Busmopolitan – Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. July 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the July 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

The first daytime run of a Stadtler Flirt train happened on 19/7/19; along the whole length of the Great Eastern Main Line. They will appear network wide during 2020.
Class 317 EMUs have begun to be stood down. Hoewver, a few refurbished examples will be retained. Other EMUs to remain on GA are the Renatus refubished Class 321s and the Class 379s. The latter will appear on all West Anglia Routes, havivng been originally for Stansted Express and selected London to Cambridges.

24 X 7, STANSTED.
Sold are Vaxhall Vivaros EJ14 AVR/Y, EY14 VEM.

A2B TRAVEL, BARBRAHAM.
Two new services from 8/7/19 were 114 (Cambridge Drummer Street-Coldhams Lane-Mill Road-Colebridge Road Addenbrookes M-F) and 117 Chesterton-Drummer Street M-F). These replaced withdrawn Big Green Bus facilities.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (NETWORK COLCHESTER).
Driver trainer DAF SB120/Wright Cadet 3524 (LJ51 DDX). was on loan at the end of July.
Odd sightings: 5/7/19: Park and Ride ADL/E200 4072 (SK15 GXS) on 77/A. 10/7/19; StreetLite 4261 (GN64 DXR) on 1. 20/7/19; Dart SLF/Pointer 3418 (SN54 HXE) failed on Head Street (am). 22/7/19: Dart SLF/MPD 1559 (EU56 GVG) on 8; ADL/E200 4011 (GN58 BTO) on 4; Park and Ride ADL/E200 4072 (SK15 GXS) on crew ferry. 26/7/19: Short Dart SLF/Cartano 1562 (RX07 KPG) on 8; Volvo B7RLE 3825 (GN07 AVO) on 1.

GN58BUH 4020 AR CR 77 CROUCH STREET 24-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 4020 arrives at Crouch Street on the M-F afternoon short working from Tufnell Way, on 24/7/19. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (HARLOW).
Mb Sprinters 1010/15 were parked up by late July.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
SN66WHS 6499 AR SD HERITAGE (BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6499 has received Southend Transport heritage livery. Pictured at the Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

BALFOUR BEATTY.
DR73944 BB (LIVERPOOL ST) 6-7-19
(John Podgorski).

6-7/7/19: Tamper DR73944 at London Liverpool Street.
13-14/7/19: Tamper DR73945 at London Liverpool Street.

BEESTONS.
The Colchester-Ipswich School contracts ceased at the end of the summer term. Panther Travel and Ipswich Buses will run them from September.

BLUE TRIANGLE.
The commercial 68 Southend seafront service began on 27/7/19, for the duration of the summer school holidays.

YX61FZR SEN32 LG 80 (SUTTON) 6-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 SEN32 was originally with First Capital. It came to Blue Triangle when First pulled out of London in September/October 2013. It is now one of several with London General at Sutton, and was seen there on 6/7/19. (John Podgorski).

C2C.
An unusual visitor to the network on 18/7/19 was ‘Mayflower’, on a steam special.
On 25/7/19, due to exceptionally hot weather, service reductions and speed restrictions were enforced.

CHAMBERS.
From Konect is Scania Omnilink 455 (AU61 AVK).
Withdrawn is Volvo B7TL/President 566 (W428 WGH). 562 (V303 LGC) is due for withdrawal. 564/70/72 (W409/87/89 WGH) have transferred to Hedingham.
Scania N230UD/Olympus 877 (PN09 ENO) is VOR due to accident damage.
Some school contracts have ceased. Nayland Primary School and Cornard Upper School. Some runs on the latter passed to Beestons. This means that Chambers coach operation has ceased.
Route 84 (Colchester-Nayland-Sudbury) was reduced from hourly to 2 hourly from 29/7/19.

COLAS.
2/7/19: 70802 on 6L44 on Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement.
7/7/19: 70805/16 at Ripple Lane – work site.
16/7/19: 70802 on 6L44.
23/7/19: 37219 tnt 37116 with NR test train on 1Q18 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Harwich Town.
24/7/19: 37219 tnt 3716 on 1Q18 Ferme Park-Cambridge via Blackhorse Road and Manningtree.
26/7/19: 37219 tnt 37116 on 1Q18 Cambridge-March via Felixstowe.

CT PLUS.
SN16OHT 2504 CT PLUS 388 TO LST (BISHOPSGATE) 7-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 40H City 2504 at Bishopsgate on 7/7/19, on the shortened 388 service. (See June Busmopolitan). (John Podgorski).

DBS.
2/7/19: Maritime liveried 66005 on London Gateway-Wakefield.
4/7/19: 92015 + 66017 on Dollands Moor-Ripple Lane.
7/7/19: 66017 at Dagenham Dock.
10/7/19: 66104 on Bow-Burngullow.
12/7/19: Blue 66005 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX. Blue 66051 on 4E08 London Gateway-Wakefield and 4L08 return.
19/7/19: Blue 66005 on 4L45.
29/7/19: 59101 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone empties.
31/7/19: 66015 on Burngullow-Bow.

DRS.
37407 DRS-BR + DVT ON NR-CANTON (BRANTHAM) 19-7-19 (C BAINES)
Above: 37407 with 82112 at Brantham on 19/7/19. (Chris Baines).

5/7/19: Europhoenix 37608 on 0V91 Norwich-Ilford light engine.
15/7/19: 57306 hauling GWR 378133 on 5Q50 West Ealing-Ilford ECS.
16/7/19: 57003 on Norwich-Cardiff light engine; to return with GA DVT.
17/7/19: 37407 on Crewe-Norwich light engine.
19/7/19: 37407 towed GA DVT 82112 on 5Z37 Norwich-Cardiff move. 37608 on 0Z72 Colchester-Norwich light engine. 57003 + GA DVT 82133 on 5Z38 Cardiff-Norwich.
20/7/19; 37407 on 0Z38 Cardiff-Norwich light engine.
27/7/19: 37402 + 57002 on Crewe-Norwich light engine via GEML.
29/7/19: 37402 + 57002 + GA 90013 dit on 0Z90 Norwich-Crewe light engine via GEML.
30/7/19: 37419 on Crewe-Norwich light engine via NLL and GEML.

EASTERN NATIONAL .
B459WHJ 1602 ENOC NAT HOLS (COVENTRY) 26-7-86 (R POPE)
Above: MCW Metroliner 1602 at Coventry on 26/7/1986. These coaches were short lived with ENOC. (Roger Pope).

FIRST ESSEX.
MX05CBU 66795 FE (PANTHER, WEELEY) 1-7-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Is Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66795 lost ? No it’s been to Panther Travel at Weeley for maintenance. Pictured about to return to Chelmsford on 1/7/19. (Alex Hazell).

SN62ASO 67755 FE (PANTHER, WEELEY) 1-7-19 (S BARHAM)
Above: ADL/Enviro 300 67755 at Panther’s Weeley workshop on 1/7/19. Panther now has a contract to do welding work for First Essex, after it ceased with the First Group company for “health and safety reasons” (!). This has been “rectified” by the end of July, however. (Steve Barham).

More Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbuses withdrawn are 41519/27/43. None are left in revenue use at Chelmsford, with the remainder left at Basildon.
Volvo B10BLE/Wright trainer 60651 (T833 MAK) is on loan from First Manchester.
Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 69512-20 are being repainted out of their old Park and Ride black into standard Interurban livery. 69515 (BJ11 ECN) was the first. ADL/Enviro 200 MMC 67166 is now in Interurban, ex X30 clours.
Trident 33195 has gained the engine from withdrawn 33189.
Accident Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 62409 (YS03 ZKD) was withdrawn, and cannibalised. To Alpha for scrap are Dart SLF/Caetanos 41519/27.
The remaining Barbie2 liveried Scania L94UB/Wright Solars – 65677/79/81/82/84 (SN51 UYL, YR52 VEH/L/P/Y) – continue in use at Colchester. The only other buses left in Barbie2 are Dart SLF/Caetano 41541 and Volvo B7RLE/Wright 66821.
The Colchester High School contract ceased at the end of the summer school term. Stephensons will take it over from September.

