Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Service Alterations Registered ~ 20th January 2021

For the second consecutive week the latest Notices and Proceedings Report, issued today by the East of England Traffic Commissioner, contains nothing of relevance regarding local area services.

Nevertheless the full Report can be viewed here soon


Friday, 15 January 2021

Little & Large

Seen together in Norwich's St Stephen's Street earlier this morning was the double deck and single deck versions of Pink Line buses

Joe Wilson-Smith was on his way to the Post Office when he quickly got this photo of Wright StreetDeck 35196 SK16 GVV leading ADL Enviro200 45119 RT09 JPT

My thanks to Joe for the photo


Friday Flashback ~ February 2009

For this week' Friday Flashback we look back at activity during the early part of February 2009

We initially feature the competition between First and Anglianbus on the Great Yarmouth - Norwich corridor with journeys commencing from Gorleston High Street. Both operators vehicles were laying over outside Gorleston Church on Church Lane in between duties.

On the 10th First were using Volvo B7RLE 66957 WX55 TZU on its X1 service whilst Anglian employed Scania N230UD YN08 MOF on the X47. The former is now part of its Ipswich fleet carrying the superseded charcoal grey livery whilst the latter has subsequently seen use with Wessex Conect, Preston Bus and Rotala Diamond.

On the 14th I made a trip to Bury St Edmunds and was fortunate to capture Fareline's Bedford YNT/Plaxton Paramount TJH 881Y preparing to turn into the bus station. The Bedford was new to Reliance of Newbury in April 1983 and was scrapped by Fareline in November 2011

An unusual visitor to Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach on the 19th was Yorkshire Rose Van Hool bodied Volvo B12B YJ06 GMV. It was new to Galloway of Mendlesham in April 2006


Southwold 99

Ten years ago today saw First operating its last day of the 99 service between Lowestoft Bus Station and Southwold. Young 'Reg Vardy' was there to record the event with his first photo showing Volvo Olympian 34156 P656 UFB waiting to leave Southwold for Lowestoft

The next picture records the same bus in Station Road passing the junction with Blyth Road in Southwold. An interesting view as to the immediate right of the bus is the red and blue building formerly occupied as the Eastern Counties Bus depot. Also just out of the shot to the right is the Police Station where the Southwold Railway Station was originally sited

First's withdrawal left services in the hands of Anglianbus which continued with its 601 route. Scania YN63 UVR was in the High Street that day when buses were allowed to continue as far as the Swan Hotel

First's 99 was reintroduced in May 2014. My thanks to 'Reg' for the info and photos


Thursday, 14 January 2021

Coastlink On the 8s

Aaron Martin reports the odd working yesterday afternoon of a First Great Yarmouth Coastlink liveried ADL Enviro400 on service 8.

The decker concerned was 33803 YX63LJF which was heading for the James Paget Hospital via Great Yarmouth. It is pictured on Marram Drive in Caister.

My thanks to Aaron for the report and photo


Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Service Alterations Registered ~ 13th January 2021

Today's Notices and Proceedings Report, issued by the East of England Traffic Commissioner, contains nothing of interest regarding our local area services.

Nevertheless the full Report can be viewed here


Tuesday, 12 January 2021

First's Belton Shuttle

Following continuing carriageway works on New Road in Belton, First Eastern Counties is operating a temporary X11 service terminating at James Paget Hospital,. From the Hospital there will be a shuttle to allow passengers to complete their journeys to Belton. The arrangements will continue until further notice with the timetable available here.

Services on Sundays will be unaffected but will operate via A143 and Beccles Road and then continue along Station Road North and St Johns Road, turning right at the end into New Road and left to the terminus point at Bracon Road.


Friday, 8 January 2021

Little Pink One

The first single deck vehicle with First Norwich to gain Pink Line branding has appeared today.

ADL Enviro 200 45119 RT09JPT has been given a new look with branding for Pink Line 10 services.
It was previously in Ipswich livery with the grey front before moving to Norwich. It also spent time in Olympia livery at Lowestoft and Norwich with Purple Line branding. It was new to JP Travel up in the North West.

Many Thanks to First for use of their Photos.

Stay Safe, Grahame.

Friday Flashback ~ January 2009

Friday Flashback returns with another look back at January 2009 with these subjects attracting the attention of the camera at that time.

We start with a visit to the James Paget Hospital grounds on the 9th to see the arrival of First Eastern Counties 69010 AU05 DMY from Great Yarmouth on the 1A service. The Wright bodied Volvo B7RLE was in Norwich Park & Ride livery and will continue to Lowestoft Bus Station. It is now part of the Ipswich Reds fleet.

The next three photos were taken in Peterborough with the first showing Delaine's Volvo B9TL/East Lancs Olympus AD07 DBL at Queensgate Bus Station. It is seen on the 24th of the month loading passengers for the 101 service to Bourne

At the same location on the same day was Peterborough City Council's Optare Solo 585 MX05 OUE operating local link services. The Solo is now with Coach Services of Thetford.

