Sunday, 27 July 2014

Worthing Bus Rally

Today saw the Worthing Bus Rally being held with a good number of vehicles in attendance including Ipswich Corporation Park Royal bodied AEC Regent 24 EPV24. Report to follow soon..........

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Caister Road Update

Ryan sends his latest report from First's Caister Road depot

President 32200 LT52WTE is transferring to Norwich tomorrow whilst sister 32208 LT52WTO remains in local service

ADL Enviro400 33423 SN60CAA continues to await parts, whilst Volvo B10BLE 60807 S658RNA is still away being converted for training duties

On the Olympian front, withdrawn 34112 W432CWX is over the pits and is thought to be yielding parts to keep 34109 W436CWX in service

Both Routemasters are currently away from Caister Road

My thanks to Ryan for the latest update

Friday, 25 July 2014

Worthing Bus Surprise!

A trip to sunny Worthing today to stay at my daughter's place over a long weekend - primarily for Sunday's Bus Rally,

After some refreshment, after the long journey south, we decided to walk along Worthing's seafront enjoying the late afternoon sunshine

Whilst there, we came across this excellent vehicle which I thought you might like to see a photo of!!

More posts from the sunny south coast soon

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Borderbus New 146 Service

BB09BUS at Beccles Old Market on the 146 to Southwold
Today saw the first day of the operation of the Borderbus 146 service between Southwold and Norwich via Beccles

Three Enviro 200s have been acquired for the service, BB09BUS, BB59BUS and BB62BUS, with the first two being noted in service at Beccles Old Market Place around lunchtime today

There is the possibility
Enviro SK07HLU lurks in Brands yard yesterday
that there is a fourth single decker as Enviro 200 SK07HLU, was seen by eagle eyed Tim Miller lurking in Brands yard in Beccles yesterday.

Earlier in the month it had been noted in Mardens yard in London red having seen service with London United and NCP Challenger. Click HERE for the link to the photo on Gricerman's Flickr site

Whilst in the area, I looked in at the Borderbus premises and found just the sole Plaxton President X662LLX on site basking in the sun

My Thanks to Tim for his photo and report on SK07HLU

Service Alterations Registered ~ 23rd July 2014

Yesterday saw the Eastern Area Traffic Commissioner published his latest Notices and Proceedings Report on the Gov.UK website

Publication No 2184 provides extensive details of changes to the local bus network - especially school services

Registration of New Services


Beccles based Borderbus are introducing three new school services commencing on 5th September 2014 - SJL4, SJL5 and SJL6 between Carlton Colville and Sir John Leman School in Beccles

First Eastern Counties is to provide a Monday to Saturday 111 service from Lowestoft Bus Station to Carlton Colville Transport Museum from 31st August 2014

Registration of New Services Granted Under Short Notice


Holt based Sanders Coaches start a new route 706 from Beach Road Sea Palling to the Stadium (?). The Monday to Friday service starts on 1st September 2014

Applications to Vary Existing Services


Anglianbus is amending a number of its timetables from 1st September 2014

  • 60 between Bungay and Lowestoft
  • 63 between Hemsby and Cobholm, Great Yarmouth
  • 83 between Harleston and Norwich
  • 83A/88B/BH272 between Harleston and Southwold
  • 84 between Broad Street, Harleston and Norwich Bus Station.
  • 87/88 between Durban Close, Halesworth and Newmarket Road, Norwich

Borderbus are also making route and timetable changes to three of its services from 5th September 2014

  • SJL1 between Kessingland and Sir John Leman School, Beccles
  • SJL2 between Oulton Road and Sir John Leman School, Beccles
  • SJL3 between Carlton Colville and Sir John Leman School, Beccles

First Eastern Counties is making alterations to its Lowestoft timetables from 31st August 2014

  • X2 Lowestoft Bus Station and All Saints Green Norwich
  • 99 Lowestoft Bus Station to Lowestoft Bus Station via Kessinglang
  • 101 Crestview Drive, Gunton and Cowslip Crescent in Hollow Grove

Konectbus is recasting its timetables on two routes from 1st September 2014; the 2 between Norwich and Sheringham and the 2a between Holt and Sheringham

Southwold Town Council is to amend its Southwold Shuttle service between Southwold Caravan and Camping Site on Ferry Road and the Kings Head Public House from 16th July 2014

Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice


Sanders Coaches is to amend the route and timetable of its 45 route between Norwich and Holt from 1st September 2014

Cancellations of Existing Services


Great Yarmouth's Ambassador Travel is ceasing two schools services from 1st September 2014

  • 1 Operating between Rockland St. Mary and Loddon Schools
  • 2 Operating between Ditchingham and Loddon Schools

Anglianbus is cancelling the following services from 1st September 2014

  • BR001 between Southwold and Sir John Leman School, Beccles
  • LAT1 between Diss Rail Station and Latitude Festival, Henham
  • LAT2 between Latitude Festival, Henham and Southwold, Market Place
  • LAT3 between Halesworth Railway Station and Latitude Festival, Henham

Cancellations of Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice


Sanders is cancelling its 61 service with effect from 1st September 2014 which operates between A149 Westcliffe Road, Cromer and Suffield Park Infants School

Phew! The full details of Publication 2184 can be viewed HERE

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Latitude Festival

As you are probably aware, the annual Latitude Festival took place last weekend at Henham Park near Southwold

The four day event was an intense logistical exercise in transporting the public to and from the event from the number of railheads in the area.

As regular readers of this blog will know, Borderbus did their bit by running three services to the festival but what is probably not known is that many other local operators also chipped in to provide transport links

Former First Great Yarmouth driver Tom Baker was involved with the process at Diss Railway Station and sends a photo showing activity there on Friday last

Members of the Sanders Coaches, Belle Coaches and Lamberts Coaches fleets can be easily identified - incidentally the Sanders vehicle is DAF/Van Hool YJ05PZA

My thanks to Tom for the photo

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Third Borderbus Repaint

The third repainted Borderbus at the Car & Commercial premises this morning
The second Borderbus report in a day - nothing at all then then two arrive together!!

The ever observant Tim Miller reports the completion of the repaint of the third Borderbus Enviro for use on its 146 service

The vehicle is adorned with the registration BB62BUS and our Beccles correspondent got a sneak picture of it outside in the Car & Commercial yard earlier this morning

The 146 route commences this Thursday with the timetable shown on the Borderbus website

My thanks to Tim for his report and photo