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. However, 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 Vauxhall 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 These replaced withdrawn Big Green Bus facilities.
Sold are Dart SLF/Pointer SN03 WMP and VW Tranbsporter/Bluebird YX06 CSY.
ACME BUS, MOLEHILL GREEN.
Ex Go North East is Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante FL08 KLS.
Dennis Javelion/Berkhof E4 CME has reverted to P899 FMO. It then passed to Ensign (dealer) who resold it to Hire Your Transport, Kingswood.
BN17 JDZ is a Mercedes Tourismo, ex Viva Bonta, Boston.
VW Crafter S14 AVK has reverted to its original BK57 TFZ and been sold to Wilcoach, Athersley.
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.
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).
Ex Arriva Merseyside are VDL SB120/Wright Cadets 3512/13 (DK55 FXL, FYV).
Mb Sprinters 1010/15 were parked up by late July.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
Mb Sprinter 1008 (BF67 WGC) is ex Arriva Midlands.
Above: ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6499 has received Southend Transport heritage livery. Pictured at the Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).
ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
New Routemaster LT4 has an overall advert for Bananas.
VDL DB300LF/Wright Pulsar Gemminis DW324/25; ADL/Enviro 200 ENL73 have been transferred to Barking.
ADL/Enviro 200s ENL3, 111 have been transferred to Grays.
VLA110/19 (LJ05 BLX, BKN) have gone to Lister PVS, Bolton for breaking.
ARROW TAXIS, MALDON.
Iveco 50C18 AE57 BYW has come from St Lukes School, Redbourn.
6-7/7/19: Tamper DR73944 at London Liverpool Street.
13-14/7/19: Tamper DR73945 at London Liverpool Street.
Mb Sprinter 413/Excel DK04 LWN is ex Procter, Leeming Bar.
The Colchester-Ipswich School contracts ceased at the end of the summer term. Panther Travel and Ipswich Buses will run them from September.
Volvo B12M/VH 77 CJX ex WA03 HPZ has been sold to Crawley Luxury.
The commercial 68 Southend seafront service began on 27/7/19, for the duration of the summer school holidays.
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).
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.
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.
CL TRAVEL, FLINTS CROSS.
Scania N113/EL 466 YMG has been re-registered X119 ABA.
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.
ADL/Enviro 200s DA8, 10, 11, 12 (YX62 DMU, DSZ, DTV/Y) have passed to Go North West.
Above: ADL/Enviro 40H City 2504 at Bishopsgate on 7/7/19, on the shortened 388 service. (See June Busmopolitan). (John Podgorski).
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.
DANS LUXURY TRAVEL, WALTHAM ABBEY.
Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere R10 ETS has passed to Windcrest Transport, Plymouth.
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.
Above: MCW Metroliner 1602 at Coventry on 26/7/1986. These coaches were short lived with ENOC. (Roger Pope).
ESSEX COUNTY COPUNCIL – UGOBUS.
Mb Sprinter 45/Mellor DK14 AGV was on loan at Harlow for route 381 to Toot Hill.
FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES (IPSWICH).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69424/25 (AU58 FFL/M) are now in Ipswich Reds livery with Felixstowe Flyers branding.
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).
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).
In from First Manchester are Volvo B7RLE/Wrights 66846/48/60 (MX05 CGV/Z, CHY)- 66846/48 are at Basildon; 66860 at Chelmsford.
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 colours.
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. As a result, BMCs 68510/20/31 are withdrawn.
Above: 60651 at Butler Road, Halstead on 31/7/19. (Simon Austin).
Above: Repainted 69515 in Basildon on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).
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.
FIRST STOP, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
The first full size coach here is Volvo B10M/Jonckherre GDZ 481.
Sold is Iveco Euromidi/Indcar W30 BCL orig W654 SJF.
Dennis Javelin/Caetano A16 AWF has reverted to M486 HBC, and been withdrawn.
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.
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.
6/7/19: 66721, 66742 and 66750 on the engineering blockade between London Liverpool Street and Stratford on the “fast” lines.
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.
Withdrawal of the Class 317 EMUs has started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dart SLF/EL 87 (PJ53 OLH) has passed to the Ipswich Bus Preservation Group.
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.
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.
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.
Dart SLF/EL 87 (PJ53 OLH) has gone for preservation.
Scania Omnicity saloon 56 (YN56 NVD), now with Rumwood Green Farm, Maidstone – has been re-registered W20 RGF.
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.
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, having been actually sold to them in May, but remaining on hire to Kings.
Setra S315 K16 BYS has reverted to T311 RWC.
Scania K410EB6/Irizar YT15 AUO is now GB15 KCL.
