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The beast of Southend

tjwpsv
 

The latest addition to Ensignbus' fleet for their 68 Seaside Service at Southend is a hitherto unregistered former TransBus Enviro500 development vehicle, now appropriately (368) 68 EB. Quite a sight!

https://twitter.com/EnsignBusCo/status/1419579997203873801/photo/1

Tim


Not one, but two new open top tours...

tjwpsv
 

Saturday 24th July two new ventures commence in contrasting locations.

In Southsea, Aldermaston Coach Lines (Southern Coach Lines Ltd.) are the latest operator to try a sea front service, introducing their Open Top26.com between Eastney & Clarence Pier, having acquired  SN03 DZM & YN55 NKZ from the Bath Bus Company.

https://aldermastoncoachlines.co.uk/open-top-26/

Meanwhile, in Kingston-upon-Hull, Jorvik Tour Bus have introduced a Hull Tour on Saturdays to Wednesdays using LK08 NVF.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/183010570@N02/51332729459/in/dateposted/

Tim


Re: It's the end of the road for Route 66...

tjwpsv
 

The service may not have been the busiest, Peter, though it serves a holiday park at its western end and the school hols. are only just beginning. Thanet sent its spare open topper 17529 to cover July 3/4 & 10/11, but a shortage of bus drivers is genuine with service cancellations across the network at present.


Re: It's the end of the road for Route 66...

petereno19
 

How well was this service patronised, I would have thought if loading were good then a replacement vehicle could have been found from somewhere within the group, Stagecoach South West have done it in Devon by hiring from Cambridge.


It's the end of the road for Route 66...

tjwpsv
 

Stagecoach South East (East Kent) has cancelled operation of its Hastings open top route 66 due to 'a poorly bus and a shortage of bus drivers'. :-(

https://www.stagecoachbus.com/service-updates/serviceupdatesarticle?SituationId=ID-16/07/2021-12:05:57:766

T.


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 16 July 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

Parts of The Open Top Bus Site have been updated today.

Friday 16 July 2021

Lists created, revised, updated, etc, for the following owners/operators

Belgium - Borgions B&Co Rent, Herselt

England -

East Sussex - Marshopper Limited (Seven Sisters Bus & Coach) (Eastbourne Sightseeing), Ringmer, Eastbourne

London - Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd. (The Original Tour London Sightseeing/TO-OTBUS LONDON/City Tour London) [RATP Dev/Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], London; Reform UK (The Reform Party), London; The Big Bus Company Ltd. [Big Bus Tours Group], London

North Yorkshire - Yorkshire Coastliner Ltd. (CitySightseeing York) [Transdev Group], York

Shropshire - Culina Logistics Limited, Market Drayton

Republic of Ireland - Lally Coach Hire Ltd., Spiddal, Galway

Scotland - D&E Coaches Limited, Inverness

Wales - Bath Bus Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing Cardiff / Caerdydd; Tootbus) [RATP Dev / Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Cardiff

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


Malta

Paul McNamara
 

 
A trip last week to Malta
 
https://citybus.piwigo.com/index?/category/221-malta_2021
 
Malta Sightseeing were operating at 25%, not that the website told you that. City Sightseeing had nothing on the website.
 
Gozo was slightly better.
 
Note the colour of OPY 006.
 
Also noted with City Sightseeing was a Trident/Plaxton registered WPY 001.
 
 
 
Paul McNamara
Photos from Europe, the Far East and Australia - http://www.citybus.xyz/
Photos from the Gulf Region - http://citybus.shutterfly.com/


Northern Ireland update

stephen mckinstry
 

Just a quick update City sightseeing Leyland Olympian Reg NNZ 9784 is back on the road it Was seen in Belfast city centre as a spare bus 

Ulsterbus 
Volvo Olympian Fleet Number 2000 Reg CXI 6200 is also being prepared for a return to service at Coleraine depot it was getting some TLC and will need PSV'd 


The Open Top Bus Site - Tuesday 22 June 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

Parts of The Open Top Bus Site have been updated today.

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Lists created, revised, updated, etc, for the following owners/operators

England -

Devon - Bowden & Slater (English Riviera Tours), Torquay

Malta and Gozo - OC Tourism Ltd. [Oasis Tours] (CitySightseeing Malta), Luqa

USA -

Louisiana - Unidentified owner, Ruston

Wales - Bath Bus Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing Cardiff / Caerdydd; Tootbus) [RATP Dev / Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Cardiff

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 18 June 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

Parts of The Open Top Bus Site have been updated today.

