Red Rover Buses
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 A model bus operation in 'OO' scale covering Herts, Bucks and Oxon.   Red Rover Buses - modern buses, traditional service 

Service updates and fleet news for Red Rover

Last updated 05/07/2018


July 2018


Service Update


Chilterns and Aylesbury Vale Tour service 101 commences on 25th July, operating just 3 days per week (Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday) until 1st September. A timetable is available here. It is principally being operated by our 'heritage' buses - open top Bristol RE 2001 (based at Chesham) and has been joined by another open top bus, Bristol VR 2002 (based at Aylesbury). These buses may be replaced at short notice for operational reasons or due to inclement weather.


Fleet News


3 youthful used Citaros have arrived from Go North East will be in service by the middle of July. BX63 BDO/U/V are Euro 5 Citaro 0530Nsand arrived with wifi already fitted. Fully refurbished inside with Red Rover standard e-leather seating and onboard information system, these have also been retro-fitted with USB charging sockets alongside each seat bay. Numbered 3038-40, all have been allocated to Aylesbury. This has meant the transfer out of Volvo Wright Urban Eclipse 2 2070-3 to Bicester, the entire type now allocated there. Withdrawn at Bicester are Dennis Dart SLF 2060 (N202 NNJ)and Wright Urban Eclipse 2067 (OV57 AWA), leaving just 2065 as the sole remaining vehicle of this type in service with Red Rover, from a once strong class of 10. Withdrawn at Chesham is Wright-bodied Volvo B6 2042 (S682 VOA), leaving 2041 as the final bus of the type with Red Rover, and now officially demoted to school bus duties. Replacing 2042 at Chesham is Dennis Dart Capital Marshall LN51 DVF, which came from Z&S in Aylesbury in a somewhat derelict state. 4 month’s work has been spent on the bus, which should finally enter service carrying fleet number 2036 during July.


March 2018


Service Update


Red Rover is starting a seasonal open top service using ‘heritage’ buses. Service 101 will commence operation in late July, continuing until early September and will run between Waddesdon Manor and Chesham, via Aylesbury, Wendover and Great Missenden. Exact timetable details are being finalised, but the service will operate on just 3 or 4 days per week initially and will use up to 2 buses. On days where an open top bus can’t be used, a bus from the school fleet can be used. The service is registered as a ‘tour’, so is exempt from the usual DDA compliance requirements and OAP bus passes and other discounted tickets can’t be used. The finish date may be extended a little, depending on how the service is received.


Fleet News


Headlines are orders for new buses for 2018/2019. These comprise 4 ADL Enviro 400MMC double deckers – the first new double deckers for 6 years – to be delivered later in 2018 and early 2019. These will be used to replace the final Mk1 Wright Geminis in the front line fleet. This is a significant change away from Wright as a manufacturer, which has been favoured over the last few years. Whilst the current offering from Wright is comprehensive, they are not things of beauty and Red Rover still likes to operate vehicles that appeal to customers and look as good on the outside as they do on the inside! Red Rover has been impressed with the single 200MMC it operates, hence the decision being made to place this significant order with ADL. As usual, Red Rover will continue to source quality used vehicles too, particularly single deckers. It is understood that enquiries have been placed with GoAhead for some Citaro 2s from their North East fleet – the exact number isn’t known at the moment. However, as with the 400MMCs, these will probably replace the final Mk1 Wright Eclipses in the fleet if they are acquired.


On the subject of used vehicles, further buses have arrived for the ever-expanding school bus fleet. Further contracts have been won for Oxfordshire County Council, in addition to a single one for Bucks, whilst Red Rover has retained existing ones in the latest round of batch tenders. These are all non-public services, so dedicated school contracts only. Hence the use of older vehicles and the continued purchase of these for school work. Acquisitions include coach-seated ECW-bodied Leyland Olympian 5002 (C196 YBE)and 5003 (A963 SYE), a Park Royal-bodied Leyland Titan. This latter vehicle came from local operator Z&S, who have also been using it on local school services. Both received fleet livery before entering service.

Also acquired is Leyland-engined Bristol RE 2001 (SHW129G), with fairly typical ECW bodywork. It’s sister, 128G, was owned as a heritage bus up until around 5 years ago, but this was sold for ongoing preservation. 129G was purchased late in 2017 and has been expertly converted to part open-top by the Red Rover team at Aylesbury. It is for use on a new seasonal open top service (details below), plus private hire work as well. It is understood that an open-top Bristol VR has also been purchased for the service, but this can’t currently be confirmed.


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