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
On loan from Arriva Kent and Surrey are ex Arriva London DAF DB250L/Alexander ALX400 6234 (Y467 UGC), ex Arriva Midlands DAF DB250LF/EL 6253 (FE51 WSU) and former Arriva Medway Towns Volvo B7TL/ALX400 6428 (GN04 UEV). 6234 only stayed at Colchester briefly. From Arriva The Shires are “short” Dennis Dart/Alexander ALX200s 3331 (W462 XKX), 3333 (W465 XKX).
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3415 (SN54 HXB) has returned here from Harlow.
Following crew ferry use, Dennis Dart SLF/Caetanos 3407/89 (HX51 LRJ/K/L) have been withdrawn and dispatched to Southend for storage.

FE51WSU 6253 AR CR 8  23-3-16
Above: DAF DB250LF/EL no 6253 at Colchester Bus Station on 23/3/16.

GN04UEV 6428 AR CR 1A  26-3-16
Above: Volvo B7TL/ALX400 no 6428 enters Maldon Road, Colchester; from Southway on 26/3/16.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK HARLOW).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3815 is on loan from Southend.
From 29/3/16, service 301 (Bishops Stortford-Saffron Walden) passed to Stephensons. Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200 no 3335, is pictured (below) at Audley End, on the last day of Arriva operation.
W471XKX 3335 AR HA 301 LAST DAY (AUDLEY END) 26-3-16

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3500 (KE51 PTY), has returned from Arriva Kent and Surrey at Maidstone, and returned to the revenue fleet at Southend. Previously it was planned for it to become a driver trainer.

ARROW TAXIS, MALDON.
Mercedes Sprinter 511 welfare bus DK58 CYH is ex London Borough of Hackney.

BARKERBUS, ROYDON.
Sold via ebay are BMC 850 BX55 NYB; Dennis Dart SLF/EL R482 NPR; Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas BAZ 7912; LDV Convoy X956 BNE; Volvo B10M/Plaxton Paramount C270 FBH; B10M/Caetano Algarve G998 OKA and Setra S250 NIJ 7571.

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther FJ55 XBC was on loan from Red Route of Northfleet, for rail replacement.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini 2s WVL468-80 (LJ61 NWX, LJ12 CHC, LJ61 NWZ, NXA/B/C/D/E/F, NWL/M/N/O) have been received from London General, for a pvr increase on East London Transit EL1, EL2.
Scania Omnidekka 944 (YN56 FDZ) has come from Docklands Bus, while ADL/Enviro 40D E179 (SN61 BHO) has returned to London Central. 944 quickly passed to Ensign; along with Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PVL151 (X551 EGK). PVL151 had latterly been stored at Belvedere.

BRITISH AIRWAYS.
G-LCYP BA (LONDON CITY) 5-4-16
‘BA’ serves London City Airport as ‘Cityflyer’.  Embraer 100 series G-LCYP was on final approach, when pictured on 5/4/15.

C2C.
Further Elecrostar EMUs converted from 357/2 to 357/3 specification are 357313/9, ex 357213/9.
On 29/3/16, a car was abandoned in the line near Pitsea station. Then police were called to a “suicidal” man on the roof of Basildon Hospital. Both incidents were connected.

CARTERS, CAPEL ST MARY.
From Reading Buses is Dennis Trident/Plaxton President W553 RSG.
All Leyland Olympian G727 XDL has gone for preservation in its native Dorset, and restored to full Damory livery. It was seen (below) at the Ipswich Bus Rally on 20th March, by Simon Austin.
G727XDL DAMORY (IP BUS RALLY) 20-3-16 (S AUSTIN)

CHAMBERS.
Now in the new livery is ADL/Enviro 200 261 (EY57 FZE).

CHARIOTS, STANFORD LE HOPE.
Bova Futura PIJ 9274 is now K10 FCL.

COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
LDV Convoy ML02 NLY is ex Chariots of Stanford Le Hope.
MCW Metrobus C374 BUV is withdrawn.

