LAST UPDATED: 28 October 2018
MAN 18.240 A69
Illustrating the two styles of branding carried by several members of the batch, 24104 is seen outside the Castlegate Centre in Stockton wearing reoute 36 branding while 24110 carries with the megarider branding.
Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2009
This batch of 15 vehicles are unique in the Stagecoach North East fleet, being Enviro300 bodied MAN 18.240 A69's. Delivered in August 2009, they were the first new vehicles for Teesside in five years, and some five years later remain the depot's newest vehicles. The vehicles, ordered to upgrade flagship Service 36, were
delivered in Stagecoach on Teesside livery. 24101-24106 entered service carrying dedicated branding for Service 36 while 24107-24112 carried Megarider branding. All branding has been retained to date.
The vehicles were delivered to current Stagecoach corporate specifications, with blue interior and individual seating with the blue Stagecoach moquette. They entered service with orange Sentence Case scrolling destination displays and are registered as follows:
The arrival of the Enviro300s on Teesside coincided with service changes, most notably the upgrading of services 59/61 to full size single deck from midibus operation. Together the new arrivals and the changed fleet requirements saw all of Teesside's midibuses (33101, 33489-92, 33825/28 & 34401) transferred to South Shields. In addition high floor Volvo B10Ms 20253-55/61/67/68/95/98 were withdrawn.
Note the unusual lettering used to identify 24112 as Mr Snuggle Wuggle.
Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2011
Shortly after delivery, the batch received names as follows:
24102 BERT THE BUS
24103 BILLY BRUM
24104 SPICY STEVE
24106 PETER PORRIDGE
24107 NEPTUNE BUS
24108 NOSY NORA
24109 HAKUNA MATATA
24110 MRS BUBBLE
24111 LOVEABLE EXPRESS
24112 MR SNUGGLE WUGGLE
24114 BIG BLUE
24115 CRAZY DAISY
All names were applied in a standard font as used on the Enviro200s, though the original Mr Snuggle Wuggle typeface was replaced by a snazzier font.
In early 2013, the batch lost their names, though branding (where applied) was retained at that time. In summer 2014, the branding began to be removed as the batch were repainted in preparation for the arrival of new Enviro300s for Service 36. The branding was eliminated from the batch by November 2014 and all now carry Stagecoach corporate livery.
Numerically the eldest of the batch, 24101 is seen in Middlesbrough Bus Station operating Service 39 and depicts the current appearance of the batch.
Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017
24113-24115 were part of an unnecessarily convoluted three-way vehicle exchange in May 2017. This saw the trio of vehicles move to Slatyford, releasing 39702-39704 to South Shields, which in turn released 27723-27725 to Teesside. It is unclear why the same basic result could have been achieved by a direct exchange between Slatyford and South Shields. Nonetheless, 24113-15 are now part of the Slatyford fleet.
24102 spent many months out of service in early 2018, parked up alongside withdrawn ALX300 bodied 18.220's at Stockton depot. 24102 has since returned to service.
July 2018 saw a pair of the Slatyford based examples, 24114 & 24115, receive shocking pink branding for the Great Exhibition of the North which they retained until late October the same year, before returning to corporate livery.
These vehicles are currently operated in the North East by Teesside and Newcastle (Slatyford).