Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Already taken place from the 3rd of August 2022 are alterations to timetables and amendments to start and finish point to the following routes:-
5/CH2 Charles Road, Holt and North Walsham Post Office
5A Cromer to North Walsham
6/X6 North Walsham Post Office to Great Yarmouth Market Gates
6A North Walsham Post Office to Cromer Bus Station
16/18/18A/19/20/79 Aylsham to Holt
34 North Walsham Post Office to Stalham Old Rail Station
88 North Walsham to Anglian High School
210 North Walsham to Norwich Bus Station
X55/55 North Walsham Post Office and Norwich City Centre
NC3 North Walsham to Norwich City Football Ground
NC11 Stalham Old Rail Station to Norwich City Football Ground
An amended timetable will come into effect from 1st September 2022 on Sanders' 43/43A/43B services between Reepham Market Place and Norwich Bus Station
The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon
Tuesday, 30 August 2022
Many thanks to Tony for the report and photos.
Sunday, 28 August 2022
There were some 90 HGVs in the convoy this year and I caught up with it at Church Road in Gorleston hoping to get a photo of the support coaches provided by Sanders Coaches. The two involved were Jonckheere bodied Volvo B13RTs BT14 DLX and BT14 DLZ, although the former was the only one in the procession through Gorleston.
My thanks to Trevor for the photos and reports
Saturday, 27 August 2022
Saturday meant a visit to London to see Only Fools and Horses The Musical at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, An early arrival at the afternoon matinee provided an excellent opportunity for some bus photos in the Haymarket area and here is a selection,
|East London Transit New Routemaster LT945 LTZ 2145 on the Strand|
|London United BYD ADL Enviro400EV BCE47017 LB69 JPO in Charles II Street|
|TOOT Bus Volvo B9 /Optare Visionaire YXY791 YJ11 TVE on Haymarket|
|Arriva London LT492 LTZ 1492 in Haymarket with Big Bus Co PN09 EOD following behind|
|Golden Tours 133 BD16 YEU Volvo BTL/ MCV Evosetti in Haymarket on their Red Route|
|Go-Ahead London EH94 YY66 OYZ Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC also in Haymarket|
The first picture is of Sleafordian Coaches Plaxton Panther bodied Volvo B8R DB22 SLE. It is named in honour of the late co-founder Don Broughton.
My thanks to Trevor for the photos.
Friday, 26 August 2022
After a while I saw a Border Bus single decker arrive on the 580 service from Bungay in the form of ADL Enviro200 MMC BB71 BUS - that's unusual I thought! Oh dear, no camera and the phone was unavailable too. As I had lots to do that day, I thought no more of checking Bus Times to see if it was on the route all day.
My thanks to Andy for the report and photo and, by the way, it is back working the 146 route this morning!
Thursday, 25 August 2022
I had just missed an unidentified Sleafordian coach leaving on Alfa Travel duty.
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
YX09 HJO, with fleet number 44450, arrived in Coastal Reds livery for later onward transfer to Lowestoft
Meanwhile, First Lowestoft’s Eastern Counties heritage liveried Dennis Dart SLF 42946 SN05 EAE has been taken out of service.
My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the information and photo
It had replaced another Volvo B9, 37573 AU58 ECX, which experienced a tyre blow out whilst working a Bernard Matthews run.
My thanks to First for the information and photos.
'The four were originally new to Rotala's Wessex operations in Bristol, where I photographed one of the ones pictured BX62FOJ back in 2015. They later transferred to Preston Bus and when they were purchased by Bournemouth in 2019, with original fleet numbers 126 - 129, three of them ran for a while in Preston colours (126 went straight to the paint shop).'
Thanks for the information and photos Ken.
Our Hire, operating as Our Bus, has altered two of its North Walsham services from 25th July 2022. It has amended the stopping places of its 33A Waitrose and 33 Cromer routes.
Simonds of Bottesdale is to cease providing its 552 Denham Post Office to Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham service from 1st September 2022.
Also of interest is that Dereham Coachways Limited, of 20 Rashs Green in Dereham, has surrendered its operating licence with effect from 13th August 2022.
The Report can be viewed HERE
Monday, 22 August 2022
He told me that the Suffolk operator had gained some extra school routes following the demise of neighbour Lamberts Coaches and it is hoped to repaint the Geminis for use on these and other services before September. However, he will have his work cut out as they all have short MOTs!
Wednesday, 17 August 2022
Monday, 15 August 2022
He was fortunate in travelling to the event in Sanders Coaches' Yutong TC9 number 003 HV20 HRV and was grateful for the air conditioning on such a warm day.
Go East Anglia featured a representative from each of the three subsidiaries operating in the region. Chambers sent along one time Anglianbus Scania K230UB OmniLink AN61 LAN; Hedingham provided ex London Volvo B9/ Wright Eclipse 538 LX59 DDE; whilst Konectbus was represented by Alexander Dennis Enviro400 611 SN62 AVO
Ipswich Buses brought along former Trent Barton Optare Tempo X1200SR 97 YJ12 GWO suitably branded for Route 13 between Copdock and Central Ipswich.
