Saturday, 4 December 2021
My thanks to Trevor for the information and photo.
Friday, 3 December 2021
The first shows an unusual visitor to Stagecoach South's Worthing depot on 26th November. It was former Yellow Buses of Bournemouth Y416 CFX. However, I couldn't get close enough to see the legal information to identify the new owner. A request on Twitter for further details received a comment from Colin Oakley who said it was previously with R&J Coaches of Smeeth. Murray Jones later provided details of the current owner which was Seven Sisters Bus & Coach but it is presently on loan to Compass Bus. Thank you both for the updates.
Later the same day Metrobus was employing Scania N94UB/ OmniCity YN05 HCG on the 23 service to Crawley Bus Station - a regular occurrence. The bus is similar to the four Anglianbus acquired from Metrobus in May 2012.
A few days later, on the 29th November, Metrobus Alexander Dennis Enviro200 YX63 ZWY is seen working the same service to Crawley in South Street, Worthing. Also on the same day an example of the latest Stagecoach livery was observed on a Worthing based bus. See New Livery For Worthing - 29th November 2021 for a photo of Transbus Enviro300 27658 GX10 KZL in the new colour scheme
Finally, my thanks to Grahame for holding the fort whilst I was away and who provided some interesting posts in my absence.
Thursday, 2 December 2021
A new timetable for the National Express service 727 commenced on 29 November 2021 featuring two trips from Great Yarmouth to Heathrow (worked by Ambassador Travel) and two trips from Norwich (UEA) to Heathrow. There is also one trip from Norwich (UEA) to Stansted (The UEA services are all worked by National Express in house).
The Great Yarmouth-Norwich-London services 490/491/492 remain unchanged and it would appear that Ambassador Travel are still working these.
The above changes would perhaps explain why Volvo B8R BK15 AJU was added as an extra vehicle to the Ambassador fleet of late from West Midlands Travel.
Wednesday, 1 December 2021
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
My thanks to Dan High for the report and photos
Monday, 29 November 2021
One of the latest Stagecoach liveries has begun to appear on Worthing based Stagecoach south vehicles.
With around 20 vehicles already being repainted at Eastbourne, Transbus Enviro300 27658 GX10 KZL is one of the first Worthing buses to be so treated and was seen on the 5 service to Durrington Tesco around lunchtime today. My thanks to Lou Phillips for the Eastbourne information.
Former First Bristol Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 32345 LK53LZF entered service today from Caister Road, it was noted working school contract 922 and Service 2 this afternoon.
Also pictured by myself in Caister On Sea on December 1st working the 8 Service to the James Paget Hospital.
Many Thanks to Aaron M for sending us the Photo from Market Gates.
Friday, 26 November 2021
My home village of Ormesby St Margaret has recently gained a stop for vehicles on a Bernard Matthews contract run to the factory at Great Witchingham. Hirst's Farm in the village is home to workers for its farm and its seems many are now helping out with the Christmas rush elsewhere.
Ensignbus Loanee 34432 YX66WLH was pictured awaiting its passengers this afternoon outside the Farm. (Aaron M)
A surprise visitor on Sunday 28th to the village was Excel liveried Scania 36909 YN69XZO.
Various Norwich based vehicles have also been noted on the route including Turquoise Line branded versions amongst others.
36172 BD11CFV is pictured heading out of the village yesterday heading back towards Great Witchingham with workers aboard.
Many Thanks to Aaron for all the updates and Photo.
A rather damp morning in the town was brightened up by the sighting of a very colourful Double Decker parked near St. Nicholas Church.
East Anglian Play Bus Co. was set up by friends and fellow paramedics, Lee Marshall and Adam Wright, from Great Yarmouth, in July this year.
Complete with Ball pit, Slide and Sensory lighting if offers a different experience for children and soft play areas.
It has three seperate levels and can accomodate up to 20 children at one time.
Its introduction was delayed due to Covid but after sourcing the correct vehicle it was converted by a company in Liverpool.
Since its launch this summer, bookings have been rolling in for the mobile play bus at events, parties and private functions.
The vehicle itself is LJ03MBY a Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini new to Arriva London as VLW 151 It then passed to Aintree Coach Lines before being aquired for its conversion.
Many Thanks to Lee Marshall for use of his photos.
Thursday, 25 November 2021
First visit to Norwich for a while with the camera, a bit of a let down due to the weather and winter sun not helping but i managed a few and grabbed both of Sanders new deckers which was a bonus!
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
They are the 11/11A, 12/12A between Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and Sprowston/ Wroxham plus the 14/14B, 15 /15A, 15B, 905 Wymondham to Wroxham/ Blofield Heath/ Lingwood. The changes took effect from 14th November 2021
The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon
Saturday, 20 November 2021
Dan High was our man on the scene at the entrance to the bus station and my thanks to him for the photos supplied.
