Repainting of MAX X93 branded buses into Sapphire livery
#81
RE: Repainting of MAX X93 branded buses into Sapphire livery
(04 Jun 2021, 2:38 pm)Mark P Wrote: Please stop all this fantasy. Unless something significant has changed, the monopolies & mergers lot (or whatever they're called this week) simply wouldn't allow ANE to be sold as a whole (or cherry picked depot by depot) to the likes of GNE or Stagecoach. It would need to be someone without a conflict of interest to buy it which probably explains why it hasn't already been sold.

I can well imagine that GNE and Stagecoach would love to buy certain parts of Arrivaland but it just won't happen! (Like I say, unless something significant has changed).

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There was an (major) operator in the south-west somewhere who attempted to sell operations to the big rival in the area.  Monopolies & Mergers got involved and refused the sale, so operator A just started cancelling routes while operator B added some routes very similar to those cancelled.  The transfer from one to the other was finished in less than a year.

#82
RE: Repainting of MAX X93 branded buses into Sapphire livery
(05 Jun 2021, 8:36 pm)Ianthegoon Wrote: There was an (major) operator in the south-west somewhere who attempted to sell operations to the big rival in the area.  Monopolies & Mergers got involved and refused the sale, so operator A just started cancelling routes while operator B added some routes very similar to those cancelled.  The transfer from one to the other was finished in less than a year.
I think you mean when First were about to sell their remaining Barnstaple operation to Stagecoach, before closing the network and enabling Stagecoach to expand there anyway.

#83
RE: Repainting of MAX X93 branded buses into Sapphire livery
(05 Jun 2021, 8:54 pm)Metroline1511 Wrote: I think you mean when First were about to sell their remaining Barnstaple operation to Stagecoach, before closing the network and enabling Stagecoach to expand there anyway.

That sounds familiar, yes.

The point being that there are ways round the M&M Commission blocking a sale.  Not that that's necessarily what will happen in the North-east, but the Arriva situation is certainly an intriguing one to be watching from outside the organisation.

#84
RE: Repainting of MAX X93 branded buses into Sapphire livery
Turns out that the X93/X94 isn't getting branded as Sapphire after all.

Quite a tacky looking livery on the B9TLs in my opinion.

#85
RE: Repainting of MAX X93 branded buses into Sapphire livery
(23 Jun 2021, 6:24 pm)omnicity4659 Wrote: Turns out that the X93/X94 isn't getting branded as Sapphire after all.

Quite a tacky looking livery on the B9TLs in my opinion.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/193021185@...265831912/
Agreed but it’s branding Whitby and advertising the service which says more than Sapphire does although it’s still in Sapphire clothes. I wonder if there will be a split of vehicles with Middlesborough and Scarborough on in addition to the Whitby vehicle. (Photo credit arriva northeast)

Edit Just seen the other side has Scarborough on it

7401/7406 are both branded/being branded. Also good to see the last Max vinyl off them.

#86
RE: Repainting of MAX X93 branded buses into Sapphire livery
Overall I think it's smart, clean, and not OTT, which may not be to the taste of some people who prefer their liveries a bit more out there. Folk can see at a glance where it goes, and how often it goes there, and it almost entices them on with the "discover... onboard". 

That said, I'm surprised they didn't at least advertise the USB charging, WiFi, and NSAs under the "every 30 minutes", looks a tad bare in that area. 

For what is essentially sub route branding slapped onto a corporate livery, which is the way most of the big groups are going (looking at you Stagecoach), I think they've done a good job. Now to find out where Vorkshire is...

#87
RE: Repainting of MAX X93 branded buses into Sapphire livery
Looks smart, hopefully we can see some more brands like that in the future. (Maybe the coastliner branding for the 308/306 like on the E400s & ALXs)

#88
RE: Repainting of MAX X93 branded buses into Sapphire livery
(23 Jun 2021, 10:51 pm)NewcastleOne Wrote: https://www.flickr.com/photos/193021185@...265831912/
Agreed but it’s branding Whitby and advertising the service which says more than Sapphire does although it’s still in Sapphire clothes. I wonder if there will be a split of vehicles with Middlesborough and Scarborough on in addition to the Whitby vehicle. (Photo credit arriva northeast)

Edit Just seen the other side has Scarborough on it

7401/7406 are both branded/being branded. Also good to see the last Max vinyl off them.
Christ, that looks bloody horrendous!

It looks like someone has been let loose with WordArt!

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#89
RE: Repainting of MAX X93 branded buses into Sapphire livery
(24 Jun 2021, 8:45 am)streetdeckfan Wrote: Christ, that looks bloody horrendous!

It looks like someone has been let loose with WordArt!

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