In my final Wilts & Dorset instalment for the week, this blog entry covers the entry to service of the brand new Wilts & Dorset Volvo B7RLEs. This blog brought you some of the first photos of the newly branded buses back here, and here I can bring you photos of some in service.
Numerically the first of the new Volvos, here is 2251 (HF12GVP) arriving into Poole on the m2. Apart from the Wright Eclipse Urban #2 bodies, the buses differ from the existing Volvos by having red visible on the front of the bus, and by having more of a swoosh on the More logo.
The buses are quite easy to find in Poole and Bournemouth now. As far as I know, none have gone off of routes m1 and m2 yet. However, with the forthcoming upgrade of routes 8 and 9 to More status, they may venture further west than they have so far. Here is 2255 (HF12GVV) arriving along Kingland Road, Poole.
Another shot of a new More Volvo. Funny to think just 8 years ago, the bus behind was forming the backbone of the Bournemouth - Poole routes. 2257 (HF12GVX) arrives from Castlepoint shopping centre.
For anyone wanting an easy snap, the new More Volvos serve Bournemouth rail station every few minutes on the m1 and m2. Jump off the train and you'll have 4 or 5 on camera within 15 minutes! Here is 2264 (HF12GWG).
They're not the only Volvo B7RLEs new in Bournemouth either - RATP Yellow Buses have their own recently acquired batch of Plaxton Centro bodied Volvo B7RLEs. Here is 804 (YN08NKH). These can usually be found on the 5 and 6, both passing Bournemouth rail station. This one is on a 4 - I would have loved to photograph this out in Wimborne on the 4d. That would have been a rare snap!