Spottings & Jottings nr. 90 - 23rd November 2015
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Well, here we are with the first page since my semi-retirement. It has been a pleasant first weeks so far but as ever my wife has found much for me to do!!
Much has been happening this month with the new Stagecoach E200 MMCs entering service in Banbury, a new batch of Scania Caetano coaches entering service on a new Airport service from London to Stansted (airportbus express), as well as another new service by Metroline from Kings Cross to Stansted (Stansted Citylink), this time using Mercedes Benz Tourismo coaches recorded as being with Braddell of Perivale ???
The full batch of 12 coaches is listed below.
|BX65WBE||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894141||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBF||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894221||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBG||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894253||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBJ||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894268||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBK||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894257||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBL||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894249||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBM||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894245||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBN||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894233||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBO||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894345||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBP||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894351||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBT||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894356||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
|BX65WBU||Sca K3??EB4 YS2K4X20001894343||Caetano||C??FLt||10/2015||Airportbus Express,Stansted|
Hired coaches were used to start this
service 767 including for ex Oxford coaches latterly with Hamilton Gray.
The operation is by Comfort DelGro/Metroline.
ComfortDelGro Corporation is a multi-national land transport company listed on the Singapore Exchange operating 46,010 vehicles in seven countries.
The new coaches now entering service are listed below. They will be based at Perivale.
|BG65VXA||MB Tourismo WEB63241523000553||MB||C51FL||11/2015|
|BG65VXB||MB Tourismo WEB63241523000554||MB||C51FL||11/2015|
|BG65VXC||MB Tourismo WEB63241523000555||MB||C51FL||11/2015|
|BG65VXD||MB Tourismo WEB63241523000556||MB||C51FL||10/2015|
|BG65VXE||MB Tourismo WEB63241523000557||MB||C51FL||11/2015|
|BG65VXF||MB Tourismo WEB63241523000558||MB||C51FL||11/2015|
|BG65VXH||MB Tourismo WEB63241523000559||MB||C51FL||11/2015|
|BG65VXJ||MB Tourismo WEB63241523000560||MB||C51FL||11/2015|
|BG65VXK||MB Tourismo WEB63241523000561||MB||C51FL||11/2015|
|BG65VXL||MB Tourismo WEB63241523000562||MB||C51FL||11/2015|
We now have four operators on the London-Stansted service. One wonders how so many can survive? However it should be noted that Terravision no longer go direct to the airport but terminate in a car park wioth shuttle buses for the final leg of the journey.
Oxford Bus have turned out another Scania-E400 in blue 2 road livery which looks quite nice with the final branding applied.
"bus in & chill" an interesting and initially obscure message but quite nice when the full import gets home!!
224, the second bus in this livery shows of its new branding in Magdalen Street East on November 20th taken by Gavin Francis.
The continuing saga of road works around the city of Oxford seems never ending and it only takes one broken down vehicle in and around the city to cause even more delays and frustration. Only recently it was taking over 30 minutes for a bus or coach to get from St Aldates to George Street. I wonder if the planners have occasion to travel by public transport to see the results of their handiwork? I hear pain for gain but this is not helping public transport to be appreciated in my personal opinion.
On the matter of new services Oxford Bus recast it's Water Eaton 500 service renaming the destination "Oxford Parkway" and introducing E400’s 251-254 on the service which runs from Oxford Train Station to the new Water Eaton Station for the Parkway-Marylebone service which started on Sunday 25th October. These once intended buses for Go South Coast fit in very well with the Oxford Park & Ride scene adding a little variety. Graham Low sent a nice picture of the first day of service using E400 254.
Dave Stewart writes "
writes "The Marylebone – Oxford Parkway rail service started on Sunday 25th with a half-hourly service. Monday 26th was only the ‘official launch day which is rather different. The 500 P&R also ran on Sunday, I presume that was its first Sunday (it has been only M=S up to now)?"
Bus travel at risk
Several transport groups have warned that ‘everyday transport’, including bus travel, is at risk. In a letter to the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, the organisations note that his department’s unprotected budget faces a cut of 25% to 40% in the Chancellor’s spending review. Since major investment programmes for roads and railways are ring-fenced, they believe this means cuts are expected to fall disproportionately on local transport. The letter warns that as a result local bus services will see further reductions in services and increases in fares.
Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society
The Oxfordshire Bus Enthusiasts Society was formed in June 2010 and aims to provide an informal monthly social meeting in Oxford for those with an interest in buses. Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and normally take the form of a picture show with local and guest speakers. A small charge is made to cover the cost of hiring the function room and this is usually around £1 for members per meeting depending on numbers. For non-members a charge of £3 per head is made.
Check this link for future events:
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There is much more news below and many pictures taken by contributors and myself. I hope you all enjoy this issue.
Malcolm Crowe - Editor - OCBP - 23rd November 2015
Observations and pictures
Bernard Lewendon, whom I had
asked if he was still living abroad, writes
Bernard Lewendon, whom I had asked if he was still living abroad, writes "Yes, I do still live in Philippines but I came to England on a visit during the summer.
I am sorry that I did not meet you at Showbus. I
did not know until after I had left that you were here.
I am attaching a few
pictures that may be of interest. "
"Many thanks for S&J 89 and all the previous editions. Always eagerly looked forward to!"
Graham Low writes
Graham Low writes
Gavin Francis writes with a number of
interesting vehicle shots taken over the past few month.
Gavin Francis writes with a number of interesting vehicle shots taken over the past few month.
First, we have some delightful pictures taken by Gavin
Francis at this year's Showbus at Woburn Abbey on September 20th
First, we have some delightful pictures taken by Gavin Francis at this year's Showbus at Woburn Abbey on September 20th 2015.
Very local operators
Redline YX65RGV now to be seen most days free more seats Wi-Fi
The old brigade - restored by Mike Sutcliffe
More pictures from Gavin include some very interesting buses and coaches.
And now for some overall ads in London.
Jack Cooper writes " "
Jack Cooper writes "