Issue 72
(OBP-288)

Sunday 28th March 2004
next update week ending 26th March 2004

Please note that any comments made in this news page are those of the Editors' and in no way constitute 
any official points of view from the bus companies mentioned,  or indeed any other official body. 
As a news page we reserve the right to make valid comments as seen from an editorial point of view.

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Possibly the most eventful happening in the bus world in our area occurred this week when, following a number of fires in London, Mercedes Benz gave instructions for most UK Citaros to be withdrawn from service pending modifications. Wednesday was D day and this followed two fires in 4 days much of which was covered by the local news media.

Oxford Bus, with their fleet of 17 Citaros, were much affected being faced with the task of maintaining services with their remaining fleet. On the other hand Carousel in High Wycombe were not affected and had been given the OK by MB to continue using their three Voith gearbox Citaros delivered at the back end of 2003. It seems that they have a different system where the heat exchanger is concerned. Full details of the effects and actions for Oxford Bus may be found under their heading below.


A line up of dual and single door Citaros awaiting attention at Cowley Road Garage of Oxford Bus last Friday.

Newman Morgan wrote re the Citaro problems "I heard on Fox FM News tonight (Wednesday 24th March) whilst driving home from work that OBC had withdrawn all 17 Citaro buses from service for safety reasons following the third Citaro artic fire with Go-Ahead in London. I don't know what has temporarily replaced them. The news snippet was short but it does pose the question as to whether or not London General / London Central have withdrawn their entire 2nd batch from which the three losses have occurred, the first batch of course being the Red Arrow Citaro artics. It seems that this production run is a rogue batch but I understand that on the web there is a site featuring several of Citaro fires across Europe. This month's edition of LOTS' London Bus Magazine reports that Go-Ahead have trialled a Volvo B7 artic with Hispano Habit Spanish-built bodywork presumably with a view to RM/RML replacement needs. (The latest issue of Coach & Bus Week reports there have been EIGHT fires worldwide in around 8000 units built. Ed)

The TfL web-site has a press release issued 24 March 2004 to the effect that following last Saturday's Citaro fire and the necessary technical inspection of the vehicle, Mercedes has ordered the withdrawal of ALL Citaro in London pending modifications. Mercedes is quoted as reckoning the modifications would take about 1 week to do across the entire fleet. As this affects the Epsom Buses Citaros on the 293 as well, I would guess that all UK rhd Citaros have been withdrawn.

As far as London is concerned apparently First's Route 18 has reduced d-d service, the 436 and 453 are withdrawn with increased service on parallel routes (e.g. 36, 53, 185), 521 withdrawn, whilst other routes such as RV1 and 507 have reduced d-d service. The 293 is maintaining a full service.

Wonder if First in Manchester's 60-odd fleet of Citaros at Oldham are affected. They've been around for longer, being W-reg, and I'm not aware of any going up in smoke so far."

Newman then added yesterday "I went to IKEA at Wembley this afternoon - 18 passes through Wembley itself and not a Citaro in sight on that route. I saw only double deckers so guess many of the London Citaros are still VOR. I read somewhere this week that 300 Citaro have been ordered by the transport operator in Rome, that should keep Mannheim busy, whilst TAG, the Grenoble, France operator has put 8 four door bendy Citaro in service that were built at the Setra plant in Ligny-en-Barrois, France."

On another note some changes relating to safety have occurred at both Victoria Coach Station and Gloucester Green in recent weeks.


Some yellow markers have appeared above the barriers in front of the passenger waiting areas at VCS.


Gates, white lines & instructions have appeared in the passenger waiting area at Gloucester Green.
Additionally a pedestrian crossing has been laid down in Chain Alley and safety barriers mark
the pedestrian areas from roadways.

