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Last updated: 16 September 2021

 
     
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  Scania OmniCity 65018 (YN54 NZR) approaching Waterlooville Precinct when newly in service in February 2005.

Between 2004 & 2006 First took 60 Scania OmniCitys into stock - 12001-12018 "Bendy" articulated CN94UAs to First Manchester and standard CN94UBs 65001-5/26/7/33-42 to First Potteries, 65006-65025 to First Hampshire & Dorset & 65028-32 to First Essex (later transferred to Potteries). The Manchester artics have all been withdrawn but all bar one of Potteries fleet remain in use. Within FHD, withdrawals have gathered pace in the last eighteen months with only nine now remaining (six at Hoeford and three at Weymouth). Hoeford's are most often found on routes 1/3 which run through the low emission zone which Portsmouth City Council are introducing in November, so are now on borrowed time. First have offered to donate what they have assessed as the best example to the Provincial Society to join our collection.

This, like all our vehicles, would be supported by Society members committing regular donations to fund restoration, running costs and storage. This is a simple way to support bus preservation for the many who don't have the funds and / or skills to take on a project single-handed If you would like to play a part in securing the future of an OmniCity - or any of our other buses - why not join the Society and sign up to one of the vehicle support groups. You can find details of membership by clicking the link above.

 
 
 
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A well travelled StreetLite: numerically the first of FHD&B's StreetLites, 47406 (SK63 KLF) was new to Weymouth at the end of 2013 and has since been based at Slough, Hilsea and Empress Road. To complete the set it moved again, in the last week of August, to Hoeford and was photographed at Portchester Station on 6 September.

Photo by Malcolm Audsley

 
 

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