Wednesday, 14 January 2015

January Round Up

Blackpool Transport

Excel 221 is the first second hand examples to be withdrawn
Not previously reported was the formal withdrawal of Solo 283 on 26 November after several weeks out of use. This leaves just 277-279 and 284 of the 2002/3 Lifestyle Line buses in service. It has been joined by Optare Excel 221 which was withdrawn on 9 January. 

Routine repaints are continuing slowly with Solos 289 and 340 completed during January. 520 has also been repainted recently, noted with new logos on 11 January.

Catch 22 Bus
This is the new name for Oakwood Travel (since 1 December). Two further Dennis Darts have been purchased, both new to Cardiff Bus. T147DAX was purchased from Aimee's Travel of Leek in December and X186TSG direct from Cardiff Bus in January. Olympian N325NHG is now withdrawn.

Lancashire County Council
December saw a flurry of press activity following reports that local bus service contracts were again under threat as part of a budget review, however this was dropped from plans and tendered service such as the 74, 75, 76, 80, 87 and parts of the 2C and 16 will remain for the foreseeable future.