Busmopolitan. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. July 2021.

Edited by John Podgorski BA Hons, MSc, CMILT.

Welcome to the July 2021 edition of Busmopolitan.

WEMBLEY EURO 2020 29-6-21 (L HARRISON)

The England Football Team reached the final of UEFA Euro 2020 on 11/7/21, but were defeated by Italy in an extra time penalty shootout. So near but so far for England, who last won (the then) World Cup back in 1966. Deepest commiserations to our national side, who have made progress since Gareth Southgate became the manager. Looking forward to UEFA Euro in 2022. This is the entrance to Wembley Stadium on 29/6/21. (Leah Harrison).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE COLCHESTER. P&R ADL/E200 P&R ADL/E200 4071 9SK15 GXR0 has transferred to AKT at Northfleet and received blue livery. 4073 (SK15 GXT) was loaned to Arriva Southend in early July, then returned in late July. Short Dart SLF/Caetano 1564 (HX04 HUH) has returned to pcv use, ex crew ferry. The Colchester Park & Ride contract has been retained and will receive new hybrid buses. Odd sightings: 1/7/21: P&R 4072 on 2; P&R 4075 on 77. 2/7/21: P&R 4071/74 on 2; 4075 on 77; 4261 on 1; 4262 on 1 + 133. 5/7/21: P&R 4071 on 2; 4075 on 77. 6/7/21: 4073 on 77; 4261 on 1; R133 4324 on 8. 4071 on 77. 8/7/21: 4075 on 77; 4224 on 1. 9/7/21: 4074 on 77. 10/7/21: 1565 failed at Middleborough at approx 1202 on Highwoods bound 2. Was still there at 2015 ! 12/7/21: 1565 on 8. 13/7/21: 4075 on 77. 14/7/21: 4075 on 77. 15/7/21: 1565 on 8; 4075 on 77; 4224 on 1. 16/7/21: 1565 on 1. 17/7/21: 1565 on 8. 19/7/21: 1565 on 1; 4075 on 77. 20/2/21: 3413 failed on High Street, near Castle on Highwoods bound 2 @ 1400. 21/7/21: 4074 on 77. 22/7/21: 3986 failed at Head Street on Highwoods bound 8 @ 1620. 4073 on 77. 23/7/21: 1564 on 1; 1565 on 8; 4075 on 77. 26/7/21; 4072 on 77. 28/7/21: 1565 on 8. 29/7/21: 4072 on 77. 30/7/21: 4074 on 77.

Above: ADL/Enviro 200 4072 (SK15 GXS) on route 77 at Southway, Colchester on 27/7/21. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE SOUTHEND.

GN07AVC 3816 AR SD HERITAGE NEW NAMES 6-7-21 (D PRETTY)

Above: After a spell as a driver trainer, heritage liveried Volvo B7RLE/Wright 3816 is back in revenue service. It has also been named after a long serving employee (Jan Roy), and carries the latest Arriva branding. Pictured at Chichester Road on 6/7/21. (Daniel Pretty).

BLUE TRIANGLE. On 17/7/21, TfL routes 15 (Blackwall Trafalgar Square), N15 (Romford-Oxford Circus), 115 (East Ham-Aldgate), 649/650 (Romford-Emerson Park), 651 (Romford-North Romford), were transferred from River Road, Barking depot to the new Docklands Buses all-electric garage at Henley Road, North Woolwich. Part of the River Road site was leased, and the lease on that has now expired.

CARTERS HERITAGE BUSES, GREAT BROMLEY. Trident/ALX400s LK05 GFV, GGV have passed to Ensign for resale.

CENTRAL CONNECT. ADL/Enviro 200 LJ07 USU and Optare Solo KX57 KGA are via Ensign. From 26/7/21, Essex CC 418 (Loughton-Epping) passed to Stephensons on retender. The evening/Suns/hols 418B (Loughton-Epping-Harlow) remains here.

CHAMBERS.

