Posted by: SB Websites | December 2, 2012

02/12/12 News Update

Arriva North East

Alexander Dennis MPD’s 1760 NK05 GVX and 1761 NK05 GVY have transferred to Darlington along with Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400’s 7445 NK05 GWX and 7446 NK05 GWY which have displaced Optare Solo 2808 YJ08 XBU, Alexander Dennis Enviro 400’s 7516 NK09 FNC and 7517 NK09 FND to Jesmond. Belmont have gained Dennis Dart SLF / Plaxton Pointers including 1617 S617 KHN, 1618 S618 KHN and 1638 S638 KHN while Dennis MPD 1766 NK05 GWE has been painted into standard livery, previously green and black for the Great Park and Ride. Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties 7361 R619 MNU has also been painted into standard livery from red while other repaints include Dennis MPD 1799 SF04 RHA and VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 2 1424 NK09 EJZ  into standard livery. DAF DB260 / Northern Counties Palatine 2 7465 R201 CKO has been acquired from Arriva North West and is in use at Belmont depot.

NK05 GWX

Go North East

The final two Volvo B5LH / Wright Gemini 2’s to be delivered for Angel service 21 are 6069 NK62 CZA and 6070 NK61 CZL while Mercedes Citaro G 5357 BX54 UCO has entered service on Citylink 58, without repaint or refurbishment. Another new vehicle joining the fleet is 11.7 metre Optare Versa which is painted all over red with Go North East logos, but is a Go Ahead demonstrator so will only be a temporary addition. Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 SN61 DFK is in use as a demonstrator at Washington on service X1. Repaints this month include Scania L94UB / Wright Solar 4945 NK51 OLJ which has been repainted gold for Laser service 35, Dennis MPD 563 NK53 TLN has been painted into an all over white based livery for the QEH NHS Staff Shuttle and MPD 513 X513 WRG is now in yellow North Tyne Links livery. The Blaydon Racers services have now been upgraded with a new red based livery applied to Mercedes Citaro’s 5275 NK07 KPG, 5276 NK07 KPJ, 5277 NK07 KPL, 5278 NK07 KPN, 5279 NK07 KPO, 5280 NK07 KPP, 5281 NK07 KPR, 5282 NK07 KPT and 5283 NK07 KPU.

Stagecoach North East

MAN 18.220 / Alexander ALX300 22062 NK54 BFF has been branded for service 37 following repaint.

Classic Coaches

Acquired from Tellings Golden Miller’s Southern operations is Volvo B9TL / Optare Olympus LJ58 GCF which is repainted into standard livery. Also acquired is Volvo B12M / Plaxton Paragon YN06 PFD.

LJ58 GCF

Leven Valley

Following long term loan, the Alexander Dennis Enviro 200’s are beginning to be returned where in replacement Dennis MPD’s V331 CVV, W365 ABD, W793 VMV and W794 VMV have been acquired.

Proctors

Acquired is Volvo B12B / Plaxton Paragon FJ55 DZL.

SB Travel

Optare Solo V69 GEH is now in use, primarily on new service 108 between Bishop Auckland and Wear Valley Estate.

V69GEH

Stanley Travel

Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 V102 LGC has been re-registered S2 STX and V211 LGC to S4 STX.

Tees Valley Coach Travel

Acquired is Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties Palatine N623 KUA. However, many vehicles are expected to be sold soon due the cancellation of all public bus services which will be taken over by Tees Valley Stagecarriage.

Weardale Motor Services

Optare Solo SR YJ12 NBX and Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 YX62 EEY have been demonstrated during November.

Posted by: SB Websites | October 28, 2012

28/10/12 News Update

Arriva North East

DAF SB220 / Ikarus Citibus 4079 T83 AUA has now entered service at Darlington while VDL DB300 / Wright Gemini 2’s 7618 NK61 EBG and 7619 NK61 EBJ are in service at Durham. VDL SB180 / Plaxton Centro’s 1923 and 1924 YJ57 BVC have moved to Stockton which has displaced VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 2 1492 NK61 CZF to Darlington. Further Scania OmniCity’s to Darlington are 4644 CX05 EOW and 4645 CZ05 EOY.

