As expected my weekend, with family and friends, was very busy with lunch on Friday, a party on Saturday and lunch on Sunday to celebrate my 80th birthday which I enjoyed very much indeed. This was the reason that the page has been less than regular ! I hope everyone appreciates that.

My presentation to the Oxford Bus Enthusiasts Society seems to have been a success, covering the period 1940 to early 1964. The second part is planed for April 14th when I plan to cover the years Spring 1964 through to 1985 when I was travelling to places such as Australia, Africa, New Zealand, North & South America and also many parts of Europe. As a taster below you will find an AEC Regent V with Portuguese body pictured in Luanda!!

Taken circa 1973 this AEC Regent V had a body which, I think, was built in Portugal.

Airport service from High Wycombe 40 years ago

Readers may remember from the last issue of Airport service from High Wycombe to Heathrow.

John Bristow sent this delightful picture of Rickards Ford DYX676C Railair to LHR at High Wycombe early in 1966.

A BUS burst into flames on the Oxford ring road on January 29th, with plumes of black smoke billowing from the vehicle.

The Stagecoach bus, which was not in service at the time, caught fire shortly before 2000hrs on the Eastern Bypass. No one was hurt in the incident.

Drivers stuck behind the bus were unable to move for two hours during which time emergency services made the scene safe and recovered the burnt-out wreckage, with the road finally reopening shortly before 10pm.2200hrs.

Full details, pictures and videos can be seen at this Oxford Mail link.

Bus fire Eastern By-pass Oxford

The bus involved was ADL Hybrid 12009, which from pictures looks to be seriously damaged.


Ironically the new image for Stagecoach was launched on the morning of January 30th. This meant a lot of work on the page and this has taken until February 1st, so apologies for the delay. 

Also a number of items have had to be left over until the next issue, I am sure readers will understand.



Oxford Bus Company Managing Director Phil Southall

More than 250,000 journeys have been made on PickMeUp, the Oxford Bus Company’s ground-breaking on-demand ride-sharing service since it launched.

The landmark was broken this month in the eastern arc of Oxford. More than 30,000 registered users have signed up to the app and completed the journeys since the service was launched in June 2018.

PickMeUp enables passengers in eastern Oxford to summon buses to pick them up on a street corner of their choice, to go to a bespoke destination. The service is the largest scheme of its kind to be launched by a UK bus company. Earlier this month the zone was expanded to incorporate Horspath village.

The service has been running for 18 months and Oxford Bus Company will be engaging with customers as part of a review of PickMeUp. It will include a customer survey and a stakeholder event on the Oxford Science Park.

Phil Southall, Managing Director of the Oxford Bus Company said: “To break the 250,000-passenger journey barrier is a great landmark achievement. The recent introduction of the service into Horspath has also been very well received by residents in the village.

“Over the next few months we will be reviewing the future of the service, as it is still challenging to operate on a fully commercial basis. As part of this process we will be asking customers to complete a survey and we would encourage as many people as possible to take part and put forward ideas on how to make the service sustainable.

“If we cannot find a sustainable way forward during this review which may include additional local or government funding, or local business support, then the service may have to end which would be a real tragedy for everyone who has come to rely on it and those who work on it. We need wider support of PickMeUp to help us maintain the service, which has been enjoyed by those who have used it.”

PickMeUp was the county's first transport service of its kind when it was introduced in June 2018, enabling passengers to request a mini-bus pick-up within 15 minutes at a virtual bus stop using a mobile phone app.

The service provides flexibility for passengers to choose both the start and end point of their journey within the eastern arc of Oxford. Passengers are matched with others wishing to make similar journeys to enable ride sharing. It was designed to help reduce congestion and compliment traditional services.

It operates between 6.00am and 11.00pm Monday to Friday, between 7am and midnight on Saturday and 9am to 9pm on Sundays, with an average response time of 15 minutes. Multi-journey passes are available as well as corporate packages.

Oxford Bus Company invested £1.2M in nine 17-seat ultra-low emission Euro 6 minibuses, with Wi-Fi, USB charging points, wheelchair access and comfortable high-back seating to launch the service. The front-end and back-end technology for the service was developed in partnership with Via, a US based market leader in ride-sharing technology.  


January 30th : Stagecoach, the UK’s largest bus and coach operator, has unveiled a brand new look for its iconic buses, shaped by the needs of customers it proudly serves across the UK, every day.  