Paul writes to say that from http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/index/travel/publictransport/changes-2.htm

Week commencing 4th April 2004
8 (McLeans): Service taken over by RH Transport. No change to times or route.
45 (McLeans): Service taken over by RH Transport. No change to times or route.
65 (Stagecoach): Three journeys on Saturdays extended from Faringdon to Stanford in the Vale.
66 (Stagecoach): Slight timing alterations to certain peak hour journeys to improve reliability.

Week commencing 11th April 2004
50 (Stagecoach): Timetable alterations including a reduction of off peak services between Chipping Norton and Shipston-on-Stour.
480 (Cheney/Geoff Amos): Service extended to Shipston-on-Stour Monday to Saturday and increased in frequency. Service operated jointly by Cheney and Geoff Amos.
510 (Cheney): Slight timetable alterations.

Week commencing 25th April 2004
Oxford Tube (Stagecoach): Timetable alterations. (reported on these pages last week Ed.)

Week commencing 9th May 2004
90 (Heyfordian): 1630 Thursday only departure to operate on request only beyond Deddington.

New Timetables are available on the site for routes 50, 65, 66, 480, 510.

ews from The Oxford Times this week says that attacks on local buses in Oxford have started again with both main companies affected. It seems that the trouble now is in Blackbird Leys.

Well, now on to the reports for our area. Your contributions continue and I am pleased to receive them each week. My thanks to everyone who sent information.

Malcolm Crowe, 28th March 2004.

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News of the local companies 28th March 2004

Steve Warwick writes that a Volvo B6, 3117 lost a wheel whilst operating a school service in Aylesbury. Steve also adds that it is thought that Aylesbury's branded Olympians are due for a refurbishment.


Olympian 5156 rounds the corner at Carfax. This livery is seemingly to be short lived.


It is understood that the new livery will be similar to this one above.

Steve adds "Following my photographic trip to Wycombe yesterday noted that two Mercedes minibuses are there on loan to cover shortages 2111 (M41WUR)  2112 (M42WUR) both manual so I expect not many drivers can drive them."

Nigel Peach writes "The latest edition of Buses magazine says that Lynx 3345 (H255GEV) has been withdrawn. This is not so - it is definitely still in service. It did spend some weeks out of action at the beginning of the year, so maybe it was "withdrawn" but then reinstated.

Another Lynx 3068 (one with coach seats) has been at the back of the depot for some weeks now. I wonder if that has been withdrawn. Another bus that has been languishing in that same back row for some time is Olympian 5120.

Meanwhile ex London Dart 3814 is back in service."


Carousel, High Wycombe

Carousels Citaros are still passed fit for service by Mercedes as they have some mechanical differences to those withdrawn for modification.

  

   

As reported in this week's Editorial all 17 Citaros were withdrawn from service on Wednesday pending modification by MB. An early and very unusual working was of coach 11 on the 500 Water Eaton service along with 404 and 603. That day also saw the X3/X13 routes worked by 640, 809, 653, 616, 808, 635, 803, 519, 609 and 813. The withdrawals resulted in all 5xx Darts being in service including T5 plus Paladin 644 retuned to service.

A number of sources have praised Oxford Bus for the way in which they have coped with the crises, ensuring no loss of service. It has obviously put a great strain on the Engineering Department who have had to ensure that every possible bus is on the road.

Things had evened out by Friday when 500 road was fully 8xx operated, a mix on X3/X13 but no low floors and most other routes covered but in the case of 5 road a mix of 4xx, 5xx, 6xx and 8xx plus d/d Tridents.

Everyone was waiting for Saturday when Oxford United were to play Doncaster at home. A full gate was expected and it was not until late on Friday afternoon that plans were revealed to cover the shortage of buses for the football specials.

After a lot of organisation and effort FIVE Jeff's Olympian deckers arrived at Cowley Road to cover the services. Four were ex Oxford machines and the fifth was ex Ribble. As none had ticket machines for Oxford it was decided that the services operated by these deckers would be f.o.c. Three operated the 601 and two the 604 from Abingdon.

Once again one must admire the work put in by everyone to keep things going.

I now append a photographic record of the buses which covered matters over the last few days.