Go North East

The latest Volvo B5LH / Wright Gemini 2’s to arrive are 6056 NK62 CBV and 6068 NK62 CYF while a further two remain outstanding, with the currently delivered 13 now in use on the 21 alongside Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini’s 3962 NK06 JXE and 3965 NK06 JXB. Volvo B7TL / East Lancs Myllenium 3974 PJ02 PZA has moved from Chester le Street to Deptford in exchange for 3981 PJ02 PZH which has an all over advert for Vodaphone. Volvo B7TL / Plaxton President 6016 V816 KGF has been transferred from Chester le Street to Stanley while Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties 3897 R255 LGH has been withdrawn and 3932 R391 LGH has been sold to West Kent Buses. Highwayman branding has been applied to Scania L94UB / Wright Solar’s 4932 Y932 ERG, 4933 Y933 ERG, 4938 NK51 OKX, 4940 NK51 OLB, 4941 NK51 OLC, 4947 NK51 OLN, 4948 NK51 OLO, 4967 NK53 UNT, 5218 NK54 NVO, 5227 NK54 NWA and 5228 Nk54 NWB. VDL SB180 / Wright Cadet 8261 NK04 ZNC is now Northern red while a new addition to the fleet is former London Mercedes Citaro G MAL66 BX54 UCO.

Croft Coaches

Acquired is Optare Solo W959 PAU.

Newcastle Airport

Acquired is MAN 14.240 / Plaxton Centro MX59 KUE numbered ‘Bus 4’, for use as a shuttle bus to the long term car park.

Phoenix Coaches

New is Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart YX62 EEY.

SB Travel

Optare Solo J600 JSB has passed to Scarlet Band with older Solo V69 GEH acquired, while a second Solo should arrive soon.

Scarlet Band

Optare Solo J600 JSB has been acquired from SB Travel while 8 Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts are in use due to the large number of contracts which have been won. These include MX10 DXK, MX10 DXJ, MX10 KNO, MX10 KNP, MX10 KNU and MX10 KNW.  Other new vehicles include Dennis Javelin / Berkhof R712 KGK, Renault Masters RX53 RZG, GK02 WDJ and Mercedes Sprinter NK04 VMD while Leyland Tiger / Plaxton Paramount B110 GRR has been withdrawn.

Weardale Motor Services

Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties Palatine’s acquired from Go North East are P817 SGP, P818 SGP, P823 SGP, P826 SGP and P829 SGP.

Posted by: SB Websites | October 11, 2012

11/10/12 News Update

Arriva North East

Scania OmniCity’s 4647 NK05 GXA, 4654 NK05 GXH, 4656 NK05 GXL and 4657 NK05 GXM have transferred to Darlington for use on service X66 which has displaced DAF SB3000 / Plaxton Prima’s 1207 V207 DJR, 1208 V208 DJR, 1209 V209 DJR and 1214 V214 DJR to Ashington. Scania N113DRB / East Lancs E Type 7261 M172 GRY has transferred to Durham along with Dennis MPD 1728 V728 DNL while similar 1724 V724 DNL has been repaired and and is in service at Darlington with 1734 V734 DNL. Newer MPD’s 1763 NK05 GWA and 1800 NK56 HKV have been repainted into new livery at Blyth. MAN EcoCity WX61 FXO is on loan to Darlington for vehicle familiarisation and use in service in preparation for the green bus funded examples to be delivered.

