Busmopolitan – Essex & District Bus & Rail Newspage. January 2017.


Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of Busmopolitan.
The main news this month is railway related. Both of the area’s passenger TOCs have seen ownership changes. One has completely changed management, while the other has a new minority partner. Both new players are from overseas.
Meanwhile, in the Capital, Go-Ahead has consolidated its bus operations by focussing them all on the London General operators licence. It is likely that the local identities of Blue Triangle, Docklands Buses, London Central and Metrobus will remain on vehicles and publicity. The fleets will continue to be reported separately.
We also have a bumper selection of aviation pictures this month.

Above: Airbus A320 ER-AXW lands at Stansted on a misty Saturday afternoon on 7/1/17. It is on flight 9U833 from Chisinau.

Received from Arriva Kent and Surrey at Guildford is ADL/Enviro 200 4018 (GN58 BUE). 4018 retains Guildford branding. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 3414 (SN54 HXA) has gone in exchange.
An additional stop for the Park and Ride has been established on the Northern Approach Road, serving Colchester General Hospital.

Above: Route 4 is now worked by mini Dart SLFs again , after a spell with long SLFs. Mini Pointer no 1558 enters Maldon Road from Southway, on 6/1/17. Two buses are required for this route, and one later runs onto 1/A.

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Above: Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse2 no 3880, still retaining its branding from its time at Ware, arrives at Stansted Airport on 7/1/17.

Mercedes Citaro 3898 (BU58 URL) , the last in Green Line livery, is long term delicensed.

VDL SB200/Wright 3963 (GN04 UGA) has returned, off loan from Ware.
DAF DB250LF/EL Lolanders 6256/9/62 (FD02 UKL/O/U) are from Arriva Kent and Surrey.
Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 3820/1/3 have moved to Arriva Kent and Surrey at Maidstone.

Received from Arriva London South are Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400s VLA 109/56-61.
VLA109 is at Grays (GY);the rest at Barking (DX).
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 VLA142 (LJ55 BTE) is now at Barking (DX) ex Ash Grove (AE).

Dart 29 is a new demand responsive Saffron Walden town service, which started on 3/1/17.

From w/c 15/1/17, the O licence was absorbed into London General. The Blue Triangle identity is retained on fleet names and publicity.
ADL/Enviro 200/EL Esteem SOE26 LX09 AZN has come from London Central.

Above: Blue Triangle Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 WVL461 departs Loughton on 20/9/14.
This was one of a batch bought new for the TfL20 contract when it was won from Arriva in 2012.

East London Transit routes EL1, EL2, EL3 are being converted from WVL to LT operation. The first LTs arrived at River Road depot at the end of January. The batch is numbered LT903-953, with launch due in February.

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Above: One of the original East London Transit buses, WVL346, at Barstable Avenue, Thames View Estate, Barking, on 20/2/10.

Sold to Ensign (dealer) are Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capitals DMN2, 5 (LN51 DWL/P).The DMNs are the last Marshall bodied SLFs in use on TfL routes, with their regular haunt being 193 (Romford-Hornchurch County Park Estate).

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.Ex NX West Midlands Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President V427 MOA is for dealer stock only.
Volvo Olympian/NC R283 LGH is now used on private charters only.
A maintenance pit has been installed at Rochford depot.

This south Essex rail operator has been sold by National Express (NX) to Trenitalia (Italian State Railways) for £70 million. The handover is expected to be complete by spring 2017,subject to Department of Transport approval. C2C was the last UK rail franchise to be held by NX.

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Above: C2C ‘Electrostar’ Class 357 EMU 357016 passes Purfleet Marshes  in May 2013, on a Southend bound Tilbury loop service. In the foreground is HS1 to the Channel Tunnel. London can be seen on the distant horizon.

Above: Trenitalia trains at Venice. ETR610 high speed EMU is on left. Conventional EMU on right. (M Messer).

Now has ex Metroline Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX 400 LK05 GGJ, through Ensign.

Ex Konect Dennis Trident/EL 724 (W824 NNJ) is now here.
On the Sudbury-Nayland-Colchester corridor, the 83 and 84X variants ceased from 8/1/16.
The former Bures depot has been rented out for commercial purposes.

Above: Airbus A319-112 5B-DCU departs Stansted on flight CO623 for Larnaca, Cyprus on 7/1/17.

TfL388 (Stratford City-Blackfriars) is being restocked with new ADL/E40H Citybuses. The batch is numbered 2522-36 and commenced delivery in late January. They are replacing some of CT Plus’s original London buses, Dennis Trident/ELs dating from 2003. HTL6 is pictured (below), passing beneath the North London Line at Shoreditch on 14/6/14. These buses were refurbished by Hants and Dorset Trim in 2011/2012.

66051 was at Harlow Mill on 8/1/17, on the aggregates working to/from Mountsorrel in Leicestershire.
92015 arrived at Ripple Lane, Barking on 18/1/17, with the first cross land freight service from China, via the Channel Tunnel. The Class 92 did not work over the full route !

From w/c 15/1/17, the O licence was absorbed into London General. The Docklands name continues on fleet names and publicity.

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Above: Docklands Buses ADL/Enviro 200 SE105 approaches Beckton Bus Station on the temporary route 574 on 8/9/13. The 574 was covering part of TfL474 (Canning Town-Manor Park) due to a road closure in the area.

On 4/1/17, 37025 and 37057 topped and tailed a Network Rail test train, along the GEML, between Liverpool Street and Harwich.

The last of the former VWL Class Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis, was VWL10 (LB02 YXH). It ended its London career with London Central of TfL185 (Lewisham-Victoria), although it had spent most of its time post ETB with London General. Sold to Ensign by Go-Ahead London are VWL9,12 (LB02 YXG/K), VWL 16,19,20,24 (LF52 TGN/V/X, THK).

Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere K70 CAP is now K597 NVG.
Sold are Mercedes 01120L/Ferqui MUI 9862 ex T199 JBE; B10M/Premieres MUI 9693 ex R434 FWT, RIL 3694 ex P341 VWR, RIL 9695 ex N226 THO and A10 XEL, RIL 3696 ex N238 THO and A17 EXC, RIL 3697 ex M130 UWY, RIL 3698 ex M340 MRU and A12 EXC, K60 CAP, K597 NVG; B10M/Van Hools RIL 7032 orig M74 FGG; Scania K360/Irizar CC65 ARC; Ford Transit 14 seater KU52 ONB.

New commercial route 61 (Brentwood-Blackmore) began on 3/1/17, as a replacement for Amber 261.
Temporary additions for rail work are ex London General/Wright Geminis 908 (LX53 BJO), 912 (LX05 FAF), and ex London Central Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 909/10/11/13/14 (PJ52 LWL/N/R/W/V). 914 is seen (below) at Brentwood on 21/1/17. They are being used on a 5 month contract for TfL Rail, between Brentwood and Shenfield.


From 2/1/17, the 86 (Staple Tye-Waltham Cross) additionally serves Katherines and Sumners in Harlow. From 17/1/17, new commercial service 500 (Harlow-Thornwood-Epping) began, running every 20 mins M-Sat daytimes. This was apparently in response to (rumoured) service reductions by Trustybus. However 500 ceased after 18th January. 500 apparently failed because Trustybus continued its incumbent service and accepted EOS tickets (!).
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President no 100 (LT02 ZZV) was involved in a multi vehicle shunt at Thornwood on 18/1/17. It rear ended Trustybus Volvo B10BLE/Wright WNZ 1103 and was hit in the rear itself by a La Farge Tarmac Volvo FMX 8 wheel tipper. 9 people were slightly injured. Both buses were write offs. Trustybus Scania Omnicity YN53 RXB was also slightly damaged. LT02 ZZV is now withdrawn.
Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano 762 is now in orange/black fleet livery, ex red.

Above: LT02 ZZV at Newbury Park on TfL RRP to/from Shenfield on 7/2/16.

Further Class 373 EMUs to be delivered to EMR, Kingsbury for scrap are 373107/8.

D-AEWT/U are Airbus A320-214s leased from Lufthansa.

Has AEC PRV Routemaster ALD 871B, which had been with Southend Transport in the 1980s/1990s, ‘Pride of Belfairs’.

Above: 66167, one of the new ADL/Enviro 200 MCs for X10 and X30, departs Stansted on 7/1/17. One of the X30 branded buses also regularly appears on Chelmsford Park and Ride.
Below: Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65682 at Fingringhoe Church on 22/1/17. The 175 is one of two circular routes serving this village from Colchester. The other is 174 and they run in opposite directions. Note this bus has the short lived ‘Colchester’ First local branding and has been retrofitted with a led destination. (W Bell).

The last Marshall bodied Dennis Dart SLFs. 41730 (X503 JLO) and 41735 (X735 HLF) are still going strong. These came from First London some eight years ago and always worked at Hadleigh (HH). They outlasted their other sisters by around 12 months. 41735 is pictured (below) outside Hadleigh depot on 13/12/14.

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Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33184 (LR02 LZD) appeared on stage work again from mid January, after a spell on Colchester staff shuttles. This bus had spent 8 months under repair following an accident at Mersea Island in April 2016.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66837(MX05 CFU) was loaned from Chelmsford (CF) to Colchester (CR) at the end of January, while ADL/Enviro 200 44537 (YX13 AEF) was lent by CF to Basildon (BN) at the same time.
Former B7RLE/Wright 66805 (MX05 CCU) now at First Leicester, has received their local purple livery.

PG04 WHF is another ex London United Volvo B7TL/EL Vyking – via Ensign. It has been converted to single door and received a led destination.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH G805 GSX, Volvo Olympian/Alexander RL R141 EVX, Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale P263 PSX and Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President LK03 NHV; were present at Tollesbury outstation, during January.

Has G132 YWC, a Leyland Olympian/NC which was new to Ensign, then Capital Citybus, London Country North West and latterly Arriva The Shires. It was acquired from Ensign sales stock.

Several Class 70 diesels have been stored, due to a shortage of spare parts. The machines affected are 70001/2/3/9/14, and are parked up at Midland Road depot, Leeds.
On 3/1/17, Heavy Haul 66606 + 66615 topped and tailed a Network Rail engineering train into Parkeston Quay.

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Heavyhaul 66606 was on RHTT duties along the GEML in mid January. 66608 was the Shenfield ‘Thunderbird’ at this time, although 66564 had taken this role by the end of the month, and is pictured (above).
66515/28/45/60 have been on Intermodal on GEML.
On 21/1/17, 66539/50 were on P W duties at Shenfield.

The new premises on the site of the old Dagenham Dock (north) sidings is a warehouse, occupied by Hope Concrete.

66705/68 were on engineering trains on the Lea Valley/Harlow lines on 15/1/17.
66727 was on Harwich tanks on 17/1/17.
66760 was on Ferme Park-Chelmsford stone on 20/1/17.
66777 was Network Rail shunter at Parkeston Quay, during most of January.

Scania Omniexpress YT09 FLF is now an operational spare, and sees little use.
Mercedes 711D/Onyx P2 BST has been sold. It is now at the premises of Deal (car dealer), Kelvedon, with fleet names removed.
VW Caravelle EX52 EPP also looks to have gone.

