Busmopolitan – Essex & District Bus & Rail Newspage – August 2016

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the August 2016 edition of Busmopolitan.

Looks to be a series of gains and losses, or “swings and roundabouts” over this month.
National Express has achieved domination on internal services within Stansted Airport, with Panther Travel being the loser here, and also to Stephensons on local school runs. The seemingly mercurial rise of Stephensons continues.
The Tollesbury depot of Hedingham closed for good on 1st August, after a week long “swansong” of tidying up of loose ends. Kelvedon became fully operation again from that date.
TGM Network Colchester has virtually disappeared into history, with all but 3 of the fleet having received Arriva colours by the end of August.
And after much speculation, the Greater Anglia railway franchise has been awarded – to incumbent Abellio, for 9 years. Big changes are expected over the life of this new tenure.

ABELLIO GREATER ANGLIA.
On 10/8/16, it was announced that Abellio had been re-awarded the Greater Anglia rail franchise, until 2025. New rolling stock will be introduced over this time.
Class 90 electric locomotive 90003 is now in Abellio colours, ex National Express. It has lost its ‘Raedwald of East Anglia’ name plates.
Further Class 321 EMUs with unit numbers now in smaller font are 321314/28/43, 321430. 321328/43 have them in white, below the solebar. 321314/430 have ones in black, on the solebar. These smaller numbers may only appear on one end of the units. 321443 also now has grey upholstery, ex green, which is an internal refresh. The Class 360 ‘Desiro’ EMUs are also being refreshed, with grey upholstery and grey vestibule carpets replacing the old purple material.
At Ilford (IL) depot, the old ‘B’ shop, the paintshop and one other building have been demolished to make way for extra sidings for CrossRail.

AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS.
BX65WBK AIRPORT BUS EXPRESS STN AIRPORT NAMES 11-8-16
Scania K440/Caetano C650 BX65 WBW shows its additional ‘Stansted Airport’ names on 11th August. This has been applied across the fleet. Easybus branding is also carried on the front nearside door.

AMBER, RAYLEIGH.
ADL/Enviro 200 SK07 HLN is withdrawn.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
From Network Harlow are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3293 (Y293 TKJ) and short Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200 3335 (W471 XKX), while SLF/Pointer 3327 (X519 GGO) has also returned – as a repaint float.
Short Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 (HX04 HUK), long SLF/Plaxton Pointers 3416/19 (SN54 HXC/F), 3420 (AY54 FRC), Scania Omnidekka 5372 (AY55 DKA) and Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 6132 (LJ03 MHV) are now in Arriva livery, ex TGM. 3419 was the last with Route 1 branding, and has always served at Colchester depot.
B7TL/Gemini 6130 (LF02 PLN) returned to service in late August, having been VOR since receipt from repaint in June.

SN54HXE 3418 AR CR 8 ROLLER BLINDS  11-8-16.jpg
Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3418 is the last bus at Arriva Colchester to retain roller destination blinds. It was seen at Osborne Street on 11th August.

Gone to Hardwick’s for scrap are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3191 (P191 LKJ), 32277/80 (T277/80 JKM); SLF/Caetanos 2406-111 (HX51 LSN, LRJ/K/L/N/O), Volvo B10BLE/Alexander ALX300s 3830/1 (W901/7 UJM). These had all been stored at Southend for several months.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK HARLOW).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3860 (KE54 HHF), has returned from Arriva Kent and Surrey.
Received from Ware are Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 3876/77/82.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Wright Streetlites 4261/2 (GN64 DXR/S) have lost their ‘another new One’ route branding.
Reomoved for scrap by Hardwick’s are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers 3289 (T289 JKM), 3322/4 (T822/4 NMJ); DAF SB220L/Plaxton Prestiges 3912-5 9T912-5 KKM).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (WARE).
New for commercial route 310 (Hertford-Waltham Cross) are ADL Enviro 400 MMCs 6484-98. These were initially stored at Southend. From 28th August, off peak Mon to Fri frequency on 310 was reduced to every 12 minutes.
6489 is named ‘Laura Trott’ – 4 x Gold Medalist’, (after the 2016 Rio Olympics).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 VLA140 (LJ05 GSO) has returned from Arriva Kent Thameside.
From 20/8/16, TfL123 (Wood Green-Ilford), became 24 hour at weekends.
Anicillary vehicles for crew fery use at Grays are Vauxhall Corsa ECO 5 door hatchbacks FL16 SKF, FN16 BYK.