The new bus design is part of a wider commitment from Stagecoach to simplify, modernise and enhance its customer experience, whilst reaffirming the customer-first approach that runs through everything it does – from its drivers and buses, to its customer service and technology solutions. 

When conceiving the new bus design, Stagecoach asked thousands of customers to share their thoughts on how the new design could serve them best, and what would encourage them to use public transport more regularly.

The findings highlighted that 69% of customers often found it confusing to find the bus they wanted, with a further 37% stating they would use the bus more often if it was simpler and more modern.  

Taking on board feedback from customers, the bus operator created a new simplified and clearly colour coded design for its various bus services to make it easier and instantly recognisable for passengers to identify their required service, representing the three different types of journey; Azure blue for its Local service, Amber yellow for Longer, and Ocean green for Specialist. 

Stagecoach has also restructured the way its services are classified to make it easier and more clearly differentiated for customers to identify which service they require. The new changes across Stagecoach services embody the company’s commitment to being proud to serve all of its current and new customers, representing the important role it plays in connecting people to the people and places that matter most. 

 Martin Griffiths, Chief Executive, Stagecoach: We are proud to serve our customers and connect communities across Britain, and our research shows more people will get on board the bus if it’s simpler to use. Our new look design and the multi-million-pound investments we are making in greener buses, smart technology, and better journeys is designed to give our customers exactly what they want.” 

Stagecoach’s instantly recognisable ‘roundel’ icon, a familiar sight on the British road for two decades, has been rejuvenated, modernised and simplified and will be universally adopted across everything that the bus operator offers, representing the three different types of journey. These include: Stagecoach’s instantly recognisable ‘roundel’ icon, a familiar sight on the British road for two decades, has been rejuvenated, modernised and simplified and will be universally adopted across everything that the bus operator offers, representing the three different types of journey.



These include:

This year marks 40 years since the birth of Stagecoach. It has come a long way since 1980, from humble beginnings, starting with just two buses in Perth, Scotland, and growing dramatically to become the UK’s largest bus and coach operator. Today, Stagecoach serves over 2.5 million passengers a day, playing a vital role in keeping people and communities connected across the country. 

The new bus design will be rolled out across the fleet of 8,400 buses over a three-year period, with customers seeing the first buses on the road from February. The one-off special bus of the people livery will go into service in the North East from January 30th .

Three vehicles representing the new liveries launched on January 30th.

The three vehicles used for the launch image are Stagecoach Yorkshire's Volvo B9R 53715 from Barnsley and 11.8m ADL Enviro 200MMC 26026 from Rawmarsh. The Enviro 400MMC is 11259 from Stagecoach Manchester at Hyde Road.

It has been made clear that The Oxford tube brand will remain as is for the foreseeable future.

More news from stagecoach


Marc Turley.

Stagecoach has announced the appointment of Marc Turley as its new Commercial Director overseeing commercial activity for the Group. This includes the customer proposition, marketing and brand alongside pricing strategy and overall product development.

Marc has worked in various commercial roles within Stagecoach since 2016, and has over 20 years’ experience of the transport industry. He previously worked in senior commercial and marketing positions within East Midlands Trains, a Stagecoach subsidiary, and numerous National Express Group companies.

Marc will take up his new position on Monday 3 February, working as part of Stagecoach’s Operations Board and will work alongside the Business Development team to drive forward the core business strategy.

Mark Threapleton, Chief Operating Officer for Stagecoach, said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Marc into his new role as Commercial Director. Marc has a strong background in leading commercial and marketing strategy and has made a very positive impact in his time with Stagecoach.

“Marc will work alongside the senior leadership team in helping to drive forward our strategy for the future, which continues to put customers firmly at the core of our business.”

Marc Turley added: “Stagecoach is a company with a strong vision for the future which places the customer at its heart and I’m pleased to be given the opportunity to continue to play a key role in that.

“I’m passionate about making it even easier for customers to travel with us and pleased to be helping to drive forward some of our new initiatives which give people even more reasons and confidence to choose to travel by bus.”


In a further boost to Tyneside bus services, Stagecoach North East has announced the introduction of 23 brand new buses to its Newcastle fleet.

The new double deck ADL MMC Enviro 400 buses will operate up to every six minutes as Stagecoach service 39/40, connecting the communities of Dumpling Hall, Chapel House, Fenham, Byker and Wallsend after an investment of £5.2 million.

One of the new buses for Newcastle. 