Go North East

The final two Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini’s delivered for Red Arrows service X1 are 6054 NK62 EKD and 6055 NK62 EJF. Deliveries of Volvo B5LH / Wright Gemini’s for Angel service 21 are under way with 6057 NK62 CCV, 6058 NK62 CCY, 6059 NK62 CEN, 6060 NK62 CFN, 6061 NK62 CJE, 6062 NK62 CJJ, 6063 NK62 CKC, 6064 NK62 CLZ, 6065 NK62 CME, 6066 NK62 CYC and 6067 NK62 CYE while a further four are outstanding. The third Optare Solo SR hybrid delivered for the Sunderland Connect service 700 is 640 NK62 DWY. Scania L94UA  / Wright Solar Fusions 4950 NK51 OLR and 4952 NK51 OLU have returned to service at Gateshead. Numerous moves have taken place over the last few weeks which includes Mercedes Citaro 5279 NK07 KPO transferring to Winlaton to replace DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige 4821 P321 AFT, Mercedes Citaro’s 5275 NK07 KPG and 5276 NK07 KPJ are now at Stanley with Scania OmniCity’s 5248 NK56 KHU and 5249 NK56 KHV, Volvo B10BLE / Wright Renown’s 4915 X915 WGR and 4917 X917 WGR are at Gateshead, heading the other way are Scania L94UB  /Wright Solar’s 4947 NK51 OLN, 4948 NK51 OLO repainted green and Scania OmniCity’s 5250 NK56 KHW and 5273 NK56 KKJ which are at Percy Main. Volvo B7TL / Plaxton President 6027 V327 LGH has moved to Washington, Dennis SPD’s 8266 X226 FBB and 8227 X227 FBB to Deptford, MPD 506 X506 WRG to Peterlee and SPD 8201 V201 ERG has been withdrawn. Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties Palatine 3925 R284 LGH has transferred to Crook while 3914 R554 LGH is withdrawn. Many Olympians have been withdrawn from which are 3919 R557 LGH, 3920 R558 LGH, 3921 R559 LGH, 3922 R281 LGH, 3923 R282 LGH, 3924 R283 LGH, 3932 R391 LGH and 3936 R395 LGH. Mercedes Citaro’s 5275 NK07 KPG, 5276 NK07 KPJ, 5277 NK07 KPL, 5278 NK07 KPN, 5279 NK07 KPO, 5280 NK07 KPP, 5281 NK07 KPR, 5282 NK07 KPT and 5283 NK07 KPU have transferred to Winlaton for use on the Blaydon Racers services which have displaced Volvo B10BLE / Wright Renown’s 5151 T801 CBW, 5152 T802 CBW, 5153 T803 CBW, 5154 T804 CBW, 5155 T805 CBW, 5156 T806 CBW, 5157 T807 CBW, 5158 T808 CBW, 5159 T809 CBW and 5166 W816 FBW to Percy Main. Similar Renown’s 4915 X915 WGR and 4917 X917 WGR have moved to Winlaton, Dennis SPDs 8214 V214 ERG and 8216 V216 ERG to Deptford and 8215 V215 ERG to Gateshead. DAF SB120 / Wright Cadet’s 8246 NA52 BVC and 8266 NK04 ZNE have moved to Saltmeadows, with the latter repainted white for use on MetroCentre Shuttle service S1. The first Cadet to be repainted into South Tyne ‘5’ livery is 8244 NK52 BUW.

Photos Thanks to North East and Regional Bus Photos

Stagecoach North East

Volvo B10BLE / Alexander ALX300 21143 R243 KRG has transferred to Stockton while Dennis Dart SLF 35193 NK56 FFO has been repainted.

Classic Coaches

Acquired is DAF DB250 / Alexander ALX400 S236 JUA and Dennis Dart / Caetano Nimbus HX04 HUK.

Compass Royston

A second Neoplan Tourliner delivered is MT12 NLE.

Enterprise Travel

Acquired is Mercedes Touro HM03 HEM.

Nightingale Coaches

Acquired from Go North East is Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties Palatine 3914 R554 LGH.

Perryman’s

Acquired is Volvo B9R / Plaxton Elite CN10 HFW.

Stanley Travel

Acquired is Volvo B7TL / Alexander ALX400 V102 LGC.

