South Wales and West

Welcome to the South Wales and West (SWW) Branch of the OS

Numerically we may not be the largest of the OS branches but we cover an enormous area roughly aligning with the South Wales and the Western Traffic Areas, or from Aberystwyth to Land's End and across to Bournemouth. Such a wide and varied area does mean that our Bulletin, which is published 5 or 6 times a year, is always packed. Our editorial team records changes from operators large and small, often explaining why these changes took place. But the Bulletin doesn't stop there: each issue contains articles on current and historical operations in our area, reports on our days out, and the chance for members to give their slant on what's going on. To view a recent bulletin click here

Events

Our annual AGM takes place in Bristol, being more or less the centre of our area, in mid-March, and is followed by a talk by an invited speaker. This and other meetings, tours, talks, and the pre-Christmas Cardiff Quiz (where we compete against teams from other enthusiast groups) are all listed on our calendar page.

 

Picture Gallery

Members' photographs illustrate various recent events in our area. Further contributions are welcomed by the web-page administrator: david.milledge@omnibus-society.org

 

171108 GX04EXT Merthyr PJK

Stagecoach South Wales has transferred some 2004 Transbus Pointer Darts from Stagecoach South.  At Merthyr Tydfil on 8th November is 34523: GN04 EXT.  Also transferred are 34524 and 34529. [PJK]

 

171106 KV02URL Newport PJK

Showing the new Newport Bus livery is one of several recently acquired double-deckers, 428: KV02 URL, a Dennis Trident with Alexander ALX400 bodywork which was new to Connex in London and latterly with Geldards Coaches of Leeds. Unusually it is working service X30 Newport  -M4 Motorway - Cardiff when seen in Kingsway, Newport on 6th November. [PJK]

 

171106 YX17NYP Newport PJK

From 7th September, Phil Anslow’s service between Cwmbran and Newport, non-stop apart from one stop at Llanyrafon, was renumbered 24X.  Alexander Dennis Enviro200 YX17 NYP is seen in Newport on 6th November. The service competes with Stagecoach Gold service X24 as far as Cwmbran. [PJK]

 

171031 YN15KGG Merthyr PJK

Stagecoach South Wales is now operating TrawsCymru service X4 between Cardiff and Newtown with Scania K230UB / Alexander Dennis Enviro300s.  With appropriate branding, 28734: YN15 KGG is in Merthyr Tydfil bus station on 31st October. [PJK]

 

171023 KN52NEO Newport DM

Among the double-deckers that Newport Bus has recently acquired to operate its regained schools services is 1001: KN52 NEO, a Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400 that was new to Armchair Passenger Transport, London, and latterly with Abellio London. Its London origins are still obvious as it leaves the Corporation Road depot on 25th October. [DM]

 

 

171030 PWE cheque to BVBG

In recognition of the support given by the Bristol Vintage Bus Group (BVBG) to the OS Presidential Weekend in Bath, the OS SW&W Branch presented a donation cheque to the group at its end of season open day on Sunday 29th October. From left to right are: Phil Sposito, Dave Withers (both founding members of the BVBG), Paul Tovey (BVBG) and Dr Mike Walker, Chairman of the OS SW&W Branch.  Behind is 1941 Bristol K5G GHT127, in the care of BVBG on loan from First Group. [MW]

 

 171030 WX57HKE Bristol MW

Sporting a poppy for imminent Remembrance commemorations, First West of England 37324: WX57 HKE, a Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini is seen in Nelson Street, Bristol on 30th October. [MW]

 

171023 CN13CYU Aberdare REK

Local services run by Stagecoach South Wales in the Aberdare area are operated with a batch of Optare Solo M8900SRs adorned with "Aberdare Connect" branding. On 23rd October 2017, 47848: CN13CYU is seen leaving Aberdare bus station working the 13:50 trip to Glynneath on service 8. [RAK]

 

 171005 HF67ATN CBUK17

The Coach & Bus UK17 exhibition at the NEC was more coach than bus, but the Mistral / Alexander Dennis stand did feature the first of the batch of 13 Enviro 200 MMC buses for Go South Coast’s Thamesdown fleet: 2772: HF67 ATN. This received significant publicity for its horseshoe arrangement of ‘social’ seating at the rear with glazed ceiling panel above.  [DM]

 171005 RH17ACH CBUK17

Seen in the demonstration park at Coach & Bus UK17 on 4th October is RH17 ACH, a MAN 19.290 with MOBIpeople Explorer 330 73-seat body that was new in July to Alexcars of Cirencester. [DM]

 

 170922 YX17SNK Bristol REK

In September 2017 CT Plus started operation of contracted services 505 and 506 in Bristol using new and second-hand Alexander Dennis Enviro 200s. The services are run under the Bristol Community Transport banner and YX17 SNK represents the new intake, pictured loading up at Southmead Hospital on 22nd September. [RAK]

 

