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It's been a winter of discontent for First Group. Their policy of ridding themselves of poorly performing parts of the business has seen Stagecoach taking over operations at Chester and Wigan. So it came as some surprise to discover that Spring had sprung in another outpost of the empire with the investment of a substantial amount of new vehicles in Essex. The arrivals were heralded by a batch of standard Enviro300s, followed by a clutch of hybrid Enviro350s. However the cream of the crop is undoubtedly ten Volvo 7900 hybrids, the first of their type in the UK. The Enviros operate Chelmsford locals, but the Volvos are on the Chelmsford to Lakeside service and liveried accordingly. The new vehicles were caught on a dandelion of a day just after Easter 2013.
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