T833MAK 60651 FE DT (HALSTEAD) 31-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 60651 at Butler Road, Halstead on 31/7/19. (Simon Austin).

BJ11ECN 69515 FE REFRESHED 22 (BN) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Repainted 69515 in Basildon on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

Odd sightings:
2/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 88; Route 62 B9TL 37134 on 70 then 103/4. 4/7/19: B7TL 37017 on 65 all day; Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 17 bus 2 + 65; StreetLite 63341 (SM65 EEZ) on 17 bus 1. 6/7/19; B7TL/Gemini 37017 (WX55 VJE). 7/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37139 on 61. 8/7/19; B7TL/ALX400 32481 on 103/4; Trident/President 33044 on 103/4. 9/7/19: Trident/President 33184 (LR02 LZD) on 175. 11/7/19; Route 62 B9TL 37135 on 65. 12/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37133 on 103/104 later 17 bus 1 + 65 pm peak. 13/7/19: Scania/Solar 62408 (YS03 ZKE) on 1A. 14/7/19: B7TL/Gemini 37015 on 1A (Sunday); Route 62 B9TL 37139 (SN57 HCY) on 75. 15/7/19: B7TL/Gemini 37042 (YJ06 XLH) on 65 all day. 17/7/19: Route 62 37135 (SN57 HCP) on 65 pm peak; StreetLite 63339 (SM65 EEX) on 71. 20/7/19: Trident 33196 (LT52 XAG) on 64. 21/7/19: Route 62 37135 on 88A; Route 62 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 75; Route 62 37139 on 66. 24/7/19: Route 62 37138 on 61; B7RLE 66816 (MX05 CDY) on 62; ADL/E300 67755 (SN62 ASD) on 62. 28/7/19: Route 62 37138 on 61. 30/7/19: Route 62 B9TL 37136 (SN57 HCU) on 1A.

FREIGHTLINER.
66590 FL (CR) 22-7-19
Above: 66590 at Colchester on 22/7/19. (John Podgorski).

Now orange/yellow are 66413/15/19, 66623.
7/7/19: 66432 stabled at Dagenham on Tesco train.
9/7/19; Orange 66419 on 4E64 Felixstowe-Tees Dock. 86628/38 at Ipswich.
10/7/19: 66507 on 4L41 Crewe-FLX usually 2 x ’86s. 86608/27 on 4L91/4M87.
12/7/19: Orange 66419 on 4M63 FLX-Crewe as far as IPS.
19/7/19: Orange 66415 on 4L93 Lawley Street-FLX. Orange 66419 on 4E23 FLX-Leeds.
23/7/19: 66590 on Ipswich-Lindsey empty fuel tanks. 7003 through Upminster on diverted London Gateway-Garston (Liverpool). 70007 on 4L41, rather than usual pair of ’86s.
24/7/19: 66589 on revived London Gateway-Leeds intermodal. 86627/39 on 4L41.
29/7/19: Orange 66413 on 4L40 Doncaster-FLX. Orange 66415 on 4E64 FLX-Tees Dock. 86613/04 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.
30/7/19: Orange 66413 on 4E64 FLX-Tees Dock. 86604/13 on 4L91 Trafford Park-FLX. 86608/28 on 4L41.
31/7/19: 86604/13 on 4L91 Traford Park-FLX. 86607/37 on 4L41 Basford Hall-FLX.

GBRf.
66775 is named ‘HMS Argyll’. The ships number of F231 is shown under the name plates.
2/7/19: Biffa 66783 + 66740 on 4Z27 Masboro-Felixstowe.
3/7/19: 66740 on 4Z26 FLX-Masboro, then 0A33 back to Stowmarket. 66783 on 0P40 FLX-Harwich then North Walsham tanks. 66787 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX.

66721 GBRf (LIVERPOOL STREET) 6-7-19
(John Podgorski).

6/7/19: 66721, 66742 and 66750 on the engineering blockade between London Liverpool Street and Stratford on the “fast” lines.

66742 GBRf (BETHNAL GREEN BANK) 6-7-19
(John Podgorski).

66785 GBRf (BETHNAL GREEN BANK) 7-7-19
Above: 66785 at the London end of a ballast train (6T64 from Whitemoor) on Bethnal Green Bank on 7/7/19. 66705 was on the country end. (John Podgorski).

7/7/19: 66721, 66742 (6T61), 66705 tnt 66785 on the Liverpool Street-Stratford engineering blockade. 66716 at Dagenham Dock.
8/7/19: 66702/51 with FL 66544 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66715/68 on 0L33 Peterborough-Ipswich-FLX light loco.
9/7/19: 66721 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66723/47 on 4E00 London Gateway-Masboro.
10/7/19: 66785 on Bow-Wellingborough.
11/7/19: 66713 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks.
12/7/19: 66775 on 4M02.
13/7/19: 66703, 66713 tnt 66719, 66761, 66778 at Bethnal Green on engineering works.
14/7/19: 66761 on 6T61 Bow-Whitemoor engineers.
15/7/19: 08757 transferred from FLX to Dagenham by road; replaced at FLX by 08939. 66761 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
16/7/19: 66761 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 92036 on Dollands Moor-Ripple Lane.
19/7/19: 66747 on London Gateway-Masboro.
20/7/19: 66744 on 6T62 Whitemoor-Bow Junction engineers. 66765 on 4M23. 66775 on 6T63 Whitemoor-Bow Junction engineers. 66778 on 6T60 Whitemoor-Bow Junction engineers.
22/7/19: 66729/72 on 0L33. 66776 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
23/7/19: 50008 through Shelford @ 1424 en route to Willesden via Cheshunt. Maritime blue 66727 on Rylstone-Chesterton stone.
24/7/19: 66724 at Upminster on diverted 4M46 London Gateway-Hams Hall.
26/7/19: 60021 on 0Z60 Ely-Willesden via West Anglia Main Line. 66768 on 4M23.
27/7/19: 66787 on 0E04 Parkeston-Peterborough light engine.
28/7/19: 66703 on 0L33. 66787 with 66759 dead in tow on 4Z20 Peterborough-Parkeston.
29/7/19: 66754 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66781 on 4L07 Birch Coppice-FLX.
31/7/19: 66730 on 4Z33 FLX-Doncaster. 66747 on 4M02.

GREATER ANGLIA.
Withdrawal of the Class 317 EMUs has started.

317652 GA (AUDLEY END) 27-7-19
Above: On a rather cooler 27/7/19, 317652 arrives at Audley End, on a Cambridge to London stopping service. (John Podgorski).

The very hot weather of late July caused some service restrictions. On 25/7/19, there were speed and service restrictions.
3/7/19: 755328, 423/24 delivered.
4/7/19: B1 61306 ‘Mayflower’ tnt 33207 on Liverpool St-Norwich special.
5/7/19: 755410 on Norwich-Liverpool Street test on electric power.

379015 GA (STRATFORD) 6-7-19
Above: 379015 + 379025 at Stratford on 6/7/19, leading a Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport service. It will take the Lea Valley route from Stratford. This was due to the engineering blockade described below. ‘379s do appear at Stratford at other times, but usually as ECS to Orient Way sidings at Leyton. (John Podgorski).

