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John Hillman
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9747 GX13AWG

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Details: Crumbs, we're back in Luton again! A year after the previous photo, here is another silver Arriva crew ferry vehicle with full lettering at Luton Station. But in this case it has a bit too much lettering! Arriva introduced a revised corporate image a year or so ago, with the old 'wheels in wheels' logo and uppercase fleetname replaced with a stylised A logo and lowercase fleetname. What is odd about this vehicle is that it is displaying both the old and the new. There is also an enigmatic 'Working in partnership with....'. I reckon this vehicle was acquired from one of the patient transfer services which Arriva now runs. I have seen minibuses (larger than this one) at Homerton Hospital in London branded as 'Arriva Transport Solutions, working in partnership with the NHS', and there are similar operations in other parts of the UK. The vehicle itself is a Peugeot Expert Tepee minibus and it has the fleetnumber 9747 in the windscreen. Arriva the Shires used to give its service vehicles numbers in the 1xxx range. Then it switched to using alphabetically-prefixed numbers (like CF131 linked above) based on the practices of Arriva Southern Counties. The remaining parts of Arriva the Shires are now managed by Arriva Midlands and I suspect this 97xx series is inherited from them. I doubt they will renumber any of the existing vehicles though. Picture was taken on 13th December 2018 by the way.

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