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  February 2018
Bus Review 2017 Part 2
New Liveries and new brands

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2017 saw many new liveries and brands, some of which include: former Oxford Tube Van Hool double-deckers are now branded for the X77 service from Glasgow to Ayr, First have painted their new Dennis Enviro400's delivered to Livingston in this West Lothian livery, Stagecoach has branded several Dennis Enviro300's in SouthDowns livery, Arriva has introduced this new insipid corporate livery, Ulsterbus have repainted their Stranraer based vehicles into these new liveries for the Belfast to Edinburgh route and Transdev has introduced RedExpress and Hotline branding to its fleets in the Blackburn area.


Latest news from Berkshire

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The latest changes in the Reading area include: Courtney operate a twice daily service from Reading and Bracknell to Luton Airport, the Dennis Enviro in 1990's commemorative livery is now based in Newbury, Reading Buses has rolled out Kennections branding in Newbury in its battle with Weavaway, Courtney has invested heavily in a fleet of Dennis Enviro200's for its Bracknell local services, Reading Buses has replaced its Vodafone contract fleet with Scania Irizar i3's, Weavaway continue to compete with Reading Buses in Newbury using the Newbury & District identity, Go Ahead has cascaded Dennis Enviro400's from its Oxford fleet - some are with Thames Travel for the X38/X39/X40 RiverRapids branded service from Oxford to Reading and some are with Carousel for the X80 Regatta service from Reading to High Wycombe that competes with the long established Arriva route.


Other new deliveries

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There were plenty of new deliveries in 2017 including: Stagecoach has a batch of stylish tri-axle Plaxton Elites some of which operate the X76 service from Glasgow to Cumnock, several smaller operators have bought new Dennis Enviro400's including Wheelers of Southampton, Stagecoach recently refreshed its Park & Ride fleet in Winchester, First started a new route from Stansted Airport to Southend, Stagecoach also refreshed its double-deck Park & Ride fleet in Oxford, and Stagecoach recently put new Coasthopper branded vehicles into service on the former Norfolk Green routes, McGills of Greenock continues to invest in new vehicles such as Mercedes Citaros, East Coast Buses has bought new vehicle for the former First routes it inherited, Lothian has started a new route from Edinburgh Airport to Leith avoiding the city centre, Alexanders of Falkirk are in the process of delivering another batch of Dennis Enviro500's to Ottawa in Canada and Arriva has re-vamped its Sapphire livery as seen in Hemel Hempstead.

Route and business closures
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Farewells in 2017 included: RATP closed long established Epsom Coaches, Stagecoach withdrew its Megabus Gold sleeper services from London to Scotland, First mangled the X53 Jurassic Coaster service so that there are no journeys at all to Exeter any more; and the final Post Bus route was withdrawn (the one shown is in Linlithgow).



Go South Coast
New double-deckers
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Go Ahead South Coast bought more Dennis Enviro400's and spread them round its fleets including: a batch for the Unibus contract in Bournemouth, some for the X3 Salisbury to Bournemouth service and a batch to completely refresh the Blue Star route from Southampton to Winchester.


Edinburgh Open Top
Lothian upgrade
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Lothian replaced its entire Open Top fleet recently with partially open top Wright bodied Volvos.   They carry branding for each of the services they operate.


On tour
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There is a Routemaster at Royal Albert Docks in Liverpool providing a Diner service, a Routemaster visited Porthmadog steam railway at the May Bank Holiday weekend


  Arriva has both single and double-decker  hybrids in Liverpool First has replaced its Eclipse fleet for the Gosport busway An electric BYD from Metroline at Oxford Circus Christmas lights Plymouth is now operating the former Anglian gas buses Reading has a new National Express stop at a Park & Ride site Perryman has been taken over by West Coast Motors


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