Stagecoach Oxfordshire Fleet Handbook
There has been a slight delay to the publication of our Stagecoach Oxfordshire Fleet Handbook. The books were printed as planned last week, but we have been informed that Parcelforce has delivered the box containing the books to an incorrect address. An assurance that they would be collected yesterday and delivered today has not happened and they remain in a warehouse awaiting sorting for collection and delivery to the right address. As of mid-day today (30th September) there is no indication of when this will take place and by 13:30 on Wednesday 1st October we are still awaiting more information or the package to be delivered.
Our printer has provided outstanding customer service in chasing the delivery and today has put the job back on the press. We should receive the new delivery on Thursday and will attempt to despatch the same day.
Please accept our apologies for the slight delay in the publication of this title.
Showbus photo special
Sunday September 21st saw the Annual Showbus rally take place, returning this year to Duxford in Cambridgeshire. As usual there was a wide selection of both modern and vinatage vehicles and in Routremaster 60 year a large selection of Routemasters. What has been noticeable over the past ten years has been the reduction in the support from the large groups outside of the 'local' area.
Stagecoach East again sent its Open Top Bristol FLF, although this year it was transferred to Cambridge a few days before and went from there, rather than Peterborough. Two further Open Tops from Stagecoach were Trident 'Rocky' from Skegness and Cambridge's Volvo Olympian 16541.
A selection of the Stagecoach vehicles - and a few from other fleets are below. I understand that the BBC's 'One Show' was filming at the event and that it should feature in a broadcast this week.
New coaches for X5 Oxford-Cambridge service ordered by Stagecoach
Stagecoach East is to benefit through investment in new vehicles worth £6million. Eighteen 14-metre Plaxton Elite coaches have been ordered for the X5 service which links Cambridge and Oxford. They will enter service early next year and will carry fleet numbers 54301-18.
Stagecoach has ordered a further six Scania/ADL Enviro E400 buses for service on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway which connects Cambridge, Huntingdon and St Ives. They have been allocated fleet numbers 15197-202 and will have Euro 5 engines. They will be fully accessible and have free Wi-Fi, power sockets and air chill. These additional facilities are extremely popular with our existing Busway customers.
The new X5 coaches have Euro 6 engines, making them among the cleanest and greenest coaches in Europe. They can each seat 57 passengers or 55 passengers when the wheelchair space is required.
The X5 route operates dozens of services a day between Cambridge and Oxford calling at St Neots, Bedford and Milton Keynes among other stops.
Managing Director of Stagecoach East, Andy Campbell told Steven Knight Media: ”This is great news for our customers. The X5 service is used by around 1.3 million passengers a year and provides a vital public transport link between Oxford and Cambridge
“The Busway has proved to be a great success and we’re pleased to be delivering more new buses for the customers who rely on those services every day.
“Delivering high-quality, good value travel is what we do best and we look forward to attracting even more people on to our greener, smarter services in the months and years to come.”
Steven Knight is a Transport Specialist who has over 40 years experience in the bus and rail industries as well as in specialist transport journalism. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.