First York Optare Versa EV 44912 YJ15 AYO has been testing in the Norwich area for a bout a week now and paid a brief visit to First Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot last Sunday. The vehicle is being tested by Snetterton based Equipmake who are developing an electric drivetrain for Versa conversions.
It was out again today on test and was seen on Red Lion Street by Liam S operating on trade plates. My thanks to Liam for the photo.
It's been some nine months now since I first observed comings and goings at East Norfolk Sixth Form College on Church Lane (ENSFC Bus Activity - 23rd April 2022) so I monitored activity there during yesterday afternoon.
It started at around 15:40 when one of First Lowestoft's buses arrived to work the 982 15:50 to Oulton Broad for students only. On this occasion ADL Enviro200 44453 YX09 HKN graced us with its presence.
Shortly after, Coastlink branded Wright Eclipse Gemini 37275 LK58 EDJ arrived to work the 981 15:50 to Worlingham.
A couple of minutes later and Sanders' former Go South Coast Wright Eclipse Urban 506 HF54 HHB turned up with the extended 6 service to North Walsham starting at the college at 16:04.
Ambassador Travel's Optare Solo M780 YK04 KVU came along shortly after to provide the 68 16:00 service to Blofield Heath.
A second Sanders' Wright Eclipse Urban appeared in the form of 504 HF54 HFP for the 834 16:08 to Stalham closely tailed by Ambassador Travel's Wright Eclipse Urban GN07 AVF on the 878 to Alpington.
So after just over half an hour's activity everything returned to normal!
It's been sometime since we've looked at recent changes at Konnectbus' Dereham and Rackheath depots.
Kieran Smith's photo of the repaint of Alexander Dennis Enviro 200MMC 201 YX69NPF.provides a timely reminder. It has now gained Konectbus blue replacing its green park and ride livery. Similar 202 YX69 NPG is currently having the same treatment.
In other changes, Alexander Dennis Tridents 603 SN10 CFG and 605 SN61 CZV have recently returned off loan. Driver trainer Scania N94UB 9019 YR52 VFK has left the fleet to be replaced by Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 9029 LX54 GZO
Many thanks to Kieran for the photo and the fleet update. The current fleet list can be viewed HERE
There are some entries of local interest in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report.
Anthony Marett Consultants has submitted an application for the authorisation of an operating centre for two vehicles at Metton Road, Roughton near Cromer. First Eastern Counties is to provide a 'new' daily 109 service between Lowestoft Bus Station and Crestview Drive in Gunton from 27th January 2023. It is also amending the route and stopping places of its 101 Crestview Drive, Gunton to Cowslip Crescent, Hollow Grove service from the same date.
The complete Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon.