Sunday, 25 September 2016

Bury's Buses

A visit to Bury St Edmunds yesterday and I noted some changes there since my last time there in early August last year. The front part of the travel office at the bus station hads been divided off and available for lease whilst the waiting area and toilets at the rear were retained for passenger use.

Stephensons continue to operate Bury town services since it 'breezed' into the town in October 2011. However, the Darts employed then appear to have been replaced by ADL Enviro200s with 431-4 (EU10NVP/R/S/T) being noted. These newer saloons had been transferred in from use on 'the Blackwater Link' between Witham and Maldon with two of them still branded as such.

I also observed two of Stephensons single deckers branded for its Suffolk Rider service which runs from Newmarket to Bury via Mildenhall; they were Enviro200s EU60CBF and YX11CTU.

Often one of the operator's deckers is seen and yesterday was no different with ex Transdev/London Sovereign Scania N94UD/East Lancs YN55NKH putting in an appearance.

 On my last visit, Stagecoach East was employing similar vehicles on its service 11 between Cambridge and Bury but this time Enviro400s were employed with 15458/61 (AE09GYF/N) and 19164 (MX07MNF) being observed. The latter was wearing the Cancer Research livery. Volvo B7BLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 2 21227 (AE09GYX) also worked the route.

Mulleys of Ixworth continues to operate local services and can often be relied upon to provide unusual buses in their orange livery. A trio of former Nottingham Scania CN94UBs were viewed including YN54AHA/D/E, but the star of the show was decker MUI7949. This was a former Dublin Bus Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL thought to have been new to them in December 2001/January 2002 as their 01 D 10202. The registration, incidentally, was previously used on ex Anglianbus R86EMB when operated by Mulleys.

Chambers was employing ex Metrobus Scania Omnidekkas on the 753 route between Bury and Sudbury with YN55PZD/E/G being recorded - these are from the same batch that saw three moved to Anglianbus. Chambers Enviro200 EY57FZE was laying over at the bus station at lunchtime.

Other operator's vehicles regularly arriving included Coach Services, Galloways and Simonds with the first named utilising deckers Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL X509EGK and ex Stagecoach London Scania LX59CPK.

National Express also serve the town with Whippets Volvo B9R bodied Caetano Levante BK15AKF seen heading off to Stansted Airport.

The odd day tripper also looks in with Andrews of Foxton Scania/Irizar RUI9414 paying a visit.


First Great Yarmouth Update

News from First Great Yarmouth is that two Wright Eclipse Geminis have headed back to Norwich this morning following a loan period. With the end of seasonal service 3, the local PVR has reduced meaning the return of 36172/80 (BD11CFV/Z) to the 'Fine City'

Volvo B9 BD11 CDZ on Regent Road heading for Norwich on the X1 on 30th June
 In addition, two Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs have also transferred on loan to Norwich. They are 32205/12 (LT52WTL/V) which currently leaves only three Presidents at Caister Road (excluding the open topper)

LT52WTV ready to turn from Regent Road into King Street on 6th August
 My thanks to our friends at First Great Yarmouth for the news update


Reynolds Latest

Further to Roy's post last week regarding Reynolds Dennis Javelin BIG8773 being up for sale, it looks as though the sale has quickly gone through as it was noted this morning wearing trade plates and its registration taped over and had left the Ormesby Road garage for pastures new around 11.00am, i did just happen to be on my way home and noticed it!
Lady Lisa about to head off to her new home.
Also at the garage was one of the latest arrivals AT55CZJ now wearing full livery and fleetnames, along with all the Reynolds fleet it has gained a name and it is now Lady Clio-Grace.

I recently contacted Mr Reynolds and myself and Roy have been invited to meet up in the near future to speak about the latest arrivals and have a look around.


