First West of England March 2018

General News items


New 2018 FleetBooks available HERE


During the Easter holiday most Rail lines around Bristol are having the signalling upgraded meaning no trains running, Temple Meads is closed  services are running to Bath/Weston & Bristol Parkway services from these into Bristol are replaced by Buses with quite a variety of vehicles being used.


69500 is just one of many vehicles used on rail replacement services this Easter

this is showing the new livery being introduced for Wiltshire routes D1,D2 & D3 into Bath from the end of April.

Thanks Allan.



The Former Airport RLE,s will be coming back in a Bronze/cream livery and going to Westbury to replace Streetlites and used on renumbered Wiltshire routes D1 (265) D2 (267) & D3 (271/2) from April. 

The first 1 is now arrived in Bath its been upseated to B43F after losing its luggage racks.



Good new for Weston is another route starting towards the end of April when Route 1 Weston to Sand Bay will start to cover the lose of Crosville,s service 100 as Crosville are pulling out of local bus work.


32012 has appeared in Weston Coaster livery and is now Open Top the same as 32001/2.



1st couple of days of spring and it snowed heavily across most of the country especially the South West causing all FWoE services to be cancelled for the day.



A selection of LH & MH buses having a day off in Lawrence Hill Depot.


Allocation Notes


32009 LH - HE

32336/7/43/4/7  HE - LH/MH

36813-6  HE - BH (36813 now working in Wells)

6829 New - HE

35149/50 u - Norwich

36833  New - HE (Just 36834 now to enter service)

36835 New - HE

37009/10/5-7/20 HE - Colchester

42897 is on loan to Abus

44907  WM - u

66728  MH - BH

66729  MH - BH

66885  MH - BH


Streetdecks 35149/50 and Dart 42897 have gone to Cornwall for Rail replacement work 35149/50 are then rumoured to be heading to Norwich afterwards.


Wells routes 172/3/4 are to gain Double decks refurbished and repainted B9s will be used but until these are ready Scanias will be used.


66886 has gone north to Thorntons presumably to be refurbished. 


Livery Matters

37340 has lost its NHS advert and now has a Bristol Zoo 1 instead.


33418 now Excel Livery. 33754 also now repainted.

33554 is now in plain orange


Also now painted is 33825 the last Enviro in Express yourself livery


This now leaves 33547/69 & 33685 in Urban to be repainted.



B9s 37339/41 have off side adverts for this years Bristol Zoo Adverts. 37338/8 also have 37342 is another Wild Place Advert..

37337/8 with Bristol Zoo/Wild Place adverts.


The current Barbie 1 count is now down to 40 vehicles.

Hengrove (2)  66723/4

Bath (30)     32283-5/91, 42902-7/9/25, 44913-5, 53806/9/11-9, 65725, 66725/32, 66934

Marlborough St (8)  66728/9/31, 66937-9/42, 69253