The London Bus Page In Exile

Tuesday 12 December 2006

Knocking Around The Home Counties

Filed under: Companies, Travels, Vehicles — londonbuspageinexile @ 8:08 pm

Flights Hallmark Mercedes-Benz Vario KF02 ZXB in Woking, Saturday 7th January 2006 (15:02) The first part of what might be called a Catching Up series, not necessarily related to 2006 in general, explores some of the stuff I’ve seen fairly close to home.
Out in Surrey buses aren’t exactly thick on the ground, and when they are they’re not subject to some of the more desperate edicts that TfL have spent so much money on. Covering both extremes in Woking on Saturday 7th January 2006 is this Plaxton Beaver-bodied Mercedes-Benz Vario of Flights Hallmark, KF02 ZXB. It’s a late build for a Vario, with the model largely forgotten by 2002 in favour of the much more versatile Mini Pointer Dart, which can seat 30 and still carry a wheelchair. Flights Hallmark are the remnant of Central Parking Service, whose reputation was otherwise destroyed by their dreadful experience with Centra, the former Mitcham Belle operations that they managed to make look even worse than the unpopular predecessor. Still, the livery is personable, with a flashy silver stripe adorning the red with blue skirt, and some route branding is in evidence for this pair of Woking routes. You can also see Flights Hallmark’s double-deckers on school routes in various portions of Surrey.

1 Comment »

  1. This route (81) is now totally operated by Countryliner, with it previously being joint.

    The 71 which the bus is also branded for is also now run by Countryliner.

    Comment by Arriva436 — Thursday 15 November 2007 @ 8:21 pm

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