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  February 2016
Bus Review 2015
Part 2
Round Up


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  • Blackpool 55 (BG15BTY), a Mercedes Citaro, at the Halfway House terminus in Blackpool in December 2015.
  • Wessex BJ14KTC, a Wright bodied B9, in Bristol in April 2015.
  • Bluestar 2733 (HF65CXE), an Enviro 200MMC, at the Thornhill terminus in Southampton in January 2016.
  • Stagecoach Cumbria 15223 (YN65XFD), a Scania N230/Enviro400, in Penrith in December 2015 on the Stagecoach Gold X5 to Workington.
  • Yellow Bus VGW191 (BL14LTK) and VGW197 (BF15KFJ) in Bournemouth in June 2015.   They are both Wright bodied Volvos, the one on the right being the newer Gemini 3 version.
  • Stagecoach Yorkshire 22513 (SF56FKR), an East Lancs bodied MAN, in Barnsley bus station in May 2015.   The entire batch of these vehicles has moved from Fife to Yorkshire having been bought by Stagecoach Western for the Stranraer to Ayr service.
  • New Adventure Travel (NAT) OU14SVX, a Caetano/MAN, in Pontyprydd bus station in June 2015.   NAT are competing with Cardiff Buses in their Welsh capital.




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  • First Berkshire gave up operation of routes in Bracknell in 2015 with most services now being operated by Courtney.   However Stagecoach were awarded the 194 route to Camberley and in response Courtney now also operate a similar route.   Courtney whose YJ62FLD, an Optare Versa formerly a demonstrator with First and Stagecoach 34634 (GX54DWD), an ADL bodied Dart are seen nose to tail in Great Hollands, Bracknell in September 2015.
  • As part of First's withdrawal, Reading Buses now run the service to Bracknell and have Re-branded it as the 4/X4 Lion Route.  Refurbished hybrid Enviro400's such as 211 (SN11BVS) seen in the bus station in September 2015 operate the service.
  • Reading trialled new Routemaster 105 (LTZ1586) from Arriva London in August 2015.
  • Reading 420 (YR13PNF), a Scania/Enviro300G, seen at the depot in August 2015.   It is painted in special livery to commemorate its world land speed record for a bus.
  • First introduced a new livery for the long-standing rail link service from Reading to Heathrow Airport, as seen on 20611 (LK07CDE), a Plaxton/Volvo, in September 2015.   The in-house First branding team have obviously had no hand in this branding.
  • After years of battling with the known flooding issue at the Showcase Cinema, Reading built a new park and ride site adjacent to Winnersh Triangle rail station.   Reading 653 (YX64VLW), an Enviro200, is seen arriving at the new site in December 2015.




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  • An Stagecoach South Enviro200MMC in Kings City livery in Winchester in December 2015.
  • First 32880 (HIG1538), a Plaxton bodied Dennis Trident (originally T880KLF), leaves Truro bus station in February 2015.
  • An Arriva Yorkshire Dennis Enviro200 in Big Bus livery in Wakefield in May 2015.
  • Stagecoach South Wales 50136 (WLT978), a Van Hool/Astromega new to Thames Transit as OU59AUW, leaves Victoria Bus Station in May 2015 on a Megabus service to Cardiff.
  • Pulham AP12BUS, an unusual MCV bodied Volvo, in Bourton In The Water in April 2015.
  • A Reading Dennis Enviro400 Hybrid in Wokingham on the X4 service from Reading to Bracknell in December 2015.
  • Arriva Wales 4641 (CX15BXS), a Dennis Enviro400 in Sapphire livery leaving Chester for Connah's Quay in May 2015.
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  • McCalls YJ15APO at Dumfries Whitesands in December 2015 heading for Annan.
  • Wilts & Dorset 3822 (HF64BNN), seen at Salisbury depot on Christmas Day 2015.
  • Stagecoach Cumbria branded their recently delivered Solos for Carlisle city services on which 47947 (YJ15AEX) is seen in December 2015.



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  • The Isle of Wight Bus Museum moved to a new site in Ryde in 2015.   See there in September is Southern Vectis  628 (SDL638J) a Bristol VR, 405 (DL9015) a Dennis Ace, 563 (SDL268) an ECW/Lodekka, 703 (EDL657) an ECW/Bristol K, and 301 (KDL885F) a Duple bodied Bristol RESH.
  • One of the highlights of the sunny but muddy Showbus in September was the appearance of Hutchings & Cornelius YYB118, a Harrington bodied Dennis Lancet.

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