Posted by: SB Websites | September 15, 2012

15/09/12 News Update

Arriva North East

Further new VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar’s delivered to Blyth are  1500 NK12 FLM, 1501 NK12 FLN, 1502 NK12 FLP, 1503 NK12 FLR, 1504 NK12 FLV and 1505 NK12 FLW.  DAF SB220 / Ikarus Citibus 4074 T74 AUA, 4075 T75 AUA, 4076 T76 AUA and DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige 4004 S870 ONL have transferred to Jesmond while Darlington have received 4077 T78 AUA, 4078 T79 AUA and 4079 T83 AUA in exchange for Volvo Olympians 7363 R640 MNU, 7364 S648 KJU and 7365 R625 MNU. Dennis Trident / Alexander Dennis ALX400’s 7432 W397 RBB, 7433 W398 RBB, 7334 W399 RBB and 7335 W501 RBB have transferred to Durham. In exchange, Jesmond have received VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar’s 1418 NK09 EJG, 1419 NK09 EJJ and Dennis MPD 1722 V722 DNL.

Go North East

Scania OmniCity’s 5250 NK56 KHW and 5273 NK56 KKJ has been repainted silver and are due to go to Percy Main for use on the Cobalt Clipper. Further new Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini 2’s delivered to Gateshead are 6047 NK12 GCY and 6048 NK12 GCZ in Tyne Tees Express livery while 6049 NK12 GDA, 6050 NK12 GDE, 6051 NK12 GDF, 6052 NK12 GDJ and 6053 NK12 GDO are in Red Arrows livery. These have displaced Mercedes Citaro’s 5275 NK07 KPG, 5276 NK07 KPJ and 5277 NK07 KPL out of service pending re-allocation.  Optare Solo SR’s 637 NK12 HCD, 638 NK12 HCE and 639 NK12 HCF have been delivered and are now in service on NexusBus work. Former Tyne Tees Express Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini’s have all been displaced into different roles with 3941 NK05 GZO and 3942 NK05 GZP transferred to Winlaton having being repainted silver for use on the 10, 3943 NK05 GZR in Red Arrows livery, 3962 NK06 JXE into new two tone green for use on the Angel, 3963 NK06 JXC in new Tyne Tees Express livery, 3964 NK06 JXC in Northern red and 3965 NK06 JXB is out of service. Dennis Trident / Plaxton President 3886 NK51 UCO and Dennis SPD 8222 V822 ERG have transferred to Deptford, Scania L94UA / Wright Solar Fusion’s 4950 NK51 OLR and 4952 NK51 OLU have been withdrawn and Volvo Olympians 3986 P826 SGP, 3987 P828 SGP, 3988 P817 SGP and 3989 P818 SGP have all been sold to Weardale Motor Services.

Stagecoach North East

All Olympic and Paralympic cover vehicles have returned to their usual depots due to the North East vehicles returning. Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 19151 NK07 HBL has returned to service after suffering fire damage in March 2011 while Dennis Dart SLF / Alexander ALX200’s 33483 R463 SEF and 33485 R465 SEF have moved to Slatyford to replace 33126 R126 KRG and 33827 R827 YUD.

A Line

Acquired is MAN 12.240 / Plaxton Centro KX58 BHZ.

Classic Coaches

Acquired are DAF DB250 / Alexander ALX400’s T320 FGN and T421 GGO.

Connect

This independent operator has now ceased trading with evening 69/69A journeys and all journeys on service 73 passing to Go North East.

Esk Valley

Optare Solo MX54 KXW has been acquired.

Howard Snaith

Acquired is Volvo B9R / Plaxton Elite CN10 HDJ while Volvo B9R / Plaxton Panther’s YN12 BBF and YN12 BBO have been branded.

Scarlet Band

Acquired is Plaxton Premiere L600 ALY which has been repainted into standard livery.

