Bus Fleet News

May 2017 


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***Trent: Ilkeston Flyer Volvos now in service. V1 enhanced V2 scrapped. ***Arriva: Fast One to Alvaston***
Here you will find all the latest bus fleet news for many bus operators in and around the Derbyshire area. If you have anything to report please contact me by clicking here.
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Andrews of Tideswell

NEWS
29th April
Two new arrivals here are Volvo / Plaxton coaches (YX17 NGU) and (YX17 NGV).

15th October
Former NCT Excels (Y546 DTO) and (FD02 SFK) have arrived here from Go Goodwins.



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Arriva Derby

NEWS
13th May 2017
A shortage of vehicles has seen MPDs 2159, 2162, 2168 and recently 2276 (old livery) in use here.

Sapphire Gemini 4001 (TUI 7931) has also been noted in service.

The two white Centros are no longer in use here.


8th April 2017
Omnicity 3563 is now in the revised livery.

Omnicity 3556 is now in the revised livery.

VDLs 3744/5/6/7 are now branded for the Fast one to Alvaston. They carry the same livery as the repainted Omnicitys.

Some more VDL saloons have joined the fleet. These are:
3763 (FJ61 FET),
3795 (FL63 DWV).

Gemini 4222 has been repainted in what is believed to be the new base colour for a new arriva livery.
(C) DBD

VDL 3745 now carries the new connecting Derby livery along with branding for the new F1 service to Alvaston.
(C) Andy Allen


26th February
VDL 3747 now carries the revised MAX style livery also carried by the recently repainted Omnicities.

3555 now carries the above livery too, resulting in 3552/3/4/5/7/8/9 (but not 3556) being upgraded.

Gemini 4222 now carries a different all over light blue livery.

26th January
Former Derby Citybus 153 (E153 BTO) has been preserved by Andy Gadsby a member of the Bromley bus preservation group . The bus has been in use with Dews for some years since leaving Arriva Derby. It was the last Citybus delivered new to Derby and the last to be delivered in the blue and grey livery. It later carried an experimental two tone blue livery, the yellow with red and blue stripe city rider livery and Arriva livery before being painted yellow by Arriva for use as a dedicated school bus. Interestingly, at the time this vehicle was repainted yellow many of the B reg Marshall bodied retained Arriva livery and continued in all day service. Unfortunately 135, the last "Derby" Citybus to see service with Arriva was scrapped. 137 remains in use in Cornwall as a mobile bus cafe: Bus Fayre.

Back to the present and Arriva are currently facing competition from Yourbus who are currently competing with them on routes 20 and 26 in Chaddesden and Oakwood. Next month will see Yourbus going to Alvaston again competing with Arriva on services 1 and 1A. In response Arriva are reducing fares for day, week and monthly tickets across the whole of the Derby area. They are also introducing a new F1 "fast one" service between Derby and Alvaston via Pride Park, the same route as the new Yourbus services. However, although Yourbus commence operation on 12th February the Arriva "fast one" doesn't have its first departure until early March.

4 route branded VDL/Wrights are thought to be introduced to the fleet for the fast one.

Gemini 4217 is now based at Derby.

Gemini 4222 has been repainted. Much of the fleet is expected to be repainted and refurbished in 2017.

9th December
3557 and 3559 now carry the new connecting Derby livery.

The Cadets and ALX deckers that were in use here have now been withdrawn.

15th November
4 Omnicitys now carry the new revised "Derby" livery. 3552/3/4 and 3558. Arriva have also reduced fares on the 20/26 ahead of new Yourbus services which start operating next week. Day ticket £4, weekly tickets are now £12 instead of £17 and monthly £40 instead of £60. The fares are for the newly created Chaddesden and Oakwood fare zone only (routes 20/22/24/26).

20th October
Omnicity 3552 now carries "MAX" style Arriva livery (dark front lighter towards rear) with connecting Derby branding.

Omnicity 3552 is the first to be painted in the "max" style livery in Derby. These buses are being repainted and refurbished for the Chaddesden and Oakwood services which will see competition from Yourbus later in November.
(C) Guy



The two Centros in use are numbered 5996/7 (not 5596/7 as previously stated on this page).


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Bakewell Coaches

NEWS
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Bowers / High Peak

NEWS
2nd February
Brand new Solos 292/3 (YJ66 AOG/H) arrived here in November. Seating B31F.
Ex Kimes Scania 703 (YN51 MJE) is now (TIL 4051).
Solo 332 (X232 MBJ) formerly (B5WER) moved to Centrebus East in November.
Solo 347 (VU52 UEC) was also withdrawn in November.

