Unexpected extra arrivals at Milehouse are five more old style Enviro 400s, with three of them in this bright pink livery for the next planned Flash route, the newly revamped 14.
When Go South Coast were after new open toppers they had to order the new MCV Volvo combination as that was the only open top on the market at the moment, and MCV were only up for that if they put in a big enough order to make it worthwhile. In order not to go over budget GSC therefore cancelled their last order for 5 new Enviros which Plymouth Citybus were more than happy to take up as an advance on their 2016/17 order. These will be the very last old style 400’s to enter service in the UK.
As already noted three of them have arrived in this pink scheme with the remaining two delivered in red for standard swoop livery. Apparently the original plan for the 50 was for a pink flash using a shade similar to that used by First on their Park & Ride fleet but when Stagecoach announced they would be keeping the pink fronted buses for a while Citybus had to make a late change to yellow. Still keen to use the pink shade the plans were reactived for the new 14 service, although the buses were delivered slightly later than originally hoped.
There is some controversy as ADL have used an incorrected shade of pink and the boss Richard Stevens is not happy. Keen to get the buses out in service before Stagecoach bring in their new revamped 2A to Elburton they are planning to have at least one of the pink buses fully lettered up for the Pink Flash 14 to see what it looks like first. ADL are happy to repaint the buses in the correct shade but need to know today as they are reprogramming the last computerised paint production line to full MMC design only. If they dont allocate the buses back in to the program now they will have to hand paint them instead, which will clearly take longer.
If Richard decides to stick with the current pink then buses 539-541 will enter service early next week, alongside red buses 542 and 543.
Two of the pink buses at Milehouse yesterday along with one of the red ones. The other two are already in the paint shop so I couldnt get on them on camera. Thanks to Richard for allowing me access.
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Thanks for the comments everyone, Most of you didn't fall for it, but yes, this was an April fools posting.