Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Service Alterations Registered ~ 16th January 2019

Hard on the heels of yesterday's posting, today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices & Proceedings Report includes the granting of new applications for two operating centres in the Beccles area for Konectbus.

They comprise a centre at Ellough Park Raceway at Benacre Road in Ellough and at Anglianbus & Coach at Sandpit Lane also in Ellough. The authorisation at both centres is nine vehicles.

The full Report will soon be available to view on the website


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Konectbus Developments

As most of you will know by now, Konectbus have absorbed the operations of the other Go Ahead subsidiaries in East Anglia. They had already subsumed Anglianbus operations in November 2017.

Anglianbus workshops in June 2014
The service registrations changed in late December and Konectbus discs have apparently been carried since that time. However, the Chambers and Hedingham fleetnames will remain in use for the present time. 

The Anglianbus Ellough site on a Sunday visit during July 2010
In addition, the withdrawn vehicles have been removed from the Sandy Lane premises in Beccles, some to a another site off Benacre Road and some to Alpha Recovery of Weetslade in Cramlington for scrap. The new site is not accessible by the public and vehicles are being operated from there with the PVR being six.

My thanks to Stephen Wright for the information.


Sunday, 13 January 2019

Sunday Solo Sighting

A rare Sunday trip into Norwich City Centre for shopping today and, as expected, not a lot going on bus wise

However, it was pleasing to see that a former Swift Taxis Optare Solo was still active with Simonds on the Sunday only 11:30 121 Eaton Circular. On its return to Norwich Bus Station it then worked the 12:00 to Long Stratton.

When with Great Yarmouth-based Swift it was registered YK55ENL but now carries the SIJ82 plate.


Our Bus Update

Thanks to Sam Larke we have been kindly sent some new photos of recent Optare Solo arrival X313CBT which has now had a bit of a repaint and tidy up following its arrival from Go Goodwins.

Also January 21st sees Our Bus begin operation of the former Konectbus 85 Service between Surlingham and Norwich. Sam has sent a photo of Solo CN54HFD with its destination screen programmed ready for the new service.

Many Thanks to Sam for the update.


Saturday, 12 January 2019

Afternoon 'Appenings

Yesterday afternoon on a visit to Gorleston High Street I noted that reprieved Scania L94UB 65673 SN51UYB was in use on the 8 route between Caister and the James Paget Hospital.

Scania SN51UYB heads for the James Paget Hospital in yesterday's fading light
Following the return of 32809 T809LLC to Norwich yesterday it was immediately pressed into service on the Pink Line 11/12 route but failed around lunchtime and is currently at Vulcan Road.

My thanks to First for the information.


Friday, 11 January 2019

Latest From Caister Road

Dart WX05RVV in Lowestoft in May 2018
The latest news from First Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot is that Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 32809 T809LLC has returned to Norwich after having a number faults fixed.

Regarding the Dart SLFs, First Lowestoft's 42911 WX05RVV has had a replacement engine fitted; whilst Welsh exile 42955 WX06OMM requires a new gearbox.

Both former First Borders's Volvo B9TLs are in the news - 37142 SN57HDC has a new gearbox whilst sister 37141 SN57HDA is in need of a new axle.

My thanks to First for the information.


Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Service Alterations Registered ~ 9th January 2019

Today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices & Proceedings Report contains a number of changes to services operated by Our Hire which trades as Our Bus

Firstly Our Bus is to provide a new Monday to Saturday 85 route between Norwich Bus Station and Claxton. The hourly service is to commence from 21st January 2019. The Acle based operator is also to amend the route of its Beighton to East Norfolk Sixth form 73A group of services from 20th January 2019. This effectively means the end of the Wednesday and Saturday only 730 between Cantley and Great Yarmouth from the same date.

Optare Solo MX58AAY with the 730 Great Yarmouth - Cantley on Saturday 11th March 2017
The operator is also cancelling four other services including the 292 Tuesday only Cantley to Wroxham, the 293 Monday only Scratby to Wroxham and the 294 Friday only Scratby to Norwich routes. The fourth service to go is the Wednesday only 74/X74 Little Plumstead to Great Yarmouth. All changes are effective from 20th January 2019.

The full Report will soon be available to view on the website


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Semmence Catches A Spratt!

Another of the Spratts of Wrenningham fleet has found a new owner. Beulas bodied Iveco Eurorider L600KAT has been acquired by Wymondham based Semmence Coaches.

The Iveco was previously with Top Kat Travel of Bedwas in South Wales and is pictured here at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station in November 2011. It was new to Neild of Thrapston as R202VJF in April 1998.

My thanks to Joe Wilson-Smith for the information


Saturday, 5 January 2019

First Withdrawals 2

Following on from Grahame's earlier post, I have a photo of both 61148 MV02VBU and 65678 YP02ABN at First Norwich before their trip to Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot for storage and expected disposal. The photo has been kindly supplied by Alex Key.

On a positive note, ex First Essex Scania L94UB 65673 SN51UYB, which was withdrawn on 29th December, has returned to active service.

My thanks to First for the information.