Friday, 23 September 2016

Thursday in the City

A Day off work so i decided to venture across to Norwich to catch up with photos and a lunch appointment with First Eastern Counties newly appointed Head of Operations Chris Speed, most of you will know i have been friends with Chris for many years and its good to hear how things are progressing at First and what is in the pipeline for the company.
66982 KX05MHL now wearing Yellow line livery.
First on my list to photograph were the two former Turquoise line liveried Volvo B7RLE's 66980/66982 which have just been repainted into Yellow for the upcoming timetable changes for Norwich next week. Regarding repaints, Two more Volvo B9TL's are currently at Simon Morris in Ipswich gaining Blue Line colours, 36174 & 36176 are the final two to be done. 36171 & 36173 will be gaining Turquoise livery once the Blues are completed

My first 66 plate Coach was noted outside Castle Mall, YN66WTE a Scania belonging to K&E Horton of Wolverhampton was collecting passengers on a Just Go Tour.

Another coach at Castle Mall was a local visitor, PO15AZU is a Mercedes minicoach belonging to Richards of Guist in West Norfolk, it was new to them in April 2015.

Final shot is Awaydays recent Open top arrival X589EGX pictured in a sunny Theatre Street collecting passengers for a tour around the city, both open top vehicles were in use yesterday, Olympian G520VBB was also enjoying the September sun.


Its that time of the year again

Once again its time for a local farm to increase its workforce. Hirsts Farm in Ormesby St Margaret has supplied us with posts in the past regarding vehicles used to transport workers to its site and the first two of this season were noted yesterday in the village.
The vehicles are operated by Shropshires of Barway in Cambridgeshire. Two were noted yesterday, Olympians V181KRL and ex London Central NV14 and latterly Aintree Coachlines N414JBV.


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Bus Changes

As the seasons change so do the local bus timetables with Anglianbus, First and Konectbus all publishing changes to local services on their websites

First Eastern Counties
From Sunday 25th September, the 1 & 1A First Eastern Counties service along the east coast will be changing to its autumn & winter timetable. This means that 1B buses between Hemsby Beach and Great Yarmouth will no longer operate.

However, there will be a bus up to every 30 minutes during Mondays to Saturdays during the day along the main route between Martham - Hemsby - Caister - Great Yarmouth - Gorleston - James Paget Hospital  - Lowestoft, with buses up to every hour on Sundays.

The full timetable can be downloaded or viewed HERE

From Monday 3rd October Anglianbus revised bus timetables will operate on the following routes:-
61 Kessingland - Lowestoft - Gorleston - Great Yarmouth - Barrack Estate
A revised timetable will be in operation to aid punctuality with all journeys will operating through Kessingland village in both directions. Buses will continue to connect with Konectbus 7 at Great Yarmouth Market Gates for Norwich.
87/88/X88 Halesworth - Bungay - Poringland - Norwich
The afternoon 87, 88 and X88 departure times are being revised to aid punctuality during the afternoon peak. Additionally the 21:30 87 service from Norwich to Bungay will run 30 minutes later in response to the request for a later bus.
88A Southwold - Halesworth
The 1715 88A service from Halesworth will operate 10 minutes later at 1725.

Timetables are available HERE on the Anglianbus website

Also from Monday 3rd October Konectbus revises its timetables on the 7 and 71 routes
7 Great Yarmouth - Postwick Park & Ride - Norwich
A revised timetable will be in operation with buses departing Great Yarmouth Market Gates at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour. Theywill continue to leave Norwich Bus Station at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour. The last bus back from Norwich Bus Station to Great Yarmouth will be at 1840. Buses will continue to connect with Anglianbus 61 from/for Gorleston, Lowestoft and Kessingland with through tickets being available.
71 Wroxham - Great Yarmouth
A revised timetable will operate with the service being renumbered 73.

Timetables are available HERE on the Konectbus website


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Something For The Weekend!

Regularly at this time of the year, the East Anglia Transport Museum holds an end of season event

This year's Trolleybus Weekend will see all available vehicles from the fleet in use and, as the nights begin to draw in, there will be running after dark on the Saturday.

As usual, the free park and ride service will run from the Co-op food store on Ashburnham Way in Lowestoft, with bus services to Beccles and Lowestoft also operating

There will also be the BBQ in the park plus trade stands along with static exhibitions and visiting vehicles. This promises to be a busy weekend for vehicle enthusiasts and families alike.

Opening times are 12 noon to 9pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

The Museum's website can be viewed HERE