BARKERBUS, ROYDON.
Volvo B10M/VH G67 RGG is from Hudson of Bosham, Worcs.
Ayatts Bravo M155 BWR has been re-registered back to Y386 NVV.
Duple 425 D380 BMV has gone for preservation in Scotland.
VH T815 UIL 2724 has passed to AKA Coachbuilders, Sutton Bonington (dealer).

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Scania N230UD/Olympuses 873/77/78/84 (PN09 EKV, ELO/U, EMV) have gone to London General at Sutton (A).
Ensign has resold the following buses:
Dennis Dart SLF/MCV Evolution ED8 (AE06 HCK) to Hughes Driving Training of Leicester, while Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer DP208 (SN56 AYC) passed to Johns School of Motoring, London N18.
Scania Omnidekkas with new owners are:
SO2 (BV55 UCU) – Midland Classic; SO5 (BV55 UCY) – Simonds of Diss.

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
Neoplan Starliner YN03 AUW is ex Compass of Royston (Stockton on Tees).
Sold are Mercedes 0814D/Onyx R186 LRF and LDV Convoy/Excel FY52 GXZ.

C2C.
The first Class 387 EMU is 387301; which has emerged from Derby works.

EMIRATES.
A6-EWY EMIRATES (LSN) 24-7-16
This airline runs freight services into Stansted, and passenger aircraft can occasionally be seen there on VIP charter. Boeing 777-200ER A6-EWY was pictured on 24/7/16. Sister A6 EMW was lost in a crash landing at Dubai on 3rd August.

ENSIGNBUS.
An outstanding arrival is MCI Crusader YND 340X, from Kraftours, Oaklahoma, USA. This left hand drive tri-axle coach has been re-registered YYR 832 and is for the heritage fleet. It will appear at running days and be available for filming and promotions.
Sold to Carters Travel of Kettering are Volvo B12B/Caetano Enigma 604 (FN04 FSE) and Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale 827 (P427 UUG). 604 was the last conventional coach to be operated.

EOS LONDON, RAINHAM.
Via Ensign are ex Metroline Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbuses LK03 NLE/F/T, LK53 FDC/F/O/U.

EUROWINGS.
D-AEWL is a new Airbus A320-214.

FIRST CAPITAL.
SN58CHL 33571 First West of England Weston-super-Mare 10.8.16.jpg (R POPE).jpg
After the closure of Dagenham depot in 2013, ADL/Enviro 400 33571 was one of a batch which moved to First Leicester. Some subsequently migrated to First West of England, and 33571 was pictured at Weston Super Mare on 10/8/16 by Roger Pope.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
News of the ex First South Yorkshire Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renowns, which had worked here is:
60618 (R781 WKW) is reinstated, joining 60621 (R784 WKW) at Lowestoft; while 60612 (R785 WKW) and 60618 (R912 BOU) are back from South Yorkshire and at Norwich.

R784WKW 60621 FEC X2 (NORWICH) 20-8-16.jpg

FIRST ESSEX.
Sun/hol only Colchester local 64B ceased after 21st August. Revisions to 64/A (Greenstead-Shrub End/St Michaels) compensated.
Route 88 (Colchester-Halstead/Great Yeldham) had its Colchester terminus changed from 28th August. Buses start/finish at Head Street, rather than the bus station, although the latter will still be a timing point.

SN51UXX 65665 2A HARWICH 19-8-16.jpg
From 30/8/16, Harwich town services 2/A passed to Hedingham on Essex CC re-tender – the last day of First operation being August 27th, and the two Chelmsford Park and Rides, became one cross city service. Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65665, was seen (above), alongside the old Harwich depot on 19th August.
Brentwood town service 37 (Rail Station-Gloucester Road) lost its M to Sat evening service from 30th August. Optare Solo 53113, was pictured (below) on the 37 at Brentwood Rail Station on 16/7/16.
EO02NDY 53113 37 BD 16-7-16.jpg