CT PLUS.
A new fleet numbering scheme is being introduced.
Four digit numerical blocks are replacing the old alpha numerical class code system.
On order are 21 ADL/Enviro40H Citybuses – 2501-21; for TfL26.

DBS.
Accident damaged Class 66 diesel electric loco 66048 has been resold via Booth, Rotherham (dealer); to Electromotive Diesel Services, Longport, Stoke on Trent.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
Scania Omnidekka SO4 (BV55 UCX) has passed to Ensign.

DONS OF DUNMOW.
New is Scania/Irizar i6 DH15 DON.
Bova Futura DT05 DON has been re-registered YJ05 XWP and sold to Flagfinders (qv).

DRS.
Class 47 diesel electric locos sold are:
47810/18 – to Arlington, Eastleigh.
47813 – to Locomotive Services Ltd.
47828 – for preservation.

EASYJET.
Airbus A319-111 G-EZNM is ex the Swiss fleet, where it was HB-JZU.

ENSIGNBUS.
All white Volvo B5TL/MCV Evo Seti demonstrator BF65 WHZ has been on loan, with fleet no 900. It is pictured (below) at Newbury Park on 28/3/16, on TfL RRP.
BF65WHZ 900 ENSIGN B5TL MCV (TfL RRP NEWBURY PARK) 28-3-16

LJ04LDA ENSIGN-CHALKWELL (CHATHAM) 25-2-16 (DW RHODES)
Above: Ensign loaned Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LJ04 LDA, from its sales stock to Chalkwell of Sittingbourne. The former Arriva London South vehicle was seen at Chatham Maritime on 25/2/16. (D W Rhodes).

EOS LONDON, RAINHAM.
PN03ULY EOS (TfL RRP NEWBURY PARK) 27-3-16
PN03 ULY is an ex CT Plus Dennis Trident/Plaxton President. It is seen (above), at Newbury Park on 27/3/16;working a TfL RRP to/from Shenfield.

EUROPHOENIX.
Class 86 electric locomotive 86701 is on loan to Adtranz at Ilford, for carriage pre-heating.

EUROSTAR.
On 22/3/16, services from London St Pancras International to Brussels were suspended, due to bombings in the Belgian capital.

EXCALIBUR, PECKHAM.
Ex Terravision contract Volvo B11R/Sunsundegui tri axles BL14 LSU/V/X hav e passed to AP Travel, Cowbridge, Wales.

EXECUTIVE MINIBUSES, AVELEY.
Mercedes 0816D/Plaxton Cheetah EM07 BUS, has passed to Parnell, Honiton, Devon (dealer).

FELIX, LONG MELFORD.
Mb Sprinter 413 MX55 MYA has been offered for sale.

FIRST ESSEX.
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400s 32477/8 (AU53 HJN/O), have partially lost their 61-62 route branding. Sister 30903 (W758 DWX) is delicensed due to collision damage; while 32476/84 (AU53 HJK, HKB) are now in Refreshed livery.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66829 (MX05 CFG), has a super rear advert for Essex Fire and Rescue.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 43483 (R683 DPW) is reinstated, for use as a crew ferry at Colchester (CR). Sister 43480 (R680 DPW) has become a driver trainer, following staff bus use at Chelmsford (CF).
R683DPW 43483 70 CR  22-10-15
Above: Dart SLF 43483 towards the end of its revenue earning career; at Head Street, Colchester on 22/10/15.

Formerly operated Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 30889 (W744 DWX), latterly with First Eastern Counties at Lowestoft; is withdrawn after it was damaged in an accident at Wrentham, while running light on a Bernard Matthews works service.

FLAGFINDERS.
GB05FLG FLAGFINDERS (AGA RRP WITHAM) 27-3-16
Bova Futura YJ05 XWP has been acquired from Dons of Dunmow, and re-registered GB05 FLG. It is pictured (above), on 27/3/15 – at Witham; on AGA RRP.

