Now You Know What I Did This Summer (2015 Edition)

Bus and light rail operations in Tynemouth and surrounding area

Arriva Northumbria Wright StreetLite NK64 EEZ, Tynemouth
The second biggest operator in Tynemouth: Arriva Northumberland, represented by a Wright StreetLite at its terminus by Tynemouth Park. Later, this would return to Newcastle-upon-Tyne on a westbound journey of the 306 service.

Only last week, courtesy of National Holidays, I had the joy of a five day holiday in County Durham and Northumberland. This included excursions to Beamish Open Air Museum, Holy Island and the city of Durham. With most of the trips returning to our hotel for 4.00pm to 4.30pm, there was ample time for a little night’s bus hopping. Continue reading “Now You Know What I Did This Summer (2015 Edition)”

Great Olympians of our Time #14: JPT Travel’s P821 SGP

From Orpington to Shudehill Interchange

JPT Travel, Volvo Olympian, P821 SGP, Shudehill
P821 SGP seen in more recent times on JPT Travel’s 118 route, wearing its third mainly blue livery.

We seem to have exhausted our stock of former London Volvo Olympians. On spotting this fellow outside Shudehill Interchange, I thought this vehicle’s previous owner was Yellow Buses of Bournemouth. Not so. P821 SGP came to JPT’s Joshua Lane garage via the North East.

P821 SGP entered service in Christmas 1996 with Metrobus. Following a transfer to Crawley depot, it wore its first blue and yellow livery in 2003. Apart from a brief stay at Godstone, it was purely a Crawley bus and wore Metrobus’ new two tone blue livery in 2007.

Three years on, it was withdrawn by Metrobus and saw continued service for Go-Ahead North East. During its North Eastern sojourn it wore an all yellow livery for its low cost unit ‘Yellow Bus’. By the end of 2011, its present owners JPT Travel purchased it. Fortunately for then, the all yellow livery meant little modification, with only a coat of blue paint for the skirt and the roof.

Though most of JPT Travel’s fleet comprises of low floor vehicles, a handful of commercially operated routes sometimes see step entrance vehicles.

S.V., 07 August 2012.