804 with Konect Volvo B7TL/Gemini 526 (LX06 EAJ) at UEA on 3/7/21. (Andrew Cook).

Scania Omnidekka 804 (YN55 PZF) was loaned to Konect 3-4/7/21, for the Bubble Rush event park and ride at UEA (University of East Anglia), Norwich. Scania N230UD/Olympus 871 (PN09 ELU) was briefly loaned to Hedingham at Kelvedon in mid July. Sister 875 (PN09 ENE) was delicensed due to accident damage in mid July.

COMMUNITY 360. A new minibus is Peugeot Boxer HX70 BNB.

Above: Citroen Relay SF69 HLW at Colchester General Hospital on patient transfer duties on 14/7/21. (John Podgorski).

CROYDON TRAMLINK. CR4000 tram 2547 visited Bombardier Ilford depot for collision repairs in July. It arrived by road.

DAN’S COACH TRAVEL, NEEDHAM MARKET. Optare Solo YG52 DFX is ex Llew Jones, Llanwrst, Wales. Other recent additions are; Mercedes 0816D/Optare RY56 ERN – ex Anitas, Stansted and named ‘Hyacinth’; Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown V513 DFT – ex Stuarts of Mortimer.

DBS. 1/7/21: Blue 66005 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX. 9/7/21: 66092/032/073/205 on Dollands Moor-Scunthorpe light loco via NLL. 29/7/21: 66006 on Mountsorrel-Chesterton Junction. 30/7/21: 66004 on 4L38 EM Gateway-FLX.

DOCKLANDS BUSES. On 17/7/21, the following TfL routes were transferred from Blue Triangle at River Road to the new North Woolwich facility. 15 (Blackwall-Trafalgar Square)/N15 (Romford-Oxford Circus), 115 (East Ham-Aldgate), 649/650 (Romford-Emerson Park, 651 (Romford-North Romford).

DON’S OF DUNMOW.

Above: Irizar i6 DH19 DON at Sheepen Road coach park, Colchester on 14/7/21. (John Podgorski).

ENSIGNBUS.

Above: An open top ADL/Enviro 500 368 (68 EB) , is now here. It was new as an ADL Hong Kong development vehicle. It was acquired in closed top form in plain white, and converted/repainted. It was berthed at the Arriva Southend depot on 30/7/21. (John Podgorski).

FIRST ESSEX.

VX54MUA 33404 FE MIDLAND RED HERITAGE (SD TC) 6-7-21 (D PRETTY)

Above: Following its transfer from First Midlands, Trident/ALX400 33404 retains its Midland Red heritage colours. Pictured at Southend Travel Centre on 6/7/21, on route 26. (Daniel Pretty).