In the nearby Acland Bus Park on the 24th was an apologetic Stagecoach In the Fens 33302 V675 FPO. The Dennis Dart SLF was wearing Cavalier Travel livery and was new to Wilkinson of Staines in December 1999

Our last photo is of First Eastern Counties Alexander Dash bodied Volvo B6 48070 M870 DYS. It is seen in a withdrawn state at Ipswich Star Lane depot on the last day of January. Immediately behind on the ramp is Park & Ride Volvo B7RLE 69424 AU58FFL


Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Service Alterations Registered ~ 6th January 2021

Just the one entry of interest in the latest Notices and Proceedings Report, published by the East of England Traffic Commissioner earlier today.

Following recent amendments, National Express has again altered the timetable of its 490/491 Lowestoft Bus Station to London Victoria Coach Station service, this time commencing on 28th December 2020.

The full report will be available to view here soon


Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Our Bus Update

The latest addition to the Our Bus fleet is this 16 seater Mercedes Benz Trekka EJ65 NZH which replaces Ford Transit AV08 YHZ which has moved on

More newcomers are Plaxton bodied EIG 9929 and Volvo B10M/ Plaxton Paramount OAZ 5315. The latter (previously Y783 MFT) also saw service with Southern Vectis and is currently awaiting a repaint

The operator has also disposed of PIL 4724, a Volvo B10M/ Van Hool Alizee which was previously registered L141 AHS

My thanks to Alex Claughton for the fleet update and photos


Monday, 4 January 2021

StreetLite Clipper

Aaron Martin has sent in this photo of First Great Yarmouth StreetLite 47502 SN64 CPV unusually working the Clipper 1 service to Martham. The photo was taken in Ormesby earlier today

My thanks to Aaron for the photo


Halton Trio 'Update'

Back in May last year Christian Newsome provided a photo of three former Halton Transport buses which were surprisingly parked up in Lowestoft.

He recently returned to the site and observed the trio had hardly moved since his previous visit other than to reshuffle and receive a wash  The trio were among those sold in an online auction in March 2020 after the company ceased trading during January.

The buses have been identified as East Lancs Myllennium Spryte bodied Dennis Darts DK03 TNL, PX55 EGV and PX06 DWD. Since our last report the first mentioned vehicle's MOT expired last month with the others due in February and April this year. As expected, all are currently SORNed. We are still unaware of the new owner and plans for their future use.

My thanks Christian for the photos and the latest information


Sunday, 3 January 2021

Sunday Sightings

A visit to check on the parents in Newtown and the daily exercise around the village gave me some opportunities to get the camera working today so here is a selection from a damp morning at Caister Road and Ormesby St Margaret in between rain showers.

First up is Volvo B7RLE 69046 SF55UBE pictured on the forecourt at Caister Road.

Another Yorkshire exile on duty was 37021 YJ06XKK

On loan Blue Line Gemini 36177 BD11CGF is seen awaiting its next duty outside Caister Road Depot.

Geminis 37568 & 37142 were about to embark on their duties to Bernard Matthews at Great Witchingham shortly after this was taken on Northgate Street.

Once back home in Ormesby i went for a timed wander to catch a couple of 1 journeys through the village, Coastlink liveried 33809 YX63LJU is seen heading for Yarmouth having just come from Hemsby.

Finally former Bradford Gemini 37022 YJ06XKL is pictured on Cromer Road bound for Martham.

Stay Safe Everyone! Grahame.

Friday, 1 January 2021

Friday Flashback ~ January 2009

First of all a happy new year from myself and Grahame. We begin 2021 with a look back to January 2009

Our first photo shows Northern Counties boded Leyland Olympian P656 UFB leaving Lowestoft Bus Station for Southwold on 3rd January. The decker had only arrived at First Eastern Counties a month earlier from First Somerset and Avon. It was new to First Bristol in June 1997 and after withdrawal was donated to Norfolk Fire Service at Gorleston for training purposes in January 2014. In July the following year P656UFB was collected by Alpha Recovery for scrap.

The following day a visit to Lakeside Shopping Centre was arranged with yours truly spending a little time observing activity at the bus station The first photo shows Ensignbus 115 Volvo B9TL/ East Lancs Olympus PO58 NPP in between trips. It was later repainted and became the #the orangebus before returning to its original colours

Also present that day was Arriva Southend's Enviro200 4001 GN08 CGU ready to leave for Romford Market on the 370

First Essex was represented by Scania L94UB 65673 SN51 UYG which ended its days at First Great Yarmouth. It left the rear yard of Caister Road depot on its last journey to Alpha Recovery in January 2020. The bus arrived here in October 2018 by default from First Essex as the selected bus broke down a couple of days previously!

The final photo shows a variety of Shearings coaches spending early January in Great Yarmouth. Taken on 7th of the month, it shows Volvo B12Ms from left to right MX05AJU, YC02DFX, MV02ULN and MX04AEJ at the town's Beach Coach Station