Wednesday 21 February 2024

Service Alterations Registered ~ 21st February 2024

Just the one item of interest in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report.

Sanders Coaches of Hempstead Road Business Centre in Holt has received consent for a new operating centre at 58 Bessemer Road in Norwich with twelve vehicles authorised.

The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here.
Roy

Tuesday 20 February 2024

End Of The Road For Welsh's Coaches

Another long established coach operator is calling it a day after some 57 years of trading. The business was established following the current owner's parents winning the football pools in September 1964!



His father worked for a coach operator doing some occasional driving and in 1967 he set up Welsh’s Taxi and Private Hire Service, running taxis at the weekends. The West Yorkshire-based business prospered and a year later a Ford Transit minibus was acquired leading to the established operator of today.



Over the last twelve months there has been at least two members of the small Welsh's Coaches fleet visiting Great Yarmouth - laying over at the town's Beach Coach Station. The first photo shows VDL Futura W25 HOL in May 2023 whilst the second features Mercedes-Benz Tourismo W6 HOL as a more recent visitor in November last.

It is expected that the operator will close in June.

Roy

Monday 19 February 2024

Wrights' Re-Registration

Hoveton-based Wrights Coaches has recently re-registered one its coaches to conform with its other PTS registrations. The Norfolk operator's Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BN17 JUV now carries the W30 PTS plate as from Friday.



My thanks to Matthew Wright for the information and the artistic photo. The latest fleet list is available here.

Roy

Friday 16 February 2024

'Early' Activity

Being a retiree there's no immediate rush to rise from my slumbers early in the morning! However, that can be to my detriment as that means that I can miss some of the early workings.



This morning provided some evidence of that, although Tim Miller was in Great Yarmouth to witness a couple of such operations. The first was the visit of BorderBus loanee ADL Enviro400 MMC YY73 TGZ on the 580 service from Harleston. It departed shortly after with a return journey to Bungay.. Fortunately there are more appearances on the route later today.



Around the same time Sanders Coaches' Volvo B7RLE / MCV Evolution 533 SW63 TAV arrived at Market Gates on the 07:15 service 6 from North Walsham.

My thanks to Tim for the information and photos

Roy

Thursday 15 February 2024

BorderBus Demonstrator

On Tuesday I received a message from Andrew Pursey at BorderBus advising that ADL Enviro400 MMC YY73TGZ had arrived at the depot for demonstration purposes until 26th February.



He added that it would have its first outing today working the 146 route between Norwich and Southwold and I caught up with it at South Lowestoft Retail Park on the 11:20 from the city. It later appeared on the SJL5 Sir John Leman High School to Carlton Colville service.



My thanks go to Andrew for the 'heads up' and to Tim Miller for details of its later use.

Roy

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Cabriolets On The Move

Two of First Great Yarmouth's open top cabriolets have reverted back to their original registrations prior to transfer elsewhere.



Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs 37057 YJ06 XMH and 37059 YJ06 XML were caught on camera earlier today at Caister Road depot by Roger Bellward destined for an undisclosed location.

My thanks to Roger for the photos

Roy

Service Alterations Registered ~ 14th February 2024

Just the one item of interest in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report.

It is from the west of the area and concerns the cancellation of Jonathan Joplin's (C Peelings & Sons') PE1 service between High Field Car Park in Fakenham and Kings Lynn Bus Station from 12th March 2024

The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here

Roy

Monday 12 February 2024

Lowestoft Loans

Three double deckers were on loan to First Great Yarmouth today from Lowestoft including Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL 32651 AU05 MUO. It is pictured at Caister Road prior to its return later this evening.


The others were Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL's 36186 BN12 JYJ and 37577 AU58 EDF

Roy

Sunday 11 February 2024

Sanders' Latest Enters Service

Kieran Smith reports that Sanders Coaches' recent addition to the fleet entered service on Friday.



MCV eVolution bodied Volvo B7RLE SW63 TAV is now a regular vehicle on the operator's X6/6A routes to Great Yarmouth. Number 533 has been named Norfolk Harnser and has now received fleet names etc.

