Thursday, 10 February 2011
Mayflower Link returns!
With thanks to Tom Pearce I can bring you these great photos of LR02 LYU, the first of this batch to be put into the new improved Mayflower Link livery. I did fear this would be lost, along with the T-LLC Trident's departure down south, but thankfully the livery is making a return. I must admit, against many people's views, I'm all for branding, as long as its done well. Of course the old Blue Line, Purple Line etc that used to be used in Plymouth did very little for the image and gave the public very little to take in and take note of. Tamar Link, the first 'proper' branding to be applied worked a treat. How in the world could you ignore a big pink brand new bus? It did the job perfectly even if the livery can be controversial, but weirdly, it does grow on you!
The Mayflower Link 93 livery though has been by far my favorite branding that any company has used, let alone FDC. The colors are, simple but bold, and tie in perfectly with the scenery, through the medium of wave like blue streaks down the side and green underlay. Truly magnificent. There are some slight changed to the old livery in that the font for the main writing has changed slightly on the front panel. There is also the addition of more green to the rear, and the blue wave now continues right up the back of the bus to support a new ship logo, very smart indeed, though the green may be slightly excessive, though I'm sure it will look better with a bit of fading after a few months! I have included some photos of the older version of the livery below for comparison.