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J317XVX - History

J317XVX is a Dennis Dart single deck bus, seating 35 passengers, with Handybus bodywork by Wright.

It was delivered new to County Bus & Coach Co LTD in February 1992, along with 3 others, and was sent to Grays garage - with sister J316XVX - to work on route 383 between Chadwell St Mary and Lakeside shopping centre. County Bus was sold West Midlands Travel, then British Bus group which went on to become Cowie and finally morphed into Arriva, the large national company we know today.

The fleet number originally was DW317, though the bus was later renumbered into the Arriva fleet number scheme becoming known as 3350. After use at Grays, she was transferred to Arriva’s Southend garage and was repainted into Arriva’s corporate livery of Aquamarine Blue and Cotswold stone.

After her spell at Southend...........well following some research and a request for information from DVLA, I have been able to put together the full history as presented below in table format:


New to County Bus & Coach Co. LTD, fleet number DW317 allocated to GY (Grays garage)


West Midlands Travel - GY


Cowie Group - GY  **repainted in revised Green & Cream livery with Cowie style rear stripes**


Arriva East Herts & Essex - GY


Fleet number renumbered to 3350 - GY


Transferred to Arriva Southend   **repainted in Arriva corporate livery**


Ensign Bus (Dealer)


Autopoint Coaches, Hailsham (Near Eastbourne)


Re-registered 9163AP  **painted allover white**


Re-registered back to original J317XVX


Mike Nash (Dealer)


Lanes Coaches, Dunstable


Mike Nash (Dealer)


Private owner, Weymouth, Dorset


Private owner, Essex


Repainted into original County Bus livery


Sold for further preservation

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Here’s a gallery of images of J317XVX when she was in service with her various liveries & operators
(click on any image to see the bigger versions)

© Colin Thorne 2010 - 2017 (unless stated otherwise)

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