New Plaxton Elites enter service on the X5 between Cambridge & Oxford

Stagecoach East's smart new fleet of Plaxton Elite coaches 54201-18 have begun to enter service over the past few days on the long haul X5 Cambridge - Oxford service. The new high specification coaches wear a new two tone blue livery for the route and come equipped with Euro 6 engines and wheelchair access along with free Wi-Fi, leather seats and toilets.

Stagecoach East 54302 YX64 WCE pictured in Oxford, photo courtesy Eastleighbusman on Flickr.

They have displaced 17 Plaxton Panther-bodied Volvo B9R coaches 53601-13/15-18. Steven Knight Media reports: "Six of the displaced coaches, 53612/13/15-18 will be retained at Bedford for service 99 Milton Keynes-Luton Airport. Look out for a further six moving to Stagecoach East Midlands at Hull to upgrade the MegabusPlus operation and a further three heading to Stagecoach West. Details of the plan for the remaining two and the four Volvo B7R/Plaxton Profile coaches currently used on the service 99 is not known at present."

We hope to publish a photo special featuring the new fleet in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for that.