My thanks to Kieran for the information and photo.

Roy

Saturday 10 February 2024

Norwich Bus Station Disruption

Regular correspondent David Slater visited 'Norwich yesterday and saw that there were some road works going on at the top end of the bus station meaning that when arriving the buses and coaches cannot enter the bus station from Queens Road. They can however still leave by this road. I have no idea how long the work has been going on or how long it will last.

Having regularly watched and photographed the Megabus coaches running non-stop on the A11 at Barton Mills for quite a while, I had often thought about a ride on one. So yesterday I made a trip from Cambridge to Norwich and back (1055 ex Cambridge/1405 ex Norwich).



The coach was Prospect Coaches PR19 STU, an Irizar i6 integral new in June 2019, and is seen in the photo of same in the bus station along with the road closure barriers etc.'

My thanks to David for his contribution and photo

Roy

Friday 9 February 2024

Another President Goes

Dan High tells me that another First Norwich Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL has been taken out of service.



32112 LT02 ZDL was new in April 2002 and First Eastern Counties acquired it from the then CentreWest of London in February 2010.

My thanks to Dan for the information and photo.

Roy

Thursday 8 February 2024

Further First Activity

Former First Great Yarmouth stalwart 32205 LT52 WTL has been withdrawn at First Norwich. According to Bustimes, its last day of working was on the 2nd February when it was employed on the 21s between Old Catton and the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. The Plaxton President paid its last visit to the town in April 2023 when it received attention in the workshops for gearbox issues.


I also understand from First that Volvo B7TL /ALX400 32651 AU05 MUO is being returning to active duties.

My thanks to Dan High for the report on 32205 and to First for the information on 32651. Photo of 32205 courtesy of Grahame Bessey.

Roy

Wednesday 7 February 2024

BorderBus School Runs

With a half an hour or so to spare this afternoon I thought I would make my way to Carlton Colville to witness some of the school runs operated by BorderBus this afternoon.



I took up my position on Hollow Grove Way close to the junction with Beccles Road. Scheduled to arrive first was the SET Beccles School bus and I was hopeful that the Stephensons of Essex loaned decker might be working it. True enough Volvo B7TL / East Lancs Myllennium Viking PO54 ACY turned up in its Galloway livery



The second BorderBus working, some twenty minutes later, was Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL 218 BX62 FOJ on the SJL5 from the Sir John Leman School in Beccles.



Following on six minutes later was Scania OmniCity 212 BB61 BUS on the BH2 service from Bungay High School, pictured stopping at Daffodil Walk.

Roy

Service Alterations Registered ~ 7th February 2024

There are a few items of local interest in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report.

First Eastern Counties is to amend the timetables of its X2 / X21, X22, 902 services between Lowestoft Bus Station and All Saints Green in Norwich from 25th February 2024

Sanders Coaches has altered the timetable of its 35B Swafield and Cromer route from 2nd January 2024

BorderBus has changed the timetables of two schools services. They are the BH1 from Kessingland to Bungay High School and the BH2 between Lowestoft and Bungay High School. The changes took effect on 4th January 2024

The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon.

Roy

Tuesday 6 February 2024

More Withdrawals

First have withdrawn both Volvo B7TL /ALX400s 32651 AU05 MUO and 32654 AU05 MUW which moved to Lowestoft in mid-January. The former recently worked a 981 Beccles to Gorleston's East Norfolk Sixth Form College service as seen in the photo



Meanwhile, Coastlink liveried Enviro400 33803 YX63 LJF has received a new engine and had a new gearbox fitted. It is currently undergoing an MOT.
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My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the information

Roy

Streetdeck Repaint

Former First York Wright StreetDeck 35929 MF72 WBJ arrived in Ipswich on the last day of January freshly painted in its new Ipswich Reds livery. It was snapped today on the 65 route to Rendlesham on only its second day in service.



My thanks to Toby Cullum for the use of his photo

Roy

First Day In Service

Omar Atiallah noted that Simonds had a new '73' registered bus in service late yesterday afternoon. It was the first day in service of Volvo B8RLE / MCV eVoRa BV73 MSO and was employed on its service 2.