Japanese company Mitsui has bought a 40% share in Greater Anglia, with Abellio remaining the majority shareholder.
A new depot at Manningtree has been announced. The 22 acre site will be on the former chemical works at Brantham, with the £70m project due to start in August 2017, with completion planned for December 2018. The facility will house and maintain the new train fleet, due from 2019.
The second ‘Renatus’ Class 321 EMU here is 321303.
From Great Northern are 321402/18/19.
A handful of rolling stock still had the old ‘Abellio Greater Anglia’ branding at the end of January, but most had been rebranded with the new ‘Greater Anglia’ title by then. Still displaying ‘AGA’ included 153322; 321326 (on one end only) and 360112.
Single car DMU 153322 was unusually on the Marks Tey to Sudbury on Tuesday 24/1/17. Class 153s normally only work this route at weekends.
On 26-27/1/17, there was severe disruption on the GEML due to OLE damage at Ingatestone.

Above: The Greater Anglia network saw a lot of closures for engineering work at weekends between September and November 2016, and again over the 2016/2017 Christmas/New Year holiday period. The New Year saw the first appearance of New Routemasters on such work. Abelllio London LT772 was pictured at Billericay on 2nd January 2017 by Mark Hough.

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Braintree town service 34/A (Bocking-Great Notley) ceased commercially from 8/1/17, with no direct replacement. It has been partially replaced by 89/A (Braintree -Great Yeldham) – peal hour positioning journeys only. There are also alternative facilities using First routes 70, 352 and Stephensons service 9, but these only pass the edges of Great Notley. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer no 289, was seen at Notley Garden Village on 9/7/15.
During its history (of 20 + years), the 34/A was worked successively by Eastern National, First Essex, Stansted Transit, Regal Busways and finally Hedingham. It was Essex CC contracted in its latter period, but became commercial again in 2014. It is understood that some parties were interested in continuing the 34/A as a county council contract, if subsidy had been available.
Meanwhile, operation of the Alec Hunter-Silver End school contract 003, moved from Kelvedon (KN) to Sible Hedingham (HD) from 4/1/17.
Another repainted and retrimmed ex Konect Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini at HD is 511 (LB02 YWY).
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 577 (W518 WGH), came to KN from HD on 10/1/17, with 563 (V307 LGC) following on 11/1/17; completing the intake of low floors into KN.
561/63/69 (V303/7 LGC, W484 WGH) have lost their old Chambers fleet names in lieu of Hedingham. 561 retained the old Chambers route diagrams on its nearside; 563 on both sides, but 569 lost all of it’s.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 510 (LB02 YWX) is understood to be on loan from Konect. Unfortunately it suffered a major engine failure during January and ended up VOR at HD.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 743 (X386 NNO) was first used at KN on 27/1/17.

Above: 743 with 576 at Kelvedon. (Terry Clark)

Short Mercedes Citaro demonstrator BP14 FJZ has been on loan.

KJ’s PRIVATE HIRE, BOXTED. Has Ford Transit 16 seater HN64 DHP, ex Journeyman, Stramshall.

This childrens’ book publisher has ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 400 LJ09 OKC – via Ensign.

From w/c 15/1/17, the O licence was absorbed into London General.
DAF SB120/Wright Cadet DWL13 (BX04 BXL) has moved to London General, as TfL108 receives an allocation of MECs. Mb Citaro MEC9 also returned to London General.
Sold to Ensign, are former East Thames Buses DAF SB120/Wright Cadets DWL21/22/26 (FJ 54 ZDV/W, ZFA) and ex Blue Triangle Dennis Dart SLF/MCV Evolutions ED1, 3 (AE06 HCA/D). All had been displaced from TfL108 (Lewisham-Stratford) by Mercedes Citaros from London General. The DAFs were quickly resold to RJ on Wem, Wales.

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Above: London Central DAF SB120/Wright Cadet DWL14 at a very wet Blackfen on 30/4/12. This was one of the vehicles acquired by Go-Ahead London from East Thames Buses.

On 9/1/17 there was a 24 hour strike over concern about de-staffing of ticket offices. There was a partial service on the Central and District Lines, but no trains at all on the Victoria Line.
On 25-26/1/17, there was further industrial action on the Central Line, lasting for 24 hours from 2100 on 25th January. No trains ran east of Leytonstone, and there was a reduced service on the rest of the line It was to do the displacement of 8 drivers based at the east end of the Central Line, to Earls Court train crew depot on the District Line. This was because overstaffing had been identified on the Central, and Earls Court was below establishment.
The eastern end of the Central Line has train crew depots at Debden, Hainault, Leytonstone, Loughton and Woodford. All are train stabling points, except Leytonstone, and Hainault is the traction maintenance depot for the area.

Above: Central Line at Redbridge on 5/11/16, featuring 1992 Tube Stock car 91227 leading a westbound service, from Hainault to Ealing Broadway.

After a lull of a couple of months, D78 Stock withdrawals have restarted with 7075+17075+8075 and 7530+17530+7531 being stood down.
7075, 7530 went to VivaRail. 7531, 8075, 17075, 17530 to Booth Roe at Rotherham for scrap.
The remaining D78s are expected to last in public service until April/May.

From 30/1/7, a new service in St Albans started. Numbered SC1 and called ‘The Abbey Shuttle’, it links the city centre with the railway stations at City and Abbey. It is a 12 month pilot project, with £150K DfT funding. The regular vehicle is ADL/Enviro 200 SN59 AXA – pictured below.


The Brentwood to Shenfield section has been closed for CrossRail works until May 2017. The CrossRail side of Shenfield station has been closed for major remodelling, with only Greater Anglia services calling. A replacement bus service is being provided by Ensignbus, using their ex Go-Ahead London Volvo B7TLs.

Dhillons of London is providing reliefs between Stansted Airport and London Victoria.

A third ex London General Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini from Ensign is BX04 BBJ. These are being used registered school routes 78 (Brightlingsea-Colchester) and 177 (West Mersea-Colchester). They replaced Dennis Tridents, which continue to appear on closed school contracts. Some Volvo Olympians are withdrawn as a result. However, Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH S264 YOO has received blue/white fleet livery, ex Redbridge pink/white – and been noted on rail replacement.

