Wednesday, 28 March 2012

GREYS OF ELY new panther 2 hits the road

Greys of ely new coach a plaxton panther 2 has entered in to service . This is there second panther 2 in the fleet the new coach is G18ELY this reg was warn by a Volvo B7R Plaxton javelin which  has been sold on to an operator in the Shetlands (Scotland).
 

G14ELY in histon 

The photo above of from the left is G15ELY with G18ELY on the right . this was taken at Cambridge city fc .  other  greys  news is that there former ex Stagecoach megabus leyland oly ESU238 ex H724KDY
 has also been sold tGibson Direct, Renfrew when greys had it it was given a complete over hall as show here .  

Also ive noticed a very neat tracking device on there award wining website  to view there tracker click here   as i look now i can see that there vanhool (G17ELY) is in Abergavenny (welsh wales) As well as others at wimpole hall and Folkstone awaiting train to France this tracker helped me photo G14ELY at the end of my road 
There website is also mobile compatible  page  whitch is handy for on the go coach bookings.  also greys of ely are on twitter and facebook 


Wednesday, 21 March 2012

East Yorkshire motor services

East Yorkshire motor services have taken delivery of 27 plaxton president volvo B7TL with five of them going open top for work in Scarborough  with  four (at the moment) to go across to there sister company finglands in Manchester   all 27 of the volvo B7TL's started with go ahead London before  eyms brought  them              
654 PL51LDU at EYMS depot in hull 
                 
 The registration and fleet numbers of the ones so far arrived so far are

646 W439WGH
647 W448WGH
648 W449WGH
649 W499WGH
650 W544WGH
652 X508EGK
653 PL51LDJ
654 PL51LDU
655 PL51LDV
656 PL51LDZ
657 PL51LEF
658 8225KH
659 W659WKH
664 PN02XBH
665 PN02XBP
666 PN02XBS
open top
881 A10EYD ex X579EGK
882 152FRH ex X588EGK
883 897EYX ex X591EGK
884 794EYD ex X593EGK
885 165DKH ex X594EGK


885 165DKH

The plaxton b7tls due for fingerlands are still un clear what they are at the moment

would like to thank gaz for  info and photos







Saturday, 10 March 2012

Just Go whippet

Go whippet have recently branded there spare Busway bus with ticket slogan ''just go''  
The final bit of the  branding is to go on the blue panel  soon i was lucky to travel on the bus on friday it probably the best bus ive been on down the busway yet 
BG59FYB on the busway at Histon

