17/03/2013

Out & about in Northampton - part 1

David Bell visited Northampton last week, the town is fairly interesting from a bus enthusiasts point of view with a wide variety of vehicles run by several bus operators including the main operator Stagecoach and the increasingly down at heel Firstgroup operation as well as several independant operators including newcomer - Hertfordshire based Uno.

In this two part photo special we will take a look at a variety of buses operated in the town by Stagecoach, First, Uno, Meridian Bus and Z&S International, all photos kindly supplied by and © David Bell.

Out & about in Northampton part 1 (c) David Bell
Stagecoach Scania K320UB/Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 KX12 AMK seen working service X7 to Milton Keynes.

Out & about in Northampton part 1 (c) David Bell
Stagecoach Alexander bodied Volvo Olympian R757 DRJ seen working service 3 to Rye Hill.

Out & about in Northampton part 1 (c) David Bell
Stagecoach Gold branded Scania N230UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 KX61 DLY seen working long haul service X4 which operates between Peterborough and Milton Keynes

Out & about in Northampton part 1 (c) David Bell
Uno branched out from its main area of operations in Hertfordshire last year when it gained a contract to work University services in Northampton, seen here is Mercedes Benz Citaro 0530 BX56 VSJ working on one of the contracted services.

Out & about in Northampton part 1 (c) David Bell
Meridian Bus short wheelbased Optare Excel R845FWW seen working on their service to Kings Heath.

Out & about in Northampton part 1 (c) David Bell
First in Northampton Alexander bodied Volvo Citybus K121URP seen out of service, it remains to be seen how much longer First continue to operate in the town, the latest news being that they are currently consulting staff with regards to service reductions and job losses - see this local newspaper article for the full story

Look out for the second part of this photo special - coming soon!