Over the weekends of 6-7/7/19, 13-14/7/19, 20-21/7/19 – all services used the south side of London Liverpool Street only. This was due to engineering works.

90009 GA (LST SUB SURFACE LOCAL PLATFORMS) 6-7-19
Above: 90009 unusually in the subsurface local platforms at London Liverpool Street on 6/7/19. It is awaiting departure on the 1955 to Norwich. (John Podgorski).

9/7/19: 317501 towed Ilford-Kilmarnock by ROG 37800.
10/7/19: 317656/64 on 1Y34 Liverpool Street-Ipswich.
19/7/19: 745003 on Norwich-London Liverpool Street daytime test run.
21/7/19: 755417 in Norwich-Ipswich test run.
24/7/19: 745101 delivered.
27/7/19: 745003 on Norwich-Ipswich test run.
29/7/19: 755410 as first in revenue service; on 0747 Lowestoft-Norwich. 755416 on 5Q73 Norwich-Ipswich test run.
30/7/19: 755410 on same run as on 29/7; then on 1036 Norwich-Yarmouth.

GTR.
10/7/19: 365535/31 towed Ilford-Crewe by 37884.

HARLEQUIN TRAVEL, IPSWICH.
The Ipswich School-Coclhester (Tollgate) contract ceased at the end of the summer term. Panther Travel will run it from September.

HEDINGHAM.
T107DBW 737 HO (CN AFTER LAST RUN) 24-7-19
Above: Trident LH737 at Clacton depot after its last run on 24/7/19. This was Hedingham’s final operational Trident. Parked behind is withdrawn Trident 727. (See below). (John Podgorski).

B10PUL ALPHA RECOVERY O-S + T108DBW LH738 HO CN 12-7-19 (LEON PARKER)
Above: Trident LH738 (T108 DBW) being collected for scrap from Clacton depot on 12/6/19, by Alpha Recovery Volvo FM 6X2 ‘wrecker B10 PUL – see below. (Leon Parker).

PL51LDJ 500 (REAR) HO OT (CN WORKSHOP) 24-7-19
Above: Open top Volvo B7TL/President 500 at Clacton workshop on 24/7/19. (John Podgorski).

School contract changes saw the end of operation of Manningtree School, Samuel Ward School, Haverhill at the end of the summer term. They have passed to 24/7, Stansted both from September. They will be subcontracted out.
From 1/7/19, there were changes to the Plume School, Maldon closed contracts. PL1 (Tollesbury, Tolleshunt Darcy, Goldhanger, Heybridge Basin) was replaced by existing and parallel registered service 95A (Tollesbury-Maldon). PL3 (Tolleshunt Darcy, Tolleshunt Major, The Tothams) was revised to take all students from Tolleshunt Darcy. 24 students at Great Totham were transferred from PL3 onto PL2 (Tiptree, Gt Totham, Wickham Bishops). PL2 additionally additionally called at The Bentalls Centre, Heybridge.
There were also revisions to bus routes around Clacton at the end of July. This included introduction of an open topper on service 134 – see below. The biggest changes were to service 137, which was rerouted via St Johns Road and Old Road, instead of London Road, thus service Great Clacton, and changing its town centre stop from Jackson Road to Pier Avenue.
A third ex Konect Dart SLF/Mini Pointer is 288 (HW54 BUF). Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents 564 (W409 WGH), 570 (W487 WGH), 572 (W489 WGH) are now part of the Hedingham fleet – ex Chambers. Open top B7TL/President 500 (PL51 LDJ) is ex East Yorkshire. It entered public service on Clacton route 134 on 25/7/19. B7TL/Presidents 561 (V301 LGC), 578 (W519 WGH) are now withdrawn. 578 was last used on 18/7/19 on Clacton schools.
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/ELs 725/27 (W825/27 NNJ), Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 737 (T107 DBW). Ford Transit BU14 YNT has returned to Robertsons – off loan, following the end of the Manningtree school contract. Coach and Trident operation has now ended. 737 was actually the last to hold a valid MOT – to 8/9/19. 725’s MOT was to expire on 3/8/19, while 727’s ran out on 15/7/19. In practice, 725 and 737 were not used after the schools broke up for the summer. 738 (T108 DBW) was collected from Clacton for scrap, by Alpha Recovery of Cramlington on 12/7/19. Tridents 701, 727 passed to Ensign. The Tridents were amongst the first buses acquired after Go-Ahead took over in 2012. They have been replaced by cascaded ex Chambers Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents. The coaches were replaced by upseated ex Konect former Anglian Scania Omnilinks.

TICKETEERS HO CN 18-7-19 (A LAW)
Above: Ticketeers for staff training at Clacton depot on 18/7/19. (Alex Law).

Buses have received wiring for the forthcoming contactless Ticketeer ticket machines. New CCTV is being installed across the fleet.
The staff room in Colchester town centre closed after 31/7/19.

Dart SLF/Pointer 259 (EU59 FLP) returned to HD from KN on 3/7/19. It was back at KN on 9/7/19. Withdrawn Dart SLF/MPD 289 (EJ02 KYY) is being cannibalised at HD. Volvo B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) made its first appearance at Kelvedon on 12/7/19 and returned to Clacton on 18/7/19. 575 is back in use ex accident repairs.
Omnidekka movements: 1/7/19: 815 – Chambers-KN. 5/7/19: 811 – KN-Chambers; 813 – Chambers-KN. 10/7/19: 805 – KN-Chambers; 809 – Chambers-KN. 12/7/19: 815 – KN-CN.
17/7/19: 812 – Chambers-KN; 814 – KN-Chambers.

Odd sightings:
1/7/19: B7TL/President 574 on 19 + 63. 2/7/19: Short ADL/E200 293 on 15 pm. 5/7/19; B7TL/President 584 on 63. 6/7/19: B7TL/President 571 on X76. 8/7/19: Dart SLF/MPD 287 on 15 am. 9/7/19: B7TL 571 on 19 + 63. 16/7/19; B7TL/President 565 on 19 + 63. 17/7/19: B7TL/Gemini 510 (LB02 YWX) on 88 – usually on schools. 17-18/7/19: B7TL/President 575 on 19 + 63. 18/7/19: Dart SLF/MPD 287 on 15 am. 23/7/19: Trident 737 on last revenue runs – HN1 am, ST3 pm. 24/7/19: 568 on X76 + 63; 737 ferried KN-CN by Busmopolitan editor.

Ancillary vehicles:
Ex Go-Ahead London General (Sutton) Ford Transit 100T280 van EJ13 UHR, has replaced mechanically challenged 9002 (EK56 MGE) at Sible Hedingham. Sister ex London General at Stockwell EA63 VUE, has been allocated to Clacton.

IPSWICH BUSES.
On 26/7/19, Scania N230UD/Olympus 69 (YJ60 KGY) was destroyed by fire on the A12 southbound at Sandon, near Chelmsford. It was on a private charter to Southend. All aboard were safely evacuated.

YJ60KGY 69 IB 93 9CR0 6-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 69 in Colchester on 6/7/19. 93/94 are on diversion, due to ongoing roadworks  at Ipswich Road/Cowdray Avenue/St Andrews Avenue in Colchester.
(Simon Austin).

Odd sightings:
6/7/19: Scania N230UD/Olympus 69 (YJ60 KGY) on 93. 8/7/19: Dart SLF/EL 84 (PJ53 OLC) on 93. 12/7/19: Dart SLF/Super Pointer 135 (SN53 AVK) on 93. 17/7/19: 84 on 93. 24/7/19: 84 on 93.

JET2.COM.
The 25 year old woman passenger, whose disruptive behaviour caused a Turkey bound flight to have to return to Stansted in June 2019, has been fined £85000 by the airline for lost revenue. She has also been criminally charged with assault and endangering an aircraft.

