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Voel Coaches, Dyserth - 20th Nov 2017

posted 20 Nov 2017, 13:05 by Ron Newbe

The newly arrived Iveco SF59DTX has entered service but today I found it being inspected on the pits - PHOTO -

The 3 withdrawn double deckers have all been sold (but have not yet left). Scania N113DRB Alexander H215LOM is going to a preservationist in Lichfield and Olympians H154BKH and K579RRH are going for preservation to Ormskirk.

N E Wales News - 13th Nov 2017

posted 13 Nov 2017, 09:45 by Ron Newbe

Valentine Travel Solutions Limited
From next Monday 20th November 2017 this company will be operating the new Town Link service in Wrexham TL1/TL2. Newly delivered for this service is brand new is J66VTS an Optare M790SE-R Solo SR - PHOTO LINK

Pats Coaches, Southsea
Now with the fleet is MK59HNA - Iveco Daily 45C15 / Excel Excalibur - M16 -new to Anthony's Travel (Bamber), Runcorn as W10ANT. --PHOTO LINK --

D Jones and Sons, Acrefair
The newly arrived Versa V1210 - YJ13HHX - has now received the firm's livery and has entered service. It can be seen HERE at Overton on the 146 route to Whitchurch which appears to be its regular route. At the yard today were the three coaches - PHOTO 3 COACHES -

GHA fleet dispersal - another auction

posted 7 Nov 2017, 08:49 by Ron Newbe

Shortly after the collapse of GHA some ten vehicles were re-possessed by Close Brothers Finance and were taken to the yard of Bakers Travel, Knypersley, Stoke-On-Trent and offered for sale by Harringtons. During the last 15 months only AA06 GHA, WX05 XVN and W465 WGH appear to have been sold. The latter, which is a President, to a dance troupe in the Eccles area. The other seven have now been taken to an auction and are to be sold on 11th November 2017. - LINK –

News - 7th Nov 2017

posted 7 Nov 2017, 07:57 by Ron Newbe

A N Andrew, Mostyn
Joining the fleet is YX54GZB a Mercedes Benz Vario with Plaxton Beaver 2 - B33F - new in Jan 2005 to and purchased from Perry & Holtby, Malton. - PHOTO - It will soon be given the familiar yellow based livery. This brings the fleet back up to five.

Voel, Dyserth
Just arrived is SF59DTX an Iveco Daily 65C18 / NuTrack - B25FL - which was new in October 2009 to North Lanarkshire Council (23007). It has a tail lift and is intended for use on a school contract involving Glan Clwyd school, St.Asaph. Also here is GL15CBO a Volkswagen Transporter which is mainly used as a feeder.

Jones Motor Services, Flint
Regrettably I have to report that JCK892 - the Leyland Tiger Cub PSUC1/2T with Burlingham -C36F bodywork has been sold to Ensign. This ex Ribble preserved vehicle had been with Jones since 1975 and had been a regular attender at many events including the Llandudno Transport Extravaganza. - PHOTO -

Stagecoach, Chester
OP02ARE - the Optare M890EV Solo SR demonstrator has now moved from M & H to Stagecoach and can currently be found working the 1/X1/2 Ruthin - Mold - Chester corridor. This route together with the current M & H 76 - Graigfechan - Denbigh and 66 Henllan and Denbigh town service are likely to be the routes for the proposed Denbighshire County Council £0.5 million pound element for the provision of four new electric buses as part of a national government project involving in total some £11 million. -- PHOTO OP02ARE - Loggerheads --

Strafford, Coedpoeth
P865ADO the Mercedes Benz 814D / Autobus Nouvelle has left the fleet and is currently being offered for sale by Davies Motors, Ruthin on e-bay.

D Jones and Son, Acrefair
It has been reported that V12DJS has left and is now with Davies Motors (dealer). The Dennis Dart SLF / Caetano Compass was new to the firm in January 2000.

