Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.
Welcome to the October 2019 edition of Busmopolitan.
Following the collapse of Wrightbus, intensive talks followed to find a buyer and basically save the business. By mid October, Jo Bamford, from the JCB dynasty, had made a firm offer “in principle”. This was confirmed in mid October. The new company is called Bamford Bus Company and has an ex JCB senior manager as its CEO. Initially, 60 ex Wrights staff were employed.
A2B BUSES, CAMBRIDGE.
Via Ensign is ADL/Enviro 200 MX07 ZDZ.
Began three flights a week to/from Stansted at the end of October.
AJK COACHES, ILFORD.
2,3/10/19: Premium of London Volvo B11R/Jonckherre BU16 OZR on Colchester High School.
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (COLCHESTER).
Park and Rode ADL/Enviro 200s 4071/72 (SK15 GXR/S) have super rear adverts for Jump Street Activity Centre.
Odd sightings: 3/10/19: Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1565 on 1 – all day. 14/10/19: StreetLites 4224, 4261 on 1. 16/10/19: Sort Dart SLF/Caetano 1562 on 1; StreetLite 4262 on 1.
Above: StreetLite 4261 at Braintree Freeport on 12/10/19. (Simon Austin).
ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE (SOUTHEND).
ADL/Enviro 400 6458 (SN58 ENX) has been branded for Remembrance Day 2019 and named ‘Charles Benford’. The other E400 MMCs have all received discreet poppy branding too.
Above: 6458 at the Canvey Museum Open Day on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).
ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.
Above: New Routemaster LT475 at London Bridge on 31/8/19. (John Podgorski).
From 12/10/19, TfL48 (Walthamstow-London Bridge) ceased. It was replaced by enhanced TfL26 (Hackney Wick-Waterloo) (HCT Group), TfL55 (Leyton Green-Oxford Circus) (Stagecoach), and extended TfL388 (Stratford City-London Bridge – extended from Liverpool Street) (HCT Group). The LTs displaced from 48 moved from Ash Grove to Tottenham for TfL19/N19 (Finsbury Park-Battersea Bridge/Clapham Junction). Also from 12/10/19, TfL128 (Romford-Claybury) passed to Stagecoach, which spelt the end for the VLA Class Volvo B7TL/ALX400s.
VLA129 (LJ05 GLZ), VLA132-134 (LJ05 GPX/Y/Z), VLA135/37-40 (LJ05 GRF/U/X/Z, GSO) passed to Ensign. VLA138/LJ05 GRX was resold to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.
Above: VLA132 in Ilford on 8/9/18. (John Podgorski).
AVON COACHES/GATWICK FLYER, ROMFORD.
Ceased trading on 2/10/19. The company had been established for 32 years.
Above: Gatwick Flyer Ford Transit HY13 RHV at Gatwick Airport. (Thurrock Gazette).
New for TfL364 (Dagenham East-Becontree) are ADL/Enviro 20Ds SE304-319 (YX69 NNH/J/K/L/M/O/P/R/T/U/V/W/Y/Z, NOF/H).
Withdrawn Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premieres 9, 10 (S290/91 TVW) went to Alpha Recovery for scrap. Withdrawn Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 566 (W428 WGH) was still on site in October.
COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE.
The RML has been restored by a local vehicle engineer.
DANS COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET.
Ex Philips of South Woodham Ferrers is Volvo B10M/VH S756 XYA. Also acquitred is Mb 0814D/Plaxton Cheetah XIL 8515. Sold is Scania K114/Irizar YR02 ZYY.
66091/108/122/126 all at Stowmarket for RHTT.
1/10/19: 66136 at Bow, Plasmor.
17/10/19: 59002 on 6V12 Chelmsford-Acton.
26/10/19: 66108 tnt 66122 on 3S60 RHTT.
28/10/19: 59102 on Chelmsford-Acton stone.
30/10/19: 66110 on 5V12 Chelmsford-Acton stone. 66175 on 6V07 Ipswich Griffin Wharf- Neasden sand.
On 17/10/19, an Extinction Rebellion activist glued himself to a train at Shadwell. Four activists were subsequently arrested. The train involved was 94 + 146.
2/10/19: 37402 on 0Z37 Stowmarket-Cardiff light loco. 37401 tnt 37405 on 3S01 Stowmarket RHTT. 37403 tnt 37424 on 3S60 Stowmarket via Mistley RHTT.
