Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Weavaway directors to buy Tappins

Breaking News: Weavaway directors to buy Tappins

Michelle Wadsworth and Simon Weaver are to buy Tappins Coaches from Heyfordian Holdings on 30th September. Didcot-based Tappins operates a fleet of over 30 Volvo coaches and can trace its origins back to 1900. It has been operated as part of the Heyfordian group since 2007. All operations, engineering and driving staff are to remain, under the stewardship of General Manager David Walker.

In addition to its Newbury-based coach business, Weavaway trades as Countywide Travel in Basingstoke, Haywards Coaches in Reading, and Abingdon Coaches in Abingdon. Local bus services in West Berkshire and Hampshire are operated by sister company Newbury & District.

‘The Tappins business is an excellent fit with our existing activities in South Oxfordshire. We have successfully developed the Abingdon Coaches brand, and the acquisition of Tappins will enable this part of the Weavaway business to operate from their Didcot site.’

‘It is our intention to promote Tappins Coaches as an Oxford-based business, thereby avoiding brand conflict.’
‘Our Weavaway Travel and Newbury & District businesses operate a total of 60 vehicles, and with the addition of Tappins the size of the overall operation most certainly warrants the type of facility which exists in Didcot.’

A dozen Weavaway coaches will immediately transfer to Tappins, including late-model Skyliners, Van Hools, and high-capacity Iveco Panthers. Brand new coaches are expected to enter the Tappins fleet in early 2013.
‘The acquisition of Tappins will see our catchment area stretch right across the Thames Valley from Witney to Winchester, and Hungerford to Henley.’

A key aspect of the acquisition is the purpose-built site, which provides secure parking for 50 vehicles, large offices, a 6-bay workshop, bodyshop and coach wash.
‘Heyfordian Holdings are to be congratulated for maintaining a state of the art facility of this high standard. We intend to build on this with investment in the future to ensure Tappins continuing reputation as a top quality operator in an area where it enjoys an excellent reputation’.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Go Whippet up date

Go whippet have had a bit of an update since i last posted in a nut shell two new olys  volvo B7 SK52URV enters service city bus and Vanhool coach withdrawn .

So first of with two ex stagecoach volvo Olympians now in the fleet for school service these are ex magic bus Manchester photo below of them after arriving at there depot 
16721 P721GND and 16510 R510UWL (c) CHIPMUNK
SK52URV finally entered in to service on the 5th on its first day of service.  Sporting whippets new livery i was luck to photo it after work working 1815 Cambridge-Huntingdon (1A)  it looked great for a bus that had not seen service since 2009 Whippet have really spent time bring it back up to scratch    

SK52URV seen on huntingdon rd

Other news in the fleet is that E441ADV and J689LGA are now withdrawn from service 

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

17099 on hire to daybreak

The latest of the open top tridents to return at Cambridge is 17099 V473KJN bus has now gone on loan  to the morning tv news show  on  itv 1 daybreak (was GMTV) no one quite knows what its being used for why its with Daybreak bus it left on saturday from stagecoach cambridge depot and has now been seen at rugby stagecoach depot . more news on it when we find out 

(c) Simon J Langley

many thanks to simon for use of the photo

Olympic how its changed the buses in cambridgeshire

Well as you cant get away from it the Olympics have been on which one tv non stop but the stuff ive had for photo at stagecoach cambridge's Cowley road  depot is un real ive had enviro 400s from manchester, Merseyside, Newcastle and e300s from morecambe merseyside and other places  photos can be found HERE BIG THANKS go's to staff at cowly rd for heads up and tellinm me when there were due and to dave for heads up on convoy of them down the A14

back and bad

Well this blog is making a return after a absence due a busy working 6weeks with few trips out and about but did manage to get a freedom of Scotland 4 day tour covering from Gretna to Inverness  stranraer to Aberdeen on a all the stops pulled out great trip what i will never forget  for along time yet with possible a blog to follow on it soon .

also come to the blog is info from all over the uk as well as the normal Cambridgeshire  goings on

so sit back please enjoy the blog and fill free to send us any info or photos you want you will be fully

kindest regards
jamie Armstrong