KEANE, STANFORD.
YJ52HEA KEANES (BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini YJ52 HEA at the Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. Ex Reliance of Sutton in the Forest, N Yorks, but originally a demonstrator registered IKZ 8515. (Simon Austin).

KINGS TOURS, STANWAY.
Borrowed ex Goodwins VH TX tri-axle MJ13 VMC, was returned to its dealer – off loan, in early July. VH TX KC12 ABC finally wentr to Evobus at the end of July, havivng been actually sold to them in May, but remaining on hire to Kings.

LITTLE LEGS BUSES, THURROCK.
PF52WPZ LITTLELEGS BUSES PLAYBUS 9BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President soft playbus PF52 WPZ, at Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
G297UYK EX LODGE (FUN BUS, CAYTON BAY, SCARBOROUGH 2018) (MATT HILL)
Above: Sold Leyland Olympian G297 UYK at Cayton Bay, near Scarborough in 2018. (Matt Hill).

LOGANAIR.
A new Carlisle-Southend service began on 4/7/19.

MAYMIST, BARKING.
A Volvo B7R/Plaxton coach was destroyed by fire on the A127 near Rayleigh on 1/7/19.

METROLINE.
Some of the borrowed Arriva ENS Class Enviro 200s on TfL393 (Clapton-Islington), have moved from Holloway to Potters Bar in exchange for native DEMs. The intended DELs – deemed too long, remain in store at West Perivale.

LK58KHR TE949 METROLINE 34 (PB DEPOT) 20-7-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 40D TE949 at Potter Bar garage on 20/7/19, starting a duty on TfL route 34 (Barnet-Walthamstow Central). (John Podgorski).

MTR TfL RAIL.
Over the weekends of 6-7/7/19, 13-14/7/19 – due to engineering works on the “fast” lines between Stratford and Liverpool Street, all TfL Rail services terminated/started at Stratford on the Saturday and some on the Sunday.
Class 315s tend not to operate on Sundays now.
Gidea Park now has more ‘345s than ‘315s allocated.
345026/45/46/48 reported stored at Maidenhead before move to Old Oak Common.
Class 345 locations at 16/7/19: 345001 – Old Dalby (OD); 345002 – Derby (DY); 345003 Old Oak (OC); 345005-11 – Ilford (IL); 345012/13 – OC; 345014-17 – IL; 345018 (OD); 345019-21 – OC; 345022 – IL; 345023 – Worksop (WP); 345024-55 – OC; 345056-58 – WP; 345059/60 – OC; 345061 – WP; 345062-64 – OD; 345065/66 – DY.
17/7/19: 345004 – DY-OD.
30/7/19: 345065 to OD.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
BF68LDE SH247 NX A8 TO KX (BISHOPSGATE) 6-7-19
Above: Scania K440EB6/Caetano Levante III SH237 (BF68 LDE) at Bishopsgate, on the first day of the new A8 extension. (John Podgorski).

From 6/7/19, route A8 from Stansted Airport was extended from/to London Liverpool Street to Kings Cross via Farringdon.
From the same date, new route A6N (London Victoria-Stansted) started. This operates as one journey towards Stansted, and follows the daytime A6 line of route from Marble Arch.

BK14LFR SH177 NX A7 (WATERLOO) 7-7-19
Above: Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante SH177 (BK14 LFR) at London Waterloo on 7/7/19, on a westbound A7 service. (John Podgorski).

NIBS, WICKFORD.
YX10FEV 444 NIBS 81 (BRENTWOOD) 20-7-19
Above: Ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 444 at Brentwood Rail Station on ex Ensignbus route 81, on 20/7/19. (John Podgorski).

PN09EKT 516 NIBS (BARLEYLANDS RALLY) 27-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Recently acquired ex Go-Ahead London Scania N230UD/Olympus 516 at the Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).

OLD MAGDALEN STREET BUS DEPOT, COLCHESTER.
Construction of the new student flats, had commenced at the east end of the site during July. The old power station frontage on Military Road, has had a breezeblock boxroom structure erected behind it.

OLST.
T219XBV OLST (PICCADILLY) 17-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: DAF DB250LF/Plaxton President DLP219/T219 XBV at Piccadilly Circus on 17/7/19. Working from Rainham depot. (Simon Austin).

PANTHER TRAVEL.
AB61PAN PANTHER BRANDED (WEELEY) 3-7-19 (JOSH STEWARD)
Above: AB61 PAN at Weeley on 3/7/19. (Josh Steward).

Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 AB61 PAN now has Panther Travel fleet names on its white livery.
Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon WV02 EUP has been retrimmed and upseated to 56. It retains its wheelchair lift.
The registered bus route serving Manningtree School ceased at the end of the summer term.
Ancillary vehicles:
Vauxhall Zafira LD02 NCC went for scrap following mechanical failure.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
Neoplan Tourliner MJ11 DHM ex R500 ACL is ex Angela of Lowford, Hants.

SIMONDS, DISS.
Service 191 (Diss-Bury St Edmunds) was de-registered after 31/7/19. It was indirect, running via Roydon, South Lopham, Garboldisham and Thetford, and mainly carried students for West Suffolk College in Bury. It was replaced by parts of Simonds 304, 337/8 and Coach Services 84.

STAGECOACH CAMBUS.
From 1/7/19, for 8 weeks, Mill Road railway bridge in Cambridge was closed for works; affecting route Citi2. To cover this, two shuttles were introduced; 2A (Emanuel Street-Mill Road north); 2B (Mill Road south-Sainbury’s at Coldhams Lane). 2 of the former East Kent ‘Little and Often’ Mb Sprinters are being used, with a third as spare. The main Citi2 is diverted via Newmarket Road, Coldhams Lane Sainsbury’s, Brookes Road.

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
LX56EAJ 19133 MEGA SIGHTSEEING (SOUTH BANK) 7-7-19
Above: Mega Sightseeing ex Selkent ADL/Enviro 400 19133 at The South Bank on 7/7/19. (John Podgorski).

S812BWC 17012 ST NL & CUMB 599 (WINDERMERE) 10-7-19 (M FLYNN)
Above: 17012, one of the original Tridents for Stagecoach East London, is these days with Stagecoach North Lancashire & Cumbria, and part open top. On 12/7/19, it was pictured departing from Windermere. (Malcolm Flynn).

STEPHENSONS.
Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 509 (YN07 LHP) has the new style fleet names.

EU03CFX 413 STEPHENSONS 352 (HALSTEAD) 29-7-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 413 on Market Hill, Halstead on 29/7/19. It is on the evenings only Essex CC 352 service, previously contracted to Hedingham. The 352 is operated (all day) by First on Sundays and public holidays. To the right is the site of the old Eastern National bus depot – (closed and demolished in March/April 1984). (Simon Austin).

WARD’S OF ALRESFORD.
G296UYK EX WARDS OF ALRESFORD 9HULL) 6-7-19 (CARL IRELAND)
Above: G296 UYK at Hull on 6/7/19. (Carl Ireland).

All Leyland Olympian G296 UYK has gone for preservation in Yorkshire. It will be restored to EYMS livery, as it used to work there.

With thanks to: M Allen, Angliagen, S Austin, C Baines, W Bell, Cambus, M Flynn, A Hazell, Hedingham, M Hill, C Ireland, A Law, J Lomas, S Milton, L Parker, R Pope, J Steward, G Stewart.

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Busmopolitan. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. June 2019.

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Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the June 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.

It has been confirmed that all of First UK Bus is now up for sale. Arriva Bus is likewise. It will be interesting to see the destinies of the local companies from these groups.
In the skies, there were two “emergency landings” at Stansted during June. One involved a carrier familiar to the area, Jet2, but the other produced a much more exotic visitor – from Air India.