     
Seen above from left to right are the ex Ribble Olympian prior to leaving Cowley Road for Abingdon
and the ex COMS 204 loading at The Rail Station, the third picture of 209 and 204 in St Aldates
and finally 207 leading the line at Kassam Stadium

    
Chris Maxfield caught 802 operating a 500 road duty and in the second picture I recorded 401 on 5 road
then 409 again on 5 road and finally under the watchful eye of an OBC City Controller 510 again on 5 road.


Volvos were back on the X3 with 603 seen here on Saturday afternoon leaving the Rail Station.

Whilst the Citaros are off the road a chance is being taken to give each one a deep clean as seen below.


825 gets the full treatment at Cowley Road Garage.

    
Dart 505 was transferred to the training fleet some weeks ago but was able to help out with the recent
problems and is seen here on a 5A working outside Head Office.

Ralph Adams spent a useful morning noting the Oxford Bus turn out without the Citaros. His report is given below.

I decided to start work late this morning, using up some of my flex, and made the following observations.

Route 2 637 608 639 658 620 619 632 609 643 630 605 642 613 603 638
Route 2A  651 644 406 407 649 650
Route 2C 403 (earlier on X13, probably route 18 later)
Route 4  634 656 641 633 629 636 653 640 635 631
Route 5  510 104 801 821 818 655 103 803 512 820 812 105 519 808
Route 5a/b  T5 515
Route 6  402 409 410
Route 13  401 405 408 
Route 13C  404
Route 14  646 647 648
Route 15  807 802 816 804 819
Route 16 810 817
Route 22  652 654
Route 35  657 602 628 614 616 101 606
Route 300 117 108 110 107 113 120 112 929
Route 400  102 111 109 118 116 115 114
Route 500  805 813 814
Routes X3/.X13  809 811 611 607 612 618 601 617 plus 413 until 0830
Route X3      also 610  from station not in service at 0900 returning to garage

It appeared that a full day time service was therefore maintained, which with 17 Citaros not on the road indicates a very fine performance by Oxford Bus, and in particular the engineers.

Heyfordian

Some weeks ago one of my readers asked for an up to date fleet list of Heyfordian vehicles and I am delighted that Steve Warwick has obliged. 

Heyfordian (Current at 27th April 2004)

Reg No

Chassis

Type

Body

Seats

Year

Comments

6595 KV

Au

N122

Au

CH57/20CT

89

Ex Stockdale, Selby 92. F625 CWJ. NIW 2235

4078 NU

Au

N122

Au

CH57/22CT

91

Ex Mayo, Caterham 95. H297 GKN

2622 NU

Ta

HB31R

Co

C21F

90

G152 ELJ ,4/94

1435 VZ

Ta

HZB50R

Co

C18F

94

L535 XUT, 9/96.

L26 CAY

MAN

11.190

Co

C33FT

94

L26 CAY. Ex 9467 MU

N605 JGP

MB

811D

Cys

B29F

95

Ex Crystals, Dartford 02.

2185 NU

Ld

On

ECW

H45/32F

 

 

FIL 7664

Ld

On

ECW

H45/32F

 

 

7958 NU

Ld

On

ECW

H45/32F

81

Ex Hoar & Savage, Tilsworth (BD) 5/02

2110 UK

Ld

On

ECW

H45/32F

 

 

7209 RU

Ld

On

ECW

CH42/30F

 

 

8548 VF

Ld

On

ECW

H45/32F

85

Ex Arriva Durham County 9/01 (ex B255 RAJ)

7298 RU

Ld

On

ECW

CH42/30F

86

Ex Arriva Durham County 9/01 (ex C265 XEF)

8216 FN

Ld

On

ECW

H45/32F

85

Ex Arriva Durham County 9/01 (ex B253 PHN)

FIL 7662

Ld

On

ECW

H45/32F

 

 

FIL 8317

Ld

On

ECW

H45/32F

 

 

FIL 8441

Ld

On

ECW

H45/32F

 

 

L743 YGE

Vo

B10M

Je

C53FT

94

Ex Park, Hamilton (SW) 12/95

L745 YGE

Vo

B10M

Je

C49FT

94

Ex Park, Hamilton 95.

