AB Articulated single-deck bus
AC Articulated coach
B Rigid single-deck bus
DP Dual purpose, usually coach seats in a bus shell
L Lowbridge double-decker with side sunken gangway upstairs. All other double-deckers are H (highbridge) regardless of overall height.
O Permanent open-top
CO Convertible open-top
PO Partial open-top
For double-deckers, this is shown with the upper deck capacity first (e.g. 43/30, indicating 43 ‘over’ 30. Where the split is not known, a total figure (e.g. 73) is shown in the same style as for single-deckers. The total seating capacity shown includes all fixed and tip-up seats. The vehicles themselves may show other permutations of seats, standing spaces and wheelchair capacity.
F Front (can be directly behind front axle on vehicles with no front overhang)
RD Rear with platform doors
D Dual (two) doors
T Triple doors
The letter ‘t’ after the door position indicates the provision of a toilet, while ‘L’ after the door position shows that a wheelchair lift is fitted.
Registration numbers first issued from 1 September 2001 show a two-letter area identification code (e.g. BU for Birmingham, CU for Swansea, SX for Inverness), followed by a two-digit code indicating the period of first registration (e.g. 51 for September 2001 to February 2002, 02 for March to August 2002, 52 for September 2002 to February 2003, 03 for March to August 2003 and so on. These are followed by a three-letter identification of the vehicle itself. In ‘Fleet News’, a batch of vehicles with consecutively issued registrations will be shown in the following fashion: LS34-46 (GG51 PYS/T/ V-Z, PZB-F/H). The letters I and Q are not used in these three-letter combinations.
Where a vehicle has been re-registered, its previous registration number(s) (where known) follow in italic type (e.g. RM48 (LDS 199A, VLT 48), with the most recent given first.
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● Two three-axle Volvo B9TLs bought by Xelabus
2 Way Transport, Scunthorpe Ex-Lothian Volvo Olympian/Alexander RH-type M215 VSX, which was earmarked for export to the United States last year, has gone to Scotland instead, for preservation.
A2B, Melbourn, Cambs Mercedes-Benz Sprinter/Ilsesbus i-City demonstrator CK70 LVX was on loan in August. Acquired are B25F-seated Optare Solo M710SE YJ60 LRN ex-First Cymru via Ensign, Purfleet (dealer), B29F-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 AB53 AZB (GX57 AUT) from Whippet, Swavesey and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 616CDi /Mellor B18F AB54 AZB (MX05 FOJ).
Abellio London AA On order are 12 BYD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400EV City battery-electric double-deckers for route U5.
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 8121 (YX13 EHH) and Alexander Dennis Enviro400s 9411/56/65/6 (LJ56 VTN, LJ09 CDU, CEO/U) have been withdrawn, while similar 9453 (LJ09 CDK) has gone to Green Bus, Birmingham and Enviro200s 8118-27 (YX13 EHE-H/J-O) have passed to Vision Bus, Blackrod.
Acklams, Beverley C55Ft-seated Irizar i6 integrals YN15 YTD/E were acquired in May, ex-Ellison, St Helens. YN15 YTD was re-registered W80 ACK in July.
Al’s, Birkenhead Ex-Lothian Buses Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini H49/32F SN09 CTK/O have been acquired from Ensign, Purfleet (dealer).
Aldermaston Coach Lines, Newbury Double-deckers acquired are Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC YX66 WLJ (M90 YEL) from Yelloway, Chadderton and former Nottingham City Transport Dennis Trident/East Lancs Lolyne Y667 DRA (JRZ 3272, Y667 DRA) from Tyrer, Farnworth via The Busman, Congleton (dealer).
Anderson, London SE1 New are Scania K360EB4/Irizar i6 YT21 DZA/C.
Scania K410EB4 OmniExpress YN17 OOJ has passed to Llynfi , Maesteg.
Arriva London AA New H42/23D-seated BYD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400EV City battery-electric double-deckers expected for route 319 (Streatham Hill-Sloane Square) are EA1-22 (LG71 DJK/O/U/V/X-Z, DKA/D-F/J-L/N/O/U/V/X/Y, DLD/E).
Alexander Dennis Enviro200s ENL80/1 (GN08 CGO/U) passed to First South West in July.
Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart PDL143 (SN06 BPY), which went to a preservation group, returned to Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) and was replaced by similar PDL145 (SN06 BRF).
Ensign has sold Alexander Dennis Enviro400 T59 (LJ08 CYP) to Warrington’s Own Buses.
Arriva Midlands AA VDL SB120/Wright Cadet 2702 (YJ54 CKF) was withdrawn in June.
Arriva North East AA Further to previous reports, there are three Volvo B7TL/Alexander Dennis ALX400 is blue and white diagonal striped livery for Teesside-Yorkshire coast services X93/X94. These are 7424-6 (LJ55 BPZ, BRV/X), the livery being applied by vinyl wrap rather than paint.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 7412 (LJ03 MHU) is back in service.
In reserve are VDL SB200/Wright Pulsar 2 1408/29/30/2/4/6 (NK09 BPX NK59 DNE/ F/N, NK10 CEU), Wright StreetLite Max 1591 (NK15 AAF), Alexander Dennis Mini Pointer Dart 1767 (NK05 GWF),1800/1 (NK56 HKV/W) Optare Solo 2601-3 (YJ61 JFF/G/K), 2801/2/10/8/20/34/58 (YK08 ERO/U, ETA/T/V, XBP, YJ59 GKC), Scania OmniCity single-deckers 4650/9 (NK05 GXD/O), MAN EcoCity/Caetano 4807/13 (NK13 CFM, WX61 HSL), Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 7411/86 (LG52 DDK, LJ51 DGZ), Volvo B7TL/Alexander Dennis ALX400 7420/3 (LJ55 BTY, BUE).
VDL SB200/Wright Commander 1403 (NK53 HHZ) has been repainted into driver training livery and was at Ashington by mid- July; 1401/2 (NK53 HHX/Y) have remained in service pending driver trainer conversion, at Blyth and Ashington respectively.
Withdrawn for disposal are TransBus Pointer Dart 1759 (NK53 VKA) and Alexander Dennis Pointer Darts 1760/6-9/73 NK05 GVX, GWE-G/J/U), leaving just 1791 (NK55 MYS) at Blyth.
VDL DB250LF/East Lancs Myllennium Lowlander 7436 (Y686 EBR) has been used for training with Northumbria Police and Northumbria Fire Brigade.
Arriva North West AA VDL SB200/Wright Pulsar 2939 (MX09 EKW) has been used as a mobile vaccination unit.
Arriva Southern Counties AA Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC YX68 UUL was briefly back on loan at Southend until early June, used only for driver shuttles.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 3772 (LT63 UNS) and Optare Versas 4231/9 (KX62 JVW, KX13 DHK) have received sky blue group livery.
As planned, Norton Green garage in Stevenage garage closed on August 14, with buses transferred to Babbage Road.
Arriva the Shires AA Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 3953 (KX12 GZP) has received sky blue group livery. VDL DB250/Wright Pulsar Gemini 6042 (LJ04 LDD) suffered accident damage on July 20 and may have been withdrawn.
Atlantic, Bolton Ex-Tower Transit Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 BN61 MXA/B/D/E/H have been acquired from Ensign, Purfleet (dealer).
Baldry’s Coaches, Holme on Spalding Moor, North Yorkshire Bedford OB/Duple Vista C29F SJ 1340, new in 1951, acquired here in 2017 and since restored as a heritage vehicle for weddings and other special hires, is back on the road for the first time in nearly 30 years. It spent its operational life on the Isle of Arran, new to Gordon, Lamlash and ultimately with Arran Transport, which took it out of service in 1971 but owned it for more than 20 years before selling it for preservation.
Beeston, Hadleigh, Suffolk Scania N94UD OmniDekka/East Lancs OU54 PGZ has been acquired from Vision Bus, Blackrod.
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC YX19 OUW passed to Bay Travel, Lochgelly in August.
Belle Vue, Heaton Chapel Volvo B12B/Berkhof FN05 DWO (J18 VUE, PR05 TER) has passed to Elite, Stockport and Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BF65 HTV (A5 VUE) to Jay & Kay Tours, Crayford.
The Big Lemon, Brighton The PSV Circle reports that battery-electric B26Fseated Higer Steed BIG 558, 822, 949 were new in June.
