Prepared on Notepad by Ian Smith,

This page created 7th April 2012.

Optare Excels: Harris Bus, East Thames Buses


Bus Histories

These histories are incomplete. They are being assembled as I garner information from a variety of sources. Particularly useful have been:
 
320   P320 KAR 10/96    Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9060, B35F
               10/96    new to Harris Bus for 383, 384, 385 Thurrock link, West Thurrock 
                3/97    in service on 383
               12/99    taken over by East Thames Buses
                6/00    repainted red
               10/00    used on 108
                8/01 BV
                3/02 BV
               10/02 BV in service on 108
               11/02 AG unusual on 150
               12/02 AG unusual on 150
                1/03    unusual on peak 53
 OE 1           5/03    renumbered (nominally) 
               12/06    bought by South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach, Patchway
                2/07    in service, South Gloucestershire: pale blue
                        Wessex Connect
            by 10/09    sold to Stafford Bus Centre
                4/10    still at Stafford Bus Centre
               12/10    still at Stafford Bus Centre
                */11    scrapped

321   P321 KAR 10/96    Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9061, B35F
               10/96    new to Harris Bus for 383, 384, 385 Thurrock link, West Thurrock
                3/97    in service on 384 
               12/99    taken over by East Thames Buses
                6/00    repainted red
               10/00    used on 108
                6/01    used on 108
                8/01 BV
                3/02 BV
               11/02 AG transfer into store
             by 7/03    returned off lease
    COACH-7     7/03    Manchester Airport, airside
               12/06    bought by South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach, Patchway
                1/07    in service, South Gloucestershire: pale blue
                        Wessex Connect 
            by 7/08     sold to Ventura Sales
           by 10/09     sold to Stafford Bus Centre
               8/10     bought by Thompson's, Ringwood: pale blue
              12/10     withdrawn
               4/11     off-service, Thompson's: pale blue
               4/11     sold for scrap
 

322   P322 KAR 10/96    Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9062, B35F
               10/96    new to Harris Bus for 383, 384, 385 Thurrock link, West Thurrock 
                3/97    in service on 384, 385
               12/99    taken over by East Thames Buses
                5/00    repainted red
                1/01    in service on 108
                8/01 BV
                3/02 BV
                2/04 BV in service on 108
             by 9/06    bought by Redby, Sunderland #322, Redby livery, South Tyneside college advert
                2/07    in service, Redby
                4/07    in service, Redby
               11/07    in service, Redby
                1/08    taken over by Go North-East: not used
             by 5/08    bought by Clarkes of Tredegar 
                3/09    in service, Clarke's: white
                1/10    sold to Nigel McCree (dealer) 


323   P323 KAR 10/96    Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9063, B35F
               10/96    new to Harris Bus for 383, 384, 385 Thurrock link, West Thurrock
                3/97    in service on 383, 384
                        in service on Sunday 71C to Colchester 
               12/99    taken over by East Thames Buses
                5/00    repainted red
                8/01 BV
                3/02 BV
 106            7/04    acquired by Town & Country, Grays
                3/05    Town & Country 
 102            4/05    renumbered
                7/05    moved to Purfleet
                3/06    Town & Country  
                7/06    returned to Dawson Rentals: stored at Ensign's
                9/06    in store at Ensign Bus & Coach (Purfleet)
               10/06    returned to Dawson Rentals
                7/09    sold for scrap