FLYBE.
G-FLBE FLYBE (LONDON CITY) 5-4-16
This Exeter based carrier, has bases across the UK and a fleet of 76 aircraft. Their routes serve London City, Southend and Stansted Airports, in the area covered by ‘Busmopolitan’. Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 G-FLBE was seen on “finals” to London City on 5th April 2015.

GALLEON TRAVEL, HARLOW.
Sold to Moseley PCV, South Elmsall are Ayatts Bravo WX05 NFY ex PSU 316 and Bova Magique WA09 HTO. WX05 NFY is now black.

GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM.
New are VH TX16s 355/6 (YJ16 EPP/V).
Sold to Arriva, Gomersal (dealer)are VH T916s 296/7 (YJ11 GGV/X).

GREEN, WALTHAMSTOW.
New are Temsa MD9 midicoach YJ16 EHS and Temsa Safaris YJ16 EHW/X.

GODWARD, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
Offered for sale is Scania K340EB4/Irizar YN07 LJE.
Y92 CPA is a Renault Kangoo crew ferry van.

GOLDEN BOY, HODDESDON.
New are Irizar i6s 428 (XO16 BOY) – ‘Master Sean’ and 432 (WO16 BOY) – ‘Master Pierce’; plus Mercedes Sprinter 516/EVMs GG16 BOY and HH16 BOY.
Sold are Volvo B12B/VHs 419 (OO03 BOY), 418 (XO02 BOY), 432 (OO57 BOY). 432 passed to Hollinshead of Biddulph, Staffordshire.

GOLDLINE, LEYTONSTONE.
New are Mercedes 1021A integral midi coach YN16 BMY and Irizar i6 YT16 FTY.
There is also a depot at Forest Gate, by the railway station.

HAILSTONE, WICKFORD.
New is HT16 BUS, a Mercedes 1523L/UNVI 34 seat midicoach. It is named ‘Monsoon’.

IPSWICH BUSES.
New are “classic” ADL/Enviro 200s 101-4 (SN16 OGG/H/J/K). They seat 39.
Now restricted mostly to school contracts are Dennis Dart SLF/EL Sprytes 89, 92/6 (X89, 926 LBJ), while Dennis Lance/EL 162 (L162 ADX) only appears on schools work.
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s 18/19 (V126/62 MEV); Volvo Olympian/ELs 40/41 (M640 EPV, M41 EPV; DAF DB250LF/Optare Spectra 51 (X151 LBJ). 41 and 51 have passed to preservationists.
Former demonstrator DAF DB250LF/Optare 50 (W442 SWX) has been sold privately.

JACKSON, BICKNACRE.
LT56 OJA is a Volvo B7R/Plaxton Profile 70 seater, ex Safeway of Batley.

JR EXECUTIVE TRAVEL, COPDOCK.
An unbranded Setra S250 is JRZ 6246.

L and R TRAVEL, BASILDON.
EU51UHJ L&R VAN (AGA RRP NEWBURY PARK) 25-3-16
EU51 UHJ is a Vauxhall Astra crew ferry van. It was seen (above) at Newbury Park, on 25/3/16.

LINKFAST, HADLEIGH.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premieres RJZ 4784/5 have passed to Castle Point Motors, Benfleet (dealer).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
EMUs 315807/16 are now in the new livery.

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
New are S7 Stock units 21513/14, 21519/20, 21521/22, 21531/32, 21543/44.
D78 units 7036+17036+8036 and 7091+17091+8091 were derailed at Ealing Broadway on 2/3/16.
D78s withdrawn: 7011+17011+8011; 7020+17020+8020; 7021+17021+8021; 7036+17036+8036; 7053+17053+8053; 7091+17091+8091; 7106+17106+8106; 7520+17520+7521.
To VivaRail; 7011+17011; 7020+17020; 7021+17021; 17036; 7053+17053; 7086; 7091+17091; 7106+17106; 7520+17520+7521.
Gone for scrap to Booth Roe; 8011/20/21/36/43/52/76/91/105.

