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Service updates and fleet news for Red Rover

Last updated 01/11/2017

November 2017

Service Update

We will be making some changes to our Aylesbury services from 21st November. Details are summarised below, with revised timetables on the Aylesbury Services tab

October 2017

Fleet News

The first two Hino S’elega Hybrid HD coaches entered service at Chesham in July. 7025/6 are registered OJ17 RTF/RTJ and carry standard Countrywide livery, their leather seating and mobile/USB charging points already proving popular with passengers. The final two will be based at Aylesbury and used for the new Countrywide service, noted above. Also new are the 4 Mercedes Benz Citaro Ks ordered earlier in the year, also at Chesham. The first, 3010 (CH67 RRB) entered service on 1st September, with the remainder 2 weeks later. These are 3011-3 (OB67 FCA-C). They feature tinted glazing and e-leather seating, plus wifi and USB charging points. Initially intended for Chesham and Amersham local services, they will also find use on routes 336 to Watford and 353 between Berkhamsted and Slough.

A youthful used purchase that entered service at Aylesbury is 2072 (BA15 BXS) a further Volvo Wright Eclipse 2, bringing the total in the fleet to 3. Also finally entering the dedicated school bus fleet, after a fair bit of restoration, is 5011 (KKU 120W) an Alexander-bodies Dennis Dominator. Originally with SYPTE and then Mainline/First, it is one of the few First buses to have been sold on for further use.

Volvo Caetano Levantes 7052/5 (YJ07 HJE/SR08 PTO) have been sold, as have Optare Solos 2010-3 (YJ11 EJB, YJ61 JHV, YJ11 EJA, YJ11 EJC)

June 2017

Service Update

Updated route maps, using an easier-to view format have been added to the Maps page. These include Aylesbury, Chesham & Amersham and Bicester local services, plus all services from Aylesbury and Thame. Please click here to view or download

May 2017

Service Update

To enable Red Rover to continue to offer a sustainable bus service network for Bicester in the longer term, we are taking the opportunity to revise town services. Frequencies on our Citylink service to the centre of Oxford are being increased and the service will be combined with Bicester town services to provide through services in each direction.

In summary, the following Bicester town services will be withdrawn after end of service on 26th June 2017, but with direct replacements:

  • 21 Bicester – Fields Farm/Langford
  • 22 Bicester – Carversfield/Bure Park
  • 23 Bicester – Highfield

Improvements to Citylink 390 commencing 28th June 2017:

  • Service frequency increased to operate every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday day time between Bicester and Oxford, with a half hourly evening service
  • Alternate buses will continue from Manorsfield Road to Bicester estates, replacing services 21, 22 and 23 as follows:

  • Hourly circular service via Bicester North Station, Glory Farm, Langford, Fields Farms and Bicester Village Station.
  • Hourly circular service via Bicester Village Station, Fields Farm, Langford, Glory Farm and Bicester North Station
  • Hourly circular service via Southwold, Caversfield and Bure Park and Bicester North Station
  • Hourly circular service via Highfield and Browning Drive

Through tickets will be available to and from Bicester estates to Oxford and these new through services will offer customers new links to Bicester Village, both Bicester railway stations (for connection to national rail) and also to Oxford.

There are no changes to services 25, 81, 91, 95 or 368

Timetables for the revised services are available by clicking here

In a separate round of tendering with Herts County Council, Red Rover has retained the Tring town service, route 387. 

Fleet News

To operate the new 387 contract, a single ADL Enviro 200MMC has been purchased and it entered service in late March. 2040 (OC17 BXS) is the shorter ‘midi’ version, with Red Rover standard e-leather seating and wifi. It also has Altro Transflor wood-effect flooring, something new for Red Rover.

Three late model Wright Eclipse Gemini 2-bodied Volvo B9TLs have also been purchased and were due to enter service by early May. 6025-7 (BG15 RNO/P/T) have been refurbished with new e-leather seating and wifi and will effectively look like brand new buses inside and out! They are to replace the four Enviro 400s, 6031/2/4/5 (OY09 AYL, OY09 RRB, AN59 AWX and VX07 CYU), which were withdrawn at the end of December and have since been sold. They will be used primarily on route X65 between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes (various deckers have been used on the route since the Enviros left the fleet and prior to the Gemini 2s becoming available).

