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East Midlands Buses 2022

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During May 2022 the independent transport videos cameras visited the East Midlands to record the bus scene at that time.  We visited Leicester, Derby, Burton upon Trent and Lichfield.  There are a wealth of buses in the area that are operated by a good number of bus companies offering a wide selection of vehicle types and colourful liveries.  We begin our programme in LEICESTER.  Our filming locations are in Charles Street, the Haymarket Bus Station and Humberstone Gate all within the city centre.  The two main bus operators are First Midlands with ‘Leicester’ fleetnames and Arriva Midlands.  Other operators seen on this programme are Centrebus and Stagecoach.  The new electric Yutong single-deckers seen on the Leicester Park & Ride service are operated by Roberts Travel Group, known for their smart coach fleet, on behalf of Leicester City Council under the umbrella of the Leicester Bus Partnership.  There are many liveries to be seen - First have their smart ‘Saffron’, ‘Frequent Fourteens’ and ‘Braunstonebus’ brands together with the current corporate livery with fuchsia fronts. Arriva buses can be seen in a variety of older and current schemes and brands.  There are also a wide variety of vehicle types to be seen.  First have Wrightbus Streetdeck and Streetlite DF buses as well as older ADL vehicles.  Arriva have double-deck Volvos with Wrightbus and East Lancs Olympus bodies, as well as ADL products and more.  Just see for yourself!

We now move onto DERBY.  Our locations in the city are along Morledge and the very busy bus station as well as Corporation Street and Derwent Street.  The two main operators here are Arriva and Trent Barton.  The latter is part of the Wellglade Group that also operates the Notts & Derby buses that are seen in this programme.  Independent operator Littles of Ilkeston have a former ‘morebus’ of Poole Volvo B7RLE, HF54 HGL, with a Wright Eclipse Urban body that is seen operating in this programme.  A variety of liveries and brands are present on the Trent Barton buses, whereas the standard Arriva schemes are seen on their buses as in Leicester. Trent Barton operates an all single-decker fleet with a good variety of vehicle types including many ADL 200MMCs.  Arriva operate a number of Volvo/Wrightbus double-deckers and a large fleet of Scania CN230UB OmniCity single-deckers.  Look out for another Scania OmniCity operated by High Peak Buses on their service to Buxton.  This company is jointly owned by Wellglade and Centrebus.  BURTON upon Trent is our next port of call.  At the time of our visit in May 2022 the main operator was Midland Classic.  An independent operator that had connections with the erstwhile Stevenson’s of Uttoxeter Bus Company.  In August 2022 the company was bought by Rotala Plc, trading as Diamond Bus, and renamed Diamond Bus (East Midlands).  Their smart yellow and red livery and name has now been replaced by Diamond Bus’s corporate scheme.  We see the fleet at that time in action with a superb variety of buses turned out in immaculate condition.  Interesting vehicles to note are the Scania/Irizar i3 single-deckers, 85 (TFA 13), a Wright Eclipse Urban in Stevenson's heritage livery and former London double-deckers in the shape of an ADL400, Volvo B7TL Plaxton President and former Reading Buses Scania OmniCity double–decker YN08 MKP.

Our final visit is to LICHFIELD.  Here we film at the town’s bus station and see buses from Arriva, Midland Classic, Select Bus of Penkridge, D&G Chaserider as well as National Express West Midlands.

Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Duration - 65 minutes
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
DVD only
Released - February 2023

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