Friday 18 June 2021

Lists created, revised, updated, etc, for the following owners/operators

England -

Berkshire - Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd. (The Original Tour Windsor/TO-OTBUS WINDSOR/City Tour London) [RATP Dev/Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Windsor

London - Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd. (The Original Tour London Sightseeing/TO-OTBUS LONDON/City Tour London) [RATP Dev/Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], London

Somerset - Bath Bus Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing Bath / Tootbus) [RATP Dev / Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Bath

France - Open Antibes - SARL Le Petit Train, Antibes

Portugal - Slide & Splash - Water Slide Park, Lagoa

Wales - Bath Bus Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing Cardiff / Caerdydd; Tootbus) [RATP Dev / Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Cardiff

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


Re: R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

newman ross
 

Still ST


On 17 Jun 2021, at 23:46, David McGow <david@...> wrote:

Thank you Ross. 

Are you able to say is the bus now owned by Ensign, or another dealer, or still owned by Southern Transit?

David


On 17 Jun 2021, at 23:12, newman ross via groups.io <ensignross@...> wrote:

Being used on a film job.

Ross


On 17 Jun 2021, at 20:10, David McGow <david@...> wrote:

It was still open top. Also reported by another seen on the M6 this afternoon. 

Also, seen on the M6 in the same area NORTHBOUND on Tuesday afternoon, so it seems it’s only been in Edinburgh for one day!


On 17 Jun 2021, at 18:51, tjwpsv <tim@...> wrote:


It becomes more intriguing... . Was it still open top? (I believe Southern Transit had the roof for it). 
On 17/06/2021 18:17 David McGow <david@...> wrote:


Same bus reported by a friend seen southbound on the M6 near Penrith this afternoon. Still lettered for Auld Reekie.



Re: R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

David McGow
 

Thank you Ross. 

Are you able to say is the bus now owned by Ensign, or another dealer, or still owned by Southern Transit?

David


On 17 Jun 2021, at 23:12, newman ross via groups.io <ensignross@...> wrote:

Being used on a film job.

Ross


On 17 Jun 2021, at 20:10, David McGow <david@...> wrote:

It was still open top. Also reported by another seen on the M6 this afternoon. 

Also, seen on the M6 in the same area NORTHBOUND on Tuesday afternoon, so it seems it’s only been in Edinburgh for one day!


On 17 Jun 2021, at 18:51, tjwpsv <tim@...> wrote:


It becomes more intriguing... . Was it still open top? (I believe Southern Transit had the roof for it). 
On 17/06/2021 18:17 David McGow <david@...> wrote:


Same bus reported by a friend seen southbound on the M6 near Penrith this afternoon. Still lettered for Auld Reekie.



Re: R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

newman ross
 

Being used on a film job.

Ross


On 17 Jun 2021, at 20:10, David McGow <david@...> wrote:

It was still open top. Also reported by another seen on the M6 this afternoon. 

Also, seen on the M6 in the same area NORTHBOUND on Tuesday afternoon, so it seems it’s only been in Edinburgh for one day!


On 17 Jun 2021, at 18:51, tjwpsv <tim@...> wrote:


It becomes more intriguing... . Was it still open top? (I believe Southern Transit had the roof for it). 
On 17/06/2021 18:17 David McGow <david@...> wrote:


Same bus reported by a friend seen southbound on the M6 near Penrith this afternoon. Still lettered for Auld Reekie.



Re: R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

David McGow
 

It was still open top. Also reported by another seen on the M6 this afternoon. 

Also, seen on the M6 in the same area NORTHBOUND on Tuesday afternoon, so it seems it’s only been in Edinburgh for one day!


On 17 Jun 2021, at 18:51, tjwpsv <tim@...> wrote:


It becomes more intriguing... . Was it still open top? (I believe Southern Transit had the roof for it). 
On 17/06/2021 18:17 David McGow <david@...> wrote:


Same bus reported by a friend seen southbound on the M6 near Penrith this afternoon. Still lettered for Auld Reekie.



Re: R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

tjwpsv
 

It becomes more intriguing... . Was it still open top? (I believe Southern Transit had the roof for it). 

