Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. June 2017.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the June 2017 edition of Busmopolitan.

It is with deep regret that another terrorist attack in London has to be reported.
At 2208 on Saturday 3/6/17, a white Renault Master van was used to run over pedestrians on London Bridge. Once on the south bank of the River Thames, the van crashed into railings and its three occupants jumped out. Armed with knives they ran into Borough Market, randomly stabbing people as they went. Within 8 minutes, police were on the scene and the suspects shot dead. This was not before 8 civilians had been killed and 48 injured. This came less than two weeks since the suicide bombing in Manchester which claimed 21 lives.

The Capital suffered another catastrophe on 14th June, when in the early hours of the morning, fire broke out in Grenfell Tower, a high rise block of flats near Shepherds Bush. The blaze quickly spread to much of the building, claiming at least 72 lives, injuring at least 78 others, and making several hundred people homeless.

Then just after midnight on 19/6/17, a Citroen Relay luton van was deliberately driven into a group of people outside a mosque at Finsbury Park, killing one and injuring 10 others. The van driver, a 47 year old white male from Cardiff, was quickly apprehended.

Our thoughts go out to all affected by these dreadful occurrences.

Between 18th and 21st June, Great Britain experienced a heatwave, with the highest temperature being 34 degrees celsius; recorded at London Heathrow Airport on 21st June. The transport system struggled, with speed restrictions imposed on the railway, road surfaces melting, and people “sweating it out” on “poorly ventilated” buses and trains. Such weather had not reached the UK since June 1976. But this was “chilly”, compared to Phoenix, Arizona and Qatar, where temperatures were in the 40s.

Finally, First Essex has a pair of surprise vehicular arrivals. See below.

ADVANCE, SOUTHEND.
Volvo B10M/Berkhof Axial R917 ULA is now with Empress of Bethnal Green.

AMBER, RAYLEIGH.
Most of this fleet has passed to Close Brothers for resale.
B10M/Caetano OIB 3514; B10M/Jonckherre Y875 XEO; Bova Futuras HIB 660, VDJ 660, KIG 1321, R59 BJC, YV03 VDY; Optare Versas YJ57 XWD/F/G had departed by June. YJ57 XWG subsequently appeared with CEN Group, Birmingham.

KIG1321, YV03YDY EX AMBER (ENSIGN) 17-6-17
Bova Futuras KIG 1321 and YV03 YDY were parked at Ensign during June, on behalf of Close Bros. They are pictured above.
Another Bova Futura, believed to be VDJ 660, was seen broken down on the M4 west at Reading on 10/6/17.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
GN58BTU 4012 (REAR) 1A (MALDON RD CR) 11-2-17
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 no 4012 heads down Maldon Road on an Ambrose Avenue bound 1A , on 11/2/17.

From 4/6/17, the 1A variant of (Ambrose Avenue-Greenstead) ceased. This means that the Prettygate/Shrub End loop is now served in one direction only again. There were also frequency reductions on 2 (Highwoods-Horkesley Heath). As a result of the service 1 changes, the Volvo B7RLE/Wrights are mainly used only on 8 (Highwoods-Monkwick) and 133 (Braintree-Stanstead Airport) now.
ADL/Enviro 200 4018 (GN58 BUE) has lost its Guildford Route 91 branding. It retains generic ‘travel by bus’ branding on the rear, however. Sister 4017 (GN58 BUA) has also been debranded.
DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3534 has returned off loan from Stevenage, where it had been assisting with a vehicle shortage.
DAF SB120/Wright Cadet driver trainer T942 (GK52 YVG) was on loan in early June. This is based at Hemel Hempstead.