Stanley Travel

On loan is Dennis MPD KX06 LXO and Dennis Enviro 200 Dart MH07 EPY while Optare Solo YJ61 JHV has been acquired from Connect.

The Eden

Acquired is Dennis Dart SLF / East Lancs N239 VPH while Dennis MPD V197 ERG has been sold.

Posted by: SB Websites | September 2, 2012

02/09/12 Event: Seaburn Historic Vehicle Display

The final North East based bus rally has now finished with this being the Seaburn Historic Vehicle Display which sees a variety of buses and cars on Seaburn recreation ground. Many of the shuttles were operated by modern Go North East vehicles which included two new Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini’s in Red Arrows and Tyne Tees Express liveries. Kingsleys Coaches attended with their smart looking Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400 X235 NNO which had just been repainted all over green in an advert for Auto Panels. On the heritage side of vehicles there was once again United vehicles present with the immaculate looking Plaxton Panorama Bedford YRQ 321 YHN along with Arriva’s United liveried ALX400. Below are some photos from the day:

More Photos at Northern Transport Photos

Posted by: SB Websites | September 2, 2012

02/09/12 Event: Shildon Classic Bus Rally

The Shildon Classic Bus Rally was held on the 29th of July, hosted by the Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society. The event celebrated 100 years of United Automobile Services where Arriva painted Alexander Dennis ALX400 7446 NK05 GWY into United livery while 7445 NK05 GWX received a striking zip being opened to reveal the United livery from the standard Arriva livery. To provide the shuttle service between the various museum locations, Bristol LH NDL 769G was used which was a welcome replacement to the usual Iveco. Below are some photos from the day:

More Photos at Northern Transport Photos

Posted by: SB Websites | September 2, 2012

02/09/12 Event: Howlands Bus Rally 2012

The Howlands Bus Rally was hosted on the 17th of June 2012 which saw a large variety of modern and historic vehicles attend. Newly resorted Leyland National Mark 1 YFY 4M was proving popular when operating the service to Durham, along with AEC Regal HKL 826 which had not been at the Durham rally for the past couple of years. On the modern side, Scarlet Band brought their newly painted Leyland Olympian K719 ASC while Stagecoach’s MAN 18.220 / Alexander ALX300 22050 NK53 KFU provided an unusual sight well out of Stagecoach territory. Below are some photos from the day:

More Photos at Northern Transport Photos

Apologies for the delay in these posts being uploaded

Posted by: SB Websites | August 10, 2012

10/08/12 News Update

Arriva North East

DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige 4052 S352 KHN has transferred to Stockton. In order to operate the Sumer X93’s part double deck using Alexander Dennis Enviro 400’s, 7501 NK57 DXX, 7502 NK57 DXY, 7503 NK57 DXZ  and 7504 NK57 DYA have transferred to Redcar which has displaced VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar’s 1429 NK59 DNE, 1430 NK59 DNF and 1432 NK59 DNN to Darlington and Alexander Dennis Enviro 400’s 7514 NK09 FMZ, 7515 NK09 FNA, 7516 NK09 FNC and 7519 NK09 FNF to Ashington. Further moves include Dennis Dart SLF 1307 X527 GGO to Darlington and DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige’s 4065 S356 KHN and 4069 S711 KFT to Stockton while Durham’s 4062 S704 KFT has returned to service with new style flooring and cream handrails. Alexander Dennis ALX400 7445 NK05 GWX has been repainted into a half Arriva / half United livery to celebrate the 100th Anniversary while 7446 NK05 GWZ is in full United livery, with the launch of these buses at the Locomotion Rally on the 29th of July. Repaints into standard livery include Dennis Dart SLF / Alexander ALX200 1796 Y259 KNB which is now at Blyth and 1795 Y257 KNB which is in the process of being repainted, DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige 4057 S357 KHN, Optare Solo 2805 YK08 ERY and Dennis MPD 1773 NK05 GWU. Repainted orange is 1719 V719 DNL for a new Sainsbury’s store in Whitby. New VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 2’s are beginning to be delivered to Jesmond for use at Blyth which currently includes 1499 NK12 FLL.