Townlynx, Greenfield
A number of vehicles have now been withdrawn including Solo X100CBC and Crusader W173XMA. The batch of ex MoD Transbus Profiles have now all been upseated to 70. (AW53GBE, ET03WAE and OX53ORU) Back in regular use is the sole decker within the fleet - Olympian S260KLG.

P and O Lloyd, Bagillt - 31st Oct 2017

posted 31 Oct 2017, 09:42 by Ron Newbe

Latest vehicle to join the P and O Lloyd fleet is YJ12PMY an Optare M960 Solo SR - B36F - new in August 2012 to Compass, Worthing - PHOTO

D Jones and Son, Acrefair - 26 Oct 2017

posted 26 Oct 2017, 10:57 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 26 Oct 2017, 11:01 ]

The latest addition to the fleet is YJ13HHX Optare Versa V1210 - B49F - new in March 2013 to Weaver, Newbury. It was in the livery of BART - Basingstoke Area Rapid Transit. It is ready for service but it is to receive a repaint next week. It has an unusual seating arrangement in that the rear section has 3 + 2 seats. Whilst it is the 12.1m long version and has a seating capacity of 49 it currently does not have a provision for standing passengers.

Photo as arrived - LINK
Photo of internal rear section seats

The last of the ex Webber Versas - YJ60LTA has now received a re-paint. As with the other examples the roof is still yellow and this one has a yellow mark on the offside yet to be removed.

Photo YJ60LTA os
Photo YJ60LTA ns

Electric Bus on demonstration with M & H, Trefnant, Denbigh.

posted 10 Oct 2017, 09:38 by Ron Newbe

OP02ARE is an Optare Solo M890EV (all electric) demonstrator. From today M and H is trialling this vehicle. It was seen today working the 66 Henllan and Denbigh town services but it is believed that it will also see use on the 76 Denbigh - Llandyrnog - Ruthin - Graigfechan service. Last week this vehicle was with Lloyds of Machynlleth. It was originally registered YJ13HKY when the vehicle was new to Optare in July 2013.

No doubt its appearance in the area follows the announcement by the government in August that £11 million is to be given between six local authorities under the government’s ‘Low emission bus scheme’ to help them buy 153 cleaner buses. Denbighshire is set to receive £500,000 of this pot and is expected to provide four electric buses to be used in the mid part of the County.

OP02ARE-en route Henllan

North East Wales News 5Oct17

posted 5 Oct 2017, 10:07 by Ron Newbe

Unicorn Travel, Llay
The latest coach to join the fleet this week is PN13TFO a MAN Neoplan N2216/3SHD 480 / Tourliner - C54Ft - new in April 2013 to City Circle, Hayes (82)

E Jones and Sons
Two coaches have arrived recently. SN08CNJ - [PHOTO SN08CNJ] a Scania K340IB4 / Irizar - C70F as new to Doigs, Glasgow in April 2008. It has been more recently with Turbostyle, Crawley. Arriving this week is E11SPG a Scania K380EB4 / Irizar PB - C49Ft originally YN08JBX when new to Buzzlines, Hythe. It has come from Freestones Coaches, Norfolk - [PHOTO - E11SPG]

Davies Leeswood
This week YJ03VOA a Volvo B12M / Plaxton Paragon which has recently been converted to C70F has joined the fleet. It was new in May 2003 to Wallace Arnold Coaches, has been with Shearings, National Holidays and more recently with Derighetti & Robertson, Kirkcaldy - PHOTO

Bova MNZ1193 has gone to Davies Motors, Ruthin for breaking. Also going to the same dealer is LUI7863 (DAF SB3000 / Van Hool)

D Jones and Son, Acrefair
Today (5th October 2017) the business was called to a Public Inquiry by the Traffic Commissioner. The outcome is that the partners have been given a warning after certain undertakings were given. The Transport Manager - Gary Jones has not lost his 'repute' although Nick Jones, the Commissioner, indicated it had been 'tarnished'

It appears that the issue related to administration matters mainly involving the way in which maintenance records were being recorded. The Vehicle Examiner giving evidence indicated from the inspections he conducted that he was satisfied that the vehicles had been 'well maintained'.

