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In addition, the withdrawn vehicles have been removed from the Sandy Lane premises in Beccles, some to a another site off Benacre Road and some to Alpha Recovery of Weetslade in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