Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.
Welcome to the June 2016 edition of Busmopolitan.
A variety of happenings this month, ranging from thunderstorms affecting local bus and rail services, to a commemoration of step entrance double deckers.
Extreme weather overnight on 22nd/23rd June not only dampened EU Referendum voting day, but caused flooding, especially around south and west Essex and east London. Particularly hit were roads in Canning Town, Romford and Ongar, whilst the railway saw high water around Ilford and at Weeley. Train working was affected for up to 48 hours after the event, as signalling equipment had been damaged.
The start of the month, however saw “true” summer, with sunshine and high temperatures. This was an ideal canvas for the Olympian Running Day, held by Stephensons on 4th June. As step entrance double deckers will become obsolete on public bus services from 1st January 2017; this Saturday gave the opportunity to sample Leyland and Volvo Olympians on routes which are normally now the province of low floor single deckers. Souvenier programmes were also available on the day, along with a “guest” vehicle.
June 2nd saw the demise of well know Norfolk coach operator Chenery Travel. Its vehicles were familiar in Essex on National Express (NX), private charter and rail work. The NX contracts have passed to Ambassador and Galloway (with assistance from Reliance of Gravesend, Talisman, Tower Transit), while the rest of the portfolio, along with school runs have been taken by other local operators; including Dereham Coachways, Dolphin of Norwich, Lamberts of Beccles, Semmence of Wymondham, Simonds of Diss.
Chenery was founded at Dickleburgh near Diss, 60 years ago. Latterly its main base had been at Long Stratton, although some vehicles were still kept at Dickleburgh, along with the associated garage business. In 2012, Chenery had sold its excursions department to Galloway of Mendlesham, although Chenery vehicles continued to be used. This division was called Chenery Live Limited. Excursions liveried Setra S315 T777 RWC, is pictured (below) at Newbury Park on Abellio Greater Anglia RRP to/from Ingatestone on 21/2/16.
More routine happenings have seen more Abellio Greater Anglia railway rolling stock gain the new livery, making the old National Express and ONE schemes extinct on certain types of vehicle. And at Colchester and Harlow, buses are increasingly losing their old TGM colour schemes, in lieu of the new Arriva image.
Finally, St Johns Street in Colchester, reopened on 30th June, after a month of closure. This had been caused by the collapse of a sewer. The thoroughfare is a main bus corridor in Colchester town centre, and much disruption resulted. Approx 20 bus routes had to be diverted along Southway, and shop keepers experienced a slump in trade. The illustration shows the works on 8th June.
ABELLIO GREATER ANGLIA.
321304 is the first of the refurbished ‘Renatus’ EMUs to re-enter traffic.
The last Class 90 electric locomotive in National Express colours, 90003 – has gone for repaint into new livery. Coaching stock into the new colours are Mklll TSOs 11073, 12084, 12115/37.
Sprinter DMU 156407 now has ‘East Suffolk Line’ branding; 156409 publicises the ‘Wherry Lines’; 156412 now carries ‘Gainsborough Line’ branding.
E (paperless) ticketing was introduced from 17/6/16. It was rolled out across the network over the subsequent 4 weeks.
On 23/6/16, heavy rain flooded the tracks at Manor Park and Weeley, to a depth of up to 1 metre. As a result, trains were suspended on the Clacton and Walton lines, and from Witham to Liverpool Street. Southend line services terminated at Shenfield. There were shuttles on the Braintree, Harwich Town and Southminster branches, and The Sudbury branch ran normally. Later, a reduced (30 to 60 min frequency) train service was instigated from Liverpool Street, with some journeys starting from/finishing at Shenfield. AGA tickets were valid on C2C Rail and First Essex bus routes 25, 70, 71,72, 100, 351 plus TfL bus routes between Brentwood and London Liverpool Street (25, 86 ,174, 294, 496, 498).
Also AGA tickets could be used on suitable East Midlands, GTR and LUL train services.
