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N E Wales News 13th September 2018

posted 13 Sep 2018, 05:46 by Ron Newbe

Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham
Newly arrived this month is Scania / Higer YT68GWW (C51Ft). Whilst the primary purpose was to work the Reaseheath College contract it is currently abroad as a substitute for another vehicle that was the subject of a hit and run collision. Scania / Irizar YT10OAX is leaving in part exchange.

E Jones and Sons, Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham
A number of the coaches (all Scania / Irizar) here have been given the personalised/cherished numbers as follows :-
SN08CNJ is now EJS7A
SN08CNK is now A7EJS
JN06JXA is now N7EJS
JN06NYU is now EJS7N
The withdrawn Volvo B10M-62 / Jonckheere which was A7EJS reverts to its previous number of L870EPR.
Other re-registrations may happen soon. The 68 seater Scania / Irizar YN12CZG that arrived earlier in the year carries a variation of the firm's livery <PHOTO>

Tanat Valley
This firm has taken over from easyCoach on the 64 Llangollen - Ceiriog Valley service. <Photographed> on 12th September at Froncysyllte on its way to Llanarmon DC is Solo SR YJ13HKT. Whilst the side and rear destinations were working unfortunately the front destination was not. This Solo was the first vehicle to work this service when they originally worked it in December 2016.

Townlynx, Greenfield, Holywell addendum

posted 11 Sep 2018, 09:34 by Ron Newbe

Another two double deckers have now joined the fleet. KU02YBP and KV02URY both new to Connex London [TA80/4] later Abellio [9780/4], and recently with Readypay Limited (T/A Pheonix Coaches) Blyth. They were converted to single door in 2015 and are in a white livery.

<LX03OTG> seen today in the Bus Station, Mold doing driver relief work then onto College duties at Northop and Deeside College.

Traws Cymru T12 - a bit of a fiasco - addendum

posted 11 Sep 2018, 09:21 by Ron Newbe

Latest is that from tomorrow (12th) Tanat will also terminate the T12 Service in Oswestry and not travel to Wrexham until the registration takes effect on 19th October.

easyCoach - last day of operation

posted 8 Sep 2018, 13:21 by Ron Newbe

Today (Saturday 8th September 2018) was the last day of operation by easyCoach of their registered services. Whilst the 42 (Industrial Estate), 44 (Barkers Lane) and 64 (Ceiriog Valley) services were operated neither the 2 (Oswestry) or the 2D (Cefn Mawr) were run. All the Tempos were found at the depot in Rhosymedre. MX05EKZ did make an appearance at King Street <PHOTO> but it was being used as a shuttle to convey the driver who carried out duties of relief on the 42 service. Perhaps the destination display told the story!!!

It has been reported elsewhere and in N&P that a Public Inquiry will be held at Welshpool on 4th October with the activities of the companies and transport managers to be considered.

Traws Cymru T12 - a bit of a fiasco

posted 8 Sep 2018, 13:00 by Ron Newbe

On Monday I reported that this new service had started with Tanat Valley and Lloyds of Machynlleth being the two joint operators. The timetables for these services appeared at the very last minute and even the registrations for this service were only made to the Traffic Commissioner on 23rd August less than a fortnight before the service started.

For reasons I do not fully understand four registrations were made for the service for each operator splitting the journey into four sections. T12-a to d and T12-1 to 4. Whilst the parts of the service that was previously operated under a different route number have been accepted with short notice the registration for the Oswestry to Wrexham part of the service which was not previously undertaken has not been accepted on short notice and therefore the formal start date of this part of the service will now be on 19th October.

In fairness to the two operators it appears that the registration was made on their behalf by Powys County Council.

The two operators are taking a different course of action as a result of this weird situation. Lloyds Coaches are not now operating the Oswestry to Wrexham section but Tanat Valley are running through to Wrexham but I understand they are not taking fares therefore running a free service. (Versa MX09YWV seen on the service today 8th September).

I did ascertain from the Tanat Valley driver that the service is included in the Traws Cymru free weekend deal.

easyCoach Observations Monday 3rd September

posted 3 Sep 2018, 05:49 by Ron Newbe

The 42, 44 and 64 services were all working this morning.

In addition to the usual deficiency on the 2D service only one Tempo was working the 2 Oswestry service (MX05EKZ) resulting in the service being reduced to two hourly. YJ56WVV remained at the depot.


posted 3 Sep 2018, 05:16 by Ron Newbe

 Today was the new extended service 5 through Huntington to Wrexham replacing the former C56 which was the last of the Crosville alphanumeric route numbers.

Leaving the Bus Station in Wrexham is Gold Solo 47513 <PHOTO> on a wet morning. It appears that the same vehicle on the schedule undertakes the extension to Wrexham.

Arriva Buses Wales - Chester Depot

posted 3 Sep 2018, 05:14 by Ron Newbe

Today was the first day of operation of the new 12/13 circular services from Chester to Mold via Connahs Quay / Penyffordd.

Here at Mold is Solo 675 working the new 12 service to Chester via Penyffordd <photo1>

and Cadet 2520 working the new 13 service to Chester via Connahs Quay <photo2>

I was surprised that the destinations did inlude any 'vias' which I would have thought was an important factor in this service.

New T12 Service Wrexham to Machynlleth via Oswestry, Welshpool and Newtown

posted 3 Sep 2018, 04:53 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 3 Sep 2018, 14:12 ]

Today was the first day of operation for this new Traws Cymru Service. The new timetable has been very slow to appear but can be seen here - Powys FB page

The first Tanat Valley vehicle on the service into Wrexham today was Versa YJ58CEK - PHOTO 1
the first Lloyds Coaches vehicle was Versa YJ14BCZ - PHOTO 2

Townlynx, Greenfield, Holywell

posted 31 Aug 2018, 08:59 by Ron Newbe

The following ex Stagecoach East London Tridents have now joined the Townlynx fleet:-
LX03OSZ , LX03OTF <Photo 2>, LX03OTG <Photo 3> and LX04FZD <Photo 1>.

I understand they are to be used on newly won college contracts and are also likely to be used on service.

The following buses have now been scrapped on site:
L506TKA (Endurance), W173XMA and W176XMA (Crusaders).

Dart CN04NLL has now had its engine rebuilt and will be returning to service shortly.

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