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 32486 (SN03 WMX) has moved from Clacton (CN)to Hadleigh (HH) following the summer season. Sister 42487 (SN03 WME), already at HH – has been refurbished.
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33045 (LN51 DVK) is delicensed following an engine fire.
Fire damaged Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66809 (MX05 CDE) is withdrawn.
Withdrawn Scania L94UB/Wright Axcess Ultraflow 60206 (Y598 KNE) has been moved from store at Colchester (CR) to store at Clacton (CN).
Scania L113CRL/Wright Axcess Ultraflow 65566 (S566 TPW) has been donated to Essex Fire and Rescue Service, for training purposes.
Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown 66177 (W377 EOW) passed to Bristol Bus and Caoch, and then onwards for scrap.
Gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap are collision damaged Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capital 41736 (X736 HLF); Scania L94UB/Wright Axess Ultraflows 65627/31` (V827/31 FSC), 65650 (T650 SSF), and Colchester (CR) crew ferry SLF/Pointer 43483 (R683 DPW). SLF/Mini Pointer 43360 (V360 DVG) is now the only CR staff bus.
Former fleet member Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 30889 (W744 DWX), latterly with First Eastern Counties at Lowestoft, has also gone for scrap. It was damaged in an accident at Wrentham in March 2016, and was deemed to be beyond economic repair. It was also non DDA compliant.

The site of the old Maldon outstation, at the junction of Station Road and Fullbridge has been redeveloped as a LIDL supermarket. Latterly used by Greens Flour, the location had been occupied by First between 1997 and October 2004, after the former bus station/garage on High Street was redeveloped as housing, following its closure in May 1993; and subsequent use as an outbase. The Station Road location was replaced by the new depot at Chelmsford, Westway, at the same as time Duke Street in Chelmsford. The old portakabin from Maldon now resides at Braintree outstation.
M671VJN 51471 288 MN 6-04
Above: Mercedes 709D/Plaxton Beaver 51471 at Station Road/Fullbridge outstation in June 2004. The 288 Maldon Town Circular is now operated by Stephensons, as a free service sponsored by Tesco.

XHK217X (REAR0 ABUS 9GLADSTONEBURY) 6-16 (J SADD)
Above: One time Eastern National/Thamesway (the predecessors of First Essex), Bristol VRT 3116 (XHK 221X) is still alive and well with Abus of Bristol. It was pictured at Gladstonbury in June 2016, by James Sadd. The square rear registration plate tells us it was one of those diverted from Southdown.

FLAVIN, STANFORD LE HOPE.
Volvo B19M/VH L19 PCC is ex Supreme, Rettendon.

FOURWAYS, HIGHWOOD.
From Chalkwell of Sittingbourne is Scania K114/Irizar YN04 AHD.

FREIGHTLINER.
Locomotives allocated to Intermodal, and to be seen on Great Eastern metals through Essex are:
Class 66 EMD diesel electrics 66414/16/18/20. DDIN Pool – Intermodal low emission.
Class 66 EMD diesel electrics 66501-5/16/17/32-34/37/38/40-43/56-58/65-72. DDIM pool – Intermodal.
Class 66 EMD diesel electrics 66587-94. DDIN pool.
Class 66 EMD diesel electrics 66954/5. DDIN pool.
Class 70 EMD diesel electrics 70001/07-11/13-20. DDII pool – Intermodal.
Class 86 English Electric ‘AL6’ electrics 86604/05/07-09/10/12-14/22/27/28/32/37-39. DEIC pool – Intermodal.
Class 90 BREL electrics 90016/41-49. DEIS pool – Intermodal.
Several Class 66s remain on loan to Intermodal from Heavy Haul – DDHJ/M pools.
Long term withdrawn 90050 is at Crewe Basford Hall, awaiting scrapping.
Wabtech Class 08 shunter 08571 was on loan at Felixstowe Dock from late August, covering for 08530.

GARDNER, CHELMSFORD.
Mercedes 0814D/Plaxton Cheetah R121 XWF is now GRZ 2450.

HAILSTONE TRAVEL WICKFORD.
An ususual arrival is ex Trustybus “scrap” Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall CapitaL LT02 ZDE, via Ensign. It is for use as a shed.

HEDINGHAM.
HO TOLLESBURY DEPOT CLOSED 22-7-16
Tollesbury site closed completely on 1st August. It had been an outstation since 23rd July.

HO TOLLESBURY INTERIOR EMPTY 29-7-16.jpg

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 291 (EU06 KCX) was loaned from Sible Hedingham (HD) to Clacton (CN) in mid August.
Dennis Trident/EL 714 (T814 RFG) remained parked up at CN during August, with Konect liveried 723/6 (W823/6 NNJ) from Tollesbury joining it.
Former Tollesbury fleet member Dennis Trident/EL 712 (T812 RFG) and Trident/Alexander ALX400 740 (V161 MEV) have been withdrawn by Anglian Bus.
Volvo Olympian/NC 66 (P602 CAY) has been donated to a school at Great Cornard, Suffolk – for static use.