Operating from the company's Walkergate depot, the buses will feature state-of-the-art, Euro 6 engines equipped with Stop-Start technology for improved fuel efficiency and audio-visual next stop announcements with scrolling LED displays. The journey experience is also enhanced by improved seating for customer comfort, free Wi-Fi, USB charging points and contactless payments on-board.

These improvements to the fleet further demonstrate Stagecoach's commitment to investment in an enhanced travel experience for passengers. During 2016, £9m was invested in 43 new buses for the company's two Newcastle depots, and a further £3m investment was made earlier this year on 18 Enviro 200 buses in Teesside. Recent research by KPMG shows that every £1 invested in local bus services generates up to £8 in wider social, economic and environmental benefits.

Gary Chisholm, Engineering Director at Stagecoach North East, said: "Embracing new technology and continually investing in improvements is helping to make life easier for all of our passengers. With increased traffic congestion on our roads, offering a greener way to travel with the inception of Euro 6 technology has never been so important.”

Euro 6 buses emit less NOx than a new Euro 6 diesel car and, as the bus has 15-20 times the carrying capacity of a typical car, just one bus can replace up to 75 car trips. As congestion is costing the UK economy more than £13b a year and bus organisations continue to invest in making buses a better choice, there has never been a better time to make the switch to public transport.

Stagecoach has been working with Newcastle council officers to improve bus priority within the city centre, with the aim of reducing journey times, improving reliability and making buses a better choice.

Councillor Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “Encouraging our residents to swap from their cars to public transport is an important move in helping to tackle climate change in Newcastle. Less cars on our roads means less pollution and reduces Newcastle’s carbon footprint, helping us achieve our ambitious target of being NetZero by 2030.

“I welcome this investment from Stagecoach in more environmentally friendly buses that will not only reduce their emissions but provide a modern, comfortable journey for their passengers.”

The local Stagecoach team will be working with key user group, North East Action on Transport (NEAT), to develop the next stop announcement technology for passengers with visual impairments.

NEAT is an informal user led group with aims to make public transport more accessible to people with a visual impairment. The group is comprised of service users and staff from sight loss charities and organisations, such as Guide dogs and RNIB.

Angus Huntley, Empowerment Officer for Newcastle Vision Support, said: "North East Action on Transport welcomes the introduction of the new vehicles in Newcastle and the audio announcements and visual displays, which now make bus travel much more accessible to people with sight loss. We believe the introduction of this technology is an important step in improving the travel experience for people with sight loss, helping them to feel more confident and be more independent."

Steve Walker, Managing Director at Stagecoach North East, said: "We believe that breaking down barriers for those unfamiliar with bus travel is central to encouraging modal shift to public transport. We're delighted that this new technology is helping to make life easier for all of our passengers and making buses a better option. We would like to thank the team from NEAT for their valuable contribution." 


Peter Cartwright writes about SmartZone tickets

I noted that Buckinghamshire County Council, Arriva and Carousel were recently in the High Street launching the Wycombe SmartZone ticket which enables passengers to travel on either Carousel (red) buses or Arriva (blue) buses. It is, however, NOT a new initiative.

Some of us have long memories and on 13 April 1980 - yes FORTY years ago when Chilternlink was introduced tickets were then inter available between Alder Valley (red) buses and London Country (green) buses for the first time. Unfortunately bus deregulation in 1986 meant it has taken 34 years to restore something previously available. I see that there was no reference to this in the launch of Wycombe SmartZone.

I wonder why?

Picture by Pete Cabin.

Letters from Readers on memories regarding services in Oxfordshire

Ian McNeill

I have a COMS timetable book No 175 dated 3rd June 1962, and so I can add a bit of detail about the former Brackley - Oxford route, which I hope will be of interest.

There was a 9:00 am departure from Brackley every day except Thursdays and Sundays. It was a through bus from Bicester (dep 8:20 am).   The Brackley departure point was The Greyhound, except during school terms when the bus left from Central Station.  Between Brackley and Fritwell the route varied from day to day:

Monday via Evenley, Tusmore Park and Ardley (which it had already served between Bicester and Brackley), arriving Gloucester Green at 10.32 am.  Tuesday and Friday via Croughton, Aynho and Souldern Gate, into Gloucester Green at 10:34 am.  Wednesday via Evenley, Mixbury, Tusmore Park and Ardley (again), into Gloucester Green at 10:39.  Saturday via Evenley, Mixbury, Tusmore Park, Stoke Lyne and Ardley (again), into Gloucester Green at 10:47 am.  Also, the Wednesday and Saturday buses ran via Caulcott between Lower Heyford Corner and Kirtlington, but this variation did not alter the running time from Fritwell to Gloucester Green which was 61 minutes each day.