868 AVO

Sca

K112

Je

C49FT

84

A52 JLW, 7/91. Ex O'Sullivan, Huyton (MY) 12/92.

LDZ 2503

Sca

K112

Je

C51FT

87

Ex Buddens, Romsey 92. D312 VVV

LDZ 2502

Sca

K112

Je

C51FT

87

Ex Gillespie Kelty 92. D313 VVV

7396 LJ

Vo

B10M

Je

C53FT

93

Ex Turner, Bristol 99. K906 RGE

6960 TU

Sca

K112

Je

C55F

84

Ex Cresswell, Moira 91. B71 MTL. C47 CKR

L740 YGE

Vo

B10M

Je

C49FT

94

Ex Park, Hamilton 95.

M993 HHS

Vo

B10M

Je

C53F

95

KSK 986. Ex Compass Royston, Stockton 02.

M634 KVU

Vo

B10M

Je

C46FT

95

 

N809 NHS

Vo

B10M

Je

C53F

96

Ex Johnson, Hodthorpe 98.

N803 NHS

Vo

B10M

Je

C53F

96

Ex Jeffs, Helmdon 02.

N802 NHS

Vo

B10M

Je

C53F

96

Ex Jeffs, Helmdon 02.

XCT 550

Sca

K112

Je

C51FT

85

Ex Cross Gates Coaches 92. B504 CBD, HYY 3, B984 MAB

T725 UOS

Vo

B10M

Je

C53F

99

From Park, Hamilton (SW) Ex LSK 832

T723 UOS

Vo

B10M

Je

C53F

99

From Winson, Loughborough (LE) 3/03. Ex LSK 830

N808 NHS

Vo

B10M

Je

C53F

96

Ex Jeffs, Helmdon 02.

5089 LG

Sca

K112

Je

C53F

85

B156 YBW, 10/88.

ESU 940

Sca

K112CRS

Je

C51FT

84

A60 JLW 5/95.Ex Clark & Ellwood,Chatteris (CM) 1/94

4827 WD

Sca

K112

Je

C51FT

84

Ex BTS, Borehamwood 91. A59 JLW, ESU 930. A545 TMJ

SJI 4428

Sca

K112

Je

C51FT

85

Ex Constable, Long Melford 95. B505 CBD, RDU 4, B989 MAB.

L752 YGE

Vo

B10M

Je

C53F

94

Ex Durham City, Brandon 02.

FBZ 7356

Oe

MR05

Oe

B31F

92

J714 CUM 11/00. Ex Arriva Yorkshire (WY) 10/00

481 HYE

Oe

MR03

Oe

B28F

93

K428 HWY, 11/99. Ex London General (LN) MRL228. 10/99.

943 YKN

Oe

MR03

Oe

B28F

93

K434 HWY, 11/99. Ex London General(LN) MRL234 10/99.

VSF 438

VW

LT55

Oe

C25F

86

D144 SCM, Ex H.R. Wallingford 98.

NIL 4850

Ld

Tr

Pn

C53F

 

 