3/10/19: 66427 tnt 66428 on 3660 Stowmarket via Shenfield RHTT.
5/10/19: 37403 tnt “37558” on RHTT reversing at Colchester @ 1355.
12/10/19: 37402 with DBS 66108 at Ipswich on Crewe-Stowmarket @ 1536. 66427 tnt 66428 on 3S60 RHTT at Ipswich.
17/10/19: 37403/402 on Stowmarket-Ilford RHTT.
24/10/19: 68033 + 37305 towed GA 90015 and DVT 82107 on 5Z68 Crewe to Norwich via GEML.
25/10/19: 37424 tnt 37401 on 3S60 Stowmarkey-Harwich International RHTT.
26/10/19; 57003 + 37038 on Willesden-Stowmarket light engine.
The National Express contract for 090 (London-Southend) is now held.
Some ex Yourbus, Heanor ADL/Enviro 200s have been taken into stock, following the collapse of that company – 705-710 (YY18 THK/N/U/V/X/Z). They are replacing 2010/2011 vintage E200s.
Above: BCI Enterprise 406 at Southend Airport on 5/10/19, awaiting departure with the 2340 to London. (James Sadd).
From 5/10/19, the X1 overnight Southend Airport-London Victoria service was reinstated. This followed successful negotiations with the owners of Southend Airport for access.
Above: 406 at London Victoria in the early hours of 6/10/19. (Daniel Disbury).
ADL/Enviro 200s 710/13 (SN11 FFO/T) have been sold to Faresaver of Chippenham.
Dart SLF/Pointer 42486 (SN03 WMX) has transferred to First Eastern Counties at Great Yarmouth. It was moved on 16/10/19. Sister 42488 (SN53 KJX) was withdrawn on 17/10/19, but was then reinstated at Basildon (BN). 42483 (SN03 WLK) moved from Chelmsford (CF) to Basildon (BN) and then back.
Above: 42483 in Chelmsford on 30/10/19. (Daniel Pretty).
Below: 42488 in Basildon on 30/10/19. (Daniel Pretty).
Above: 69519 in Colchester on 18/10/19. (John Podgorski).
Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69519 (BJ11 ECV) has moved from Hadleigh (HH) to Colchester (CR).
On loan from CF to CR in late October were Volvo B7TL/ALX400 32482 (AU53 HJZ) and B7TL/Gemini 32628 (KP54 KAU).
Long ADL/Enviro 200s 44596-99 have moved from CF to BN.
Above: 44598 at Basildon on 30/10/19. (Daniel Pretty).
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 65677 (SN51 UYL) is withdrawn.
StreetLites are no longer regularly used on cross Colchester routes 61, 65, due to them having difficulty using the new turning circle at the General Hospital. However some do still appear on these routes. On 65, ADL/E300s Scania/Solars and Volvo/Solars are used instead, along with the odd double decker. There are still 2 regular ‘decker workings on M-F pm peaks. 61 uses a mix of ‘deckers and saloons.
Odd sightings: 3/10/19: X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67168 on 71; X30 ADL/E200 MMC 67170 on 70. 13/10/19: Streetlite 47651 (SN15 AEO) on X10. 14/10/19: B7TL/Gemini 37027 (YJ06 XKS) on 64. 15/10/19: Route 62 37134 on 88; 65681 (YR52 VEL) on 67C. 17/10/19: Scania/Solar 65682 (YR52 VEP) on 75. 18/10/19: SLF/MPD 42847 on 71. 19/10/19: Trident 33184 (LR02 LZD) on 65; B7RLE 66798 (MX05 CCA) on 75. 20/10/19: B7RLE 66828 on 62. 21/10/19: 43845 (SN55 CXH) on 71. 26/10/19: Trident 33088 on 88. 27/10/19 – Sunday: Tridents 33078/178 on 65; Trident 33184 on 1A. 29/10/19: Tridents 33080/184/96 on 62.
Above: 66170 at Braintree on 3/10/19. (Simon Austin).
Irizar i6 tri-axle YN15 YTP is ex Galleon, Roydon.
2/10/19: 86607/37 on 4L91 Trafford Park-Felixstowe.
4/10/19: 86604 failed at Ipswich and parked in station sidings.
