Thursday, 15 December 2011

Seaton - Bridport 152

To continue with the Lyme Regis theme, today's post returns to the summer of 2006. In 2006, Stagecoach Devon ran a competitive service against First's X53 from Seaton to West Bay, via Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Bridport, predominantly using Mercedes-Benz Vario minibuses.

Stagecoach Devon 42102 - R102NTA - Lyme Regis - 27th July 2006

The 152 was an extension to Stagecoach Devon's hourly 52A to Seaton, connecting at Seaton to form a link into Dorset. I believe the service was a commercial venture, using one bus. For-seeing that this service may be a one off, I managed to photograph a working in the summer of 2006 and I've also saved the timetable:

For a full size copy, please email me. The 152 seemed to take good loads during the summer, but without a lot of publicity and against the X53 it was unlikely to take off. However, it was a lovely little venture from an enthusiast point of view - it brought Stagecoach Devon into Dorset, and allowed me to photograph my first ever SCD bus.


  1. The bus shown (R102 NTA) is now with ACL travel in Weston-Super-Mare and has been fitted with an LED screen.

    Looking very smart.....

    And seen here operating the Matford Park & Ride in the old Stagecoach livery, with this service now operated by very high quality 09 reg Enviro400 deckers,r:0,s:0

  2. 2 minor corrections.

    ACL Travel went bust some time ago - 2010 i think.
    The Matford P&R service is very definately saloon worked - the low railway bridge en route makes sure of that. The deckers are on the Honiton Road service.

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