Sunday, 26 February 2017

Week in Worthing

Just back tonight after a week away in Worthing staying with my daughter but, unfortunately, I left my camera behind so I am unable to bring you many photos!

The highlight of the week was the Friday visits to local operator depots which would yield vehicles normally on schools duties as it was half term week down there! I initially visited the premises of Worthing Coaches and Crawley Luxury Coaches at Lancing Business Park but the highlight of the day was the warm reception I received at the Compass Bus depot in Faraday Close in Durrington.

Although there was a wide variety of vehicles present, my eyes were drawn to two Wright Pulsar Gemini bodied VDLs parked together with familiar registrations. They were both former Konectbus deckers YJ05PXA/B respectively 500 and 501 in the Dereham based fleet.

With the loan of a hi-viz jacket, I was able to wonder where I liked around the yard providing I was aware of possible vehicle movements. My thanks to Compass for their hospitality


Thursday, 23 February 2017

#TBT Throw Back Thursday ~ LEX858H

This week's Throw Back Thursday features a former Great Yarmouth blue bus in the shape of Willowbrook bodied AEC Swift LEX858H.

The Swift, the first of a batch of ten arriving in June 1970, was numbered 58 in the Great Yarmouth fleet. In 1981 it passed to Centre 81 and lost its cream window surrounds. The organisation continues to provide a local community transport service today.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Service Alterations Registered ~ 22nd February 2017

Today's Notices and Proceedings Report contains no information concerning changes to our local bus services. However, the Report gave details of a Public Inquiry into the affairs of Paul Whincop of Peasenhall, Saxmundham at the Eastern Traffic Area office at Cambridge on 24th February 2017. On the same day the Inquiry will consider the repute of the Transport Manager.

The complete East of England Traffic Commissioner's publication can be viewed HERE


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Anglianbus Redundancies

Beccles operator Anglianbus is to make staff redundant at their Ellough base. The full time equivalent of eleven employees are to lose their jobs including eight full time equivalent driving staff.

The staff were informed yesterday and the decision has been made following a proposed rationalisation of services operated by the company. Sources reveal that the recently introduced 71 route between Belton and Great Yarmouth, via Bradwell and Gorleston, is to be axed as is the 81 Beccles to Great Yarmouth service. It is believed the 61 Kessingland to Great Yarmouth's Barrack Estate via Lowestoft and Gorleston is also affected.

Further information will be published as soon as it becomes available.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Swift Taxis - The Beginnings

I recently received an email from regular contributor Robert Kelly about the beginnings of Great Yarmouth independent Swift Taxis & Private Hire

Swift's Joncheere Deauville bodied Volvo B10M GLZ3141 on schools duty in February 2012  
You will have seen from Wednesday's Notices and Proceedings Report that the operator surrendered their licence on 6th February 2017, ending a sixteen year period of service. Robert tells me that Micheal Smith and Tony Boyne, trading as Swift Taxis from 2 Queen Annes Road in Southtown, first applied for a licence during January/ February 2001. The operating centre was at nearby 173 Southtown Road. (Source: PSV Circle News Sheets).

The first full sized vehicle to join the Swift fleet was DAF/Ikarus T826GSE
The company acquired their first 'large' vehicle in August 2005 in the form of an Ikarus bodied 43 seater DAF with the registration T826GSE. It was new to Leask & Silver of Lerwick in June 1999 when it had the registration T20JLS.

Swift's East Lancs bodied Dennis Dart L907JRN which received special L80YNE plate
Their second one was Dennis Dart L907JRN which was new to London Buses in June 1994 as their DEL7. Swift purchased the East Lancs bodied Dart from Collinson of Ribchester in Lancashire during November 2005.

Four of the ten Swift vehicles which were involved in thew August 2011 auction

However, Swift lost many school contracts during 2010/11 resulting in the disposal of ten vehicles (including L907JRN) in an online auction by Bedford-based W & H Peacock on the 12th August 2011. This was the beginning of the end with subsequent Norfolk County Council contracts being lost meaning the gradual sale of the fleet with Neoplan bodied Dennis Javelin SJI8127 being the last to go in early February 2016.

The Swift name continues to appear on the company's freight delivery vehicles which use the old operating centre on Southtown Road. My thanks to Robert Kelly for the information.


Friday, 17 February 2017

Rail Replacement

Freestones' YN07LFY just before leaving Great Yarmouth
Following the cancellation of today's 09:15 Great Yarmouth to Norwich train this morning with a 'train fault', a rail replacement service was provided by Freestones Coaches

With their Irizar PB bodied Scania K380EB4 YN07LFY leaving Great Yarmouth some fifteen minutes down, there was some concern by some passengers about missing their onward connections.

However, it appeared that all the passengers wanted to get to Norwich so the coach proceeded direct to the 'fine city' arriving just over half an hour later meaning no missed connections!


Thursday, 16 February 2017

#TBT Throw Back Thursday ~ Another Visitor

The subject of this week's Throw Back Thursday returns to the old Eastern Counties Wellington Road Bus Station and its layover area on St Peter's Road in Great Yarmouth.

Today's offering is a photo of an Eastern National Leyland Tiger and an Eastern Counties Leyland Leopard. The former, HHJ373Y, was delivered new to Eastern National as their 1112 in March 1983. During its time in Essex it received National white and Thamesway branding/liveries and later moved on to First Western National as their 2224.

The latter is PWW706R which was new to West Riding in May 1976, although it was intended to be registered as NWR505P. It was a dual purpose vehicle with 49 seats which passed to Eastern Counties in 1985. It spent some time based at Great Yarmouth and made its final journey to PVS (breaker) of Carlton for scrap sometime during 1987.

Also photo bombing the scene is a Cambridge based Premier Travel coach