Monday 7 July 2014

Sanders' New Timetables

Occasional contributor Godfrey Talford sends the following information regarding alterations to Sanders Coaches timetables

The 12:32 from Fakenham calls at Holt on its way to Cromer on Saturday
'Although not yet published on Sanders' website, I picked up a timetable leaflet on a journey on Sanders service 34 last Friday, showing how they propose to integrate the former Neaves operations into their network.  

The changes take effect from 27th July and go further than expected from your earlier report on the VOSA notices and proceedings.     

The most exciting development is the introduction of a new X11 service from Stalham and Sutton to Norwich, direct via Wroxham and Sprowston, on a virtually hourly frequency Monday to Friday, with some journeys omitted on Saturdays.   This replaces the very minimal service previously provided on this route by the former,Neaves 36 service.   The X11 offers much quicker journey times from Stalham and Wroxham to Norwich than First or Anglian Bus, whose services divert via Salhouse and Dussindale Park en route.    

Occasional service 36 journeys remain from Stalham to Norwich via Smallburgh, Dilham, Barton Turf and Neatishead.    Service 34 from North Walsham to Stalham via the coast, has been recast to serve as a feeder to the X11, with some journeys serving Sea Palling and Hickling as previously served by Neaves.    Total journey times from the coastal villages to Norwich, by connecting at Stalham, are significantly reduced and offer an attractive alternative to taking the car!   The recast 34 timetable also offers better connectivity at Stalham with service 6, to and from Great Yarmouth.    

This looks like a shrewd commercial move which deserves to succeed.   Sanders are to be commended on their recent growth by strategic acquisitions, their evident desire to compete effectively with the 'big boys', the rapid improvements in recent years in the presentation of their service buses and the comprehensiveness of their sevice network'.     

My thanks to Godfrey for his contribution

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