Problems continued into 24th June. The heavy rain also damaged signalling equipment between Seven Kings and Ilford. As a result, limited train services remained in place until later that day. Some services continued to start/terminate at Shenfield, rather than Liverpool Street.
Above: AGA Desiro EMU 360101 at Harwich Town on 24th August 2014.
AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
The coaches now carry additional lower bodyside ‘Stansted Airport’ branding along with ‘Easybus tickets welcome’ decals on their entrance doors.
Some NX contracts have been received from Chenery of Long Stratton, Norfolk – who shut shop on 2nd June.
Withdrawn is Volvo B7R/Plaxton Prima T640 JWB.
APT TRAVEL, RAYLEIGH.
BX12 CVS is a Volvo B9R/Sunsundegui, ex Bayliss of Deal.
Scania K114/Irizar SN03 CLZ is sold.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE.
The depots at Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage and Ware have transferred from Arriva The Shires.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3412 (SN54 HWZ) and Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 6130/1 (LF02 PLN/O) are now in Arriva livery, ex TGM. 3412 was briefly loaned to Arriva Kent and Surrey at Guildford, following repaint.
Dart SLF/Pointer 3327 (X519 GGO) and Dennis Trident/EL 5443 (T406 SMV) have come from Harlow.
Above: Trident 5443 at Harlow on 19/3/16; unusually working service 10.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Mercedes Citaro 3895 (BU06 HSJ) has been repainted in Arriva livery ex Green Line, but with branding for Green Line Route 724 (Harlow-Heathrow).
Also now into the latest Arriva colours are Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 3856-9 (KE54 LNR, LPC/F/J), 3873/4 (KE57 EPA/C). The SxConnect brand on Harlow-Stansted Airport routes 508/9/10 has been discontinued here.
An unusual arrival is EOS E180Z L111 PVW, from Meritrule of Epsom. It had been new to Crusader Holidays of Clacton. Meanwhile, Setra S250 Special P901 OKP has come from Crawley of Erith.
Y212 BBA is an Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas, ex Holmeswood Coaches.
BISHOPS STORTFORD MINIBUS TRUST.
From 27th June, a new Mon to Fri daytimes, circular service started, runing every 1 to 2 hours, with Hail and Ride facility. It runs in a clockwise direction from the town centre and serves the Thorley Park and Heath Row areas.
BLUELINE TRAVEL, ROCHFORD.
Over the weekend of 11th to 12th June, AEC PRV Routemaster NML613E and Volvo Olympian/NC R283 LGH appeared in Sussex, on a shuttle between Brighton (Preston Park) and Brighton City Airport at Shoreham. This was in connection with the Wildlife Festival.
Above: Blueline Routemaster NML 613E rather closer to home; at Ingatestone on 29/5/16.
A Blueline fleet list has been kindly supplied, and at June 2016 is as follows:
HSL 660 (RML891 orig WLT 891) – AEC PRV Routemaster open top. New to London Transport in 1961. Converted to open top in 2004. Ex Wilsons of Carnwath in 2012.
JJD 591D (RML2591) – AEC PRV Routemaster open top. New to London Transport in 1966. Sold into preservation. Converted to open top in 2012, upon acquisition by Blueline.
Currently undergoing refurbishment.
NML 613E (RML2613)- AEC PRV Routemaster. New to London Transport in April 1967. Acquired by Blueline from preservationists in 2014.
J2 SUP – EOS C53F. New in 1992 to Supreme of Hadleigh; then to New Vision of Preston; then Bon Chauce of Preston. Currently VOR at Blueline.
R283 LGH – Volvo Olympian/NC Countybus. New to London Central as NV83; subsequently with Go-North East. Bought from Victoria Coaches of Newhaven in 2015.
T322 KNN – Bova Futura C49F. New to Skills of Nottingham; then Jacksons of Bicknacre; then Souuth East Coaches of South Woodham Ferrers.
Y329 NWP (orig BL-FB-87)- MAN24.460/Berkhof CH52/16DT double deck left hand drive coach. Imported freom Holland and originally used by Coach Innovations of Kidderminster in 2007. Acquired from M and E of Rochford in 2013. Currently undergoing refurbishment at Blueline.
PY52 GXZ – LDV Convoy 16 seat minibus. Ex Staceys Coaches of Carlisle.
More ex London Central ADL/Enviro 400s are E113/19/24/68/71 (LX09 FBD/N/Z, SN61 BGX, BHA).
Moved to London Central are Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents PVL223/64 (Y823 TGH, PN02 XBM).
CARTERS HERITAGE BUSES, CAPEL ST MARY.
Bristol FS/ECW 314 PFM has passed to a preservationist.
Withdrawn is BAe Avro85 EI-RJB.
COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
Mercedes 0815D/Koch minicoach Y30 CHT, is ex Regency Carriage Company of Rochford.
Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH N644 JNO was on loan from ATS Minibuses, Romford, in mid June.
This new airline flies to Stansted from Cyprus,and will start operations in July. Airbus A320-232 5B-DCR is the first addition. It had previously flown with Air Macau and Qatar Airways. It was new to Qatar in 1998.
2501-21, the new ADL/Enviro 400H City buses have arrived for TfL26/N26 (Hackney Wick-Waterloo/Chingford Station-Trafalgar Square). 2501 was the first to enter traffic on 10th June. They have released the loaned ADL/E40Ds back to Tower Transit; DN33629-35/37/38/40/42-50/52 (SN11 BNZ, BOF/H/J/U/V, BPE/K/O/V/Y/Z, BRF/V/Z, BSO/U/V/X/Z).
2509 (above), contrasts with Arriva London North New Routemaster LT593, at Bishopsgate, while Tower Transit Enviro 40D DN33648 is seen heading southbound at Shoreditch. Both pictures taken on 15/6/16.
New are Airbus A320-214s G-EZPK/L/O.
From 13/6/16, there were timing revisions to routes 22/A (Grays-Aveley), 44 (Grays-Purfleet-Lakeside), 73 (Lakeside-Tilbury), 83 (Lakeside-Chadwell St Mary).
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 no 706 at Purfleet depot on 26/5/16. It is blinded for a 44 short working.
The last Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLF, 780 (LX51 FGK) – is withdrawn.
Offered for sale are Volvo B12B/Caetano Enigma 604 (864 DYE) and Volvo B7R/Plaxton Profile 603 (ULL 933).
DAF DB250LF/Wright Gemini LJ04 LDA has passed to Chalkwell of Sittingbourne, ex loan.
Two new timetable booklets have been released. One for “country” routes 21 and 81 was valid from 13th June, while Issue no 28 of the Thurrock Bus Times, came out on 19th June. This incorporated minor adjustments to the routes listed above.
FELIX OF LONG MELFORD.
MAN11.190/Caetano Enigma FJ53 VDK, has been offered for sale.
From 27/6/16, route 16 (Clacton Circular) commenced, for the summer.
Dennis Dart/Caetano 41544 (LK53 FEJ) has been on loan from Basildon (BN) to Chelmsford (CF). Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 42485 (SN03 WMM) is now at Hadleigh (HH) ex CF. Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65675 (SN51 UYJ) has moved from Colchester (CR) to Clacton (CN).
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 30887 (W742 DWX) has gone to First Eastern Counties at Lowestoft.
Above: Two ex First Essex vehicles seen with First Eastern Counties at Norwich, on 11th June.
Upper: Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66977 at Castle Meadow.
Lower: ADL/Enviro 200 44517 at St Stephens Street.
FIRST STOP, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Sold is Iveco 35S13 14seat minibus WU03 RTX.
A second ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekka, sourced through Ensign, is YN56 FDX.
Has gained some National Express contracts from Chenery of Long Stratton; who ceased trading on 2/6/16.
Above: 66764 heads an “up” intermodal past Brentwood on 18/6/16.
YJ13 GYU is a Van Hool TX15 integral coach, ex Edinburgh Coach Lines.
HAWK EXPRESS, IPSWICH.
This established courier and taxi company has its first large bus, in the shape of Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capital LN51 DUA. New to First London and ex Tower Transit, it came via Ensign.
Chambers Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 252 (EU03 BZK) was on loan twice during June. It is pictured, above at Maldon Road, Colchester on 2/6/16.
SLF/Pointer 254 (EU05 AUR) now has fleet numbers in white and larger font.
Withdrawn Volvo Olympian/NC 69 (P608 CAY), has had its markings removed.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 582 (X507 EGK) has been donated to the Colne School at Brightlingsea, for use as a static common room.
Long term withdrawn/cannibalised Dennis Trident/EL 730 (W83 NNJ), has been removed from Clacton (CN) for scrap, by Alpha Recovery.
Volvo Olympian/Alexander RHs 81/2/5 (M144/6, 282 UKN) and Volvo B10BLE/Wright 481 (R216 HCD) have passed from storage at Anglian, Ellough to Hollies Caravan Park at Kessingland, for static use.
Above: Volvo B7TL no 582 initially served at Chambers, when it came to Go-Ahead East Anglia from Plymouth Citybus. It is pictured at Colchester on 18/9/15. 582 was new to London General and always retained London livery.
The vehicles acquired from Carters are now kept at Constantine Road depot. This view was taken on 26th June. Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 no 7 shares space with DAF DB250L/EL Vyking no 56.
Above: Preserved Ipswich Buses Volvo Olympian/EL no 41 at the Basildon Rally, Billericay on 26/6/16. (Nigel Eadon-Clarke).
JR EXECUTIVE TRAVEL, COPDOCK.
From the defunct Chenery of Long Stratton are Setra S315s J888 RWC and P888 RWC.
LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
New is Mercedes Tourismo AL16 OGE.
Bought via Ensign is ex Go-Bluestar DAF SB120/Wrigt Cadet YG52 CLY.
From Williams of Layer Marney is Bedford VAL/Duple Vega Major 592 PUR. It is not for operational use.
A Leyland Olympian is outbased at Tiptree for a fruit pickers contract. This is an annual event, for around 5 weeks.
A Mercedes powered Wright Streetlite DF demonstrator, numbered WS65 (SL16 YPK), has arrived at New Cross (NX) for trials on TfL108 (Lewisham-Stratford).
Above: LDP253, on of the ex London General Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers exchanged with SOE Class Scania Omnilinks, for use of TfL42 (Denmark Hill-Liverpool Street), nears its northern terminus on 15/6/16.
LONDON OVERGROUND (LOROL).
From 4/6/16; electrification work started on the Barking to Gospel Oak Route. This resulted in the closure of the Barking to South Tottenham section M-F and the entire route at weekends, until late September 2016. From then until early February 2017; there will be no trains at all on this route. Replacement buses will operate for the duration; with Arriva being a main contractor, supported by Ensignbus.
There are two replacement routes. J (Gospel Oak-Seven Sisters) and T (Wathamstow Central-Barking). They are linked by the LUL Victoria Line.
Top: Notice at Woodgrange Park, giving details of closures.
Below: Turbostar DMU 172008 arrives at Woodgrange Park on a Gospel Oak service, while 172004 heads away towards Barking.
Both pictures taken on 26/5/16.
EMUs 317710/23/32 are now in LOROL livery.
New S7 Stock is 21541/42, 21553/54, 21555/56.
D78 Stock withdrawn is 7010+17010+8010; 7040+17040+8040; 7042+17042+8042; 7048+17048+8048; 7107+17107+8107; 7516+17516+7517; 7536+17536+7537.
To Vivarail: 7042/48, 7516/17, 7536/37.
To Booth Roe for scrap: 1704/482, 8042/48, 17516/36.
