Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Lochs & Glens in Lowestoft
New Arrivals For Sanders
Sanders have taken delivery of 4 brand new Volvo Buses for use on their Coasthopper Routes around North Norfolk.
This information was posted today on their Facebook page,
Service Alterations Registered ~ 30th June 2021
The latest Notices and Proceedings Report, issued today by the East of England Traffic Commissioner, contains nothing of relevance regarding local area services.
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Latest Coastal Red Returns
Monday, 28 June 2021
First Norwich to Martham
The service, which departs the East Norfolk Sixth Form College at 16:00, was operated by Blue Line liveried 36176 BD11 CGE. The bus was snapped by AaronM close to the Royal Oak at Ormesby
My thanks to Aaron for the photo
Saturday, 26 June 2021
A Matter Of Time
It was only a matter of time as to when the first Coastal Red double decker appeared at Norwich Bus Station.
It happened earlier today when Volvo B7 37023 YJ06 XKM was noted there by Omar Atiallah. It is seen here waiting to operate the 14.00 X11 Coastlink service back to Belton.
It wasn’t the only Coastal Red in Norwich today as ADL Enviro200 44532 SN62 DBO also paid a couple of visits.
My thanks to Omar for the information and photo
Friday, 25 June 2021
One in One out
A busy morning at Caister Road saw the arrival back from refurbishment of Gemini 37141 SN57HDA which has gained the yellow & blue Coastlink livery along with a new interior.
The work was carried out by Thorntons in Northumbria and 37141 returned on a low loader this morning after the long trip down.
A new interior has been fitted with some seats now having additional legroom for passengers.
Sister vehicle 37142 SN57HDC is now off on the long trip north to have the same work done, once returned we are told both vehicles will be allocated to Lowestoft.
Many thanks to Will Drake for the photographs today.
Thursday, 24 June 2021
First Great Yarmouth Update
A foursome was present at the former with half of them being from the Alfa Travel fleet parked up for the night.. They were Mercedes Benz Tourismos 118 BV20 NHB and 105 BN17 JCZ
The others were Shearings Kassbohrer Setra K21 HCC (see Tuesday's report) and Travelsure's BJ16 KYH, another Mercedes Benz Tourismo
At First's Caister Road, double deckers were assembled on the forecourt for the Bernard Matthews runs including the two former excel examples in the old livery - AU58 ECX and AU58 EDJ
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Service Alterations Registered ~ 23rd June 2021
Our Hire has registered two 'new' Monday to Friday services for the summer season commencing on the 26th July 2021. They are 100 Vauxhall Holiday Park to Seashore Holiday Park (via Britannia Pier) and the 200 Hemsby Beach to Great Yarmouth
Konectbus is amending the timetable of its 5B Stalham to Norwich City Centre service from 25th July 2021
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Robert Kelly was driving along Great Yarmouth's Marine Parade earlier today when he passed a coach parked up with a familiar name.
The name Shearings has returned to the town in the shape of Kassbohrer Setra S416GT-HD K21 HCC with its travellers using the Carlton Hotel as did its Shearings predecessor.
From the description on the windscreen it shows the operator is on a short break tour taking in Norwich and the Sandringham Estate
My thanks to Robert for the photos and its good to see the once familiar name back in the area once more
Recent Arrival At First Ipswich
So far unreported on here is the recent arrival of Alexander Dennis Enviro200 44925 YX11 HNW at First Ipswich. It transferred in from First South Yorkshire's Doncaster Depot about a week or so ago
My thanks to Hew Winter for the information and photo
Monday, 21 June 2021
Norwich COVID-19 Mobile Test Centre
Again it's another former Oxford Bus Company Mercedes Benz Citaro and this time it's blue liveried 842 DF55 OXF being used by Norfolk County Council
Worthing In Norwich
Photos of both coaches, which are are Caetano Levante 2 bodied Scania K410EB6s, were taken by Omar Atiallah. My thanks to him for them and for his report.
Latest Coastal Red
It is seen here at Caister Road earlier this evening after being recorded in Norwich this lunchtime close to the Harford Park & Ride by Dan High
Subsequently Ensign's ADL Enviro400 MC, on loan to First, arrived from Dereham on a reverse working complete with 'excel' branding
Another Jubilee Arrival
Saturday, 19 June 2021
Flying Banana & Coastal Reds in Norwich
The First Eastern Counties’ Flying Banana liveried Dennis Dart was noted in Norwich Bus Station this morning. It was used to pick up additional passengers following an earlier delay to the service.
42943 WA56 OAS was waiting to work the 11.30 X11 service to Belton when photographed by Omar Atiallah. Around half an hour later Coastal Reds Enviro200 44531 SN62 AZW was almost in the same position for the 12:00 X22 to Lowestoft
Friday, 18 June 2021
Friday Flashback ~ March 2010 (Part Two)
We start with a photo of Galloway's Mercedes Benz Vario O814D HF54 HLE about to leave the Old Cattle Market Bus Station on a Bealings service.The Plaxton Beaver bodied bus was new to Romdrive of Melton Mowbray in September 2004 as HP54 WET. It is currently with Seaford and District as their SD53 SEA.