Go North East

MAN EcoCity demonstrator WX12 EKO has now returned and has been replaced at Deptford by Wright Streetlite demonstrator ERZ 2028.  A revised Prince Bishops livery has been applied to Scania L94UB / Wright Solars 4990 YN51 MKX, 5211 NK54 NVF, 5212 NK54 NVG, 5213 NK54 NVH, 5214 NK54 NVJ and 5217 NK54 NVN, with others still in purple base coat while similar Solar’s 4932 Y932 ERG, 4933 Y933 ERG, 5218 NK54 NVO and 5227 NK54 NWA are green for use on the Highwayman. Revised Red Kite branding has been applied to the existing Scania OmniCity’s 5234 NK56 KHB, 5235 NK56 KHC, 5236 NK56 KHD, 5237 NK56 KHE, 5238 NK56 KHF, 5239 NK56 KHG, 5240 NK56 KHH, 5241 NK56 KHJ and 5242 NK56 KHL. Further Volvo B7TL / East Lancs Vykings into Northern livery are 3968 PJ02 PYU and 3972 PJ02 PYY while Scania OmniCity 5273 NK56 KKJ is silver. The first of the new Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini 2’s have now been delivered which are 6043 NK12 GCO, 6044 NK12 GCU, 6045 NK12 GCV and 6046 NK12 GCX and are all in the new Tyne Tees Express livery while Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini 3963 NK06 JXD is also in the new livery. Withdrawn are Dennis SPD’s 8160 S360 ONL and 8161 S361 ONL with Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties Palatine 3908 R266 LGH another sold to Ensign Bus.

Stagecoach North East

Due to the large number of vehicles leaving for use at the Olympics, various vehicles from other Stagecoach fleets have arrived. These include Ecclesfield Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro400’s 15716 YN60 CKL, 15717 YN60 CKO and 15718 YN60 CKP at Walkergate, MAN 18.240/Alexander Dennis Enviro300 22527 SF57 LUO, 22539 YN57 MXF, 22540 YN57 MXG, 22541 YN57 MXH, 22542 YN57 MXJ, 22543 YN57 MXK, 22586 SF08 GPJ, 22850 SF09 ADV, 22855 SF09 AED and 22862 SF09 AEN are at Slatyford. Similar Enviro300 22851 SF09 ADX is operating for South Shields from Stagecoach Western with Yorkshire’s 22636 YN08 JFZ, 22637 YN08 JGF, 22638 YN08 JGO and 22639 YN08 JDU. Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400 18369 SF55 TZP is in use at Walkergate along with Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400’s 15626 SF10 CAX, 15628 SF10 CBU and 15629 SF10 CBV also from Stagecoach Western. Stagecoach West Scotland have brought Dennis Trident / Alexander Dennis ALX400’s 18001 SF53 BZH, 18002 SF53 BZJ, 18003 SF53 BYV and SF53 BYW, and Scania N230UD/ Alexander Dennis Enviro 400’s 15628 SF10 CBU, 15640 SF10 CCX, 15644 SF10 CDK and 15655 SF10 CBN. Volvo B10BLE / Northern Counties Paladin 21101 P601 JBU has returned to service at Walkergate unusually with a fixed destination displaying “X63 Killingworth Express”.

Photo Thanks to S.Blair250

A Line

Acquired is Volvo B12B / Caetano GB53 BCL.

Compass Royston

New is Neoplan Tourliner MT12 LNF.

Gateshead Central Taxis

Acquired is Optare Solo MX08 DGY.

Tees Valley Coach Travel

New is Volvo B9R / Plaxton Elite YN12 BPY.