Essex Bus green Volvo B7RLE/Wright 69431 (AU58 FFT) was loaned by CF to HH on 7/7/21 only. Wright StreetLite 63332 (SK65 PXO) caught fire at Witham while on a Chelmsford bound 71 on 26/7/21. It suffered extensive rear end damage. Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 37027 (YJ06 XKS) returned to service at the end of July, ex long term VOR. Saturday journeys on Essex CC route 21 (Basildon-North Benfleet) passed to NIBS on retender from 31/7/21. Odd sightings: 1/7/21: 32673 on 103; 37020 on 64; R62 37133 on 75; R62 37136 on 65;42935 on 71A; 67191 on 31X; 67194 on 31C; 67195 on S33; 67197 on 42A. 2/7/21: 37015 on 104 + 175/174; R62 37133 on 70; R62 37136 on 61; R62 37138 on 88;R62 37139 on 75; 42955 on 71A; 67191 on 71A; 67194 on 31C; 67197 on 31X. 3/7/21: 32669 on 64A; 37010 on 67; 37036 on 64A; 37053 on 67/64A; R62 37135 on 70; R62 37138 on 102; 42927 on 71A; 66760 on 100. 4/7/21: 32485 on 64A; 37006 on 64; 37016 on 67B; 37062 on 64; R62 37135 on 64A;R62 37139 on 65. 5/7/21: 32669 on 67; 37010 on 64A; 37037 on 64; 37042 on 67; R62 37136 on 75; 476451/58 on 100; 67189 on S33; 67191 on 31C; 67192 on 36; 67196 on 31X. 6/7/21: 32642 on 525; 37010 on 67; 37015 on 175/174; R62 37135 on 61; 42944 on 71A; 47656 on 100; 67192 on 31X; 67193 on 31C; 67194 on S33; 67196 on 36. 7/7/21: 37004 on 64A; ; 37034 on 104; R62 37138 on 65/61/68; 37140 on 64; 47655/56 on 100; 67191 on 31X; 67194 on 31C; 67196 on 31X. 8/7/21: 32669 on 67; 37004 on 103; 37036 on 102; R62 37133 on 70; R62 37135 on 64A; R62 37136 on 61; R62 37139 on 75; 47655 on 100; 66760 on 100; 67198 on 31C; 67191 on 31X. 9/7/21: 32068 on 174/175; 32669 on 66; 37042 on 67; R62 37136 on 175/174; 42933 on 71; 47652/54 on 100; 67191/94 on 31X. 10/7/21: 32673 on 64; ; 37010 on 64; 37017 on 64A; R62 37133/35 on 61; R62 37136 on 174; 42941 on 71. 11/7/21: 31785 on 64A; 32628 on 67B; 37017 on 64A; 37054 on 102; 37062 on 64; R62 37135 on 65. 12/7/21: 31785 on 67; 37053 on 67; 37054 on 64; R62 37133 on 104; 42934 on 71A; 67191 on 42; 67192 on 31X; 67194 on 36. 13/7/21: R62 37135 on 67; 67196 on 31X. 14/7/21: R62 37135 on 67; 66196 on 31X. 15/7/21: 37037 on 67; R62 37133 on 61; R62 37135 on 67C + 75; R62 37138 on 70; 42936 on 71A; 47652 on 100; Airlink 67163 on 8; 67194 on 31C; 67195 on 31X. 16/7/21: 37006 on 67C am; 37035 on 67; R62 37135 on 67/75; R62 37138 on 65; R62 37139 on 67C pm/75; 42922 on 71B, 42936 on 71A; 66760 on 100; Airlink 67163 on 8A; 67189 on 31C; 67192/94 on 31X. 17/7/21: 37016 on 66; 37020 on 64; R62 37135 on 175/70/2A; R62 37138 on 175/174/1A; R62 37139 on 75; 42968 on 71; Airlink 67161 on 100. 18/7/21: 32547 on 64; 37004 on 64; 37017 on 67B; 37020 on 64A; 37042 on 66; R62 37139 on 65. 19/7/21: R62 37133 on 61; R62 37138 on 70 + 1A; R62 37139 on 88A; 67193 on 31X; 67194 on 31; 67195 on 31X. 20/7/21: 32068 on 67; 32629 on 64; 47657 on 100; 67195 on 31C; 67196 on 31X; 67197 on 36. 21/7/21: 37035 on 67; 66759 on 100; 67190 on 36; 67193/94 on 31X. 22/7/21:30564 on 66B; 32485 on 64; 37004 on 67; 37016 on 66; 42898 on 71; 42956 on 71D; 67191 on 31C; 67192 on 36; 67193 on 31X. 23/7/21: 32629 on 67; R62 37133 on 70; R62 37139 on 64A; 67190 on 31X; 67191 on 31C; 67193 on 36; 67197 on 31C. 24/7/21: 37016 on 64A; 37054 on 67; 42927 on 71; 47654 on 100; 67193 on 73. 25/7/21: 32478 on 64; 37004 on 64A; 37010 on 64A; 37015 on 66; 37016 on 64; 37035 on 67B; R62 37136 on 61. 26/7/21: 32673 on 67; R62 37136 on 61; R62 37138 on 64A; 42923 on 71; 67189 on 36; 67193 on 31C; 67194 on 31X; 67197 on 31C. 27/7/21: 32068 on 102; 32628 on 64; 37037 on 102; R62 37135 on 61; R62 37138/39 on 67; 42898 on 71; 66800 on 62; 67190 on 36; 67195 on 31C. 28/7/21: 30562 on 64; 32628 on 103; 37034 on 64; 37037 on 67; 37042 on 175; R62 37133 on 65 + 1A; 42968 on 71A; 47650/51 on 100; 67191 on 31C. 29/7/21: 30567 on 65; 32629 on 67; 37036 on 102; 37062 on 64; R62 37136/38 on 61; 47650/52 on 100; 67193/94 on 36. 30/7/21: 32628 on 104; 37016 on 66; 37053 on 67; 67189 on 31B; 67193 on 31X; 67196 on 31C. 31/7/21: 32068 on 64A; 37035 on 64; R62 37136 on 65; R62 37138 on 61; 42939 on 71; R37 44540 on 71A. 67191 on 40; 67193 on 42.