P446 SWX 3/97 Optare Excel L1000, Optare 9072, B32F 3/97 new to Optare, Crossgates: demonstrator 2/98 loaned by Blackpool Transport 3/98 returned to Optare loaned to Harris Bus: red, grey, white (like London United) 12/98 used on 384 2/99 used on 383 12/99 returned off-hire */00 acquired by Tillingbourne, Cranleigh TIL 6877 12/00 reregistered 3/01 Tillingbourne into administration */01 bought by Andybus, Yate: orange/white P429 AHR reregistered 4/07 Classic Buses, Annfield Plain #7803 1/08 Classic Buses, Annfield Plain by 9/08 acquired by Network Colchester 6/09 Network Colchester 3/10 acquired by Thompson's, Christchurch: white 8/10 Thompson's 6/11 Thompsons
324 P324 NHJ 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9101, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 5/00 repainted red 8/00 in service on 108 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 11/02 AG transfer into store by 7/03 returned off lease COACH-4 7/03 Manchester Airport, airside bought by Inverclyde Council: converted to non-PCV 7/11 for sale, Wilson's Auctions 2/12 for sale, Wilson's Auctions 325 P325 NHJ 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9102, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 4/97 in service on 108 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 3/00 repainted red, ETB logo and fleetnames.. 3/00 back into service on 108 8/00 used on 108 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 11/02 AG transfer into store by 7/03 returned off lease COACH-5 7/03 Manchester Airport, airside by 9/06 bought by Redby of Sunderland: white 4/07 repainted in Redby fleet livery 1/08 taken over by Go North-East: not used 4/08 bought by Clarkes of Tredegar for spares 326 P326 NHJ 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9103, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 7/00 repainted red 8/01 BV 7/02 AG unusual on 128 9/02 BV in service on 108 11/02 AG transfer into store OE 2 5/03 renumbered (nominally) 12/06 bought by South Gloucestershire 1/07 in service, South Gloucestershire: red to Wessex Connect by 10/08 sold to Plaxton (dealer) bought by Tate, Darton 6/09 in service, Tate's: white, blue by 11/09 sold for scrap 327 P327 NHJ 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9104, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 7/98 in service on 108 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 8/00 repainted red 8/00 used on 108 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 11/02 AG transfer into store 9/03 BT loaned to Blue Triangle for 66 (Rainham) 12/06 bought by South Gloucestershire 12/06 in service, South Gloucestershire: red, still with TfL stickers to Wessex Connect by 9/08 sold to Plaxton (dealer) by 12/09 bought by Powell's of Hellaby: unused */10 sold for scrap 328 P328 NHJ 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9105, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 6/00 repainted red 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 1/03 BV caught fire: badly damaged at rear: written off scrapped 329 P329 NHJ 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9106, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 6/00 repainted red 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 6/02 BV used on 108 7/02 BV in service on 108 1/03 BV caught fire: returned to service OE 3 5/03 renumbered (nominally) by 9/06 bought by Redby, Sunderland: /South Tyneside college wrap-round ad 10/07 in service, Redby 1/08 taken over by Go North-East: not used by 5/08 bought by Clarkes, Tredegar: not used 3/09 at Clarke's depot: partly cannibalised 4/11 presumed scrapped 330 P330 NHJ 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9107, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 5/00 repainted red 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 7/02 AG unusual on 129 OE 4 5/03 BV renumbered (nominally) 8/04 BV in service on 108 12/06 bought by South Gloucestershire to Wessex Connect 3/08 withdrawn by 9/08 sold to Plaxton (dealer) by 10/09 bought by Powell's of Hellaby #28 4/10 in service, Powell's: blue, orange stripe 6/10 in service, Powell's: blue, orange stripe 6/11 in service, Powell's: blue, orange stripe 6/11 withdrawn 6/11 sold to Hardwick's (Carlton) for scrap 10/11 at Hardwick's 331 P331 NHJ 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9108, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 12/99 AG taken over by East Thames Buses (Ash Grove) 6/00 AG repainted red 7/00 AG unusual on 128 8/00 AG used on 108 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 4/02 BV in service on 108 11/02 BV caught fire in Lewisham: rear end damaged 11/02 AG transfer into store 1/03 written off 332 P332 NHJ 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9109, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 5/00 repainted red 8/01 BV 10/01 BV in service on 108 3/02 BV */02 BV in service on 132 11/02 AG transfer into store 5/03 AG reinstated: used on 129 6/03 BV transfer: used on 108 OE 5 5/03 renumbered (nominally) 12/06 bought by South Gloucestershire 6/07 in service, South Gloucestershire: still red to Wessex Connect 6/08 withdrawn by 1/09 bought by Tates Travel, Darton 7/09 in service, Tate's: white, blue 11/09 in service, Tate's: white, blue 10/10 sold for scrap 333 P333 HBC 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9110, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 9/97 at Showbus 97 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 5/00 repainted red 7/00 in service on 108 8/01 BV 3/02 BV by 11/06 bought by Redby, Sunderland 4/07 repainted, Redby 5/07 in service, Redby 6/07 in service, Redby 1/08 taken over by Go North-East: not used by 5/08 bought by Clarkes of Tredegar 10/08 withdrawn 11/08 relicensed 4/09 in service, Clarke's 10/09 withdrawn again 1/10 for sale: Nigel McCree (dealer) 10/10 licensed for 6 months 334 P334 NHJ 4/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9111, B35F 4/97 new to Harris Bus for 108 Lewisham link, Crayford 8/99 in service on 108 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 6/00 repainted red */00 in service on 108 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 1/03 AG unusual on 42 */03 BV in service on 132 OE 6 5/03 renumbered (nominally) 6/04 BV in service on 108 12/04 sold to Ventura Sales 12/06 bought by South Gloucestershire: light blue 6/07 in service, South Gloucestershire: light blue 8/07 in service, South Gloucestershire: light blue Wessex Connect by 7/08 return to Ventura Sales */09 sold to Stafford Bus Centre by 7/09 bought by Walter's Limousines, Oxford 9/09 Walters 6/10 Walters: cannibalised scrapped