A couple of interesting used purchases have also entered service. 2004 (M146 VVS) is a fairly rare Dennis Dart with Wright Handybus bodywork (flat screen) and is allocated to Chesham for dedicated school work. It started life with Universitybus (Uno) in Hatfield and has also seen service with Gills Travel. 2003 (S687 YOL) is an Optare Excel 1070, direct from National Express West Midlands. However, it had been standing withdrawn for over 2 years, prior to its purchase by Red Rover. Powered by the standard Cummins 6BT, it has 35 seats and is acting as a spare service and school bus at Bicester. Both buses have had a light refurbishment with standard Red Rover red moquette.

Finally, SF57 EEW is a newer Scania R Series recovery truck that has been added to the fleet to replace the existing DAF 105 unit, which has been sold. It takes fleet number R2.

January 2017

Fleet News

In early January, two new ADL Enviro 300s are due to enter service at Aylesbury. OM16 AAB/C have taken fleet numbers 2046/7 and both have MAN chassis, which is a departure from the usual Scania or Volvo units which are generally preferred on new buses. As is now usual, both have e-leather seating and wifi. It is likely that these will be the final new ADL products entering service for a while; Red Rover has an option on two Enviro200MMC but it is not believed these are due until later in 2017.

Our first new coach of 2017 should be in service on Countrywide routes towards the end of February. Again, something of a departure for Red Rover in that it is an Asia Aero, with Scania chassis and K360 power plant. It has been reserved registration OC67 RRC, and is due to enter service in early March. It has been given fleet number 7020.

A used purchase from Thamesdown is that of a Dennis Dart SPD, Y197 VMR (2061) with Plaxton Pointer body. It will need some work done to the interior, including new seating, prior to it entering service at Bicester.

East Lancs-bodied Dominator, H82 YEX, which was purchased from Capital and Provincial in August, was found to be in poor structural condition and was sold on without being operated. 

In a surprise move, all the remaining ADL Enviro 400s have been put up for sale. OY09 AYL, OY09 RRB, AN59 AWX and VX07 CYU (6031/2/4/5) were withdrawn at the end of December and placed in store at Aylesbury.

August 2016

Service updates

Following some market research undertaken Red Rover Buses we are pleased to announce commencement of a new service between Chesham and  Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5. Commencing on 22nd August 2016, the following new services will be operated:-

service 456 – Chesham to Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 via Amersham, Beaconsfield, Farnham Common, Slough and Langley

It will operate on Monday to Saturday hourly during the day, with the first bus timed to arrive in to Heathrow just after 8am. The last bus from Heathrow departs at 1822. There is no Sunday service.  The service will provide new direct links for shoppers and workers at the airport between Chesham and Amersham with Heathrow Terminal 5. 

Fellow model bus operator London & Country will also be commencing their new route. Service 455 (Heathrow – High Wycombe via Slough, Farnham Common and Beaconsfield) on the same date, offering customers a combined half hourly frequency between Beaconsfield and Heathrow during the day, Monday to Saturday. Through a partnership arrangement between the two operators, tickets issued by either company will be accepted by the other, giving our customers maximum flexibility and travel choices. In addition, 10 single-trip, weekly and monthly season tickets will be available from the driver. An app enabling online purchase of tickets will be available shortly.

Timetables for both services 455 and 456 are available by clicking here 

July 2016

Service updates

Following the decision by Oxfordshire County Council to remove all financial support for all subsidised bus services from 20th July, a review has taken place of the operation at Bicester. The Bicester town service network (routes 22, 23 and 24) was operated under tender from the County Council and it has been decided to continue this as a commercial operation for a 3 month period, after which a decision will be made as to whether it will continue in its current form. Fares will increase by 25% on these town services as a result of Red Rover now operating these without subsidy. In addition, with both Thames Travel and Heyfordian giving up many services entirely, we have decided to operate commercial services on the following routes on a 3 month trial from 22nd July (click on the routes to be taken to the timetable for each service):-

81 (Bicester – Banbury via Ardley and Aynho) - 2 return journeys on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

94 (Bicester – Oxford via Ambrosden, Charlton-on-Otmoor and Islip - 2 return journeys on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

In addition, through Section 106 funding by the developers at the former US airbase at Upper Heyford, we will also be operating the following in the longer term:

25/25A – renumbered 25 (Bicester – Oxford via Upper Heyford and Kirtlington). Hourly Monday - Saturday

Other minor parts of routes subsidised by Oxford County Council (340, and Premier Line 280) are being continued commercially without any changes.

