Friday, 6 December 2019

First Inspection Failure

Former First Essex Transbus Dart 42483 SN03WLK has been admitted to the Caister Road workshops  after failing some tests during its inspection. Note that it has received First Great Yarmouth branding.

My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the information


Wednesday, 4 December 2019

New Excel Buses ~ Arriving Spring 2020

Yes the word is out, at last, as to what will be replacing the ADL Enviro 400s on First Eastern Counties' XL service between Peterborough and Norwich.

At around lunchtime today it was announced on the operator's website that the replacements would be Alexander Dennis E400 Cities on a Scania chassis - a first time for this combination. Up until now the information was contained in a cloak of secrecy.

Some features of the new product include comfy coach seating on both decks complete with USB charging points plus seat back phone docks with wireless charging. As currently, there will also be free WiFi and additionally bus stopping buttons at all seats. More information is to be announced shortly.

The high specification buses are expected to be on the road in 'early Spring 2020'


Sanders Magnificent Seven!

Today's edition of the Route One magazine features an article on John Hill Coach Sales of  Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.

One of the newcomers in Sanders colours - Pic Jack Farrow
The article says that the dealer has recently purchased twenty Caetano Levantes from National Express which have quickly been sold - seven of them to Sanders Coaches of Holt.

The coach sales business is also advertising seven Sanders' vehicles as being available for sale on their own website.

The coaches have been identified as three Van Hool bodied DAF SB4000s (536-8FN), two Plaxton Paragon bodied Volvo B12Ms (3990ME and WOA521), a Volvo B12BT/ Jonckhere SHV (RDV903) and a Plaxton Profile bodied Volvo B7R (DA04GHA)


Service Alterations Registered ~ 4th December 2019

Some changes changes to local bus services are revealed in today’s Notices and Proceedings Report published by the East of England Traffic Commissioner.

Konectbus is to amend the timetable of its 5B Stalham to Norwich and 84 Harleston to Norwich services from 5th January 2020. Also from the same date, the operator is to alter the route and timetable of the X11 Wroxham to Norwich Bus Station service.

BR Shreeve & Sons, trading as Belle Coaches, ceased its 558A Lowestoft to Norwich shopper service from 1st December 2019. (Subsequently revised to 1st January 2020).

The full report will be available to view here soon.


Monday, 2 December 2019

Unusual Lowestoft Workings

Suffolk Norse was employing a different bus on its 107 Lowestoft Bus Station to Gunton St Peter service earlier today.

It was Optare M920 Solo YJ62FZF which was new to Britannia Parking of Bournemouth in September 2012. It had previously been operated by the Big Green Bus Company of Newmarket, Cambridgeshire.

Also noted in Lowestoft today on the 101's was First Great Yarmouth Dart SLF 42486 SN03WMX

My thanks to Andy Swan for the photo and to Simon Bartram for the First news.