Stagecoach East Midlands
Former Stagecoach London Megasightseeing open top Trident 18467 has had a sleigh makeover and seeing use as a Christmas Bus here.
The intensive driver training/familiarisation programme on the new Busway Volvo B8L/ADL E400XLBs is continuing at an intensive pace and at least one bus was out in Cambridge last Saturday. Observations suggest that the length of the vehicle is presenting challenges to some drivers when reversing or negotiating sharp left hand turns where it is not possible to move into the centre of the roadway before negotiating the turn.
Many vehicles here have had their destination equipment programmed to display a Seasonal message.
Tridents 18349, 18420 and 18422 were transferred over the weekend to Stagecoach West.
Stagecoach North East
It is confirmed that the new Mercedes-Benz minibuses delivered to Stockton depot for a new demand responsive contract are of type 516CDi. 44031-37 are registered WN69FYP, WR69ORS, WN69FNO/FUU/FYR/FYM/FYO.
MAN/ALX300 22018 is reinstated to the Reserve Fleet at Slatyford whilst similar 22019 is reported as being in use for apprentice training at Sunderland.
MAN/Enviro 300 24112 has moved from the Reserve Fleet to Slatyford whilst Enviro 300s 27508/09 are now allocated to Stockton and have ousted 27724/25 to Walkergate.
A Tweet from the MD at Stagecoach West has questioned whether the displaced Enviro 400s from this fleet are due there with 19194, 19210 and 19214 now out of service here and awaiting cascade within Stagecoach UK Bus.
MAN/ALX300s 22050/51 from the Reserve Fleet are now for disposal here with 22068/69 transferred from Slatyford to the Reserve Fleet with 22424/43 moving from Walkergate to Slatyford.
Dart SLF 34605 is this year’s Santa Bus hand has transferred to the Reserve Fleet at Slatyford.
MAN/Enviro 200 39724 has moved from the main fleet to the Reserve Fleet at Slatyford.
Optare Solo 47069 at Swindon has been withdrawn and is now for disposal with 47355 transferring from Cheltenham to Swindon as a replacement.
Transferred from Cheltenham to Gloucester are Enviro 200s 36388/90 and 37238, with Gloucester-allocated MAN/Enviro 300s 22846/49 being withdrawn from service and listed for disposal.
Withdrawn Enviro 200 36377 has been sold whilst Trident 18156 transferred here from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire is in the Reserve Fleet and will be prepared for service at North Bristol.
We understand that Mercedes 411CDi 41980, which was taken over with the South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach fleet was disposed of without being operated.
Stagecoach South West
Look out for further Dart SLFs working in the Exeter area. 34607 and 34861 have been seen today.
Volvo B7RLEs with Wrightbus Eclipse Urban bodywork 338/40/41 have been transferred to Go Ahead London and moved south yesterday. 339 is to follow.