Friday, 19 November 2021
Thursday, 18 November 2021
Wednesday, 17 November 2021
The AEC Swift was once the main part of the fleet at Caister Road in days gone by and a Swift has returned today to Caister Road but one of the Stowmarket Variety.
BorderBus has made changes to a couple of its services to the the Sir John Leman School in Beccles. The route, stopping places and the timetable of the SJL2 from Lowestoft/ Carlton Colville has been changed from the 4th October 2021. Also from the same date the timetable of the SJL6 from Southwold has been amended.
First Eastern Counties has altered the timetables of two of its services in Felixstowe area from 24th October 2021. The X7 Grange Farm, Felixstowe to Old Cattle Market Bus Station in Ipswich and 75/76/77 to Ipswich.
Monday, 15 November 2021
Another Mercedes Benz midi-coach in the fleet, XIL 8515, has now been taken out of service whilst Scania E12 LKR has now received fleet names etc.
My thanks to David Burdett for the information and photo.
However, it appeared at First's Caister Road depot during Saturday on temporary loan providing cover for an Ely contract. Following its return from Cambridgeshire early last night, it was observed outside the depot awaiting entry for servicing.
My thanks to Will Drake for the photo taken on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday, 14 November 2021
It looks like Ambassador Travel has added some more Caetano Levantes to their fleet for National Express duties.
Former National Express West Midlands BK15AJU was noted working the 491 service to London yesterday carrying fleet number 200. It was formerly No. 90 in their fleet.
Three more have been identified as recent arrivals also in the shape of 217 BV19XPA, 218 BV19XOZ and 219 BV19XOY.
All three are also ex Travel West Midlands.
218 is pictured above at the depot yesterday.
First Essex have given one of their fleet a special comemmorative livery which we thought was right to share today being Remembrance Sunday.
32673 SN55HFA has gained the special livery and can be seen running around Colchester at present.
Many Thanks to Mark Pitman and Daniel Pretty for the Photographs.
Thursday, 11 November 2021
Lowestoft based 37575 AU58ECZ has been noted working the 1A service between Lowestoft and Martham today. It is in the same livery but branded for the Lowestoft clipper routes 99/99A.
Here she is pictured in Martham this afternoon courtesy of Will Drake.
Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 32333 LK53 LYT was noted by Will Mason at the end of a run on the X13 from Attleborough prior to working a college duty
Similar 32336 LK53 LYW is also rumoured to be in Norwich but has not entered service yet due to some faults during transfer.
My thanks to Will for the photo and information
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Sanders Coaches has amended the timetables of the following services from 3rd October 2021
5/CH2 Charles Road, Holt to Post Office, North Walsham
6/X6 Post Office, North Walsham to Market Gates, Great Yarmouth
6A Post Office, North Walsham to Cromer Bus Station
9 Sheringham to Oak Street, Fakenham,
34 Post Office, North Walsham to Stalham Former Railway Station Site
43/43A /43B Market Place, Reepham to Norwich Bus Station
44 Hempstead Road, Holt to Station Approach, Sheringham
210 North Walsham to Norwich Bus Station
CH1/CH3/CH4 Cadogan Road, Cromer to the Quay, Wells Next the Sea
X44/X40/44A Reepham to Norwich High School, Norwich
X55/55 Post Office, North Walsham to Norwich City Centre
National Express is cancelling the 375 service between Birmingham Coach Station and Great Yarmouth Market Gates Bus Station with effect from 1st January 2022.
The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
Outside the SeaLife Centre was Dereham Coachways' Volvo B12B YJ55 EZE, new to them in October 2005. Presumably on a school's duty
Continuing northwards I found Barnes Coaches' Irizar i6 YT69 DWM resting in the car park of the Palm Court Hotel on North Drive. It was in the company's retro livery to celebrate 100 years of operation.
Sunday, 7 November 2021
My thanks to Harry Holmes for the information and photos
First up is Mercedes Benz Tourismo LD10 HOL, new to B R Shreeve (Belle Coaches) of Lowestoft in Suffolk in May 2010
Both the former PTS Group (Wrights) Scanias were out now minus the Wright name and one at least was carrying legal lettering for Angie's Coaches. Featured is Y70 PTS which was formerly YN08 DHA when with London United.
Completely Coach Travel was using its Alexander Dennis Enviro400 LK57 AXJ plus its Irizar i6 Integral YS14 LHV which was previously with Woods of Wigston in Leicester.
Finally, Chelmsford - based M&M Staffing sent along their Mercedes Benz MM19 BUS
My thanks to David for the email and photos.