Mercedes Citaro 

605 & 606 X438/9KON 

Warwickshire County Council has control through the tendering procedures of a number of both daytime, evening and Sunday bus services in their County. As a way of driving up vehicle standards on these contracts they tender a number of these routes in packages where they supply the low floor vehicles. One of the early packages tendered around four years ago was the one which contains the service 23 Stratford to Whichford via Shipston on Mondays to Saturday daytime, 2 Monday to Saturday workings on service 279 from Stratford to Hampton Lucy), a number of short-working journeys on service 21 from Stratford to Broadway). Also evening services on routes 25/6 from Alcester to Stratford and 28/9 from Stratford to Evesham. All of this package of work was won in 2000 by Guide Friday (now trading as Stratford Blue and part of Ensign Bus) for which Warwickshire County Council provided two brand new Mercedes Citaro 48-seater buses in October of that year painted in their green and yellow "County Links" livery. On re-tendering of the services First Wyvern were successful in winning the new contract and so the vehicles were transferred from Stratford Blue to First Wyvern. The new contracts which are only on a short term basis started on Tuesday 4th January 2005 though the buses did not arrive at Worcester for service preparation until the 7th January 2005. Johnson's of Henley in Arden operate two similar vehicles X432/3KON on the services 21 and 22 for Warwickshire County Council. Both First Wyvern vehicles entered service at Evesham during the middle of January 2005 and neither actually carry a fleet number. The ticket machines on each vehicle are coded to show the numbers in the registration mark as the fleet number. With the closure of Evesham Garage the vehicles moved to Redditch Garage. However in January 2007 the vehicles were returned to Warwickshire County Council. Warwickshire County Council moved them to Johnson's of Henley in Arden to join sister vehicles X432/3KON. The vehicles have since been withdrawn.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body Make

Seating Capacity

Date into Service

Allocation

Livery

X438KON

605

Mercedes Citaro

B48F

Jan-05

Withdrawn and returned to Warwickshire CC then with Johnson's of Henley in Arden 1/07

Warwickshire CC "County Links" livery

X439KON

606

Mercedes Citaro

B48F

Jan-05

Withdrawn and returned to Warwickshire CC then with Johnson's of Henley in Arden 1/07

Warwickshire CC "County Links" livery

 

Current vehicles of this type in the fleet 

During 2018 the decision was taken to upgrade the Worcester fleet with 13 full sized Mercedes single deckers all of which were refurbished prior to arrival at Worcester. The vehicles fall into 3 distinct batches of vehicles. The buses were destined to replace the remainder of the Enviro 300ís which were transferred to First PMT many of the Optare Soloís and Dennis Darts at the depot.

64012-6 & 8  

A batch of eight Mercedes single deck vehicles were allocated to First Beeline in February 2003 and registered LT52WXA/B/L/N/O/P and LX03LNE/F and took the national fleet numbers 64012-9. The vehicles were allocated to the Slough depot. In October 2015 the vehicles were transferred to Southampton to join the First Southampton fleet and were reregistered OIG6912-8. 64017 was made into a driver trainer at Southampton and the remaining vehicles were transferred to Worcester depot. Before entering service all of the vehicles were refurbished by Thornton Brothers Limited of Ashington and repainted into the standard First urban livery with a Fuchsia front. 

 

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body Make

Seating Capacity

Date into Service

Allocation

Livery

OIG6912 64012

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 3rd Dec 2018 Worcester First Urban with Pink front (11/18)

OIG6913

64013

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 27th Dec 2018 Worcester First Urban with Pink front (11/18)
OIG6914 64014

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 20th Dec 2018 Worcester First Urban with Pink front (11/18)

OIG6915

64015

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 21st Dec 2018 Worcester First Urban with Pink front (11/18)

OIG6916

64016

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 30th Nov 2018 Worcester First Urban with Pink front (11/18)

OIG6918

64018

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 17th Dec 2018 Worcester First Urban with Pink front (11/18)

 

64021

64021 is one of three vehicles 64019/20/1 that were acquired new by First Beeline again for their Slough depot in early 2004. 64021 was withdrawn from service Slough in January 2018. Like all of the other vehicles it was sent to  The Thornton Brothers Limited of  Ashington for refurbishment and has like 64042/3/4/5 has  been painted in a special purple livery which has specifically been designed for the route 35 from Worcester City Centre to Warndon which has been branded the Nimrod route. The vehicle arrived in Worcester fully refurbished and entered service on 21st December 2018.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body Make

Seating Capacity

Date into Service

Allocation

Livery

BU04EZG 64021

Mercedes Citaro

B40F

21st Dec 2018

Worcester

Purple livery (11/18)

 

64033/5/42/3/4/5

The remaining six vehicles were part of a batch of 18 vehicles that took the fleet numbers 64030-64048. Again these vehicles were new to First Beeline at their Slough depot and entered service there to two batches one of 10 vehicles in 2007 and a further one of eight vehicles in 2008. Like 64021 all the vehicles that were transferred to Worcester reminded in service until January 2018. On withdrawal they were all sent to Thornton Brothers Limited of  Ashington for refurbishment. The first two are in a special grey livery and are the back up vehicles for the 35 and 144 when one of the branded buses are not available for those routes. The remaining four are like 64021 painted in a special purple livery which has specifically been designed for the route 35 from Worcester City Centre to Warndon which has been branded the Nimrod route. The key issue with the vehicles was that they had spent around one year out of service and all need new sets of batteries which had to be specially ordered which delayed the vehicles entering service at Worcester.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body Make

Seating Capacity

Date into Service

Allocation

Livery

LK07CCF 64033

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 22nd Dec 2018 Worcester Grey livery (10/18)
LK07CCN 64035

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 17th Jan 2019  Worcester Grey livery (11/18)
LK08FNL 64042

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 17th Jan 2019  Worcester Purple livery (10/18)
LK08FMC 64043

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 16th Jan 2019  Worcester Purple livery (10/18)
LK08FMD 64044

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 17th Jan 2019  Worcester Purple livery (10/18)
LK08FME 64045

Mercedes Citaro

B40F 10th Jan 2019 Worcester Purple livery (10/18)