LAST UPDATED: 28 February 2017

ALEXANDER DENNIS ENVIRO400

19194-98, 19200-19

NK57D--

 


This batch of 27 Enviro400 integrated design easyACCESS deckers were delivered to Walkergate for the double deck conversion of easyACCESS Services 39 & 40. The batch were delivered with the complete blue Stagecoach corporate interiors, including individual seating with blue Stagecoach moquette, and Sentence Case orange scrolling destination displays.

The registrations of the batch are as follows:

Pictured on Service 38 in Newcastle City Centre is 19214, illustrating the Unirider contravision advertising.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2009

19193     NK57DVW
19194     NK57DVX
19195     NK57DVY
19196     NK57DVZ
19197     NK57DWA
19198     NK57DWC
19199     NK57DWD
19200     NK57DWE
19201     NK57DWF
19202     NK57DWG
19203     NK57DWJ
19204     NK57DWL
19205     NK57DWM
19206     NK57DWN
19207     NK57DWO
19208     NK57DWP
19209     NK57DWV
19210     NK57DWW
19211     NK57DWX
19212     NK57DWY
19213     NK57DWZ
19214     NK57DXA
19215     NK57DXB
19216     NK57DXC
19217     NK57DXD
19218     NK57DXE
19219     NK57DXF

 

Deliveries commenced in October 2007 with 19194-19202 entering service within that month. 19203 entered service on 1st November 2007, sporting an illuminated advertising panel, which proudly declared the 6.8m investment by Stagecoach in new buses for Newcastle this year. 19193, a notable early absentee, was first noted in service on 2nd November 2007.

 

Following a break in deliveries, the remainder of the batch commenced delivery in January 2008, with 19204-19207 entering service that month, 19208-14/16/17 following in February 2008 and 19215/18/19 entering service in March 2008.

 

The batch of 27 displaced an equal number of easyACCESS single decks from Walkergate, with South Shields receiving 13 B10BLEs (21136/37/38/39/40/43/44/45/46/50/52/57/58), 9 MANs being cascaded to Sunderland (22214/15, 22453/64/65/66/67/68, 22666) and the balance of 5 MANs transferred to Teesside (22195, 22204/8/10/11). The Sunderland arrivals displaced Darts to Stagecoach South and B10Ms to Walkergate and Slatyford, in turn ousting further Darts to Reserve and Stagecoach South. The South Shields arrivals facilitated the easyACCESS conversion of Services E1, E2 & E6, replacing Volvo Olympians which were transferred to other Stagecoach subsidiaries, B10M 20273 which was transferred to Walkergate, releasing further a Dart to Stagecoach South, B10M 20714 was transferred to Sunderland resulting in the withdrawal of the last active Lynx (29629) from service with Stagecoach North East and a number of Darts were withdrawn at South Shields. The Teesside arrivals replaced B10BLEs which were transferred to South Shields for Services E1, E2 & E6, replacing B10Ms which were transferred to Sunderland and Slatyford, and Darts which were withdrawn.

 

Still wearing the same complete upper deck 'Avoid the fuss' contravision, Walkergate's 19213 is seen operating Service 38 in Newcastle City Centre.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2014

19213 was delivered with, and retained for almost a decade, eye-catching complete upper deck contravisions advising motorists to avoid the fuss, get the bus!

During 2009, the rest of the batch received contravision advertising for Megarider, Dayrider or Unirider tickets.

Unirider branding was carried by 19193/96/97, 19202/06/07/09/10/14/15/19.

Dayrider branding was carried by 19194, 19200/01/17/18.

Megarider branding was carried by 19195/98/99, 19203/04/05/08/11/12/16.

The contravision lasted on the majority of vehicles until 2016, whereupon it was removed from all of the batch, including 19213's avoid the fuss wrap, by March.

Several of the batch had, in addition to carrying Stagecoach ticket related branding, carried other contravision advertising, including:

19197 carried full offside contravision for The Amazing Spiderman, then Men in Black 3 and subsequently Skyfall.

19198 carried a wrap advertisement for Vodafone.

