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Ray Monk
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940 FD59OUV

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Barking (Dagenham) Garage

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Details: Until recently Arriva London had a large fleet of Vauxhall Combo vans in use as crew ferry vehicles. Between 2008 and 2009 most were replaced by Vauxhall Corsa cars (of which 52 were taken). However, a few more Combos arrived in early 2010, including two at Barking given the curious fleetnumbers of 930 and 940. We had a theory about this that was more or less confirmed when I saw this photograph. As can be seen, the vans have the normal large fleetnumbers on the bonnet, but slightly offset. It seems that the vans were delivered as 93 and 94, following on from the earlier Combos which ran to at least number 90. Somebody must have realised that these numbers conflicted with those on the Corsa cars (92 to 143), so the numbers were amended by adding an extra zero. Further support came from the later sighting of a new Combo numbered 95 at Lea Valley. Surely it would have been more logical to add a one to the front! 940 was caught returning to the garage on 22nd March 2010.

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