I have some big news about the bus scene in England and will start off with the news extract regarding the anniversary of East Yorkshire Motorbus Service (EYMS).
East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) is 90 years old today (5 October) and to start its celebrations, it has turned out a bus representing the four main liveries used during the 90 years.
The front is the current burgundy/cream; the centre section is the NBC poppy red with the NBC logo on the offside (on the nearside centre section it’s slightly modified as immediately post NBC).
The rear section is in the original indigo and primrose scheme inherited from one of the two operators that came together to form EYMS – Lee and Beulah of Elloughton.
Next up we have the news that Whitelaw's Coaches' has purchased six new Enviro200 MMCs which are built by Alexander Dennis.
More new buses for Stonehouse, Lanarkshire-based Whitelaw’s Coaches are six Enviro200 MMCs supplied by Alexander Dennis (01909 551166), three of which are pictured.
They join a 40-strong fleet and are 10.8m models powered by 180bhp Cummins ISB4.5 engine coupled to Voith four-speed D824.6 gearboxes. They seat 41 in high-backed Lazzerini Practico seats finished in imitation leather and with belts. Wood effect flooring is also fitted, as are 10-camera CCTV systems.
Says MD Sandra Whitelaw: “We are delighted to have these new low-carbon buses in our fleet. They join a large number of existing Enviro200s already operated and are stylish, popular with drivers and passengers, and deliver exactly what we promise in terms of reliability, fuel economy and all-round performance.
“They are also supported by a parts and service team that is dedicated to the job.”
Also, there’s an update on the two-door New Routemaster style bus called the SRM. The photo taken on 7th October 2016 at Heysham Docks is the VHR45205 which is the 3rd SRM being delivered to Edgware garage (BT). The SRMs use the Volvo B5LH hybrid system instead of the original New Routemaster hybrid technology.
We’re still waiting for the SRMs to arrive and they could be entering service around November on Route 13.
Lastly, an update from LOTS:
1) Five new E20Ds (8343-47) entered service on the 8th with Abellio on route P13. A few more MHVs have arrived and In service at Camberwell, the batch MHV 56-85 is now complete. Arriva’s StreetLites on route 450 (SLS 1-22) are now almost all in service with just three to come. The last few LTs for Metroline route 189 are now going into service gradually, but those for Arriva 253 remain in store. New LTs for Go-Ahead route 21 and WHVs for Go-Ahead at Putney are now coming into stock.
2) It has been announced that Clive Hodson CBE, who was Managing Director of London Buses during the 1990s, died on 3 October aged 74 after a short illness. During his period in charge of London's buses he managed to make the operation break even.
R.I.P. Clive Hodson CBE.
Very soon, on the 26th October, it will have been 30 years since bus services in Britain (except London) were deregulated back in 1986. London Buses narrowly avoided bus deregulation during the 1990’s, all thanks to the popular Travelcard scheme and public pressure on the government to halt the deregulation plans.
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