Tuesday, 15 May 2012
With many thanks to David Smith, I am able to give you a glimpse of the first of the Ex-Plymouth Park and Ride Dennis Enviro 400s to be painted in their new guise. Quite frankly, however much I loved the cloud livery, this new livery may just overtake it. Its certainly very bold, with some very nice little features, in particular the black headlight surrounds, along with relatively little intrusion across the windows. Then again, the X1 livery does appear to have the effect of squaring the body off, where as the P&R livery compliments the curves nicely. The P&R livery is also much more subtle and softer than X1, which works both in favor and against it. What I would definitely say though is that I wish that this X1 livery was what First Group were taking on as their new standardised livery, and not that of this horrible off lilac livery. The more I look at it the worse it seems to get, it hasn't grown on me at all as of yet, and it just seems such a shame, seeing as when they put their minds to it, First Group have produced some great liveries, such as the two seen here. X1's livery is a much nicer design, as well as having a nicer colour pallet, and I'd reckon this would probably look good on a wider range of vehicles than the new lilac livery is currently doing.
As a footnote, you may have noticed that the destinations along the side look slightly short. That's because when they were first applied, Bristol and Weston Super Mare were the wrong way round, but the middle 3 were correct. They've taken these two off, but haven't yet got round to re-applying them in the correct order. Bit of an embarrising mistake! But then again, the rest of the Ex-Plymouth Enviro's are still running round in the be-branded cloud livery, and 33418 is still a completely blank canvas! You would have 'thought' this would have been the one to receive the new livery first!