On 17/06/2021 18:17 David McGow <david@...> wrote:


Same bus reported by a friend seen southbound on the M6 near Penrith this afternoon. Still lettered for Auld Reekie.



Re: R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

David McGow
 

Same bus reported by a friend seen southbound on the M6 near Penrith this afternoon. Still lettered for Auld Reekie.


R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

David McGow
 

Seen this morning in Edinburgh was R370 LGH, a Volvo Olympian with Northern Counties bodywork, apparently now used by Auld Reekie Tours.

 

Auld Reekie is a walking tour company and as this is the first sighting of the bus in Edinburgh, I don’t know yet what they intend to use it for.

 

Photos attached are extracted from my car dashcam and are not great quality, but I did see the reg number plate.

 

Ex-Southern Transit Bus Company Limited, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

 

David

 


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 11 June 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

Parts of The Open Top Bus Site have been updated today.

Friday 11 June 2021

Lists created, revised, updated, etc, for the following owners/operators

England -

Berkshire - Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd  (The Original Tour  Windsor)  [RATP Dev / Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Windsor

Cambridgeshire - Frolic Farm Polo Club, Lode; Paul Baker  (Private), St. Neots; Peterborough Coach Hire, Yaxley, Peterborough

Dorset - Burrows, Child Okeford; First Hampshire and Dorset Limited [First Group], Lulworth Cove / Weymouth / Bridport; First Hampshire and Dorset Limited [First Group], Weymouth

East Sussex - Marshopper Limited (Seven Sisters Bus & Coach) (Eastbourne Sightseeing), Ringmer, Eastbourne

Gloucestershire - Troopers Lodge Garage Limited (Troopers Lodge Motor Services), Bourton-on-the-Hill

Greater Manchester - Lister PVS {dealer}, Bolton

Leicestershire - Lamplighters Pub/The Drinks Bus, Leicester, 5/13, Leicester

London - Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd. (The Original Tour London Sightseeing/TO-OTBUS LONDON/City Tour London) [RATP Dev/Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], London

North Yorkshire - Shoreline Suncruiser Buses Ltd., Scarborough; Yorkshire Coastliner Ltd. (CitySightseeing York) [Transdev Group], York

Somerset - Bath Bus Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing Bath / Tootbus) [RATP Dev / Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Bath

France - Cars Lieutaud, Avignon

Wales - Cardiff City Transport Services Limited, Cardiff

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


New open top bus service in Cardiff, Wales

David McGow
 

Cardiff Bus is operating a new seasonal open top bus service in Cardiff, daily from 26 June to 30 August, using a Dennis Trident, V524 ESC, on loan from Reading Buses.  The bus retains Reading’s two-tone grey ‘rooftop bus’ livery.

 

https://www.cardiffbus.com/summer-days-out

 

David

 


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 4 June 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

Parts of The Open Top Bus Site have been updated today.

Friday 4 June 2021

Lists created, revised, updated, etc, for the following owners/operators

England -

Cambridgeshire - Cambus Limited (City Sightseeing Cambridge)  (Stagecoach Group), Cambridge

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (adventures by bus) [FirstGroup], Penzance/Land’s End/St. Ives, and at St. Ives/Newquay/Padstow

Cumbria - Stagecoach (North West) Limited [Stagecoach Group], Windermere (Bowness-Grasmere)

East Sussex - Marshopper Limited (Seven Sisters Bus & Coach) (Eastbourne Sightseeing), Ringmer, Eastbourne

Essex - Konect Bus Limited (Hedingham), Clacton-on-Sea; Ensign Bus Co. Ltd., Purfleet

London - Baxter (Private), Kenley; Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd. (The Original Tour London Sightseeing/TO-OTBUS LONDON/City Tour London) [RATP Dev/Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], London; The Big Bus Company Ltd. [Big Bus Tours Group], London

West Yorkshire - Yorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd., Leeds

Northern Ireland - Belfast City Sightseeing Ltd., Belfast; Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd. (City Tours Belfast), Belfast; McComb's Coach Travel Ltd. (Belfast City Tour), Belfast; Ulsterbus Ltd., Coleraine

Republic of Ireland - EVM (dealer), Kilbeggan

Scotland - City Sightseeing Inverness Limited/D&E Coaches Limited, Inverness

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 

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