• New name, new colours. London Country Bus South East
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is soon to change its name to Kentish Bus & Coach and vehicles are already being repainted in the new livery of cream and maroon stripes. Coaches used on Green Line work will retain the Green Line name.
• Folkingham, Lincolnshire-based R Kime has added a Scania K92CR with Plaxton Pararmount 3200 bodywork to its fleet. The 53-seat single-decker is powered by a 180kW Scania 8.5 litre turbocharged engine coupled to a tenspeed splitter with computer-assisted gearselection (CAG). The new K92 will be used mainly on tour work, and joins Kimes 23-strong fleet of coaches and buses.
• Southend Transport is now running six Cardiff Transport Leyland Olympians on long term hire. The double-deckers have coach seats and have been repainted in Southend's yellow and blue livery. They are used on the Southend-London express services, and also on the Culturebus roundLondon sightseeing operation recently acquired from Ensign of Purfleet.
• London Regional Transport has accepted a subsidy from private industry to run a new bus service from Chelsea to Earl's Court. The service, to be known as the Chelsea Harbour Hoppa, will run from the new Thames development, Chelsea Harbour village.