MARC1 TRAVEWL, BILLERICAY.
Ex P and M Coaches of Wickford is Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere NIL 3296.

MASTER TRAVEL, HERONGATE.
Setra S315 W252 UGX has passed to Freeway of Chessington.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
New route 370 (Runcorn-Clacton) has replaced 305 (Liverpool-Clacton). There is an interchange at Cambridge with the 350 (Liverpool-Southend). Selwyns of Runcorn is the main contractor.
On 21/3/16, Ambassador Travel operated Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante BF63 ZSK was stopped and searched by armed police in Queens Road, Norwich. The coach, which was on the 497 London-Stansted-Great Yarmouth service, was believed to be carrying a suspect package. A passenger had alerted the authorities, and given the current climate, it is felt the correct action was taken.
Customers from the service were looked after by Norwich Bus Station staff, for the duration.
KM16 KHF is a new Mercedes Sprinter 16 seat crew minibus, at Stansted.

NEW HORIZON.
Scania K114EB6/Irizar YN54 AKK has been re-registered S20 NHT. Scania K340EB4/Irizar SK07 NKN is now S23 NHT. Scania K114 EB6/Irizar YN04 GGV to S24 NHT. S20 NHT is pictured (below) at Newbury Park on 25/3/16; on AGA RRP to/from Ingatestone.
S20NHT (AGA RRP NEWBURY PARK) 25-3-16

OLYMPUS, HARLOW.
Understood to be sold are the following vehicles:
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Excaliburs V282/3/ SBW.
Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200s S467/72/3 BWC; Y293/6 FJN; LX51 FGJ/V, FHF.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointers V749 ECU, V194/5/9 ERG, Y971 TGH
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers S309 JUA, V787 FKH, Y153, 253 NLK, Y653/62/4 NLO. Some of these are also recorded in the Townlink section (below).

ORIGINAL LONDON SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH J345 BSH, latterly with See London by Night; is now with Shred and Butta, Oxshott, Surrey – via Ensign.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
Aquired from Wheelers of Eastleigh is Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer VU02 TTZ.
Optare Solo VB08 PAN has reverted to its original identity of MX08 DHM, and been sold to Centebus. Leyland Olympian/ECW CWR 512Y has gone for scrap.
ADL/Enviro 200 DC61 PAN, Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer DC56 PAN and Optare Solo BIG 7006 have been internally refreshed by Duoflex.
Offered for sale are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointers BIG 9248 and SIL 6719. The latter is currently stored.
Depot/outstation codes are now in use; for internal/administration purposes, as most of the fleet is common user with no fixed allocation. The codes are: CN – Clacton; DW – Dunmow; HW – Harwich (Parkeston); IP – Ipswich; ST – Stansted; WS – Workshop; WT – Witham.
School service 446 (Manuden-Saffron Walden) has been completely taken over from Arriva, having previously been subcontracted.

PHILLIPS, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
Bova Futura YJ08 NTE is now with Hammond of Nottingham.

REGAL BUSWAYS.
On hire from Ensign is ex Geldards of Leeds Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 V192 MEV.
Withdrawn are all Leyland Olympian G34 OCK and Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 613 (W701 BFV). Both retained their previous operators’ liveries – Preston Bus and Transdev respectively.

RICHMOND, BARLEY.
YJH13 SJG ex 131-D-22371) is a Van Hool TX15 ex Eirebus of Dublin.,
Bova Futura 729 KTO has been re-registered back to LR07 EMF, and sold to Destinations of Harthill, central Scotland.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
The fleet has increased, with the arrival of Scania K114/Irizar MJI 5031; from Jacksons of Bicknacre, and Bova Futura YJ08 VPC – ex Solus of Tamworth.

RSM DRIVER TRAINING, CANVEY.
LK03 NFY is another ex Metroline/former First London Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano; supplied through Ensign.