Next was a mid-morning journey from Gloucester Green to Brackley (Greyhound) 3 times per week:

Friday at 10:45 am following the reverse of the Tuesday/Friday route above, arriving at 12:19 pm.  Wednesday at 10:55 am via the reverse of the Monday route above, arriving 12:27 am.  Saturday at 10:55 am via the reverse of the Wednesday route above, arriving at 12:34 pm.

These journeys then returned to Oxford.  Friday departure at 1:05 pm via the Tuesday/Friday morning route, arriving at 2:39 pm. Saturday at 1:10 pm via the Monday morning route, arriving at 2:42 pm.  Wednesday at 1:10 pm via the Wednesday morning route (but not via Caulcott), arriving at 2:49 pm.

The afternoon departures from Gloucester Green all left at 5:05 pm.  The Monday bus ran via the reverse of the Monday morning route, arriving at Brackley Greyhound at 6:37 pm and continuing via Ardley to Bicester arriving at 7:12 pm.  On Tuesday and Friday the route was the reverse of the Tuesday/Friday morning bus, arriving at Brackley Greyhound at 6:39 pm and then via Ardley to Bicester (arrive 7:14 pm).  The Wednesday bus ran via the reverse of the Wednesday morning route (including Caulcott) and terminated at Brackley Greyhound at 6:44 pm.  The Saturday bus retraced the Saturday morning route (including Caulcott) and terminated at Brackley Greyhound at 6:52 pm.           

 The Wednesday and Saturday buses then left Brackley at 8:00 pm and ran to Gloucester Green via the Monday morning route, arriving at 9:32 pm. 

On Sundays a bus left Bicester at 12:05 pm and ran via Ardley to Brackley Greyhound, leaving there at 12:45 for Oxford via Mixbury and Ardley and arriving at Gloucester Green at 2:11 pm - at 86 minutes this was the fastest timing of the week between Brackley and Oxford.  The bus left  Gloucester Green again at 2:15 pm and ran via the Tuesday/Friday route arriving at Brackley Greyhound at 3:49 pm.  It left again at 3:55 pm and returned to Oxford, by the same route as the earlier journey and arrived at Gloucester Green at 5:21 pm, again in 86 minutes.  It left Gloucester Green at 5:30 pm via the reverse of the same route, and reached Brackley Greyhound at 6:56 pm, the only 86 minute timing of the week in that direction.  Finally it left Brackley again at 7:30 pm via the Tuesday/Friday route, arriving at Gloucester Green at 9:04 pm.

The Brackley section of the 95 was really a diversion from the main Oxford - Ardley - Bicester route which was rather better served, notably at commuting times. The whole route operated from Bicester depot, and the final Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday evening arrivals from Brackley at Gloucester Green then ran to Bicester via Ardley.  To the best of my recollection, the buses on the 95 were mostly Regent IIIs with lowbridge Weymann bodies from the 157-166 batch (PWL 404-413), which were nearing the end of their lives with COMS. 

Andrew Dyer

I was interested to read the piece abut the new 505 route between Bicester and Brackley and Hugh Jaeger's request for further info 

I started being a regular bus user between Bletchingdon and Oxford when I started secondary school in 1965. Prior to that my bus journeys were with Charlton-on-Otmoor Services on primary school trips to Bicester open air swimming pool which I remember was either clear and freezing or warm and green!! Regular buses used on that contract were ex-Maidstone & District KKK 838 a 1949 AEC Regal and ex-Thames Valley GBL 873 a 1951 Bristol LWL! 

When I started being an Oxford school commuter the COMS route network in the area was: 

70 - Oxford-Bicester-Buckingham-Bedford (joint with United Counties 131)

95 - Brackley-Ardley-Heyfords-Bletchingdon-Kidlington-Oxford (most journeys only ran the Ardley-Oxford section)

96 - Buckingham-Bicester-Oxford via villages

97 - Bicester- Oxford fast (only a few journeys)

98 - Bicester-Waddesdon-Aylesbury 

These were supplemented by various odd-day services, several linked to Bicester Market day on Fridays. Certainly the 95 ran more frequently on Wednesdays for Oxford market day and there was a non-standard Thursday lunchtime journey because Thursday was early closing day in Oxford!! 

