03 July 2024

The Oxford Set

Slowly getting a chance to catch up on events.

Thought it best to start with a round up of the Oxford buses for Plymouth Citybus with the confirmed fleet numbers for the whole batch

No.RegChassisBodySeatsNewLivery
5025 OE11YNJ Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F Jun 2011 Red
5026 OE11YNK Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F Apr 2011 maroon
5027 OE11YNL Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F Jun 2011 Red
5028 OE11YMY Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F Apr 2011 Purple
5029 OE11YMZ Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F Apr 2011 Maroon
5030 OE11YNO Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F Apr 2011 Purple
5031 OE11YNM Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F May 2011 Red
5032 OE11YNN Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F May 2011 Red
5033 OE11YNP Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F May 2011 Maroon
5034 OE11YNF Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F May 2011 Red
5035 OE11YMX Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F Apr 2011 Red
5036 OE11YNB Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F May 2011 Red
5037 OE11YNC Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F Jun 2011 Red
5038 OE11YNH Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H47/30F Jun 2011 Red
5039 SN60BXW Alexander Dennis Trident E40H Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 H45/31F Oct 2010 Go CORNWALL bus

I may not be fully up to date on the liveries for this batch as they are progressing through the paintshop.

Plymouth Citybus 5029

5029 seen approaching St Budeaux on service 12 from Bude. 17 May 2024

© Mark Bailey – with thanks


17 comments:

  1. Slightly annoyed these have mainly been put on Cornwall routes, like most things… Thought they were replacing the Scanias?

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  2. 5039 is in plain red but carries a bright rear end advert for Plymouth Active

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    1. And front end logo for Cornwall. Make it make sense!!

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  3. It seems not for long! This week's edition of the Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page has input from Luke Marion, head of the Oxford companies to say that "we will be moving our fleet numbering to a 5 digit system in the not too distant future as part of the roll out of a new Go-Ahead group engineering system which requires all buses nationwide to have a unique number." Ten Enviro 400s newly acquired from National Express West Midlands have been allocated the first such numbers.

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    1. Interesting! There have been rumours in the past.

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    2. Plymouth will be prefixed 7xxxx. Simple numbering expected, 550 would become 70550. 4011=74011 etc

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    3. That could be quite clever given that there's nine distinct fleets. Is the idea to change the first character if a bus moves from, say, Plymouth to Oxford? Of course, London, currently has an alpha-numeric system but a parallel four digit fuelling number. So Plymouth is 7xxxx and Oxford 8xxxx.

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    4. Which of course means vehicles will still need renumbering when they transfer between companies, which seems to defeat the point of a national numbering scheme, unless of course the point of the scheme is to immediately identify where the vehicle is allocated.

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  4. It makes sense from a group perspective and I suppose it was inevitable at some point, but at the same time each subsidiary will lose some of its individually.

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  5. I did ask this a week or so back but maybe the comment didn't get through. There is now a Megabus service from 27 June from Plymouth to London. One return Th/F/Sa/Su/M - does anyone know who is operating it, and with what vehicle?
    https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/new-megabus-service-connecting-plymouth-9371024

    Also First South West's orders for Taunton's ZEBRA2 have been announced as 12 Yutong U11DD, 4 Yutong single-decks and 9 Wrightbus single-decks
    https://www.route-one.net/news/first-bus-orders-169-yutong-electrics-for-zebra-2-successful-bids/

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    1. First has ordered Yutongs for all its West of England ZEBRA2 awards. As well as the Taunton vehicles, 24 U11DD double-deckers are going to Weston-super-Mare for the X1 and X4, whilst Hengrove Depot in south Bristol will have 67 U11DD for routes 24, 70, 72, 73, 75 and 76 plus seven single-deck Yutongs for Clifton route 8. The Taunton and Weston bids are awarded from the money ring-fenced for rural bids as both local authorities are classified as rural.

      (In case you are wondering, the balance of First's Yutong order is going to Basildon in Essex).

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    2. Stagecoach South West Plymouth depot blue Elite i & driver to Taunton where Barnstaple driver (using crew car from North Devon) takes over (as Barnstaple-Bristol Megabus axed). Believe Plymouth driver returns to Plymouth in crew car with same in reverse for return journey from London.

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    3. Is it a Falcon livery coach running the service or a Megabus livery coach?

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  6. Stagecoach plymouth 54220 is ment to do the m52 but 54293 been on it this week.
    On another note saw 1 of the ex pcb e200 that went to Carousel looks like it due a repaint as still got its last citybus livery but with Carousel on front.

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  7. When will the Falcon coaches be replaced there starting to become shabby, the air conditioning doesn't work and there becoming unreliable

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    1. The Scottish Citylink (CDG/SC) managed Falcon contract requires new (or is it newer?) coaches in 2025 I believe?

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  8. Came down on the Falcon from Bristol to Plymouth last Saturday morning and from Bristol Airport to Exeter I was the only one on it. Coach was shaking when it got up speed and the air conditioning was broken. The coaches are worn out. Will this service last with the new coaches from Flixbus and National Express

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