Fleet News

The second of two Wright Streetlites entered service a month later than expected at the end of March. 3006 (RR16 BUS) is generally found on route 301 and, with the higher powered 6 cylinder 225PS engine, continue the recent higher spec trend with e-leather seating and onboard wifi. 

Also delivered was 7031 (OA65 CWD), the second of the two Scania Irizar i6’s for Countrywide Flightlink services from Aylesbury.

An interesting youthful used purchased is another MCV-bodied Mercedes2078 (SN13 CNC). It has appeared in service at Aylesbury in a revised livery incorporating much larger areas of crimson and the red lining swooped up the body and across the windows. It is understood this livery is being trialled to see how it wears, before a decision is made to apply it across the fleet.

Two less youthful purchases have been made for the increasingly large dedicated school bus fleet. The first is an Alexander Strider-bodied Dennis Dart 2006 (L133 HVS), which has received some coach-type seating and been put in to service from Aylesbury. The second is a much rarer Carlyle-bodied Dennis Dart 2007 (H712 LOL) which has received a minor make over with new seat cushions and placed in to service at Chesham. Also acquired, but placed in to storage prior to it entering service, is an East Lancs-bodied Dominator. H82 YEX was purchased from the Capital and Provincial operation. It is hoped this will enter service in time for the new school year in September. No fleet number has yet been allocated.

As a result of the arrival of the second Irizar i6, withdrawn at Chesham and immediately sold is Countrywide-liveried Volvo B12B Plaxton Panther 7041 (RK07 KDO). Caetano Levante 7050/1 (RR12 FLC/AY62 RRC) have been reallocated to Chesham.

Transferred to Bicester from Aylesbury for the services mentioned above are elderly Volvo B6s 2041/2 (S686 VOA/S682 VOA) and Volvo Wright Eclipses 2065/7 (OY57 CBF/OV57 AWA)

January 2016

Fleet News

The first of the two Wright Streetlites entered service in late November. 3005 (LM65 JOU) is allocated to our Aylesbury depot, primarily for route 301 to Hemel Hempstead. 3006 (RR16 BUS) entered service on 1st March, the first day of the 16 registration. It too is generally found on route 301. Both are the door forward 10.8m version, with seating for 41 passengers. They have the higher powered 6 cylinder 225PS engine and will continue the recent higher spec trend with e-leather seating and onboard wifi.

Also delivered is the first of two Scania Irizar i6’s for Countrywide Flightlink services from Aylesbury. These are the longer 14m variants and are to full Euro 6 specification. Each has 61 seats and the vehicles have wifi and USB charging points for passengers. 7030 (OA65 CWC) entered service on 15th January, with the second, 7031 (OA65 CWD), due in February.

In a surprise reversal of a previous cancelled order, two further Volvo B7RLE Wright Eclipse 2-bodied have been ordered for delivery by October. These will join the existing two at Aylesbury.

Following the end of the Chiltern Railways rail replacement contract at Bicester, the three Omnidekkas 6070-2 (YN53 PAO/J/T) have been withdrawn and immediately sold. Also withdrawn at Bicester and sold are Red Rocket-liveried Dart MPDs 2106-8 (SN03 EBP/R SN03 LDX). These were only withdrawn because of the DDA Regulations from 1st January 2016. Withdrawn at Chesham is 2069 (OV57 AWC), a Wright Urban Eclipse and Countrywide-liveried Volvo B12B Plaxton Panther 7040 (YN06 MXW), it now being 2 month’s short of the 10 year Countrywide age limit. 