19214 carried full offside contravision for The Amazing Spiderman, then Men in Black 3 and subsequently Skyfall.

19216 carried full offside contravision for Rice Krispies Squares.

 

Following the arrival of new Enviro400 Hybrids for Services 39 & 40, 19193-95 were transferred to Slatyford in August 2011. Along with 19163, these arrivals facilitated the release of MANs 22049/50 to South Shields and 22469/71 to Teesside. 19197 arrived at Slatyford in September 2011, facilitating the the transfer of 22470 to Teesside. 19196 was withdrawn at Walkergate in the same month, but did not transfer to Slatyford until November 2011, whereupon 22051 was released for transfer to South Shields.

 

South Shields' 19196 is seen operating Service X34 in Newcastle City Centre. Note the absence of contravision advertising, removed shortly after transfer to South Shields.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2014

Three members of this batch, 19199, 19209 & 19214, were loaned to Manchester in Summer 2012 to enable the release of newer vehicles from Manchester to travel to the capital for London 2012 Olympic duties. Slatyford sent a number of vehicles, including 19197 from this batch (and 19141/42/43/44/47/55/57/58/59/60 from the NK07--- batch), to Walkergate to release the newer Enviro400s for cascade. Walkergate's Enviro400s returned in August 2012 after the Olympics, allowing all vehicles to return to their home depots.

 

To meet the need for increased capacity on South Shields Service X34 operating between Newcastle and Horsely Hill, 19194/96/97 transferred from Slatyford to South Shields in November 2013. Three MAN/ALX300 single decks, 22068/69/71 moved in the opposite direction. 19194/96/97 were repainted shortly after transfer to South Shields, receiving modest but effective rear only branding encouraging car drivers to switch to the X34. All other contravision was at the same time removed from these vehicles and they received black leather seating throughout, together with free wifi.

 

In September 2013, 19193/95 were transferred (along with 19163) back to Walkergate, in exchange for 22346-48.

To date the only permanent departure of any of the batch from the North East took place in April 2014 when 19199 was transferred to Stagecoach Manchester, with no direct replacement at Walkergate.

June 2015 saw the arrival of a batch (19641-47) of former Strathtay Enviro400s in the North East. 19641-46 are destined for South Shields, for use on an increased frequency Service X34. The first to enter service in South Shields in July 2015 was 19642, replacing 19194 which moved to Walkergate. August 2015 saw 19643 enter service in South Shields, followed by 19645 in September 2015. The arrival of 19643/45 saw 19196/97 transferred to Walkergate.

On return to Walkergate, 19194/96/97 had their X34 branding removed. Their return to Walkergate helped to facilitate the necessary PVR increase for the extension of Service 22 from Wallsend to Silverlink and Cobalt.

Following the delivery of eight new Enviro400MMC deckers to Walkergate, 19193-98 and 19200 (together with 19163 from the earlier batch) were earmarked for cascade, with 19193 transferred to Stagecoach South, and the remainder transferring to Slatyford. 19194/98 transferred to Slatyford in early August 2016, followed later in the month by 19195/96. 19200 transferred from Walkergate to Slatyford on 26 August 2016, followed by 19197 on 1 September 2016.

 


The 57 plate Enviro400s are currently operated in the North East by Newcastle (Walkergate) and Newcastle (Slatyford).



The rest of the batch

On transfer to Manchester, 19199 was allocated to Hyde Road, from where it continued to operate until April 2016, when it was repainted to Magicbus livery and transferred to Manchester's Sharston depot.

Having originally operated in Stagecoach corporate livery following transfer to Manchester, former Walkergate Enviro400 19199 NK57DWD now wears MagicBus colours as seen here operating busy university service 142 to Piccadilly.

Photo © David Burrell 2016


On transfer to South, 19193 was allocated to Winchester, from where it continues to operate to date.

Pictured in it's new home in Winchester is Stagecoach South's 19193 NK57DVW, formerly part of the Walkergate fleet.

Photo © Luke Garley 2016


The current allocations of the rest of the batch outside of the North East are: South (19193) and Manchester (19199).

 

 


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