Saturday, 28 April 2012

The end of an era!

Well, the title seems to cover this post nicely! Earlier today I recieved news that Stagecoach South West's last Alexander PS bodied Volvo B10M R807JDV had been withdrawn and gone for sale. R807JDV was new to Stagecoach Devon along with 5 Volvo Olympians in 1997.

Over the years ,Stagecoach Devon have gathered quite a few PS' and used them on express routes mainly due to there level of power and comfort. I did actually used to have a hatrid for the B10M wich is something I now regret. From about 2010 onwards, the Volvo B10M has become more of a rarity in the Stagecoach fleet with from what I can remember, an R928XVM, M-OSO and R807JDV being the only ones left in the South West.

Lately, R928XVM was sold to Chepstow Classic and M-OSO disappeared until today when 20437 (R807JDV) was finally withdrawn bringing the end to the Volvo B10M/Alexander PS in the South West.Not only does it bring the B10M type to a close, it also reduces our Step Entrance vehicles down to only five which I think are Volvo Olympians 16601(R901FDV), 602-04 (R902/3/4JDV) and either Scania O/T J828HMC or Barnstaple Cycle/Surf bus Olympian P817GMU.

It is certainly sad to see this happen but its what some call progress, I just say stupidity.

MY OWN PHOTO

MY OWN PHOTO

THANKS TO LAURENCE MAYHEW,
USED WITH HIS PERMISSION

THANKS TO LAURENCE MAYHEW,
USED WITH HIS PERMISSION


THANKS TO LAURENCE MAYHEW,
USED WITH HIS PERMISSION
 * Also, the photo with 20347 and 17009, 17009 and sister 17008 are now in Torbay.


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

More Goings on in Plymouth!

Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot to keep up with in Plymouth in the bus world recently.

I have posted on these before but we begin with the new First Devon and Cornwall Enviro 400's that have arrived for the Olympics and George Park and Ride to replace the elder 56 plate ones. The new ones have leather seats and the new First "SHUTTLE" Livery with a slightly different coloured interior and are still on ADL Trident chassis.

The dissapointing fact is, they are Registered with an SN SCOTLAND plate and carry legals for the First Games (Olympics) already.

SN12EAG =33665
B =33661
D = 33662
F= 33664
K= 33667 

We then move on to Plymouth Citybus' new Volvo B7RLE/ Wright Eclipse Urban's. I went on the first public service trip on bus 104. I really find the newbies nice with the red, silver, bugandy interior and ever smooth and quiet ride as you can always expect from a Volvo. I attended the launch where they lined nearly all of them up in number order and one by one brought them into service replaceing the older N-UTT Dennis Darts.

First's second newbies (but not actually new) are a batch of Optare Excels (Cummins Powered) from Glasgow.I'd never been on an Excel until the other day when I went on W49WDS and I was really impressed. They sound nice and are reletivly smooth and comfortable.Better than Dart SLF's anyway.I was impressed by the spacious seating layout. These are also joined in the fleet by an ex-London Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLF T295JLD wich still has its rear doors and red TFL Livery.





Finally, Aline coaches new duo. The first is R178NPN wich is a Alexander ALX200 bodied Volvo B6BLE. This bus has coach seats and air conditioning. It is used on tight route 80B wich is a bit to narrow for the bus. A-line have painted it into a blue and white livery (similar to Stagecoach). Their second bus is an East Lancs bodied Volvo Olympian. This will be used on school routes. It was new to Arriva London.
THANKS TO LAURENCE MAYHEW FOR THE PHOTO'S
THANKS TO LAURENCE MAYHEW FOR THE PHOTO'S

Monday, 2 April 2012

More fare rises...

No, not again! Yes, its true, Stagecoach South West are whacking their fares up once again.

Single and return fares will increase between 5 and 10%.



New season ticket prices are shown below, and will be reflected in a new ticket guide, issued to coincide with this date:


Ticket Current price New price
Adult Explorer £6.90 £7.25
Child Explorer £4.00 £4.80
Senior Explorer £5.50 £6.00
Family £13.00 £15.00
Torbay DayRider £4.70 £4.90
Torbay Megarider 1 Week £16.00 £17.00
Torbay Megarider 4 Week £60.00 £65.00
Torbay Megarider 13 Week £190.00 £200.00
Torbay Megarider 52 Week £550.00 £575.00
Megarider Gold 1 Week £22.00 £25.00
Megarider Gold 4 Week £84.00 £90.00
Megarider Gold 13 Week £260.00 £280.00
Megarider Gold 52 Week £850.00 £900.00


Stagecoach are Simply not getting enough funding from Torbay Council  or TOR2 or whatever it is! They are currently on about spending rediculous money on a Live Information thing that is run for next to nothing by Torbay Bus Routes, if it wasent for this, Torbay Council could give more funding for the buses.

As the fares rise, less and less people will use the bus which will mean another cost increase and it just goes on and on.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

First bus transfer list from last 2 days

Volvo B7RLE/Wrights from Plymouth - Bristol are 69249,69250,69251,69252
10 darts from Bristol(hengrove) to Cornwall are,
LOW FLOOR; 42719,42720,42721,42722,42724,42725,42206,
STEP DARTS: 46647,46232,46229

From Bristol - Plymouth 66106,

Plymouth to Camborne:  42471,42752,34182,

Optare excels that where stored in Plymouth have also gone to Cornwall.