Alexander Dennis Enviro 200

Four short Enviro 200s were ordered in 2013 for a renewed Vodafone contract to help reduce running costs compared to full size vehicles. Numbered 131-4, 131 arrived on 1st October 2013 and the final vehicle to enter service was 134 on 15th October. They entered service in dealer white, originally intended to receive Vodafone wraps.

133 is seen below on 18th October 2013:

133 on 18 October 2013

134 is seen below on 18th October 2013:

134 on 18 October 2013

The vehicles were eventually given Vodafone wraps during 2014.

Following the renewal of the Vodafone contract, 131-4 were displaced by new Optare Solo SRs 191-4 in week commencing 9th January 2017. 131/4 were returned to dealer white in January and 132/3 in February, 131-3 transferred to Reading, 131-2 gaining 'nineteens' lettering and 133 'Greenwave' lettering, whilst 134 remained in Newbury and gained 'Kennections' lettering, all on base white livery. 131 entered service in reading on 27th January, 132 on 7th February. 133 entered service on 17th March following an increase to the Greenwave service with new route 63. 134 was transferred to Reading at the end of March in exchange for 164, initially operating in plain white before being given 'nineteens' lettering between 4th and 8th April.

The 'nineteens' branding on 131 and 132 was amended by 26th August 2017, and 134 by 29th August 2017, to 'nine-teens' following timetable changes that saw routes 9 and 19 interwork. 133 reverted to being plain white as a spare following the entry into service of Optare Solo 182, and the other three following service changes from 19th February 2018.

131-3 were repainted into base Little Orange livery during August 2018 (131 returning to service by 15th, 132 by 22nd and 133 by 3rd September), and were branded ready for the re-introduction of routes 19a/19b/19c from 3 September 2018. 134 gained red bands for a couple of weeks during the football world cup in August 2018 to turn the vehicle into an English flag. It returned to plain white sooner after, retaining Reading Buses fleet names. It was repainted into generic silver orbits livery in August 2019.

131-3 gained Thames Valley Wokingham lettering on base Reading Buses orange livery on 5 August, ahead of their transfer to Courtney Buses on 17 August to enter service on 1 September. They were made available following the cascade of 651-3 from Winnersh P&R.

A further four Enviro 200s were ordered in 2014, this time normal 10.8m versions for the Loddon Bridge Park & Ride service, entering service in September 2014. Numbered 651-4, 651-3 arrived in dealer white and received basic lettering for the 500, and 654 in generic silver.

During August 2015 a series of demonstration vehicles allowed 651-3 to start going away for repaint into a new two tone blue livery ahead of the opening of Winnersh Triangle Park & Ride to replace Loddon Bridge. 652 returned to service in based colours on 15th September, 652 on 23rd September and 653 by 10th October. They received Winnersh Triangle Park & Ride branding on 25th October 2015 ready for the opening on 26th.

651/3 have rear adverts for the Park & Ride, whilst 652 does not.

651 has it's branding altered to Park & Sleigh Ride between 2nd December 2016 and sometime between 1-4 January 2017.

654 was repainted into Little Oranges livery during September 2018 to supplement 131-3.

Five Enviro 200s were acquired with Newbury & District on 13th September 2018, and were allocated fleet numbers 650, 655-8 to reflect their relative age compared to the existing vehicles. All wear Newbury & District black and red livery, and feature "Kennetbus" fleet names. They were repainted into the new black and lime green livery from the start of the summer 2019 holidays. 657 was the first, returning from repaint on 29 August and vinyled on 1st August, followed by 658 departing for repaint on 31st July and returning on 8 August pending vinyls, and 656 returning from repaint 5 September and returning to service on 9th September. 650 was left until October half term returning by 7 November.

Five Enviro 200s were also acquired with Courtney Buses on 30 April 2019, and were allocated fleet numbers 659-63. All had recently joined the Courtney local bus fleet having originally been allocated to the Bedfont Lakes contract which was won by London United on retender in January 2019. Three remained in plain white, whilst 661 was in lemon and blue Courtney Buses livery for Bracknell and 663 in purple Courtney Buses livery for Maidenhead.

A delay in the arrival of Enviro 400s 751-8 led to a short Enviro 200 demonstrator being one of three demonstrators on loan from Alexander Dennis in September and October 2014. Given temporary fleet number 199 it spent all of it's time covering Vodafone work at Newbury. It is seen below on 28th September 2014. Thanks to Tony Atkins for this photo:

199 on 28 September 2014

It returned to Reading during mid October 2014 and returned to ADL sometime in week commencing 20th October.

Following the unexpected gain of tendered work in Newbury from 5th September 2016, two Enviro 200s KX58 GUW/U were brought in on short term loan from Dawson Rentals pending the cascade of vehicles from the rest of the fleet. These were given temporary fleet numbers 111 and 112. 111 departed around 20th November. 112 was withdrawn by 15th January and in Reading being prepared for return a few days later.

Last updated: 17-08-20

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