Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Service Alterations Registered ~ 21st August 2019

Both BorderBus and BACT Community Transport are registering local changes in this week’s Notices and Proceedings Report published by the East of England Transport Commissioner.

BorderBus is to amend the route of its 521 service between Halesworth and Aldeburgh from 2nd September 2019. From the same date the route and timetable of its 524 between Beccles and Southwold will also be changed.

BACT Community Transport is to cease operating its Laxfield service from 26th September 2019

The full report will soon be available to view on the government website


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Lowestoft Flying Visit

Around an hour was spent observing bus activity in the vicinity of Lowestoft Bus Station this lunch time

The first photo is one of Ambassador Travel's new Caetano Laevante coaches for National Express work. BV19XPU is about to leave on the 11:55 491 service to London Victoria via Great Yarmouth and Norwich

Drawing up behind was Suffolk Norse Alexander Dennis Enviro300 SN56AYL about to work the 12:06 to Gorleston's James Paget Hospital via some north Suffolk villages

The final photo is of First Great Yarmouth's Wright Eclipse Gemini 37043 YJ06XLT which, up until then, had evaded the attention of my camera.


Last Of Ex Manchester B7RLE's In Use

The last of the three ex First Manchester Volvo B7RLE's has been observed in use by Richard Woods with 66870 MX05CKA passing his office window on the 1519 service 15 from Acle to Wymondham, running about 10 minutes late.

Dan High also saw it in Castle Meadow awaiting time. My thanks to Dan for the photo and to Richard for the report


Sunday, 18 August 2019

Busy Beach Coach Station

Yesterday afternoon at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station reminded me of the Saturdays there in the old days as there was in excess of twenty coaches on the site (twenty three to be precise!)

Three Star Coaches of Luton regularly visits the town and sometimes provides double deck coaches like SF07OSE. It is a Berkhof Axial 100DD bodied Volvo B12B, formerly with Parks of Hamilton. Accompanying it was Volvo B12B /Berkhof Axial 50 in the form of FJ07VWY,

A second double deck coach visitor was Van Hool CO09ZYO of Letchworth based family run Cozys Executive Coach Hire.

A further interesting coach was Redline of Preston's Jonckheere bodied Volvo carrying the special plate 444NN

Finally, just as I was leaving, my attention was drawn to Iveco Minibus YN15DZX - nothing special about it but just that it was owned by Roy's Minbuses of Finedon near Wellingborough!


Friday, 16 August 2019

Second In Service

A second of the three ex First Manchester Volvo B7RLE's has been observed in service in Norwich by Simon Austin.

66865 MX05CJO was captured at Castle Meadow on its way to Thorpe St Andrew on the 24 service. My thanks to Dan High for the information and to Simon for the photo.


Thursday, 15 August 2019

Ex Manchester B7RLE In Service

One of the three recently transferred former Manchester Volvo B7RLE's was noted in service in Norwich yesterday by Liam Shubrook.

Dodging the rain, Liam got a photo of 66864 MX05CJJ working the Purple Line 36 to Horsford in the city centre during yesterday afternoon.

My thanks to Liam for the photo.


Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Preserved Peelings

'Reg Vardy' contacted me during yesterday evening to say that Peelings YXI 6327 was now in the safe hands of the Happisburgh Touring Society Preservation Group.

YXI 6327 is a Volvo B10M fitted with a Van Hool Alizee coach body. It was originally registered F741ENE when new to Smith Shearings in December 1988 as their 741

It is due to visit this year's Showbus next month where it is to be officially named. My thanks to Reg for the information and photo.