N E News 8th September 2017

posted 8 Sep 2017, 08:54 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 8 Sep 2017, 09:00 ]

A summary of recent news from North East Wales:-

Straffords Coaches, Coedpoeth
Arriving here is AT55CZH a Dennis Javelin / Plaxton Profile - C41F new to MoD in 2006 and more recently with Reynolds, Caister [PHOTO] and YN04WSV a Mercedes Benz Vario O814D / Plaxton Cheetah -C33F - new in June 2004 to New Horizon, Alresford and recently with Bevan, Cwmrhydyceirw [PHOTO]. Withdrawn from the fleet are K638GVX -Mercedes Benz 709D / Plaxton Beaver - M88GAS (W651SJF) Iveco EuroMidi CC80E18M/P / Indcar Maxim and TIL5081 Dennis Javelin / Berkhof Axial 35

E Jones and Sons
Joining the fleet is YN61AWV a Mercedes-Benz Vario O816D / Plaxton Chettah - C33F - new in Sept 2011 to Cropper, Guiseley who was the last operator. Also arrived this week is SN08CNJ a Scania K340IB4 / Irizar - C70F - new in April 2008 to Doigs, Glasgow and more recently with Turbostyle, Crawley. Left the fleet is the Mercedes Benz O814D / Plaxton Cheetah EJS7A which would have been re-registered to its original number YN55KLU however it has gone to Slevin, Monilea in Ireland and will therefore get an Irish number in due course. Both Scania / Irizars C7EJS (UN02BUZ, YS02XEC) and EJS7C (YR02ZYZ, J333DTT) have been sold. It is believed that these are both going to Ireland but not to the same operator as the Cheetah.

P and O Lloyd
As has been reported two Optare Solo M890 SR's YJ60KFT [PHOTO] and YJ60KFU [PHOTO] have been purchased by the company. They were recenty with Dawson Rentals and were new in November 2010 to Harrogate Coach, Green Hammerton. They are both in dealer white but will recieve the company's livery in due course. They have been purchased to operate the newly won Flintshire contracts of the 8 Mold to Sealand Manor and the 14 Denbigh to Mold. However currently Llew Jones is still operating the 14 service but it is believed that P and O Lloyd will take it over during October.

This operator has won from Townlynx the 9/X9/109 services and operates into Wrexham. (Not for the first time as they did run school services for a while in that area). For the first days of operation of the service they have used Enviro MMC's 37740/1 (SN16ORX/OSP). [PHOTO 37740] [PHOTO 37741]

N E Wales News 16 Aug 2017

posted 16 Aug 2017, 09:49 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 16 Aug 2017, 12:57 ]

Voel Coaches, Dyserth

Voel have taken delivery of two MAN / Neoplan Tourliners. - OU17OTV photo NS arrived on 31st July - photo OS. OU17OTW - photo arrived a week later. Photo inside OTW and Photo cab OTW.

Left the fleet in part exchange are PJ60VNF and YN14PMX - the latter is now with Llew Jones Llanrwst.

D Jones and Son, Acrefair.

Arrived here is Solo SR YJ12NBN - photo from Marchant Cheltenham. It has arrived in the red livery of Marchant but now that Versa YJ13HJO is back from repaint it will be next to have a full repaint. The slot was to be taken by the third ex Webber Versa - but this repaint is now delayed.

It is also hoped that YJ12NBO will also be purchased but for the next couple of weeks this is still required by Marchants so the sale has yet to be completed and confirmed.

The intention is to use both buses on the 41/42 Wrexham Industrial estate service as they are a little shorter than the Versas and will manage some of the narrow housing estates a little easier.

Whilst the firm have intention to replace some of the fleet in the near future there has been no further purchases made. The report of six Solo SR's being purchased is therefore a little inaccurate.

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