IPSWICH BUSES.
PN52XBJ 57 IB 94 (CR)  10-8-16.jpg
Above: DAF DB250LF/EL no 57 at Headgate, Colchester, on ex Carters route 94, on 10th August.

JR EXECUTIVE TRAVEL, COPDOCK.
The first double decker here is Volvo Olympian/Alexnder S678 PAG, ex Newall of Chadderton , but originally Dublin Bus 99 D 456.

KELLYS OF ESSEX, NAZEING.
Setra S315 W211 UGX is ex St Margarets Travel at Stanstead Abbotts.

KINGS TOURS, COLCHESTER.
On loan from Evobus is Mercedes Tourismo BL16 GBO.

KLARNER, COLCHESTER.
New is Mercedes Tourimo tri-axle BL16 GBZ.

L and R TRAVEL, BASILDON.
DAF SB/Van Hool K857 JSA is withdrawn and sold.

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
Setra S416 46 AEW has been re-registered back to BV55 FPN, and passed to Ffoshlig, Carmarthen, Wales.

LONDON CENTRAL.
The pair on Electric Irizas, EI1 and 2, moved from Red Arrow to New Cross (NX), for TfL108 (Lewisham-Stratford) in mid August. Wright Streetlite WS65 went to Camberwell (Q) as a result.

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
Night tube services began on 20th August. Initially this was on the Central and Victoria Lines on Fridays/Saturdays only. On the Central, this is between Loughton and North Acton only.
D78 Stock withdrawals are of 7001+17001+8001; 7008+17008+8008; 7024+17024+8024; 7097+17077+8097; 7504+17504+7505.
To VivaRail: 7097, 7504/5.
To Booth Roe: 17054, 17097, 8097.
D78 reformations are of 7508+17508+7509 to 7508+7101; 7512+17512+7513 to 7512+7037; 7518+17518+7519 to 7518+7105; 7526+17526+7527 to 7527+7016; 7530+17530+7531 to 7530+7075; 7532+17532+7533 to 7533+7018; 7543+17543+7535 to 7030+7535.

METROLINE.
From 20th August, TfL34 (Barnet-Walthamstow) became 24 hour at weekends.

NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
SN15LKU, R700LSA, P800LSA LSN LS CP 1-8-16Fully took over the Stansted Airport Staff Shuttle from 13/8/16. It had been joint with Panther Travel prior to this.
Acquired is plain white long ADL/Enviro 200 SN15 LKU, for use mainly on the above. It was pictured at its base on 1st August, with Mb Citaros 17 and 20.
And transferred to Start Hill (SH) at Stansted, from Sipson Road (SR) at Heathrow is ex Hotel Hopper ADL/Enviro 200 8344 (SN08 ADX). It was seen (below) at the Long Stay Car Park on 5th August.

SN08ADX 8344 NX LSN LS CAR PARK 5-8-16.jpg

NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH S246 YOO is now in white/blue fleet livery, ex Redbridge Transport white/pink.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
Withdrawn are Scania N113/Alexander RHs G601/3 KTX.
Sold is Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano V434 KGF.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
DC56PAN PANTHER LSN STAFF SHUTTLE 2-8-16
The Stansted Northside Shuttle changed from 1/8/16. It was revised to run between the Long Stay Car Park and Enterprise House. The old route was a circular from Long Stay to the coach station. Panther and National Express (NX) ran this jointly M-F 1st to 12th August (0600 to 2000). It completely passed to NX, after 12/8/16. NX already operated this at night and weekends. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer DC56 PAN, was pictured (above) at the Long Stay Car Park on 2nd August.
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 W758 DWX has been repaired, converted to DDA and repainted into fleet colours. It has been re-registered BIG 7758.
Further low floor ‘deckers acquired are ex Arriva Midlands DAF DB250LF/EL Lowlanders FD02 UKR and PN52 XBH. Meanwhile, from Turners of Wickham St Paul is Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere N611 APU.
Mercedes Sprinter AB52 PAN, latterly a regular at Stansted, has moved to Parkeston – mainly for crew ferry use.
Delicensed is Dennis Lance SLF/Wright Pathfinder BIG 7793. Withdrawn is Ford Transit 16 seater DC52 PAN. All Leyland Olympian BIG 9248 has been offered for sale.
DC52PAN PANTHER STANSTED OFFICE 23-7-16.jpg
Above: DC52 PAN outside Stansted office on 23/7/16.

PEGASUS AIRLINES.
New are Airbus A320-251s TC-NBB ‘Segah’ and TC-NBD ‘Buglem’.

