29 March 2012

Outgoing: First Swap Shop Continues

These last few days has seen a big swap around of buses within First Group. We had the new Enviros in. The old Enviros have gone to Bristol. We have also lost at least 4 of the Volvo B7RLEs 69249-52, which have to to Cymru. These in turn have displaced the baby Enviro Darts 44914-9 which have gone to Bristol! These were of course former Plymouth buses which we lost as the Ugobus network started to contract.

For once it has to be said that in Plymouth we have so far done rather well out of this.

There are a few other movements within First Group as there are a lot of extra buses needed for Cornwall next week. This probably explains why 20408 has been on the Park & Ride as its covering for an Enviro having accident repairs. I don't suppose there is a lot of spare stock sitting around the depot at the moment!
So the following decent buses are no longer on the streets of Plymouth:
First 69249 YJ07WFR First 69250 YJ07WFS First 69251 YJ07WFT First 69252 YJ07WFU

A few of you will be aware that I was rushed into hospital by ambulance yesterday with a suspected heart attack. The good news is it wasn't although clearly something is going on so I need to rest for now and then go for further tests. Thanks to those of you who have sent messages of support. Always appreciated!

Related Links

  • Several Volvo B7RLE with Wright bodywork have been noted in service - September 2009 Plymothian Transit
  • The influx for First Devon and Cornwall's new Ugobus duties continues - September 2009 Plymothian Transit
  • First Enviro's arrive in Plymouth - March 2010 Plymothian Transit

Elsewhere on the net

  • The destination screens are useless. On-line maps are unhelpful. There are no bus stop signs. The journey planner can't find the church. There is no timetable... Public Transport Experience
  • With sales agreed in North Devon and now London Northumberland Park, First has begun its restructure. There are reports that next up will be Edinburgh, Scotland, in a possible sale to Lothian Buses, subject to the competition authorities’ approvals. Omnibuses
  • Steam on shed (81E) TGP


  1. Ouch, sorry to hear about that. Glad you're safe though, get well soon!

  2. Our prayers are with you and with the medical folk, that they might sort you out!

  3. Sorry to hear about your health scare, hope you are fit for our new bus launch on Monday.

  4. sorry to hear about that I would have a long good rest even go away to the seaside or something if it helps get better soon!
    From FGWFan

  5. Spotted at the first plymouth depot:- two yellow minibuses & a red dual door bus

  6. Sorry To Hear That Graham Hope You Get Better Soon,

  7. Really sorry to hear about the health scare Graham - hope that you are feeling better soon.

    (long term reader of your blog!)

  8. Peter Murnaghan29 March 2012 at 20:46

    Even a suspected heart attack doesn't dampen your enthusiasm for keeping us up to date with bus happenings in the area. Full marks to you, but do take it easy and allow the bodkin the rest it needs from time to time.

    Best wishes.

  9. Get well soon, Graham.

  10. mike hudson PCTPG29 March 2012 at 21:36


  11. Believe the B7's went Soton. Plymouth will Gain 42720-42725 from Hengrove Shortly.

    Sorry to Hear of Your I'll Health, too Much Excited re Mon Launch?

  12. Thanks everyone, your thoughts are really appreciated!

  13. 69249 + 69250 now 'de-branded'

    No UGO Logos adnored any longer


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