Monday 31 January 2022
Norwich-Stratford (East London) service M16
This service (operated by Freestones) becomes two trips each way every day (running at the same times every day). The ‘Cambridge South Babraham Crossroads’ stop has been discontinued.
0600 via UEA 0615 arriving Stratford 0845
1345 via UEA 1400, Thetford 1445 arriving Stratford 1630
1000 to UEA 1230 and Norwich (Bus Station) arriving 1245
1745 to Thetford 1930, UEA 2015 and Norwich (Bus Station) arriving 2030
These times are shown until Thursday 7 April 2022 (one week before Easter). From Friday 8 April 2022 the timetable will change with additional trips.
Norwich-Birmingham service M37
The 0955 service from Norwich which returns from Birmingham at 1600 (operated by Freestones) will cease operation after Monday 31 January 2022. No further timings for those trips are currently shown on the website which gives information up to Saturday 9 April 2022.
The 1110 service from Birmingham which returns from Norwich at 1615 (operated by Prospect Coaches) will be the only remaining trips on this service operated Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only. The Megabus website shows this service pattern until Saturday 9 April 2022 (one week before Easter).
My thanks to David for the information
Saturday 29 January 2022
The Solo is registered MIL 1417, a plate formerly carried by one of their mini coaches. Its previous identity was YJ10 EZP and was new to Nottingham Community Transport in May 2010
Thursday 27 January 2022
Y416 CFX is an East Lanc Vyking bodied Volvo B7TL which was new to Yellow Buses of Bournemouth in May 2001.
As reported earlier (A Week In Worthing - 3rd December 2021) it is currently owned by Seven Sisters Bus & Coach of Sussex but presently on loan to Compass Bus.
Wednesday 26 January 2022
Sanders Coaches has altered the timetable of its 44 /X44/ 44A Holt to Sheringham services from the 8th January 2022.
BorderBus has amended the stopping places and timetable of its 146 Kessingland to Norwich service from the same date.
The full Notices and Proceedings Reports can be viewed here soon.
Tuesday 25 January 2022
Sunday 23 January 2022
My thanks to my sister-in-law for the photo.
Thursday 20 January 2022
This morning it was working the 09.27 James Paget Hospital to Caister Marram Drive 8 service and I witnessed its arrival at Market Gates. Not only did I get a photo of its departure to Caister but I also got one of the First West of England branding still above the entrance door.
Wednesday 19 January 2022
Monday 17 January 2022
A brand new arrival (Literally) at Lynx in Kings Lynn is ADL Enviro 400 Demonstrator SK71CKX.
It has just the delivery milage from Falkirk of 474 miles on the clock. It will be with Lynx for around three weeks whilst ther own E400's return one at a time to ADL Falkirk for some work to be carried out.
During its stay it will carry fleet number 60 and expected to be used primarily on School Contracts rather than public service, subject to change i am sure. Lynx are expecting another three E400's in the spring to bring the total in the fleet up to five.
61 & 62 pictured above at Kings Lynn Bus Station
Many Thanks to Sam Larke at Lynx for use of his photos and the information.
Friday 14 January 2022
Thursday 13 January 2022
He also added 'There also seemed to be an unusual number of Coastal Reds on the Coastlink services'
My thanks to David for the 'embarrassment of riches' regarding the numerous photos provided - giving me the enjoyable problem of deciding which photos to post!
My thanks to AaronM for the information and photo
Wednesday 12 January 2022
Konectbus has retrospectively amended some of their services from 4th January 2022 and they include Park & Ride route 501 serving Thickthorn, Norwich Airport and Sprowston. Another Park & Ride service similarly affected is the 510/511 linking Costessey with the University of East Anglia. A third, the 502 serving Harford and Sprowston, has amended its route and timetable. Additionally there are timetable alterations on the 5B Stalham to Norwich City Centre service
The full Notices and Proceedings Reports can be viewed here soon
Tuesday 11 January 2022
My thanks to First for the information and photo
Monday 10 January 2022
|LT52 WTK leaving Market Gates on a summer's day in July 2016|
Others taken out of service include five Dennis Tridents, 33055/60 (LN51 GKO/GJU) and 33245-7 (LT52 WUW/X/V) plus B7RLE 66822 (MX05 CEO). The Barbie livery appears to have been eradicated there now!