GK52YVL T942 (REAR) (CR) 9-6-17

A new ancillary vehicle is Ford Transit Connect van GM66 WWO. This has replaced Mercedes Sprinter engineer’s van MF04 DNJ – which dated back to TGM days.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
New ADL/Enviro 200 MMCs 4076-89 are here for Harlow-Stansted Airport routes 508/9/10. Registrations known so far are 4076 (YX17 NGJ), 4078 (YX17 NGO), 4079 (YX17 NGU), 4081/82 (YX17 NGX/Z), 4083/84/85/86/87/88/89 (YX17 NHA/B/C/D/E/F/G). Some are route branded, others not. They have replaced previous 509/10 branded Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 3856/58/59/60 (KE54 LNR, LPF/J, HHF), 3873/74 (KE57 EPA/C), and ex Ware Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 3875-80 (KX11 PVN, PUK/J, PVL, PUY, PVA) to Stevenage. The remaining B7RLEs at Harlow are 3857 (KE54 LPC), 3881-83 (KX11 PZY, PVD/E) and are normally on route 10 (Church Langley), where they have replaced smaller vehicles.
Service 59 (Harlow-Chelmsford) was extended from the bus station to/from Anglia Ruskin University from 4/6/17.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
SN66WHZ 6505 (REAR) AR SD (RAYLEIGH STN) 1-4-17
Above: ADL/E400 MMC 6505 departs Rayleigh Station on 1/4/17, on an eastbound route 1 working to Shoeburyness.

ADL/Enviro 400MMCs 6500/11/16 have returned off loan from Kent and Surrey at Maidstone. 6505 (SN66 WHZ) is back from collision repairs.
DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3528 (LF02 UNE) is on loan to Arriva Kent Thameside at Stevenage.
DAF DB250LF/EL Lowlanders 6256/8 are withdrawn. 6256 passed to Ensign and broken for spares. 6256 is pictured (below) on 17/6/17. Soon after, it was collected by MC Tractors of Ely, for scrap.

FD02UKL 6256 ENSIGN SCRAP 17-6-17

A new ancillary vehicle is Ford Transit Connect van GM66 WFA.

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini2s DW219-223 have moved from Tottenham (AR) to Grays (GY).
Withdrawn as a result are Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400s VLA 110/12/13/17 (LJ05 BLX, BMO/U, BKD). They went to store at Edmonton (EC). VLA108 (LJ05 BLN) has passed to Ensign.
From 17/6/17, TfL48 (Walthamstow-London Bridge) was progressively converted to LT Class New Routemasters from DW Class VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini2s. This was made possible by the truncation of TfL73 between Victoria and Oxford Circus. LTs from Tottenham (AR) and Arriva London South are being used, and transferred into Ash Grove (AE). Received are LT329/30/32/35/36/39/47/48/51 (from London South) LT352-55, 464-70/72-75 – from AR.
Route 48 was badly affected in the aftermath of the London Bridge/Borough Market terror attack of 3/6/17. The service had to terminate on the north side of London Bridge for 72 hours after the incident.
Several routes serving Finsbury Park Station were disrupted on 19/6/17, due to the terrorist incident on Seven Sister Road, which was closed as a result. Relevant to this website was TfL106 (Finsbury Park-Whitechapel). The curtailment lasted 0000 to 2200. Also affected were TfL29, 253, 254, 259, 279.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
Received from London General Noerth are New Routemasters LT925/29/39/40/51. To London General North went LTLT891, 901, plus ADL/Enviro 200 SE234 (YX15 XMM).
Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer DP192 (EJ52 WXF), latterly with London General, has passed to Ensign.

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
LF52 ZND is an ex Go-Ahead London Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini.
V499 MOA is the last of the ex National Express West Midlands Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents to arrive.

BRENTWOOD COACHES.
New is Scania K360 YR17 RJJ.

CARTERS HERITAGE BUSES.
Has moved from its long standing depot at Capel St Mary in Suffolk, to Great Bromley, Essex.

CEEFA, PITSEA.
Sold are Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere NIL 8649 and Ford Transit 16 seater EA03 XEH.

CHELMSFORD TAXIBUS.
New is Renault Master EU17 DNO.
Withdrawn are Fiat Ducato 24 (EU03 EFR), Ford Transit 34 (EX06 CEA).
Previously sold Fiat Ducato EU03 EFS has been seen in Chadwell Heath.