Optare Excel BIG 9861 has reverted to V203 ENU and been sold to a preservationist in the Peak District. It was pictured (above, left) at Matching Green workshop/depot on 15/1/17, with Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere BIG 9807 ex N611 APU. BIG 9807 is awaiting the engine from similar N615 APU.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Super Pointer Y182 CFS is now BIG 7006.
All Leyland Olympian BIG 9248 is delicenced as a Reserve vehicle, and has gone to secure storage.

From mid January, for a period of 5 to 6 weeks, Panther provided an Audley End/Saffron Walden to Hempstead shuttle over Stephensons route 60 (Audley End/Saffron Walden-Haverill) due to a road closure at Hempstead. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer DC56 PAN was used, and temporarily based at Great Dunmow outstation – increasing the allocation there from 2 to 3 short term. Alex Hazell photographed DC56 PAN (above) at Hempstead.

On 28/1/17, Panther covered for Hedingham on Harwich town service 2 (again), using short ADL/Enviro 200 DC61 PAN. Adam Barham photographed it (above), departing Harwich Bus Station.
Ipswich outstation has returned to the railway station forecourt, following the completion of building works.
Ancillary vehicles: A Ford Transit Connect van acquired is YP13 MRX, while Peugeot 106 ferry car P568 LKE is withdrawn.

Above; Since the end of the Stansted Airport Northside Shuttle, Mercedes Sprinter AB03 PAN has been mainly used on crew ferry duties. However, on 15/1/17, it was on Greater Anglia rail replacement, working a shuttle between Sawbridgeworth station and the High Road. This was to do with a level crossing closure.
Below: Ford Transit Connect YP13 LRX at Matching Green on 15/1/17.
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Above: Boeing 737-800 TC-IZK departs Stansted for Izmir on flight PC522, on 7/1/17.

From 9/1/17, the 3C variant on the Southend-Chelmsford route ceased.

New are Boeing 737-800ASs EI-FTK/L/M/N/O/P/R.
Withdrawn is Boeing 737-8AS EI-EFP. It was ferried from Stansted to Prestwick for storage.
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Above: Boeing 737-800 EI-DHG loads at Gate 36 at Stansted on 7/1/17. It is on FR9772 to Baden Baden, running around 2 hours late, due to a previous technical issue with the aircraft.

New are ADL/Enviro 40H MMCs 12403-9 (YY66 PHA/F/JK/N/O/U).
New Routemaster retirned to red fleet livery, ex overall adverts are LT25//71, 313/60/86/97.
Scania Omnicity ‘deckers 15036/37 have been transferred to Rainham (RM).
Moved to Selkent at Catford are ADL/Enviro 200s 36261/62 (LX11 AVP/R).
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 17918 (LX03 OSP) has been resold via Ensign, to AC Williams, Grantham. 17942 (LX53 JYE) has been scrapped by Stagecoach. Trident 17409 (Y409 NHK) has also left the fleet.

As mentioned above, from mid January, route 60 (Audley End/Saffron Walden-Haverhill) was temporarily diverted away from Hempstead due to a road closure, with Panther providing an interim shuttle to/from Saffron Walden and Audley End.
From 9/1/17, route 9/A (Braintree-Great Bardfield) was revised to replace part of withdrawn ex Hedingham 34/A.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 412 (SK02 XGP) now has plain front panel; ie with no air intake.
Sister SLF 416 (SN56 AYH) was involved in a bizarre incident on 9/1/17, when it got lost and ended up stuck in a heap of manure ! This happened on Mizens Farm at Thaxted. The bus was running light and being driven by an engineer from Haverhill depot, who became disorientated due to a road closure in the locality. The bus was towed free by the farm’s John Deere tractor.

(Picture: via SWNS and Essex Live).

Leyland Olympian/NC 947 (H547 VAT) has been donated to the Ipswich Homelss Shelter. It was replaced by reinstated Volvo Olympian/NC 810 (M410 RVU). Both buses are/were used at Haverhill/Great Dunmow outstation. 808 (M408 RVU) remains in Reserve.

Scania K360EB6/Irizar Cwentury is now with PD Coaches, Sixmilecross, County Tyrone, Ulster, as UHZ 8437.

Above: Boeing 757-256  G-ZAPX arrives at Stansted on 7/1/17. It was on a return from Chambery on flight ZT332. This plane was new to Iberia Airways in 2000 and subsequently with Easyjet. It in fact has served with Easyjet and Titan twice. Titan is a charter airline based at London Stansted.

Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall DM41445 (LN51 DUH0 has passed to Ensign, and then onwards for scrap, to MC Tractors at Ely.

Above: Ex Metroline Dennis Trident/Plaxton President, on route 410 at Harlow Bus Station on 16/1/16. Note it retains its London fleet number.

From 2/7/17, service 410 (Harlow-Holdbrook Estate) ceased on Sundays and the 410X variant ended altogether.
From 3/1/17,  505 (Harlow-Chingford) was withdrawn Mon to Fri, but continued on Saturdays. 392 (Harlow-Rye Park) ceased from the same date. From 4/1/17, 392 was partially replaced by a community bus.

Above: Dennis Trident LX04 FXV, on the 505 at Forth Avenue, Harlow (opposite the Arriva depot) on 16/1/16. Although ex Stagecoach East London, this was one of the buses loaned to Tower Transit, as evidenced by the TAL fleet no on the front nearside, between decks.
Below: Sister LX04 FXP, also ex Stagecoach East London/Tower Transit, enters Harlow Bus Station on the 392; also on 16th January 2016.
Since these pictures were taken, these routes went over to single deckers.

