Thursday, 24 May 2018

First Summer Timetable Starts

From this coming Sunday, 27th May 2018, First Norfolk and Suffolk are making changes to their bus services in our local area. The majority are minor with many being carried out to assist with the additional passenger demand during the summer period.

X1|X11 - Norwich - Great Yarmouth - Belton or Lowestoft
There are some minor timetable changes to this service.

X2|X21|X22 - Norwich - Loddon - Beccles - Lowestoft
There are other minor timetable changes to this service, mainly in the morning peak to improve punctuality. Also, due to the alterations in road layout on the A146 at Hales, buses will no longer enter Hales village with all buses using new bus stops on the A146 road

Coastal Clipper 1|1A|1B - Martham - Hemsby - Caister - Gt Yarmouth - Gorleston - Lowestoft
A new summer timetable is being introduced, including the operation of extra buses on the 1B service between Hemsby and Vauxhall Holiday Centre (via Great Yarmouth Rail Station) until mid September

Coastal Clipper 99 - Lowestoft - Kessingland - Southwold
An extra Mondays to Friday journey between Lowestoft and Kessingland, leaving Lowestoft Bus Station at 1440 which returns from Kessingland, Africa Alive at 1505. Additional journeys will operate on Sundays during the summer season between the fourth Sunday in May until third Sunday in September

Great Yarmouth Seasider 3
The popular Open Top service is being reintroduced along Great Yarmouth seafront to and from the Seashore Holiday Centre.

Great Yarmouth Town Service 4
This service will operate in the opposite direction in Tessera Park in Caister, departing Prince of Wales Road one minute earlier than at present.

Clicking on the service title will take you directly to the relevant timetable.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Another Arrival

Another arrival to report for First Great Yarmouth is that of an Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL from First Manchester.

30961 YJ51RDV arrived at Caister Road yesterday and is the third of a quintet due to see further use here. It joins 30954 and 30959 which are already here. The two outstanding (30960 and 30964) are currently at Norwich's Vulcan Road depot

Full registration details of the five can be seen in Grahame's post dated 16th May - Arrivals Update

My thanks and appreciation go to First Eastern Counties for the photo and information


Service Alterations Registered ~ 23rd May 2018

This morning's Notices & Proceedings Report, published by the Eastern of England Traffic Commissioner, contains little of interest concerning the local bus network. 

However, Buckland Omnibus has been given authorisation for six vehicles at an operating centre at Base Business Park in Rendlesham near Woodbridge
The full report will be available soon on the Traffic Commissioner's website


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Day Trip To Bangor?

A little known service operating to and from Great Yarmouth is the National Express 375 which runs daily between the town and Bangor in North Wales. It serves such places as Kings Lynn, Peterborough, Leicester, Coventry, Birtmingham, Liverpool and Prestatyn along the route which takes a rather long 13 Hours and 10 minutes !

It leaves Market Gates each morning at 7.00am and gets to Bangor at 8.10pm. The opposite journey starts in Bangor at 8.10am and arrives in Yarmouth at 8.45pm. I managed to photograph one of the vehicles used this evening after parking up for the night at Beach Coach Station. Caetano Levante LJ66LLJ is operated by Llew Jones International of Llanrwst.


Stagecoach Investment

Stagecoach South launched a £6 million investment yesterday with new buses entering service in the Littlehampton, Worthing and Brighton coastal areas.

The thirty double deckers, featuring free customer wi-fi and USB charging points, were operating on the Coastliner 700 route yesterday linking the three areas mentioned above.

They are all based at Worthing and it is hoped that I will sample them in service in the next month or so and thereby provide more photos for the blog and our flickr site

My daughter has supplied the photo used to illustrate this post.


Sanders Coasthopper Fleet List

The full list of vehicles aquired for Sanders Coasthopper operations has now been finalised and below are details of the batch.

510 HF54HGE at Sheringham Station (5/5/18)

The batch is numbered 503-514 as follows,

503 HF54HFO
504 HF54HFP
505 HF54HHA
506 HF54HHB
507 HF54HGJ
508 HF54HGN
509 HF54HGX
510 HF54HGE
511 HF54HHM
512 HF54HHE
513 HF54HGA
514 HF54HGC

Many Thanks to Jack Farrow at Sanders for the information.


Monday, 21 May 2018

Where Are They Now ~ WV02EUR?

Regular readers will know that Plaxton bodied Volvo B12B WV02EUR left the First Eastern Counties fleet earlier this year. It is now to be found to be with 2 Way Transport of Scunthorpe.

20515 is seen here outside First Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot in early October 2012 shortly after arriving from First Midlands (Worcester). It was used on the X1 shorts between Great Yarmouth and Norwich.