My thanks to Omar for the report and photo.

Roy

Monday 5 February 2024

Norwich Observations

Earlier today regular contributor Dan High was observing bus activity on Castle Meadow in Norwich.



His first photo shows one of Simonds tour coaches unusually involved in working service 2 between Norwich and Diss. The vehicle concerned was Plaxton Panther bodied Volvo B8R YX68 UAC which was acquired from LA Travel of Kirkintilloch in Scotland.



New Electroliners continue to arrive with 36562 BK73 AHO entering service on Sunday. It was in use today on the Pink Line to Hoveton.



The Plaxton Presidents continue to soldier on with 32105 LT02 ZCU being employed on the 24 to Queens Hills.

My thanks to Dan for the use of his photos.

Roy

Sunday 4 February 2024

Saturday Pair

Passing Beach Coach Station in Great Yarmouth yesterday afternoon I surprisingly witnessed two vehicles present.



The coach was from Cousins of Stanway (Kings Tours) in the form of Mercedes-Benz Tourismo KC22 ABC - no doubt on a day trip from Essex.



Optare Solo YJ62 FZD from the Our Hire (Our Bus) fleet was also noted. The Acle-based operator acquired it from Bullock of Cheadle in November 2020.

Roy

Saturday 3 February 2024

Enviro 500 Departs

Loanee Enviro 500 38201 SN09CAU has left Caister Road and is heading back to Ensign. 

It has headed for Norwich for onward movement down to Essex with more Electric Deckers being collected for the city.



38201 pictured at Caister Road in November 2023.

Grahame

Friday 2 February 2024

In Transit

A member of the Southern Transit fleet put in an appearance in Worthing earlier this morning on a schools service.



GB18 RML, an Enviro400MMC City purchased new by the Sussex-based operator, is normally reserved for private hire and other work. The vehicle is fitted with high back seats with seatbelts adorned in 'Routemaster' moquette, It had visited the East Anglia Transport Museum at Lowestoft for their Trolleybus Weekend in September 2018.

Photo supplied by my daughter.

Roy

BorderBus Loan

Beccles-based BorderBus has a Galloway Volvo B7TL / East Lancs Myllennium Viking double decker based at its Ellough yard. It was observed there last Wednesday (24th January) and yesterday by Steve Blackburn.


I understand from Andrew Pursey, at BorderBus, that the Wednesday was the day it was picked it up from Boreham. PO54 ACY, carrying fleet number 704, is currently on loan until half term. The operator recently had a vehicle shortage as a Volvo had gearbox issues (since resolved) and two Scanias were undergoing an MOT.

My thanks to Steve Blackburn for his report and to Andrew Pursey for the prompt response to my questions and for providing a photo.

Roy

Thursday 1 February 2024

32479 Becomes Last Of '53' Registered ALX400s

With the withdrawal of 32483 AU53 HKA at Norwich, the last of the FEC Transbus ALX400 bodied AU53 registered batch is 32479 AU53 HUV at Ipswich. 



Affectionately known locally as the Big Red, it was named after Ipswich enthusiast Jim 'James' Long in June 2017. My photo shows it in use on the 77 service at Undercliff Road West in Felixstowe on 6th May2018.

My thanks to Dan High for the information on 32483

Roy

First West Of England Exiles Face Withdrawal

Some of First Norwich's Volvo B9s, which arrived from Bristol and Bath in May and June 2022, are beginning to be withdrawn. Both 37403 MX58 DXP and 37415 MX58 DYG have already left for First Ensignbus at Purfleet.



One of the seven visited Great Yarmouth on 18th June 2022 on an X1 working and is pictured there by Will Drake outside Caister Road depot the following morning..

My thanks to Will for the use of the photo and to Dan High for the information.

Roy

Wednesday 31 January 2024

Service Alterations Registered ~ 31st January 2024

There are no 'local' entries of interest in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report. However, the full Report will be available to view here soon.

Roy

One in, One Out

Kevan Portas provides an update on the Jubilee Coaches fleet which details one vehicle in and one vehicle out.



