Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A variety in the early weeks on the 5/5A

I rode these routes as the 51 on my Bus days but however it all changed the 51 was cut back to the Town Centre and anything after that there would not have been a Bus service. However, there is a Bus service still in those parts as 2 new routes the 5 and 5A were formed to serve the Harbour side of the 51. They were routed to serve the stops that were once served by the 51 and uses an mixture of Single and Double-Deckers that were found on the Loop and 1/1A before the routes were formed.
The 5 (Eastbourne Town Centre-North Harbour via ASDA) and the 5A (Eastbourne Town Centre - South Harbour via Beatty Road) are what has replaced the 51 on that side of the Town Centre. All Buses had their blinds reprogrammed to show these routes it is basically taking the 1 off 51 or replacing the 1 with A.
After being away last week photographing some of the Buses from Dorset I used today as a chance to get photos of both the routes and it took numerous attempts to get the blinds to come out on both Buses. I managed to capture an E200 on the 5A and an E400 on the 5.

The 5 is represented by Double-Decker 19668 (SP60 DTO) which was one of the E400s that was left unbranded after losing one branding

The 5A is represented by former accident victim 36899 (GN13 HHP) after its crash in March whilst working the Loop, it was repaired and has been back in service for a bit. This was repaired given the fact that it's only an 13 plate an older Bus would be a write off
These are the first 2 Buses I have photographed on the routes and I hope to get some more photos of other Buses on the routes. Also note that 36899 has lost its white line under the blinds.

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