Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.
(All pictures by John Podgorski unless otherwise credited).
Welcome to the May 2017 edition of Busmopolitan.
Hedingham Omnibuses has responded to the incursion on its 87 service by First, by launching a competitive alternative to First’s 76 route. From 30/5/17, Hedingham began its X76 ‘The Seasider’ service between Clacton and Colchester, on a 30 minute frequency. ‘Seasider’ has eyecatching blue branding, which is a contrast to the rather anonymous First buses. X76 also provides useful links into the 87 and Hedingham’s 130 Clacton town service. It is clear that a lot of thought has been put into the Seasider by Hedingham, and Busmopolitan wishes them well in this venture.
On the railways, the major Crossrail works at Shenfield were completed at the start of May. The northside of Shenfield station is now “self contained” for Crossrail, with an extra platform, the existing platforms lengthened and new stabling sidings installed. This co-incides with deliveries of the new Class 345 EMUs, which should appear in service later in 2017.
British Airways suffered a highly publicised (and embarrassing) network wide computer failure over the Whitsun Bank Holiday, meaning planes were grounded worldwide. This included CityFlyer at London City. The chaos was eventually traced to a power supply failure at a main server.
On a much more positive note, BMI Regional began a Londonderry to Stansted service in early May.
ACME BUS, MOLEHILL GREEN.
Bova Futura VMH 561 is reinstated. Withdrawn are Volvo B6BLE/Wright X926 CNO, Ford Transits YF02 XVX, YN53 SVX.
Sold is Mercedes 614D/Crest T950 TUM.
New is ER-AXM, an Airbus A319-112.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer SIL 6719 has been re-registered back to P508 RYM.
Sold are Dennis Dart SLF/Caetanos KM51 BFY, HV52 WTA.
HV52 WTA is now with Marine Education and Research Institute, St Lawrence Bay.
Volvo B7R/Plaxton Profile W218 UMV is now with Harrod of Wormegay, Kings Lynn.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3529 (LF02 PMY) was a rare sight on route 4 on 12/5/17. This is normally the province of mini Dennis Dart SLFs. Sister 3527 (LF02 PNY) was on loan to AKT at Stevenage during May.
Above: DAF SB120 no 3534 unusually on 133, at Colchester on 22/3/16. 133 of course no longer runs into Colchester, except for early/late “positioning” journeys. (S Austin).
Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys on 1/A (Ambrose Avenue-Greenstead) ceased after 29/5/17. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers 3413 (SN54 HWY) and 3417 (SN54 HXD) were in use on the last day.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3857 (KE54 LPC) is back here from Hemel Hempstead, while Optare Solo 1453 (YJ06 FXS) has returned from Ware.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Van Hool TX17 tri-axle Green Line coach 9003 (YJ66 FHY) was briefly on loan from Hemel Hempstead at the end of May – for private charter use.
ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Above: Route 150 branded ADL/Enviro 400 T176 at Becontree Heath on 6/5/17. This is part of a branding exercise for TfL routes centred on Barkingside. Arriva, Go-Ahead and Stagecoach vehicles are involved, but not all are branded. A similar project is planned for the Hayes area of west London.
BANYARDS TAXIS, MALDON.
YB08 XMY is a pcv licensed Ford Transit 16 seater. This is the first pcv for this long established taxi company, which was founded in 1943.
BASILDON COMMUNITY TRANSPORT.
From 1/5/17, a new flexible Basildon town service started, identified as BFB.
New is ADL/Enviro 400 MMC SN17 MTK. It was seen (above) on the A12 south, passing Marks Tey Racecourse on 16/5/17, en route to Grampian Country Foods factory at Witham.
From London General North are New Routemasters LT908/10/16/27/32/33/36-38/41/53.
To LG North are LT881-83/89/92, 902.
Dennis Dart SLF/MCV Evolution ED2 (AE06 HCC) has passed to Ensign.
Resold via Ensign to Ripley, Barnsley (dealer) are SLF/MCVs AE06 HCA/C/D/F.
Above: Some of the WVL Class Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s displaced by New Routemasters from East London Transit, have appeared on ex Stagecoach TfL101. WVL475 was pictured at Galleons Reach on 6/5/17.