SILVERLINE, ABRIDGE.
Scania K114/Irizar YN55 RBZ is now SIL 474.
Ex Golden Boy of Hoddesdon is Volvo B12B/VH XO02 BOY. It has gone on hire to Grange Travel at Gravesend.

SOLITAIRE, ROCHFORD.
Sold is Mercedes 614D/UVG minicoach R858 HBW.

ST MARGARETS TRAVEL, STANSTED ABBOTTS.
Former Redwing of London Setra S315 W211 UGX is on hire.
CE52 OWZ is a Vauxhall Zafira crew ferry.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
An investigation into the derailment of Volvo B8RLE/Wright 21307 (BF65 WKW) on the North Cambs Guided Busway at Trumpington on 22/2/16, found that the bus was being driven at 20 mph in excess of the “line” speed limit. The driver has been dismissed by the company.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
New ADL/Enviro 40D MMCs are 10308-19 (SN16 OJM/O/P/R/S/T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z), 10326-38 (SN16 OKH/J/K/M/O/P/R/S/T/U/V/W).
Returned from Tower Transit, off loan are Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s 18237/433 (LX04 FYD/K).
Dennis Trident 17396 (LX51 FHO) is now a driver trainer. Sister 17419 (LX51 FJJ)is withdrawn, while 18237/43 have been allocated to Romford North Street (NS).
New Routemaster LT389 (LTZ 1389) now has an overall advert for Tommy Hilfinger; LT400 (LTZ 1400) has donned an all over hue for Flora.
Departures to Selkent are Tridents 17818 (LX03 BXN), 18219 (LX04 FXG). 17362 (Y362 NHK) meanwhile, has gone to Stagecoach Lincolnshire.
A number of leased Tridents have been returned to their lessor, Lombard Santander. They are 17945-50/4/7/64/86/7 (LX53 JYH/J/K/L/N/O/U/Y, JZG, KBK/N). In practice, these are being resold through Ensign.
Optare Tempo hybrid 25111 (YJ08 PGO) has been resold by Ensign, to MC Tractors, Ely for scrap.

LX03BYJ 17834 86 LIGHT (NEWBURY PARK) 28-3-16
Above: Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 no 17834, runs light along Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park on 28/3/16, back to Romford North Street depot; having completed a “short working” on TfL86.

SN14TYV 12318 (REAR) 15 BLACKWALL 19-3-16
Above: ADL/Enviro 40Hs still appear sometimes on TfL15 (Blackwall-Oxford Circus); although LT Class New Routemasters are the usual fayre. E40H no 12318 was seen at Blackwall in the early hours of 19/3/16. The 15 is a 24 hour service, so ‘N’ route number prefixes are not carried in the “dead of night”.

STEPHENSONS.
Acquired from Holmeswood Coaches are former Dunn Line Optare Solo M780s 319/20 (YJ06 YRN, YJ56 AUE). They are at Haverhill, for new contracts.
The Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano trainer, A17 SOE; is now green ex red.
Route 301 (Saffron Walden-Bishops Stortford), was taken over from Arriva, from 29/3/16.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH L953 MSC, now with a Maldon school; moved back to Maldon from Mill Beach on 30th March.

SULLIVAN BUSES.
There were changes to Borehamwood town service B3 from 29th March. To improve reliability it ceased to serve the railway station off peak and corresponding Well End journeys ran to/from Tesco.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer DPS575 (SN51 SZL) has gone to MC Tractors, Ely for scrap.

TALISMAN.
Has ceased subcontracting for Terravision.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Into an overall advert for Visit Taiwan is ADL/Enviro 40H DNH39117 (SN12 ARZ).
Back into red, from an overall scheme is DNH33779 (SN12 AVV).
Sold to Ensign are Dennis Trident/Plaxton Presidents 33036 (LK51 UYE), 33085 (LN51 GMF), 33185 (LR02 LZE), 33187 (LT52 WVC), 33197/8/9 (LT52 XAH/J/K); Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capital 41444 (LN51 DUA). 33187 was quickly resold to Stagecoach Scotland East.

