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Spottings & Jottings Nr 95 - 20th May 2016

Oxford's Airline expansion to Birmingham form July 2nd
Significant changes in Wycombe with Carousel increasing their presence and gaining a new Sunday tender on the 48
New Scania double deck gas powered bus on trial in Sweden
Manchester & Hong Kong with Paul Hawkins
Gibraltar with Marcus Lapthorn
X90 old and new with Richard Griffin
The Editor goes to Yorkshire
Paul Bateson and buses in Florida
Those evocative Blackpool Streamliners by Brian Turner
LOTS Brooklands Spring 2016 by Gavin Francis
Red Arrow in London by Gavin Francis
More from Gordon Scott on the borders and in Scotland
Tony Wilson finds Stagecoach Oxford's 22764 in its new home around Carlisle
New buses for Carousel
Final repaints of ex Oxford Tube Astromegas in Megabus livery
Flixbus operations to the U.K. expand
New buses for Thamesdown, Swindon

More pictures from London and their NRM wraps which keep appearing
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 94 - 15th April 2016

Stagecoach Group orders for 2016-7 revealed
Stagecoach East Kent celebrate 100 years of East Kent in style
Oxford United lose at Wembley but the operators laid on extra services
Marcus Lapthorn visits Wythall Museum
Paul Bateson finds some interesting buses from our area in the USA and Canada
More 16 plate vehicles take to the road
Stagecoach West new Swindon depot - more pictures from Swindon
Graham Low provides some nostalgic black and white pictures
More from Gordon Scott on the borders and in Scotland
Lewis Nagle provides some nice Rail Replacement shots with Arriva
Detailed update from Carousel
New coaches for the Motts/Crusader Group provided by Luke Braham
Original Megabus Continental service Volvos revealed in their corporate livery
Changes on National Express Stansted services and their competition
Weavaway take delivery of 10 E400 double decks
Collecting a new double deck bus in the USA for service in Canada by Paul Bateson
Gavin Francis reports on his trip to Florida
Luke Braham provides an update on Redline, Aylesbury
More pictures from London and their NRM wraps which keep appearing
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 93 - 10th March 2016

County tendered services in Oxfordshire - all support will cease from July 20th 2016
Full details of services affected
Wycombe Coachway PR1 service gaining in popularity
The changing face of colourful Oxford's buses
16 plate vehicles take to the road
Stagecoach West launch new Swindon depot
Stagecoach Olympian donated to Witney school
Amersham 2016 Running Day details
Pictures from Running Days in the Chilterns
Pictures from London and Scotland
A day in Manchester by Malcolm Crowe
Original Megabus Continental service Volvos cascaded to other work
Operator changes on National Express 310 service
Some detail of the proposed Buses Bill
More bus pictures in Canada by Paul Bateson
Gavin Francis highlights latest overall wraps on London's NRMs
DVSA clamps down on dodgers - relating to new rules on accessible buses
Buses in India from Daniel Doyle
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 92 - 9th February 2016

County tendered services in Oxfordshire - vote in February 16th 2016
Westgate building works and a road collapse causes chaos
Wycombe Coachway opened on January 18th 2016 - pictures of first day
Carousel commence service on Wycombe Coachway and Park & Ride service PR1
Carousel Route 40 to Stokenchurch goes half hourly
Stagecoach get large fleet of Interdeckers for express services, Megabus and sur le continent
National Express branded Levante strays far from home
First variety on the X74 to High Wycombe
Marcus Lapthorn finds some interest in Oxfordshire on route 66
Wilts and Dorset Lodekka in Canada
Your Editor enjoys Gold and a chance to see some new London Hybrids
Ice Breaker Running Day in Newbury in pictures
Oxford Tube 36 returns to Oxford for the day
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 91 - 30th December 2015

updated and added to on January 3rd 2016

County tendered services in Oxfordshire up for the chop - vote in February 2016
Extra service on the London-Gatwick route provided by Kings Ferry
News on changes in Wycombe with the advent of the Coachway in February 2016
Pictures of the extra services provided by Stagecoach following the closure of the Forth Road Bridge
New arrivals at High Wycombe see some ex Shrewsbury Park & Ride Optares come to our area
Arriva and Redline updates by Luke Braham
A white Levante on Green Line 757 service
First introduce StreetLites on the X74 to High Wycombe
Carousel and many changes
Ex London Citaro bendi-buses in service at Waddesdon
Frideswide Square complete
Details of Showbus September 25th 2016
Marcus Lapthorn finds some old buses of interest in Oxfordshire
Megabus Astromega in Canada
Levante for Snoopy!
Local coach operators benefit from crowds visiting "panto" in Oxford
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 90 - 23rd November 2015

