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September 19 2018
By Mike Morgan

Mike is the Associate Editor at routeONE magazine has been a full-time road transport journalist for over 40 years and was routeONE’s founding editor in 2003.

Delaine upgrades fleet and goes contactless

Having arrived at Heysham Docks on the overnight ferry from Belfast last week, a new Wrightbus Eclipse 3-bodied Volvo B8RLE joins the Delaine Buses fleet this week as the Bourne-based operator modernises and expands.

Wrightbus-bodied B8RLE joins fleet this week

In addition to the new single-decker, which will be used on front-line service, Lincolnshire’s oldest bus operator has ordered a 2004 former-Arriva  Alexander-bodied Volvo B7TL double-decker from Ensignbus to meet increased school demand. Fleet size expands to 30.

Meanwhile, the introduction of the new bus coincides with a major ticketing upgrade with the launch of Ticketer machines across the fleet, a move that heralds the launch of contactless payments.

Not content with fleet and ticketing changes, Delaine has registered an additional local bus service on its Peterborough-Stamford corridor.

From 22 October, new hourly route 205 via Wittering replaces Centrebus route 9, which is being withdrawn the previous day.

Although staying up-to-date is very much at the forefront of Delaine’s latest developments, it is still mindful of its past.

Having recently built a museum to house the Delaine Heritage Trust’s five-strong fleet, the company will be operating a heritage bus running day on Saturday 29 September. Buses from the heritage fleet will operate every 30 minutes between Bourne and Stamford.

However, the star attraction is expected to be a Yeates Europa-bodied Leyland Tiger Cub bought new by Delaine in 1958, which completes 50 years in preservation, while heritage coach tours will feature Yeates-bodied vehicles.

Delaine traces its passenger-carrying history back to 1890 and celebrates 100 years of motor bus operation in 2019.

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