In the Brighton Horizon Coaches fleet, Mercedes-Benz Vario O814D/Plaxton Cheetah YN55 WTK (SFZ 696, YN55 WTK) has been re-registered BH55 BUS.
The Blackburn Bus Company TD Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 1867 (FJ09 KNV) has transferred in from Yorkshire Coastliner, while Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown 1097/9 (PN02 HVV/X) have gone to The Burnley Bus Company.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2754/5 (PJ05 ZWA/B) have received two-tone blue livery.
Bristol Community Transport HCT Alexander Dennis Enviro200 1330 (YX65 RHU) has been transferred from CT Plus Yorkshire.
The Burnley Bus Company TD Transferred in are Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown 1097/9 (PN02 HVV/X) from The Blackburn Bus Company and Volvo B7TL/ Wright Eclipse Gemini 2764 (PO55 PYL) from Yorkshire Coastliner.
Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown 569 (X569 YUG) and Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 1710 (PO53 OBR) have been withdrawn; 569 was the last of its batch and served the group for over 20 years.
Cardiff Bus New are B41F-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC 271-4 (YX21 RVJ-M); they entered service in white with bilingual fleetnames.
Ex-Bus Vannin Mercedes-Benz Citaro 152 (KMN 223U) has been re-registered CX12 FNH and painted with an orange front and red rear.
Scania N230UD/East Lancs Olympus 471 (CN57 FGC) is one of two given Island Flyer branding for a summer holiday service linking Llanrumney and St Mellons with Cardiff Bay and Barry Island.
Carters Heritage Buses, Great Bromley, Essex Alexander Dennis Trident/ALX400 LK05 GFV, GGV have been sold to Ensign, Purfleet (dealer).
Centaur, Crayford, Kent CN21 FZA is the first of two battery-electric single-door Optare Metrodecker M1050EVs in blue with University of Greenwich branding for the free service connecting the campuses at Greenwich and Avery Hill.
Centrebus CB Volvo B7RLE/MCV Evolution BU16 UWN has been acquired from Roberts, Hugglescote Alexander Dennis Enviro200 510 (YX60 DXR) has been transferred to High Peak Buses, VDL SB120/Plaxton Centro 606 (FJ56 YBW) to D&G Bus.
Optare Solo M780 378 (YJ06 FXP) has been withdrawn, while Solo M880 304/5/39 (FJ08 MBF, FN08 CHH, MX08 MYW) and Solo M920 375 (YJ54 UBH) have been sold.
Coastal, Warton, Lancs New are C53FLt-seated Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BF21 EOW and Mercedes-Benz 516CDi/Mellor Strata B27F WO21 OGH/J. The latter have replaced Optare Solo SR YJ62 FKX, FVT.
Coastliner, Blackpool Ex-Cardiff Bus TransBus Pointer Dart CN53 AKO has been acquired.
Confidence, Leicester ECW-bodied Leyland Olympian 55 (C71 CHM), one of the last working examples of 263 built for London Buses, was sold to a dealer in June.
DG Comfort Delgro
GA Go-Ahead Group
HCT HCT Group
NX National Express Group
RA RATP Dev
RB Reading Buses
ST Stagecoach Group
WG Wellglade Group
Connexions Buses, Tockwith, North Yorkshire Scania CN230UB OmniCity single-decker NK56 KHF (K4 HOW, NK56 KHF) has been acquired, ex-Howard, Great Sankey, Warrington.
Unique (in the UK) Scania N94UB/ Castrosua B40F YP52 CUU (L55 BUS, YP52 CUU) has gone into service in plain white.
Country Lion, Northampton New here are two Volvo B8R/Plaxton Panther C57FLt with Select registrations F1, G1 CLN.
CT Plus Yorkshire HCT B41F-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 YX18 KNY/Z have been acquired from Sheffield Community Transport, nominally for services X26/X27.
B29F-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 1431 (YY15 NHX) has been on loan from HCT Group, London.
Ex-Lothian Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini SN56 AHA, ABV, SN55 BOF, BMV are numbered 1989/94/8/9 respectively.
Optare Solo 1770 (YJ09 KZX) has been repainted in green/white AccessBus livery.
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 1304 (YX62 DHY) has been transferred to Powells Bus and similar 1330 (YX65 RHU) has moved to Bristol Community Transport.
Optare Solo M950 YJ08 PFU has gone to Houston, Lockerbie and Alexander Dennis Enviro200 YY67 HBH to Simonds, Diss.
Cumfybus, Southport Former Go North East Optare Solo SR hybrid NK61 EGY has been converted to straight diesel drive, while diesel Solo SR YD63 VAX has been converted to battery-electric drive.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini LX05 FAK, FCA have passed to Fowler, Holbeach Drove, similar LX05 ECJ to Finches, Higher Ince.
D&G Bus, Adderley Green CB VDL SB120/Plaxton Centro 606 (FJ56 YBW) has been transferred here from Centrebus.
Delaine, Bourne, Lincs New B43F-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC 169 (AD71 DBL) was delivered ready to enter service from September 1.
Dews, Somersham, Cambs Ex-Blackpool TransBus Trident/East Lancs Myllennium Lolyne PL52 XAD has been acquired from Vision Bus, Blackrod.
Diamond North West RO Open-top Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 40100 (KV02 USN) carries Rammy Rambler branding for new seasonal service 470 (Bolton- Ramsbottom) which runs on Wednesdays to Sundays. Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 66895 (MX55 FFE) has been converted to a training vehicle and carries a livery of yellow front and blue rear separated by blue, yellow and grey diamonds.
Similar 69178 (MX06 YXK) has been transferred to Preston Bus.
Ensignbus, Purfleet As reported on p12 last month, the air-conditioned Wright StreetDeck dual-door demonstrator loaned to Kowloon Motor Bus as W6S1 (WJ 1984) and in full KMB livery, has been acquired for conversion into a private hire vehicle.
Adding great interest to Southend seafront service 68 in August was the loan of preserved Eastern National open-top Leyland Titan PD1 1112 (LEV 917). This was one of two new in 1946 to City Coach Company, Brentwood (this was numbered LD1) which were the company’s first double-deckers. Westcliff-on-Sea Motor Services acquired the City business in February 1952 and was itself absorbed by Eastern National in January 1955. The two highbridge PD1s were converted to open-top in 1958 and 1112 (later renumbered 2102) was withdrawn in 1965. Its Leyland-designed body was one of 50 built by Alexander in a subcontracting arrangement.
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC 132 (YY66 WLH) has gone on loan to First Eastern Counties.
Evans, Tregaron B23F-seated Optare Solo M710SE MV07 CYG (T111 PDC) has been acquired from DJ Watts Coach Travel, Paignton.
Falcon Buses, Byfleet Alexander Dennis Enviro200 YX61 ELH is on loan.
Similar YX18 KVS went off lease in May, KX58 GTF and KX09 CHZ have passed to Select Bus Services, Penkridge and Optare Solo YJ15 ARF has gone to TLC, Bradford.
First Cymru FG TransBus Pointer Dart 42677 (CU53 ASO) and Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 42884 (SF05 KXH) have been sold.
Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) has sold Optare Solo M710SE 53711 (YJ60 LRN) to A2B, Melbourn.
First Eastern Counties FG Ensignbus Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC 132 (YY66 WLH) is on loan for three months for use on Excel services.
Open-top Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 32348 (CRZ 266, LK53 LZL) is seated O41/25F.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 36186 (BN12 JYJ), Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 37024/43/4 (YJ06 XKN, XLT/U), 37150/4/74 (YN06 URD/H, SF07 FDE), have been painted in Coastal Reds livery, while Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 37141/2 (SN57 HDA/C) are in Coastlink livery and 8.9m Alexander Dennis Enviro200 44925 (YX11 HNW), recently transferred from First South Yorkshire, is in Ipswich Reds.
The PSV Circle reports the withdrawal of Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 42929 (SN05 EAJ) and Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 69030/3/46 (SF55 UAY, UBT/G
First Essex FG Alexander Dennis Enviro400 ex-demonstrator 33425 (SN59 AWV) has received a multicoloured Pride in Essex livery with diagonal stripes.
As anticipated, Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 66860 (MX05 CHY) has become a training vehicle at Chelmsford. Reinstated are Volvo B7TL/TransBus ALX400 31785 (YN53 EOK) at Colchester and Alexander Dennis Enviro350H 67902 (SN13 CHV) at Basildon.
