|Andrew paid a visit to the new Goat Road Garage in Mitcham on 7th April 2023 and found three service vehicles present, though curiously not the one that Peter had seen 10 days earlier. First up was a pair of BYD E6Y electric cars in unmarked black livery. Interestingly these had very similar registrations (OU19EWL and OU19FDD) to a pair that were said to be in use with RATP (OU19EWO and OU19FDP) but which nobody has yet seen! I did wonder if these vehicles were used by BYD engineers, as seems to have been the case with earlier FJ64OWO, but the fact that Goat Road does not operate any electric buses made this seem unlikely. Bob visited a week later and noted that the cars had labels in the rear windows showing FV1 and FV2 respectively, which would seem to confirm that these are Go-Ahead London crew ferry vehicles. Quite why this base uses BYD cars when the company has otherwise standardised on Mercedes Vito minibuses is not clear. The bus alongside is Enviro E400 double-decker E281 in a special livery for services for the University of Roehampton.
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