4th October
Solos (MX08 DGE/V) have been in use here in white, ex Holmeswood. Solo 392 (VU02 TSX) is another addition to the fleet. The vehicles arrived during the summer, at short notice due to taking on extra services following the collapse of GHA.
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NEWS & Sightings
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D W Coaches

NEWS
8th April 2017
A further DAF/Alexander ex Arriva London is (X427 FGP).
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G&J Holmes

NEWS
8th April 2017
New here is Enviro 200 (YX17 FGP).

4th October 2016
New here is (YN66 ENM) a Mercedes 921L minibus with a Turas 900 body.

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Glovers of Ashbourne

NEWS

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Harpurs Coaches

NEWS

13th May 2017
Olympian (N297 CKB) departed for PVS Barnsley on 2nd May.

Setra (NH09 HRH) looking smart in the sunshine at Brooklands. Coincidentally the "NH" in the registration, for National Holidays, still has relevance today with the current owner being Nick Harpur.
(C) Geoff Girling

26th February
Setra (NH09 HRH) has been repainted a a new style fleet livery.

9th December
A second Setra to join the fleet is (NH09 SRH).

15th November
Former National holidays Setra (NH09 HRH) has joined the fleet. A 2nd Setra should have also now arrived. Whilst the NH registration was intended for "national holidays" it is also fitting for its new operator.

4th July
Metrobus (C373 BUV) has been sold to Watts, Leicester in running order for further use / spares. It left on 18th June.


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Hawkes Coaches

NEWS
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Hulleys of Baslow

NEWS + SIGHTINGS
8th April 2017
The latest arrival here is MCV Dart (RR57 BLU) ex Stagecoach.
The Irizar here is (SCZ 7109). The registration was previously incorrect in the caption below.

Scania Irizar (SCZ 7109).
(C) Ian Moorcroft

9th December
Volvo B7/Plaxton coach (MX04 AAE) has been sold to Moseley (dealer) in part exchange for Scania Irizar (SCZ 7901) which entered service on 25th November 2016 as the new number 8.

The end of October saw E200 (MX62 GYC) returned to Mistral (dealer). Redferns Volvo Olympian (L829 BKK) remains on loan.

4th October
New here as number 7 is Enviro 200 (YX09 HZJ), B37F seating. The vehicle was new to Veolia and latterly was with Tates of Barnsley. This replaces the enviro 200 whichich was destroyed by fire during the summer.

25th August
White Enviro 200 (MX60 BXA) was destroyed by fire on 22nd August in Old Brampton whilst on the 170.


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Johnson Bros / Redferns

NEWS & SIGHTINGS

26th February 2017

Johnsons Bros Tourismo (BT66 TZK) in the blue pigeon travel livery. It is seen here outside Oswaldtwistle Mills, Accrington.
(C) Jonathon




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Linburg

NEWS + SIGHTINGS


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Littles Travel

NEWS + SIGHTINGS
8th April

Littles recently won the tender to operate the 9/9a service from Derby to Ocbrook. Red East Lancs bodied Volvo B7 (VIL 9336) is regularly used on this service and is seen here arriving at Derby bus station.
(C) Geoff Girling

15th October
REcent arrivals are two East Lancs bodied Volvo B7s from London United. (PG04 WHA) is in Littles livery whilst (PG04 WHB) is in use in red.

Former London East Lancs Volvo D5 (PG04 WHA) is seen here on layover in Buxton.
(C) Guy



4th October
Former trent barton red arrow Irizar coaches (FN04 BRX), (FN04 BSU/V) are now with Davies, Llanelli.

Similar (FN04 BSZ) is with Pickthall, Rowrah.

20th February
All 8 former Trent Red Arrow Scania / Irizars were purchased. Many have been painted white and are for sale.


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Midland Classic

NEWS
13th May
The Optare Spectra is now back in use here. It has been modified so that it is DDA compliant.

Former Reading Scania Olympus 58 has recently been repainted into fleet livery.
(C) Richard Woodhead


10h April
A new addition to the fleet is ex Reading buses Scania / Wright (YN57 FWG), Classic fleet number 75. It is currently away for repaint. Both of the fromer Reading deckers have now been repainted.

6th April

Both former London E200s have now been repainted into fleet livery. 33 (YX09 FLN) is seen here in Lichfield.
(C) Geoff Girling

E200 number 32 (YX09 FMP) is one of two that have recently entered service here.
(C) Geoff Girling

16th February
Two E200s have joined the fleet from Metroline, London and are in service in red. They are 32 (YX09 FMP) and 33 (YX09 FLN).

28th January
The Metrocity demonstrator has been returned.
The Spectra is currently on loan to Lynxbus, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. I believe the company also own some former Trent Optare Excels.

