Friday, 31 March 2023
Thursday, 30 March 2023
Birmingham 0815 1355
Coventry ……… 1440
Cambridge 1000 1600
Norwich UEA 1130 1730
Norwich Bus Stn 1145 1745
Norwich Bus Stn 1300 1900
Norwich UEA 1315 1915
Cambridge 1445 2045
Coventry 1615 ……..
Birmingham 1640 2240
The 1300 service from Norwich actually continues to Bristol (UWE) (1840), Bristol (1900), Cardiff Uni (2025) and Cardiff (2030).
The 1355 service from Birmingham to Norwich starts at Bristol Airport (1020) travelling via Bristol (1040), Swindon (1145), Oxford (1230) to Birmingham (1345).
All journeys are shown as ‘Operated by Megabus run by Prospect Coaches’ My thanks to David for the information and photo.
Wednesday, 29 March 2023
Coastal Red, operating as Lynx, is amending the timetable of its 36 Hunstanton Bus Station to Wells next the Sea service from 17th April 2023.
Sanders Coaches is changing the route and timetable of three services from 2nd April 2023:-
26/26A/27/27A/28 Green Lane, Pudding Norton to Morrisons Store, Fakenham.
43/43A/43B Reepham Market Place to Norwich Bus Station.
98/98A Cawston Market Place to Fakenham Oak Street.
The complete Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon.
Tuesday, 28 March 2023
The first I came across was Alfa Travel's Mercedes-Benz Tourismo 122 BV20 HNF which left before I could get a photo of it. Almost immediately another Alfa Tourismo took its place outside the New Beach Hotel in the form of A137 BF23 CFA which is becoming a regular visitor.
A wander over to the layby near The Arc Cinema yielded two coaches with CAB Executive Travel's Kassbohrer Setra WE60 CAB at the front of the rank.
Behind was Blakes Coaches' Scania WIB 664 which operates from East Anstey, Tiverton in Devon.
Thanks Dan for the photos.
My thanks to Will Drake for the photo.
Monday, 27 March 2023
Saturday, 25 March 2023
My thanks to Dan High for the picture of CRZ 622 on Northgate Street on its way to the bus station.
Friday, 24 March 2023
It was one of a batch of six ex Bournemouth Yellow Buses arriving at First Norwich in early December last
The reason for its arrival was to receive repairs to its AdBlue system.
My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the information and photo.
Wednesday, 22 March 2023
My thanks to Omar for the photo.
BorderBus has registered three new school day operated services commencing on 24th April 2023:-
BH1 Kessingland to Bungay via Carlton Colville.
BH2 Lowestoft to Bungay via Oulton Broad.
SET Southwold to SET Beccles School via Kessingland, Lowestoft and Carlton Colville.
The complete Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon.
Monday, 20 March 2023
My thanks to Omar for the info and photo.
Sunday, 19 March 2023
I saw my opportunity to get a photo of it operating the ‘South Glos Lynx’ Y1 service to Bristol whilst the car was being filled up and I returned to the car just in time for us to drive away. After payment of course!
Also starting to appear are the ex-Southampton StreetLites with eleven now based at Chelmsford depot. They are 47597-602/4-8 SN14 FEX/FFA/C-E/G/J-M/O and are being (or to be) painted at Marden's Commercials. The attached photo shows 47601 SN14 FFE with Shuttles branding on its way to Southend.
One of the latest transfers to Basildon is Streetlite 47595 SN14 FEU, which was transferred following the closure of Southampton's Empress Road depot. The saloon has been repainted into Essex Bus green and was being used on Pitsea services B4 and B5. Similar 47596 SN14 FEV has now gone for repaint into green.
My thanks to Adam for the supply of information and photos. Unfortunately his emails arrived in my spam inbox thereby delaying the publication of this post.
Saturday, 18 March 2023
Friday, 17 March 2023
My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the photo and information.