24/7, STANSTED.
New are Renautl Trafics LJ18 DJV, DKK.

ACME TRANSPORT, MOLEHILL GREEN.
Has ex Go North East Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante FJ08 KLF – via Ensign.
Bova Futura VMH 561 has been re-registered T514 NAR and sold.
Sold is Dart SLF/UVG R558 UOT.

ADAMS COACHES, ABRIDGE.
This operator has moved from Lowestoft, along with Toyota Optima/Caetano midicaoch X4 DSB, which was ex Swallow of Rainham as EOS 711.

AIR INDIA.
Not normally seen in the Busmopolitan area, except possibly in transcontinental cruise at 33 000 feet. However, on 27/6/19 a Boeing 777 on a Mumbai- Newark (USA) service made an emergency landing at Stansted, following a bomb scare. This turned out to be a hoax. The flight was turned over the Irish Sea and then escorted by two RAF Typhoon fighter jets to the diversionary airfield. A “supersonic boom” was reported over Alfreton, Derbyshire. (‘Trent Barton land, rather than Busmopolitan land’).

PT-ALO AIR INDIA B777 (WIKIMEDIA)
Above: Boeing 777 PT-ALO. (Wikimedia Commons).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3825 (GN07 AVO) is back in use.
Odd sightings: 10/6/19: Dart SLF/MPD 1558 (KX56 HCP) on 8. 14/6/19: Long Dart SLF/Pointer 3417 (SN54 HXD) on 4. 25/6/19: 133 StreetLite 4324 on 8.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Received from AKT at Hemel Hempstead is Sapphire liveried ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6259 (YX17 NFG). 6516 (SN66 WJO) went in exchange. 6501 (SN66 WHS) has received blue/cream Southend Transport heritagel ivery, to celebrate 100 years of route 1. 6509 (SN6 WJE) has rainbow stripes for Southend Pride 2019.

MX61AXW 4459 AR SD (VICTORIA AVE) 29-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: The elusive VDL DB300LF/Wright Gemini2 lowheight 4459 at Victoria Avenue on 29/6/19. This was new to Arriva Wales but ex Kent and Sussex. (Simon Austin).

SN58ENX 6458 AR SD (SD TRAVEL CENTRE) 29-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Another oddity is ADL/Enviro 400 6458, pictured at Southend Travel Centre on 29/6/19. It was ex Arriva Kent and Sussex and came as a non-runner, before being repaired. (Simon Austin).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
From Arriva London South are New Routemasters LT172/73/88, now at Stamford Hill.
LT230-233 have moved internally from Ash Grove to Stamford Hill.
Into Barking are DW332, ENL3.
Overall adverts: LT182 – Deliveroo, then Avocado; LT219 – JBO Pro Sound; LT534 – Ferry Tree; LT576 – Coors Light; LT592 – Avocado.

AVRO.
GNN186D Avro & Elm Park (LANGLEY VALE RD, EPSOM) 2-6-82 (DW RHODES)
Above: Back on 2nd June 1982, Avro and Elm Park ex East Midland Leyland Lowlander GNN 186D at Langley Vale Road, Epsom – en route to The Derby. Interesting that 5 years later, East Midland would actually be running buses in Elm Park, as part of its Frontrunner South East enterprise, on London Regional Transport contracts. Avro was actually based in Orsett – on the (now) old A13 near The Cock pub, and that depot is still in use today – by Keanes Travel. This bus was the penultimate Lowlander to be built. (DW Rhodes).

BASILDON SOS BUS.
X612EGK BASILDON SOS BUS (SOUTHEND) 29-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President X612 EGK at London Road, Southend on 29/6/19. It is close to the site of the old Eastern National garage and bus station, now occupied by a Sainsbury’s supemarket. (Simon Austin).

BLUELINE, ROCHFORD.
Operations have restarted.
Sold are ex NX West Midlands Volvo B7TL/Plaxton Presidents V42/45, 431/99 MOA and similar ex Arriva Yorkshire X675 YUG. All retained their previoous owners’ livery and some had not been used.

YJ09CYY BLUELINE 6-19 (BLUELINE)
Above: Van Hool T916 YJ09 CYY, new to Eavesway and ex Airlynx, Southampton. (Blueline).

PO51WNK BLUELINE 6-19 (BLUELINE)
Above: Dennis Trident/EL PO51 WNK is ex Isle Coaches, Owston Ferry, Lincolnshire. (Blueline).

BUS4U, BRAINTREE.
Short ADL/Enviro 200 YX15 XMO is now with Hughes, Llangefni, Wales.

CHAMBERS.
PN09ENC 874 ET AL CHAMBERS (ENSIGN) 29-6-19
Above: Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 874 (PN09 ENC) was still at Ensign at the end of June. (John Podgorski).

ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions 267/68 have gone to Hedingham.
On loan to Hedingham was Scania Omnilink 453 (YT11 LVE) while Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 572 (W489 WGH) was transferred to Hedingham.
Withdrawn is Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere coach 10 (S291 TVW).
Cannibalised Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 567 (W457 WGH) has gone to Alpha Recovery for scrap.

PN09ELO 870 CHAMBERS 753 (SUDBURY) 8-6-19
Above: Scania N230UD/Olympus 870 at Sudbury on 8/6/19. (John Podgorski).

Contactless Ticketing is due, with new Ticketeer machines to replace the Vix ones.

COACH STOP, RETTENDON.
Mb 0404/Hispano Y368 UOM is ex Gainsbury of Upminster.

COLAS.
26/6/19: 37521 tnt 37099 on 1Q97 NR test train Ferme Park-Cambridge via Dagenham Dock, Harwich.
27/6/19: 70806 on 6L44 Oxwellmains-West Thurrock cement.

COLLINS COACHES, CAMBRIDGE.
On 13/6/19, Trident/ALX400 LX03 OSP caught fire while on a private charter at Bury St Edmunds. Altough the blaze was contained to the engine bay, the bus was a write off.

CT PLUS.
From 15/6/19, TfL388 (Stratford City-Elephant and Castle) was cut back to Liverpool Street.
Borrowed ADL/Enviro 40Ds 10113.14 (LX12 DCZ, DDA) returned to Stagecoach East London, off loan.

DBS.
5/6/19: 66083 on Marks Tey-Crawley sand. 66127 on Bow Olympic-Burngullow.
10/6/19: 59102 on 6L30 Acton-Chelmsford stone.

DLR.
TfL has awarded CAF a contract to build 43 new trains, which will appear from 2023.

DOCKLANDS BUSES.
From 15/6/19, operation of TfL100 (London Wall-Wapping) was transferred to London Central at Camberwell.

DONS OF DUNMOW.
Ex Nottingham City Transport, via Ensign are Scania Omnidekkas YN07 MLF/J.

M63VJO DON'S OF DUNMOW 31-10-15
Above: M63 VJO at Dunmow depot on 31/10/15. (John Podgorski)

Dennis Dart/Plaxton Pointer M63 VJO has gone for preservation in its native Oxford.

M63VJO NHT 77 HEAD ST CR 4-11
Above: M63 VJO while with New Horizon of Frating. Pictured in Head Street, Colchester in April 2011. (John Podgorski).

M63VJO 32077 ST WORTHING 7-05
Above: And as Stagecoach South 32077. At Worthing depot in July 2005. (John Podgorski).