BG59FYB on the busway at Histon

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

STAGECOACH EXPANDS BUDGET COACH NETWORK TO CONTINENTAL EUROPE

this a straight copy off stagecoach site   
  • megabus.com to offer fares from £1* to France, Belgium and Netherlands
  • New routes give UK low-cost transport link to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam
  • Easy connections for customers in Scotland, England and Wales
  • Dedicated Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam service included in new European network
  • Journeys benefit from £2.5m investment in new coaches with free wi-fi and toilets
Budget coach operator megabus.com is to expand its low-cost network by offering fares from £1 for travel from the UK to key locations in Continental Europe.
megabus.com, which already carries millions of passengers in the UK and North America every year, will serve locations in France, Belgium and the Netherlands from next month.
The market-leading company, part of Stagecoach Group, has invested £2.5m million in a fleet of 10 new coaches, equipped with free wi-fi and toilets, to offer new routes linking Paris, Boulogne, Brussels and Amsterdam.
Bookings for the new services through www.megabus.com open from tomorrow (8 March 2012), with the first services running from Monday 16 April 2012. French and Dutch language websites trading in Euros will also be launched soon.
Day and night services will operate on the new network, providing a new welcome low-cost link to the Continent through London as family budgets remain tight and   people look to make their cash go further. Fares will include the cost of ferry crossings across the Channel.
megabus.com will offer three routes on its new European network:
  • Birmingham-Coventry-London-Boulogne-Paris
  • Leicester-Milton Keynes-London-Brussels-Amsterdam
  • Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam
Connections will be available on other megabus.com services from other locations in England - including Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield – as well as from Scotland and Wales.
Sir Brian Souter, Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group, said: “megabus.com has already transformed inter-city travel in the UK and North America with great value fares and high-quality coaches. Our new network in Europe will bring our brand to a huge new market at a time when everyone is looking to make their money go further.
“Whether you are a student heading off back-packing, a family looking for a low-cost holiday, or a tourist looking to see some of Europe’s great cities, fares from just £1 mean megabus.com offers unbeatable value. We are really excited about taking megabus.com to the next stage and we’re sure it will be as popular in France, Belgium and the Netherlands as we’ve seen it be elsewhere.”
megabus.com, the award-winning budget travel operator, already covers around 60 locations in the UK and more than 70 major cities in the United States and Canada.
The low fares coach service runs in and out of the heart of major cities, avoiding extra transfers and waiting associated with air travel. Clear low-cost pricing, with no extra fees for luggage or airport taxes, contrasts with budget airlines criticised for pricey add-ons to basic fares.
megabus.com – which offers daily, express travel for as low as £1 in the UK and from $1 in North America – was launched in Scotland in 2003 and expanded to the United States in 2006.
The popular service provides carries around 3 million passengers in the UK every year. More than 16 million customers have travelled with megabus.com in North America since the launch in April 2006 and the service has expanded rapidly over the past 12 months through the success of its six key hubs.
Visit www.megabus.com for information about services, stops, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.
ENDS
For media enquiries, please contact: Stagecoach Group Communications on 01738 442111 or email media@stagecoachgroup.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
*A 50p booking fee applies to all journeys. A passport, valid beyond the date of return, is required for all passengers. Customers are also required to have all relevant documentation needed to comply with customs and immigration, health and other regulations.
Stagecoach Group
Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transport group, with extensive operations in the UK, United States and Canada. The company employs 35,000 people and operates bus, coach, rail, and tram services. Visit www.stagecoach.com for more information.
megabus.com
megabus.com carries around 3 million passengers a year in the UK, covering around 60 locations. In North America, megabus.com links more than 60 cities across the Midwest and Northeast of the United States and in Canada. Visit www.megabus.com for more information.
The pick-up and departure points for the new services in Europe are:
  • Amsterdam - Zeeburg park and ride coach park at Zuiderzeeweg.
  • Boulogne - Gare de Maritime, Place de la Republique, near the town centre.
  • Brussels - Rue du Cardinal Mercier by the central train station.
  • Paris - Porte Maillot coach park, next to Palais de Congres de Paris.






many thanks to suzy  scott for the link 

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

New enviro 400s for stagecoach Peterborough

Stagecoach Peterborough  are expecting four brand new E400s to replace the ALX400 tridents (18420-18424 AE06GZ/S/T/U/V/W) which at a guess  they will go to Cambridge to help displace the M.A.N's from the 13's and some  Ely & Newmarket services . The  new E400's  are to numbered 10010-13  and registered AE12CKA/C/D/F there in the new 10000 series due to the 19000's being full . this will make Peterborough's fleet even modern Peterborough with there older-est bus being 100% low floor


Info from mutly and the Anglia & Thames Vally bus forum  

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Volvo Ely

On friday I paid a trip to Volvo Ely  to see what was about as rob of  Big robs big blog . told me there was what  looked like a plaxton centro up there  so as i had a free morning I Paid a trip to volvo located 2 miles out side of the city  didnt seem that far with my music in my ears Eric Claptons layla best walking song gets you there in no time . any way on my walk though the lovely city of Ely  to the Lancaster way business  park  I pass the norfolk green service (absolutely service  ) still with a good load . 