The new coach is Kassbohrer Setra S416GT-HD AF07 MMF obtained from Eastons of Stratton Strawless and has been re-registered as L555 JCR. Photo courtesy of Simon Moore.

Leaving the fleet for Semmence of Wymondham is Irisbus Eurorider / Marcopolo Viaggio PN06 TVP, formerly with Norse.

My thanks to Kevan for the information and to Simon for the photo

Roy

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Another Dolphin Arrival

Another recent acquisition by Norwich-based Dolphin Autos is a further BMC Condor 220, YJ06 VFF, which was also new to CT Plus of Leeds. It was primarily used on school contract work.



My thanks to Dan High for the use of his photo.

Roy

Sanders Activity

There has been a few changes to the Sanders Coaches fleet recently which include withdrawal, refurbishment, reregistering and new vehicles.



Plaxton bodied Volvo B12 904 SGF 965 has had a partial repaint and received refreshed branding. The photo shows it before work had taken place.



Volvo B7R 915 FN09 APY has also been refurbished and given a revised registration of E21 APY - see photo. Similar 914 has been reregistered from FN09 AMX to E23 AMX. (Photo: LiamS)



One of the former Morebus Volvo B7RLE's has been retired with 508 HF54 HGN being the latest to go. It is pictured in its early days with the operator on the Station Approach in Sheringham on 26th May 2018



There are two newcomers with the first being Volvo B7RLE / MCV SW63 TAV. It was formerly with Regency Coaches of Lewes and has received Sanders fleet number 533 although not in active service at present (Photo Kieran Smith). The other acquisition is Mercedes-Benz Sprinter / EVM Grand Tourer E19 SCL which has fleet number 005. There is not a new decker due soon.

My thanks to my contacts at Sanders for the information and photos

Roy

Friday 26 January 2024

First Musical Chairs

My contact at First tells me that three double deckers have left or are leaving Caister Road depot this weekend.



The two former First Essex Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs 32551 SF54 OSO and 32641 KP54 AZC, which moved to the town in early September from Chelmsford, are soon to return to the county at Colchester. Both were in use today on the 8s between the James Paget Hospital and Caister.



The other decker is Volvo B9TL 36177 BD11 CGF which has gone back to Norwich still with its First Norwich Blue Line branding.



In return First Great Yarmouth have received three Volvo B9s in the form of 36199 BN12 WNZ, 36200 BN12 WOA and 36202 BN12 WOC The first named was observed on Southtown Road at lunchtime returning from Lowestoft with the 1A service. The other two are pictured at Caister Road depot by Roger Bellward. Thanks for the use of the photos Roger.

Roy

From Ipswich To Gorleston

In the previous post I mentioned that recently transferred ALX400 32651 AU05 MUO had been withdrawn at Lowestoft but subsequently repaired and back in use.



This morning the former Ipswich Reds decker was employed on the 07:45 981 Beccles to Gorleston's East Norfolk Sixth Form College. Thankfully 32651 arrived around five minutes late to enable me to be in position to get a photo - not helped by the low sun!



The earlier 982 service between Oulton Broad and the College was worked by First Lowestoft's ADL Enviro200 44531 SN62 DBV.

My thanks to Cameron for the tip off regarding 32651

Roy

Wednesday 24 January 2024

First Eastern Counties Update

Toby Cullum advises that First Eastern Counties Volvo B7TL / Alexander ALX400 32653 AU05 MUV is out of use at Ipswich depot with fleet names and numbers painted over. It seems its next journey is probably to the scrapyard. This leaves only only 32479 AU53 HJV and 32652 AU05 MUP as the sole remaining active ALX400s at Ipswich.



Meanwhile at Lowestoft recently transferred ALX400 32651 AU05 MUO has also been withdrawn (since repaired and back in service). Coastal Reds' Wright Eclipse Gemini 37061 YJ06 XMO and ADL Enviro200 44531 SN62AZW have met the same fate.

At Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot ADL Enviro500 38201 SN09ACU remains out of use since before Christmas awaiting parts. Two Coastlink liveried Enviro400s are side-lined with 33803 YX63 LJF requiring major engine work plus 33824 YX63 LKO is off the road too.