Setra S315 BX05 UVN has passed to A2B Taxis, Trispen, Cornwall.
Mb Sprinter K16 KCL has been re-registered back to its original mark – JHZ 333 (?) and been sold.
LITTLE LEGS BUSES, THURROCK.
Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President soft playbus PF52 WPZ, at Barleylands Rally on 27/7/19. (Simon Austin).
LODGE, HIGH EASTER.
Above: Sold Leyland Olympian G297 UYK at Cayton Bay, near Scarborough in 2018. (Matt Hill).
A new Carlisle-Southend service began on 4/7/19.
LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
Wright StreetLites WS131-146 have been allocated here.
M and J MINIBUS HIRE, BURY ST EDMUNDS.
Iveco 45C YJ16 XLF is ex Graham, Appleby, Cumbria.
A Volvo B7R/Plaxton coach was destroyed by fire on the A127 near Rayleigh on 1/7/19.
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.
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.
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.
Above: Scania K340EB6/Caetano Levante SH177 (BK14 LFR) at London Waterloo on 7/7/19, on a westbound A7 service. (John Podgorski).
ADL/Enviro 200 415 CSK 282 has reverted to LK07 BEJ.
Scania N230UD/Olympus 516 (PN09 EKT) has entered service.
Above: Ex Abellio London ADL/Enviro 200 444 at Brentwood Rail Station on ex Ensignbus route 81, on 20/7/19. (John Podgorski).
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. Volvo B9TL/Olympus VLE616 (LJ07 XEV) is now a part open top mobile bar – The Londson Bar Bus; in black/white/grey livery.
Above: DAF DB250LF/Plaxton President DLP219/T219 XBV at Piccadilly Circus on 17/7/19. Working from Rainham depot. (Simon Austin).
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.
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.
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.
ST EDMUNDS TRAVEL, THURSTON.
From Eavesway, Ashton in Makerfield is VH TD921 YJ11 GKE.
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.
Above: Mega Sightseeing ex Selkent ADL/Enviro 400 19133 at The South Bank on 7/7/19. (John Podgorski).
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).
New are ADL/Enviro 20Ds 37540/41 (YW19 VUC/D).
Trident/ALX400 18272 (LX05 BWE) has gone to Lister PVS, Bolton for scrap.
ADL/Enviro 400 12318 (SN14 TYV) – Oyster off peak card; New Routemasters LT253, 367 – Bananas.
To red ex coverall adverts: ADL/Enviro 400 12320 (SK14 CSY); New Routemasters LT250, 365/81/88.
STANSTED PRIVATE HIRE.
Iveco 45C/Elite CT57 BUS is now with Richards of Cardigan, Wales.
Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon 200 (X400 MTT) has returned from Galloway, Mendlsham.
Scania N230UD/Optare Olympus 509 (YN07 LHP) has the new style fleet names.
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).
SWALLOW, NORTH WEALD.
Setra S416 EU06 JBV has passed to Jumbo of Newport (Wales). Also sold is Ford Transit 16 seater HK15 XHD.
Ex EOS Scania Omnicity saloon YR10 AZY has passed to Ensign.Volvo B12BT/Plaxton Panther CN07 BAA is now with Briggs, Crymlyn Burrows, Wales.
TENDRING TRAVEL, THORPE LE SOKEN.
Setra S315 T243 LBJ has been reinstated.
TONY GLEW, COLCHESTER.
Mb 0814D/Robin Hood L111 ANT ex X677 MCE has gone to Whiting, Elmstead Market for scrap.
TOWER TRANSIT. Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini VN37994 has moved from Lea Interchange to Westbourne Park.
Ex RATP London United are Scania Omnicity ‘deckers YP59 OEN/O/S/T/U/V/W/X.
Also now acquired are ex Stagecoach Cambus Optare Solos AE06 TWN, YJ07 EGE.
Scania Omnicity saloons YN53 RXF/O/R have gone for scrap.
Dart SLF/Pointer DP124 (SN51 TCX) has gone for preservation.
WARD’S OF ALRESFORD.
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.
Also sold is Bova Futura WA53 FDJ ex MIL 5830.
Volvo Olympian/NC R374 LGH is now with Saffords of Little Gransden.
From Westway, Raynes Park is Volvo B10M/Van Hool K456 VVR.
Withdrawn is Volvo/Jonckherre V141 KFL.
With thanks to: M Allen, Angliagen, S Austin, C Baines, W Bell, Cambus, M Flynn, HarlowRide, A Hazell, Hedingham, M Hill, C Ireland, A Law, J Lomas, S Milton, L Parker, R Pope, J Steward, G Stewart.