93/A/B was Oxford-Kidlington and 94 was Oxford-Kidlington-Deddington-Banbury. In those days city Route 2 only went as far as Cutteslowe Estate or Summertown (Harbord Road) 

In 1968 when the Oxford-Cambridge railway closed, service 71 was introduced from Oxford-Bicester-Winslow-Bletchley as a rail replacement route using two brand new AEC Swifts GJO 630 &631F. It was again joint with UCOC route 121. Obviously the two companies couldn't agree on a common route number to try and make things easier for the public!!! 

I'm not sure that there was ever a Bicester-Brackley service, or if there was is was a market day only type of operation Of course in the 60s both Bicester and Brackley only had a fraction of their current population.

However I’ve found this fabulous picture in the transport Library which is photo credit Barry Hitchcox 1960. SFC 434 was one of the first COMS buses that I travelled on and was a stalwart on the 95.

It was a Bicester depot vehicle for much of its life I think, and was withdrawn at the end of 1965/early 66 as I recall.
Courtesy Transport Library.

Tony Bungay

I have to say that Leyland Leopard/ECW 33 seemed to catch the cameras as both my contribution and the other photographer had got this vehicle, furthermore it was only when I was looking at the photo I took of 33 in blue and yellow livery that I saw alongside a similar vehicle in National Holidays livery working X90, it made me wonder if I had actually photographed this vehicle as a whole or overlooked it at the time!!!!! 

I also wondered if many people realise that between 1934 to 1952 the Oxford – London service was believe it or not operated by United Counties, originally under the Varsity name until 1949.

They effectively got to operate the service by default, as Varsity was a Cambridge based company who operated from both cities. They were taken over by Eastern Counties, it was felt that the Oxford operation should pass to the nearest Tilling company which was United Counties. 

I have to say that Leyland Leopard/ECW 33 seemed to catch the cameras as both my contribution and the other photographer had got this vehicle, furthermore it was only when I was looking at the photo I took of 33 in blue and yellow livery that I saw alongside a similar vehicle in National Holidays livery working X90, it made me wonder if I had actually photographed this vehicle as a whole or overlooked it at the time!!!!! 

I also wondered if many people realise that between 1934 to 1952 the Oxford – London service was believe it or not operated by United Counties, originally under the Varsity name until 1949.

They effectively got to operate the service by default, as Varsity was a Cambridge based company who operated from both cities. They were taken over by Eastern Counties, it was felt that the Oxford operation should pass to the nearest Tilling company which was United Counties. 

Regarding your fleet news, one cannot but wonder how a company the size of Arriva did not realise that the coaches in use on the 758 did not comply!!  I do not think using Enviro 200mmc vehicles even temporarily is going to endear passengers. Any Green Line service into London has always been up against traffic congestion which in part is why most have gone. The X90 as you stated finally fell victim to this and much higher spec vehicles were used!

As you correctly say why they are using a vehicle like this is a mystery, obviously down to vehicle availability problems I suppose. As I have said to you before Arriva at Aylesbury seem to be having to contend with a number of problems, indeed as your latest newsletter states, a couple more Citaros have left there in exchange for older double decker’s. Not that I would have thought they had a pressing need for the capacity! 

As ever last weeks newsletter made interesting reading, with the addition of contributions from outside it's core area as well.

An interesting development being the TFL Heathrow – High Wycombe, one can speculate that if TFL had owned the Green Line name rather than Arriva, this service may have operated with that name.

You mention of an earlier service between the two points and if anybody had any photos, while I have nothing from the 1970’s. In the mid 1990’s The Wycombe Bus Company also operated a fast Service the X60, between Aylesbury – High Wycombe – Marlow the M4 to Heathrow. The service had a frequency of two hourly 7days a week, except Christmas and Boxing day. The service if I recall correctly lasted about a year operating from 1994 to 1995, it was withdrawn at the same time as the Oxford Bus Company sold/exchanged Services 280, 323/324 to the then British Bus owned LDT The Shires.

Photo of 117 in Friarage Road Aylesbury, on the start of a journey to Heathrow summer 1994

In respect of the feature on new service 505 Bicester – Brackley, I can supply a few bits of information which while not exhaustive may be of use.

