Saturday 25 May 2024

Soggy Saturday

In Traditional Bank Holiday style the good old english weather lived up to expectations and today was a wash out!. Certainly not the type of weather fit for open top bus rides, however they were running today along with a red intruder.

One of the survivors from last years fleet of open toppers is 32348 LK53LZL (now back on original plates). It was the first noted today whilst i spent 45 mins at the Seashore terminus in the car with some sandwiches and camera!.

Next arrival was 37065 CRZ266 one of the new B9TL conversions from Norwich.

For those who preferred a drier ride Coastal Red 36282 LX59DAO was in service about to head to Hemsby when she was pictured waiting to leave.

The rain got a tad heavier just as i jumped out to photograph 37066 CRZ366 arriving which at this point was my cue to exit home!

Finally former Norwich Red line B9TL 36193 BN12JYT was on Staff shuttles between Seashore and the Depot.

Lets hope the rest of the Bank holiday brightens up a bit!


Friday 24 May 2024

Ex Ipswich Scania Still Going Strong

Ipswich Buses exile Scania N94UB Omnicity YN56 NVE was observed in Vicars Lane, Leeds on Tuesday last (21st) by Mark Doggett.

Now operated by Connexions Buses, it has lost its previous Battenberg' Green/Purple livery and is now registered ESU 912.

My thanks to Mark for the photo.


Thursday 23 May 2024

Chatsworth Surprise

On Tuesday Tony Wilson asked his wife what she wanted to do for her significant birthday and fortunately she suggested the seasonal Stagecoach Peak Sightseer open-top bus network around  Derbyshire Peak District

After the morning run on the Blue route they returned to the Chatsworth House hub, where what should be parked up was one of Hevingham-based Sunbeam Coaches coaches. M29 SUN is a Jonckheere Mistral bodied Volvo B12M which was new to Titteringtons registered as FJ06 BOV..

Many thanks Tony for the photo


Wednesday 22 May 2024

Local First Bus Changes

Beginning this Sunday 26th May 2024 First are making some changes to their Coastal Reds and Coastal Clipper services in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft area

Coastal Reds route 2 is to be extended - recent withdrawal 37025 YJ06 XKO is seen in use in April 2024
* The opening of the new Herring Bridge in Great Yarmouth has given the opportunity to extend the current 2 service and provide new routes 3 and 3B connecting Market Gates, via Barrack Estate, to Gorleston, Bradwell, Burgh Castle and the James Paget Hospital. These will replace the existing 2, 5, 6, 6A & 6B services.
The new Coastal Reds timetable booklet can be downloaded here

* The Coastal Reds service 7 will see improvements including additional journeys and the operation of a new Saturday service.
The new Coastlink X1/X11 (& 7) timetable booklet can be downloaded here

* There is to be no changes to the Coastal Clipper 1/1A route between Lowestoft and Martham although a revised timetable will provide a more reliable service
The new Coastal Clipper 1/1A timetable booklet can be downloaded here

Many of these changes are being partially funded by Norfolk County Council under the Government’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), aimed at enhancing public transportation infrastructure.

* The Coastal Clipper 99 service in Lowestoft will cease operating via the Coast Road and will use Norfolk Road in Wangford with minor timetable changes. Additional 99A departures will also be provided
The new Coastal Clipper 99/99A timetable booklet can be downloaded here

Transformation Underway

After almost a fortnight after their arrival, work has begun on applying transfers to the recently converted open top cabriolets at First Great Yarmouth.

Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL 37068 YK57 EZX is seen undergoing its transformation at Caister Road depot earlier today. Expected in service tomorrow as CRZ 599

My thanks to First for the photo.


Service Alterations Registered ~ 22nd May 2024

For the second consecutive week there are no entries of 'local' interest in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report. However, the full report will be available to be viewed here soon.


Tuesday 21 May 2024

Ambassador's 73C Service Today

After shopping in Gorleston I returned home via Church Lane passing East Norfolk Sixth Form College where I saw a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516CDi Mellor Strata.on the north side of the road waiting time to operate Ambassador Travel's 73C service to Cantley late this afternoon

It was registered NK73 YBA and was new to Weardale Motor Services of Stanhope in September last year and running for a short while as GO73 WMS. I am assuming the 27 seater is now with Ambassador.