16/10/19: 70002 towed failed 86604 on 8Q64 Ipswich-Felixstowe light engine; 86604 to be removed by road to Crewe for repair or withdrawal.
17/10/19: 86637/607 on 4L75 Trafford Park-FLX.
26/10/19: 66553/551 on FLX-Leeds. 66555 on 4L16 Ditton-London Gateway.
28/10/19: 70002 on 4L06 Lawley Street-London Gateway. 86609 + 632 at Ipswich Field sidings.
29/10/19: 66506 on Ipswich-Lindsay tanks.
30/10/19: 66616 on Marks Tey sand yard-Brentford. 66617 at Bow. 86613 + 604 + 70008 DIT on 4M87 FLX-Trafford Park.
After 19/10/19. Suffolk CC contracts 110/12/13/14 (Ipswich/Stowmarket/Eye/Diss) were retendered and passed to Simonds of Diss. 115/16 (Ipswich-Mendlesham) went to Ipswich Buses, also on retender. 384/385 (Stowupland/Stowmarket-Bury St Edmunds) had previously been transferred to Stephensons. 118/119 (Ipswich-Framlingham) remained with Galloway.
Above: Optare Solo SR 332 on a 118 at Old Cattle Market, Ipswich on 28/10/19. Note it now has a fleet number in the Stephensons series. (John Podgorski).
4/10/19: 66787 tnt 66703 on 3S61 Broxbourne based RHTT.
5/10/19: 66759 on “down” intermodal at Colchester goods loop @ 1420. 66769 through Colchester @ 1420 on “up” intermodal.
6/10/19: 66709 on 4Y26 Peterborough-Felixstowe. 66749 on 4E00 London Gateway-Masborough.
7/10/19: 66729 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor.
12/10/19: Biffa livered 66788 at Ilford depot.
15/10/19: 66788 ‘Locomotion15’ on 4L04 Hams Hall-FLX and 4M04 return.
16/10/19: 66724 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks.
21/10/19: 66706 on 4L81 Trafford Park-FLX. 66721 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 66740 on 4Z81 Masboro-FLX. 66772 + FL 66604 on 6L37.
24/10/19: 66717 on 6L37.
26/10/19: 66710 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX. 66719 tnt 66715 on 3S70 Broxbourne RHTT at Gidea Park. 66783 4L43 Doncaster-Parkeston.
28/10/19: 66703 + 66787 at Broxbourne for RHTT. 66715 on 0Z82 Broxbourne-Peterborough light loco. 66756 on Peterborough-Broxbourne 0Z81 light loco.
29/10/19: 66721 on 4M29. 66760 on 6M76 Chesterton-Bardon Mill.
Has ex Arriva london DAF DB250LF/ALX400s LJ05 BHP/V – via Ensign.
Above: 170204 at Colchester depot on 12/10/19. It had been parked there after a collision with a fallen tree. (John Podgorski).
New are 745008/9, 755327/7/38/421.
755411 is at Cambridge for staff training.
MkIII coaching stock is beginning to be stood down.
2/10/19: 755337, 755421 delivered.
7/10/19: 82107 + UID 82xx on Norwich-Crewe ECS – to Crewe for tyre turning – between 2 DRS ’37s.
10/10/19: 90004/15 on Norwich-Crewe light engine.
14/10/19: 317504 towed by ROG 37884 on 5Q50 Kilmarnock-Ilford. 755409 on West Anglia 5Q33 1247 B Stortford-Cambridge.
15/10/19: 317339/651 on 1812 LST-IPS. 321310/405/308, 321312/27, 321319/30 on Liverpool St-Norwichs (1930, 0625, 1030).
17/10/19: 745009 delivered. 755411 on 5Q30 Cambridge-B Stortford.
18/10/19: 745005 on 5Q92 Liverpool St-Norwich.
22/10/19: 153322 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. ‘153 unusual M-F.
24/10/19: 755327/338 delivered.
29/10/19: 153314 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. ‘153 unusual M-F.
30/10/19: 153306 on Marks Tey-Sudbury.
31/10/19: 153322 on Marks Tey-Sudbury. 745008 delivered by DBS 66002.
Above: 153306 at Marks Tey on 30/10/19. (John Podgorski).
The first 69 plate buses to record on ‘Busmopolitan’ are ADL/Enviro 40Hs 2548/49. They are mainly for extras on TfL26, but will appear on all double deck work from Hackney (HK).
