Saturday, 5 April 2014

First Heritage Liveries

A recent post on Clive Nixon's Ipswich Bus Blog relates to a chat he had with First Eastern Counties Business Manager Chris Speed

Business Manager Chris Speed
Photo: First Eastern Counties
Chris started out as a driver at Great Yarmouth and in his new role spends three days in Ipswich and two at Great Yarmouth

After speaking to Clive about First's plans for Ipswich, he then went on to talk about the 'three training buses' to be repainted into heritage liveries. These include one in Tilling red and cream with gold fleet names, one in Great Yarmouth blue and cream and one in Lowestoft brown and cream. Much to the disappointment of Ipswich bus enthusiasts, I understand that the Tilling red and cream liveried vehicle will be based at Norwich

There are currently only Plaxton Premier bodied Volvo B10Ms in the training fleet with some of Great Yarmouth's Volvo Olympians due to join the training school soon. I would suggests that these would be the prime contenders for the new heritage liveries

My thanks to Clive Nixon for his help and consent to use the information on this blog - the full post can be viewed by clicking HERE


  1. Hi Roy,good to hear this financial is now under way with 12 new buses due at some point,plus repaints on the cards,it's good to hear also Ipswich Scania's are to be replaced as well,not sure of the time factor on that,but,it's still good news.
    It's good to have positives for 2014.

  2. Jim, its good to see First Ipswich benefiting from some investment and attention. I am sure Chris Speed's involvement is a positive thing with the operation is already beginning to see impreovements