7010+17010+8010; 7040+17040+8040; 7107+17107+8107 have been retained for Rail Adhesion Train (RAT) unit conversion.
MYALLS OF BASSINGBOURN.
KX14 FJA is an Optare Solo SR M8900, ex Dickson of Frimley Green. However, it started life in Malta !
NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
New at Start Hill are Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante tri-axles SH208-13 (BX16 CMO/U/V/Y/Z).
Volv oB9R/Caetano Levante SR110 (FJ60 HXS) has come from the now defunct Chenery of Long Stratton.
“Class 150” 999600/01, was stabled at Colchester on 15/6/16.
NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
Offered for sale is Mercedes 0814D/Euro AE56 SPU.
Sold is Volvo B10M/Jonckherre Mistral R179 SUT.
SB46 (Matching Green-Epping Station) passed to Community Link from 6/6/16. This runs Mon only.
P and M COACHES, WICKFORD.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere L654 XVV is ex Elliot and Richman of Rhode Heth, Cheshire.
Acquired from Lodge of High Easter, is all Leyland Olympian G296 UYK, while ex First Essex is Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 W758 DWX. The B7 is accident damaged and is being repaired.
An AGA rail replacement on 26th June, which traversed the low bridge at Manningtree station; required all three minibuses; Ford Transit DC52 PAN and Mercedes Sprinters AB52 PAN, AB03 PAN. The latter two were “loaned” from Stansted to Parkeston for this. Since then, one has been used as a crew ferry at Parkeston, to do with the 80/81 local bus routes.
The Stansted Northside staff shuttle has been converted to Mini Pointer Dennis Dart SLF operation, ex minibus.
Optare Solo BIG 7006 has been offered for sale.
The registered office has moved from Parkeston, Essex to Brantham, Suffolk. The Head Office remains at Stansted, Essex.
Above: Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DC04 PAN, at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 on 2/6/16.
The site of the old Mile End sand yard in east London, as seen on 15th June.
DAF SB3000/VH YJ03 PGZ appeared on a shuttle between Worthing Rail Station and Brighton City Airport at Shoreham, over the weekend of 11th to 12th June. This was for the Wildlife Festival.
White Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers KP02 PUH, PVD have fleet numbers 616/7. Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 X263 NNO is numbered 1304.
Withdrawn is Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 607 (W136 WGT).
Long term delicensed are Optare Solo M710 204 (YJ58 CDE) and Optare Tempo PO1 (YJ56 WVX). The former is cannibalised, while the latter is under repair.
Gone for scrap are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 613 (W701 BFV) and the remains of fire damaged Optare Tempo PO2 (YJ56 WVC).
251 (Waltham Cross-Upshire) lost its Sunday service after 29/5/15.
RICHARDS TRAVEL, GREAT BADDOW.
Setra S415 BK08 XYG, has passed to County Connect of Wrotham, Kent.
ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
PB10 BUL is a Scania K420EB6/Irizar PB.
S and M, BENFLEET.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere K577 DFS is now with Bamgro of Watford.
SOUTHEND PIER RAILWAY.
This had been closed for three months, due to safety checks on the pier structure.
Stagecoach Norfolk Dennis Trident/EL 18280 is parked up, unserviceable at Cowley Road depot, Cambridge.
STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
The lastest overall adverts of New Routemasters are:
LT248, 376 – Magnum; LT312/64/68/83/89 – Coca Cola; LT400 – Coach Accessories.
Transferred to Selkent at Catford is Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 17870 (LX03 NFR).
Sister 17943 (LX53 JYF) has been scrapped East London.
Sold to Ensign are Trident/ALX400s 17910/1/6/8/20 (LX03 OSD/E/M/P/U), 18241/2/3/4/5/52 (LX04 FYH/J/K/L/M/V). Formerly owned ex Stagecoach Devon 17002/5 (S802/5 BWC), 17057 (T657 KPU), 17299 (X299 NNO).
