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OmniCity999

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A few members of 841-850 are joining Lothian Country from Lothian Motorcoaches as well as some of the 13 plate B7RLEs from Lothian to plump up the Euro 6 fleet. The Arriva singles will be removed from active service.
 
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A few members of 841-850 are joining Lothian Country from Lothian Motorcoaches as well as some of the 13 plate B7RLEs from Lothian to plump up the Euro 6 fleet. The Arriva singles will be removed from active service.
will the lmc ones get trackers? annoying when they dont have them because you cant see any delays
 

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Thanks for the update as always. Seems an odd choice to hook them first, them being newer than and having better interior spec than the native LB 04s? Are they being bothersome?
Their all on there way out over time, the worst of the lot of all the B7RLE's will be removed from service, so it may well be some of the Lothian ones. Although theres a lot of mechanical issues arising with the Arriva ones.

will the lmc ones get trackers? annoying when they dont have them because you cant see any delays
Trackers fitted, but muted. Not required for general public use so not active. Over time they will be activated.
 
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at the moment lothian country doesn’t have the TAP TAP CAP
I've been using contactless tapping and capping on Lothian Country's 43, X43 and N43 routes successfully, so I don't think that can be true in general.


Or ECB
(Although, in my opinion, the ECB system is the better one to use initially, before progressing to capping in the future)
This probably explains why I was stung paying by contactless on a 113 within Edinburgh the other day. I thought it might have been included in the daily cap. Expensive lesson learned - a whole £1.70!
 
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IIRC the 43 is actually under Lothian (city) at the moment, hence the daily capping. At the next service change it's going over to Lothian Country proper.
Yes, there seems to be some rather complicated relationship where a sheet of paper is stuck to a vehicle window saying 'under contract to Lothian Buses' or something like that. I hope it doesn't spell the end of contactless capping next month as I've become quite used to it.

On a slightly different note, when I receive a ticket for a journey on the Skylink 200 it mentions Lothian Country at the bottom, like the tickets from the 43. Is this just a mistake or some other complicated scheme? I don't have one to hand at the moment so can'e describe exactly what it says.
 

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I've been using contactless tapping and capping on Lothian Country's 43, X43 and N43 routes successfully, so I don't think that can be true in general.



Expensive lesson learned - a whole £1
I've been using contactless tapping and capping on Lothian Country's 43, X43 and N43 routes successfully, so I don't think that can be true in general.
the 43s are still a lothian route and have the lothian system so it’s true
 
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the 43s are still a lothian route and have the lothian system so it’s true
Oh dear, that doesn't sound good.
I believe the 43 is adopted by Lothian Country from Sunday 17 November. Hopefully an exception can be made allowing this service to continue with contactless capping. Otherwise there might be some rather unhappy passengers who currently use it. Parts of the 43 route are shared with the 41 and 63 which would be on a different system.
 

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Those arriva singles also chuck out some amount of reek. Don't get me wrong think there geared for 100 mph lol so sit at a decent pace out in the open. The exhaust also comes streight out from under the bumber causing scorching and soot marks all up the back of the bus, not a great image!, why a small piece of old exhaust could not have been welded to the top to angle it towards the ground I don't know
 

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Does anyone know what fleet number this year will carry the poppy livery? 551 was usually chosen but given 551 is now with LCB, it's doubtful to be that. Might it be one of the 67 plate B5LHs that are in Grangemouth at the moment?
 

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Does anyone know what fleet number this year will carry the poppy livery? 551 was usually chosen but given 551 is now with LCB, it's doubtful to be that. Might it be one of the 67 plate B5LHs that are in Grangemouth at the moment?
I think 551 is back with LB now. Saw it on a city route last week!
 
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Does anyone know what fleet number this year will carry the poppy livery? 551 was usually chosen but given 551 is now with LCB, it's doubtful to be that. Might it be one of the 67 plate B5LHs that are in Grangemouth at the moment?
551 has been in and out of city and LCB work. Is it even confirmed if theres one? If there is id guess and hope 584
 

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I think 551 is back with LB now. Saw it on a city route last week!
Thank you. I never knew it was back. Maybe 551 will be back on Poppy duties again then.
551 has been in and out of city and LCB work. Is it even confirmed if theres one? If there is id guess and hope 584
584 will retain the LGBT livery for a bit. Not been confirmed but Lothian never confirmed 2017 or 2018 until the day before the reveal, however they know it's also good PR for them. So yes, it's an assumption, but one with weight behind it.
 

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Thank you. I never knew it was back. Maybe 551 will be back on Poppy duties again then.
584 will retain the LGBT livery for a bit. Not been confirmed but Lothian never confirmed 2017 or 2018 until the day before the reveal, however they know it's also good PR for them. So yes, it's an assumption, but one with weight behind it.
I hope they keep 584 in the Pride livery - it’s nice to have something different and colourful!
 

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I hope they keep 584 in the Pride livery - it’s nice to have something different and colourful!
Agreed, I really like 584 with pride livery, certainly now days are getting shorter, lovely to see something colourful about.
Not to mention, in this day and age there should be equality for everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender.
 

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i dont, the wrap looks absolutely dreadful .
What is it you don't like about the livery? I think the artwork is nice, its blended in well and is nice and bright :)
Agreed, I really like 584 with pride livery, certainly now days are getting shorter, lovely to see something colourful about.
Not to mention, in this day and age there should be equality for everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender.
This is 2019... soon to be 2020. It is nice to see it about especially in the winter. Same as the poppy bus (which might be 551 this year again).
 

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Edinburgh Bus Tours have just published their winter season timetables today and it's interesting to note that the 3 Bridges Tour will be operating in the winter this year.
 

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