The future of Wright StreetLite Max 63332 (SK65 PXO) is in doubt after it suffered severe fire damage in late July.
TransBus Trident/President 33186 (LT52 WVB) has been withdrawn and Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 66861 (MX05 CHZ) has left the fleet.
First Hampshire & Dorset FG Wright StreetDeck 35161 (SK65 PVZ) was borrowed from First West of England in April for a three-week trial at Weymouth, with Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 37586 (HX08 OHJ) going in temporary exchange.
Volvo B10BLE/Alexander ALX300 62209 (W597 RFS) was transferred to First South West in July.
First Manchester FG Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban training vehicle 66917 (MX55 FGJ) has pink and blue chevrons on its front and rear.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 37557 (MX09 HUO) has been transferred to First York.
First South West FG B29D-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200s 44381/2 (GN08 CGO/U) were acquired ex-Arriva London in July, when Volvo B10BLE/ Alexander ALX300 B44F 62209 (W597 RFS) was transferred from First Hampshire & Dorset.
The heritage coaches acquired with the King Harry Coaches business, Bedford SBG/Duple Vega UUO 198 and AEC Reliance 2MU4RA/ Harrington Grenadier AFJ 77B, are numbered 29901/2 respectively.
Withdrawn are Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33143/72/81 (LR02 LWY, LYP, LZA) and Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 42560 (SN05 DZW).
Wigley, Carlton (dealer) has taken Volvo B7R/Plaxton Profile 20357 (CV55 ABK) and Alexander Dennis Enviro300 67707 (SN60 EAM) for scrap. Also gone from the fleet are Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 30882 (W737 DWX) and Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 33141 (LR02 LWW).
Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) has sold Volvo B7TL/ Alexander ALX400 30878/9 (W733/4 DWX, L10/1 PCV, W733/4 DWX) to Marchants, Cheltenham, similar 32076 (KP51 WAU) to IT support company Internic, Bournemouth and Volvo B7TL/TransBus ALX400 32280 (WR03 YZM) to fruit and vegetable producer Barway Services, Soham.
BMC 1100FE schoolbuses 68503/34 (BX54 VUN, LK54 FNL) have passed to Southern Transit, Upper Beeding.
First South Yorkshire FG Two heritage liveries were revealed at the Olive Grove open day on August 22. Volvo B9TL/ Wright Eclipse Gemini 37529 (YN58 ETY) carries South Yorkshire’s Transport livery, complete with fleetnumber 1529, EB depot codes and is named Wilf Duke. Volvo B7RLE/ Wright Eclipse 2 69527 (BD11 CEX) is in Mainline yellow, red and black with Silver Service branding for service 8, fleetnumber 627 and OG depot codes.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 37497-9, 37509 (YN58 ERY, YN08 PLX/Z, YN58 ERZ) have received the Sheffield blue livery; 37497 has the Liquorice Allsorts theme, while 37498/9 are Botanical Gardens themed. Similar 37233/4 (YN57 RKA, YN08 LCM) have received Doncaster red livery with pictures of zebras and the slogan “Take a ride on the wild side with…”.
Wright StreetLite Max 63019 (SK63 KGU), retrofitted with Eminox exhaust aftertreatment, has been lent to First Glasgow for performance trials.
First West of England FG Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 37586 (HX08 OHJ) arrived on loan from First Hampshire & Dorset in August, operated at Hengrove depot in Bristol while Wright StreetDeck 35161 (SK65 PVZ) was sent for trials in Weymouth.
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 33417 (WA56 FTP) was withdrawn in July.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 66724 (WX54 XDG) has been sold and 66726 (WX54 XDK) has gone for preservation.
First West Yorkshire FG Wright StreetDecks 35272/5 (SL67 VWY, VXC) were lent to Somerset Passenger Solutions from June to September.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 66762 (YJ05 VGD) has been converted into a driver trainer in appropriate livery for this role.
First York FG Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 37557 (MX09 HUO) has been transferred from First Manchester.
Optare Metrodecker 39524 (YJ70 ETY) has been given a black advertising wrap for York City Knights rugby team.
Fowler, Holbeach Drove, Lincs Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini LX05 FAK, FCA have been acquired ex-Cumfybus, Southport.
Go-Ahead London GA By late August, H41/22D-seated Optare Metrodecker MD1050EV Me1-15 (YJ21 EYA-D/ F-H/K-M/O/P/R/T/U) had all entered service at Merton on route 200, leaving just Me16/7 (YJ21 EYV/W) to follow. These appear to be badged as Optare rather than Switch products.
Correcting July Fleet News, the route taken over from RATP London was not the 465, but the 463 (Coulsdon South-Pollards Hill).
Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini WVL83 (LF52 ZNR) has been transferred to Go North East.
Go-Coach Hire, Otford, Kent Ex-Abellio London Alexander Dennis Enviro400s 9505/7/8/10 (SN59 AVR/U/V/X) have received a grey livery with Fastrack and Amazon branding for 24hr service AZ (Gravesend-Dartford) that runs via the new Amazon warehouse at Crossways in Dartford.
Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 8308 (X656 EGK) and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 515CDi BF10 VBY have been withdrawn.
Go East Anglia GA Scania N230UD OmniCity double-decker 852 (AO57 HCD) was reinstated in June.
The PSV Circle reports that Alexander Dennis Mini Pointer Dart 291 (EU06 KCX) has been withdrawn.
Alexander Dennis Mini Pointer Dart 288 (HW54 BUF) has gone to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade (dealer) for scrap. Volvo B7TL/ Plaxton President 566/77 (W428, 518 WGH) have also gone for scrap.
Go Goodwins, Eccles Acquired are Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 616CDi/ Mellor B18F 1974 (FJ07 DLE) ex-Eurotaxis, Yate and B27F-seated Optare M780SL 1975 (MX07 NTF) ex-Fromebus, Frome.
Van Hool EX16M coach YJ19 BDF has been re-registered 33 EXG, former Isle of Man Dennis Dart SLF/East Lancs Spryte 1956 (WEZ 3806) has become WEZ 3705, while Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 1957 (WSV 506, LX06 DZG) and Scania N230UD OmniDekka 1958 (WSV 533, YN07 EXK) have reverted to their original marks.
Golden Tours, Alperton Covered-top Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 154 (V154 MEV) has been refitted as The English Tea Bus in York, while Alexander Dennis Enviro400 302 (LK07 AZA) performs the same role in London. Both are in a pink and white vertically striped livery and have been reconfigured with seats grouped around tables.
Go North East GA Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini LF52 ZNR has been transferred from Go-Ahead London and numbered 6900.
Go North West GA Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 69179, 69203 (MX06 YXL, VPC) are further examples repainted white with Go North West diagonal stripes and a grey band above the side windows from behind the front axle with the wording “I’m being replaced soon”.
Volvo B5LH/Wright Eclipse Gemini 3012/3 (BN61 MWW/X) have received latest livery.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 66868/90 (MX05 CJY, MX55 NWH) have been withdrawn, with 66890 passing to Howard, Great Sankey (dealer).
Go South Coast GA Further to last month’s report, 8.9m Alexander Dennis Enviro200s 2709-14 (HW64 AWZ, AXA-D/F) have lost Southern Vectis green for Salisbury Reds black and red, while 2716/51 (HW64 AXH, HF66 CHH) are in blue and red More livery.
Go South West GA Alexander Dennis Enviro400 5002 (SL64 HYY) has been rebuilt to H41/25F, ex-H41/24D, and repainted in Transport for Cornwall livery.
Mercedes-Benz Citaro 84 (WJ55 HLN) has become a training vehicle, replacing similar 80 (WJ55 HLG), which has gone into reserve with a gearbox failure.
Also in reserve are Alexander Dennis Pointer Darts 75/6/8 (WA54 JVY/Z, JWD) and Citaros 82/3 (WJ55 HLK/M).
DG Comfort Delgro
GA Go-Ahead Group
HCT HCT Group
NX National Express Group
RA RATP Dev
RB Reading Buses
ST Stagecoach Group
WG Wellglade Group
Ex-Brighton & Hove TransBus Pointer Dart 53 (GU52 HKA) has been withdrawn and sold to Wigley, Carlton (dealer) for scrap along with TransBus Super Pointer Dart 67 (WA03 BHW), Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 73 (WA54 JVW) and 252 (LX05 EYY). Super Pointer Dart 69 (WA03 BHY) has gone to Lipson Vale School, Plymouth.