BJ11ECY 37986 27 FE HERITAGE (SD TC) 6-7-21 (D PRETTY)

Above: In superb Eastern National Tilling era coach heritage livery; Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini 37986 at Southend Travel Centre on 6/7/21. (Daniel Pretty).

FREIGHTLINER. Class 70 locos no longer appear on the GEML routes, due to local crew knowledge having lapsed. 1/7/21: 90008/010 on 4M45 FLX-Garston. 90009/012 on 4L89 Coatbridge-FLX. 90016/046 on 4L97 Traffford-FLX. 90043/044 on 4L91. 7/7/21: 66591 on 4L89. 90042/047 on 4L91. 8/7/21: 66567 on 4L89 Crewe-FLX. 90007/049 on 4L97 Trafford-FLX. 90009/047 on 4L91. 90041/043 on 4M45. 9/7/21: 6659 on 4L89 Crewe-FLX. 90009/047 on 4L91 Trafford-FLX. 90041/043 on 4M45 FLX-Garston. 10/7/21: 90009/014 on 4L91. 12/7/21: 66420 on 4L36 Wentloog-FLX. 15/7/21: 66414 on 4L89 Crewe-FLX. 90009/014 on 4L91. 16/7/21: 90009/014 on 4L91. 17/7/21: 90009/014 on 4L91 Trafford-Ipswich/FLX. 21/7/21: 90006/007 on 4S88 FLX-Coatbridge. 22/7/21: 90048 “up” through Marks Tey towing a GA Class 322. 24/7/21: 66546 on FLX-Leeds. 26/7/21: 90045 on “up” intermodal through Colchester @ 1936. 27/7/21: 66560 on 4L89. 90011/015 on 4L97. 90041/044 on 4M45. 90043/047 on 4M87 and 4L91 return. 28/7/21: 90014/043 on 4L91. 29/7/21: 66570 on Bury-Whitemoor with Railvac. 30/7/21: 66590 with intermodal in “down” goods loop at Colchester @ 1534. 31/7/21: 90005/012 on 4L97. 90046/043 on 4L91.

Above: 90048 at Marks Tey on 22/7/21, with an interesting trailing load. (James Cole).

GBRf: 8/7/21: 66786 on 6L37. 12/7/21: 66706/767 on 6L37 Hoo Junct-Whitemoor. 66747 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 17/7/21: 66720 on 4L05 Hams Hall-Parkeston. 21/7/21: 66707 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 29/7/21: 66767 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 31/721: 66785 in Coclhester “down” goods loop with intermodal @ 1400.

GREATER ANGLIA.

Above: 720522 at Southend Victoria on 30/7/21, with 720563 on the right. (John Podgorski).