Above: New Routemaster LT912 runs light along Chequers Lane, Dagenham Dock on 6/5/17, to take up a duty on East London Transit EL1.
Below: LT891 approaches Becontree Heath on 6/5/17. Note these buses lack East London Transit branding.
The “mixed up” LTs are slowly being moved to their proper allocations.
The remaining ED Class Dennis Dart SLF/MCV Evolutions are spreading their wings. ED16 (AE56 OUP) was on TfL193 (Romford-Hornchurch) on 6/5/17.
The old Rainham (BE) depot is now used to store shipping containers. Pictured (below) on 6/5/17.
From 2/5/17, a new Stansted-Derry service started. It is operated from the BMI base at Derry and runs twice daily, except Saturdays when there is just one return flight. Embraer ER135 regional jets are being used.
New is ERJ145-LU G-CKAF.
BRENTWOOD COMMUNITY TRANSPORT.
From 1/5/17, a new flexible Brentwood town route began, coded BF.
On 27/5/17, a major IT system failure severely disrupted flights worldwide. This included those at London City and Stansted. A power outage was found to be the cause.
C and J TOURS, DANBURY.
New is Mercedes Tourismo BN17 JBX. It has replaced Setra S415 BN12 CLJ.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 583 (Y731 TGH) has been cannibalised. Parts have been used to repair Hedingham B7TL 577 (W518 WGH) (qv).
Service 111 (Braintree-Sudbury) ceased from 21/5/17. It was aimed mostly at workers on the Chilton Industrial Estate in Sudbury and had originally been worked by Hedingham as a private contract. It was replaced by the virtually identical X89.
This transport app provider has teamed up with Transit System owned Impact Coaches of Perivale, for a new “pop up” minibus service in inner London. From 7/5/17, a circular route, numbered CMX1, linked Blackfriars and Southwark. The route is demand responsive with flexible routeing and timetable. It is initially free until a London Service Permit is granted by TfL. A trio of green liveried Mercedes Sprinters are used – BT66 UAP/R/S.
COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
Sold is Volvo B10M/Plaxton Paramount F287 SGU.
On 24/5/17, 37116 and 37175 top and tailed a track inspection train at Stratford.
37116 was on a track inspection train at Cambridge on 25/5/17.
COOKS, WESTCLIFF ON SEA.
Has ex Amber of Rayleigh Bova Futura YJ08 NSO.
ADL/Enviro 40D 2400 (YY64 GXG0 has returned to ADL, ex loan. It had been covering for a fire damaged Enviro 40H City which was under repair.
The following classes are now withdrawn: DCS Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano, EO Enviro 400/Olympus, HTL Dennis Trident/EL, SD Scania Omnicity ‘decker. SD5 has been retained as a driver trainer.
Sold to Ensign is E400 PN08 SWJ.
Hanson liveried 59002 was at Bow Midland on 15/5/17.
66089 at Bow on 18-19/5/17.
66019 visited Bow on 14/5/17. 66142 on 25 & 26/5/17.
66025 on Wakefield Europort-London Gateway on 25/5/17.
All of the ex Metrobus Scania Omnicities still retain Metrobus fleet names.
Above: Omnicity 972 at Crossharbour on 6/5/17.
DONS OF DUNMOW.
The following vehicles have been named.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RL H816 CBP – Lady Sarah; H818 CBP – Lady Dorothy; VH TD927 DN10 DON – Lady Ria; Vovo B13R/VH – Lady Violet.
68003/22 are still available as GA ‘Thunderbirds’.
New is Airbus A320-214 YL-LCU.
The new two-axle BCIs are registered LX17 DZA-H/J/K – fleet nos 140-149. 146 is nearest the camera in this pre-service entry view.
Ex Abellio London short ADL/Enviro 200s LJ56 ONN/P/S/T have joined the fleet as 790-793. They are for Tilbury Cruise Ship Terminal shuttles. 791 has received fleet livery (pictured above), and 792 is white with blue fleet names. 793 has been seen still red. Also in use are ex Compass of Worthing short ADL/Enviro 200 GX09 AGZ and ex Stagecoach Manchester ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolution TT57 BLU. The latter pair are for ex Ambus routes 11 and 374. (Both illustated below).