373 R373 DJN 1/98 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9193, B35F 1/98 new to Harris Bus for Eltham link 132, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 8/00 still in blue/green Eltham link: used on 108 9/00 repainted red 8/01 BV 3/02 BV OE 7 5/03 renumbered (nominally) bought by Go Goodwins, Eccles WSV 550 reregistered: repainted dark blue 11/08 for sale on e-Bay 374 R374 DJN 1/98 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9194, B35F 1/98 new to Harris Bus for Eltham link 132, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 7/00 repainted red 8/00 used on 108 8/01 BV 3/02 BV OE 8 5/03 renumbered (nominally) 11/03 serious engine fire: into store by 2006 sold to Ventura Sales 2/08 bought by TM Travel, Chesterfield #1133 9/08 in service, TM Travel: red 5/10 in service, TM Travel: red */10 withdrawn 7/10 for sale by auction: unsold by 4/11 cannibalised 10/11 sold for scrap, Looms (Spondon) 375 R375 DJN 12/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9195, B35F 12/97 new to Harris Bus for Eltham link 132, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 6/00 repainted red 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 9/03 BT loaned to Blue Triangle for 66 (Rainham) 5/04 acquired by Town & Country, Grays: used on 364 101 3/05 Town & Country 7/05 moved to Purfleet 3/06 Town & Country in service, Railway Replacement: blue/dark blue 7/06 returned to Dawson Rentals: stored at Ensign's by 9/06 sold to Ensign Bus & Coach (Purfleet) by 11/08 bought by Go Goodwins, Eccles 7/09 in service, Go Goodwins by 9/09 bought by Powell's of Hellaby #30 10/10 in service, Powell's: blue, orange stripes 4/11 in service, Powell's: blue, orange stripes 8/11 in service, Powell's: blue, orange stripes 12/11 Powell's 376 R376 DJN 12/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9196, B35F 12/97 new to Harris Bus for Eltham link 132, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 8/00 repainted red 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 8/02 used on 108 OE 9 5/03 renumbered (nominally) 3/04 BV unusual on 185 11/08 licensed: unknown operator bought by Go Goodwins, Eccles WSV 541 reregistered 11/09 bought by Bain, Oldmeldrum R376 DJN 12/09 re-registered: dark blue 8/11 in service, Bains 12/11 Bain 377 R377 DJN 12/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9197, B35F 12/97 new to Harris Bus for Eltham link 132, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 6/00 repainted red 5/01 AG unusual on 128 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 9/03 BT loaned to Blue Triangle for 66 (Rainham) 102 7/04 acquired by Town & Country, Grays 8/04 in service on 100 to Basildon: red 7/05 moved to Purfleet 8/05 on Rail Replacement 1/06 on Railway Replacement work: blue/dark blue 3/06 Town & Country 7/06 returned to Dawson Rentals: stored at Ensign's by 9/06 sold to Ensign Bus & Coach sold to Plaxton (dealer) by 10/09 bought by Powell's of Hellaby #29 4/10 into service, Powell's: blue 8/11 in service, Powell's: blue 6/11 in service, Powell's: blue 12/11 Powell's 378 R378 DJN 12/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9198, B35F 12/97 new to Harris Bus for Eltham link 132, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 5/00 repainted red 8/00 used on 108 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 12/02 AG unusual on 150 9/03 BT loaned to Blue Triangle for 66 (Rainham) 107 7/04 acquired by Town & Country, Grays 7/05 moved to Purfleet 3/06 Town & Country 7/06 returned to Dawson Rentals: stored at Ensign's by 9/06 sold to Ensign Bus & Coach by 10/08 bought by Tates Travel, Darton 1/09 in service, Tate's, white,blue 6/09 in service, Tate's, white,blue by 7/10 sold for scrap, (Carlton) 379 R379 DJN 12/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9199, B35F 12/97 new to Harris Bus for Eltham link 132, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 5/00 repainted red 8/01 BV 3/02 BV OE 10 5/03 renumbered (nominally) 2/08 bought by TM Travel, Chesterfield #1174 10/09 in service, TM Travel: red 2/10 withdrawn 7/10 for sale by auction: unsold 380 R380 DJN 12/97 Optare Excel L1070, Optare 9200, B35F 12/97 new to Harris Bus for Eltham link 132, Crayford 12/99 taken over by East Thames Buses 8/00 repainted red 8/01 BV 3/02 BV 11/02 AG unusual on 150 */03 hired by Raddoneur bought by Go Goodwins, Eccles WSV 551 re-registered 4/10 Go Goodwins, advertising Davidson's Scrap Metals: overall wrap R380 DJN 5/11 reregistered, withdrawn acquired by J.Davidson Tours: non psv 10/11 advertising Davidson's Scrap Metals: overall wrap: Macclesfield

Photographic references


A key to the references is in the bibliography.

330     P330 NHJ  LBM113 p08  5/00    on 132 to Eltham Station, Eltham Stn: ETB red

        P333 HBC  LBM102 p0   1996    on 108 to Stratford Bus Station, Stratford: blue/green

        P331 NHJ  LBH98 p44   5/97    on 108 to Stratford Bus Station, Blackheath: Lewishamlink

102     R377 DJN  TLB493 p41 10/05    on Rail Replacement, Barking: Town & Country blue/blue

        R379 DJN  LBM110 p35  1998    on 108 to Lewisham Bus Station: Elthamlink

Ian's Bus Stop Harris/ETB XLs. histories. photo refs.