My thanks to Toby for the photo and to First for the informative update.

Roy

Service Alterations Registered ~ 24th January 2024

There are no 'local' entries of interest in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report.

However, Norwich-based Sunbeam Luxury Coaches has received approval for a new operating centre for 12 vehicles at Unit 6 Dunkirk in Aylsham, Norfolk.

The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon.

Roy

Thursday 18 January 2024

J & M Preservations Latest

The latest from J & M is that work continues on preparing former Abellio London Alexander Dennis Dart KP02 PVU for its Class 5 MOT in late February. Its previous attempt for an MOT was thwarted by the discovery of brake air tank problems and other minor issues.



The group is looking at the acquisition of another Dennis Dart which previously operated with Metroline. KU52 YKG has recently been stood down from service with Newport Bus.

My thanks to Mason Lee for the updates and photo. 

Vehicle progress can be observed by visiting the group's Facebook page or their TikTok site.

Roy

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Service Alterations Registered ~ 17th January 2024

Just the one item of interest in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report.

BorderBus has registered a new 581 Monday to Saturday service between Old Market Place in Beccles and Hillside Road East in Bungay. Granted under short notice, it commenced on 2nd January 2024.

The full Report is available to view here

Roy

Tuesday 16 January 2024

Dolphin Acquisition

A recent acquisition by Norwich-based Dolphin Autos is BMC Condor 220 YJ56 ZTF which was new to CT Plus of Leeds in January 2007. The Yorkshire operator mainly used it as a school bus and it later saw use with Harris Travel of Blackburn.



My thanks to Dan High for the use of the photo.

Roy

Monday 15 January 2024

Ipswich ALX400s On The Move

Following Grahame's Saturday post about the arrival of five Micro Hybrid Streetdecks at Ipswich, his speculation about the end for the remaining Volvo B7TL/ALX400 at the Suffolk town has already started,



Both 32651 AU05 MUO and 32654 AU05 MUW are transferring to Lowestoft this morning with the latter still retaining its Coastal Reds branding from its previous stint on the coast. Dan High's photo shows it on a previous visit to Lowestoft in February 2023. It is thought they will be employed on contract work.

Roy

Saturday 13 January 2024

More Streetdecks For Ipswich

Ipswich Depot has seen the arrival of 5 more Wright bodied Micro Hybrid Streetdecks from First York this week.

The new arrivals are as follows,

35927 MF72WBE

35928 MF72WBG

35929 MF72WBJ

35930 MF72WBK

35931 MF72WBL

All are in a special livery for York University at present so you wont miss them if you are on the hunt with the camera!



35931 is pictured above at its new home alongside one of the Ipswich Reds versions.



35928 was soon put into use yesterday and is pictured above at Martlesham.

Former Wessex Volvo B7RLE 69548 BF12KWJ has also moved over to Ipswich from Norwich.

These moves should spell the end for the remaining Volvo B7TL/ALX400 fleet at the suffolk town.

Thanks to Toby and Gareth for the photos.

Grahame.

Friday 12 January 2024

First Norwich Update

There have been more Electroliner arrivals at First Norwich's Roundtree depot with Dan High providing photos of two of them in active today.



The first shows 36553 BK73 AHA in Castle Meadow complete with fleet numbers attached, whilst the second shows 36530 BK23 LUP. My apologies for the quality of the latter photo which was quickly taken directly towards the sun.



Dan also reported that Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 32107 LT02 ZCX had been withdrawn with fleet numbers painted over. It is seen here in better times exiting Dip Farm in Lowestoft on Airshow Park and Ride duties in August 2011.



My thanks to Dan for the reports and Electroliner photos.

Roy

Thursday 11 January 2024

Angies Arrival

A recent addition to the Lowestoft-based Angie's Tours fleet is this Caetano Levante 2 bodied Scania K440EB6.



BN64 FKL was acquired from National Express at Stansted and the coach has subsequently been repainted in all over white.



My thanks to Robbie Collins for the information.

Roy