Our second subject is Carters of Capel St Mary's R707 YWC. The Dennis Dart was formerly with Stagecoach London in October 2007 and also had spells with Stagecoach Manchester and Stagecoach Yorkshire. It later moved to Malcolm's Blue Bus Service of Clacton
First Eastern Counties Volvo B7RLE AU58 FFH is observed in Friars Street when the operator used to provide Park And Ride services. 69421, which has subsequently moved on to First Essex, is heading for the Bury Road terminus. It has recently been painted in the new mainly green Essex Bus livery
Our last offering is that of Ipswich 94 X94 LBJ awaiting its next duty at Tower Ramparts. The East Lancs Spryte bodied Dennis Dart SLF was later repainted in the new Ipswich Buses livery in June 2015 and withdrawn three years later
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Service Alterations Registered ~ 16th June 2021
Vertas has submitted another new application for three operating centres in Suffolk. Based at Landmark Business Park in Ipswich, it has applied for a Centre for eleven vehicles at the East Suffolk Council Depot on Rotterdam Road in Lowestoft.
Coastal Red, operating as Lynx, is varying the timetables of a number of its routes. They include the 36 Hunstanton Bus Station to Wells-next-the-Sea (from 11th April 2021) and the 36 from Oak Street, Fakenham to Wells-next-the-Sea (from 27th June 2021)
The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Another COVID-19 Mobile Test Centre
A second former Oxford Bus Company Mercedes Benz Citaro has appeared in Great Yarmuth outside the Matalan store on Southtown Road.
Green liveried 840 BF55 OXF is being used by Norfolk County Council as a COVID-19 mobile testing centre, similar to 839 AF55 OXF seen outside the town's Britannia Pier during April
My thanks to Will Drake for the photo and information which is also included on his own WD Bus & Coach Facebook site
Saturday, 12 June 2021
Rail Replacement ~ Norwich
Dan's Coach Travel was employing YS03 ZKF, the second of a pair of former First Essex Scania L94s recently acquired by them for rail replacement work. The other, YR52 VEH. featured in last weekend's report
Also of interest was the appearance of Greys of Ely's Van Hool TDX27 G17 ELY which was new to DJ Coaches of Gravesend as YJ14 CDF
Youngs Coaches of Haddenham also provided a couple of coaches. Again members of the Galloway, G&G Travel, Sanders Coaches and Angie's Coaches fleets were in attendance so I have not included photos of the 'regulars' here.
Friday, 11 June 2021
Coastal Red Decker in Service
After an early morning school's duty, the Gemini was employed on a Coastal Clipper 1B service and the pictures show it at Hemsby Beach - the northern terminus of the route
My thanks to AaronM for the photos
Friday Flashback ~ March 2010 (Part One)
The first photo is at the latter on 1st March and features Plaxton Pointer bodied Dart 47626 N626 GAH. I later posted a photo of this on the blog and Jim Long commented 'Well all that batch came from Ipswich after being used on the then Superoute 66. They were all painted into the Anglia livery, so called by the chief who was in charge back then and all had 'Rail Link' on them too'
Our next subject is another First Eastern Counties Dart in the shape of 46375 M375 YEX in Gorleston High Street on the same date. It was new in January 1995 and met its end in February 2011 when it was collected from Caister Road by Erith Commercials for scrapping
Ipswich is our next location where Beestons YN54 OCJ is seen on Raleigh Road on 6th of the month heading to Sudbury on the 91 route. The East Lancs OmniDekka bodied Scania N94UD was formerly used as a Scania demonstrator
Our final photo is of Ipswich Buses Optare Excel 170 YG52 DGO in Princes Street being passed by Carter's Dennis Dart R707 YWC also on the 6th
Thursday, 10 June 2021
First Coastal Red Double Deck Revealed
The First Double Deck vehicle to gain the new Coastal Red livery for Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft is former West Yorkshire Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini 37021 YJ06XKK.
It is pictured above awaiting its return to Caister Road earlier today, it was soon out in use on the 901 College service to Norwich.
Many Thanks to First for use of the photograph.
Service Alterations Registered ~ 9th June 2021
First Eastern Counties has amended the route and timetable of its 913 service operating between Rackheath and Broadland High School, Hoveton from 27th May 2021.
A Public Inquiry is to be held at the Eastern Traffic Area Offices in Cambridge to consider the affairs of PTS Group (Norfolk) Limited of North Walsham on 28th June 2021. A Public Enquiry into its Transport Manager Matthew Wright will also be held at the same time.
The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here
Where Are They Now
A feature we tend to use on a regular basis is "Where are they now" Mark Doggett recently visited Devon and Somerset and stumbled upon three former Eastern Counties vehicles now with First South West operations.
First up is Dennis Trident 33233 LT52WWV seen above in Taunton wearing the base livery for First Kernow's Atlantic Coaster routes which have recently been upgraded.
Next we have 33235 LT52WWY pictured in Bridgewater heading for Taunton.
Finally we see 33242 LT52WVL which is now withdrawn at Bridgewater Depot in Somerset.
All three were new to First London before passing to Eastern Counties in 2009/10 where they spent their working life in Norwich.
Many Thanks to Mark for use of his excellent Photographs
Wednesday, 9 June 2021
Ensign Loan in Service
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
Other re-registrations include Javelins YM51 WGN becomeing L444 JCR whilst YO54 DRX is now L555 JCR. The previous holder of L444 JCR, formerly R682 DWS, is now withdrawn.
My thanks to Kevan Portas for the photos and for keeping me up to date with developments.