There was a multi vehicle accident on London Road, Thornwood on 18/1/17, involving two Trustybus vehicles. One of the Scania Omnicities (YN53 RXB) stopped suddenly. But the following Volvo B10BLE/Wright (WNZ 1103) was rear ended by EOS Trident/President 100 (LT02 ZZV) and a La Farge Tarmac Volvo FMX tipper lorry.
9 people were slightly injured, and the road was closed for 4 hours. WNZ 1103 was withdrawn as a result.

Above: Boeing 737-800 G-FDZR arrives at a misty Stansted on 7/1/17.

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One of the 8.9 metre “classic” ADL/Enviro 200s acquired for TfL383. No 603 is seen at Woodside Park on 21/1/17.

Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 276 (LF52 ZNM) is delicensed following an engine fire.

Above: MD10 N513SN taxys at Stansted on 7/1/17. New in 1994 to Finnair. It became a freighter with Finnair in 2011. It then quickly passed to Nordic Global, before arriving at Western Global in 2015. It was en route to Liege, Belgium at the time of this picture.

With thanks to: J Bale, A Barham, T Clark, A Hazell, Anglia Gen, ‘District Dave’, Essex Buses Yahoo, LOTS, M Hough, M Messer, J Sadd.

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Busmopolitan – Essex & District Bus & Rail Newspage. December 2016.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the December 2016 edition of Busmopolitan, and Happy New Year.
The top news is of the withdrawal of the last of Hedingham Omnibuses’ Volvo Olympians, ahead of the double deck DDA deadline (for registered bus services) at 2359 on December 31st. However, several other Essex operators will continue to use step entrance double deckers, on work where the DDA rule does not apply, namely private charters, rail replacement and “closed” school contracts.
Other interesting news is the arrival of the first Class 345 Electric Multiple Unit trains for the future CrossRail.

Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer CC05 BLU has had its blue skirt repainted orange. The rest remains white.
SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer SIL 6719 retain blue/white and its name from its days with Panther Travel.
Services 14 (Basildon-Corringham) and 261 (Brentwood-Blackmore) were de-registered from 23/12/16  and 16/12/16, repectively. Amber had run 261 commercially since 2013. From 28/12/16, 374 (Grays-Basildon) was revised to serve Fobbing. Council contracted 374 started in 2009, originally with Ensignbus and subsequently Go Ride and Imperial.

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Above: ADL/Enviro 200 no 4012 at Maldon Road on 7/12/16.

From Arriva Kent and Surrey at Guildford is ADL/Enviro 200 4018. These and its sisters entered service retaining Surrey adverts.
Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers 3413-15 (SN54 HWY, HXA/B) are due to move to Guildford.
Withdrawn is SLF/Pointer 3314 (S312 JUA) – the last in TGM livery. 3329 (X521 GGO) is due for withdrawal.

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Above: Volvo B7RLE 3819, recently repainted out of SxConnect colours, at the top of North Hill, Colchester on 23/12/16. It is unusually on route 2.

Ex Ware Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 3876/79 (KX11 PUK/Y) have lost their Route 310 branding, but 3880 (KX11 PVA) currently retains it.
Driver trainer DAF SB120/Wright Cadet T941 (GK52 YVF) has come from Arriva Medway Towns. It may be used at other locations too.

Two of the former London 51 reg DAF SB120/Wright Cadets remain active – 3504/7 (KE51 PUH, PUO). 3507 is pictured (above) in its London days, at Upminster in March 2008, when working from Arriva Southend Grays depot. Grays is now part of Arriva London North.
Sister 3530 (LF02 PNK) has been converted into a driver trainer.
DAF SB200/Wright 3963 (GN04 UGA) was on loan to Arriva KT Northfleet, while NF’s ADL/Enviro 200 3986 (GN07 DLO) was under repair at Southend. 3963 then moved on to Ware.
DAF SB120/Cadet 3508 (KE51 PUU) remained on loan at Northfleet, while 3503 (KE51 PUF) was at Northfleet and then with Arriva Kent and Surrey at Maidstone.

Mb Sprinter SH60 LOF is blue and has Essex County Council branding.

New Routemaster LT847 has been borrowed from London Central for type training, prior to the conversion of East London Transit to this type from February 2017.
The SOE class Dennis Dart SLF/EL Esteems have spread their wings, with River Road (RR) depot receiving examples from London Central for TfL school routes 646 (Noak Hill-Cranham), 648 (Romford-Cranham). This was because MEC Class Mercedes Citaros were found to be too long. SOEs have also been appearing on TfL346 (Upminster-Cranham). SOE23/24/27 (LX09 AZG/J/O) have arrived so far.
From Docklands Buses is Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 WVL432 (LX11 FJK).
TfL346 is allocated ADL/Enviro 200s SE230-32,, but SEN38 has been regularly seen.
ADL/Enviro 200 SE148 (YX61 DTO) has transferred to London General.
Dennis Dart SLF/MCV Evolution ED20 (LX07 BYL) has been running with no fleet names. It was seen (below) on High Road, Loughton on 17th December.

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Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere 9 (S290 TVW) and Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 561/69 (V303 LGC, W484 WGH), have been transferred to Hedingham Omnibuses.

New are Vauxhall Vivaro 8 seat minibuses 26 (EA66 HMH), 21(EA66 HMU), EA66 HMX and Renault Master EU66 FLD.

Fire damaged ADL/Enviro 40H Citybus2510 (SN16 OHZ) is under repair at Plaxtons, Anston. Borrowed from Abellio London to cover is Abellio London ADL/Enviro 40D MMC 2400 (YY64 GXG).
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/EL Vykings HTL2, 9, 11, 12 (LR52 LTN, LWJ, PF52 TGZ, LR52 LYC). 2 and 9 had been disused since spring 2016.