The 338 linking Northampton with Oxford via Towcester – Brackley and Bicester begun in 1975 and was operated jointly between United Counties/City of Oxford, from what I remember of the timetable I think the service on some or all journeys between Brackley and Bicester took in villages of Evenley, Mixbury and Fringford.

When South Midland was created from the split of City of Oxford, they took over the Oxford share of the service. 

Photo shows United Counties Leyland Olympian/ECW 602 in Bicester Sheep Street on an Oxford bound 338 in June 1983

United Counties were required to introduce a more commercial network in spring of 1986, five months or so ahead of deregulation day 26/10/86.

The 338 was renumbered 38 and cut back, so the nearest it got to Bicester was Brackley on some journeys. Bicester did retain a link to Northampton with new ‘Coachlinks’ X32 but this come via Milton Keynes-Buckingham like todays X5

When deregulation day dawned the 38 was again extended to Oxford but on a more direct route, the following year it became another ‘Coachlinks’ service the X38.

I am not certain but I think for a time at least in this period a Bicester – Brackley service was operated by South Midland as I recall seeing one of this companies Bristol VRT’s in Brackley Market Place , I think the timetable showed  three round trips.

Interestingly the 338 route number returned to Bicester in early 1993 again serving both Oxford and Brackley, however the Brackley part of the route ceased a few months later! 

While on the subject of Service numbers, this is not the first time Bicester as seen the 505 number, In 1987-1988 it featured in Bicester on a Service between Oxford – Aylesbury and Luton Airport operated by Oxford and Luton and District.

Many thanks to all for those interesting notes. 


North of the Border with Gordon Scott

Taken at South Gyle Centre Edinburgh January 22nd.

Lothian 754 - SN56AAK Volvo B7TL Wright Gemini on route 21. One of the last few early Volvo B7TL in Lothian fleet still in service.

Taken January 23rd in Renfrew Street Glasgow 

First Glasgow 48901 - LB69JKK
Alexander Dennis BYD Enviro 200EV one of two on route M3 City Centre to Milton.
Funded by SP Energy Networks Scottish Power Group.

Taken on January 24th at Alexander Dennis Falkirk both on a test run.

Mistral Bus & Coach Rental Enviro 200 MMC.

First West England 39431 - YN69EHH
  Scania Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 CBG City.

Lothian 210 - SN61BBV Alexander Dennis Enviro 400
seen at Newbridge on M9 heading for Lothian Seafield after repaint by Ferrymill.

Taken on January 24th at Newbridge Roundabout. 

Stagecoach West Scotland 50142 - YX69LBK
Volvo B11R Plaxton Panorama on Citylink 900. 

Stagecoach East Scotland Fife 10906 - SN67WZX
Alexander Dennis E40D, Route 747 Edinburgh Airport to Halbeath Park & Ride.
New to Stagecoach West Scotland .

Lothian Country 9204 - SB19GKJ Volvo B8R
Plaxton Leopard on EX2 to Linlithgow.

Welter Tours Road Crew Nightliner
Van Hool Astromega seen at Buchanan Bus Station.

Check this link - it's interesting: https://www.showcase-music.com/company-details/road-crew-nightliner-service

Lothian Country 847 - MXZ1757 Volvo
B9TL Wright Gemini on route X18.
Ex Lothian Motorcoaches and new to
Lothian Buses 847 - SN57DDY.
Taken at Newbridge January 25th.

Thanks to Gordon for his usual provision of interesting pictures. 

Fleet news and developments

Tony Bungay

Regarding your fleet news, one cannot but wonder how a company the size of Arriva did not realise that the coaches in use on the 758 did not comply!!  I do not think using Enviro 200mmc vehicles even temporarily is going to endear passengers. Any Green Line service into London has always been up against traffic congestion which in part is why most have gone. The X90 as you stated finally fell victim to this and much higher spec vehicles were used!

White Bus on 300  -  I saw it working a 500 duty on January 21st, I hoped to get a photo as i assumed it would be working the next 500 out as usually is the case. But in this instance no bus of any description appeared!

Update from January 30th.

In the past two days Aylesbury has not had just one of these vehicles, but two appear on it’s streets! One vehicle however would appear to be a vehicle from Milton Keynes, as it was seen on an X60 usually worked by a vehicle from there.

At least it has a working destination display and was seen in Aylesbury High street on January 29th, it also worked the same service diagram on the 30th.

The other vehicle which you have already sent a photo of on the X30, is seen here in Exchange street Aylesbury working a 500 journey to Watford January 30th.
This vehicle carries a paper sticker on the window just past the passenger entrance, stating it is on hire from Arriva Bus and Coach.