An interesting decker was N827 FKK now with The Bus Shelter of Ipswich. The Volvo Olympian, with an Alexander RH body, was new to Dublin Bus as 95-D-254 and had also seen use with Stephenson's of Essex and Galloways of Mendlesham. Getting in on the picture is Belle Coaches Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BU18 YPG
Another Suffolk operator, Whincop of Peasenhall, displayed both of their Volvo B10BLE Wright Renowns. Here’s T124 OAH, originally with Ambassador Travel and now registered as OJI 742.
Two former London Transport AEC Routemasters also made an appearance in the form of RM1871 ALD 871B (pictured) and RM857 WLT 857
My thanks to Liam for the photos
Saturday, 13 August 2022
Whilst there he observed three former Stagecoach Norfolk Green ADL Enviro300s which are now part of the Stagecoach East fleet. They were 27642 GX10 HBU (pictured), 27645 GX10HCA and 27647 GX10 KYZ
It was quite a surprise to see Alexander Dennis Enviro 400ev City bodied BYD electric bus 14024 LF60 UXO off route and on the Milton Park & Ride.
Wednesday, 10 August 2022
A former London-based Alexander Dennis Enviro200 was collected from Norwich’s Roundtree Way depot this afternoon and delivered to Great Yarmouth’s Caister Road site.
YX09 HKM, with fleet number 44452, arrived in Coastal Reds livery for later onward transfer to Lowestoft
My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the information and photo
My thanks to Kieran Bhalerao for consent to use his photo
First Eastern Counties is introducing a new schools 975 service from 5th September 2022. It will run from Great Eastern Square in Felixstowe to Kesgrave High School and operate via Nacton, Levington, Newbourne and Waldringfield
The full Report can be viewed here soon
Tuesday, 9 August 2022
|32345 in use at Great Yarmouth in January this year|
In other news Volvo B9 36186 BN12JYJ is at Caister Road having an engine rebuild. Also receiving attention in the works is 37577 AU58 EDF.
My thanks to First for the information.
Friday, 5 August 2022
Dennis continues 'From the destination screen it had obviously operated in Scotland although whether it was a Scottish bus originally or a swap I don't know. It had black lettering along the waist rail but I didn't have time to read it. What intrigued me was that the rear dome appeared to have been removed or altered and looking in my rear view mirror there looked to be an open staircase going to the top deck in the style of a 1930s double decker'
My thanks to Mick for allowing me to use his photos and trust that Dennis' appeal for information has now been satisfied!
Thursday, 4 August 2022
Apologies for the delay in bringing this report to you but its been a nightmare downloading, cropping and identifying all the vehicles in my 60 photographs. That's apart from the difficult task of selecting which ones to use!
|This viewed greeted me after leaving a Brighton Road cafe following breakfast - Ex London Transport AEC Regent |
KYY 529 passes Stagecoach South ADL Enviro 400 SN18 KOE on a Brighton bound Coastliner service
Our first photo from the rally is this Arrivabus Mercedes-Benz Citaro in Arriva Pride livery new in 2012
Next up is the impressive looking Top Marks Coaches B12 DKR, a VDL Berkhof bodied Volvo from 2007.
There were many former Brighton & Hove buses present and this is Worthing Bus Preservation Group's Scania N113DR / East Lancs F718 LFG.
Ex London Transport vehicles were also well represented and this is RT113 FXT 288, a 1940 AEC Regent with LTPB bodywork.
An interesting visitor was PFN 865, an AEC Regent V 2LD3RA recovery vehicle. New in 1959 as a double-deck bus with Park Royal bodywork, it was converted to a recovery vehicle by its original owner, East Kent, and is preserved in this form.
1939 Leyland Cheetah EYA 923 put in an appearance. Complete with a Harrington C31F body it was in the livery of Blue Motors of Minehead.
Our final photo is of Southern Transit's open top LDX 76G. Many of you will notice the Ipswich registration and the Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 was new to the Suffolk town in November 1968. It is seen here providing trips along Marine Parade.
Wednesday, 3 August 2022
As from Friday 22nd July 2022 a new Daily, Summer only, Town to Beach bus service commenced operation at Wells-next-the-Sea. It replaces the Wells Harbour Railway which, having opened in July 1976 closed in September 2021 despite much opposition, both local and national.
Operated by the Holkham Estate, primarily using a Mellor Sigma 7 electric vehicle, the new service runs along Beach Road and as this road is privately owned, no local bus registration is required. This is not the first service to run over this route as local operators, including S A Abel and Dunthorne Coaches of Wells, had at various times provided services between Wells Railway Station on Polka Road and The Beach via The Quay prior to the opening of the WHR. During busy periods, open top 1951 Leyland Tiger PS1 type 840 XUJ will provide additional capacity. Both vehicles are garaged in Wells overnight.
On the slightly damp morning of Saturday 30th July, Mellor Sigma 7 electric bus MX22 LFV is captured at the Wells Town terminus situated adjacent to Wells Town FC ground, having just arrived in from The Beach. Note the new road leading up to Beach Road, the turning area and other passenger control paraphernalia that has recently been constructed. As mentioned above the route runs along the privately owned Beach Road which is beyond the fence, but below the bank in the background.