Class 08 diesel electric shunter 08934 continued to be resident at Dagenham Dock during December.
Class 66 EMD diesel electric loco 66182 was at Griffin Wharf, Ipswich – on a sand train on 14/12/16.
66158 visited Ingatestone on an engineering train on 26/12/16. It came from Whitemoor.

Route 330 (Belchamp St Paul-Great Yeldham), ceased after 23/12/16.

Scania K410EB6/Irizar YN16 WUP is now DH16 DON.

The remaining VWL Class Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis, now with London General are being withdrawn. Their last bastion has been on TfL180 (Lewisham-Thamesmead East). They are being replaced by ex London Central PVL Class Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents.
Sold to Ensign are VWL6, 14 (LB02 YXD/M), VWL17/18/21/26/27/29 (LF52 TGO/U/Y, THU/V/Z), DWL40/44 (BX04 BBF, BKJ).

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Above: VWL23 in Greenwich on 12/3/16, on a 180 short working.

The latest Airbus A320-214 here is G-EZPT.

Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premieres SIL 4016 ex N247 HWX and TIL 3318 ex P328 VWR have passed to York Pullman
Sold to Outen, Purfleet (dealer) are Volvo B10M/Plaxton Paramount NIL 4417 ex F297 RMH; B10M/VH H533 WGH and B10M/Plaxton Premiere K60 CAP. H533 WGH was resold to Viceroy of Essex at Saffron Walden.
Sold is B10M/Premiere LIG 2236 ex W616 FUM.

Joining the fleet as no 651, is ex Metroline 8.9m ADL/Enviro 200 YX09 FMJ. It is for new Brentwood local route 61 (Brentwood-Blackmore), which replaces Amber 261.
The last Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale, 829 (P429 UUG) has passed to Carters of Kettering.
BCI Enterprise 403 (LX66 GXE) moved on loan from Reading Buses to Mortons of Tadley, before returning to Ensign.
There have been adjustments to services 12 (Aveley The Village-Lakeside), 44 (Lakeside-Purfleet-Grays), 66 (Lakeside-Tilbury-Chadwell St Mary), 73 (Lakeside-Tilbury), 83 (Lakeside-Chadwell St Mary).
The annual X10 (Lakeside-Southend) ran on Boxing Day. Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 101 (PIJ 601) was used, alongside Volvo B9TL/Optare Olympus 118 (PO58 NPX) and some of the 15 reg B9TL/Gemini2s. Arriva and First run no routes in the area on 26th December, although Southend Transport did many years ago.
AEC PRV Rputemaster RMC1485 (485 CLT) was temporarily decorated green for a More Than insurance promotion.

Loaned Optare Solos YJ59 GHB/G were resold by Ensign to Yorkshire Tiger.
Commercial service 87 (Harlow-Epping) has been de-registered.
Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano LK53 FDF is 759. LK03 NLT is thought to be 762.

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Above: Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano no 760 at Loughton High Road on 17/12/16, on ex Arriva route 542.

Class 373 EMU sets 373004/04, 373019/20 have been towed to EMR, Kingsbury, for scrap.

New is Airbus A320-214 D-AEWS.
A320-214 D-AEWM is in an overall advert for Eurowings Boomerang Club.

ADL/Enviro 200s 44001-4 (LK57 EJC-F) have transferred to First South West.
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33184 (LR02 LZD) has returned to service at Colchester (CR) following accident repairs. It had partially overturned at West Mersea in April 2016. It is mainly on “light duties”, such as staff shuttles.
Wright Streetlite 63339 is delicensed due to accident damage, and has gone for repair.
Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400s 32475/76 (AU53 HJJ/K) have received super rear adverts for CT1 industrial adhesive. 32476, was spotted (below) at Head Street, Colchester on 8/12/16.AU53HJK 32476 CT1 REAR ADVERT CR 8-12-16.jpg

Traffic changes from 4/12/16, saw 41 (Galleywood-Chelmsford) extended to/from Chignal Estate, while 51 (Galleywood-Chignal Estate), was withdrawn between Chelmsford city centre and Chignal and re-routed to Channels Estate. The Chelmer Valley-Broomfield section of the Chelmsford Park and Ride, passed to Essex CC Community Link, from the same date.

Has ex Metroline Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer LR02 BEU, via Ensign.

The low floor double deck fleet has grown, with the arrival of ex London United EL Myllennyum Vyking bodied Volvo B7TLs PG04 WHF/G, via Ensign. They are now single door and led destination fitted.
Sold is Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale P265 PSX.
There is a regular allocation at Tollesbury outstation. It is Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale P263 PSX and Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents LK03 NHG/V.
During December, B7TL/President LK03 NHF, Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH G805 GSX and Bova Futura GB55 FLG also appeared.

Above: Tollesbury outstation on 2/12/16.

New is Dornier DHC-8 402 turboprop G-PRPF.

Yet another Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 here is S807 BWC. It is a former London, latterly Yorkshire example, sourced through Ensign.

All of the electric locomotive have transferred from Crewe to Basford Hall depots (as their maintenance base).
On 2/12/16, Intermodal Class 90 electric loco 90047 appeared on the Ipswich-Felixstowe branch, hauled “dead” (naturally as this route is not electrified) – at the rear of a FSA container wagon consist; with Class 66 EMD diesel electric 66537 leading. On 7/12/16, 90047 was loaded onto an Alleley’s low loader at Felixstowe.
On 4/12/16, Heavy Haul Class 66 EMD diesels 66415 and 66585 were on PW duties at Shenfield, while 66514 has become the regular ‘Thunderbird’ loco there.
66546 was noted on Intermodal on 12/12/16. This had been Heavy Haul.
The GEML was closed south of Witham over Christmas, for engineering work. FLHH 66528 and 66601 brought PW trains along to Ingatestone. 66523 was at Forest Gate. All originated from Whitemoor (March).