ADL E200MMC buses enter service on Banbury's 500 route
Two new operators take the road on the London-Stansted Airport route
Swindon Bus Station changes by Marcus Lapthorn
Various pictures in New York and Scotland from Gordon Scott
IdBus upgrade and change their name
More pictures from Showbus 2015 by Gavin Francis
Parks take over the National Express 310 route which runs through Oxford
Fishwick's of Leyland demise
Your Editor helps out with a Megabus Gold in  trouble
Carousel update
Solo SRs to move from Banbury to Witney
Oxford Parkway opens with Chiltern Trains service to London
New Bucks University service between Wycombe and Uxbridge
Bus Travel at Risk
First London E400MMC ready for service
Motts update by Hedley Shanks
First Citaros return to the X74 Slough service
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 89 - 22nd October 2015

New Stagecoach single deck ADL E200MMC buses for Banbury's 500 route
Alexander Falkirk factory visit pictures
Hemel event by Mark Turner
Various pictures in Manchester and Scotland from Gordon Scott
IdBus upgrade and change their name
Reading demonstrators and developments
Oxford Bus puts new Volvo Caetano coaches into service on the 737 National Express route
and have a hire coach on the LHR service
Old Oxford Bus coaches sighted and photographed
Carousel update
New Gold Solo SRs enter service in Leamington
Megabus Astromegas enter service in Italy
Buses and coaches which have left Oxford are pictured with the new operators
Bus Travel at Risk
Yorkshire visit & Buses at Gaydon by Marcus Lapthorn
Lytham St. Annes rally and Blackpool by Geoff Cunliffe
A visit to Eire by Gary Seamarks
Bracknell by Gavin Francis
Developments at Polski Bus
Coach & Bus at the NEC
Showbus 2015 - first report
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 88 - August 19th 2015

Oxford's StreetDecks & Stagecoach MMCs takeover on the Blackbird Leys services
Stagecoach Gold Scania ADL E300s takeover on the S4
Brijan Tours cease trading
Report and pictures on Thames Valley 100
Running Days at Imberbus
Sightings at Alexander's Falkirk factory including new buses for Oxfordshire
Carousel receives first of their StreetLites for service in Wycombe
First contracts and Stagecoach takes over Plymouth services
Megabus European Astromega trip from Leipzig to Berlin
Changes to the Megabus UK fleet
Ducklington rally report
The 66 route to Swindon sees a variety of buses
Oxford Bus buys their loaned South Coast green buses
National Express variety and new contractors
Terravision now using Westway to Stansted
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 87 - July 15th 2015

Lest we forget - 7/7 10 years on
Scoop - First glimpse of Oxford's StreetDecks
Thames Travel launch a new Connector service from Didcot Parkway to Harwell Campus
Reports on Tube Strike and Wimbledon
Running Days at Hemel and Imberbus
Sightings at Alexander's Falkirk factory including new Gold Bus for Oxfordshire.
Westgate car park demolition on hottest day of the year
Arriva - StreetLite on test in Wycombe
Carousel re-register buses used on the 40
Reports from Devon and North Wales
Megabus details of European Astromega fleet
Portugal 2015 by
Peter Gascoigne who is the editor of the Modelstone Bus Club
Additions to the Megabus UK fleet
you can now take pictures in the street without fear of a hand on your shoulder
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 86 - June 24th 2015

Z&S surprise me with the destination screen
Roadworks in progress in Oxford with the rebuilding of the Westgate
Carousel takes over the Thame route from high Wycombe
Seemingly Arriva admit defeat and withdraw their 40 from end of July
New PINK Streetdecks for Oxford Bus 5 road
Ex Whittle's coach to feature in an Endeavour programme
Gordon Scott again visits Alexander's
National Express need further capacity on their A1 Luton Airport service
Oxford loan more Citaros to Thames Travel
Reports from rallies at Basingstoke and Slough
Second ex Tube Astromega gets full Megabus livery and regain their Oxford registrations
Portugal 2015 by Marcus Lapthorn
Southsea Rally 2015 by Marcus Lapthorn
First re-livery their Reading RailAir link
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 85 - May 15th 2015

