Monday, 20 January 2014

Our Mercedes Bends around the 22!

With the Red Rocket service not expected to restart before Easter, we have decided to keep the buses active where possible and to this end MAL53 was prepared for a test operating day on service 22. Last week the bus was driven around the route to test clearances and passed with tolerance even on the tightest turns in the Claremont area.
From 20 January, a bendy will be allocated to the 07:40 departure from Mereside which coincides with a busy northbound run to Cleveleys, with the vehicle returning to depot just before 18:00.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Fleet Changes

We have made a few changes to the bus fleet recently to thin out vehicles no longer required in the fleet and return to the road some stored vehicles needed for service 22.
Volvo B6 No.601 has finally been submitted and passed its MoT and will be pressed into use on service 22, whereas sister bus 611 is away for MoT work and is earmarked to become the first bus treated to a new colour scheme for buses allocated to 22s. Also sent away for electrical work is Dart 162, which has been off the road since September along with Darts 143 & 163 which will follow in the overhaul process.
Buses leaving the fleet recently are Olympian 324 (N324NHG) now with Red Bus Days in Keighley and Volvo B10M no.899 (R899XVM).

All change at Classic Bus

Oakwood Travel Services Ltd purchased the assets and goodwill of Classic Bus North West Ltd on 31 December and although this means no immediate upheaval for passengers on our "Catch22" bus service and the wedding/private hire business, there will be changes introduced over the coming months to give service 22 a new identity.
Behind the scenes, the day-to-day management has been strengthened by the appointment of David Hughes as Transport Manager. David has a long career in transport, starting at Blackpool Transport but with experience at Transport for London before becoming a VOSA Compliance Officer back in the North West region. After a few years working in Spain, David has returned to Blackpool and will be taking over the day-to-day operations at Oakwood Travel.