CT PLUS.
ADL/Enviro 40H City 2510 (SN16 OHZ) is back in service ex fire damage repairs.
ADL/Enviro 200/EL Esteem DE5 (PN07 KRF) has passed to Ripley, Carlton (dealer) for resale.
The terrorist incident at Finsbury Park on 19/6/17, affected TfL153 (Finsbury Park-Moorgate). Curtailed 0000 to 2200.

YX62DKL DA7 CT PLUS 153 (LIVERPOOL ST) 15-6-16
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 DA7 approaches Liverpool Street on 15/6/16. This was when the 153’s southern terminus was there.

DBS.
Class 66 EMD diesel electric locomotive 66061 was on 6V31 Dagenham-Didcot car transporters on 5/6/17.
At Bow Midland during June; 66041 on 5th, 66137 on 6th.
On 23/6/17, 66137 + 66170 were seen heading eastbound through Forest Gate Junction, down the Woodgrange Park line, with an aggregate train.

DE VERE, SIBLE HEDINGHAM.
New is Mb Sprinter 516/EVM accessible minibus RE17 EZL.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
YT59DYM 967 DOCKLANDS 135 (BISHOPSGATE) 23-6-17
Scania Omnicity double decker 967 unusually appeared on TfL135 on 23rd June.

DONS OF DUNMOW.
New are Euro 6 Neoplan Tourliner 63 seater DH17 DON and Volvo powered Sunsundegui SB3 72 seater DN17 DON.
Dennis Javelin/Marcopolo M707 HBC has passed to Barkerbus at Roydon.

EASYJET.
New are Airbus A320-214s G-EZRG/H/I/J, and A320251 G-UZHA.

ENSIGNBUS.
BCI Excellence 141 (LX17 DZB) was on loan to First Eastern Counties in late June; for trials on their X1 Peterborough-Norwich service. The Excellences have entered revenue service on local services around Thurrock, alongside the Volvo B5H/Wright Gemini hybrids and the Volvo B9TL/Geminis and Olympuses. The BCIs have replaced the remaining Dennis Tridents and Volvo B7TLs on stage work, the latter types now usually appearing on contracts, private charter and rail replacement.

LJ54BFF, BDU 902,904 ENSIGN W 17-6-17
Withdrawn are the red/silver Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400s 901-7, following the end of the London Overground TfL rail contract on which they were used (Barking-Gospel Oak).
Ex Go-Ahead London Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini LX53 AYY has been converted to open top, re-registered 392 MBF with fleet no 392. It has been repainted red and silver. Sister B7TL/Gemini LB02 YXD is temporary fleet no 920 in plain white.
AEC PRV Routemaster RM2203 has passed to Ghost Bus Tours, London EC1. Dennis Trident/Plaxton President open topper 301 (LK03 GHY ex FFY 401) has been exported to Grandpal SRO, Kabve, Czech Republic.

LJ56ONS 792 ENSIGNBUS WHITE 17-6-17
Above: Ex Abellio London no 792, one of the ADL/Enviro 200s acquired for Tilbury Port cruise ship shuttles. Seen on Purfleet depot on 17/6/17.

FXT229 RT54 ENSIGN 23-6-17

Recent heritage collection additions include former London Transport AEC Regent III 1RT ‘pre-war’ RT54 (above), and AEC Regent II STL recovery tender formerly bus AGX 517 (below). The latter has spent longer as a lorry than a bus.

AGX517 EX STL BREAKDOWN ENSIGN 23-6-17

EOS LONDON.
On loan are ex Globe of Barnsley Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointers KX06 LXG/H.

EUROSTAR.
Two Class 373 power cars are to be donated to the College of High Speed Rail at its Doncaster and Birmingham campuses. Power car 3308 is at the National Railway Museum, York.

EUROWINGS.
Withdrawn are Airbus A319-132s D-AGWP/Q. They are now OE-LYZ/Y respectively.

FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Heritage liveried Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 32479 (AU53 HJV) has been named ‘James “Jim” Long’. Jim was a well known local bus enthusiast, who passed away in June 2016, aged 72.