Metrobus (TOJ 592S) on Saturday 31st December 2016 operating route 21. It was joined on the route by the Routemaster and Olympian 96 to mark the last day the vehicles could be used on regular services.
(C) Geoff Girling


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Nottingham buses


6th April 2016

Nottingham buses now operate former Arriva Midlands Scania (N429 XRC). This was in service with Arriva in Telford until late last year, and was based at Derby for many years (new in City Rider livery) .
(C) Calum Maclennan


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Skills, Nottingham

NEWS
13th May 2017

New E400 (SN17 MVV) is seen here at Bilborough College.
(C) Calum Maclennan

Brand new Plaxton Leopard coach (YX17 OGC) has also recently joined the fleet.
(C) Calum Maclennan


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TM Travel

NEWS:
See Wellglade section.


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The Wellglade group
trent barton, kinchbus, notts+derby and T M Travel.

NEWS
13th May 2017
25 ADL E200s are on order for Skylink Nottingham, rushcliffe mainline and the allestree, along with 3 Citaros for the Derby Leicester Skylink. July should see 9 arrive for the Rushcliffe mainline, then Skylink Nottingham in September followed by the 5 for the Allestree later in the year.

The former Mickleover Volvos are currently being painted and refurbished for the cotgrave connection (green) and the keyworth connection (pink). It is probable that the Optare Tempos will leave the fleet.

Excel 261 has been withdrawn.

8th April 2017
Paladins 132 and 133 have been sold to Stanways.

Metrocity 99 (YJ16 DAA) has been painted into i4 livery and is on long term loan whilst the Tempo SRs are modified.

Volvos 718/9/20/1/2/3 have been refurbished and branded for the Ilkeston Flyer. The service now runs every 15 minutes.

This former Optare Metrocity demonstrator is currently on long term loan to Trent whilst the i4 Tempos are away for modifications. It was previosuly in use with Midland Classic prior to being painted for use with Trent.
(C) Paul Seaman

721 has been refurbished and branded for the Ilkeston Flyer.
(C) G W Girling

Former nines Solo 467 is currently on loan to notts+derby. It is seen here in Derby bus station.
(C) Geoff Girling

E200 Demo (YX65 RLO) was in use here in January. It is seen here on the nines in Alfreton shortly after the new E200s entered service on this route.
(C) Calum Maclennan

27th January
Excel 257 and Coach 56 are both for sale on ebay.

Ex nines Solos 467 and 468 are in use with notts and derby.

White B12M coach 1201 (YN08 NKW) has transfered from TM to notts and derby. It is now 64 and registered (YRC 181). 58, the former (YRC 181) has reverted to (P58 ETO).

Olympian 16 has ended up in France as a non PSV. 26 has been sold to Routemaster buses for further use. It was parked in Midland Classics depot in Burton last week prior to making its southwards journey.

26th January
The Nines E200s entered service earlier this month.

The Zoom service is to be axed in February. Notts and Derby are to operated a replacement service which will also incorporate and replace the X17. The new services will be numbered 12 and 12A. From the same date Trent barton will operate all journeys on the Ilkeston Flyer. Notts and Derby has had one bus on the service since they acquired the former Felix operations.

1st January
718/9/20 are expected to enter service on the Ilkeston Flyer in February.

The new E200s for the nines are:

151 (YX66 WLW),
152 (YX66 WLZ),
153 (YX66 WMA),
154 (YX66 WMC),
155 (YX66 WMD),
156 (YX66 WME),
157 (YX66 WMF),
158 (YX66 WMG),
159 (YX66 WMJ),
160 (YX66 WMK),
161 (YX66 WML),
162 (YX66 WMM),
163 (YX66 WMO),
164 (YX66 WMP).

New Nines Enviro (YX66 WMD) on display. The new buses enter service in January.
(C) Calum Maclennan

9th December
The 8 new E200s entered service on the Mickleover today, Friday 9th December. They are:

101 (YX66 WLK),
102 (YX66 WLL),
103 (YX66 WLN),
104 (YX66 WLO),
105 (YX66 WLP),
106 (YX66 WLR),
107 (YX66 WLU),
108 (YX66 WLV).

The Volvo/Wrights the new E200s have replaced are expected to replace the 07 plate Tempos.

Leyland Olmpian 20 has left the fleet after being sold for preservation. It is understood it will be kept at Ruddington.

New E200s for the nines are expected to enter service in the new year.
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Vallances

NEWS
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Yourbus, Nottingham

NEWS
8th April 2017

Amongst the many recent repaints in E200 1401. The vehicle can usually be found further north on the Y10 route but is seen here in Derby on the 1A to Alvaston.
(C) G W Girling

The Yutong demonstrator is currently in use with Yourbus. It is seen here in Chaddesden, Derby.
(C) G W Girling

1st January 2017:
Yutong demo (YH66 VMO) is here.

15th November 2016:
3 white Enviro 200s have arrived here as (SN66 WLL), (SN66 WLO) and (SN66 WLP).

1st December 2015:
Citaros 3002, 3003 and 3009 have gone to Prestonbus.

The 6 dual doored Citaros are back in use here.


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