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

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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.

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

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
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.

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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.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
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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.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
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.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
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).

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

BLUE TRIANGLE.
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.

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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.

C2C.
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.

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

CARTERS HERITAGE TRAVEL, CAPEL ST MARY.
Now has ex Metroline Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX 400 LK05 GGJ, through Ensign.

CHAMBERS.
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.

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

CT PLUS.
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.
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DBS.
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 !

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
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.

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

EAST THAMES BUSES.
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).

EMPRESS, BETHNAL GREEN.
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.

ENSIGNBUS.
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.

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EOS.
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.

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

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

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

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

FIRST ESSEX.
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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).
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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.

FLAGFINDERS.
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.

FRAGERS LTD, COLCHESTER.
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.

FREIGHTLINER.
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.

GBRf.
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.

GRAHAM’S OF KELVEDON.
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.

GREATER ANGLIA.
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.

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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.

HEDINGHAM.
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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.

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

IPSWICH BUSES.
Short Mercedes Citaro demonstrator BP14 FJZ has been on loan.

LARRY THE LONDON BUS LTD, WALTHAM ABBEY.
This childrens’ book publisher has ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 400 LJ09 OKC – via Ensign.

LONDON CENTRAL.
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.

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
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.

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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.

LUCKETTS OF WATFORD.
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.

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(Lucketts).

MTR TfL RAIL.
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.

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

NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
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.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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PEGASUS AIR.
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Above: Boeing 737-800 TC-IZK departs Stansted for Izmir on flight PC522, on 7/1/17.

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

RYANAIR.
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.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
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.

STEPHENSONS.
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.

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(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.

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

TITAN AIRWAYS, STANSTED.
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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.

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

TRUSTYBUS.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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

UNO.
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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.

WESTERN GLOBAL AIRLINES.
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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.

Courtworth Banner cropped

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