FIRST ESSEX.
Ex First Potteries Dennis Dart SLF/Caetanos 41521/22 (LK03 UEY/Z) are at Hadleigh (HH), to cover for a vehicle shortage. The type is already used by First Essex at Basildon (BN), with these and their ex Staffordshire sisters all being new to First London.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 37133/34/35/36/38 (SN57 HDH/J/K, HCU/X) have arrived at Colchester (CR), from First Scotland East. These and 37139/40 (SN57 HCY/Z), are being branded for route 62 with green fronts with repainting done by Mardens. only 37140 was still in standard livery by the end of June.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65688 (YS03 ZKH) has gone on loan to Clacton (CN) for the summer, from CR.
There were changes to route 42 (Chelmsford-Stansted Airport) from 4/6/17. A new 42B variant started, running to/from Westway Bus depot. This has replaced 42A on all but some peak journeys, the schooldays 542 has been replaced completely. From the same date, the service 75 terminus in Maldon was moved from the leisure centre to Colchester Road every day except Suns/hols.
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33132 (LT02 ZBY) was destroyed by fire on 10/6/17. It was running light northbound on the A12, when it went up in flames at Feering. It was en route to the Ollie Murs concert at Colchester Community Stadium. 33132 was the first Trident at Hadleigh (HH) to be refurbished. The remains were recovered to Clacton (CN). The ex First Potteries Dart SLFs, mentioned above, have come as a partial replacement.

LT02ZBY 33132 FE HH 27 2-9-16
Above: 33132 at Hadleigh on 2/9/16, on a Southend bound 27 working.

FLAGFINDERS.
Bova Futura YJ54 EXG has been acquired and is now GB54 FLG.

FORDS OF ALTHORNE.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 S804 BWC is withdrawn.

FOURWAYS, CHELMSFORD.
PG04WHP FOURWAYS CR NORTHERN APPR 10-6-17 (S AUSTIN)
Ex RATP London United Volvo B7TL/EL Vyking PG04 WHP, at Northern Approach, Colchester on 10/6/17. It is on a shuttle for the Ollie Murs concert at the Community Stadium. The destination, however is for Sandon School ! (S Austin).

Sold is Leyland Olympian/NC E856 DPN.

FREIGHTLINER.
Class 66 EMD diesel Electric locomotive 66524 was at Harwich International on 6/6/17.

GARDNER, RETTENDON.
Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas P120 KNO is reinstated.

GODWARD, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
Irizr i6 demonstrator YN66 VXZ was on loan from Irizar at Worksop.

GREATER ANGLIA.
A mock up of one of the forthcoming Stadler ‘Flirt UK’ trains has appeared at Norwich Crown Point depot, for staff training. The real thing is due from 2018.
There are two types. Class 745 (straight electric) and Class 755 (bi-modal).
Class 365 ‘Networker’ EMUs from GTR Great Northern are visiting Ilford (IL) depot for modifications.
On 19/6/17, exceptionally hot weather resulted in speed restrictions between Bow and Seven Kings, Brentwood and Shenfield and along the Southend Victoria line. This was due to expansion of OLE (Overhead Live Equipment), the older 1950s type being particularly affected. There were also significant cancellations. These continued until 21st June.
On 22nd June, self service ticket machines stopped working properly for around 90 minutes due to a software glitch. They were unable to process card transactions, and the issue affected customers not only on GA, but across the UK. The machines are owned and maintained for the railway TOCs by German company Scheidt and Bachmann.
Class 317s continue to appear on GE services. One working is the 1617 Liverpool Street-Witham M-F.

321423 GA (HOCKLEY) 1-4-17
Above: 321423 meets 321437 at Hockley on 1/4/17. The original 1957 OLE is much in evidence.

Some Class 321 EMUs have appeared with dark blue – as illustrated by 321437, rather then red passenger doors. Some Class 317 EMUs now have light blue in lieu of red passenger doors.

HEDINGHAM.
HEDINGHAM KELVEDON DEPOT LINE UP 5-17 (A RAWLINSON)
Above: Kelvedon depot gathering of Dennis Tridents (left) and Volvo B7TLs on 5th June 2017. (A Rawlinson).

