Industry marks the Coronation

Special liveries are just one way the industry is to mark the to celebrate the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla this weekend. Here are some ways the sector is marking the occasion:

Commemorative buses

Go-Ahead has unveiled commemorative buses in London and in the south-west of England to mark the Coronation.

In Devon, a red, white and blue Plymouth Citybus double-decker with festive bunting will take to the streets of Britain’s Ocean City to mark the historic royal event, operating on route 25 which runs around Plymouth Hoe and the waterfront.

In the capital, a special Go-Ahead London bus is still in its iconic red colour but boasts a new design and is decorated in the official emblem of the coronation. The LT511 Routemaster, delivered alongside Transport for London, is in service on Route 11 (Fulham Broadway to Waterloo), which passes Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square.

Capital Crowndels

London’s transport network is marking the Coronation with a series of ‘Crowndels’, coronation-themed designs of TfL’s usual roundel icon, displayed across the city’s transport network. Five buses with commemorative wraps have entered services in the capital in four different colours – red, dark blue, cyan and pink. The buses will be on routes taking in some iconic central London locations linked to the Royal Family including Horse Guards Parade and Westminster Abbey, and Royal Parks like Hyde Park. Operators Metroline, Stagecoach, Go-Ahead, RATP and Abellio have funded the special bus wraps.

Three bus shelters on Oxford Street will have a crown bearing the likeness of St Edward’s Crown installed on top of them.

A commemorative poster that pays homage to the one created in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Elizabeth II will also be displayed across the transport network.

Special limited edition travel advice leaflets, recreating the 1953 Coronation leaflet, will be available in select London Underground and bus stations as well as National Rail stations on Saturday 6 May.

Special messages

Messaging and imagery to celebrate the Coronation is to appear on all Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel buses’ digital destination display screen and on tickets. The companies’ bus routes will serve numerous royal themed celebrations including events at Wantage marketplace, Stewart Village Hall in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell on Saturday and Castle Gardens in Wallingford on Saturday and Sunday.

Special liveries

Two Stagecoach East Midland buses have been decorated in a special livery, featuring the official royal emblem, to commemorate the Coronation. The two buses are set to be in operation in Hull and Lincoln over the bank holiday weekend and will be seen across the region over the coming months. The livery features Great British-styled vinyls; blue, white and red roundels and includes the strapline “We’re proud to join the community in Commemorating The Coronation of King Charles III” on the rear and both sides of the buses.

Many Stagecoach East Midlands drivers will be wearing red, white and blue over the Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the national event.

Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has prepared a special Coronation livery to mark the Coronation. The Kings Coronation Bus is now in service, operating from Gillmoss Depot in Liverpool, and can be seen across the Liverpool and South Lancashire region during 2023.

A new Royal livery has been commissioned by Reading Buses to mark the Coronation of King Charles lll. The newly created design will replace the current Jubilee livery which was devised to honour the late Queen Elizabeth ll.

Free travel

Local people will be able to travel by bus for free to and from the Coronation Big Lunch and other celebrations across Portsmouth during the King’s Coronation weekend.

Portsmouth City Council has collaborated with First Solent and Stagecoach to offer free travel on all bus routes on Sunday 7 May, for journeys starting within the Portsmouth boundary. The scheme excludes return journeys from outside the city. The promotion is expected to help people reduce the number of cars on the road, on what is set to be a busy day.

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