Thursday, 16 March 2023
Wednesday, 15 March 2023
The post is dominated by changes being made by Sanders Coaches to a number of their services with the following affected by timetable changes from 2nd April 2023:-
2 Clay Pit Lane, Fakenham and Norwich City Football Club
5/CH2/X55 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
18/16/18A/19/79/20 Aylsham to Holt
44/X44/44AHempstead Road, Holt to Station Approach, Sheringham
210 North Walsham to Norwich Bus Station
CH1 Cadogan Road, Cromer to The Quay. Wells-next-the-Sea
X44/44A Norwich Bus Station to Station Approach, Sheringham
X55/55 North Walsham Post Office to Norwich City Centre
Sanders' route and timetable changes will take effect from the same date on the following services:-
1 Holt to Norwich City Football Club
9/9A Sheringham to Oak Street, Fakenham
45/45A Norwich to Holt
46 Holt to Fakenham
55B Swafield to Cromer
Sanders' services affected by changes to the timetable, route and stopping places from the same date:-
23 Church Crossroads Homingtoft and Riverside Retail Park, Norwich
308 Station Road Hindolveston and Field Lane, Fakenham
Two new services are to be introduced by Sanders from 2nd April 2023:-
22/22A Orchard Close, North Elmham to Oak Street, Fakenham
201 Blenheim Park High School to Polka Road, Wells-next-the-Sea
From 3rd March 2023 Coastal Accessible Transport of Leiston amended its Wickham Market to Leiston service
High Suffolk Community Transport of Woodbridge is to cancel its 9 Lowestoft Old Crown Public House to Lowestoft Railway Station service from 1st April 2023.
Phew - Hope you got all that! The complete Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon.
From the Fylde Bus Blog it was apparently new to Crossville in February 1978 as their CFM 347S. It moved to Blackpool in February 1986 entering service a month or so later. Withdrawn in March 1990 it was one of a batch passing to Norfolk's of Nayland in a wholesale fleet renewal.
Norfolk's was a long established family firm that operated into Colchester until 1991 when it was purchased by Hedingham Omnibuses. Hedingham painted the Nationals into their red and cream livery and they survived for five more years, passing to Northern Bus of Sheffield in May 1996.
It saw little use with them until the bus resurfaced with Appleby's in Lincolnshire in 1999 and Alpha of Hull in 2001 as LJI 8027. By 2004 it was in Lowestoft.
With Syd Eade being based in Lowestoft, I thought I would ask him if he knew anything about the bus and he certainly did! 'It is/was owned by a Daren Roberts, a one time guard on the local trains who lived with his parents in Cromer. He also owned some other wrecks including former Eastern Counties Mercedes mini D500 FAE. Apparently Mr Roberts has subsequently left the area.'
In response to this post, I subsequently received correspondence suggesting it was later sold to JBS trading as East Coast Fabrication Services for event and film catering. Sometime ago it also underwent an MOT. It is shown on the DVLA website as SORN with its V5 ownership recorded in 2012
Tuesday, 14 March 2023
The operator released some publicity photos on their website and media pages today and two of them are reproduced here with Sanders‘ permission.
Meanwhile, Wright Eclipse Urban bodied Volvo B7RLE 503 HF54 HFO has been taken out of service to keep the rest of the Volvos going. No 503 is pictured on Regent Road in Great Yarmouth in July 2019 when in its Coasthopper livery
My thanks to LiamS for the information and to Sanders Coaches who gave consent for use of the photos of the Volvo 9700
Monday, 13 March 2023
Initially First Ipswich exile ALX400 32654 AU05 MUW was noted on the 8 heading for the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston..
Again thanks to Dan for the photos.
The service is seen arriving in Norwich earlier this morning with Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL 36287 LX59 DBY in change.
36287 is later observed on arrival at Great Yarmouth's Market Gates with the destination screen difficult to capture on camera.
Sunday, 12 March 2023
I wrongly assumed that the vehicles were just ‘new to them’ (i.e. second hand) but, on seeing one of the new arrivals, at least one of them is brand new in the form of Scania Fencer f1 YT23 BDF. They are to be used on the 271 Bradwell to Hemsby and the 68 Gorleston East Norfolk Sixth Form College to Blofield Heath services from tomorrow.
My thanks to my contact at Ambassador for the information.
Saturday, 11 March 2023
The first photo shows a couple of First Geminis experiencing the beginning of a snow shower on Castle Meadow.
Joining in the fun was First's Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 32214 LT52 WTX
An unidentified Sanders East Lancs bodied Scania Omnidekka also passed through Castle Meadow's snowy scene.
Later First Eastern Counties Dennis Trident 33152 LR02 LXL was also to be seen to be in service as was 33166 LR02 LYD
My thanks to Dan for all the photos - especially the snowy ones.