SLF/Caetano 796 (LK03 NLJ) is a second sold to Ivan Anderson, London SW12.
The TfL Shenfield-Brentwood rail replacement ceased after 5/5/17. It had operated since January, due to major Crossrail works at Shenfield.
As a result, the ex Go-Ahead London Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents are withdrawn. 910 (PJ52 LWN) passed to Hardwick, Carlton (dealer).
Mercedes Citaro Demonstrator BV14 TZY has been on loan.
A new London St Pancras to Brussels service began on 23/5/17. Class 374 Valeros 4025+4026 formed the inaugural train.
374027/028 are now in the revised livery.
Above: 374022 at St Pancras International on 7/4/17. (John Podgorski).
Below: The same location in pre-international days. September 2003. (John Podgorski).
Airbus A319-132 D-AGWP is ex Germanwings livery.
Ex First Scotland East Volvo B9TL/Wright Geminis 37139/40 (SN57 HCY/Z) are now at Colchester (CR). These are earmarked for use on 62. 37140 is pictured above, at St Johns Street, Colchester on 15/5/17.
The last of the ex Chelmsford Park and Ride Volvo B7RLE/Wright Solar Eclipses, 69520 (BJ11 ECW) – entered service at Hadleigh (HH) on 3/5/17. Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall 41730 (X503 JLO) has moved from HH to Chelmsford (CF) to join 41735.Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 43360 (V360 DVG) – latterly a staff bus at CR, has gone to Alpha for scrap, along with previously withdrawn Scania L113/Wright 65566 (S566 TPW).
The Refreshed livery is now known as the Urban livery. The latest recipient is Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 43846(SN55 CXF). Optare Solo 53136 (EO02 NFV) has been partially repainted and has lost its offside ‘Chelmsford City’ fleet name. Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69520 (BJ11 ECW) is the last of the batch to be rebranded for Routes 22/28 in Southend and Castle Point. Driver trainer Volvo B10BLE/Wright 62191 is now in the new ‘chevron’ scheme for these vehicles.
Streetlite 63336 (SM65 EEU) most unusually worked the afternoon route 17 bus 2 between Stanway School and West Bergholt on 5/5/17.
From 7/5/17, services 15/A/B (Runwell-Laindon) were combined to form one route, numbered 15. Laindon rail station is now served. 100 (Chelmsford-Lakeside) now also serves Pipps Hill at Basildon.
From 28/5/17, route 4 was combined with service 3 to form a single Clacton-Harwich service. 117 (Clacton-Point Clear) was withdrawn. Summer only service 19 (Clacton-St Osyth) started again from 28th May.
Above: Just around the corner from Stanway School, Streetlite 63337 is seen on its more usual 65 route; at Holly Road on 19/5/17. This used to be the western end of the old Colchester Borough Transport 5 service.
New ancillary vehicles are Ford Transit engineer’s vans SN17 NWT – at CR and SN17 NXZ at CF. A new staff car at CF is Ford S Max SN17 NYB. Ford Transit van ST62 LFH has been withdrawn from CR and returned to its lessor.
Ex London Central Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LB02 YXG is via Ensign.It is now single door with led destination.
On 24/5/17, Powerhaul liveried 66622 delivered 86604 from Crewe to Felixstowe.
GALLEON TRAVEL, HARLOW.
Sold is Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 LX03 BVW.
Sold is Ford Tourneo Minibus 288 (FL58 HHJ).
GODWARD, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
On loan from Scania, Worksop was Iriza i6 demonstrator YN66 VXZ.
GOLDEN BOY, HODDESDON.
New is Irizar i6 XO17 BOY.
GRAHAM’S OF KELVEDON.
New is Mercedes/UNVI Voyager midicoach PO17 AUH. It is depicted, (above) entering Feering on 22/5/17. In the background is the bridge over the River Blackwater, which separates Feering from Kelvedon.
Sold is Mercedes 811D/Plaxton Beaver N376 EAK.
Above: 317659 at Shenfield on 6/5/17.