First Withdrawls

A few bits to report from First. Recent withdrawls see 61148 (MV02VBU), 66341(MV02VCT) and 66334 (MV02VBZ) taken out of service by Saturday Evening. Leaving 66344 being the last of the type in use as this typed, It is expected become a Driver Trainer in the near future with the others being scrapped.

                    66341 & 66344 Pictured outside Caister Road during their working careers!

      61148 pictured in Castle Meadow, Norwich. It is now parked up awaiting its fate at Caister Road.

Another withdrawl to report is Scania 65678 (YP02ABN) which returned briefly to FEC in December from Essex. It was originally a Scania Demonstrator and is pictured above in use with Ipswich Buses in 2002, it also spent a while with FEC in the same capacity being used at Bury St Edmunds again in 2002 before moving to First Essex at Colchester. It is now also stored at Caister Road.

Trident 32809 (T809LLC) is expected to head back to Norwich from Yarmouth to return to Driver Training duties.


Friday, 4 January 2019

Where Are They Now? ~ YN03WRL

Many of you will be aware that Ensign provides a dealership in addition to bus services in the Essex area. Ross Newman regularly provides reports to many enthusiast groups and the disposal list for December caught my eye.

Scania OmniCity YN03WRL in Gorleston High Street on 16th October 2012
Included in the report was the arrival of ex Anglianbus Scania OmniCity YN03WRL from Brighton based Southern Transit which was then sold to Valero Energy of Pembroke Dock. The Scania was new to Metrobus in August 2003 and subsequently moved to Anglian in September 2012 operating as 450 in the Suffolk based fleet.

As the photo shows, for a short time WRL operated with Anglian in London Red before a repaint in yellow and blue, which it retained for a while when with the Sussex based company. Imagine my surprise seeing it in Anglian livery in use on rail replacement heading for London on the A23!


Service Alterations Registered ~ 2nd January 2019

A belated post concerning the latest Notices & Proceedings Report published by the East of England Traffic Commissioner on Wednesday

Whilst, not affecting any of our local services, both Hedingham and Chambers have de-registered their bus routes which have immediately been re-registered by Konectbus.

Locally, BorderBus is to amend the timetable of both sections of its 146 route (Southwold - Kessingland and Kessingland - Norwich) from 16th January 2019.

The full Report is available to view on the website


Thursday, 3 January 2019

Ex Shearings Setra Revisits

A former Shearings owned Kassbohrer Setra visited the area towards the year end and was noted in Lowestoft on 31st December by our regular correspondent Simon Bartram.

BF10VCZ retains its previous owner's blue livery and is seen here at Lowestoft station prior to picking up its passengers following a couple of hours in the Suffolk town. The coach is now owned by Davey Travel of Brigend and was being chartered by David Urquhart Travel. It was based at Great Yarmouth's Waverley Hotel during its New Year short break

I last saw it on 25th March 2018 when still with Shearings which was then reported on the blog bereft of fleet names. My thanks to Simon for the photo.


Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Sanders Coaches Latest

The Sanders Bus Enthusiasts Facebook Group has published the latest fleet list for the operator. Since the last update Optare Solo MX09NTL (205), Scania OmniLink YNO3UVM (313) and Volvo B10M CHZ4795 are among those that have left the company.

Spratts Coaches WH11CHR seen at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station in August 2017
As already reported former Lochs & Glens Volvo B13Rs BT14DLX and BT14DLZ have arrived as 919 and 920 respectively. Also due today is Van Hool T915 WH11CHR from Spratts Coaches

The updated listing can be viewed in the Fleetlist part our website.


Tuesday, 1 January 2019

First Great Yarmouth Latest

With a reduction in production at Bernard Matthews the requirement for buses to fulfil the contract has declined. Whilst no official word has come from First, it is thought that this means the future of the three Volvo B7s at Caister Road must be in doubt - although 66344 MV02VCX was active on the 6 between Market Gates and Bradwell during yesterday afternoon.

The future also seems bleak for the two ex First Essex Wright Solar bodied Scania 94UBs and it is also expected that Trident 32809 T809LLC will return to driver training duties at Norwich.

In the workshops, between Christmas and New Year, were Enviro400 33822 YX63LKM with multiple issues, Gemini 37578 AU58EDJ with suspension faults and President 32212 LT52WTV was being fitted with a new axle.

My thinks to First Great Yarmouth for the workshop report.


New Team Coach

Norfolk based Marett's Chariots supplies V.I.P transport for Norwich City Football Club's first team and academy for the 2018/19 season.

As part of its continued commitment, the operator announced on twitter this morning that it is to take delivery of a new Mercedes Benz Tourismo. Assuming the registration of BF68ZGN, the coach is to be fitted with tables and servery and receive a new livery.

Photo: Marett's Chariots


Belle Sales

As we enter our ninth year we continue to bring you news updates on our blog and today there are quite a few posts to entertain you as we begin the new year.

 Suffolk based Belle Coaches are currently advertising the availability of three of their coaches for sale on their website.

One of the trio for sale is Plaxton Cheetah BE10BEL
They comprise 49 seat Mercedes Benz Tourismo BC09BEL, 53 seat Scania Omni Express BC11BEL and 29 seat Plaxton Cheatah BE10LLE. It is not known if the special registration plates are included in the sale