Green Bus, Birmingham Alexander Dennis Enviro400s acquired from Abellio London include 606 (LJ09 CDK), which entered service in London red.
Gwynfor, Gaerwen Dawsongroup , Hellaby (dealer) has supplied plain white B29D-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200s YX11 AEJ/L last operated by Bristol Community Transport and Abellio London respectively.
Optare Solo M780SE YJ10 MBO, YJ61 JHV have passed to Dawsongroup.
Hallmark Connections RO Mercedes-Benz Vario O816D/Plaxton Cheetah 14001/24/5 (BX09 SOU, KX60 DWF/G) have been sold to Ensign, Purfleet (dealer).
The Harrogate Bus Company TD Battery-electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro E demonstrator MB21 BUS was on loan in August. Volvo B5TL/Wright Gemini 3 3620 (BL65 YYT) has been named Gareth Southgate in honour of the England football team manager, who lives in the area.
Hattons, St Helens Dennis Trident/East Lancs Lolyne YAZ 8827 (T405 BNN) has been acquired from AC Williams, Ancaster; it was new to Nottingham City Transport.
HCT Group London HCT On loan here are Alexander Dennis Enviro200 1322/3 (YY17 HSK/L). Similar 1341 (YY15 NHK) and YX65 RHA have passed to Powells Bus, Hellaby.
Hearns, Harrow Weald New here are Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BF21 EOO/P and Yutong TC9 midicoaches YD21 NHV/X.
Herberts Travel, Bedford Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini SN56 AGO/U/X/Z (PB04 BUS, G13-5/7 XEL, SN56 AGO/U/X/Z) have been acquired from Xelabus, Eastleigh.
Heyfordian, Bicester Ex-Lothian Buses Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini H48/33F SN08 BXY has been acquired from Ensign, Purfleet (dealer).
High Peak Buses CB B37F-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 510 (YX60 DXR) has been transferred from Centrebus.
Hodson, Clitheroe Acquired are ex-Brighton & Hove Dennis Trident/Plaxton President H47/30F Y869 GCD from London Borough of Havering and ex- Oxford Bus Company Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown T812 CBW from Cymru Coaches, Waunarlwydd; the B10BLE has been painted in fleet livery and named Pendle Wisper.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar YM52 UVK has been re-registered ESZ 6764 and Mercedes-Benz Vario O813D/Plaxton Beaver 3 YN07 OZH has become CC06 HOD.
Howard, Great Sankey, Warrington Scania CN230UB OmniCity single-decker K4 HOW reverted to original registration NK56 KHF before passing to Connexions Buses, Tockwith.
HTL Buses, Huyton VDL SB180/MCV Evolution YJ60 MBF (B6 WMS) has been acquired from Weardale, Stanhope.
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 YX18 KVS has been on loan.
TransBus Pointer Dart DK04 SUH, Alexander Dennis Mini Pointer Darts SN05 HDF, SB06 BMU, SK07 DYD and DK08 AYO, Optare Solos MX54 KXW, P7 HTL, YJ12 PLZ, YJ16 DYG and Mercedes-Benz Sprinters BF62 JZT/U/W have been sold for scrap.
Hulleys, Baslow In a nod to the erstwhile Express Motors of Hulland Ward, Optare Solo 9 (MX09 AOF) and Alexander Dennis Enviro200 17 (MX11 CZM) have received a two-tone blue and cream livery with branding for services 110/111 (Matlock- Ashbourne). These were also the last two buses to carry the old block capital version of the fleetname.
Ipswich Buses EVM B16F-seated Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516CDi demonstrator H11 EVM was on loan in June, numbered 500 for its stay.
Further vehicles acquired from Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) are Scania N230UD OmniCity doubledecker YN08 DHE ex-RATP London and Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban B38F SK07 CGO ex-Lothian Buses.
Roe-bodied Leyland Atlantean 85 (WPV 85L) has gone for scrap, while Optare Versas 148/9/51/2 (YK08 EPE/F/U/V) have been sold, with 148/52 going to Stafford Bus Centre, Stone (dealer) and 151 to PSV Recycling, Hadleigh (dealer).
Jack’s Coaches, Middlesbrough Ex-Lothian Buses Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban B38F SK07 CGU has been acquired from Ensign, Purfleet (dealer).
Jay & Kay Tours, Crayford, Kent VDL Futura FHD2 integral coach JK2 JNK is new, while Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BF65 HTV (A5 VUE) has come from Belle Vue, Heaton Chapel.
Llew Jones, Llanrwst TrawsCymru-liveried Optare Tempo X1260 YA13 AAF has been moved to K&P Coaches, Gaerwen. Correcting last month’s report, similar YD63 UZM was reseated B40F.
DAF SB3000/Van Hool Alizée R39 GNW has been withdrawn.
K&P Coaches, Gaerwen B42F-seated Optare Tempo X1260 YA13 AAF has joined this fleet from Llew Jones, Llanrwst. It carries the new TrawsCymru livery and is for this operator’s half-share of new service T10 (Bangor-Corwen).
The Keighley Bus Company TD Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 3601/4 (YJ53 CZY, X1 VTD, YJ53 CZY; YC53 MXP, X4 VTD, YC53 MXP) were sold to Project Wingman, London SW1 in July.
Kettlewell, Retford Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 H43/23F LG02 FDN and Dennis Trident/Plaxton President SN51 AXO have been acquired, ex-Coopers, Killamarsh.
Kilvington of Leeds, Pudsey Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban B43F MX05 CKJ is here from Connexions Buses, Tockwith via Red Rose, Oswaldtwistle.
Kinchbus WG Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 618 (FJ03 VWG) has been sold to Looms, Spondon (dealer).
The Kings Ferry NX The PSV Circle reports that Irizar i6 integrals 415/6 (YT19 KUW/V) have been transferred to Lucketts, while Alexander Dennis Enviro200s 8360-3/7/8/71/83/4 (SN15 LKG/E/F/ C/M/O, MK63 WZV, KX60 DWC) were withdrawn before the Hounslow depot was vacated in April.
Ladyline, Congleton Ex-Dublin Bus Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 X931 YCC (JRZ 3270, 00 D 40029) has been acquired from Tyrer, Farnworth.
Lloyd, Bagillt Volvo B10M-62/Plaxton Premiere 350 BHZ 9543 (R175 GGR, R8 CLA) has been re-registered R175 GGR and sold to Wigley, Carlton (dealer).
Llynfi Coaches, Maesteg C48Ft-seated Scania K410EB4 OmniExpress YN17 OOJ has been acquired from Anderson, London SE1.
London Borough of Redbridge Ex-Tower Transit Alexander Dennis Enviro400s SN11 BSY/Z, BTE/O have been acquired from Ensign, Purfleet (dealer).
Lucketts Group, Fareham NX C49Ft-seated Irizar i6 integrals YT19 KUV/W have been transferred from The Kings Ferry, with KUV numbered 4912049.
Mercedes-Benz Vario O815D/Sitcar Beluga 290629 (VIJ 68, HY04 GDK, VIJ 68) has reverted to registration HY04 GDK, while Van Hool TDX21 Altano 590159 (503 XUV) has reverted to original registration TX13 ACT.
Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante 481948 (FN62 CZP) has gone to Cymru Coaches, Waunarwyldd, Scania OmniExpress 550855 (YT09 FLW) to Orbit Coaches, Leicester Forest East.
Mortons Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown 440744, 440844 (R26/7 RED) reverted to original registrations V513/5 DFT, with 440844 sold to Blackpool Coach Hire.
Lynx, King’s Lynn Optare Tempos 28/9 (R8, 17 TYB) have been re-registered T28/9 KLN respectively.
DAF DB250/Optare Spectra 49 (YJ53 VBN) has been sold to Dan’s Coach Travel, Great Finborough.
Marchants, Cheltenham Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 H49/29F W733/4 DWX (L10/1 PCV, W733/4 DWX), ex-First South West, have been acquired from Ensign, Purfleet (dealer).
Metrobus GA Following a period on loan to Go North East, Scania CN94UB OmniCity 6513 (YP52 CTO) has been sold for preservation.