Class 720s are increasingly common on Southend Victoria services. 317887/889 to EMR, Kingsbury for scrap. 317891 to Sims, Newport for scrap. 321332/407 have gone to Worksop for store. 1/7/21: 321332/407 on 5Q16 Clacton-Worksop storage move behind ROG 37800. 3/7/21: 745101 on Norwich-Liv Sts. 8/7/21: 317887/889 on 5Q66 Ely-Kingsbury scrap move behind ROG 37800.10/7/21: 745004 on Stansted Express. 745102 failed and recovered to Norwich by ROG 37601. 12/7/21: 745104 failed at Harlow and recovered by ROG 37601 to Norwich. 20/7/21: 317891 on 5Q76 Ely-Newport scrap move behind ROG 37800. 30/7/21: 745107 on Liv St-Norwichs.

Above: 317507 arrives at Liverpool Street on 24/7/21. It will form the 1512 to back to Hertford East. (John Podgorski).

HEDINGHAM.

AO57HCD 852 HO 63 9CR0 7-7-21 (N MILLS)

Above: 852 in Colchester on 7/7/21. (Nathaniel Mills).

SN10CCV 616 (REAR) HO REPAIRED (HD DEPOT) 23-7-21 (L KINSELLA ILOTT)

Above: A freshly repaired 616 at Sible Hedingham depot on 23/7/21. The accident damage was around the lower rear (engine bay) area. (Laurence Kinsella Ilott).

Returned to service ex long term VOR are Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 514 (LB02 YXF) and Scania Omnicity ‘decker 852 (AO57 HCD). Accident damaged ADL/Enviro 400 616 (SN10 CCV) was repaired, and returned to service at HD in late July. Long ADL/E200 263 (EU59 AYM) was returned to HD from KN on 9/7/21. Chambers Scania N230UD/Olympus 871 (PN09 ELU) was briefly on loan at KN in mid July. Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President (W506 WGH) was withdrawn following major mechanical failure on 14/7/21. Two more ex London ADL/Enviro 400s and some Volvo B9TL/Gemini2s are due. From 22/7/21, 3 round trips on 63 were extended to/from East Mersea until 31/8/21. The Ramsey School, Halstead contract ceased at the end of the 2021 summer term, having been lost on retender to Flagfinders from September. Odd sightings: 2/7/21: 574 on 63. 7/7/21: 573 on 63. 8/7/21: 580 on X76. 12/7/21: 283 on 15 am – usually ‘decker. 13/7/21: 871 on TLA A pm. 25/7/21: Dart SLF/MPD 287 on 21. 28/7/21: Solo 911 – CN-KN and then on 63 + 83 + 82 + 15. 29/7/21: Solo 910 – CN-KN; 911 on 91 + 92 + 95. Omnidekka movements: 8/7/21; 811/12 – KN-CN; 813 – CN-KN. 12/7/21: 811 – CN-KN. 26/7/21: 813 – KN-CN; 815 – CN-KN. 27/7/21: 800 -KN-Chambers; 810 – Chambers-KN. 28/7/21: 817 – KN-CN. Ancillary vehicles: Withdrawn are Vauxhall Corsa van 9005 (GV57 LUD) and Renault Trafic minibus 9008 (LX09 EYT).

Above: 871 at TLA School, Monkwick on 13/7/21 with Volvo B7TL/President 586 (X584 EGK) behind. (John Podgorski).
Above: Scania Omnidekka 813 at East Mersea on 22/7/21. The first day of the summer holiday extension of route 63 there from West Mersea. (John Podgorski).

IPSWICH BUSES. The Chelmsford Park & Ride contract has been gained from First Essex. Odd sightings; 8/7/21; Scania Omnidekka 60 (PJ54 YZV) on 93. 12/7/21: Route 8 ADL/E200 108 (YX66 WCM) on 4 + 11. 13/7/21: Long ADL/E200s 75 (GD10 MVM), 82 (YX63 LGF) on 4 +11. 22/7/21: 82 on 4 + 11. 26, 27, 29/7/21: 75 on 4 + 11. 30/7/21: 82 on 4 + 11.