Posted by: SB Websites | July 10, 2012

10/07/12 News Update

Arriva North East

Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 7505 NK57 GWX has transferred to Whitby for use on the X93 during the Summer, with a further three expected to follow. This has displaced VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsars 1431 NK59 DNJ and 1432 NK59 DNN to Darlington and Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 7519 NK09 FNF to Ashington. DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige 4052 S352 KHN has transferred to Stockton while Volvo B10BLE / Wright Renowns 4506 V506 DFT and 4507 V507 DFT have transferred to Ashington, they are repainted but not yet refurbished. Dennis Dart SLF 1301 X475 GGO has transferred to Darlington.

Go North East

The revised Laser branding has been applied to Scania L94UB / Wright Solar’s 4968 NK53 UNU, 4970 NK53 UNW, 4971 NK53 UNX and 4972 NK53 UNY. Further Solar’s into the revised Loop livery are 5222 NK54 NVV (orange), 5223 NK53 NVW (green), 5225 NK54 NVY (turquoise) and 5226 NK54 NVZ (yellow) leaving 5221 and 5224 to be repainted. Currently on demonstration at Deptford is MAN CitySmart / Caetano WX12 EKO. Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties Palatine’s 3903 R261 LGH and 3935 R394 LGH have been sold to Ensign Bus Co.

Stagecoach North East

Volvo B10BLE / Alexander ALX300 21156 R256 KRG is now in service at Stockton displacing similar 21141 R241 KRG to Slatyford. MAN 18.220 / Alexander ALX300 22037 NK53 KFA has been repainted so no longer wears Megarider branding. Designline Olymbus’ 61001 VX04 MZG, 61002 NK05 RWN, 61003 NK05 PXM, 61004 NK05 RWO, 61005 NK05 OFM, 61006 NK05 PXL, 61007 NK05 RWL, 61008 NK05 RWU, 61009 NK05 PXJ and 61010 NK05 PXH have all now moved out of Walkergate depot having been sold to Nexgen Power. Alexander Dennis Enviro 300’s 27723 NK11 BFJ, 27724 NK11 BFL, 27725 NK11 BFM, 27726 NK11 BFN 27727 NK11 BFO, 27728 NK11 BFP, 27729 NK11 BFU, 27730 NK11 BFV, 27731 NK11 BFX, 27732 NK11 BFY, 27733 NK11 BFZ, 27734 NK11 BGE, 27735 NK11 BGF, 27736 NK11 BGO, 27737 NK11 BGU, 27738 NK11 BGV, 27739 NK11 BGX and 27740 NK11 BGY are all prepared for departure as Olympic shuttle vehicles. Various ALX300’s have been drafted into South Shields to cover which includes 21140 R1240 KRG, 21141 R241 KRG, 21146 R246 KRG and 21158 R258 KRG.

Classic Coaches

New here is Cateano Levante FJ08KMA along with DAF DB250 / Alexander ALX400 T319 FGN.

Compass Royston

Ayats Bravo NX07 BOU has been repainted into fleet livery.

Kingsley’s Coaches

Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400 X235 NNO has been repainted green.

Scarlet Band

Leyland Olmpian / Alexander K719 ASC has been repainted into standard livery.

Stanley Travel

New is Volvo B9R / Plaxton Panther YN12 BWE.

Tees Valley Coach Travel

New is Volvo B9R / Plaxton Elite YN12 BPY.

Tees Valley Stagecarriage

Acquired are Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400’s X276 NNO and X279 NNO.

Posted by: SB Websites | June 21, 2012

21/06/12 News Update

Arriva North East

Further VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar’s to be branded for service 15 are 1484 NK61 CYX, 1485 NK61 CYY, 1486 NK61 CYZ, 1488 NK61 CZB, 1489 NK61 CZC and 1490 NK61 CZD. Dennis Dart SLF / Plaxton Pointer’s 1501 X475 GGO and 1502 X478 GGO are in service at Durham, with similar 1304 X485 GGO at Darlington. DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige’s 4066 S708 KFT and 4070 S712 KRG are now at Redcar while Optare Solo’s 2806 YK08 ERZ and 2815 YK08 ETL have transferred to Jesmond. Alexander Dennis Enviro 400’s 7507 NK57 GWZ,  7508 NK57 GXA and VDL DB250 / East Lancs Lowlanders 7454 YJ57 BVE, 7455 YJ57 BVF and 7456 YJ57 BVG have received a new style branding for the Coast and Castles Connection.