Class 317 EMUs have appeared in service on the GEML again. This had previously happened in the early 2000s. Noted were 317511/654/58/59 on 6/5/17 and 317502/10/669/882 on 13/5/17. All were working Liverpool Street-Braintree.
The new station at Cambridge North opened on 21/5/17. Located on the site of the old Chesterton Junction yard, it has 2 through platforms and one bay platform. Great Northern services also call here. GN 365508 arrives at the terminus platform on 27/5/17 , from London Kings Cross (below).
08573/700 are the current shunters at Ilford.
321301 is now to Renatus specification.
321321 has lost its ‘NSPCC Essex Full Stop’ names on Renatus conversion.
170208 is the latest Turbostar in the new livery.
Above: 90007 propels a London-Norwich service over New Street, Chelmsford, on 6/5/17.
(Courtesy Hedingham Omnibuses).
In response to the competition from First on their own 87 service, Hedingham has registered a Jaywick/Clacton-Colchester commercial route, ‘The Seasider’ numbered X76 – to compete against First 76. It started on 30/5/17 and provides links with 87 (Brightlingsea-Colchester) and Clacton town services 130 (Brook Retail Park-Jaywick), 134, 135, 137. Meanwhile, 87 has been increased in frequency, and had its routing revised in Brightlingsea. At the Colchester end, 87 has been truncated between the town centre and ASDA (except Sundays/public holidays). 87 and X76 interwork.
Scania Omnidekkas 1514/16 (YN55 PZV/X), 1517/18/19/20 (YN06 JYB/C/D/E) have received blue Seasider branding in place of the green 87 Mad Spring Fares branding. They may also appear on the remaining CN duties on route 63 – see more below.
Long term VOR Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 577 (W518 WGH) has been repaired using parts from Chambers B7TL 583 (Y731 TGH). 577 returned to service at Sible Hedingham (HD) from 15/5/17.
Clacton Scania Omnidekka 1513 (YN55 PZU) briefly appeared again at Kelvedon (KN) on 4/5/17. 87 branded 1519 unusually appeared on 63 on 12/5/17. Pictured (below), departing Osborne Street bus station.
Due to the introduction of X76, from 30/5/17, some duties on routes 63 (Mason Road-Colchester-Berechurch) and 83 (Colchester-Fordham) were moved from Clacton (CN) to HD. A new crew facility has been established in Colchester. It is located on High Street, in an office above Haart Estate Agents. It is used mainly by CN staff.
Received from Anglian is Scania Omnidekka 1512 (YN55 PZR).
Ford Transit YT12 DBZ has returned to Robertsons, off hire.
On 26/5/17, SLF/Pointer 259 (EU56 FLP) and SLF/MPD 291 (EU06 KCX) visited KN for clearance trials. New contracts have been won requiring use of SLFs from there.
Anglian Optare Solo 961 (AU58 AKN) was at Colchester Fuel Injection at the end of May, although not destined for Hedingham. Simon Austin photographed it (below) on 28th May.
JACKSONS OF BICKACRE.
BF60 OFX is a plain white Mercedes Tourismo, ex MET of Rickmansworth and earlier with Swans of Oldham.
KELLYS OF ESSEX, NAZEING.
Ex Marchants of Cheltenham Mercedes Tourismo AY15 HCL ex GB15 KCL is now here.
KIRBYS OF RAYLEIGH.
A Mercedes Tourismo is here, registered K90 BYS. This is the first non Setra coach. It was seen (above) at Ingatestone on 28/5/17, on GA rail replacement to/from Newbury Park.
KINGS TOURS, COLCHESTER.
New is DAF/Irizar i6 10.8m KC17 ABC. It was delivered on 12/5/17.
Short Bova Futura KC57 ABC has been sold to Moseley (dealer).
The last Fokker 70 regional jets are to be withdrawn by the close of 2017. In commemoration, PH-KZU has been specially branded as a tribute to Anthony Fokker – founder of this Dutch aircraft manufacturer.
Fokker 70s visited London City during their careers.
Above: Fokker 70 PH-KZR at Basle on 16/8/16.
LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
Mb Tourismo BF15 XOV has been re-registered AL15 DGE.