Metroline DG A prototype battery-electric Volvo double-decker, with dual-door MCV body of a revised design, has been seen on delivery in London red with Metroline fleetnames.
The Van Hool A330FC fuel-cell single-deckers reallocated here from Tower Transit, LJ67 HFT/G, will be numbered VHS2748/9 respectively.
Optare Solo electric demonstrator OSE2750 (OP02 ARE) was not used in service at Potters Bar and has returned to Optare. It was covering for the long-awaited electric Metrocity now expected in September.
Caetano H2.City Gold hydrogen fuel-cell demonstrator AD 45 LZ was here in late July.
Withdrawn are Alexander Dennis Enviro200 DES802 (LK07 ELO) and Alexander Dennis Enviro400 TE880 (LK08 DXR), TE1576-81 (LX08 FMV-Z, FNA/C).
Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) has sold Alexander Dennis Enviro400 TE883 (LK08 DXV) to automotive consultancy Ricardo, Shoreham.
Alperton garage was due to close on September 10, with an open day planned for September 11.
Mid Wales Travel, Penrhyncoch Volvo B11R/Plaxton Panther C48Ft YX16 NXG has been on loan from Plaxton, Anston (dealer) here.
Midland Classic, Burton-upon-Trent The heading for this entry was lost last month within the Metroline section, so is repeated and expanded here for clarity.
Volvo B8RLE/MCV EvoRa B46F 10 (BV21 OPM) is new.
Scania K250UB/Irizar i3 B41F acquired from Reading Buses are 14-9 (YN17 ONF-H/J-L), of which 16 and one other entered service with Midland Classic fleetnames applied to the allover red they wore for the Vodafone contract in Newbury. Similar short wheelbase K230UBs YN64 FWU-Z (Fleet News, April) are numbered 23-8 respectively, with 24/6 the first into service. Other than two demonstrators, these 12 are the only Irizar i3 buses sold in the UK; four others were sold in the Republic of Ireland.
Ex-Ipswich Optare Versa 20 (YK08 EPA) has been painted in yellow and red fleet livery.
Centrebus Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 693 (FN04 HTU) has been operating here, possibly on loan.
Scania N94UD OmniDekka/East Lancs 52/3 (YN54 OAA/B) have been sold to Connexions Buses, Tockwith.
Monmouthshire Council New are Volvo B8R/Plaxton Leopard C70FL YX21 NPE/F.
Motts, Aylesbury New here is GT21 MTT, similar to Iveco Daily/ Indcar Wing GT20 MTT delivered in March last year.
National Express West Midlands NX New are Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante III C55FLt 320-32 (BF21 CZE/G/H/J-L/D/M/O/P/ R/T/U) at Start Hill (Stansted) (320-2/6-32) and Luton (323-5) and tri-axle Volvo B11R/Caetano Levante III C55FLt 333-8 (BF21 DBU/V/X/Z, DCE/O) at Walsall.
TransBus Trident/ALX400 4388 (BV52 OBF) has been reinstated at Yardley Wood, while similar 4382 (BV52 OAZ) has been withdrawn.
Newbury & District RB A National Express contract has been won to operate one round trip daily on services 210 (Heathrow-Oxford-Birmingham) and 507 (London Victoria-Cardiff-Swansea) from July 16, with driver changeovers at Chieveley services.
Scania K360EB4/Caetano Levante C48FLt 1415-7 (BV19 XPC/D/S) have been transferred to Greenham for this work.
Newport Bus Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 431 (KV02 USH) has been reinstated after three years out of service.
Scania OmniCity single-decker 05 (YN57 FZX) has been withdrawn, while 41/2, 62-4 (YN54 AOA/B, YV03 PZS, YN53 GGV/Y) and Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer 324/31/3 (KU52 YKG, KU02 YUD, KU52 YKB) have been sold to Chartwell, Copthorne (dealer).
Pointer Darts 325/7/9 (KU52 YKL, KU02 YUC, KU52 YKP) have been sold for scrap.
Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 423 (LR02 BAO) and un-numbered TransBus Trident/ President PN03 UMK, which was acquired as a spares donor, have also been scrapped.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516CDi 219 (KV18 WFT) has been returned to Dawsongroup, Hellaby (dealer).
Notts & Derby WG Volvo B7RLE/Plaxton Centro 762/3 (YN08 CWU/V) have been repainted into the new livery.
Owens, Rhiwlas VDL DB250/Wright Pulsar Gemini LJ53 NHT, LJ04 LDX/Y have been acquired, ex-Selwyns, Runcorn. Volvo B7R/Plaxton Profile SP06 FVJ, PX59 CVC have been re-registered PXM 789, TCZ 6123 respectively.
Grant Palmer, Flitwick Correcting last month’s report, Volvo B9TL/ Wright Eclipse Gemini SN57 GMU has been re-registered BU52 WAY and is numbered 709. Scania CN94UB OmniCity 152 (BU52 WAY) has reverted to original registration YN03 WRG.
DG Comfort Delgro
GA Go-Ahead Group
HCT HCT Group
NX National Express Group
RA RATP Dev
RB Reading Buses
ST Stagecoach Group
WG Wellglade Group
PC Coaches, Lincoln Correcting August Fleet News, Optare Versa YJ13 HHU was with PCL Travel, Prudhoe, Northumberland and not this fleet.
Scania N230UD/East Lancs Olympus JC08 PCC (YN08 HCR) has been withdrawn.
Powells Bus, Hellaby HCT Further to June Fleet News, new Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC 1354 (YX21 RRV) is seated B30F.
B41F-seated Enviro200 1298 (YX68 URG) and Enviro200 1304 (YX62 DHY) have been transferred from CT Plus Yorkshire, while B29Fseated 1341 (YY15 NHK) and YX65 RHA have come from HCT Group London.
Optare Solo SR 1810 (KX14 FJF) is the first vehicle equipped with USB charging and painted in a pink and purple livery for Sheffield route 6.
Preston Bus RO Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 69178 (MX06 YXK) is another transferred from Diamond North West.
Optare Solo M970SR 20919 (BU54 RHU) has been renumbered 20920.
The exact fare system, introduced nearly 50 years ago, was discontinued from July 21, a move justified by the increasing use of contactless payments and pre-paid tickets.
Q-Park, Crawley Volvo B8RLE/MCV EvoRa B30D BV70 EEZ is new.
RATP London RA The battery-electric BYD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400EV City H42/23D in course of delivery are BCE47030-51 (LE21 FRU/V/X/Z, FSA/C/D/F/G/J-L/N-P/U/V/X/Z, FTA/C/D) for route 285 and BCE47084-99 (LE21 FTF/J/ K/N-P/T-V/X/Z, FUA/B, LG21 JNZ, FOA/H). Some of these may change if they are not licensed until after September 1. BCE4730- 4/6-40/4/84-6 were delivered by late August, when BCE47034/6-9/44/84-6 were operating temporarily on service 148 (Camberwell- Shepherd’s Bush).
The Bedfont Lakes contract taken up from July 24 uses Alexander Dennis Enviro200s DLE30020-5 (SN60 ECD-F, ECT/J/V).
Optare Metrocity OM20239 (YJ14 BFY), with a different engine from the rest of the batch which transferred to Go-Ahead London, has been withdrawn.
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 DE20003-5/7- 9/60 (YX58 DVF/G/J-L, SN07 DXH) have been sold to S Boxall.
The remains of accident-damaged Alexander Dennis Enviro400H ADH45038 (YX62 FMV), written off in 2018, were listed in an auction in July.
Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) has sold Scania N94UD OmniCity double-decker SP40006/7 (YN56 FCG/J) and similar N230UD SP40022 (YN08 DHG) to Weardale, Stanhope, SP40008 (YN56 FRA) to campaign group Change.org and N230UD SP40020 (YN08 DHE) to Ipswich Buses.
Reading Buses RB Battery-electric BYD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400EV City demonstrator LF69 UXJ was trialled on service 17 on July 10.
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 City 795 (SN66 WLK), a former demonstrator acquired with the Courtney business, has been painted into Green Line livery. Similar 758 (YX64 VRU), in generic livery with Green Line logos, has been released for other work.
Yellow 26-liveried Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 219 (SN61 BAA) has re-entered service following conversion to straight diesel drive.