Resold by Ensign are Tridents 17966/70/1 (LX53 JZJ/N/O) – to First Bus Stop, Gravesend.
Optare Tempo hybrid 25112 (LX09 BGF) has been exported to Cyprus, via Ensign.
STEPHENSONS OF ESSEX.
The Olympian Running Day at Bury St Edmunds on 4/6/16, saw Leyland Olympians 724 (J624 GCR) – Alexander RL body, 862 (J562 HAT), 947 (H547 VAT) – NC bodied and Volvo Olympian/NCs 809/10 (M409/10 RVU); Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH 829 (N881 FKK) in action on routes 15/16 (Bury St Edmunds-Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds-Mildenhall-Newmarket), along with guest Leyland Olympian/ECW C105 CHM from Fords of Althorne. The Stephensons buses worked in service, while the Fords vehicle ran a free tour around Bury.
A second ex Flights Hallmark Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus sourced through Ensign is YT59 NZM. This like YT59 NZN was new to Network Colchester. Scania N250UD/Enviro 400 MMC demonstrator YN16 CFU, has returned to Scania – off loan.
Three Rivers ADL/Enviro 200 472 (EU65 EOH) was still at Clacton in early June.
Suffolk fleet Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 458 (GU52 HKC) now has a super rear advert for St NicHolas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds. At the end of June, it was running from Boreham.
TALISMAN COACHLINES, GREAT BROMLEY.
Coaches are now appearing on National Express services. Scania/Irizar YT13 HLA is seen, above at Bury St Edmunds on 4/6/16; on an ex Chenery contract.
Above: EMU 315830 approaches Brentwood on 18/6/16.
In advance of Crossrail, the platforms at the following stations are being extended for the forthcoming Class 345 EMUs; Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Harold Wood. They are also receiving 3 new lifts (each) for “step free” access. All of these stations, plus Ilford and Manor Park are undergoing major refurbishments.
Above: Back in Great Eastern days, EMU 315818 forms the rear of a Liverpool Street to Shenfield service, at Harold Wood in July 2005. The platforms here have been extended at the “country end”.
Above (3): Harold Wood station in September 2004. Top: “Blast from the past”. Middle: Ticket office and ‘Electric Line’ platforms. Bottom: “up” platform on ‘Fast Lines’.
Below: Platform extension works at Harold Wood on 18/6/16. The EMU is 315829.
On 23/6/16, heavy rail flooded the track at Manor Park station. As a result, services were suspended between Ilford and Liverpool Street, for some of the day, and later a reduced frequency of 3 trains per hour (tph) was instigated. These issues continued into 24/6/16; compounded by water damage to signalling equipment between Seven Kings and Ilford. Train tickets were thus accepted on parallel bus and LUL services.
The “new” depot at Parkway, Harlow Business Park is now fully surfaced. Picture taken on 18/6/16.
Acquired through Ensign are ex Go North East Volvo B10BLE/Wrights W491 SCU, W905/6/8 RBB, X913/4/24 WGR.
Withdrawn is ADL/Enviro 300 EDL35 (LY58 PFX).
Sold to MC Tractors, Ramsey for scrap are Optare Solo UNZ 8067 and Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200 Y253 FJN.
From 13/6/16, 424 (Harlow-Hertford) now longer serves Stanstead Abbotts.
Above: In full Trustybus livery, ex London Central Scania Omnilink NNZ 7336 was seen at Harlow Bus Station, on 18/6/16.
This small Belgian operator, who served London City Airport, ceased trading on 22nd June; a month after filing for Bankruptcy Protection. It ran a fleet of 11 Fokker 50s.’KLF’ was seen approaching London City on 5/4/15.
From SGBC, Patchway is National Express Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante L80 SGB.
With thanks to: ‘District Dave’, N Eadon-Clarke, Ensign, Essex Buses Yahoo, A Hazell, P Layzell, LOTS, PSVC, RE, RM, J Sadd.