Around The UK: Licences revoked, North East newbies and commemorations galore

A Judds Volvo Olympian, seen here alongside two other vehicles
from the Judds/Emblings fleets at Showbus 2015.
There's plenty of news to report this week from Around The UK, including some closer-to-home licence revokes and more vehicle deliveries.

Included in this week's Notices and Proceedings Document for the Eastern Traffic Area was an article publicising that, with effect from 23:59 on June 9th 2015, the directors of Emblings and sister company Judds would have their PCV O-licences revoked. A later report by RouteOne showed it to be on the grounds of poor maintenance and inadequate record keeping of vehicles. Emblings and Judds ran a fleet of predominantly step entrance double deckers, with an impressive fleet of Bristol VRs.

My Lincolnshire correspondent informs me that Cropley Coaches of Fosdyke have purchased a second Chinese built Yutong TC12, in the shape of Euro6 engined VSK207 - which joins sister 4506UB, notable for being the first of the type sold in the United Kingdom. Yutong got a swift mention in one of our reports from Showbus 2014.

More commemorative liveries have appeared in the past week. To commemorate the 100th year anniversary of Southdown, successor Stagecoach South have painted Alexander Dennis Enviro300 27651 GX10KZD and Alexander Dennis Enviro400 15586 GX59JYT in commemorative liveries. Notably, the later is re-registered 404DCD - previously carried by Southdown 3204, one of the renowned "Queen Mary" convertible open top Northern Counties bodied Leyland Titans.

Delaine of Bourne commemorated their 125th anniversary last Sunday with a special running day on it's route between Bourne and Peterborough using members of their heritage fleet alongside their smart fleet of modern day buses. From what I have been told, the event was thoroughly enjoyable!

A brand new Wright Streetlite Max at Metrocentre (c) Dan Whiting
Regular contributor Dan Whiting has sent in this photograph from a trip to the North East. I am told that the Wright Streetlite Max photographed is one of six which entered service on the X66 between Gateshead and Metrocentre in the week - with a further twenty nine of the type to follow for other services. A thanks goes to Dan Whiting and Steve Hodgson for his report.

Following the demise of Western Greyhound, a number of previously owned buses are now appearing with dealers. Five dual door Wright Cadet bodied DAF SB120s are at Stafford Bus Centre, with Ensignbus advertising more of the type, various lengths of Optare Solos, Transbus Mini Pointer Darts and Plaxton Beaver 2 bodied Mercedes Benz O814D Varios.

I shall end with a mention to Ipswich contributor David Warren who has recently spent time in the Reading and London areas, and has brought back an excellent selection of photographs - including a number of new '15' registration deliveries. His collection can be viewed by clicking here.
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  1. What else is on for "Showbus 2015" Kieran? might save me some money!
    Check your text!