Oxfordshire announce bus cuts from May 31st
Roadworks in Oxford are causing major delays to services
New handbooks reviewed from SKM
Gordon Scott visit Alexander's and other buses in Scotland
320 is upgraded to Sapphire by Adam Green
Carousel gets two single decks from Thames Travel

Charlton Services upgrades its fleet
Motts take new coaches for Crusader
Stagecoach SW1 ends
Gavin Francis catches up with two ex Tube Skyliners
First ex Tube Astromegas gets full Megabus livery
Arriva Investment - details
Brooklands 2015
Watford and Penzance Running Days
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 84 - April 2nd 2015

New arrivals for Arriva - Aylesbury and High Wycombe
Final coaches arrive from the new batch of Interdeckers on the X90
The first 15 plate Levantes are entering service with National Express
Obituary to Colin Shears, founder of The West of England Transport Museum
Western Greyhound finally closes for good
Major works in central Oxford cause diversion and delay
Oxford Trams by Ralph Adams
Megabus starts domestic services in Germany with bases in Hanover and Munich
Five ex Oxford tube Astromegas move to South Wales for Megabus duties
Buckinghamshire developments by Colin Richardson
Carousel to operate the service between High Wycombe and Thame from June 1st
Several of the older X5 coaches, now replaced, find a new home in Gloucester on the Belles Express

Gavin Francis with pictures from his recent visit to Florida
Jason Grinham's pictures of his tour coach from Lochs and Glens
Marcus Lapthorn visits Cyprus - recorded in pictures
Gordon Scott visit Alexander's and other buses in Scotland
 and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 83 - February 22nd 2015

Oxford Bus go for route coloured buses
Diversion due road closure at St Clements
Megabus Sleeper visits Oxford
National Express 737 operation by Oxford Bus brings variety
Gavin Francis provides interesting pictures of London buses
Gordon Scott visit Alexanders and other buses in Scotland
 
and much much more from the local scene

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Spottings & Jottings Nr 82 - January 16th 2015

Stagecoach East introduce 18 new coaches on their X5 service
Reponses to readers questions answers 280 queries
Editor's visit to Winchester and North Wales
Gavin Francis visits Bicester
Oxford X90 Scanias appear with Noah Vale
Left hand drive Megabus Astromegas from Belgium appear on London services
Pictures from Scotland of ex Oxford Astromegas now with full re-registration details

A story of trams in Canada
First view of Stagecoach Manchester's new ADL E400s
Three new Megabus Astromega sleepers delivered
 and much much more from the local scene


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 81 - November 30th 2014

Stagecoach launch the SW1 Gold service to London
NEC - Coach and Bus Live 2014
Oxford Bus uses Carousel Mercedes and loan Citaro on route 6
Arriva launches Arriva MAX on the 60 and X60 from Aylesbury to Milton Keynes
London's New Routemasters in overall wrap livery's
Carousel re-registers its Trident fleet and uses a loan Trident in London red
Pictures from Scotland of ex Oxford Astromegas and new tri-axles on the X7

RTs run the 11 one Sunday in pictures
An American Alexander E500
Citylink in Scotland uses ex NEx Levantes including Oxford ones on express services
Great Western Heritage weekend
Megabus update
 and much much more from the local scene


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 80 - October 5th 2014

New Brookes fleet takes the road
Showbus 2014 at Duxford - report
Editor visits Glasgow and Ayr to see the ex SC Oxford Astromegas in service
Arriva have a new fleet on the 321 and the Citaros move to other depots
New Scania E400s for SC Oxford
Carousel enjoys a Trident repaint - 102 looking very smart
London in pictures including new E40H deckers entering service with operators

Megabus update
 and much much more from the local scene


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 79 - 12th August 2014

Launch of the new Oxford Tube Astromegas
Philip Kirk to leave Oxford Bus
Arriva and their new Sapphires and recent news
Stagecoach add three more Gold Scania E400s to their fleet
Oxford Tube Astromega fleet of TD927s move to Scotland
A window on Stagecoach Kilmarnock depot
The Commonwealth Games
Marcus Lapthorn's trip to Scotland
Many vehicle changes at Carousel in pictures
Oxford Bus changes to Brookes fleet and services
London in pictures including Chelsea Flower Show and Wimbledon specials

Game Fair specials for show at Blenheim
 and much much more from the local scene


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Spottings & Jottings Nr 78 - 21st May 2014

New buses and coach on the horizon in Oxford
Tube strike replacement buses reviewed
South Gloucester re-register many coaches
Stagecoach has been confirmed as Britain