Thursday 14 May 2020

Konnectbus Latest Changes

Mark Cockrell has made me aware of forthcoming changes to some services currently provided by Konectbus. Most are the result of the award of new contracts by Norfolk County Council and adversely affect Konectbus routes. The changes take place in two phases -  from 28th June 2020 and from 26th July 2020

Whilst the majority of the alterations will not impact directly on our local services in the east Norfolk/Suffolk area, they are provided here for the sake of completeness.

Route 5A: Blofield Heath - Brundall - Norwich
This is being withdrawn from 29th June 2020 with a revised 5C being introduced by First serving Pilson Green, South Walsham, Panxworth and Blofield Heath. Blofield and Brundall will be covered by First's service 16.

Route 7: Toftwood - Dereham - Costessey P&R (for Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital)
Due to low demand, this route is being withdrawn from Monday 29th June 2020.

Route 33: Harvey Lane - Norwich
Route withdrawn from from Monday 29th June 2020 with First's revised route 5C serving Harvey Lane more regularly.

Route 37A: East Harling - Mulbarton - Norwich
This will be operated by Coach Services under Norfolk County Council contract from Sunday 26th July 2020.

Route 50/50A: Mousehold Heath - Norwich - Eaton Park/Cringleford
These routes will be provided by First under contract to Norfolk County Council from 27th July 2020.

Route 521: Airport Park & Ride - University of East Anglia - Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
This new service was due to commence on 5th April 2020 but was subsequently suspended and now withdrawn until further notice.

The impact of these changes on the Konectbus operation appears to be quite dramatic. However, the operator has been successful in winning new contracts and retaining others - details to follow soon.

My thanks to Mark for the heads up


1 comment:

  1. The 50/50A news is quite sad, this must have been one of AnglianBus's first routes in the city along with the Eaton service - both have had so many numbers over the years its hard to keep track and the ever alternating route of the former via Avenues and Newmarket Road meant very few ever knew where it was going but it seems to have been a lifeline for the residents after First abandoned the routes. Worthy of a post on its own?