Friday, 28 November 2014

Déjà vu in Lowestoft

Ambassador Travel's FJ09DXA London bound
Ever had that feeling that you have seen it all before?

That certainly was very much the situation at Lowestoft Bus Station earlier this afternoon where I witnessed a Great Yarmouth theme!

As I arrived, Great Yarmouth based Ambassador Travel's Scania K340EB4/ Caetano Levante FJ09DXA pulled up to the Gordon Road stand to get ready to begin the 13:05 National Express 491 service to London Victoria
Former Great Yarmouth Caetano Nimbus 42358 EY05FYP on a Lowestoft town service in Gordon Road
The Great Yarmouth connection continued with the arrival of former Caister Road stalwart 42358 EY05FYP on an unidentified town service. A regular in Great Yarmouth on First's service 2, the Caetano bodied Dennis Dart had transferred to Lowestoft during May this year
Recently transferred from Great Yarmouth 43862 EG52FGK retains the Great Yarmouth fleet names
Another ex Yarmouth 'Slim Jim' was noted exiting the bus station on the 99 to Kessingland. 43862 EG52FGK had only recently moved south from the Norfolk town
To complete the experience current Great Yarmouth loanee Dart/ALX200 42921 EU05AUN departed with the 103 service to Carlton Colville

It was very much a case of déjà vu!

Great Yarmouth Transport Feature

Great Yarmouth Corporation Leyland PD2 EX6566
Welcome to Black Friday!

Today is anything but black, although it does seem to be taking a long time for daylight to arrive on the east coast!

Friday means the publication of the local weekly newspaper the Great Yarmouth Mercury

Contained in this week's issue is 'Peggotys' full page report on the arrival of the new StreetLites and a look at the history of local buses

Page 8 has contributions from Colin White, Eastern Transport Collection's Joint News Editor, and Ray Allard of Bradwell. The article also mentions East Norfolk Bus Blog (fame at last!) and includes photos of local buses

There is also a seperate Great Yarmouth Mercury online report on the £1.75 million investment in the new buses, which can be accessed HERE

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Service Alterations Registered ~ 26th November 2014

The Eastern Area Traffic Commissioner's latest Notices and Proceedings Report was published on the Gov.UK website during yesterday morning

Whilst recent previous reports contained little of interest, Publication No 2193 contains changes to local services in our area and notice of a new application being granted

Bus & Us owned Routemaster RML 2321 CUV321C in Holt
New Applications Granted

Melton Constable based Bus and Us Limited have been given approval for the use of Vicarage Farm at Briston as an operating centre for one vehicle

Applications to Vary Existing Services

Anglian Bus has given notice of amendments to the timetables of its 86 service, between Beccles and Norwich Bus Station, and the 87/88 route, between Durban Close, Halesworth and Newmarket Road, Norwich. Changes are effective from 5th January 2015

B R Shreeve and Sons, trading as Belle Coaches, is to amend the route and timetable of its LT179 schoolday service between Gorleston and Norwich commencing from 5th January 2015

Konect Bus of Dereham is to amend the timetables of two routes serving the Sheringham area. The changes to service 2, between Norwich and Sheringham, and the 2A, between Sheringham and Holt, will start from the 5th January 2015

Cancellations of Existing Services

Anglian Bus is cancelling the operation of its 93 school day service between Oulton Broad and Langley School, Loddon from 5th January 2015

The complete Notice and Proceedings Report can be viewed on the website by clicking HERE

Many thanks to The_ Reviewer for his/her assistance

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Former First Volvo On ebay - UPDATED

A former First Essex Volvo B10M has become available for purchase

Plaxton bodied N608APU is currently being advertised on ebay at a price of £6,995

Thamesway, then part of the Badger Group, took delivery of the coach as part of a batch of 19 for 'City Saver' express services between London and Southend via Lakeside

Whilst the majority of the batch moved on to First Eastern Counties, 20108 remained with First Thamesway. In January 2004 it went on extended loan to First Wyvern for use on school contracts.

However, by June of that year N608APU had found employment with First Devon and Corwall. In late 2008, following a couple of years of inactivity in the reserve fleet, the Volvo lost its corporate First livery in favour of all over white and received the registration of WSV509

Earlier this year it passed to Blueline Travel of Rochford who had acquired it from Munden of Bristol in part exchange for former Ipswich Olympian H705PTW

Update: It has just been reported on the First Essex Yahoo Group that N608APU has been sold to Worthen Motors of Shrewsbury

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Latest Reports

Olympian W434CWX still sees regular use
outside its Bernard Matthews contract work
Over the last twenty four hours I have received a couple of reports of workings from our regular contributors

Firstly Jamie Skinner provides evidence that the Volvo Olympians still see regular use in addition to their Bernard Matthews contract duties

This morning he saw 34114 W434CWX on an East Norfolk Sixth Form College relief working to the James Paget Hospital. Although it doesn't show on the photo, it was showing service 1 on its destination screen

The second report comes from Syd Eade who saw erstwhile Great Yarmouth  Dennis Dart SLF 42921 EU05AUN on the 14:10 X2 service from Norwich to Lowestoft. It has been some time since Syd had seen a Dart on that route. It is understood that the former First Essex saloon is on loan from Great Yarmouth to cover additional Bernard Matthews duties

My thanks go to both Jamie and Syd for the reports and to the former for his photo

Monday, 24 November 2014

New Anglianbus Terminus?

Intense activity at the 'Beccles Tesco Terminus' this morning
Reports are coming in this morning that a 'new Anglianbus terminus' has been established in Beccles!

Our intrepid reporter Tim Miller reports on a period of intense activity from the scene, with three of Anglians' buses being drafted in to cope with the unexpected rush

In attendance were Scania Omnidecker 550 AO57EZM, Dennis Trident 725 W825NNJ and Optare Solo 904 MX53FDM

My thanks to Tim for the report and photo  .........  cue the tumble-weed!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

StreetLite Mystery Tour!

As highlighted in yesterday's report, one of First Great Yarmouth's new StreetLite sextet was not in revenue earning service

Instead 47504 SN64CPY paid a visit to Norwich to ferry new recruits around the area with First Business Manager Chris Speed in charge of the mystery tour!

I was fortunate that one of the new recruits recorded the event and here's his photo of 47504 with Chris at the controls

The bus is seen at Norwich's Lansdowne Road Depot and I can't help thinking that the destination is a little bit over the top !

The photo is courtesy of C Hardy and my thanks to him for his permission to use it