Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Service Alterations Registered ~ 25th November 2015

Time for our regular feature which looks at the latest Notices and Proceedings Report, issued by the East of England Traffic Commissioner earlier this morning. This report reveals only a small number of changes affecting our area

Applications to Vary Existing Services
First Eastern Counties is to amend the timetable of its Green Line services between Wymondham and Wroxham/ Blofield Heath/ Lingwood given service number 14/14A/15/15A from 3rd January 2016
Konectbus is to alter the route, stopping places and timetable of its 503 Postwick Park and Ride service from 11th January 2016

Cancellations of Existing Services
Routespek Coach Hire of Bungay is to cancel its WC561 service between Wrentham and Norwich from 6th January 2016

Cancellations of Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice
Norse Commercial has retrospectively cancelled all its Park & Ride services including the 605 Postwick Park & Ride to Norwich Bus Station from 4th November 2015

New Applications Received
Kessingland Cabs of London Road, Kessingland, Lowestoft has lodged an application for five vehicles at an operating centre in Pinbush Close in Lowestoft

Variation Applications Granted
Feline Executive Travel of The Archway in Stalham, Norfolk has been granted authorisation of three vehicles at its existing centre at The Archway in Stalham and a new authorisation for four vehicles at Catfield Industrial Estate in Norfolk

The complete East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report No 2219 can be viewed HERE


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Midweek First Updates

A few moves and happenings to report, starting with Roy's news that Enviro 200 Darts 45116 & 45117 have returned to Lowestoft from Norwich. 45117 was noted this evening working the 106 service in the town still wearing Norwich fleetnames.
45117 ST58JPT at Gordon Road back in May 2014.
33160 LR02LXV has gone up to Rotherham for refurbishment whilst Volvo B7L's 66325 MV02VAY & 66346 MV02VCZ have made the trip down to Bristol.

The last remaining Streetlite Max for Norwich to be delivered is 63321 SK65PXB which is currently at Belfast awaiting the ferry trip to Heysham. The latest to enter service in the city is 63327 SK65PXH in standard urban livery.
63327 in Castle Meadow today. (Photo Kieran Smith)
First are supplying vehicles for ongoing Rail Replacement work alongside Abelio Greater Anglia at both Yarmouth & Lowestoft, 33423 was at Lowestoft on Monday morning with 37579 noted at Lowestoft station today with Yarmouth Streetlite 47506 noted at Vauxhall Station this evening.

GYT Heritage liveried 32059 was noted working the 1 service between Yarmouth & Martham on Sunday. Sister 32064 was noted working the X1 on Monday morning.


Essex Exile Etc

As reported by Grahame last week, former First Essex 66168 W368EOW has returned to Great Yarmouth to help out with the increase in the Bernard Matthews bus requirements.

W368EOW leaves Market Gates this morning on the 8 for the James Paget Hospital and still retains its Essex branding
Its migration back to Caister Road will release a decker for use on the Bernie's contract and today the Wright Renown was doing just that by working the 8s between Gorleston's James Paget Hospital and Caister's Second Avenue

Meanwhile, Grahame tells me that ADL Enviro200s 45116/7 ST09JPT and ST58JPT have now moved back to Lowestoft


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Latest First Developments

A reliable source at First informs me that a second Green Line Volvo B9 double decker is due to arrive at Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot very soon for use on X1 services.
Green Line LK58EDJ seen in Reading on 13th October last year.  Photo by kind permission of Eastleighbusman: 
First Berkshire 37275 LK58EDJ is to join sister 37274 already on the route and it will also be painted in a modified Excel blue livery. This could no doubt cause some confusion as its registration is very similar to that of Gemini 37578 AU58EDJ which is also in Excel blue!

On the subject of Geminis, two further examples are to eventually go to Lowestoft plus 37566 AU58ECE is due back from repairs within the next week or so. These moves reflect the increase in the number of buses required for the new X2/X22 timetable due to commence from 6th December.

My thanks to Eastleighbusman for the photo and to my contact at First


Lynx Surprise

I was contacted by Pete via email earlier this morning who says he was travelling along Dereham Road in Norwich during yesterday morning when he espied a red liveried Optare Tempo in front of him

It was Lynx's 41 seater YJ55BKU which was strange to see in the Norwich area. In response to my request for information about its appearance in Norwich, I was contacted by Driver Graham Smith who tells me it was taking part in the launch of the 'sQuid' element of  the Norfolk County Council's Smart Card

Other operators, including Simonds, Sanders, Konect and West Norfolk Community Transport, also brought their vehicles along to the launch acceptance of the 'Holdall' smart card on their services

My thanks to Pete for his report and photo and to Graham for the additional information


Friday, 20 November 2015

Bernie's Trio

Strolling along Southown Road in Great Yarmouth this afternoon, I was conscious of the fact that the time coincided with the Bernard Matthews contract runs

Suitably armed with a camera, just in case the Olympian appeared, I headed northwards and sighted the first decker with 'contract' as its destination in the form of ALX400 32061 W221XBD followed shortly after by sister 32062 W422SRP.

Then a number of questions formed in my mind ... would there be a third decker? would it be the Olympian? would it be 32063 to continue the sequence? (on the X1 apparently!) I was soon put out of my misery by what I thought in the distance was the Olympian with its comparatively larger destination screen.

Sure enough the image of the sole active First Eastern Counties Olympian 43111 W431CWX was duly captured on film as it passed Bollard Quay. The Oly continues to regularly work the Bernies with today giving me an opportunity photograph it


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Latest Updates from First

Latest news from First sees the return from Rotherham of 33159 LR02LXU in the new Orange line livery with 33162 LR02LXX heading North for its turn to be refurbished.

Two more Volvo B7L's have left Norwich bound for Bristol, 66324 MV02VAX & 66330 MV02VBE are now in the South West.
66324 in Castle Mall back in 2013
Both former First Essex Volvo B10BLE's 66168/66169 are now based at Yarmouth due to increased Bernard Matthews Contract work about to begin. Coach 20501 AO02RBY has been busy on various Rail replacements in Norwich and today in Yarmouth. The Rail work is set to continue into next week with Trains not working from Yarmouth until after the weekend at least.

Due to the Train problems extra X1 duties are being put in place between Yarmouth and Norwich to assist with the replacement Coaches, so expect a few odd sightings with X1 on the screen!

The weekend should also see Enviro 200's 45116/7/8 move back to Lowestoft from Norwich and the possible start of the Jersey Darts beginning their migration to Devon & Cornwall.

Norwich Pink Line branded 33246 was noted working the 8 service at Yarmouth yesterday, she is here for MOT work and was available yesterday prior to her work starting.

Thanks to Danny & Chris for the info.