DRS.
3/6/19: 37419 on 0Z37 Willesden-Norwich light engine via NLL and GEML.
7/6/19: 47749/27 on Ipswich-Scarborough excursion.
13/6/19: 57002/3 on Tonbridge-Norwich light engine via NLL and GEML.
18/6/19: 57003 + 37424 on 0Z39 Willesden-Norwich.
22/6/19: 68003 and 68016 on 1Z04 Norwich-Edinburgh ‘Scottish Adventure’ NENTA Railtours, via Ipswich.
25/6/19: 68003/16 on Sizewell coal.
26/6/19: 37419 hauled 3 GA MkIIIs as 5V91 Norwich-Ilford.

57002 + 57003 (BRANTHAM BANK) 13-6-19 (C BAINES)
Above: 57002 + 57003 climb Bentley Bank away from Brantham – heading for Ipswich on 13/6/19. (Chris Baines)

ENIGMA TRAVEL, COLCHESTER.
Has Mb 0814D/Aurobus B2 CBT, ex Bobs of Clacton.

ENSIGNBUS.
New are BCI Enterprises 405/6 (LX19 EAW/G).
Ex Tower Transit are Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s 133/34 (BJ11 EAA, EBN).
New night only service X1 began on 8/6/19. Branded ‘Jetlink’ is ran between London and Southend Airport via Lakeside. However, X1 subsequently had to be withdrawn, after the airport owners denied entry.

SK15HBB 719 ENSIGNBUS 31-X90 (BD RAIL STATION) LAST DAY 15-6-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 719 at Brentwood Rail Station on 15/6/19. It shows both 31 and X90 on its destination. (John Podgorski).

From 17/6/19, the Brentwood services passed to NIBS, Wickford. These were 21 (Brentwood-Ongar), 31 (Pilgrims Hatch-Warley) and 81 (Hutton Circular). X90 ceased and was replaced by existing NIBS service 269. Four short ADL/Enviro 200s transferred with these routes – 602 (CSK 282), 603 (MX59 AVN), 604 (CN11 FBE) , 650 (DK09 OBH).
Temporary Scania Omnidekka 921 (YN55 NKJ) is now with Grayscroft, Mablethorpe.

EOS LONDON, NORTH WEALD.
A clearout has seen the disposal of Dart SLF/Pointers 740 (KM02 HGE), 741 (KP02 PUK), 742 (KP02 PWV), 743 (KU52 YKS), 744 (KU52 YKO); Dart SLF/Caetano 761 (LK03 NLE); Dart SLF/MCV Evolution LX07 BYN.

FIRST ESSEX.
BJ12VXB 36218 FE 20 (SD) 29-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 36218 at Southend Travel Centre on 29/6/19. (Simon Austin).

Some more ex First West Yorkshire ‘deckers have arrived. Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s 36216-20 (BJ12 VWY, VXA-D) – allocated to Hadleigh (HH). As a result, Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 30894 (X749 VUA) is now a Pool vehicle, but remains at Hadleigh. Some Trident/Presidents 33073, 33133, 33190, 33229 moved from HH to Basildon to replace Caetano Dart SLFs 41512/13/40/42, 519.
Also acquired from First West Yorkshire were Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66708/9 (YK53 GXT/U). These arrived with super rear adverts for YPP Lettings, Leeds. 66708 went to Basildon and 66709 to Colchester. 66709 lost is super rear advert on arrival.
Wright StreetLite 63328 (SK65 PXS) is back in service with a new engine.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 62409 (YS03 ZKD) is delicensed due to accident damage, after it was in collision with a Mercedes car on The Strood on 3/6/19.
Withdrawn are Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbuses 41512/13/25/39/40. 41521 (LK03 UEY) has become a mobile publicity vehicle, based at Chelmsford. 41522 (LK03 UEZ) is on long term loan from Basildon to Hadleigh, to cover for accident damaged Wright StreetLite 63165.
Odd sightings: 3/6/19: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67168 on 71. 4/6/19: B7TL/Gemini 37020 on 64A; B7RLE 66810 on 62; B7RLE 69431 on 70. 6/6/19; Trident 33044 on 174; Route 62 B9TL 37136 on 17. 8/6/19: 32478 on 104; 33080 on 64. 10/6/19: Dart SLF/Pointer 42930 (SN05 EAM) on 70 early am. 11/6/19: ADL/E200 44543 (YX13 AHZ) on 70. 13/6/19: Dart SLF/Pointer 42928 (SN05 EAG) on 71. 14/6/19: 44537 on 70. 19/6/19: Dart SLF/Pointer 42944 (WX56 OAU) on 71. 20/6/19: 32480 on 174. 21/6/19: 66810 on 62. 24/6/19: X30 66167 on 70. 25/6/19: 32480 on 174.

WX56HXZ 42940 FE 36 (SOUTH WOODHAM) 20-6-19 (S MILTON)
Above: One of the recent ex First Manchester Dart SLF/Pointers. 42940 at South Woodham Ferrers on 20/6/19. (Sonny Milton).

FLAGFINDERS.
LV02LLF FLAGFINDERS NEW LIVERY (TOLLGATE) 19-6-19
Above: Former Redwing of Camberwell Iveco Eurorider/Beaulas LV02 LLF at Tollgate, Stanway, Colchester on 19/6/18. (John Podgorski)

FREIGHTLINER.
66587 FL ONE (MTE) 12-6-19 (C BAINES)
Above: 66587 at Manningtree on 12/6/19. ONE (Ocean Network Express) is a new freight contract; not to be confused with a previous identity of Greater Anglia ! The loco is now named ‘As One, We Can’. The livery is apparently inspired by cherry blossoms in Japan – where ONE is headquartered. (Chris Baines).

4/6/19: 66529 on 6E50 Ipswich-Lindsay tanks.
5/6/19: 66607 on Bow Olympic-Tunstead.
13/6/19: Pink 65587 on 4E63 FLX-Doncaster. 66617 on sand at Marks Tey.
14/6/19: 86614/27 on 4L41 Basford Hall-FLX.
18/6/19: 66526 on diverted 4V37 FLX-Wentloog on West Anglia route through Cambridge.

GBRf.
66780 is now in Cemex livery and named ‘The Cemex Express’.
3/6/19: 66784 on 4M02.
6/6/19; 66762 tnt 66783 on 6T70 March-Hythe engineers.
19/6/19: 08757 ‘Eagle’ has arrived at the Port of Felixstowe from the Telford Steam Railway. It has been leased to work at the South Terminal.
20/6/19: 66748 on 4M23 FLX-Hams Hall.
24/6/19: 66712/19 on 0L33. 66712 then on 4M29. 66770/32 + FL 66616/563 on 6L37.
25/6/19: 66738 on 0P33 FLX-N Walsham. 66765 on 4M07 FLX-Birch Coppice. 66770 on 6L37.
26/6/19: 92044 on 5L99 Dollands Moor-Ripple Lane.
30/6/19: 66779 ‘Evening Star’ on 6T63 Bow Junct-Whitemoor engineers.

GREATER ANGLIA.
The new station at Meridian Water, Edmonton, opened on 3/6/19. It replaced Angel Road. Initially open at peak hours only, a full service will commence from September.

82102 + 321421 (IPSWICH) 16-6-19
Above: DVT 82102 (left) and EMU 321421 at Ipswich on 16/6/19. (John Podgorski).

Class 745/755 summary: 745003/4/104, 755326/410/14/17 at Norwich depot. 745002,755413/15/16 at MNR. 755406/7 at Cambridge depot. Due to enter traffic soon.
13/6/19: 754004 delivered. 156418 damaged in collidon with tree at Hethersett; no injuries.
14/6/19: 170203 appeared at Clacton depot.
19/6/19: 170204 on Ipswich-Felixstowe.
20/6/19: 745102 delivered.
26/6/19: 153314 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. 755404/20/422 delivered.
29/6/19: 156418 towed Norwich to Coclhester by UID ‘170, en route for repairs.
30/6/19: 153322 ? on 2L75 Peterborough-Ipswich.

