Latest Stagecoach South East News

Good evening to all of our site viewers!
As you may or may not be aware, this weekend has seen the launch of 30 brand new (16/66 reg) Mercedes-Benz EVM Sprinter City 45 minibuses being launched and entering service on Local Ashford Routes, branded as the “Little & Often”. The service aims to provide a frequent and simple bus service connecting different parts of the town and features comfortable leather seats and the accepting of “contactless” payment methods for ticket purchasing. However, as well as this, the new vehicles seem to have had an apparent cascade occur across the division, with what seems like an aim to gradually upgrade their fleet. We do know of some movements which have taken place today and yesterday and have decided to share them with you.

44001-44030: Brand new minibuses at Ashford. A full list of these vehicles can be found on our Ashford Fleet List

17402 Y103GHC: Withdrawn from the Hastings fleet, in storage at Eastbourne.

18162 XIL1575: Transferred from Reserve to Ashford (former GX54DVC).

33098 MX04AXN: Transferred from Ashford to Herne Bay (Replace 34438)

22942/4 OU51WLK/N: Withdrawn from the Ashford fleet.

34435 KV53EZM: Transferred from Hastings to Ashford.

34438 KV53EZP: Transferred from Herne Bay to Folkestone.

34482 SV53DDJ: Transferred from Hastings to Thanet.

34789 PX55EFU: Transferred from Hastings to Folkestone.

36122/3 GN10JCY/Z: Transferred from Folkestone to Hastings.

36124/5 GN10JDF/J: Transferred from Ashford to Hastings.

47065 SF04SKJ: Withdrawn from the Eastbourne fleet.

47117/47173 GX54DXR/YJ05XNG: Withdrawn from the Ashford fleet.

47174 YJ05XNH: Withdrawn from the Hastings fleet.

47660 GN58NXE: Transferred from Ashford to Hastings (Replace 47174).

47662 GN58NXG: Transferred from Ashford to Eastbourne (Replace 47065).

Above: Photographed here is ADL Dart SLF 4 Enviro 200 36122 GN10JCY in the Hastings depot on 12/2/17 after arriving from Folkestone. It is warmly welcomed in by fellow former Folkestone vehicle 15483 GN09BAA. Strangely, this will not be 36122’s first time in service at Hastings, as it was on loan to the depot in 2011, (before Hastings had any of their current Enviro 200s) for evaluation of the vehicle type before later receiving a batch of them the year after, in 2012. (Please note this photograph is copyright SEBEG Alex).

We hope you found this news helpful!
Many Thanks,
The SEBEG – Alex 🙂

Latest Seaford Coach

The latest addition to the Seaford & District Motor Services coach fleet comes in the shape of former Stagecoach 658/52608 S658JSE, which is a Jonckheere Modulo bodied Volvo B10M-62 new to Stagecoach Bluebird in 1998. It has been repainted into the Seaford & District livery and we are led to believe it will be entering service later this month, mostly on Railway Replacement, local private hires and school services. It also still features it’s original Stagecoach interior. Another note to make is that sister coach 52609 S659JSE is based at Stagecoach Eastbourne as a driver trainer, so there is a possibility they will one day reunite, which would be their first time since both were in Scotland. As well as this, We have also included some photographs of the interior and exterior of the vehicle below, taken at the Ensign Bus yard in Purfleet, and used with very kind permission of Ben Fowler. In our opinion we think it looks quite great.

The above photos, used with permission are copyright Ben Fowler and should only be used with permission.
Thank you very much! – The SEBEG 🙂

Latest Update

Good evening everybody!
We have a few recent updates which we thought we could share with you all, and possibly hear what you think about them…

Seaford & District Motor Services have acquired former Stagecoach Dennis Darts 34416 GX53MWG and 34450 GX53MWU

-We are planning to relaunch the Stagecoach Hastings Unusual Workings Page from tomorrow (February 4th) which should hopefully be slightly clearer to understand, as well as it being a fresh new page which we hope to update more often, as much as we are able to.

-The Ensign Bus of Purfleet List has temporarily been made private as it is currently quite outdated and some information may be inaccurate and misleading, so over the next few days we will be planning to release a more up to date version. Sorry for any inconvenience caused by this.

-We are considering removing the Stagecoach Hastings VOR List as we have not been updating this page a huge amount recently, and we thought that it may be clearer and simpler if when a vehicle has faults, it is listed next to the vehicle on the Relevant Fleet List, so this information can be found in the same place. We would love to hear your views about this.

-Finally, we are hoping to make some additional companies’ fleetlists available within the near future, adding to our current lists already available, which we are quite excited about! 🙂

Also, On a side note, we have been informed that Hams Travel of Flimwell have acquired Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President LN51AZW and is understood they also have Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 X57XAW on a loan.

Many Thanks!
The SEBEG. 🙂