 170922 YN17OHP Bristol REK

In September 2017 the Department for Transport announced that a bid by Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and First for funding from the Low Emissions Bus Scheme had been successful. A total of £4.8m will enable 110 buses to run on biofuel on services in the Bristol urban area. A Scania N280UD double-decker with Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 City bodywork, 39401: YN17 OHP, joined the First West of England fleet in August as a trial vehicle, and was used during the OS Presidential Weekend. Normally allocated to service 1 (Cribbs Causeway - Broomhill), it's pictured rounding the gyratory at Blackboy Hill top on 22nd September. [RAK]

 

 170920 YN16CFU Cardiff

Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC demonstrator YN16 CFU is seen operating for Cardiff Bus (numbered 783) on route 57 in Westgate Street, Cardiff on 20th September. [DM]

 

 170920 YJ13HRR Cardiff

The first hybrid buses for any Welsh operator are 2 Optare Solo M890SRs acquired by New Adventure Travel in April 2017 from Reays of Wigton.  Devoid of any publicity for its green credentials, YJ13 HHR is in Customhouse Street, Cardiff on 20th September. [DM]

 

 170914 LX59CRZ Cardiff

On 4th September, New Adventure Travel started a new X5 ‘crosscity’ service, linking Ringland Centre, Newport to Cardiff City Centre (see SW&W Bulletin 196). On 14th September, Scania OmniCity 757: LX59 CRZ arrives in Westgate Street, Cardiff on service X5, although still branded for service N4 which had been withdrawn on 22nd July. [DM]

 

 170907 SN63MYM Weston s Mare

As reported in SW&W Bulletin 195, First West of England has since April 2017 marketed the X-prefixed services between Bristol and north Somerset as the ‘excel’ network. Transformed from its former ‘Express Yourself’ livery into the new ‘excel’ livery is Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 33829: SN63 MYM, arriving in Regent Street, Weston super Mare on 7th September. [DM]

 

 170907 SN14FGM Weston S Mare

A new A3 ‘Airport Flyer’ service was introduced in April 2017 between Weston super Mare and BristolAirport. It is operated under contract to the airport by First West of England, whose Wrightbus StreetLite 47558: SN14 FGM is seen in Weston super Mare on 7th September. [DM]

 

170906 MX58KYU Bristol 

As reported in SW&W Bulletin 196, Severnside Transport has been closed down, and its local bus services have transferred to other operators. Service 626 from Wotton-under-Edge to Bristol passed to Eurotaxis from 4th September. On 6th September, Optare Solo MX58 KYU waits in Bond Street to start the return journey to Wotton-under-Edge. [DM]

 

 170906 MX08DGZ Trowbridge

Frome Minibuses operates local Trowbridge service 66, which from 30th May has been diverted in Longfield to serve new housing (see SW&W Bulletin 196).  Optare Solo MX08 DGZ waits outside the Town Hall in Market Street, Trowbridge on 6th September. [DM]

 

 170903 WX07UOB Bath

As reported in SW&W Bulletin 196, Wessex Bus withdrew University of Bath services 18 and UoB at the end of the 2016/17 academic year in June, but then on 17th July started another ‘UoB’ service for the summer vacation. Its Volvo B7RLE / Plaxton Centro 30001, appropriately registered WX07 UOB, waits outside Bath Abbey on 3rd September. Subsequently, this service ceased from 22nd September. [DM]

 

 170902 LK51UYE Bristol

Displaced by the roadworks for the Bristol MetroBus rapid transit scheme, the Bristol In-sight tour operated by Rubicon Classic has been starting from behind the Watershed in Anchor Road. Loading here on 2nd September is LK51 UYE, a Dennis Trident / Plaxton President converted to part open-top. [DM]

 

 170829 BJ12VWS Swansea REK

In recent years double-deck vehicles have been somewhat of a rarity in the fleet of First Cymru. However in August 2017 a batch of Volvo B9TLs with Wright Gemini2 bodywork arrived from Leeds to help provide capacity on the busy 8 service in Swansea which serves the two main campuses of the University. On 29th August 2017, 36210: BJ12 VWS is seen in West Way approaching Swansea bus station. [RAK]

 

 170826 LTZ1002 Warminster

This year’s Imberbus on 27th August was the largest and most successful so far, raising over £13,000 for charity. Among the visiting vehicles was much travelled prototype New Routemaster LT2: LTZ 1002, currently operated by Arriva London in green livery. Here it waits to take up duties at Warminster Station.  [ACF]

 

 170722 BX58AOV Bristol RK

In May 2017 Wessex made another attempt to make inroads into the commercial network in Bristol by introducing their service 90 (Broadmead - Inns Court) which competed on part of the route of First's own 90. Evidently the outcome for Wessex was less successful than planned and the service was deregistered to finish in August. However withdrawal was brought forward to 22 July. BX58AOV, a Plaxton Centro bodied Volvo B7RLE is pictured in Three Queens Lane on the final day - on diversion because of road closures in the City Centre associated with the annual Harbour Festival. [RAK]

 

 

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