Operation of National Express service 925 (Heathrow-Woking) ceased on June 30, thus ending the outstation of vehicles with CCH Coaches at West Drayton. Scania K360EB4/ Caetano Levante C48FLt 1415-7 (BV19 XPC/ D/S) have been transferred to Newbury & District. Vodafone contract fleet Scania K250UB/Irizar i3 service buses 21-6 (YN17 ONF-H/J-L) have been sold to Midland Classic, Burton-upon-Trent.
Reays, Wigton Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516CDi/Ilesbus City B17FL CK70 LVX has been evaluated on Carlisle city services.
Red Eagle, Dinton, Aylesbury B29D-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 LX11 AVW has been acquired, ex-Stagecoach London.
Redline, Aylesbury Former Abellio B23F-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 BU05 HFX has been acquired.
Redline, Penwortham, Lancs Volvo B10M-62/Van Hool Alizée C53F S126 EFS (S5 SOU, HIL 5346) has been acquired, ex- Hunter, Loanhead via Drew Wilson, Carluke (dealer) and re-registered YIL 6984.
Volvo B11R/Jonckheere SN18 RED has received National Holidays livery.
Volvo B11R/Jonckheere SN16 RED (BJ16 RED, YN16 KXZ) passed to SD Travel, Whitburn in May.
Red Rose, Blackburn Leyland Leopard PSU3A/4R/Plaxton Supreme IV C53F SNC 366X has been acquired from Mayne, Warrington for preservation. It was new in 1970 as Midland Red 6236 (WHA 236H) with a Panorama body and received the Supreme IV body in 1980.
Former Halton TransBus Dart/East Lancs Myllennium DK04 MKJ has been advertised for sale.
Reliance, Sutton on the Forest, N Yorks Ex-Lothian Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini H48/33F 23 (SN57 GNO) has been acquired and placed in service in its former owner’s colours.
Richards Bros, Cardigan Acquired are B29F-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 FN57 EWV (XX57 PSW), ex-Select Minibus Hire, Skewen, B23F-seated Optare Solo M710SE WK58 EAF ex-Cen Group, Bassetts Pole and Iveco Daily/Onyx M16 MX57 KOJ (K13 GTL, MX57 KOJ) from Gallagher, Fulham, London.
Richmond, Barley, Herts Further to August Fleet News, tri-axle Mercedes-Benz Tourismo L BF21 EOB is seated C61FLt and wears a new light golden brown livery. Also new is C53Ft-seated Van Hool EX15M integral LB21 YMV.
Robinson, Great Harwood, Lancs Volvo B12B/Jonckheere Mistral C48Ft FN04 JZV, Volvo B12M/Plaxton Panther C50Ft YN58 FYE/F, Volvo B9R/Sunsundegui Sideral C53Ft FN09 APV, Volvo B13R/Jonckheere SHV C59Ft PO61 MYW, B9R/Plaxton Panther C48Ft PO62 GHY, LVA, Volvo B11R/Jonckheere SHV C53Ft BU14 EFR, B11R-based Volvo 9700 BD16 YDL/M and BV66 BVR, VGT have been taken over from Holdsworth, Great Harwood.
Rosso TD Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 1717-23 (PO59 MLK/L/N/U/X-Z) and Alexander Dennis Enviro400 2811/2/4/6 (LK07 AZF/G/L/O) have gone on loan to Team Pennine.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 1716 (DX12 OWC) has been repainted two-tone yellow and Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2425/6 (BF62 UXV/W) are in Go App black and grey.
The last ex-Rossendale SlimLine Optare Solo, M880SL 147 (YJ05 JWK), has been withdrawn.
Royal British Legion, Southport Optare Metrocity V1152MC YJ16 DYS has been acquired from Llew Jones, Llanwrst via Foelas Motors, Pentrefoelas (dealer).
Select Bus Services, Penkridge, Staffs Alexander Dennis Enviro200 KX58 GTF and KX09 CHZ have been acquired from Falcon, Byfleet.
Selwyns, Runcorn Correcting last month’s report, ex-Bus Vannin Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini JMN 53R was re-registered DK09 NRU. The batch is numbered 355-9 (DK09 NRN/U, NSZ, WU09 BCZ, DK09 NRO; JMN 52-6R).
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC 338/9 (SW/WW65 GSW) have received fleet livery.
VDL DB250/Wright Pulsar Gemini 242-4 (LJ53 NHT, LJ04 LDX/Y) have passed to Owens, Rhiwlas.
Seven Sisters Bus & Coach, Seaford, East Sussex Another ex-Original London Sightseeing Tour (Tootbus) Volvo B7L/Ayats Bravo O51/24F acquired from Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) is LX05 GEJ. Similar 121 (LX05 KNZ) has been reregistered S21 EBN.
Sheffield Community Transport Alexander Dennis Enviro200s YX18 KNY/Z, displaced from service H1, have passed to CT Plus Yorkshire.
Skills, Nottingham Scania K410EB4 OmniExpress Finesse YT16 JLU/ V/X and similar Silverdale YT16 JMU have been sold to Scania, Worksop (dealer).
Somerset Passenger Solutions, Bridgwater Further new vehicles are B27D-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC 701/4-20 (YX21 RXA/ D/F-H/J-P/R/T-W/Z) and B41F-seated YX21 RYJ/K.
Wright StreetDecks 35272/5 (SL67 VWY, VXC) were on loan from First West Yorkshire from June to September.
South Pennine Community Transport B24F-seated Optare Solo M780SE YJ06 YRL has been acquired from Pilkington, Accrington.
Southern Transit, Upper Beeding, West Sussex Further B60F-seated BMC 1100FE schoolbuses acquired from First South West are BX54 VUN and LK54 FNL. Similar LK54 FNC is numbered OC6, while EU05 DXT has been scrapped.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire ST Optare Solos 47333/4 (PX06 FYD/E) have been transferred from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire.
Open-top Alexander Dennis Enviro400 19161 (NK07 HBD) has been re-registered VLT 217.
Scania N230UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 15729 (PX61 CVK) has received the new local livery and been re-registered BA60 RAY in memory of driver Ray Jones, who died earlier this year.
Further recipients of the new local livery are Scania N230UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 15846 (VX62 CVS), 15923 (PX13 DMU), MAN 18.240/Alexander Dennis Enviro300 22610 (PX08 CTY) and Alexander Dennis Enviro200 36198 (SP60 DYJ); 15846 and 15923 were previously Gold buses.
Veteran Volvo B10M-55/Alexander PS 20710 (K710 DAO) has been repainted overall red but without SchoolRunner names. Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) has taken Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 17017 (S817 BWC), similar but open-top 17196/8/9 (V196/8/9 MEV), Optare Solo 47010 (KX51 CTE) and Volvo B12M/Plaxton Paragon Expressliner 53029 (YS02 YXT).
Ensign has sold Volvo Olympian/Alexander RL 16640 (P270 VPN) to Sussex Bus, Shipley.
Stagecoach East ST Alexander Dennis Enviro300 27642/5 (GX10 HBU, HCA), 27853 (AE13 DZZ) and Alexander Dennis Enviro200 36301 (LX56 DZU) have received the new local livery.
Volvo B8RLE/MCV EvoRa 21365 (BU69 XXC) has been lent to Stagecoach North Scotland for driver familiarisation in Orkney pending introduction of the type there.
Stagecoach East Midlands ST MAN 14.240/Alexander Dennis Enviro200 39690/1/3 (KX08 LVL/M/O) have been transferred from Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire.
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 19086 (MX56 FUE), MAN 18.240/Alexander Dennis Enviro300 24205 (FX10 AEU), Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC 26262/70 (YW19 VRL/V), Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 35143 (YN56 HBO) and Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC 37461 (SN67 WVC) have received the new local livery.
Reserve fleet Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 21216 (FX05 GXO), Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 35129 (YN56 HAE) and MAN 14.240/ Alexander Dennis Enviro200 39678 (FX08 HFC) HAVE BEEN reinstated.
Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 35131 (YN56 HAU), Alexander Dennis Enviro200 36058 (FX58 CSO), 36526 (FX12 BZD) and MAN 14.240/Alexander Dennis Enviro200 39677 (FX08 HFB) are in reserve.
MAN 18.240/Alexander Dennis ALX300 22359/60/3-5/80-5 (SV55 CBO/U, EEJ/M/N, SF55 RJX-Z, RKJ/K/N), 22414 (FX06 AVD) have been sold for scrap.
