Monday, 20 November 2017

Bury St Edmunds Revisited

A trip to Bury St Edmunds beckoned on Saturday with my wife and sister-in-law embarking on some Christmas shopping. (plus a visit to the cake stall on the market too of course!)

Chambers Volvo B7TL W487WGH passed me on St Andrews Street South whilst I made my way to the bus station
Whilst they were busy spending money, yours truly retired to St Andrews Street and the bus station area for my fix of bus photography. On arrival, the bus station was dominated by the presence of Mulleys decker MUI7949 which was noticeable for its application of fleetnames.

Arriving soon after was Galloway's Optare Solo  279 (4092PP) which was formerly registered MX53FDN. It's next working was the 386 to Stowmarket.

Another decker making an appearance was Coach Services' Volvo B7TL LF52UOV which the operator acquired in March last year from dealer Ensign. It was originally Arriva London's VLW122. Other vehicles appearing from the fleet during my period of observation were ADL Enviro200 SN63NBB, Volvo B7RLE BJ60BYX and Volvo B8RLE BU16OZO.

Stephensons continue to operate their Breeze town services with their ADL Darts although there was a welcome appearance from East Lancs OmniDekka bodied Scania 631 (YN55NHA)

Stagecoach East were noted employing 'Greener Smarter' liveried Wrightbus Eclipse Urban bodied Volvo B7RLE 21226 (AE09GYW) on an early afternoon 11 service from Cambridge. Similar liveried Alexander Dennis Enviro400 bodied Scania N230UD 15465 (AE09GYP) followed on a later 11 working.

A surprise appearance was a Hedingham branded Alexander Dennis Dart 260 (EU56FLR) operating with Chambers legals. Another Chambers decker in use was Scania N94UD 1501 (YN55PZD) - similar to a trio recently operated by Anglianbus.

My final photo is of Mulleys YN04UJT - one of a number of Scania N94UDs recently acquired from Nottingham City Transport.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Photo Special Norwich 2010

We have not done a Photo Special for a while so I thought its about time we had a look back at the local scene with a few images from my own collection. We go back to August 2010 and a bright day in Norwich. Improvements to Castle Meadow meant the buses were being diverted round the top of the Castle and down on to Market Avenue.

First photo ironically shows the now defunct Anglianbus A47 service that ran between Yarmouth and Gorleston, it was set up to run against First's X1, Former Chester Volvo R85EMB is seen at the top of Castle Meadow.

Next up sees First Coach 20501 AO02RBY about to leave Norwich Bus Station working a short lived service to Banham Zoo, the coach was loaned back to FEC from First Essex to work the service that summer.

Another service no longer in use is the 50 service to Sheringham, a real mixture of vehicles was used by First including Coaches and Single Decks, this particular Saturday saw recent arrival from First London 33245 LT52WUW in use and seen laying over at the Bus Station.

Final picture is Simonds Of Botesdale Volvo B6 224ENG which was originally L91UNG and new to Ambassador Travel for the Norwich Park & Ride services they once operated. It is seen here outside Bonds about to work the 40 service to Fressingfield.


Anglianbus 61 ~ The Last Runs

As you will already be aware, Anglianbus ceases operating services after today although it ran the 61 route connecting Lowestoft with Kessingland for the last time yesterday.

ANG61LAN operates the last 61 service to Lowestoft Bus Station from Kessingland during yesterday afternoon
Photo of SVF510W on the Anglian website
Regular contributor Robert Kelly tells me that the company began in September 1981 in Loddon, Norfolk after moving from London as Jubilee Coaches, trading as Anglian Coaches. The PSV Circle News Sheet for July 1981 refers and at the time the fleet consisted entirely of Ford motor coaches.

In March 1985, Anglian acquired Plaxton Supreme bodied Ford R1114 SVF510W from Norfolk Motor Services. During its time with the company it was re-registered KSU412 before being sold on in 2000

The last service from Kessingland, the 13:25 departure to Lowestoft Bus Station, and the 13:55 return was operated under the Anglianbus name for the last time by the appropriately 61 liveried Scania OmniLink AN61LAN.

The last 61 service to Kessingland operated under the Anglianbus banner 
My appreciation goes to Simon Bartram for recording the last service runs for which I am very grateful and my thanks too to Robert Kelly for the research.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Anglianbus/Konectbus Loanee

Earlier today Anglianbus was using a Konectbus loanee from Thames Travel on its Suffolk County Council supported 90 service between Southwold and Halesworth via Beccles

Sam Wickham reported  the appearance of Thames Travel's Alexander Dennis Enviro200 508 (SN10CCZ) in use on the route with fellow blogger SteveW supplying a photo of it in Beccles on the same route yesterday

My thanks to Sam for the information and to Steve for the use of his photo


Heritage Volvo at Caister Road

The latest heritage repaint for First (60915 YG02DLZ) which we reported last week has been at Caister Road Depot since Sunday being prepared for service. It is due to return to Norwich shortly.

Thanks to Will Drake for the Photos.


Lambert's Coaches Latest ~ Updated

The home page of Lambert's Coaches new website
Beccles-based Lambert's Coaches have recently launched their new website. In addition to details about the company, the new site also includes timetables of its six school services.

The original information, sourced from the Ipswich Transport Society Journal about the operator's vehicles movements, has been removed due to it containing a number of errors. My apologies for the incorrect information and the content will be updated as soon as I hear from the company

Coaches at Lambert's Coaches premises in April 2015

I also offer my apologies to the operator for any embarrassment caused.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Service Alterations Registered ~ 15th November 2017

Quite a few changes to local bus services to record following the publication of today's Notices and Proceedings Report by Eastern of England Transport Commissioner. Registrations already reported are included here for the sake of completeness.

Registration of New Services
Thompson's Coaches of Framlingham has registered a schooldays only service between Debenham High Street and Farlingaye High School. Commencing on 4th January 2018, it will also serve Kenton, Earl Soham and Framlingham.

Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice
First Eastern Counties is amending the stopping places of its 99/99B Lowestoft - Kessingland route from 13th November 2017.

Cancellations of Existing Services
As previously reported, Anglianbus is to cease operating its 61/61A/61B/61C services between Kessingland and the James Paget Hospital from 2nd January 2018. Their 85 Surlingham to Norwich service is also cancelled from the same date.

Variation Applications Granted
Anglianbus has been given approval for a new operating centre for ten vehicles at Goshawk Road, Dereham. The licence is also to be upgraded from Standard National to Standard International level.

The complete Notices and Proceedings Report report can be viewed by clicking HERE