Class 92 electric locomotive 92032 continued to be resident at Dagenham Dock in December.
66732/47 were present at Ingatestone on 25th December, with trains for the above engineering work. 66771 came on Boxing Day. All originated from Whitemoor.
66771 and 66776 visited Parkeston Quay separately in late December. This is reportedly the first time that GBRf ’66s have visited this NE Essex location. 66771 was on North Walsham tanks, while 66776 was a “super shunter” for Network Rail.

The first of the ‘Renatus’ (Latin for ‘born again’) refurbished Class 321 EMUs was launched on 16/12/16 at Southend Victoria. It carries a white/red/grey livery. In total 321301-30 will become ‘Renatus’ specified, with re-traction.
Now with the new GA branding are DVTs 82112/14/18/21/39/43/52, Class 90 electric locos 90001/03-5/08-14, DMUs 153314, 156402/07/16/22, EMUs 321306/12/13/14/15/19/20/23/24/27/28/29/32/33/34/36/38/39/40/42/47/49/51/52/53/61/62/63/65/66, 321423/24/25/28/30/33/35/37/47, 317510, 317659/61/63/69, 360101-03/05/08-14/16-18/20. 321326 is partly rebranded. 321306/13/14/15/19/20/23/24/26/28/424/28/30 retain National Express grey/white colours. All others are overall white. 321333 has raised unit nos in smaller font.
On 5/12/16, Class 153 single car DMU 153314 appeared on Marks Tey-Sudbury, unusually on a weekday.

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Above: 156416 at Marks Tey on 16/12/16.

From Anglian is Dennis Trident/EL 712 (T812 RFG).

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Further ex Konectbus Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis are 512/14 (LB02 YXA/F). They and sister 513 (LB02 YXE) both quickly relocated from Clacton (CN) to Sible Hedingham (HD). 514 is seen (top) at Clacton on 7/12/16.
510 (LB02 YWX) arrived at Kelvedon (KN) from Konect on 22nd December. It was pictured (above), being collected from Anglian at Ellough. It moved on to HD on 30th December.
Received from Chambers on 28th December, were Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 561/63 (V303/7 LGC), 569 (W484 WGH). They retained Chambers route branding, but lost Chambers fleet names.
B7TL/Plaxton President 580 (W527 WGH) moved from CN to KN on 21st December, with 579 (W526 WGH) coming to KN from CN on 23rd December. 575 moved CN to KN on December 29th. 560 (EU53 MVZ) went HD to KN on 30/12/16. The low floor conversion at KN is virtually complete. Both CN and HD are responsible for maintaining the buses at KN. B7TLs 574/75/76/78/79/81 remain the responsibility of Clacton, while B7TLs 560/61/63/69/73/77, Tridents 737-39/43 are looked after by HD. When KN regained depot status in July 2016, its workshop (closed in May 2013) did not re-open. B7TL/Gemini 510 is regarded as the HD maintenance spare for KN, while B7TL/President 580 is the CN maintenance spare for KN. 577 (W518 WGH) is also due at KN from HD.
Dennis Trident/ELs 702/17 (T802/17 RFG) 729/34 (W829/34 NNJ) have been upgraded to DDA specification by Hants and Dorset Trim. 702/29/34 have moved from HD to CN. 723 went from CN to HD in exchange for Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 256 (EU55 BWC).
All of the former Brighton and Hove EL Tridents are now concentrated at CN. Trident/EL 712 (T812 RFG) has returned to CN from Anglian and is delicensed.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 738 (T108 DBW) moved from Sible Hedingham (HD) to Kelvedon (KN) on 2nd December. Following accident damage, 738 returned to HD on 7/12/16, and was replaced by Trident 737 (T107 DBW). 738 returned to KN on 14/12/16, but following another accident the following day went back to HD for further attention, emerging again on 30th December. 739 (T117 DBW) moved HD to KN on 22/12/16. 743 (X386 NNO) moved HD to KN on 21/12/16. B7TL/President 560 (EU53 MVZ) and Tridents 737/8/9 have been renumbered LH560, 737/8/9. This is to do with their use on Honywood School contracts from KN, on routes that have to go under two low railway bridges.
Withdrawn is Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH 83 (M273 UKN), parts of which have been used to repair 84 (M276 UKN). Also withdrawn is Volvo Olympian/NC 67 (P605 CAY), which went to store at HD.
The last Olympians in use were 71/3 (R626/43 MNU), 75 (S300 XHK), 76 (S127 RLE), 84 (M276 UKN), 87 (P489 MBY), 89 (N529 LHG), 90 (N540 LHG), 92 (P910 RYO). They were withdrawn after service on 21/12/16, with 73, 75, 84 being ferried from KN to CN. The remainder were transferred to Anglian at Ellough for storage on 22/12/16.

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Above: Volvo Olympians line up at Frostenden at dawn on 22/12/16, nearing their destination of Anglian at Ellough.

Above: The Olympians upon arrival at Ellough.

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Above: Olympians 71 and 89 flank Anglian Optare Versa no 305.

Above: The Olympians amongst withdrawn Anglian Optare Solos, and also a MAN gas bus.

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Above: Olympian no 73 ascends North Hill, Colchester on the “final day special” 87 working, on 23/12/16.

ADL/Enviro 200 MMC demonstrator 500 (YX65 RKK) has moved on, ex loan.

Issued for Christmas are bus themed coasters, mugs and jigsaw puzzles. They feature IB fleet members wearing Santa hats; DAF DB250LF/EL Vyking 100 (PN52 XBM), Optare Versa 148 (YK08 DPE), Mb Citaro 153 (BF65 WMY).

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Above: One of the latest “classic” ADL/Enviro 200s for IB. No 106 at Tower Ramparts on 10/12/16.

