Wednesday, 2 September 2015

All White!

Following the expiry of their lease, Anglianbus have already repainted two of their four Wright StreetLites back into white prior to to their return to the owner later this month

I am reliably informed by SteveW that the two concerned are 350 MX60BWH and 352 MX60BWJ, (not as previously reported elsewhere) and provides photos of the two vehicles concerned

The four were the first Streetlites to be delivered to this area in November 2010 and my thanks to Steve for the info and pics


Our Bus 730

Yesterday saw the start of Acle based Our Bus taking over the running of the 730 route from Ambassador Travel. Today was its first run to Gapton Hall Retail Park and, whilst I observed the return journey with a handful of passengers on-board, I was unable to get a reasonable photo

However, frequent contributor Joe Leathers Watson travelled on the service earlier today. He sends photos of the Volvo B10BLE/ Alexander 300, with registration VAG608R, laying over in Acle this morning Interestingly it carries an advertisement for Our Hire's new website on the rear

Our Bus acquired the Volvo from Middlesbrough based Stage Carriage, and before that it was with Stagecoach North East as R249KRG.

My thanks to Joe for the photos and the report


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Megabus Link Goes

Megabus MX61GFE prior to departure on 22nd July last
As already speculated on the blog, and reported elsewhere, Megabus has announced the withdrawal of its short lived M37 service from 1st September

Starting at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station, it served Norwich, the University of East Anglia, Cambridge and Birmingham. 

Loadings at Great Yarmouth were always very low and cancellation of the service comes as no surprise


Monday, 31 August 2015

Bank Holiday Visitors

The traditional Bank Holiday weather probably put paid to the usual large amount of visitors to the town so it was not surprising to see only a few coaches on Beach Coach Station this lunch time.
Kings Ferry YT61GRX 

An impressive visitor was Kings Ferry of Gillingham's Scania K400EB/Berkhof CH77DLT YT61GRX, a real eye catcher simply by the size of it!.
Gee Vee Travel YC15WDG

Gee Vee Travel of Barnsley are regulars to the town and their fleet consists mostly of Bova Futura coaches but today's visitor was their latest arrival  DAF/Yutong DC12 bodied YC15WDG. Yutong are one of the biggest companies in China producing both Bus and Coaches for all over the world.

Nothing else much to note on a very damp and miserable lunchtime, it is August after all!


Sunday, 30 August 2015

Service 730

As you will have already seen from last Friday's report on a new bus service to Gapton Hall Retail Park, the operation of the 730 route is being revised

Our Bus SF54OUY operates the seafront Service in Great Yarmouth on 26th August. Photo Colin Oakley
Under the Norfolk County Council's re-procurement process a new contract for the 730 route has been awarded to Our Bus. This means that the same operator will now provide both the 730 and the Acle Flexibus service

For larger view please click here
The timings of the route will largely remain the same as the one currently operated by Ambassador Travel and the timetable is shown here. (To enlarge the timetable please click on it) In addition, as already mentioned, the route will extend on Wednesdays and Saturdays through to Great Yarmouth and Gapton Hall Retail Park

The Flexibus provides the opportunity to connect with the new service by pre booking and through ticketing will also available for Great Yarmouth and Norwich using either First's X1 or Anglianbus 7 services

In addition, Our Bus will operate a Friday's only 294 service connecting Filby, Thrigby, Runham, Stokesby to Norwich via Acle

Further information can be obtained by contacting Daniel Yallop in the Travel & Transport unit at Norfolk County Council by telephone on 01603 223956 or via email


Saturday, 29 August 2015

First Local Update

I set aside the afternoon to capture some images for this report based on recent information I had obtained on First Great Yarmouth's future movements

Some forty five minutes passed and I was beginning to think I had wasted my time. Then, as always, two of the buses arrived almost at once. The first photo is of former Jersey Dart 43863 EG52FFK bound for Burgh Castle. Both 43863 and 43861 (EG52FJA) will be placed in store at Caister Road tomorrow.

Other buses in the news are the Volvo Olympians with two of the three active deckers to bow out of service today and are to be placed
in the reserve fleet for storage in the rear yard. It has been confirmed that both 34108 W435CWX and 34114 W434CWX will be the two concerned although they were still active on the 8s between Caister and the James Paget Hospital this afternoon. This leaves 34111 W431CWX remaining in service

Another decker on the move is Great Yarmouth's Gemini 37579 AU58EDK which should go to Lowestoft tomorrow. Coincidently the Volvo was operating to Lowestoft on the 1 this afternoon as shown in the above photo

As already reported, a recent transfer in from Norwich has been former Essex Dart 42921 EU05AUN and there has been speculation that its move may be temporary. However, the recent application of an all over rear advert for Great Yarmouth College appears to scotch that rumour!


Friday, 28 August 2015

Repainted Enviros head for Ipswich

Two former Norwich based Enviro 200's have been refurbished at Rotherham and yesterday returned to their new home at Ipswich. 44928 EU08FHB & 45119 RT09JPT have gained the new Ipswich livery for use in the Town. The two were originally at Lowestoft before moving to Norwich earlier this year where they were branded for Purple line services in the city.
44928 EU08FHB in its new livery.

Eastern Counties still have a few vehicles at Rotherham in various states of refurbishment, ALX400 30888 W743DWX is due to gain Lowestoft Corporation colours but remains rubbed down awaiting its new look.
30888 & 33167 parked at Midland Road, Rotherham awaiting work.

Norwich Tridents 32201, 32203, 33055 & 33167 are all in Yorkshire for refurbishment currently along with Coach 20514. 33152 returned to Norfolk this week in its new Purple line livery.
Three Volvo B7RLE's 66976/66978/66980 (tbc) are due to transfer to Norwich shortly from Ipswich.
44928 & 45119 safely arrive back at Ipswich's Foundation Street Depot

Many Thanks go to Joe Thorpe for the Photos he kindly sent last night and im sure our very own head of Ipswich News Jim Long will capture the new arrivals in service very soon. Also thanks to Danny for info regarding Fleet movements, more expected over the weekend also.