Go North East

VDL SB120 / Wright Cadet’s 8247 NA52 BVD, 8248 NA52 BVE, 8249 NA52 BVF, 8250 NA52 BVG, 8251 NA52 BVH, 8252 NA52 BVJ, 8253 NK04 FOP, 8254 NK04 FOT, 8255 NK04 FOU and 8260 NK04 FPE have transferred to Washington, where in exchange Deptford have received Dennis MPD 565 NK53 TLU, Scania L94UB / Wright Solar 5228 NK54 NWB, Mercedes Citaros 5320 NK58 DVW, 5321 NK58 DVX, 5322 NK58 DVY, 5323 NK58 DVZ and 5324 NK58 DWA. DAF SB120 NA52 BUU has transferred to Saltmeadows while Dennis Trident / East Lancs Lolyne 3871 W181 SCU is now at Gateshead from Chester le Street in exchange for 3864 W864 PNL. Similar Trident 3870 W174 SCU has transferred from Chester le Street to Percy Main in exchange for 3859 W859 PNL. Various new liveries have been introduced in the previous weeks with the first of these being the new Laser brand, currently applied to Mercedes Citaro’s 5298 NK08 CHC, 5299 NK08 CHD, 5300 NK08 CHF, 5301 NK08 CHG, 5302 NK08 CHH, 5303 NK08 CHJ, 5304 NK08 CHL, 5305 NK08 CHN, 5306 NK08 CHO, 5307 NK08 CHV, 5308 NK08 CHX and 5309 NK08 CHY. Lambton Worm branding has been applied to DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige’s 4862 S862 ONL, 4864 S864 ONL, 4865 S865 ONL and 4866 S866 ONL, with the latest brand being a revised Loop livery with each vehicle carrying an individual colour circle which currently stands at 5219 NK54 NVP (blue), 5220 NK54 NVT (pink) and 5221 NK54 NVU (red).Various vehicles have been disposed of which includes Dennis MPD’s 507 X507 WRG, 508 X508 WRG, 509 X509 WRG, SPD’s 8167 S637 ONL, 8168 S368 ONL, Dennis Dart SLF / Caetano Compass 8282 T429 LGP and Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties 3896 R254 LGH to Ensign Bus while Volvo B12B / Plaxton Panther 7091 NK54 WMM has gone to Caetano.

Stagecoach North East

Volvo B10BLE / Northern Counties 21103 P603 JBU is now based at South Shields for route learning duties. Volvo B10BLE / Alexander ALX300 21156 R256 KRG is in use at Stockton while 21156 R256 KRG has transferred to Slatyford.

Croft Coach Travel

Mercedes 811 / Robin Hood P743 LKL has been acquired and is painted in standard livery.

Olympic Torch Relay Fleet

The Olympic Torch is in the region from the 15th of June until the 18th of June where a fleet of vehicles have been traveling alongside. Included within the fleet are VanHool T9’s BT08 BUZ and BT11 BUZ from Buzzlines, Wright Streetlites CN12 ARF,  CN12 ARO, CN12 ARU, CN12 ARX, CN12 ARZ,  CN12 ASO, CN12 ASU, CN12 ASV, CN12 ASX and CN12 AWU from Stagecoach, Bedford SB / Debono SKR 801G and Bedford SB / Barbara SKR 616G from Lloyds TSB.

Tees Valley Coach Travel

Volvo B9R / Plaxton Elite YN12 BHY is now in service with this allowing for the disposal of Volvo B12B / Plaxton Panther YN05 UUZ.

Thirwells Coaches

Volvo B9R / Plaxton Elite PCN25 is now in service.

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