Hermes  SRE

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Hermes Stadsregio Eindhoven
Eindhoven, Netherlands
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In December 2008 the concession SRE (Stadsregio Eindhoven) was renewed after a tender won by the existing operator Hermes. This meant a completely new fleet of buses and a dedicated livery. Only the existing high-tech APTS Phileas buses were retained, after rebuilding and refurbishment. Over the years a number of secondhand articulated buses from parent company Connexxion were added and a few Berkhof Ambassador buses from Connexxion came to Eindhoven. The neighborhood buses fleet was however the one that saw most, and confusing, changes with minibuses of Connexxion and Connexxion Taxi Services replacing existing buses.

The fleet numbering is part of the Connexxion system, hence the otherwise inexplicable series! After eight years the concession was tendered again, with some very special conditions including the use of electric buses. Hermes, knowing the region best, won again. The existing fleet will be partly retained as the introduction of electric buses will be gradual. As the administrative system of Stadsregio’s “City Regions” has been abandoned the new concession will fall under Brabant Province and the buses will carry the standard Brabant red and white livery. Already from April 2016 onwards the buses of the existing fleet that will be retained started receiving the new colors.

Fleet overview:

New buses:
3330-3404:          VDL-Bus DE02FS SB200 –VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200, 2008
3405-3478:          MAN A37 Lion’s City, 2008 (city buses)
3479-3483:          VDL-Bus DE02FS SB200 –VDL-Berkhof Ambassador 200, 2008
9241-9247:          MAN A23 Lion’s City G (articulated buses)
7430-7445:          Mercedes-Benz 311CDI Sprinter, adapt. Kusters, 2008 (neighborhood buses)
7340-7349:          Mercedes-Benz 313CDI Sprinter, 2014 (neighborhood buses)

Existing buses:
1201-05, 07-11:  APTS Phileas P185DP (high-tech hybrid buses) Ex Hermes

Temporary ex previous concession and from Nijmegen:
1724, 1726:          DAF-Bus DE02PS SB250 –Berkhof Jonckheer, 2003, old concession, 2008-12 to 2009-03/4
1733:                     VDL-Bus DE02CS SB200 –Berkhof Ambassador 200, 2003, 2012/13 from Breng (Hermes)
1802-1806:          VDL-Bus DE02CS SB200 –Berkhof Ambassador 200, 2004, 2010  ex Hermes Nijmegen

Ex Connexxion, in SRE livery
8669/73/79:        VDL-Bus DE02CS SB200 –Berkhof Ambassador 200, 2005, in 2012-12
8800                     VDL-Bus DE02CS SB200 –Berkhof Ambassador 200, 2005, in 2011 route 100
8808:                    VDL-Bus DE02CS SB200 –Berkhof Ambassador 200, 2005, in ’10/12, chipcard bus
9114-9119:           Mercedes-Benz O530G Citaro, 2003. From Connexxion in 2008-12/12/12, ‘11-12/12, ‘12
9171:                     Mercedes-Benz O530G Citaro, 2004. From Connexxion in 2014-11
9176-9178:          Mercedes-Benz O530G Citaro, 2005. From Connexxion in 2013-06 for new Airport serv.

Demonstration/trial buses:
3151:                     MAN A37 Lion’s City, 2008, demo 2009-2010, rebuilt to “Nonox” experimental bus
3151:                     MAN A37 Lion’s City, 2008, rebuilt to “Nonox” bus, trials 2013-2015.
1050:                    MAN A37 Lion’s City, 2011, rebuilt to “Nonox” bus, trials 2013-2015.
3001:                    VDL LLE120.245 Citea, 2013, Euro 6 demo 2013-2014

Temporary buses:
2233/34/39:         Den Oudsten B96DL595 Alliance City, 1998. From Connexxion 2008-12 to 2010
2247:                     Den Oudsten B96DL595 Alliance City, 1998. From Connexxion 2008-12 to 2010
2955:                     Mercedes-Benz O550 Integro, 2002, 2009/2010 for driver training mainly
8242:                     DAF-Bus DE02CS SB200 –Berkhof Ambassador 200, 2003, from Connexxion, temp. 20xx
8315:                     DAF-Bus DE02CS SB200 –Berkhof Ambassador 200, 2004, from Connexxion, temp. 2011
8600:                    VDL-Bus DE02CS SB200 –Berkhof Ambassador 200, 2005, from Connexxion, temp. 2016
7800/9000’s:       Volvo B10MG –Berkhof Duvedec, 1996-2000, replacement Phileas, some to beginning 2009
9113:                     Mercedes-Benz O530G Citaro, 2005. From Connexxion in 2015-12
9176-9181:           Mercedes-Benz O530G Citaro, 2005. From Connexxion 2008-12 to 2009-02
9801, 9806:         Den Oudsten B93DL525 Alliance City Art., 1998. From NOVIO in 2009-03

Various ex Connexxion and CTS neighborhood buses.

new buses
3330-3404
3405-3478
3479-3483
9241-9247
7430-7445
7340-7349

existing buses
1201…1211
ex Hermes
1724, 1726
1733
1802-1806
ex Connexxion
8669/73/79
8800
8808
9114-9119
9171
9176-9178

demobus
3151
3151
1050
3001
temporary buses
2233/34/39
2247
2955
8242, 8315, 8600
7800/9000’s
9113
9176-9181
9801, 9806
secondhand
neigborhood buses

7320-7321
7402
7423
ex CTS
7301
Service vehicles