Stagecoach London ST Wright New Routemasters LT461-3 (LTZ 1461-3) were due to move to RATP London as part of its route 111 allocation at the end of July.
Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 12283 (SN14 TXB) suffered fire damage on July 14.
The last of the loaned Optare Solos, 48023- 5/31-5 (YJ15 ANR/U/V, YJ66 ARZ, ASO/U/ V/X) returned to Stagecoach East at the end of the school summer term.
Scania N230UD OmniCity double-deckers 15030-5/48/73 (LX58 CGF/G/K/O/U/V, LX09 ABO, AEW) and Alexander Dennis Enviro200 36365/6 (LX59 ECT/V) have been transferred to Stagecoach South East.
Optare Versa V1040 25304 (LX58 CHJ) passed to Moffat & Williamson, St Fort in April.
Stagecoach Manchester ST Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC 10420/50/1 (SL64 JBO, SN65 NZF/G), Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 12018/55 (OU10 GHJ, MX60 BVY) and Alexander Dennis Enviro400 19222 (MX08 GJY), 19419 (MX58 FUA) have received the new local livery. Reserve fleet Alexander Dennis Enviro400 19222 (MX08 GJY) has been reinstated at Sharston.Alexander Dennis Enviro400 19182 (MX57 DZG), 19223 (MX08 GJZ) are in reserve.
Optare Versa V1210H hybrid 25315- 9/25/6 (YJ12 MYM/Z, MZE/G/L, MYH/N) and Iveco 150E24/Vehixel Scolabus 29811-3/5/6/25/7/31 (FJ55 XLH/K/L, NX07 DAO/U, FJ55 KMX/Z, KNA) have been returned to Transport for Greater Manchester.
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire ST Further gold-liveried Scania N230UD/ Alexander Dennis Enviro400 transferred from Stagecoach West are 15850-5 (VX62 CXD/L/ R/W/Z, CYG).
Scania N230UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 15585 (GX59 JYS), MAN 18.240/ Alexander Dennis Enviro300 24134/5/8/79 (PO59 HXZ, HYA/F, MXN) and Alexander Dennis Enviro300 27149 (SN64 OHX) have received the new local livery.
MAN 14.240/Alexander Dennis Enviro200 39690/1/3 (KX08 LVL/M/O) have been transferred to Stagecoach East Midlands and Optare Solos 47333/4 (PX06 FYD/E) have gone to Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire.
Stagecoach Midlands ST Gold-liveried Scania N230UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 15525/6 (VX09 NBJ/K), 15842-5 (VX62 CBO, CTU, CUW, CVR) have been transferred from Stagecoach West.
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 36214/5 (KX60 LHW/Y) have received the new local livery.
Stagecoach North East ST Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 12068 (NK11 DHG), Alexander Dennis Enviro400 19114 (MX07 HMY), MAN 18.240/Alexander Dennis Enviro300 24115 (NK09 FMG), Scania K270UB/Alexander Dennis Enviro300CBG 28007 (YN63 BXJ) and Alexander Dennis Enviro200 36089 (NK59 BNN), 36970 (SN63 VVE) have received the new local livery.
DG Comfort Delgro
GA Go-Ahead Group
HCT HCT Group
NX National Express Group
RA RATP Dev
RB Reading Buses
ST Stagecoach Group
WG Wellglade Group
Stagecoach Oxford ST Scania N230UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 15767 (VX61 FJZ) has come from Stagecoach West in exchange for similar 15966 (YN14 PKZ).
Stagecoach South ST Scania N230UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 15993 (YN64 XSX) and Alexander Dennis Enviro300 27653/63 (GX10 KZF/R) have received the new yellow distance livery with branding for service 700.
TransBus Trident/ALX400 18081 (WA04 CTX), Alexander Dennis Trident/ ALX400 18193 (MX54 LRA) and Alexander Dennis Enviro300 27564 (GX58 GNN) are in reserve.
Stagecoach South East ST Scania N230UD OmniCity double-deckers 15030-5/48/73 (LX58 CGF/G/K/O/U/V, LX09 ABO, AEW) are further examples transferred from Stagecoach London. Also from London are Alexander Dennis Enviro200 36365/6 (LX59 ECT/V).
With the resumption of the Canterbury park-&- ride service, Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC 11556-9 (SK21 FJA/C-E) have received the city council’s burgundy and white livery.
Scania N230UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 15475 (GN09 AZP), Scania K230UB/ Alexander Dennis Enviro300 28608 (GN61 EVM) and Alexander Dennis Enviro200 36871, 36903 (GN13 EYF, HHU) have received the new local livery.
TransBus Pointer Darts 34542/4 (GX04 EYT/V) and Optare Solo 47683 (GN58 PXK) are in reserve.
Stagecoach South Wales ST Optare Solo 47639 (CN58 BYJ) has received the new local livery.
TransBus Pointer Dart 34500 (CN53 HWZ) and Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 34673 (CN54 ECT) have gone into the new whitebased training vehicle livery with blue rear swirls containing multiple Ls.
Stagecoach South West ST Scania N230UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 15785 (WA61 KLK) has received the new local livery.
Stagecoach West ST All the new Scania N250UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC at Gloucester, 15350-70 (YT21 DVA-C/F-H/K-P/R/U-X/Z, DWA/C), have entered service. All except 15367-70 have service 10 branding, The branding was applied to 15369 in error and then removed.
Scania N230UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 15966 (YN14 PKZ) has been transferred from Stagecoach Oxford in exchange for similar 15767 (VX61 FJZ); 15966 has seatbelts and a tachograph and is required for a contract at Bristol. This is the first vehicle exchange between the fleets since their management was merged.
Scania N230UD/Alexander Enviro400 15735 (VX61 FKJ) has been repainted in yellow distance livery, while Alexander Dennis Enviro200 37324 (YY15 OWM) has received local livery.
Stagecoach Gold-liveried Scania N230UD/ Alexander Dennis Enviro400 15523/4 (VX09 NBF/G) have been transferred to Stagecoach Midlands, 15846-9 (VX62 CVS/ W/Y, CWV) to Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire and 15850-5 (VX62 CXD/L/R/W/Z, CYG) to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire.
Van Hool TDX29 Astromega 50307/8 (SF13 FML/M) have returned from loan to Freestones, Norwich and Scania K440EB/ Caetano Levante 59222-8 (BN64 FKP/R-W) are back from loan to Transport for Greater Manchester; 50307/8 have gone into reserve along with Scania K340EB/Caetano Levante 59306/7 (T100, 200 SGB, FJ57 KGF/G).
Stagecoach Yorkshire ST Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 12165/78 (YN62 BFP, BZK), MAN 18.240/Alexander Dennis Enviro300 22549 (YN57 MXS), Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC 26031 (YX65 RCF) and Scania K230UB/Alexander Dennis Enviro300 28671 (YN62 FVD) have received the new local livery; 28671 was previously branded for service X19.
Sullivan Buses, South Mimms Alexander Dennis Dart/East Lancs Esteem DE20/1 (PN07 KPY, KRD) have been withdrawn. Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 ALX6 (LY02 OAX) has passed to Bryan’s, Enfield and Volvo B7TL/East Lancs Myllennium Vyking ELV2 (PN02 XCR) to production company Action Cars.
Sussex Bus, Shipley Volvo Olympian/Alexander RL H51/36F P270 VPN, ex-Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, has been acquired from Ensign, Purfleet (dealer).
Symphony Chauffeurs, Heathrow Volvo B8R/Plaxton Panther C53FLt YX21 NPG/J are new.
Taf Valley Coaches, Whitland B40F-seated Optare Versa V1100 YJ09 OTS has been acquired from Llew Jones, Llanrwst.
Dennis Javelin/Plaxton Premiere 320 VIL 8705 (NIA 9778, R411 YWJ) and Mercedes-Benz Vario O814D/Plaxton Beaver 2 SF55 PSY have been advertised for sale.
Team Pennine TD Seven Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC acquired from Dawsongroup, Hellaby (dealer) are B41F-seated YX18 KNG/H/J/M new to Somerset Passenger Solutions and B30F-seated 726-8 (YX18 KZF/G, SN68 LZL); 726/7 previously operated for Yorkshire Coastliner with the same fleetnumbers, while 728 was new to Falcon, Byfleet. All are in Team Pennine livery.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 1717-23 (PO59 MLK/L/N/U/X-Z) and Alexander Dennis Enviro400 2811/2/4/6 (LK07 AZF/G/L/O) are on loan from Rosso.