Above: Freshly repainted 616 at Southway, Colchester on 11/10/19. (John Podgorski).
ADL/Enviro 400 616 (SN10 CCV) has received the new livery, ex Hedingham 50th Anniversary cream/chocolate/red. 615 (EU07 GVY) went for repaint in the same new scheme later in October.
The Optare Solos, 910/11 (SF04 SKD/E) are now appearing on more routes outside of Clacton, such as the 50 Colchester to Tollesburys.
ADL/E200 261 (EY57 FZE) appeared at Kelvedon on 11/10/19. It was returned to HD on 15/10/19. 263 (EU59 AYL) and 292 (EU59 AFF) now have super rear advertising for Contactless Ticketing.
Above: 500 at Kelvedon on 14/10/19. (John Podgorski).
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President open topper 500 (PL51 LDJ) has gone to store in the old workshop at Kelvedon for the winter. Accident damaged B7TL/President 568 (W458 WGH) has been repaired using parts from withdrawn 578 (W519 WGH). 561 (V301 LGC) has been collected by its new preservationist owners – The Bromley Bus Preservation Group, while 582 (X508 EGK) went for scrap.
Withdrawn on 31/10/19 was Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Mini Pointer 290 (EX02 RYR). It was last used on 30/10/19, on Duty 3003 – routes 91/92/95.
Above; 290 being parked up at Kelvedon after withdrawal on 31/10/19. (John Podgorski).
From 7/10/19, there were changes to the maintenance arrangements for buses at Kelvedon. Sible Hedingham now (usually) only looks after saloons, while Clacton does all Volvo B7TL/Presidents. Chambers still looks after Omnidekkas. However, Clacton may also now provide B7TL/Geminis and Omnidekkas. As a result, B7TL/Prsident 563 was reallocated from HD to CN. B7TL/Presidents 569/70/73 now (usually) only work from Sible Hedingham, but 573 appeared at KN on 31/10/19 (ableit briefly). Gemini 524 (LX05 EZG) appeared at KN from 21/10/19, and was returned to CN on 30/10/19, when 523 (LX05 EZF) arrived.
From 21/10/19, Honywood Schools services HN2 and HN3 were merged to form a new HN2.
The crew room at Sible Hedingham had been modernised.
Scania Omnidekka movements: 2/10/19: 818 – KN-CN. By 4/10/19: 802 – KN-Chambers. 10/10/19: 811 – Chambers-KN; 813 – KN-Chambers. 16/10/19; 816 – CN-KN. 18/10/19: 802/6 – Chambers-KN; 810/12 – KN-Chambers. 23/10/19: 806 – KN-Chambers; 813 – Chambers-KN. 24/10/19: 816 – KN-CN. 28/10/19: 814 – KN-Chambers. 30/10/19: 812 – KN-Chambers; 814 – Chambers-KN.
Odd sightings: 1/10/19: Omnidekka 818 on TLA A am. 4/10/19: Omnidekka 812 on 903 pm. 21/10/19: Omnidekka 816 on TLA B am. 22/10/19: 802 on TLA B am; 811 on TLA B pm. 24/10/19: Omnidekka 816 on TLA am.
The depot on Robert Way is shared with L and R Transport. The site had been used by NIBS in the past.
Above: Kevendy’s Wickford depot on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).
L and R TRANSPORT, WICKFORD.
At the depot in October were: Ex Ensignbus Trident/ALX400 V479 KJN; red Optare Solo SF05 DXE, along with UID Trustybus Scania L94UB/Wright Solar and Scania Omnicity ‘decker; a UID red/green Bristol VRT branded ‘BUZZ’ and a UID RML.
The depot is shared with Kevendy’s.
Above: L&R Wickford depot on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).
New for TfL100 are BYD/ADL/EV200EVs SEe99-109.
LONDON GENERAL NORTH.
New is BYD/ADL/E200EV SEe77 for TfL214.
6/10/19: 317732 + UID on 0830 Liverpool Street-Enfield Town.
Above: 378222 approaches Kew Gardens on 12/10/19; on a Richmond to Stratford service. (John Podgorski).
On 17/10/19, two Extinction Rebellion activists climbed onto the top of a Jubilee Line 1996 Tube train at Canning Town, and unrolled a banner reading “Business as usual = death”. They were removed by LUL staff and passers by and 4 activists were arrested. There were also protests at Stratford Jubilee Line station.