Sold is X839 HEE, a Mercedes 1223L/Ferqui.

SN05 YKS is a Mercedes 0814D/CIMO midi coach.

Has ex Go-Ahead London Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer SN51 UAH – via Ensign.

Ex Plymouth Citybus Volvo B7TL/EL Vyking PN02 XCM is here, via Ensign.

Van Hool EX16H YJ16 EPX was returned to Arriva Bus and Coach, Wellingborough, off loan in early December.

Irizar electric bus EL1 is being used on peak journeys on TfL108 (Lewisham-Stratford).
The DW/DWL Class DAF SB120/Wright Cadets, ED class Dennis Dart SLF/MCV Evolutions at New Cross (NX) on TfL108 (Lewisham-Stratford) are being replaced by refurbished ex London General MEC Class Mercedes Citaros. There has been an influx of MECs, with 5, 7, 8, 9, 10/12/14/17/20/27/32/37/50 (BG09 JJX/Z, JKE/J, BD09 ZPS/U/X, ZRA, BF59 NHJ, BD09 ZVX, ZWC, BT09 GPJ) arriving during December. Meanwhile, from Blue Triangle is ADL/Enviro 200 SE90 (YX11 CPU) – now at Camberwell (Q).
DWLs stood down are DWL21/22/26. EDs withdrawn are ED1,3,4,6,7.

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Above: ED2 at Stratford on May 2013.

All of the coaches at Start Hill (SH) look to have received additional fleet nos on their roofs.
Received from Harry Shaw, Coventry, are Volvo B11RT/Caetano Levantes SH216/17/20 (BX65 WCU/O, WDJ).

Former East Thames Buses, latterly London General Volvo B7TL/Wright Geminis BX04 AZU/W, have arrived. They were supplied by Ensign. They have received a white based livery with no blue relief.

There were changes to school services from 5/12/16.
New were 475 (High Ongar-Brentwood), 478 (Willingale-Brentwood).
St Martins School Hutton routes 481-86 became normal stopping routes, ex “closed” school runs.

The site at Parkway has been cleared of remaining vehicles.
Disused Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther CN05 DZF is sold; along with Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer V196 ERG – which had been used as a security hut at this location, and similar Y161 NLK.

Above: Panther Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere BIG 611, on Greater Anglia rail replacement, is passed by Metroline Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer DLD694, at Finsbury Square, London EC1, on 11/12/16.

Ex Kingsleys of Washington is former Lothian Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Super Pointer Y182 CFS. It arrived in Lothian livery, and was quickly dispatched to Mardens for repaint into Panther colours.
Short ADL/Enviro 200 DC61 PAN has been offered for sale.
DAF DB250LF/EL AB02 PAN (ex FD02 UKR) has been repainted into fleet livery by Mardens, ex Arriva. It has been named ‘Phil’. Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 BIG 7758 has been internally refurbished by Duoflex, emerging with dual purpose seats, seatbelts and a tachograph.
Stored Dennis Lance SLF/Wright BIG 7793, Leyland Olympian/ECW coach BIG 4005 and Volvo B12T/Plaxton Panther AB07 PAN, have moved from Colchester outstation. Leyland Olympian/ECW coach D511 PPU and Leyland National JHJ 150V have similarly moved from from Parkeston. All have gone to an undisclosed secure location.
Disused/store shed Leyland Olympian/Alexander RL K518 ESS has gone to Takeley Metals for scrap.

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Above: K518 ESS on 1/8/16.

New is DAF/Irizar YN66 VYM. It is seen (above), in Maldon on 14/12/16.

Mb 0814D/Plaxton Cheetah YN06 RVP has been acquired from Hallmark. It has been repainted blue and named ‘Regal Explorer’.

Bova Magique KC08 ABC is now V24 ROM.
Sold is Iveco 40C13/Mellor 16 seater EO52 EEH.

Another new Boeing 737-8AS here is EI-FTI.

Denis Trident/Alexander ALX400 17851 (LX03 BZE) in from Selkent, and allocated to West Ham (WH). Withdrawn are Tridents 17409 (Y409 NHK), 17942 (LX53 JYE) and Optare Versas 25306-9.
To overall adverts are:
LT239 – New Balnce; LT251, 397 – to YouTube; LT363 – to Paco Rabanne.
Back to red ex overall adverts Are ADL/E40H 12311; LTs 248, 314/76/94.

The last active Olympian here is Leyland/NC 947 (H547 VAT). It is used on a closed school contract from Great Dunmow outstation and is maintained at Haverhill depot.
In Reserve are Volvo Olympian/NCs 808-10 (M408-10 RVU) and Dennis Dart/Alexander ALX200 438 (LX51 FGM).
Suffolk Rider ADL/Enviro 200 461 (EU60 CBF), appeared at Clacton outstation in mid December.

Volvo B12T/Plaxton 9700 EU58 PVF ex 09 DL 292 is now plain white, ex white/blue fleet livery.

Ex AP of Crudwell is Mercedes 0815D/Ferqui YX56 AFN.
Setra S315 T243 LBJ is now in fleet livery, ex plain white.
Mercedes 0814D/Plaxton Cheetah YIL 8559 is delicensed due to accident damage, and has gone for repair.

The first of the new Class 345 EMUs for CrossRail, 345001, arrived at Ilford (IL) depot from Old Dalby Test Track in early December, followed by 345002 by 10th December.

Scania K124/VH CAZ 7446 ex S555 YMJ is ex Towler of Emneth, Norfolk.

More new “Classic” ADL/Enviro 200s are 523-26 (YX66 WGV/W/Y/Z0. They are at Northampton.

Service 27 (Linton-Saffron Walden) was de-registered from 27/12/16.

With thanks to: A Hazell, Anglia Gen, R Delahoy, Ensign, EBN, Essex Buses Yahoo,  Ipswich Buses.

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