Thames Travel GA Ex-Brighton & Hove Scania OmniDekka/ East Lancs 246/7 (YN55 NFH/A) have been repainted in a new livery of pale green with blue, black, white and lighter green diagonal stripes.
Tootbus London RA Reports for The Original London Sightseeing Tour will now appear under this heading.
Tri-axle Volvo B9TL/Optare Visionaire VXE722 (YJ11 TVC) has been converted to a second London Bar Bus, joining two-axle Volvo B9TL/East Lancs Visionaire VLE618 (LJ07 XEU).
Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) has sold Volvo B7L/ Ayats VLY604 (LX05 GEJ) to Seven Sisters Bus & Coach, Seaford. DAF DB250/TransBus President DLP268 (LF52 URH) was sold last year.
Tower Transit Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) has taken the last Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini in the fleet, VNW32427/8 (LK04 HYG/H), together with Dennis Dart SLF/Marshall Capital DML41425 (LN51 DWJ) and Dennis Dart SLF/Plaxton Pointer DP42603-6 (KP02 PUF, PVO, PWN/O).
Ensign has sold Alexander Dennis Enviro400s DN33643/4 (SN11 BPZ, BRF) to Warrington’s Own Buses, DN33651-4 (SN11 BSY/Z, BTE/O) to London Borough of Redbridge and Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 VN37953-7 (BN61 MXB/A/E/D/H) to Atlantic, Bolton.
Travel Wright, Newark B31F-seated Optare Solo M925SR hybrid YJ13 HLN (B6 WMS, YJ13 HLN) has been acquired from Weardale, Stanhope.
The Travellers’ Choice, Carnforth Four new Jonckheere-bodied Volvo B11Rs ordered for spring delivery last year but not delivered because of the pandemic, have gone instead to Ridleys, Warwick.
Further to the March Fleet News, Volvo B11R/ Plaxton Elite SJ15 HBR (HSK 649) was only on loan to the Hunter, Loanhead fleet and has returned here.
Drew Wilson, Carluke (dealer) has sold Volvo B7R/Plaxton Profile PF57 CCU to Lewis, Rhydlewis, Volvo B12B/Jonckheere PN07 LMO (XJF 386, PN07 LMO) to SD Travel, Bathgate and Volvo B12B/Berkhof Axial B2 DFT (FJ08 BZH) to Elite, Stockport.
Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire has acquired former National Express Volvo B9R/ Caetano Levante C48FLt FJ12 FYL from Drew Wilson (dealer), which has taken Optare Solos KX03 KYS and YK05 CCJ (TAZ 5284) and has sold KX03 KYS on to Rapson (Easter Ross), Brora.
The caption of the photograph of NuTrack NuVibe SN16 DHC should have read Kirkby Lonsdale and not Kirkby Stephen. The Fleet News report gave the correct name.
Trent Barton WG Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 683 (FJ55 ABO) has been sold to a school at Kirk Hallam for use as a sensory classroom
Turners, Bristol New coaches here are VDL SB4000/Beulas C59FLt PX21 EGE and Scania K410EB6/Higer Touring C57Ft YT21 DLU, DTU.
Tyrer, Farnworth C57Ft-seated VDL Futura FHD2 RGZ 2827 (VAZ 8888) has been from Richmond, Lisburn, modified to C57FLt to satisfy PSV Accessibility Regulations and re-registered TYR 19R.
Similar Futura TYR 17R has been reconfigured to C55FLTt for PSVAR compliance.
Van Hool T916 integral YJ07 JHE (TYR 11R) has been re-registered TYR 12R and EVM-bodied Mercedes-Benz Sprinter GT04 BRT has become TYR 311R.
Dennis Trident/East Lancs Lolyne Y667 DRA (JRZ 3272, Y667 DRA) has been sold to Aldermaston Coach Lines, Newbury via The Busman, Congleton (dealer), similar W657 SNN (JRZ 3261, W657 SNN) and Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 X932 YCC (JRZ 3271, 00 D 40031) have gone to Poynter, Northampton and Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 X931 YCC (JRZ 3270, 00 D 40029) to Ladyline, Congleton.
Uno, Hatfield, Herts Volvo B8RLE/MCV EvoRa B44F 358/9 (BV21 ONO/U) were new in August, when 358 was exhibited at Buses Festival in Peterborough.
Vectare, Long Eaton C48Ft-seated Mercedes-Benz Tourismo NH17 EFH, HFH, ex-National Holidays, were acquired from Procter, Leeming Bar in March. NH17 HFH has been re-registered W11 VEC.
Vision Bus, Blackrod, Bolton Wright StreetLite WF SN65 OKM and Alexander Dennis Enviro200 YX13 EHE/G/H have received fleet livery.
Disposals are of TransBus Trident/East Lancs Myllennium Lolyne PL52 XAD to Dews, Somersham, DAF DB250/Wright Pulsar Gemini LJ03 MWC to Ripley, Carlton (dealer) for scrap and Scania N94UD OmniDekka/East Lancs OU54 PGZ to Beeston, Hadleigh.
Warrington’s Own Buses Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) delivered Alexander Dennis Enviro400s 315/6 (SN11 BPZ, BRF) ex-Tower Transit and 317 (LJ08 CYP) ex-Arriva London in August. Further to August Fleet News, similar 312-4 (LK58 CNV, KHU, LK57 AXF) entered service in June.
Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 87/8 (DK09 ELO/H) have received current fleet livery. VDL SB120/Wright Cadet 70 (DK07 EZR) has been withdrawn and 74 (DK07 EZM) has been delicensed.
VDL SB120/Wright Merit 47 (DK55 HMH) and Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 190 (BD51 YCT) have been sold.
Waterson, Hemsworth, W Yorks Plain white B29F-seated Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MV58 FMY (09 D 3712) has been acquired. It was new to Bus Éireann.
Weardale, Stanhope, Co. Durham Ex-Lothian Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini SN56 AGV (G14 XEL, SN56 AGV) was acquired from Xelabus, Eastleigh in July, while ex-RATP London Scania N94UD OmniCity double-deckers YN56 FCG/J and similar N230UD YN08 DHG came from Ensign, Purfleet (dealer) in August.
VDL SB180/MCV Evolution YJ60 MBF (B6 WMS, YJ60 MBF) has been sold to HTL Buses, Huyton and Optare Solo M925SR hybrid YJ13 HLN (B6 WMS, YJ13 HLN) has gone to Travel Wright, Newark.
Westbus DG Van Hool TX15A 156 (YJ14 BXD) and Mercedes- Benz Tourismo 174 (BG65 VXC) have returned from loan to Adventure Travel.
Mercedes-Benz/Sitcar Beluga 145/53 (WA61 AKV, WA13 GYN) have been sold to Parnells Coaches, Honiton (dealer), while Van Hool TX16 Alicron 151 (YJ13 GYF) passed to Davison, Dungannon by July.
Westway, Molesey, Surrey C48DL-seated battery-electric Yutong TCe12 coach YJ21 RGW was new in June.
Xelabus, Eastleigh Tri-axle Volvo B9TL/East Lancs Olympus CH61/39F LJ58 GCK and similar Optarebodied PO59 KGG have been acquired ex-Imperial Coaches, Slough and are to carry Xelacoach branding. LJ58 was new to Tellings-Golden Miller, while PO59 was new to Imperial.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 560-5 (PB04 BUS, G13-7 XEL; SN56 AGO/U/V/X-Z) reverted to their original registrations in July when 560/1/3/5 were sold to Herberts, Bedford, 562 to Weardale, Stanhope and 564 to Fourways, Chelmsford. TransBus Trident/
President 542 (SK52 OGY) was destroyed by fire in June.
Yelloway, Chadderton Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC YX66 WLJ (M90 YEL) has been sold to Aldermaston Coach Lines, Newbury, Scania K360/Van Hool Alizée D11 OWT to Nicolson Coaches, Cunningsburgh, Shetland.
Yorkshire Coastliner TD Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 1867 (FJ09 KNV) has been transferred to The Blackburn Bus Company, while Volvo B7TL/ Wright Eclipse Gemini 2764 (PO55 PYL) has gone to The Burnley Bus Company.
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