With reference to your comment about routes Arriva are taking on in the North West, maybe these are standing in for some vehicles sent up there! I am sure you will find out.

Nigel Peach

I was surprised to see Evolution YJ60GGO in Wycombe bus station today (21st) on route 30. It seems that this bus has done the rounds during its life, including a spell at Arriva Southern Counties.

Pictures by Gavin Francis.

Meanwhile ex ASC 3539 LF52UOB, back after a spell off the road, is sporting a replacement front panel... but it's red, and it says HinckleyBus! Sadly it eluded my camera.

Gavin caught up with this bus on January 23rd.

David Hillas

I reported to you buses on Arriva route 41 between High Wycombe and Great Missenden that had broken down. Well here is another one that has broken down. It is 3926 (BG59 FCU) a Mercedes-Benz Citaro O530 and is photographed in Prestwood High Street. The enclosed photos shows the front and back of it.

Pictures by David Hillas.


I like the bus reversing on 2326, both looking careworn.

Solo 2495 is seen in the Eden Bus Station.

Optare Versa 2992 - YJ09MKF is Wycombe's repaint spare, one wonders if it will return from whence it came?

Citaro 3010 is seen with a 32 working.

3537 is seen with a 32 service in the Eden Bus Station, the damage to the offside rear does little to enhance Arriva's image.

Citaro 3917 branded, partially, for the X60 service, working a 300 service.

VDL/ALX400 6000, still active in Wycombe, here is seen working the 32.

VDL Plaxton Centro YJ58FFC-with an X30 service leaves Eden Bus Station.

Gavin has been recording the use of E200MMCs on the 758 to Victoria.

3114 is seen on January 28th, 3115 on the 22nd and 3131 on the 27th all in GLCS -Bulleid Way.

Interesting  times ahead as the intended X50 service to Heathrow is on the cards. So far the coaches expected for the Carousel 102 service have not yet appeared. However as readers can see below the current grey coaches are busy including some Oxford based coaches.

I took a couple of pictures on January 20th showing a new super rear on 216, 709 back from its wanderings. Also 424 out of use at the overflow WYC depot yard.



69 is a regular along with 67, 68 and 78 at this time.

StreetLite 401 is seen leaving the Eden Bus Station with a number 8 service.

Solo 712 is seen leaving the Eden Bus Station with a number 36 service.

Gavin caught up with the present workings of the on time Go-Ahead London WVLs including 240 now 942.

939, 940, 941 (now single door) and recently arrived 942 still in full London livery!

940 and 942 from the rear, 939 with 942 behind ready for departure. Two pictures of 942 in service.

One more of the 102 in Uxbridge High Street.

74, with the last day branding removed, working a late evening service on January 25th by A Sewell. 

Jack Cooper

Former X90 70 and 71 parked together, they are used on the overnight 102 service which is run out of Oxford instead of Wycombe.

70 still has some trace of its former life in London with the London skyline
and the shopping bag from it's Oxford Street advert, and 71 has the X90 logo still.

All X90 Interdecks still have their X90 related registration plates.  

Former X90 Espress, now driver trainer 961, it's still going strong for 21 years in service. 

Citaro 838 now the Aspire Gym bus parked up,
the last time I got a picture of it was in February last year in its PickMeUp livery! 


Gavin Francis

220 working the 35 and 222 working the 2 (appropriate) on January 28th then 311 working the 3, the date was the 26th.

224 with a super rear on January 26th and 300 three days later.

369 looks bright working the 300 through town on January 28th.

StreetDeck variety, 373 working the U1, 660 the 5 and 676 the 300.

Guy Watts

Branded buses on wrong routes, 671 working the 5, 683 the 500 both on January 22nd. 

2903 has recently returned from Magtec where it has been converted to electric,
it now has branding saying that it's powered by sunshine and it's a zero emission bus seen by Jack Cooper.

Scania 213 has reappeared in service after many months off the road!

Andy Horwood provides an interesting variety at Didcot on January 25th. 

Thames Travel 221 seen working the X2 on January 26th by Gavin Francis.

Bennett's BV67JYK wit a 444 service crossing Elizabeth Bridge on January 29th by Gavin Francis.

Back in Oxford, DeCourcey's MD44 is seen in Beaumont Street with a 304 service on January 28th by Gavin Francis. 