REGAL BUSWAYS.
Braintree Freeport liveried Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton pointer 611 9X211 ONH) has been upgraded to DDA specification. The last bus in the original maroon/cream colours, Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini nPointer 601 (YN04 PZY) is now in the current red based fleet livery.
The remaining Essex CC local bus routes are as follows. 11A (Chelmsford-Southend – Suns/hols), 4, 11, 12 (Harlow town services – Suns/hols), 11, 12, 13 (Gosfield/Halstead-Sudbury), 70 (Braintree-Colchester – M-Sat eves), 71C (Chelmsford-Colchester – Suns/hols), 75 (Maldon-Colchester – M-Sat eves), 88 (Halstead-Colchester – Suns/hols), 89 (Great-Yeldham-Braintree – 1 x M-Sat early morning journey only), 95 (Maldon-Tollesbury) – Sats only, 213 (Epping-Waltham Cross), 341 (Fuller Street-Witham – Thu only), 342 (Black Notley-Witham – Thu only), 343 (Braintree-Fuller Street – Sat only), 344 (Black Notley-Chelmsford – Fri only), 345 (Fuller Street-Braintree – Thu only).

YJ58CDE 204 REGAL 342 (WITHAM)  28-2-13
Above: Optare Solo no 204 on the 342, at Newland Street, Witham on 28/2/13. This bus passed to First Devon and Cornwall (via Ensign), in 2015.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
Bova Magique WA08 AOX has come from Eastons of Stratton Strawless, Norfolk. It is named ‘Luna’.

RYANAIR.
EI-DLC RYANAIR FR7974 BASEL-LSN 16-8-16
Boeing 737-800 EI-DLC at Basel on 16/8/16, awaiting departure on FR7974 to Stansted.

SILVERLINE, ABRIDGE.
DAF DB250/Optare Spectra YCZ 101 is sold.

SOUTH EAST COACHES, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
DAF SB3000/VH GRZ 2451 has passed to Giles of Caerphilly, Wales.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
Has ex Stagecoach Manchester Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s 17151/75 (V151/75 MEV), 17180 (W187 CNO). These are for use on contracts.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
The ADL/Enviro 400s transferred in from Selkent are 19749/50/51/54 (LX11 BCK/O/U/Z); 19806-23 (LX11 BJO/U/V/Y/Z, BKA/D/E/F/G/J/K/L/N/O/U/V/Y; 19826 (LX11 BLJ). They have been allocated to Romford North Street (NS), and are mostly used on TfL86 (Romford-Stratford), but appear on other routes too.
Delicenced as a result are Tridents 17759-64/66/67/70/71/73-75, 17809, 17993-97.
Meanwhile, Tridents 17816, 17988/89/91/92/98/99 moved from NS to Barking (BK).
Also from Selkent is ADL/Enviro 200 36281 (LX11 AWW) – now at Barking (BK).
Latest overall adverts: ADL/Enviro 40H 12311 (SN14 TYH) – Sage Accounting; New Routemasters LT314 (LTZ 1314)- Zalando; LT374/76 – Cadbury’s Double Decker; LT380, 400 – Marc Jacobs. ADL/Enviro 40H 12304 (SN14 TXZ) is back into red fleet livery, though.
From 20th August, TfL routes 145 (Dagenham-Leytonstone), 158 (Chingford Mount-Stratford), 296 (Romford-Ilford) became 24 hours at weekends.
Following use by Stagecoach Swindon & District on the Fairford Air Show shuttles, Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s 17835/46 (LX03 BYL/V) went into store at the old Eastcote Road depot in Swindon.
Trident/ALX400s resold by Ensign are:
17914 (LX03 OSK) – to Poynter of Wye; 17948 (LX53 JYL) – to Applegates of Lydney; 18254/5 (LX04 FYY/Z) – to Centrebus.
Tridents 17765 (LX03 BVA), 17854 (LX03 BZH) have passed to Lombard, Rotherham (dealer) off lease.

LX51FOM 17528 EK OT (BROADSTAIRS) 89 27-8-16 (N EADON-CLARKE)
Above: Ex East London Trident 17528, now with Stagecoach East Kent, at Victoria Parade, Broadstairs on 27/8/16. (Nigel Eadon-Clarke).

WYV67T Longleat Enterprises Cheddar 9.8.16.jpg (R POPE).jpg
Above: New to Romford North Street in 1979, Leyland Titan former T67 is now with Longleat Enterprises, doing tours of the Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. It was seen by Roger Pope, on 9/8/16.

