December 10th 2019: Fleet Ramblings
The entry into service of the new 11.8m Enviro 200MMCs, 26293-26325, at Basingstoke has resulted in a large number of vehicle re-allocations in this fleet. We understand that some of these are still to take place, particularly with removal from service of a number of Dart SLFs whilst other transfers will take place following completion of Rail Replacement works.
Enviro 300s transferred out from Basingstoke are 27563/64/65/66/67/68 ton Guildford, 27569/70 and 27648/49/51/52 along with 27836 to Chichester. 27828/29/30/31/32/35 have moved to Andover.
Dart SLFs on the move are 35117/18 from Andover to Portsmouth and 35260 from Andover to Winchester, whilst 34852/53/54/55/56/57 at Guildford are reported as sold to Ensign Bus. Dart SLFs 35120/21/27 along with 35210/11/12 are due to move into the Operational Reserve Fleet whilst we understand that 34417, 34519/21/31/46, 34608/20/30/33/34/37 are the Dart SLFs likely to be taken out of service. Dart SLF 34844 is no longer shown on company reports so is presumed sold.
Dart SLFs 33190/91 are currently in use as training vehicles with 33190 at Basingstoke and 33191 at Chichester.
Enviro 200 transfers here are 36022, 36436-39 and 36834-39 from Basingstoke to Guildford whilst 37270 is reported transferred from Chichester to Guildford. 36440 and 36833 at Basingstoke are now in the Reserve Fleet.
Also now in the Reserve Fleet at Chichester are Volvo B7TLs 16933/35, presumably replaced by new ADL Enviro 400MMCs 11272 and 11273.
Stagecoach South East
Now in the Reserve Fleet is Trident 17587 from Herne Bay along with Dart SLFs 34498 and 34646 along with Enviro 300 27578 from Eastbourne. However, 34493 from the Reserve Fleet is now allocated to Eastbourne.
Changes to the training fleet have seen Enviro 300 27516 move to Herne Bay from Eastbourne in exchange for Dart SLF 34657 whilst similar 34658 has been transferred from Dover to Folkestone. The remaining Dart SLF training bus conversions have now been completed with 34654 allocated to Dover and 34656/60 to Thanet. Now stood down from training duties is Volvo B10M coach 52130 at Hastings.
Enviro 400 19400 has been transferred from Hyde Road to Ashton in exchange for 19400 whilst Trident 18372 has moved from Wigan to Sharston.
Stagecoach East Midlands
New ADL Enviro 400MMC 11278 has been reported as being in service from Mansfield depot. It carries the current corporate livery. We believe that 11274-77 are also due here but are stored pending delivery.
Enviro 400 10198 has been reinstated to service at Plumstead whilst similar 10199-10205 are now out of service awaiting return to the leasing company, whilst Enviro 400H 12342/45, which had been awaiting return to the leasing company, have returned to use at Bow.
Tridents sold are 17876, 18451 and 18463 to Lister PSV and 17981 to South East Bus Sales.
Enviro 400 19744 has transferred from West Ham to Plumstead whilst Enviro 200 36333 has been scrapped.
Stagecoach North East
Sold to Alpha Recovery is former Volvo B10M training bus 20841 whilst now delivered to Walkergate are ADL Enviro 400MMCs 11281-83.
Go North East
Repaints last week included Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6164 (YN54 AOP) and Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 5272 (NK56 KKH) into the 2019 fleet livery, and Volvo B5TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 797 (BX14 SYT) into the generic grey/charcoal Xlines livery. This vehicle is now numbered 6335 within the Go North East fleet.
There were no fleet movements last week, but the final V-reg Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL, 6033 (V233 LGC), has been sold. This one has been sold as a runner to A&A Coach Travel, Tockwith.
Repaints during week ending December 1st 2019 included Optare Solo M890/Optare 632 (NK61 FEV) into Little Coasters livery. Float Optare Solo M890/Optare 635 (NK61 FJP) has transferred from Consett to Peterlee.
Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro 5481 (HW07 CXR) has transferred from Riverside to Deptford, in exchange for Optare Versa V1110/Optare 8296 (NK09 FUU), as a continuation of the vehicle re-allocations last week to allow for the withdrawal of the five “Metrocentre Mini” branded Optare Solos.
Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6137 (GX03 SVF) has transferred from Consett to Saltmeadows following the entry into service of ADL Trident 2/ADL Enviro 400MMC 6336 (YX64 VOO) at Consett, in order to allow former Brighton & Hove Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6165 (YN54 AOR) to be taken out of service from Saltmeadows.
Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6163 (YN54 AOM) is now in service at Chester-le-Street, leading to the transfer of dual-door Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL 6914 (LX06 EBU) from Chester-le-Street to Consett, then 6930 (LX54 GZU) to Riverside. This has displaced 6139 (GX03 SVJ) from Riverside to Saltmeadows, to enable the withdrawal of ex-East Yorkshire Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 6937 (MF51 MBX).
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5215 (NK54 NVL) has been sold to Davies Motors, Ruthin, while Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro 5319 (NK08 MZW) has been sold for scrap to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade.
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