TOWNLINK, HARLOW.
TOWNLINK HARLOW DEPOT OLD 19-3-16
The old Burnt Mills depot is now occupied by Essex Herts Recycling. Pictured above on 19/3/16.
Vehicles have moved to another yard at the end of Parkway; on the new part of Harlow Business Park (seen below); these premises were already owned by Townlink, and are being progressively surfaced. It is suggested that Townlink will resume trading, under a different O licence.
Noted stored here during March, were Roadrunner Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointers V729 DNL, V749 ECU, V188/96 ERG; SLF/Pointers Y237 NLK, Y653/64/9 NLO; along with assorted Olympian and Townlink vehicles.
TOWNLINK HARLOW DEPOT NEW 19-3-16

TRUSTYBUS.
On hire from Ensign is Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano KM51 BFO.
Scania Omnicity TBRXF (YN53 RXF) is delicensed due to accident damage; while Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer KP54 BYY is out of use due to mechanical failure.
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/Plaxton Presidents LK03 CGV, GKC.
A further clearout of surplus vehicles has seen the departure of: Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointers PDS22 (VJZ 3283), PDS33 (SHZ 2691); Dart SLF/Pointers SPD6 (SNZ 2980), SPD28/9, 30 (NK51 MKG/J/M), RX51 FNT; SLF/Caetanos Y364/6/74 HMY; Trident/Presidents LK03 CGF, GJZ. Many went for scrap; NK51 MKM to MC Tractors at Ramsey.

TURNERS OF ESSEX, WICKHAM ST PAUL.
Ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekkas YN03 DFV/X are here, via Ensign. They entered service still in “London” livery, but converted to single door.
Bova Futura DD05 DON has been re-registered back to SF05 YKK. Setra S315 LSU 113 is now W10 TGM.

UNO.
Ex Lothian Dennis Trident/Plaxton President SN51 SYR has been numbered 283 and converted to single door.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer DMP103 (FN52 GFA) is now with Ellis of Gatley, Manchester.
Hatfield town service 607 lost its commercial Sunday workings after 20th March. There were revisions for the rest of the week, which included frequency reduction to half hourly and rerouting in Hatfield Business Park away from Albatross Way via Mosquito Way and St Albans Road West to Comet Way, and by-passing Parkhouse Bus Station.
St Albans City route S1 (Cell Barnes Estate-St Peters Street) ceased after 27th March and was replaced by and extension of existing service 657 (Harpenden/Flamstead-St Albans). 622 (Hatfield-Watford) ceased and was replaced by new 635 (Hitchin-Watford). 635 also replaced the Hitchin-Hatfield section of Green Line 797 to London. 636 (Luton-Hatfield) was withdrawn after this time and replaced by by an extended 610.
From 29/3/16, new routes C1/C10 started, running between Milton Keynes and Bedford via Cranfield University. Meanwhile 610/11 (Enfield Town/Potters Bar-Hatfield Business Park) were extended north to Luton rail station and aditionally served Cockfosters tube station en route. 615 (Stanmore-Hatfield Business Park) saw the loss of its M-F off peak and Saturday services. 615 became commercial from this time and was also rerouted in Stanmore via London Road and Brockley Hill. From the same date Hatfield Business Park Shuttle 650 ceased, but 600 continued, but with loss of last journey at 1828.
SN65ZGY 517 UNO 653 SA 19-3-16
Above: One of UNO’s recent ADL/Enviro E20Ds, no 517; at St Albans on 19/3/16.

VICEROY OF ESSEX, SAFFRON WALDEN.
Scania K114/Irizar SUI 9014 has passed to Blue Fox of Peterborough.

With thanks to: D Arnold, G Dell, District Dave; Ensignbus; Essex Buses Yahoo; A Hazell; A Hughes;  J Sadd; Panther Travel; PSVC, RE;  D W Rhodes; RM.

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