Withdrawn at Aylesbury is Wright Gemini-bodied Volvo B7TL 6015 (RR07 BUS)Transferred to Bicester from Aylesbury are ADL Enviro 200s 2020-2 (OV58 ABA/B, OV10 DCS). MAN MCV Evolution 2091 (AE06 VPW) has now entered service at Aylesbury, rather than Chesham.

November 2015

Fleet News

AE07 NYR, a MCV Evolution-bodied MAN, and ADL Enviro200 EU58 JCJ, have now received fleet livery. Both were purchased to replace older buses.

Surprise orders announced are for 2 brand new Wright Streelites, to be delivered in early 2016. They are the door forward 10.8m version, with seating for 41 passengers. They have the higher powered 6 cylinder 225PS engine and will continue the recent higher spec trend with e-leather seating and onboard wifi.

Withdrawn are Optare Excel 2045 (N205 LCK) and DAF SB220 Myllenium 2050 (W265 CDN). Also due for withdrawal shortly is 2017 (Y619 GFM), Red Rover’s only Marshall-bodied Dennis Dart SLF.

An interesting used purchase is a Caetano Nimbus-bodied Dennis Dart SLF, from Uno at Hatfield. Carrying the appropriate registration UO55 UNO, it is currently receiving a minor refurbishment (new seat squabs etc) and repaint in to fleet livery. It will be allocated to Aylesbury, although a fleet number is not yet known. A further MAN MCV Evolution to join the fleet is former ACPOA AE06 VPW. Having spent its life on airport transfers, some work is taking place internally with new seating to replace the luggage racks, prior to it entering service at Chesham.

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May 2015

Service Update

Following a review of passenger numbers and potential for future growth, Red Rover has taken the difficult decision to withdraw Countrywide service 401 between High Wycombe and Birmingham. The final day of operation will be 16th May.

Fleet News

The order announced earlier this year for 3 new Wright Eclipse 2-bodied Volvo B7RLE has been cancelled

April 2015

Fleet News

A few interesting purchases to note for the expanding dedicated school bus fleet include Volvo Olympian/Northern Counties bodied 5016 (P550 EFL), one of three purchased from the same source. Its sister, P563 EFL, was repainted white and sold on to C&R Buses, while the third vehicle, P560 EFL, was used as a source of spares for the other two, with the remains going for scrap. A step-entrance Dart has also been purchased from one of the many fleets of Barry Dodd, making it the only non-low floor single decker in the fleet. 2010 (M389 KVR) has seen a light internal refurbishment with new seat cushions etc and looks splendid in the current Red Rover livery. It is allocated to Chesham.

For the new tendered services 363/4, a youthful Optare Solo SR has arrived from West Coast Motors. 3010 (YJ14 BAO) has the revised front end design (minus the silver trim) and seems popular with staff and customers alike. Arriving from the splendid Glenelg fleet of Dick Lindsay is a third MCV Mercedes for the Red Rover fleet. Retaining its blue seats, which is unusual for Red Rover, 2075 (VX12 FBO) joins the other two at Chesham, which have been operating very successfully there.

Leaving the fleet are 2029 (KX09 EYA), the final ex Southwest Bus Enviro 200 of 4 operated and 2056 (HX03 MGY), the sole Caetano Slimbus Dart only purchased last year (it’s place being taken by the Northern Counties Dart above.

Wright Urban Eclipse Volvos 2062/3/9 are re-allocated to Bicester from Aylesbury and Chesham for the revised 390 service, joining long Enviro 200s 2024/25 there.

At least 2 further Wright Eclipse 2-bodied Volvos are on order for 2015 and 2 Wright Streetlite DFs as well. These will replace some older low floor Eclipses and also at least one double decker.

March 2015

Service Update

Red Rover is making some changes to certain services in Aylesbury from 23rd March 2015. In addition, there are 2 new services:

  • Service 358 - new service between Aylesbury and Chesham via Wendover, Great Missenden and Amersham
  • Service 363/364 - new service from Aylesbury to Ivinghoe, operating on a circular basis via Tring, Wilstone and Cheddington

Timetables for all the revisions and new routes are available on the 'Aylesbury Services' from the drop down menu. A summary of the changes is below