Toyota Optima/Caetano BU08 EJF is now E20 DGE.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President part open topper PVL224 (Y824 TGH) was used on a test run in Southend on 5/5/17, along a new route which will serve the seafront during the summer school holidays.
This famous name reappears to record the 70th birthday of the Postwar RT. On 10/5/17, there was a commemorative road run from Victoria to Abridge, along the line of the ‘2RTs’ original route – the 10 (in its first incarnation). The current TfL service 10 is completely different; being Kings Cross to Hammersmith.
Above: One of the 2RTs which participated in the 70th anniversary run was RT3871, now owned by The London Bus Company of Northfleet. The picture shows it when with Blue Triangle, at Oxford Street on another momentous bus occasion. December 8th 2005 was the last day of “normal” Routemaster operation in London – on route 159.
LONDON UNDERGROUND LIMITED.
A farewell tour for the D78 Stock, titled ‘Metroliner II’, ran on 7/5/17, between High Street Kensington and Ealing Broadway – covering the D78s old haunts, plus “rare trackage” to Northfields. (‘Metroliner I’ was the “launch” tour for the D78 Stock in 1979).
MARC1 TRAVEL, BILLERICAY.
Scania K114/Berkhof Axial TUI 4741 is from Nash of South Mimms. It is pictured at Ingatestone on 28/5/17, on Greater Anglia RRP to/from Newbury Park.
The remodelling of Shenfield station was completed at the start of May. Full services resumed from 5/5/17. Shenfield now has a new platform – numbered 6, which is on the north side of the station
345005/6 were used for staff training along the GEML section, during May. The type was due to enter revenue traffic from the end of May.
No 64 MIX AND MASH.
AEC PRV Routemaster RML2291 is a snack bar at the University of Essex.
NATIONAL EXPRESS OPERATIONS.
Scania K340/Caetano Levantes SH11 (FN07 BYV), SH16 (FN07 BZB)have gone to Edwards, Bristol.
NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
More work has been gained for Stena Line at Harwich International Port. A dockside shuttle has been provided for some years. Volvo B6BLE/Wrights X974/6 CNO are employed on the latter, and 976 was seen on 30/4/17.
B6BLE X989 CNO is now with Ashcroft of Widnes.
Above: NH09 LRH is one of the three Setra S415s recently acquired by New Horizon from National Holidays. It was seen on GA rail standby at Ingatestone, on 28/5/17.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH J328 BSH is now with Merriman, Somerton, Somerset, while J329 BSH is now with Innis and Faas LLC, Tuscon, Arizona, USA via Ensign.
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer S303 JUA and Mini Pointer SLF BIG 9856 have gone back on loan to Regal Busways, although S303 JUA returned later in May.
Delicenced/VOR DAF DB250LF/EL AB02 PAN is currently being used as a seat store at Matching Green. It will be repaired when parts are sourced.
Plaxton Primo MX55 WDT has been debranded to plain white and is parked up at Matching Green.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RL F639 LMJ has been taken out of storage and repainted red by Mardens. It is to be exported to the USA.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere BIG 9807 has left Matching Green site.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere N615 APU has gone to Takeley Metals for scrap after parts recovery.
A new Greater Anglia rail contract has been gained. Running for a year, it operates late night, Monday to Thursday, between Wickford and Liverpool Street.
Above: F639 LMJ en route to Mardens on 2/5/17. (A Hazell)
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 1404 (V764 HBY) has been sold (as a non runner).
Route 391 (Harlow-Bumbles Green) ceased from 1/5/17.
ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
Iveco 50C15/Stanford NX08 BXH is named ‘Millie’.
Ford Tourneo FM02 XWW is sold.
New Boeing 737-800ASs are EI-FZP-T-V/W/X.
From 21/5/17, service 2 was extended from the Science Park to the new Cambridge North railway station.
STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Received from Selkent are ADL/Enviro 40H 12334 (SN64 OGG) – now at Bow (BW), ADL/Enviro 200 36262 (LX11 AVR), Trident 17988 (LX53 KBO) – now at Rainham (RM).