Ex Anglian Scania Omnidekka 1512 (YN55 PZR) has received fleet livery, and entered traffic from Clacton at the start of June.
Anglian Bus Scania Omnilink AN61 BUS was at Sible Hedingham (HD) during June, but for maintenance only. This is because Anglian’s Ellough depot has now been reduced to outstation status, with most heavy maintenance passing to Konect at Dereham.

Operation of some duties on the following routes were transferred from Clacton (CN) to Sible Hedingham (HD) from 3/6/17: 50 (Colchester-Layer De La Haye/Tollesbury) – Sats only, 92 (Colchester-Tollesbury) – Sats only. These are in addition to certain workings of 63 and 83 reported in the May issue. They make up for the loss of 34/A from HD earlier in 2017, and allows CN to focus on its new X76 service and route 87.
Route 2 (Harwich-Dovercourt town service), passed to Panther from 3/6/17. Panther will run this contract on behalf of Hedingham until August, when it takes over fully, having won the 2 from this date on re-tender.

EU10AOX 265 HO 2 HARWICH 27-5-17 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Hedingham ADL/Enviro 200 no 265 on the Harwich town service on 27/5/17. (S Austin).

Dennis Trident/EL Lolyne 723 (W823 NNJ) is long term VOR at HD.
Former Leyland Olympian/Alexander RL 60 (H160 HJN) has been exported to the USA, via Nash (dealer), Wokingham.

JACKSONS OF BICKNACRE.
Mercedes Tourismo BF60 OFX has received fleet livery and is numbered 7.

KINGS TOURS, COLCHESTER.
Short Bova Futura KC57 ABC is now with Lewis of Carreglefn, Wales.

KLARNERS, COLCHESTER.
New is YF17 LTV, a Yutong ZK6938HQ midicaoch.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
New are Wright Streetlites WS79, 80 (SK17 HHE/F).

LONDON UNDERGROUND LIMITED.
21524 LUL H&C (EUSTON SQUARE) 7-4-17
The western end of the Hammersmith and City Line and Circle Line between Edgware Road and Wood Lane was closed on 14/6/17, due to the serious fire at Grenfell Tower, by Latimer Road station. The rest of the route (Edgware Road to Barking) experienced severe delays as a result. S7 Stock 51524 brings up the rear of a westbound H and C service at Euston Square on 7/4/17. Trains resumed on 15th June. However the service between these points was suspended again from 17/6/17, on recommendation from the police, due concerns about the stability of the fire damaged tower. There was a Hammersmith-Wood Lane shuttle running every 15 minutes, and tickets were valid on local TfL bus services. Services resumed again from 25th June.

LATIMER RD LUL CLOSURE NOTICE 23-6-17

LUCKETTS OF WATFORD.
BU08ADX LUCKETTS SC1 (SA) 17-6-17
Enterprise Primo BU08 ADX on the SC1 ‘Abbey Shuttle’ in St Albans on 17/6/17. This links the city centre and railway stations.

MALCOLMS BUS SERVICE, CLACTON.
Leyland National Greenaway HLZ 4439 is withdrawn.

MTR TfL RAIL.
The first of the new Class 345 EMUs, 345005 entered revenue service on 22/6/17.

NETWORK RAIL.
NETWORK RAIL CHELMSFORD 23-6-17
The materials depot at Chelmsford, located on the old coal yard – is pictured on 23/6/17. Previous uses have included parking for Chelmsford Taxibus, a Royal Mail terminal and sidings for Rowntree Mackintosh.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
From 3/6/17, Panther took over operation of Harwich-Dovercourt local route 2 from Hedingham; nearly 3 months early. Panther has been awarded the renewed contract from late August (qv). As a result, ADL/Enviro 200 DC61 PAN is no longer for sale. Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer S303 JUA is also back in use, ex sales stock.

