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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Metroline Refurbishment Centre Part 1 [Preview]

On a small estate in the Buckinghamshire countryside is a bus refurbishment centre owned by Metroline who opened the facility in 2013. It was adapted from the success of the company's CELF centre which opened 6 years prior in 2007. At present the centre is receiving an influx of buses, namely vehicles from the batch TE1715-1751 which are being prepped for their uptake on the retained 282 and newly won 482 which will operate from G. The ongoing refurbishment of the SELs for the conversion of 79 and 297 is also nonchalantly taking place here too.


The purpose of the centre opening was to significantly reduce the cost and time it takes to refurbish a bus in order to get the bus back in to revenue as soon as possible Typically the company would either send their vehicles to the Hants & Dorset Trim in Eastleigh which would only be after a slot had been booked, a process that can take months to finalise, or the Rowan Telmac trim in Coventry for which a low loader would be required. Another benefit of having a centre as such is that it reduces the risk of mistakes as everything is foreseen by the man who opened the centre, who I upon speaking to said he "anticipated great things for the centre, and other operators as also keen to utilise the base in the near future. Join us as we add another exciting series to the blog.

Metroline TE1735 SN09 CFK & TE1717 SN09 CDX

4 Comments:

Anonymous
at: Sunday, November 30, 2014 9:26:00 am said...

The enviros look good without tree deflectors

Anonymous
at: Sunday, November 30, 2014 6:42:00 pm said...

Where exactly in Buckinghamshire is this refurbishment centre?

Paul French says:
at: Friday, December 05, 2014 1:44:00 am said...

Metroline should replace the Front Indercaters to the newer version when the lights are on and you swith the Indercaters on the lights go dim. Like Go Ahead have done with the Es

thomas fluskey says:
at: Sunday, January 18, 2015 1:16:00 pm said...

R-I-P Plaxton Presidents (VPL,TPL) and TPs) although some still run with other companies London's First ever Low Floor Double Decker

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