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07/07/20 - Volvo B9s 2201-3 have been reallocated to Short Strand, previously with the contract fleet. Streetdeck 3147 is one of a number of vehicles promoting the mandatory use of facemasks on public transport.

08/06/20 - Solo 1933 (MSC) was detaxed at the end of May due to the ongoing school closures, with Scania 804 (MSC) also going to Reserve on the same date. Scania and Volvos loaned to Ulsterbus all returned by mid May to their respective depots: 793/6/805/6/7 (Short Strand) and 909/10/22/3 (Falls).

01/05/20 - The following Vehicles have been added to the Emergency Float of Buses with Driver Protection Screens to be used across the entire Translink Network as and when required (from 10th April 2020):
1989 (Short Strand), 909, 910, 922, 923 (Falls). All 5 are now with Ulsterbus, as are Solo 1980 (Falls) and Scanias 793/5/6/805-8 (Short Strand), although 795/808 have since returned along with B9TL 2361 and Solo 1933 (both now at MSC).

01/04/20 - An emergency float fleet of vehicles was set up on 30/03/20 for use during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. Comprising nine Citybus vehicles, all have driver protection screens and are for use as and when required throughout the Citybus and Ulsterbus network, The vehicles concerned are as follows:-

Falls Park 1980
Milewater Service Centre 2361
Short Strand 793/5/6, 805-8.

2361 (KFZ 9361) was allocated to Ulsterbus Larne from 02/04.

Returned to service following repairs was 927 (KFZ 9927) at Falls Park on 19/03. Detaxed to Reserve on 31/03 was a second of the troublesome Scania K360/Irizar coaches, 130 (SFZ 3130). It was reported that this vehicle and possibly the other two had been sold to a mainland operator but the current crisis has put all this on hold. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the closure of all schools throughout Northern Ireland, a number of vehicles were detaxed on 31/03/20:-

Falls Park 925, 1921/2, 2412, 2898, 2900, 3125-7
Milewater Service Centre 1898, 1914/23, 2973-5
Newtownabbey 2902/4/55/66-9
Short Strand 901/2/11, 2205, 2910

Of these 2205, 2898 and 2910 also require engine repairs. Scania K94IB/Irizar 1706 (TCZ 1706) was received from Ulsterbus on 04/03 and was allocated to the contract fleet at Short Strand. It was returned to Ulsterbus on 31/03. Optare Solo 1933 (CGZ 6313, ex BXI 333) was transferred to Ulsterbus on 02/04.

03/03/20 - Volvo B7TL/Transbus 2969 returned to use at Newtownabbey at the start of March, after completion of engine repairs. Scanias 132 and 1720 (Contract Fleet) are now in Reserve, their replacements being B12M/Plaxton 116/8/9 which have been received from Ulsterbus. Scania/Wright 781 has gone to Hamill for scrap.

04/02/20 - Scania L94/Wright 792 (TCZ 1792) was transferred to Reserve on 31/01/20 and sister vehicle 804 (UCZ 8804) was detaxed on the same date for engine repairs. Also detaxed on 31/01/20 was Wright StreetDeck 3142 (LGZ 5142) following accident damage suffered on the Doagh Road, Newtownabbey on 24/01/20. Optare Solo minibus 1920 (CGZ 6308, ex VOI 205, VOI 201) which was detaxed on 31/12/19 with ongoing gearbox issues was transferred to Reserve on 31/01/20.

03/01/20 - Scania K94IB/Irizar Intercentury coaches 1689 (TCZ 1689) and 1747 (EEZ 6747) were detaxed to Reserve on 31/12 and returned to Ulsterbus on the same date. Optare Solo minibus 1920 (CGZ 6308, ex VOI 205, VOI 201) which was recently returned to service following repair was detaxed again on 31/12 with ongoing gearbox issues. One disposal during December was Optare Solo minibus 1915 (DEZ 8915) which passed to Hamill, Ahoghill for scrap.

01/01/20 - Seasons Greetings and a Merry New Year from Irish Transport Heritage.

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