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YR14C--, YP14TG-


28018-40 formed the second part of an order of ADL Enviro300 bodied Scania K270UB gas buses for Sunderland. These vehicles were delivered in June 2014, increasing the size of the gas bus fleet to 40 and enabling services 3 & 13 to be converted to gas operation. Like the earlier batch, the vehicles were painted in a special livery, in various shades of blue and adorned with hot air balloon graphics and promotional wording highlighting the cleaner, quieter ride offered by the gas bus. The buses also feature distinctive pods on the roof, which hold the gas tanks. They are otherwise similar to conventional Enviro300 bodied vehicles, with orange scrolling sentence case destination displays and standard corporate interiors.

Service 3 was one of those whose conversion to gas bus operation was facilitated by the arrival of this batch in Sunderland. Here, 28031 is pictured operating the service bound for Gilley Law.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017

The registrations of the batch are as follows:


28018 YR14CFP
28019 YR14CFU
28020 YR14CFV
28021 YR14CFX
28022 YR14CFY
28023 YR14CFZ
28024 YR14CGE
28025 YR14CGF
28026 YR14CGF
28027 YR14CGK
28028 YR14CGO
28029 YR14CGU
28030 YR14CGV
28031 YR14CGX
28032 YR14CFM
28033 YR14CFN
28034 YR14CFO
28035 YR14TGE
28036 YR14TGF
28037 YR14TGJ
28038 YR14TGK
28039 YR14TGN
28040 YR14TGO

The vehicles seat 43 passengers and offer passengers free wifi.

All 23 vehicles entered service during June 2014, replacing 23 ALX300 bodied MAN 18.220 A69's - 22190, 22462, 22672/73/75 were placed into Reserve, 22196 moved to Teesside replacing 22465 which was listed For Disposal, 22453/63/64/68/90/91 were sold to Stagecoach East Midlands, 22494 & 22664 moved to West Scotland, 22666 moved to Hartlepool and 22021/72-78 were transferred to Slatyford, releasing 22472-77 - which moved to Teesside, replacing 22470 (to Reserve), 22658/59 (to East Midlands) and 22731 (to Hartlepool) - and 22478/82 which were placed in Reserve.

As part of a strategy to increase the strength of the corporate livery, Stagecoach embarked on a programme to eliminate livery variants. As such, in November 2017, 28027 became the first member of this batch to be repainted to corporate livery. After something of a gap, 28033 followed in February 2018. The latest repaint, 28037, made it's first appearance at the Stockton Depot Open Day on 8th April 2018. The pace notably quickend in spring 2018, with the repaint of 28029 completed in late April, 28025 in May, 28036 by early June, 28024 in mid-June 2018 and 28018 by late July 2018. The final member of the batch to be repainted in 2018 was 28032, completed in November.

Heading toward Hastings Hill on Service 16, 28027 looks resplendent in the Stagecoach corporate livery.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2018

In February 2019, the Sunderland fleet reeived updates to their destination displays, to show a large terminal destination point with via points swiping, rather than scrolling, below. No further repaints of the batch took place in early 2019, with the next to be completed being 28026 in April, followed by 28019, 28028 and 28039 in May 2019. The most recent repaint was 28022 in June 2019.

Illustrating the new style destinations on vehicles carrying liveries new and old, on the left corporate liveried 28027 is seen heading for Pennywell on Service 20 while on the right gas bus liveried 28040 is seen heading to Farringdon on Service 3.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2019

These vehicles are currently operated in the North East by Sunderland.



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