YJ11GGV seen on way in to Ely 

more to my amazement i saw one of Galloway travel of Mendelsham (Stowmarket ) tri axs vanhool Astron on a tour to Ely. was very happy to see it what a great coach as i walled out of ely along the path along the A142  I saw dews bus for there 106 sevice (Cottenham-ely) its a Dennis dart with its private of BU5 2 ELY  








At volvo i was in for a treat after being aloud in to photo the buses up there and boy what a treat in the corner sat a brand spanking new mcv boded volvo B7R waiting for it new 12 plate before it went of to pullhams & son  as shown below also up there was a Stagecoach Cambridge B10 training coach  and two b9r plaxton panthers with 53608 in the shed having it gear box looked at also up there was a greys of ely plaxton cheater 
delivery note on the mcv b7r 





Norfolk green big bus bash

On Friday me and a mate went out on a Norfolk green explorer ticket what give's you unlimited travel on all Norfolk green buses all for £8 . we started the day bright and early on the first 60 from Elm to wisbech and ended with a real treat a extremely  rare stray that was optare spectra 5 (YJ03UMK)  on the 46 Kings Lynn to March via Wisbech . The main point of are trip was to ''bash'' all the deckers witch is 2 Dennis tridents and 9 optare spectra's but it sort of failed after for the first few buses we landed were optare tempos then we started landing the spectras and a trident and also landed my first optare versa what was very nice . thought the day me and rob met up with andy the very andy of andys bus blog  . as his gen on how the the workings run was gold and helped us land spectra 4 and also trident 11

So here how the day went

621- MX53 FDD  Elm to Wisbech 60
621- MX53 FDD Wisbech to Kings Lynn 46
102- YJ56WU Kings Lynn to Long Sutton 505
101- YJ56WUG Long Sutton to Sutton Bridge 505
103- YJ57YCC Sutton Bridge to Weston 505
11 - LV52HHR Weston to Gedney 505
112- YJ57EHX  Gedney to Fleet  505
2- YE52FHG Fleet to Gedney 505
3- YG02FWE Gedney to Holbeach 505
5- YJ03UMK Holbeach to Weston 505
3- YG02FWE Weston to Kings Lynn 505
7- YJ51ZVF Kings Lynn to West Newton 11
8- YJ51ZVG West Newton to Kings Lynn 11
316- YJ09EZZ Kings Lynn to South gate   37
6- YJ03UML  South Gate to  Kings Lynn  505
10- LV52HHP Kings Lynn to South Lynn 505
112- YJ57EHX   South Lynn to Kings Lynn 505
4- YG02FWB Kings Lynn to Gayton Tesco  Fairstead  One
502- YJ58VCC Gayton Tesco to Kings lynn Fairstead One
5- YJ03UMK Kings Lynn to Wisbech 46
609- X384VVY Wisbech to Elm 60
spectra 5 at wisbech bus stn

It did turn out to be a bash more of the 505. Sadly the spectra with my name on 1-YE52FHF wasn't out and 9- YG02 FWD kept getting away Sadly but there's next time for them :). best bus has to be spectra 5 it just went and sounded great and the little time i had on the optare versa was great. hope to go on one of ther Irisbus Agoraline as i kept missing them to even tho they have so may try again end of this mouth 


  