LONDON GENERAL NORTH.

Above: Ee34 is one of the BYD-ADL/E400evs used on TfL routes 106 and 230. It was seen at Lordship Lane, Wood Green on 31/7/21. (John Podgorski).

LONDON OVERGROUND.

Above: Aventra 710108 at Liverpool Street on 17/7/21, on the 1515 departure to Chingford. (John Podgorski).

MTR ELIZABETH LINE. 345069 was at Ilford depot on 24/7/21. 345055 was on Liv St-Shenfields on 30/7/21. 345058 was at Shenfield sidings on 31/7/21. Class 315 obs: 10/7/21: 315819 + 837 at Gidea Park yard. 315839 + 844 in Aldersbrook sidings. 315834 + 853 in Ilford depot. 315856 + 857 in Shenfield sidings. 17/7/21: 315834/37/39/48 all visible at London end of Aldersbrook sidings. 315857 + 858 in Shenfield sidings. 24/7/21: 315834 + 853 in Shenfield sidings. 315837 visible in London end of Aldersbrook sidings. 30/7/21: 315847 + 857 on Liv St-Shenfields.

Above: 345055 proceeds into Shenfield sidings, following a days work on 30/7/21. (John Podgorski).

NATIONAL EXPRESS. Odd sightings: 24/7/21: Volvo B11RT/Levante SH211 (BX16 CMV) on A1.

Above: One of the latest Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante IIIs for Start Hill depot. SH307 at Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1 on 24/7/21. (John Podgorski).

NIBS, WICKFORD. From 31/7/21, Saturday journeys on Essex CC route 21 (Basildon-North Benfleet) were gained from First Essex. This means that NIBS now totally operates this route.

PANTHER TRAVEL.

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Above: Ex Arriva London ADL/Enviro 200 DB09 PAN – orig LJ09 KPR, at Colchester outstation on 9/7/21. (John Podgorski).

RAILWAY MISCELLANEOUS. At the start of July, only one Yeoman JHA remained in the siding at Bow. A week later, it had been joined by a Tourax JHA.

ROG.

Above: 37601 stabled at Colchester on 24/7/21. (John Podgorski).

SOUTHEND PIER RAILWAY.

Above: One of the soon to be replaced Severn Lamb Diesel Multiple Units; ‘Sir William Heygate’ heads landward on 30/7/21. There are two of these, the other being ‘Sir John Betjeman’. They date from 1986. (John Podgorski).

STAGECOACH EAST LONDON. Ex Stagecoach Cambridge Volvo B5LH/Wright Gemini3 open toppers 13808/12 are additional buses for the Grupo Juliana City Sightseeing tour.

Above: Group Juliana City Sightseeing liveried ADL/Enviro 400 19134 on Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1 on 24/7/21. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS OF ESSEX. From 26/7/21, M-S daytime sex CC route 418 (Epping-Loughton) was gained from Central Connect.

TRANSPORT for LONDON. On 25/7/21, heavy rain caused flash floods across east and south London. Stratford was amongst those areas badly affected, with the railway station being flooded. Also awash were Pudding Mill Lane DLR station and Stepney Green Underground station. Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest areas all suffered flash floods.

VECTARE, CHELMSFORD. Now here is Mb Sprinter/Ilesbus CN21 XJH. From 26/7/21, Essex CC route 381 (Harlow-Toot Hill), was gained from Ugobus.

WCR. On 19/7/21 the 1Z19 Torquay to Saltburn excursion ran via Stratford and Cambridge. Power was 47237 tnt 47746.

With thanks to: A Cook, AngliaGen, J Cole, EBN, L Harrison, D Pretty.

5 thoughts on “Busmopolitan. Essex and District Bus and Rail Newspage. July 2021.

  1. Is the September issue out? If so does anyone have a link to it? As I can only see the August edition on the new site.

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