TJI 6302

Ld

Tr

Pn

C50F

83

Ex Bennett, Chieveley 98,YPJ 210Y, RJI 5703

LIL 9664

Ld

Tr

Pn

C53F

83

FAV 564Y 10/96. Ex Dunnett, Keiss (SN) 6/00

HUI 4566

Ld

Tr

Pn

C53F

83

FAV 566Y 6/96. Ex Dunnett, Keiss (SN) 5/00

EAZ 8413

Ld

Tr

Pn

C57F

87

E76 VKO 3/95. Ex Hearn, Harrow Weald (LN) 10/99

2779 UE

DAF

SB300

Pn

C53F

88

Ex City of Oxford. F139LJO, 4128 AP

8252 MX

DAF

SB300

Pn

C53F

89

F135 LJO. Ex City of Oxford (OX) 135. 5/98

EAZ 8412

Ld

Tr

Pn

C57F

87

E75 VKO 3/95. Ex Hearn, Harrow Weald (LN) 10/99

TJI 6301

Ld

Tr

Pn

C50F

83

YPJ 209Y, 9/95. Ex Bennett, Chieveley (BE) 11/98

TJI 6303

Ld

Tr

Pn

C50F

84

Ex Bennett, Chieveley 98, A115 PBW

TJI 6304

Ld

Tr

Pn

C50F

84

Ex Bennett, Chieveley 98, A116 PBW

TJI 6305

Ld

Tr

Pn

C50F

84

Ex Bennett, Chieveley 98, A117 PBW

7845LJ

DAF

MB200

Pn

C53F

85

Ex Broadwest, Ogmore Vale 98. B623 JRC

YAY537

Vo

B10M

VH

C49FT

89

Ex Durham City Coaches, Brandon 96. F483 OFT.

2482NX

Vo

B10M

VH

C49FT

88

E743 TCS, 439 BUS. Ex Lewis, Greenwich 00. E418 JKS

M639KVU

Vo

B10M

VH

C46FT

95

From Shearings (GM) 4/03

R415EOS

Vo

B10M

VH

C53F

98

LSK 502, Ex Park, Hamilton 02.

M833HNS

Vo

B10M

VH

C49FT

95

LSK504,M833 HNS,WT 3667, Ex Wickson, Walsall Wood 02.

Any corrections or additions would, I am sure, be much appreciated by Steve. 


Whilst riding on Jeff's 204 to the Rail Station, I espied this Heyfordian coach 4827WD
on a service run loading in St Aldates.

Most interesting news is that Scania have secured some large orders from National Express which include fourteen 12.2 metre K124 Irizar PBs for airport express work. They will have 49 leather seats and feature satellite navigation systems that are linked to the coach's entertainment system. The PB is the top of the range Irizar coach and not many have so far been introduced into the UK.


I've entitled this picture, "spot the deliberate mistake?"
Seen in VCS last Friday morning.

Plastow's of Wheatley


A line up of 7 or the 8 coaches in the current fleet of Plastow's

 

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire were not unaffected by the Citaro problems as their Group artics on the TfL 453 were also withdrawn. This meant drafting in buses from many sources and newly delivered Tridents stored pending entry into service on the 100 at Witney were quickly dispatched to London to help out. One does hope the window etching merchants are not too active before they are returned to their rightful home.

Rob Williams had already reported that "Delivery of the new Tridents has commenced, some three months earlier than expected!  So far four of the eleven have arrived, registered: 

KN04XJB
KN04XJC
KN04XJE
KN04XJF 

Two are currently being stored at Banbury and two more at Nuneaton. Due to a lack of space at Witney eventually there will be four stored at Rugby, four at Nuneaton and three at Banbury. Entry into service is pending route testing and vinyls arriving."

and then "two more have just been reported by Gez of Stagecoach Lancaster on the Stagecoach YahooGroup, passing through Lancaster depot this evening on their delivery run:

KN04XJJ
KN04XJK

Last monday saw the conversion of route 10 to low floor with Darts transferred from Nuneaton. 


33651 loads to Carfax last Saturday.


Earlier I had noticed 33650 had an unusual spelling of Wood Farm on its display!


As mentioned by several of my correspondents 33821 has returned to the 1s.
I managed this shot from the top deck of Jeff's 204.

Rob Williams also adds "So Stagecoach in Oxfordshire are the first subsidiary in the UK to be fully repainted into "new" livery." 

