Tuesday, 26 February 2019

First Latest

The latest news from First is that Lowestoft's Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL 30886 W741DWX has been withdrawn with engine failure. Its replacement from Norwich is none other than similar 30913 W768DWX. It looks as though the search for another training vehicle is on the cards!!

Operationally, some of you will probably be aware that First is to provide a new 99A service connecting Southwold, Halesworth and Bungay. This is mainly a commercial service although some funding is being contributed towards the former BH272 school run from Blythburgh to Bungay which will be numbered 99H. This is to make the general public aware that they could also use the service!

On arrival in Southwold the 99A buses will become the 99 to Lowestoft and, therefore, in most cases offer guaranteed connections to Lowestoft. Coastal day tickets are valid on all 99A journeys extending all the way to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. Additionally Halesworth to Norwich passengers can change at Bungay using the new Explorer tickets which are still cheaper than current Konect tickets!

First has tried to provide as good connections as possible at Bungay for Norwich, but recognise it is not perfect. The operator says facts prove that an hourly service is not viable or sustainable.

My thanks to my contact at First for the information

Roy

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