Transferred to Selkent are 17875 (LX03 NFZ) to Plumstead (PD); ADL/Enviro 200s 36346-48 (LX59 ANP/R/U), 36372/74 (LX59 EDJ/L). The E200s to Catford (TL) except 36374 now at Bromley (TB).
To green for World Environment day are ADL/Enviro 40Ds 10301/24 (YY15 OYS, SN16 OKF), New Routemasters LT367, 406 (LTZ 1367/406).
Loaned to Stagecoach South for the Wentworth Golf Tournament were ADL/Enviro 40Ds 10187 (SN63 NBG), 19742 (LX11 BBK), 19865 (LX12 CZU).
Withdrawn are Tridents 17827/78.
Above: New Routemaster LT406 is one of several London buses painted green for World Environment Day. It was caught at Trafalgar Square on 27/5/17. (David Arnold).
Above: ADL/Enviro 40H/MMC 12417, with cherished (former Routemaster) registration – at Crossharbour on 6/5/17. The 277 is now extended here from Leamouth.
ADL/Enviro 400s 10181 (SN63 JWJ), 19790 (LX11 BHF), 19849 (LX12 CZC) were loaned to Stagecoach South for the Wentworth Golf Tounament in late May.
Fire damaged Optare Versa 25321 (LX09 AAJ) has been scrapped “in house”, along with Trident 17896 (LX03 ORJ).
Sold to Ensign are Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s LX03 BXK/L/N/R/S/U/V/W/Y/Z, BYB, NFT, NGN, OSB.
Resold via Ensign:
Trident LX03 OSP – to Collins, Cambridge.
Sold via Lombard (dealer), Rotherham: Tridents 17815/17/22/26 (LX03 BXK/R/U/Z), 17871/79 (LX03 NFT, NGN).
From 21/5/17, Busway service N additionally called at the new Cambridge North railway station. Scania N230UD/Enviro 400 no 15197 departs on a northbound journey on 27/5/17. The new section of guided busway between Milton Road and Cambridge North opened at the same time.
STAN’S, GREAT TOTHAM.
Bova Futura VWH 836 has been re-registered back to R927 JYG.
STEPHENSONS OF ESSEX.
ScaniaK114/Irizar 203 (OW03 LFL) has been sold to Connect Bus and Coach. This was the last coach owned. It was originally used from Haverhill on the erstwhile ‘Suffolk Express’ Bury St Edmunds to Ipswich service, but it had latterly been at Rochford.
Acquired from Weavaway, Newbury are ADL/Enviro 200s YX63 ZVP/S. It appears these are sales stock and not for service.
Withdrawn are Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers DPS575/77 (SN51 SZL/P); Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400s ALX1, 2, 4 (V116/17/39 MEV), TAL123/32 (X343/32 HLL).
SWIFT TRAVEL, NORTH WEALD.
Optare Alero YL51 ZTO has passed to Davie, Cowdenbeath, Scotland.
TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Ex Hodge of Sandhurst is Scania K340/Berkhof 6691 PH.
THOMAS COOK AIRLINES.
New are Airbus A321-231 LY-VEH; Boeing 757-330 D-ABOI.
New are Boeing 737-86Q C-FEAK; B737-81D CFFPH; B737-86J C-FWGH; ; B737-8K5s G-FDZD/F, G-TAWK.
New are Wright Streetlite WFs WV46201-3 (SK17 HFY/Z, HFA). They are for TfL236 (Hackney Wick-Finsbury Park) and are replacing short ADL/Enviro 20Ds. More are to follow.
Operation of TfL58 (Chingford-Stratford) was taken over from Stagecoach from 6/5/17, while TfL308 (Hackney Wick-Wanstead) was converted to double deck at the same time. The 308 has occasionally seen ‘deckers in the past. High numbered examples of the new MHV Class Volvo B5LH/MCV EvoSetis are on these.
Yutong demonstrator YH66 VMO has been on loan.
With thanks to: Anglia gen, S Austin, L Cornwell, J Coward, Ensign, Essex Buses Yahoo, A Hazell, J Lidstone, LOTS, P Munford, RailUK Forums, C Romaine.
It was replaced by new route 89XA new Ford S Max staff car at CF is SN17 NYB.