First of many new Wave’s to come!

The first of 25 brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 MMC double deck buses has arrived, on the 10th of October at the Stagecoach East Kent Thanet depot, which we believe is where they will be prepared for service, with the branding applied. This is part of a batch of 25 brand new buses which Stagecoach South East have invested in for popular coastal “Wave” Routes 100/101/102, between Hastings, Rye, Camber, Lydd, Folkestone and Dover. The majority will be based at the Company’s Folkestone garage, with some being allocated to Hastings. The vehicles will feature E-leather seats and Free WiFi internet access and are believed to start entering service in the December time. We would like to thank Matthew Arnold for allowing us to use his photos. Hope you find this post useful! -Alex 🙂

Below: Pictured here is the interior of the first MMC to arrive of the batch, SN66VVO, which we believe is to be numbered 10702.

Above: Photographed here is the exterior of SN66VVO (10702)

The batch of Wave MMC’s are believed to be as follows
10701 SN66VVM
10702 SN66VVO
10703 SN66VVP
10704 SN66VVR
10705 SN66VVS
10706 SN66VVT
10707 SN66VVU
10708 SN66VVW
10709 SN66VVX
10710 SN66VVY
10711 SN66VVZ
10712 SN66VWA
10713 SN66VWB
10714 SN66VWC
10715 SN66VWD
10716 SN66VWE
10717 SN66VWG
10718 SN66VWH
10719 SN66VWJ
10720 SN66VWK
10721 SN66VWL
10722 SN66VWM
10723 SN66VWO
10724 SN66VWP
10725 SN66VWR

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Bus takeover in the Sussex Area.

Last week brought the news that Heritage Travel, a local bus and coach operator based in Sussex, would end all of their bus services which are operated under the “theSussexBus.com” name. However, another local independent operator, Compass Travel of Worthing (who will soon have a fleet list on our site) announced that from Saturday, 1st of October they will be taking over all of the SussexBus services throughout the area of their operation, which include services:

28 – Haywards Heath Circular
29 – Haywards Heath – Lindfield Circular
31 – Bolnore Village – Hurst Green
33 – (Brighton) – Hurstpierpoint – Hurst Green
33A – Burgess Hill – Cuckfield
33B – Haywards Heath – Brighton
33C – Hurstpierpoint – Haywards Heath
37 – Crawley – Haywards Heath
39 – Haywards Heath – Bolnore Village – Haywards Heath
40 – Cuckfield – Brighton
40X – Haywards Heath – Brighton – Royal Sussex Hospital
134 – Burgess Hill Circular
135 – Burgess Hill Circular
136 – Burgess Hill Circular
137 – Burgess Hill Circular
331 – Sayers Common – Keymer
431 – Newick – Uckfield
521 – Partridge Green – Cuckfield Warden Park School
523 – Burgess Hill – Warden Park School
524 – Haywards Heath – Warden Park School
590 – Sayers Common – Albourne
619 – Houghton – Steyning
719 – Steyning – Houghton
A3 – West Grinstead – Steyning
EB1 – Lindfield – Lewes – Eastbourne
SH1 – Partridge Green – Chichester
TS2 – Keymer – Burgess Hill Tesco

Despite all of these routes which have been taken over by Compass Travel, the parent of what was SussexBus have continued to run the school services operated under their Heritage Travel name. In order to provide buses for all of these former SussexBus routes, Compass have purchased former Trustybus/Galleon Travel Alexander Dennis Enviro 300, SN61CYY which has been painted into the Compass fleet livery as well as three brand new Enviro 200’s which are SN66WKC/D/E. For the time being, until Compass find suitable vehicles for service 40X, local independent operators Seaford & District and Southdown PSV are jointly running the service to help them out. Compass Travel have also got many vehicles on loan at the present time. The vehicles that compass have recently acquired, to the best of our knowledge(both loaned and purchased) are:
AA58GHA/BA58GHA/CA58GHA: Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban
DK09DZE/DZF/DZG/DZH: Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban
YX14RZF: ADL Enviro 200
YY64TXW: ADL Enviro 200
SN65OHE: ADL Enviro 200
PP57BLU/TT57BLU: ADL Enviro 200/MCV Evolution
SN66WKC/D/E: ADL Enviro 200
YJ05PXA/PXB: Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini
SN61CYY: ADL Enviro 300