Author Topic: GO-SOUTH COAST FLEET RENUMBERING?  (Read 2150 times)

Offline andymacp

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GO-SOUTH COAST FLEET RENUMBERING?
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:59:02 PM »
It has been reported on another internet forum that the Go-South Coast group are to undergo a further fleetnumbering starting with the BLUESTAR fleet then MARCHWOOD and so on.

Can any forum member expand on this such as will the vehicle retain its number if it were to be interchanged within the group?

Offline jwy

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Re: GO-SOUTH COAST FLEET RENUMBERING?
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 05:46:17 PM »
As far as I know, some fleet numbers are alrteady interchangeable.  Buses appear to move back and forth between Southern Vectis, Marchwood and Wilts & Dorset without change of number.

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Re: GO-SOUTH COAST FLEET RENUMBERING?
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 06:10:36 PM »
there is some truth in it

Offline Danny

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Re: GO-SOUTH COAST FLEET RENUMBERING?
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 06:14:18 PM »
They'd keep the same number if they transferred between Go South Coast, yes. (Not within Go-Ahead as a whole though).

The system's been being set up for a while now (hence some vehicles already transfering with no change of number) - it's just that now the proper renumbering of the main fleets has commenced.

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Re: GO-SOUTH COAST FLEET RENUMBERING?
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 08:23:34 AM »
There was very little overlap between the fleet numbers of the constituent fleets when Southern Vectis/Solent Blue Line was merged in (SVOC/SBL used 3-figure numbers whilst W&D largely used 4-figure numbers) so whilst there was some minor changes soon after the merger to remove duplicate numbers things largely remained unchanged (principally the deckers bought after 1995 when SBL & SVOC stopped numbering in a single series), and since most of the vehicles that moved between fleets initially were not present in the receiving fleet they retained their old numbers (Olympians & Darts to W&D, Solos to SBL/SVOC).  However this meant that largely identical vehicles had completely different fleet numbers depending on who originally bought them which causes an issue from a fleet control viewpoint.  With the transfer of certain vehicles in this situation (the Citaros from Poole to Bluestar in particular) this problem becomes more acute so a standardised numbering system across Go South Coast is being brought in.  It appears to have been in the planning stage for some time with aspects happening gradually but they finally appear to have bitten the bullet and do it fully as it now becomes more of an issue more widely.