Ralph Adams wrote: "Also noted was 20704 on X59 and 52143 leaving St Giles at 0945, returning at 1025 both times as not in service.  16403 was on route 28. Both 20542 and 20704 were on the X59 on Tues.  I suppose that this route is regarded as the most suitable at Banbury for the B10Ms.  Don't know why they interwork the route with the Tesco free bus however - the 1445 departure from Banbury should be avoided!

It has been reported on another group that the 16401 and 16402 have now arrived at Stagecoach Fife. Obviously will not be in use at Oxford again. 16403 is also expected at Fife but do not know when"

Rob adds "22917 was being prepared for repaint today and 16403 still in service." 


Chris Maxfield caught this Brookes Trident 18054 seemingly with repaired front end damage.


3
4466 was caught by the camera of Chris Maxfield working a 25 service normally a Vario duty.

Last week I noted that 50038 had returned to service and Chris Maxfield photographed the current appearance of this coach. The rear picture shows several difference to the original


50038 seen in Gloucester Green last Friday afternoon. Photo by C Maxfield.

Phil Rumsby writes "Just a comment regarding the refurbished Tube that was fire damaged last year. I travelled on this last week and I found the seats uncomfortable compared to the seats on the rest of the Tube fleet. I calculate I've spent well over a year sitting in these seats, so maybe I'm just used to them, but I find them extremely comfortable (and after a night shift I sleep better on the coach than at home in bed!). However I just couldn't get comfortable on the new seats. I don't find the existing leg room a problem (and I'm 6 feet tall!)

Although David Whitley's Christmas letter in December 2002 said that whole fleet would be refurbished, I believe that after the experience of refurbishing this Tube, the company have changed their mind  - certain the letter in December 2003 said that a new fleet was in the pipeline for later this year although I'll be surprised if we see any vehicles in service until 2005!. Not only was the cost of refurbishment a large fraction of the price of a new vehicle, but the time taken makes the project prohibitive  - as each Tube has to come out of service one at a time.

(Obviously when David Whitley wrote in December no final decision had been taken on the Tube fleet. Ed.)

Several comments received from readers comment "13614 on the 0930 from Birmingham yesterday made an additional unscheduled stop on the hard shoulder of the M40  to pick up passengers from 50051 which had broken down!

13614 was about 50% full, and the first to pull in, so probably had more space than a few of the Tube coaches, as we took on most or all of the Victoria passengers.  50047 or 50057 pulled in after shortly afterwards. 

Haven't seen Malcolm's picture but would expect that if the B10Ms were on Megabus duty at least one would have a blue and yellow board in the front window.  Preferred 20202 to 13614 personally.

Apparently another non Megabus branded performer on the Birmingham service was Stagecoach London Trident 17781, on the 13/3."

The foregoing was from Ross.

Rob Williams writes "Oxford Tube / Oxford Megabus drivers are instructed to pick up each others passengers up in the event of a breakdown - interesting that a Birmingham/London Megabus stopped to help out too though."  


Here is a Chris Maxfield shot of that coach 52143 so often mentioned as a relief Megabus.

Tappins - City Sightseeing

Kevin writes "Just a quick note regarding our buses.  549 surprisingly passed its MOT for another year so we are once again lumbered with this beast.  It has however been re-skinned and painted in the CSS colour scheme with the same amount of artwork as 928, 217 and 14 which is a cost saving measure.  52 was recently damaged in the yard scraping a concrete post.  Whilst the damage itself to the panels was not severe the damage to the artwork will cost a lot more.  It apparently goes to Didcot as soon as 549 returns to Oxford."

Thames Travel.

I am pleased to note that Rob Williams site has a fleet list of Thames Travel which I quote below. He says I maintain a fleet list at www.buszone.co.uk/TTfleet.html 

I didn't realise that X385 went at the same time as X49/384. Not heard anything about WWL208X going either, so assume still in use.

BD02 is fleet number BD02! 

Fleet Number

Registration Number

Type

Capacity

Other Info

208

WWL 208X

Leyland Olympian / ECW

 

 

 

YDX 104Y

Dennis Falcon / East Lancs

B51F

ex Ipswich 104

 

D109 NDW

Leyland Lynx

 

ex Thames Buses, Grays. Withdrawn.