New for TfL393 (Clapton-Chalk Farm) are ADL/Enviro 20Ds DEM2681-96. They entered service from 17/10/19 and replaced the temporary borrowed buses.
MTR TfL RAIL.
Has been renamed TfL Elizabeth Line.
315821/23 withdrawn at Gidea Park. Then to Sims Metals, Newport (Wales) for scrap.
315822/59 withdrawn at Aldersbrook.
315831/42 to Sims Metals, Newport (Wales) for scrap.
1/10/19: 315825/59 went for scrap – Ilford to Wolverton. 345039 – OC-IL.
2/10/19: 315831/42 – Ilford to Wolverton for scrap.
10/10/19: 345044 towed OC-IL by ROG 37800 as 5Q50.
21/10/19: 325821/23 towed by ROG 37884 Ilford-Newport (Wales) for scrap.
28/10/19: 315831/42 towed by ROG 37800 on 5Q78 Ilford-Newport (Wales) for scrap.
The standard single decker is now the ADL/Enviro 200, with the double deck fleet being all Scania.
Above: ADL/E200s 417, 419 at Wickford depot on 13/10/19. (John Podgorski).
ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGO is now AB10 PAN.
ADL/Enviro 200 YX10 BGK has been sold on without being used.
Scania K360EB4/Plaxton Panther2 TB61 OXF has been re-registered DB61 PAN. It entered service in plain white. It received Panther Travel vinyls in late October.
Dennis Dart/Alexander Dash BIG 8843 has now had various parts removed; including several lights, the wipers, drivers seat and instrument panel. It continues in use as a static store at Parkeston depot.
Above; BIG 8843 on 20/10/19. (John Podgorski).
A “new” ferry car is Seat Ibiza 5door h/b AB64 PAN. Ford Focus estate EU06 EUY has gone for scrap.
PHILIPS, SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS.
Volvo B10M/VH S756 XYA has passed to Dan’s Coach Travel, Needham Market.
Above: 15957 at Parkside, Cambridge on 26/10/19. (John Podgorski).
26/10/19: Green Scania N230UD/E400 AE09 GYG on 13A; Gold Scania N230UD/E400 15957 on 2. 27/10/19: UID green Scania N230UD/E400 on 3.
STAGECOACH EAST LONDON.
From 12/10/19, TfL128 (Romford-Claybury) was gained from Arriva London North.
Above: One of the recent ADL/Enviro 40D MMCs for TfL372. 11076 at Lakeside on 4/10/19. (Simon Austin).
Ensign has resold Trident/ALX400 17979 (LX53 KAJ) to Shelton Motors, Ely for scrap.
Amongst the first buses in the new livery are Volvo B8RLEs for the North Cambridgeshire Busway.
ADL/Enviro 200s SN66 WLO, YY67 USC/D are ex Yourbus of Heanor, via Ensign.
Allocation changes at Braintree have seen the arrival of ADL/Enviro 200s 414, 441 and 467. 414 and 441 have the new fleet names.
The allocation at Bury St Edmunds at the end of October was Dart SLF/MPDs 404, 406; ADL/E200s 442, 449; Dart SLF/Pointer 456; ADL/E200 462.
Above: Optare Solo 323 at Littlebury on 26/10/19; on diversion due to the B1052 being closed between Saffron Walden and Wendens Ambo. (John Podgorski).
Scania Omnidekka YN03 PZV is ex Keane of Muckingford.
ADL/Enviro 200s 601-5 are now branded for TfL route 383 (Barnet-Woodside Park). They have also had a light refurbishment.
From 28/10/19 ex Centrebus routes 59, 60 (Northampton-Market Harborough) were taken on, following the closure of Centrebus Corby depot.
Odd sightings: 19/10/19: Omnidekka 205 (UL55 UNO) on 601.
VICEROY OF ESSEX, SAFFRON WALDEN.
Ceased trading at the end of October. Its school swimming contracts passed to Don’s of Dunmow.
With thanks to: Anglia gen, S Austin, T Bartrop, D Disbury, Extinction Rebellion, Greta Red, A Hazell, L and S Kinsella Ilot, J Lidstone, LOTS, Route One, J Sadd, Thurrock Gazette, A Totman.