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November 2005

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  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: The branding on 47236-9 is the other way around to that previously reported, with 47236/7 being branded for the 488 and 47238/9 for the B1/B2. The fleet were launched in Banbury Town Centre today before going into service from the early afternoon. 47238/9 may however appear on the incorrect routes for a few weeks until some widening work is completed on the traffic calming measures on the B2 route in Bankside.



  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 52617/18/19/21 are due to transfer from Peterborough to Rugby at some point after 28th November once they have been repainted into Megabus livery. They will be used to operate an enhanced Birmingham-London Megabus service. Thanks to Graham Lord for this.


  • Weavaway Travel Fleet List: YN55 PVY arrived on 31st October with V79 JKG departing in exchange. YN55 PZB, PZK, PZS, PZT arrived yesterday with RG02 NMM, WT52 EGG, WA53 FDG, WA53 FDJ departing in exchange. Most of the coaching fleet is now in the new BMW electric blue livery. The new registrations for S331 SET and T725 JHE were previously quoted the wrong way around, and should be B10 MTT/MNX respectively. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 52603 has transferred to South Wales, 52604 to London, 52648/9, 53022 to North West and 53011 to East Kent following the loss of some National Express work at Rugby. Meanwhile 52657 has been transferred to Rugby from East Kent. Thanks to Nigel Diplock for this. The Birmingham Megabus operation is to transfer from Leamington to Rugby shortly.



  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: Oxford 40653 is to be withdrawn and sold following the end of the work on the Horspath Road depot several months ago. However, it currently remains in use whilst accident damage to one of the Mercedes Varios is repaired. 47236-9 are due to enter service following a launch in Banbury on Wednesday 23rd November. 42379/80 are due to return back to Witney from loan to Banbury following this, whilst 42586/8 will transfer to Oxford. Witney 32613/4 will then be put into reserve, and Oxford Park & Ride liveried 40108/10 sold. 42586/8 will operate the 600 Park & Ride service in fleet livery until next summer when the service comes up for retender. Banbury training coach 52037 has been withdrawn for disposal, it's seats will be reinstalled before sale. 95081, BP54 UKC a Ford Transit joined the Oxford fleet several months ago as a dedicated route maintenance van, meanwhile the Oxford Revenue Protection Inspector's car 90663 was returned to the leasing company during September.



  • Reading Transport Former Vehicle Fleet List: LK53 FAA was borrowed from First CentreWest on 31st August 2005 to test clearances for the StreetCar visit.
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: A new acquisition is Scania K93CRB / Alexander 60295 registered G109 YRE from First Manchester, thought to be a replacement for 64813. It arrived on 1st November and currently wears a yellow livery, but has yet to enter service. 42654 and 42673 were repainted into First corporate livery during September, formerly being in First low floor livery. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.


  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 112 is on loan to Newbury whilst an Optare Tempo demonstrator is on loan to Reading. Thanks to Michael Todd for this. 459 also appears to be on loan to Newbury.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 40154 has a new MegaRear for the Rugby Town Centre company replacing one for Warwickshire College. Thanks to Keith Wood for this. 50046/47/58 are in the process of being transferred to Newcastle ending their period on loan to Oxford, whilst repaired 50040 is being transferred to Bluebird.







  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 818 arrived as expected yesterday and will enter service next month. 102 has lost it's Inner Circle branding like 101. 463 is another Metrobus confirmed with CCTV. 973 probably returned from engineering work some time ago and is assumed to be back in service. 472 has a new MegaRear for Directline.com replacing one for Alliance & Leicester and 927 for The Oracle (Two Young Ladies - cocktails) replacing one for the Oracle (Two Young Ladies - handbags).
  • Reading Transport Gallery: New photo of van 353 added
  • Reading Transport MegaRears: New photo of rears on 472 and 927 added
  • Countywide Travel: New photo of 4 added
  • Oxford Area Operators: New photo of Tappins Volvo B7TL / East Lancs PO55 NXU added.

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