501

M501 VJO

Dennis Dart / Marshall

B36D

ex Oxford Bus Company, accident damaged

846

R846 JGD

Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver 2

B31F

 

847

R847 JGD

Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver 2

B27F

MegaRear: Bell Garage, Wallingford

848

R848 JGD

Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver 2

B31F

MegaRear: Bell Garage, Wallingford

 

S552 BNV (withdrawn)

Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver 2

B31F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

465

T465 HNH

Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver 2

B31F

MegaRear: Haynes Bros. Auto Electrical

 

V254 BNV (withdrawn)

Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver 2

B31F

 

 

V270 BNV

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B31F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

390

V390 SVV

Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver 2

B31F

 

399

V399 SVV

Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver 2

B31F

 

 

W366 ABD (withdrawn)

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

On loan from Robert Splesser, Perth

 

W552 YAP

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

 

W682 MVV (withdrawn)

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter / Taxi Bus

M8L

On loan from Dawson Rentals

992

W992 BDP

Volvo B6BLE / East Lancs

B31F

Chiltern Buses livery

181

X181 BNH

Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver 2

B31F

MegaRear: Chef King Restaurant

 

X182 BNH

Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver 2

B31F

MegaRear: H Tuckwell & Son

-

X49 VVY

Optare Solo

B27F+ wheelchair

Service 132 Thames Trains livery

 

X249 VWR (withdrawn)

Optare Solo

B30F ?

Service 132 Thames Trains livery

383

X383 VVY

Optare Solo

B30F ?

MegaRear: Secondsite

 

X384 VVY (withdrawn)

Optare Solo

B30F ?

 

 

X385 VVY

Optare Solo

B30F

MegaRear: Secondsite

-

Y313 KDP

Volvo B6BLE / East Lancs

B36F

Also reported B26F

877

Y877 KDP

Volvo B6BLE / East Lancs

B37F

Chiltern Buses livery, also reported B31F

972

Y972 GPN

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F +17s

Also reported B31F

973

Y973 GPN

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F +17s

Also reported B31F, MegaRear: Peregrine Conservatories

751

KP51 SXU

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

551

KP51 UFB

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

351

KP51 UFC

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

451

KP51 UFG

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

651

KP51 UFH

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

Oxford Science Park Branding, On loan from Dawson Rentals

151

KP51 UFK

Dennis Dart SLF / Plaxton Pointer 2

B38F

MegaRear: The Catherine Wheel, Henley

251

KP51 UFL

Dennis Dart SLFF / Plaxton Pointer 2

B38F

 

BD02

BD02 HDV

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter / Evobus

B13F

Taxibus

BX02

BX02 CMF

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter / Evobus

B13F

Taxibus

152

KU52 RXF

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

252

KU52 RXG

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

352

KU52 RXR

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

452

KU52 RXS

Plaxton Mini Pointer Dart

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

153

KX53 SGY

Optare Solo

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

253

KX53 SGZ

Optare Solo

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

353

KX53 SGV

Optare Solo

B29F

On loan from Dawson Rentals

 

HD02 KPF

Peugeot Hatchback Car

n/a

Support Vehicle

Compiled by Robert Williams, thanks to Steve Annells, Ralph Adams and the Oxford & Chilterns Bus page for assistance with information.

Ralph Adams also notes that "The County Council has given some advance information of the above new service
http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/index/travel/publictransport/news-3.htm

The highlight to me is it will be Thames Travel Service 139 Witney - Abingdon - Berinsfield. At peak times it will extend to Wallingford, other times a connection to other services at Berinsfield.

Start date 5th July with new low floor vehicles

At present the 139 is Abingdon - Berinsfield - Wallingford - Henley.

I could speculate on what effect it will have on other routes but they would not be valid comments"
 

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