This company operates the 38 in High Wycombe seen here on January 23rd by Gavin Francis. 


A new era begins for the Group where all vehicles will carry the logo as above but the local names will not be used. however in our area the Oxford tube branding will not change at this time.

The transfer of three MAN/ALX300s here has been reported by Stagecoach East Midlands. We believe that 22416/17/18 are for driver training use. They were withdrawn from service at Hull by Stagecoach East Midlands last year.

It appears as stepping back in time as the last of these type left the fleet quite along time ago. Picture by SKM.

Pictures from Gavin Francis

Normally to be seen working the 700, 10070 now seems to be appearing on other routes such as above when route 2 was host.
Taken by Debenhams's on January 28th.

MMC 10683 is seen working route 1 in High Street on January 26th.

The camera never lies, the bus looks to be at an odd angle! 11236 is seen arriving from Witney with an S2 service.
Taken entering Magdalen Street East on January 28th.

From Frazer Peddle

12008 is seen waiting time in Oxford - note the difference in destination font!

Now withdrawn and sold is former Bedford-allocated Volvo B10M training coach 52485.

Scania/Enviro 400s 15657/58/59 and 15812/13/14 have all been transferred into the Reserve Fleet at Fenstanton.

Transferred from Leamington to Rugby are Enviro 200s 36948 and 36949. 

At Kettering MAN/Enviro 200 39683 is in the main fleet having replaced 39680 which is now delicenced whilst similar 39682 is now for disposal here.

Trident 18152 has been returned to service at Northampton whilst we understand that similar 18323/71/98/99 and 18403 are all back operational and have been in service over the last week at Leamington.
Recently re-instated to the operational fleet at Kettering after being listed for withdrawal, MAN/Enviro 200 39699 has been pressed into use on the X4 Northampton-Peterborough route today covering for a Gold-spec Enviro 400MMC.

The S6 arriving in Oxford presently must use Beaumont Street and then down George Street to get to Gloucester Green.

Gold MMC 10986 is seen by The Ashmolean Museum in Beaumont Street on January 28th by Gavin Francis. 

Gavin Francis has provided some interesting pictures of revised services on the route.

50250 is seen in Buckingham Palace Road on January 29th looking pristine in spite of the red roof and lack of wheel trims!

50281 heading for Oxford with an Express service on January 29th by Gavin Francis.

Coach 50244 having arrived in Oxford.
Gavin was driving a duty with the S5 Express from Bicester to Oxford and took this picture in Magdalen Street East on January 30th. 

50288 is seen in GLCS, Bulleid Way on January 22nd by Gavin Francis.

50411 is seen in GLCS, Bulleid Way on January 27th by Gavin Francis.

54207 leaves VCS on its way to Liverpool on January 26th by Gavin Francis.

Ex Gloucester Bus& Coach LHD 55005 rebranded in GLCS on January 28th by Gavin Francis.

There are no further developments of megabus branding currently expected. 

Smaller operators and London developments


Gavin caught up with this operator loading in Green Line Coach Station recently. Check their website, it's quite an experience I would imagine.

Ayats coaches loading in GLCS by Gavin Francis.

VS930V736HA031315  Bravo 1R City  LK18DXD  As   CH38/4Ft  5/2018  Bustronome, Fulham 
VS930V736JA031344  Bravo 1R City  LJ19GNF  As   CH38/4Ft  4/2019  Bustronome, Fulham 

Whilst it certainly looks great the prices are outside my budget as a pensioner!!

Now this one takes some working out and I confess I haven't a clue!
LT675 is working a London United 211 service on January 26th by Gavin Francis.

More from this operator with various coaches.

BD18TLO in full livery running round to work a Paris service on January 26th by Gavin Francis.
The second picture, also by Gavin Francis, shows this coach in Ouibus livery on July 9th 2019.
I believe this coach is owned by JG Connect of Harefield ?

C16GWG departs with an Amsterdam service on January 26th by Gavin Francis.

VDL FE-695-QR a Paris service on January 26th by Gavin Francis.


Student Travel Irizar i6 from Prague - 1BJ 9266 arrives in Green Line Coach Station on January 29th by Gavin Francis.

Bakers RB61MTB in Beaumont Street on January 28th by Gavin Francis.

Marchants of Cheltenham Spa
seen in  Green Line Coach Station on January 29th by Gavin Francis.



Rhodes Travel H10TBR seen near High Wycombe on January 29th by Gavin Francis.

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