Stagecoach South East
The two Dart SPDs used as training buses here, 33175 and 33176, which have been out of use for several months are reported as having been sold for scrap.
Stagecoach North East
Withdrawn MAN/ALX300 22042 is the latest vehicle to be collected from Stockton depot by Alpha Recovery, Weetslade for scrap. It was collected on Thursday 21st February 2019.
Slatyford based, MAN/Enviro 300 24115 returned to Slatyford on 28 February 2019 having received a Cummins Euro 6 engine conversion at ADL, Anston.
At least three of the Stockton based Enviro 300s have lost their ‘Zone’ branding on repaint. 27166 and 27168 lost their branding in January 2019, followed by 27181 in February 2019.
There have been reports in the local press that South Shields depot is proposing to reduce part of its operations by transferring 55 drivers and 22 buses to other depots. It is believed that service X34 will possibly be transferred to Walkergate depot, with the ‘E’ Group of services being moved to Sunderland. If this proposed change goes ahead, it is likely to take place in June or July 2019.
Reserve Fleet Optare Solo 47472 is now allocated to Ashton whilst Volvo B10M training bus 20973 has been sold to PVS (dealer).