170273 GA (CR-PBO) 23-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: 170273 at Colchester on 23/6/19, on the service to Peterborough via Ipswich and Ely. (Simon Austin).

321322 GA RENATUS (WITHAM) 23-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Renatus 321322 at Witham on 23/6/19, on the rear of a London bound service. (Simon Austin).

HAILSTONE, WICKFORD.
Dart SLF/Caetano LT02 ZDE has been sold without being used.

HEDINGHAM.
SN03EBV 285 HO 7 (CN) 1-6-19 (S AUSTIN)
Above: Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 285 in Clacton on 1/6/19; at the junction of Station Road, Pier Avenue and Chapman Road. Ex GoRide route 7 now additionally runs on Saturdays. (Simon Austin).

ADL/Enviro 200/MCV Evolutions 267/68 have arrived from Chambers, and are allocated to Clacton.
ADL/Enviro 200s 294 (OU57 FGZ); 295/96 (SN10 CCX/Y) have transferred to Konect at Dereham.
Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 287 (HW54 BUE) entered service from Sible Hedingham, with a red ‘Hedingham’ front panel added to its Konect blue livery. It was at Kelvedon by 10/6/19. Its front became blue again later in June. SLF/Mini Pointer 289 (EJ02 KYY) is withdrawn.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 527 (LX06 FAK) entered traffic at Clacton on 3/6/19, with 528 (LX06 FAM) following on 10/6/19. B7TL/President 563 (V307 LGC) was loaned to Chambers 6-10/6/19. 575 (W516 WGH) collided with a wall in St Osyth, and is now under repair at Clacton – to significant front n/s damage. Withdrawn 576 (W517 WGH) has gone from Clacton, but is not listed as sold or scrapped yet. 580 (W527 WGH) appeared at KN on 11/6/19, the first time in a long while. 572 (W489 WGH) came from Chambers on 17/6/19, then went to HD on 28/6/19. 580 (W527 WGH) returned to CN on 18/6/19. 581 (W956 WGH) appeared at KN on 28/6/19 – again after many months. B7TL/Presidents are now scheduled for service Mon to Fri only.
Scania Omnidekka 810 (YN55 PZO) was involved in a collision with a VW Polo at Top Road, Tolleshunt Knights on 3/6/19, and had to return to Chambers for repairs. It was completed on 9/6/19.
Dart SLF/Pointer 259 (EU56 FLP) came from Sible Hedingham to Kelvedon to cover, but returned on 10/6/19. However, 259 was back at KN on 21/6/19, when E200 295 departed.
Short ADL/E200 293 (EU59 AFJ) from CN, appeared at KN on 27/6/19, having been transfered from CN to HD.
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/ELs 701 (T801 RFG), 726 (W826 NNJ) and Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 738 (T108 DBW) – all upon MOT expiry on 17/6, 8/6 and 17/6/18 respectively. 726 subsequently went to Chambers and had been sold to Ensign by the end of June. 738’s last revenue trip was on the morning HN1 (Witham-Honywood School) on 14/6/19, and has gone into store at Clacton. 701 has been earmarked for preservation, as it was Brighton and Hove’s first Trident. 722 has been cannibalised at CN. 702 (T802 RFG) was resold by Ensign to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.

W826NNJ 726 EX HO (ENSIGN) 29-6-19
Above: Trident 726 at Ensign on 29/6/19. (John Podgorski).

Spares only Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 519 (LX05 EZK) , was removed from Clacton, by Alpha Recovery – for scrap on 4/6/19.

YN55PZP 811 CHAMBERS ON HO 83 (CHAPPEL) 26-6-19
Above: Scania Omnidekka 811 at Chappel terminus of route 83 on 26/6/19. The intermixing of Hedingham and Chambers buses is now commonplace. (John Podgorski).

Omnidekka moves: 5/6/19: 801 – Chambers-KN; 810 – KN-Chambers. 10/6/19: 811 – Chambers-KN; 814 – KN-Chambers. 11/6/19: 807 – Chambers-KN; 812 – KN-Chambers. 13/6/19: 807 – KN-Chambers; 810 – Chambers-KN after repairs; 815 – CN-KN; 818 – KN-CN. 24/6/19: 805 – Chambers-KN. 26/6/19: 801 – KN-Chambers; 814 – Chambers-KN. 28/6/19; 815 – KN-Chambers (due to failure on 89X) – replaced by Scania Omnilink 453 (YT11 LVE) from Chambers.
Contactless Ticketing is due, with the arrival of new Ticketeer machines to replace the current Vix ones.

T108 DBW, T107DBW LH738, 737 HO KN 26-4-19
Above: Tridents 738 and 737 at Kelvedon on 26/4/19. (John Podgorski).

Odd sightings: 3/6/19: Omnidekka 810 on 91. 4/6/19: SLF 259 on 91; ADL/E200 295 on 15 pm. 8/6/19: B7TL 581 on 4. 21/6/19: 259 on 15 pm. 24/6/19: Omnidekka 805 on 15 pm. 26/6/19: Omnidekka 811 on 82/83 D2109 KN bus on HD duty.

LX05EZF 523 HO 19 (ROWHEDGE) 4-6-19 (SONNY MILTON)
Above: Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 523 at Rowhedge (Heath Road) on the morning 19 departure on 4/6/19. After dropping students at TLA School, 523 will work on route 63, before doing the afternoon return 19, and then a rounder on the 83. (Sonny Milton).

IPSWICH BUSES.
The Scania Omnicity saloons have been resold via Ensign.
YN56 NVB/E/F/G – to Connexions Buses, Tockwith.
YN56 NVO to Runwood Green Farm, Maidstone.

YJ12GWL 94 IB (DEPOT) 2-6-19
Above: Optare Tempo 94 at Constantine Road depot on 2/6/19. These replaced the Omnicity saloons and some other older single deckers. (John Podgorski).

JACKSON, BICKNACRE.
SL66 LKZ is a Volvo B8R/Sideral ex AAA, Kirknewton, Scotland.

JET2.COM.
On 22/6/19, a B737 flight was escorted into Stansted by two RAF Typhoon fighters, due to a “disruptive passenger” on the commercial plane. A 25 year old woman was subsequently arrested and charged in connection with this incident.
A “supersonic boom” was reported over the Uttlesford District, as the Typhoons intercepted the B737.

G-GDFF JET2 HOLIDAYS B737-800 (BING IMAGES)
Above: Boeing 737-800 G-GDFF. (Bing Images).

KINGS TOURS, STANWAY.
New Mb Tourismo KC19 ABC was delivered on 10/6/19.
Loaned VH TX CT14 LCT was replaced by VH TX tri-axle MJ13 VMC. Both were supplied by Moseley (dealer), South Elmsall.

MJ13WMC KINGS TOURS 7-6-19
Above: MJ13 VMC with resident Irizar and VH coaches at Kings depot on 7/6/19. (John Podgorski).

J333ABC KINGS TOURS (KELVEDON) 24-6-19
Above: Crew ferry Seat Alphambra J333 ABC at Kelvedon on 24/6/19. (John Podgorski).

KIRBYS OF RAYLEIGH.
Setra S250 K30 BYS has reverted to R104 HEW. Mb Tourismo BX14 ONP is now K99 BYS. Mb Tourismo BX64 JZV is now K30 BYS.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
ADL/Enviro 200/EL Esteem 231(PO56 JFF) is ex Blue Triangle.
From 15/6/19, TfL476 (Northumberland Park-Euston) was cut back to Kings Cross.