My thanks to LiamS and Dan High for the information
Sunday 9 January 2022
They were Alexander Dennis Enviro400’s LK08 FLJ and LX57 CJJ which have fleet numbers 644 and 645 and were formerly Go Ahead London EN19 and EN67 respectively.
My thanks to Konectbus for the photos and information and also to LiamS for his assistance in preparing this article.
Saturday 8 January 2022
32059 arrived in May 2014 as part of a batch of Volvo B7TL from First Leicester, all arrived in Barbie livery before all the others gained Olympia colours, 59 was chosen to wear a new heritage livery for Great Yarmouth Transport meaning the Blue and Cream was to return to the streets of the town.
June 2014 and 32059 is seen working the 3 service to Hemsby Beach still wearing its original livery.
Forward to today and 59 is joined by recent repaint 37562 FJ08FYN and former GYT AEC Swift 85 WEX685M for its farewell run around the town.
85 leads the convoy out of Caister Road and along Northgate Street before passing through the Bus Station and onto the Seafront. A photo stop at Seashore Terminus was next on the list.
All three GYT liveried vehicles assembled at Seashore Terminus by this time 85 was sounding a little 'Throaty' due to a blowing exhaust much to its owners displeasure!
32059 being positioned with its 'Goodbye 59' screen on show, well done to Zak at First for creating that for the day!
It has been saved for preservation back in its native Leicester where it will return to its original Barbie livery which it wore from new back in 2000.
Many Thanks to Chris Speed & Mark Reynolds at First for organising the little outing, nice to see a few local enthusiasts aswell and putting faces to a few names who have contributed to the blog also.
Stay Safe, Grahame.
Friday 7 January 2022
In other news First Norwich 36178 BD11 CDX returned to the city yesterday with similar 36177 BD11 CGF going back today.
This week is also the last week in service for Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7RLEs 69029 SF55UAX and 69045 SF55 UBE. However, on the positive side Gemini 37174 SF07 FDE is expected to return from Ipswich soon
Thursday 6 January 2022
My thanks to Liam for the photos
Wednesday 5 January 2022
Tuesday 4 January 2022
It would appear that the cherished number ME54 BUS, which is a play on Megabus, has been applied to a different Irizar i6. The previous i6 (originally YT62 JBX) was shorter than the current one. The latest carries the word ‘Kingsize’ just beyond the rear wheels and the main fleet name of Freestones Coaches. The Megabus.com name is carried over the front windscreen and along the roofline are names of various British towns.
Colin Oakley provides details regarding the earlier registrations of the two coaches. ME54 BUS was formerly YN14 FVR. whilst S28 FSC was previously YN16 WUL. The pervious holder of the ME54 BUS plate has reverted to YT62 JBX. Thanks Colin
Saturday 1 January 2022
The sole visitor at the town's Beach Coach Station was Whittles' Volvo B8R / Plaxton PantherYX19 MLU which has visited the resort before
Next to The Arc Cinema on North Drive were two Mercedes Benz Tourismos - namely Caledonian Travel's BNH69 GHH and Alfa Travels's 115 BV19 YFK. The former was previously part of the National Holidays' fleet.
Another two Alfa Travel Tourismos in the form 118 BV20 HNB and 119 BV20HNC were located outside the New Beach Hotel. Both making many visits to the town in recent months
Heading south, two Shearings.com branded coaches were outside the Sealife Centre on Marine Parade. They were Temsa Safari HD12 RHD YJ19 BCO, operated by Llew Jones of Llanrwst, with Tourismo BU18 YTL from Watts Coaches based at Bonvilston near Cardiff bringing up the rear. The later was previously with the original Shearings.
On the opposite side of the road were Acklams' Volvo B11RT / Plaxton Elite YX18 LLO and Volvo GO02 TVL of Go2 Travel of Rotherham