STANSTED AIRPORT.
Transit System car no 5 is the last to retain the old grey/white colours. All the others are now white. There are 9 cars in total, which run between the main terminal and the gates. The route runs in tunnel, but surfaces to serve the terminal. The system uses a principle similar to the Paris Metro; with rubber tyred vehicles on concrete track. Fully automatic/driverless operation is utlised. There are comparable rail transits at Gatwick and Heathrow (Terminal 5).

STANSTED AIRPORT TRANSIT CAR 5  11-8-16
STANSTED AIRPORT TRANSIT CAR WHITE  11-8-16
Top: Car 5 (left) outside the terminal.
Above: Repainted Car 1.
Both views taken on 11/8/16.

STANSTED CITYLINK.
The A50 Stansted Airport-London service is withdrawn. It had been run as a partial replacement for the old Terravision route with that number, since May 2016. This also meant that coaches no longer needed to be borrowed from Callinans or Westbus.

STEPHENSONS.
SN16ORS 440 ST 90 MN 5-8-16 (S AUSTIN)
One of the pair of ex Silcox ADL/Enviro 200s; no 440 at Maldon on 5/8/16. (Simon Austin).

ADL/Enviro 200 433 (EU10 NVS) has lost its ‘Blackwater Link’ branding.
Ex Bury Breeze Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200 (Y274 FJN) has passed to MC Tractors, Ramsey for scrap.
Sold to Square Peg, New Farnley, Leeds are Leyland Olypmian/Alexander RL 724 (J624 GCR), Volvo Olympian/Alexander RHs 829-31 (N881/959/60 BKK) and Leyland Olympian/NC 862 (J562 HAT).

SUPREME COACHES, RETTENDON.
Volvo B10M/Van Hool L19 PCC has passed to Flavin/Chariots, Stanford Le Hope.

SWISS GLOBAL AIRLINES.
Avro RJ100 ‘whispering jet’ HB-DXQ is withdrawn.

TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
The first full size coach here is T243 LBJ, a Setra S315, ex Stainton of Crooklands, mid Wales.

TERRAVISION.
As noted above, all operations have now ceased.

THORNS OF RAYLEIGH.
Sold is DAF MB/Van Hool SIL 1514.

TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
Founder and proprietor George Glew passed away in late August, after a long illness. He was in his late 70s. Originally a London bus driver, he formed Tony Glew Private Hire Services in the late 1980s, following a spell as a plastics injection moulding engineer.
Busmopolitan recalls the original vehicles being a Ford Transit/Dormobile, WBM 150S – ex Graham’s of Kelvedon and F821 KJN, a Renault Trafic/Devon Conversion minibus bought new.
The original depot was in the Hythe district of Colchester, and moved to Great Tey in 1997. The fleet grew to cover all sizes of bus and coach, with double deckers run between 2008 and 2013. Total fleet strength averaged around 12.
Work wise, the “economy” end of the private charter coach market was served, along with educational contracts, including special needs home to school.
The business continues to trade.
B3CEC TONY GLEW 5-10
Above: One of Tony Glew’s current fleet is Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Paramount 3200 B3 CEC. It was pictured at Norman Way Schools, Colchester in May 2010.

TOWNLINK, HARLOW.
Some of the repossessed vehicles were offered at auction on 9/8/16.

TRUSTYBUS, HARLOW.
Bought for spares only is ex Arriva The Shires Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown W129 XRO.
Volvo B10BLE/Wright WNZ 1864 is withdrawn due to accident damage. It has been replaced by idntical X923 WGR; supplied through Ensign. Also withdrawn are B10BLE/Wright W908 RBB and Scania Omnicity YN53 RXT.
B10BLE/Wright W908 RBB is now WNZ 1127.
Sold are: Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200s Y239/43 FJN; Dennis Trident/Plaxton Presidents LK03 CGF, GFX, GJY/Z, GKA/C; Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pounter KP54 BYY; Dart SLF/EL Esteems PE56 UFH/J/K; short ADL/Enviro 200 SK07 HLR; LDV Convoy AD02 HCP.
ADL/Enviro 300 DD35 (LY58 PFX) is stored.

UNO.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 127 (LG02 FFY) has passed to Buses 4 Sale, Stockton on Tees.

With thanks to: S Austin, D Curvegnon, ‘District Dave’; N Eadon-Clarke, Essex Buses Yahoo, A Hazell, R West.

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