LK59FDN WVN20 LGN 476 (EUSTON) 23-11-19
Above: Ex First Capital Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 WVN20 on the 476 at Euston, on 23/11/18. (John Podgorski).

LONDON OVERGROUND.
710269 LOROL (GOSPEL OAK) 1-6-19
Above: The new Class 710 EMUs have now entered service on the ‘GOBLIN’ route. 710269 was at Gospel Oak on 1/6/19. (John Podgorski).

LONDON UNDERGROUND.
The S Stock modification programme is complete. This had been done by Bombardier at Derby.

MTR TfL RAIL.
345016 MTR TfL RAIL (BETHNAL GREEN BANK) 1-6-19
Above: 345016 climbs Bethnal Green Bank, away from London Liverpool Street on 1/6/19. Photographed from a parallel Greater Anglia service. (John Podgorski).

11/6/19: 345061 moved Old Dalby to Old Oak.
12/6/19: 345056 towed Old Oak Common-Worksop by DRS 37611.

NATIONAL EXPRESS.
Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante SH209 (BX16 CMK) has a super rear advert for Boomtown.
Woods of Leicester has a new NX contract. 350 (Stansted-Manchester-Liverpool) – previously with Selwyns.

NEW HORIZON, FRATING.
Ex Cedric’s Dennis Trident/Plaxton President T97 KLD, which was sold to a dealer in Clacton in 2017, had gone from the yard near Clacton Rail Station – where it had lain, by the start of June.

NIBS, WICKFORD.
As recorded above, the Brentwood area routes of Ensignbus were taken over from 17/6/19, along with four buses. The services are run from Wickford, but there are two duties from the Hutton outstation. Route 269 is now double deck.

PANTHER TRAVEL.
YX10BGO PANTHER (HARWICH B S) 19-6-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: YX10 BGO at Harwich Bus Station on 19/6/19. (Alex Hazell).

ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGO has been taken into operational stock, ex sales stock.
Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther DB54 PAN has been offered for sale.
Dart SLF/Pointer DC02 PAN has been sold to A2B, Cambridge.

WV02EUP PANTHER (PARKESTON DEPOT) 6-19 (D PRETTY)
Above: Ex First Essex Volvo B12B/Plaxton Paragon WV02 EUP at Parkeston depot in June 2019. (Daniel Pretty).

DC56PAN PANTHER STENA FOOT PASSENGER SHUTTLE (ON SHIPS CAR DECK) 6-19 (A HAZELL)
Above Dart SLF/Mini Pointer DC56 PAN on the ‘Stena Brittanica’ ship’s car deck, while on the Stena Foot Passenger Shuttle in June 2019. This, Dart SLF/MPD BIG 9856 and short ADL/Enviro 200 DC61 PAN were the buses used. (Alex Hazell).

AB53PAN PANTHER (WALTON SEAFRONT BY COLUMBINE CENTRE) 10-6-19 (A HAZELL)
Above: Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther AB53 PAN on the seafront at Walton on the Naze on 10/6/19. (Alex Hazell).

RATP OLST.
RATP OLST RAINHAM DEPOT 29-6-19
Above: Rainham, Ferry Lane depot on 29/65/19, with VLEs and a DLP in evidence. (John Podgorski).

RELIANCE, BENFLEET.
Sold is MAN24.350/Jonckhere Monaco T100 REL – orig T48 BBW with Stagecoach Oxford.

ROMAN COACHES, COLCHESTER.
Scania/Irizar V21 ROM has been re-registered back to YN51 MHO and sold. It was seen on tow behing a Crouch of Leicester ‘wrecker, and looks to have passed to Mosely (dealer), Loughborough.

SEE LONDON BY NIGHT,PURFLEET.
Has moved its depot from Rainham to Purfleet Industrial Park.

AA52SEE SEE LONDON BY NIGHT (PURFLEET) 29-6-19
Above: ADL/Enviro 200 AA52 SEE at Purfleet on 29/6/19. This is one of a batch of ex Go-Ahead London buses, supplied via Ensign. (John Podgorski).

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
Sold to Ensign are Scania Omnicity ‘deckers LX58 CGJ/L, LX09 AEA, ACJ, AEK/L, FZT,
LX09ACJ, AFO EX ST EL (ENSIGN) 29-6-19
Above: Scania Omnicities LX09 ACJ and AFO await resale at Ensign, Purfleet on 29/6/19. (John Podgorski).

Former Trident/ALX400 17918 (LX03 OSP) has been withdrawn by Collins of Cambridge, following an engine fire. (qv).

STEPHENSONS.
Ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 FFG is in service as fleet no 448.
Withdrawn are Dart SLF/Mini Pointer 404 (EU03 CFY); Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus 452 (HV52 WTC).

SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
New is Volvo B11R/MCV coach BV19 LSD.
Volvo B12B/Caetano BU08 CGG has been named ‘Zippy’.

KU52YKO 744 EX EOS SWALLOW (ENSIGN) 29-6-19
Above: Ex EOS London Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 744 (KU52 YKO) awaits collection for scrap at Ensign, Purfleet on 29/6/19. (John Podgorski).

TALISMAN.
Some more vehicles have appeared at Great Bromley yard. They included Bristol LH/Plaxton Panorama Elite UAR 929M; an unidentified red early Panorama Elite bodied coach; AEC PRV “RML” Routemaster JJD 535D and a prototype ADL/Enviro 200 with two doors at front and rear. Also present are some Mercedes Sprinter panel vans, destined for Cyprus and minibus conversion. Two of these were exported during June. At least one of these was ex APC Parcels.

TALISMAN 2-6-19
Above: Great Bromley site on 2/6/19. (John Podgorski).

TENDRING TRAVEL.
Has ex RATP London United Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 SN51 SYH, via Ensign. It retains red/grey London United Motorcoaxches livery.
From McMakin, High Wycombe is Temsa Safari YJ08 DKX.
Scania/Berkhof RY57 ZKJ was repaired and back in use by mid June.

TOWER TRANSIT.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2s BJ11 EAA/C, EBM/N, have been sold to Ensign.

LK60HPF WSH62992 TT RV1 (COVENT GARDEN) 5-11-16
Above: Route RV1 (Covent Garden-Tower Gateway) ceased from 15/6/19, due to major revisions of TfL bus routes in central London. This is VDL SB200/Wright Pulsar hydrogen bus WSH62992 at Covent Garden terminus – outside the Duchess Theatre on 6/11/16. Some of the WSHs have already been trialed on the suburban TfL444 (Chingford Station-Turnpike Lane), and this where they have gone. (John Podgorski).

BJ11EAC VN36157 EX TOWER TRANSIT (ENSIGN) 29-6-19
Above: Now sold to Ensign, Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini2 VN36157 in the barn at Purfleet on 29/6/19. (John Podgorski).

TRUSTYBUS.
The ex RATP London United Scania Omnicity ‘deckers are being repainted red and blue, with ‘Central Connect’ branding. They have replaced Omnicity saloons. The Omnicity ‘deckers are YP59 OEN/O/S/T/U/V/W/X.
Withdrawn are Dart SLF/Pointer SN03 EBU; Scania Omnicity saloons YN53 RXG/R.

WOODHOUSE EXECUTIVE TRAVEL, SAWBRIDGEWORTH.
Has moved to White Roding. The fleet is Mb Sprinters W1 WET ex SN05 FCF, W2 WET ex MV53 GRZ.

With thanks to: M Allen, Anglia Gen, S Austin, C Baines, Bing Images, Blueline/J Sadd, East Anglia Railway FB, EBN, Ensign, Essex Buses Yahoo, Harlow Ride, A Hazell, Hedingham and Chambers, S Kinsalla-Ilott, LOTS, S Milton, PSVC, DW Rhodes, Wikimedia Commons.

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