stagecoach uk buses due soon

 Just had a email sent to me about buses due soon for stagecoach in the next two months they are as followed
15802 GX12D-- Scania N230UD Alexander Enviro 400 South Awaiting Delivery Due Soon
15803 GX12D-- Scania N230UD Alexander Enviro 400 South Awaiting Delivery Due Soon
15804 GX12DXS Scania N230UD Alexander Enviro 400 South Awaiting Delivery Due Soon
15805 GX12D-- Scania N230UD Alexander Enviro 400 South Awaiting Delivery Due Soon
15806 GX12D-- Scania N230UD Alexander Enviro 400 South Awaiting Delivery Due Soon
15807 FX12BAA Scania N230UD Alexander Enviro 400 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Skegness)
15808 FX12BAV Scania N230UD Alexander Enviro 400 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Skegness)
15809 FX12BBN Scania N230UD Alexander Enviro 400 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Skegness)
15810 FX12BBU Scania N230UD Alexander Enviro 400 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Skegness)
15811 FX12BBV Scania N230UD Alexander Enviro 400 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Skegness)
27781 FX12BEO Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27782 FX12BFO Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27783 FX12BFP Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27784 FX12BGE Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27785 FX12BHE Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27786 FX12BHL Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27787 FX12BHN Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27788 FX12BJJ Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27789 FX12BJZ Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27790 FX12BKV Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27791 FX12BLJ Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27792 FX12BLK Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27793 FX12BMO Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27794 FX12BMZ Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
27795 FX12BNA Dennis Enviro 300 Alexander Enviro East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Hull)
36480 MX12GEY Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 Manchester Reserve Arrived at Stockport
36481 MX12GCF Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 Manchester Reserve Arrived at Stockport
36482 MX12GCK Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 Manchester Reserve Arrived at Stockport
36483 MX12GCO Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 Manchester Reserve Arrived at Stockport
36484 MX12GCU Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 Manchester Reserve Arrived at Stockport
36485 MX12GCV Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 Manchester Reserve Arrived at Stockport
36509 FX12BNJ Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36510 FX12BNK Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36511 FX12BOU Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36512 FX12BSO Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36513 FX12BSU Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36514 FX12BTE Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36515 FX12BTU Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36516 FX12BTV Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36517 FX12BUP Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36518 FX12BVA Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36519 FX12BVE Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36520 FX12BVG Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36521 FX12BVM Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36522 FX12BVO Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Mansfield)
36523 FX12BVR Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Grimsby)
36524 FX12BVW Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Grimsby)
36525 FX12BZC Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Grimsby)
36526 FX12BZD Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Grimsby)
36527 FX12BZE Dennis Dart SLF 4 Alexander Enviro 200 East Midland Awaiting Delivery Due Soon (For Grimsby)
 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

absolutely fabulous day out

On Thursday I took a trip out before work to newmarket and bury St Edmunds and Ely  to see some of the new town/city service in bury St Edmunds and Ely

bury st edmunds town service operated by stephensons of essex called ''The breeze'' where there useing ex east london darts on the town service and judging  by the loads on the buses there doing well the buses are very clean  and with a livey . un like first with there ''greenhouse shed'' as one driver from fec called them and went on to say ''if the failed essex county buses hadnt of shown up. bury would still of had the bog standard fec service''. first's bus services are to end at the end of march due to not making any money.
436-LX51FGF
Also runing town services in bury are Mulleys with two optare solo's . With first leaving bury both companys are expanding there service when first withdraw so no one is missed out Mulleys have bought more optare solos for the service's .
Other buses seen was was some of Chambers volvo olys
and a Galloway daf wright cadet and Stevenson's 11plate enviro 200's and two of there ex dublin Olympians 



After a trip back via Newmarket to Ely to see the new Norfolk Green City service in Ely called absolutely which go's around Ely in two loops servicing the new Sainsburys in Lisle Lane. this service is funded by sainsburys  and East Cambridgeshire council. the service is run by absolutely branded  optare solo  as shown to the left  with the whippet city service behind it that has now ended the whippet service was also funded by the east Cambridgeshire council . The loadings on the absolutely service were very good and it defiantly the talk of the town as many of the o.a.p's were talking about the ''nice new service from norfolk''. was what one person said waiting in whsmiths when i was in there.
All in all  the absolutely service seems a great success and very convenient for the people of Ely .

BUSES Traveled on
19592 Histon to Histon busway stop. citi8
15459 Histon Busway to Cambridge  busway B
18340 Cambridge to Newmarket  12
22319 Newmarket to Bury st eds  11
18415 Bury St Eds to Newmarket 11
18349 Newmarket to Ely  12
22324 Ely to cambridge science park 9
21230 Science park busway to Histon busway. Busway A

photos of the day can be found here