DC04PAN PRIMO PANTHER N-S 26-6-17 (A HAZELL)
Ex Scraggs of Stoke on Trent Enterprise Primo MX55 WDT, has been re-registered DC04 PAN and received blue/white fleet livery.  Alex Hazell photographed it (above) on 26/6/17.
Leyland Titan PD3/4/NC convertible open topper BUF 426C has had an interior refresh.
Dennis Javelin/UVG BIG 8796 has returned from Turners of Essex, ex long term loan. It is withdrawn.
Leyland Olympian/Alexander RL F639 LMJ was driven to Southampton for export to the USA on 9/6/17. It had been repainted into allover red by Mardens. Its new operator is the Big Red Bus Company at Los Angeles. The voyage was made on MV Cronus Leader and the ship docked at Port Huerneme, California.

F639LMJ RED PORTRAIT (WITH SHIP SOUTHAMPTON) 9-6-17 (A HAZELL)
Above: F639 LMJ on the dockside at Southampton.
(A Hazell).

Clacton outstation closed after service on 30/6/17. The three vehicles moved to Colchester, Parkeston and Witham. Panther had used this location after leaving the nearby First Essex depot in 2015. Clacton was on rented land shared with Stephensons of Essex. Beestons also used to stable a coach there until July 2016. The site is owned by Canhams Recovery. The loss of the St Osyth school contract 135 from July, a rent increase and the proximity of other depots, contributed to the demise of Clacton site.

PEGASUS AIRLINES.
New is Airbus A320-251 TC-NBJ.

RICHMONDS, ROCHFORD.
Withdrawn is Ford Transit EG04 WHF.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
The sub yard at Rally Automotive is now longer used, with all vehicles parking at the main depot. The former was only suitable for minibuses.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
MAN18.220/Alexander ALX300s continue to be active around Cambridge. On 24/6/17, 22058 (KV53 FAF) was on 26 to Royston (a regular haunt), while 22332 (AE51 RZL) was more unusually on cross city route 2. 22058 (KV53 FAK) – now unbranded, 22329 (AE51 RZH) were at the depot.
Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 18335 (AE55 DJU) is long term VOR at Cowley Road depot.
Mercedes Sprinter ancillary van Y134 AET is withdrawn.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
ADL/Enviro 200 36263 (LX11 AVT) has gone to Selkent.
Overall adverts: LT239 – to Magnum; LT312/60/66/76/83 – to Badoo.
LT315/75 back to red.

STEPHENSONS.
Scania K114/Irizar 203 (OW03 LFL) has been sold.
ADL/Enviro 200 434 (EU10 NVT) is back at Maldon; after spells at Bury St Edmunds and Braintree.

EU10NVT 434 STEPHENSONS 288 (MALDON) 1-9-16
Above: ADL/E200 no 434 at Maldon High Street on 1/9/16; working the free service sponsored by Tesco. The following day it had been debranded, and had moved to Bury within a week. It and its sisters were displaced by the new 66 plate E200s for ‘Blackwater Link’, and they in turn replaced older Dennis Dart SLFs on ‘Breeze’ in Bury . The red brick building in the background is now the new HQ for Banyards Taxis. who are also a pcv operator.

SUFFOLK NORSE.
New is Mercedes Tourismo BN17 JJY.

SULLIVAN BUSES.
TfL217 (Enfield-Turnpike Lane) was taken over from Metroline from 3/6/17. New for this are ADL/Enviro 40D MMCs E70-81 (AD, AW, BW, JC, JS, PB, RC, RM, RS, RT, SG, WG17 SUL).

LX59CPZ DS53 SULLIVAN LUL RRP (FULHAM) 17-6-17
Above: DS53 is one of Sullivan’s  ex Stagecoach East London Scania Omnicities. It was seen on Fulham Palace Road on 17/6/17, on LUL District Line RRP.

TALISMAN COACHLINES.
Withdrawn is Leyland Olympian/Alexander RH open topper J343 BSH.

THOMPSON, LEIGH ON SEA.
Sold is Ford Tourneo ET53 FKM.

TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
Withdrawn Ford Transit DV52 AFA.
Sold are Dennis Javelin/Caetano YIL 5494; Ford Transit DV52 AFA; LDV COnvoy/Excel YX53 CPO; Leyland Tiger/WS LUI 9954.
The old O licence has been surrendered. A new company has been set up to continue operations.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Further new Wright Streetlite WFs for TfL236 (Hackney Wick-Finsbury Park), to replace short ADL/Enviro 20Ds, are WV46204-20 (SK17 HGC-G/J/L-P/U/X-Z, HHA/B).

LJ13JZO WSH62998 TOWER TRANSIT TREE (WATERLOO) 6-6-17 (C MAXFIELD FRIENDS OF PSVC)
(C Maxfield/Friends of PSV Circle).

On 6/6/17, storms lashed London, and part of a tree fell onto Volvo B7RLE/Wright hydrogen bus WSH62998, on the South Bank at Waterloo/London Eye. Fortunately, there was no serious damage to the bus.
Service RV1 was seriously affected by the London Bridge Terror attack on 3/6/17. Much of its line was route along the south bank was closed for forensic investigations, (Tooley Street and Stamford Street). I understand it was diverted via Southwark Bridge.
On 14/6/17, there was disruption to some routes at the western end of the Tower Transit area, due to the serious fire at Grenfell Tower at Latimer Road. TfL295 (Ladbroke Grove-Clapham Junction) was directly affected. It could not follow its route on St Annes Road between St Marks Road and Queensdale Road. Also subject to diversion were 7 (Metroline), 23 (Tower Transit), 46, 52 (Metroline), 70 (Tower Transit) – (this passed to London United from 24/6/17); 228, 316 (Metroline) – directly affected by the fire, 452 (Abellio). On 14th June, there were delays of up to one hour and much of inner west London became gridlocked, due to the closure of the A40 Westway. The diversion of 295, plus 228 and 316 were “until further notice”. They were diverted via Notting Hill Gate, (228 northbound only). St Annes Road was closed due not only because of the fire, but the local gas supply having to be temporarily cut off. Normal services resumed from 25/6/17.

SN12ASZ DNH39122 TT 295 (CJ) 29-8-17
Above: ADL/Enviro 40H DNH39122 at Clapham Junction on 29/8/15.

The terrorist incident at Finsbury Park on 19/6/17, affected TfL236 (Hackney Wick-Finsbury Park). Curtailed 0000 to 2200.

Atlas Road depot (AS) at Harlesden, closed operationally after 30/6/17, but remains in use for engineering, storage and training. This was due to tender losses, with the AS routes moving to Westbourne Park (X).

ATLAS RD DEPOT (FIRST OBLITERATED) 29-6-13
Above: Atlas Road depot seen on 29/6/13, not long after it had passed to Tower Transit from First. (John Podgorski).

TURNERS OF ESSEX, WICKHAM ST PAUL.
MAN24.350/Jonckherre Monaco T616 DWL has been withdrawn due to accident damage. It was rear ended by a lorry on the M25 anticlockwise, near the Dartford Crossing on 15/6/17. Luckily there were no serious injuries. The coach was ex Wicks and new to Stagecoach Oxford Tube as T50 UBE.

VICEROY OF ESSEX, SAFFRON WALDEN.
Ex Rambler of Hastings is TUI 9820, a Volvo B10M/Van Hool. It retains its old livery with Viceroy fleet names.
Volvo B12B/Van Hool 12 (UTR 705) is now SF07 DLY again.

WHIPPET.
On 21/6/17, Volvo B8RLE/Wright Solar WG105 (BT66 MVE) left the Guided Busway just south of Cambridge Railway Station, ploughed across the opposite track and cycleway/walkway, before demolishing a fence and hitting a retaining wall. 2 people were slightly injured, and severe front offside damage was caused to the bus. It was later found the bus had been speeding, and the driver was dismissed. This was the third serious incident on the southern part of the Cambridge Guided Busway in 14 months. WG105 has gone for repair.

With thanks to: Beds Bucks Herts Yahoo, ‘Cambus’, R Delahoy, Essex Buses Yahoo, M Gay, A Hazell, C Nixon/Ipswich Bus Blog, A Rawlinson, J Lidstone, LOTS, C Maxfield, RM.

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