Friday, 28 April 2017

Ambassador Numbering

It's been around a month now since Robert Collins reported the arrival of four National Express Caetano Levante bodied Volvo B9R coaches at Ambassador Travel's Gapton Hall premises in James Watt Close.

Caetano Levante FJ11MKV in Gorleston High Street complete with Ambassador legals and fleet number 129
On Wednesday I happened to be in the right place at the right time and armed with a camera to get a photo of one of them. It wasn't until I downloaded the photo yesterday that I noted that the newcomers are being allocated fleet numbers. The photo shows FJ11MKV in Gorleston High Street heading for Lowestoft on the 491 from London Victoria

Robert has subsequently informed me that that quartet are adopting their National Express fleet numbers whilst with Ambassador but dropping the SR prefix. Accordingly their fleet numbers are:-
124   FJ11MKF       129   FJ11MKV       132   FJ11MJU       134   FJ11MJX

My thanks to Robert for the information


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Orange Eight

The multi coloured world of First Norwich found its way on to the Great Yarmouth 8 service this morning with Orange Line liveried 33169 LR02LYJ noted in use on my way to work this morning.

33169 pictured on Yarmouth Road in Caister On Sea
Norwich vehicles come down to Great Yarmouth for MOT so i expect it has been at Caister Road for work and drafted into use this morning.


#TBT Throw Back Thursday ~ G97RGG

The subject of this week's Throw Back Thursday is Cambridge Coach Services' Plaxton Paramount bodied B10M coach G97RGG

It is pictured on 28th January 1995 laying over at Gasworks Road in Lowestoft next to the then Eastern Counties depot. Numbered 397 in the fleet, it had just arrived on the 12:00 service 74 from Cambridge.

G97RGG was delivered new to Park of Hamilton in March 1990 but was owned by Cambridge Coach Services from October 1991 to December 1998. By December of the following year it was reported with Dawson of Newcastle seeing regular use in the Stoke on Trent area. It was subsequently owned by Spearings of Welland and Kingfisher of Blackwood. In 2014 it was noted as being for sale on eBay.


Another ex Scottish Duo arrive at Caister Road

Yesterday evening saw another two former First Borders vehicles arrive in Norfolk, this time in the shape of Volvo B9TL's 37141 SN57HDA & 37142 SN57HDC. Both arrived around 8.30pm after the long drive down from Scotland.

37141 arrives at its new home
Both new arrivals entering the depot at Caister Road
Many Thanks once again to Simon Taylor for the photographs.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

New Arrivals for First

A busy day of news coming out of Caister Road this evening, Firstly the arrival of two Alexander Dennis Enviro 300's from First Borders in the shape of 67763 SN62AUK & 67773 SN62AXH. Both have come from the recently sold Galashies Depot, where operations have been taken over by Borders Buses.

67763 SN62AUK after arriving this afternoon

67773 SN62AXH will require a bit of debranding
A batch of 9 are expected for use in Ipswich for the new Park & Ride service which begins in July, all arrivals will be prepared for service at Caister Road before heading to Suffolk and may appear in use in the town prior to moving on.

In other news, Yarmouth is losing two ex Leeds Volvo B9's to Norwich for use on the new Charcoal Line, 36181 BF12KXU is currently at Simon Morris in Ipswich being repainted with 36182 BX12KXV expected to follow. Two replacements for these are expected to arrive shortly also from First Borders in the shape of Volvo B9's 37141 SN57HDA & 37142 SN57HDC, Im told both are heading for Norfolk this evening.

Thanks to First for all the info and to Simon Taylor for the Photographs which were taken with permission.

Service Alterations Registered ~ 26th April 2017

Today's Notice and Proceedings Report, published by the East of England Traffic Commissioner, publishes the following changes to bus services in our local area.

Ipswich Buses is to vary the timetable of its Felixstowe Open Top Tour from 26th July 2017.

Under short notice, Borderbus is to retrospectively vary the timetable of its 580 route between Bungay and Great Yarmouth, via Beccles, from 18th April 2017.

Konectbus has received approval for a new operating centre for 25 vehicles at Anglian Bus & Coach Limited at Ellough in Beccles.

The full Notices & Proceedings Report can be viewed HERE


First Great Yarmouth Changes

From Sunday 28th May 2017, First Great Yarmouth are making changes to their bus services in the area with the main details being as follows:-

Service 1/1A/1B
From the beginning of the timetable change, service 1B will run at hourly intervals between Vauxhall Holiday Park and Hemsby Beach via Market Gates seven days a week. It will also provide a link to the railway station.
From mid July the frequency will increase to every thirty minutes Mondays to Saturdays. Together with services 1/1A, Hemsby will have a bus every fifteen minutes into Great Yarmouth Town Centre on those daysOn Sundays, a through service will be introduced between Lowestoft and Martham on Service 1/1A, operating hourly during the day.
There will be also a new journey from Tessera Park to Market Gates bus station at 0930 on weekdays. Early morning and afternoon journeys that serve Flegg High School and East Norfolk Sixth Form College will see minor timetable adjustments to improve punctuality.

Service 2
In partnership with Norfolk County Council, service 2 will be increased to every 20 minutes on Sundays, providing a fast and direct link from Barrack Estate to Great Yarmouth town centre, also serving the Pleasure Beach.

Service 3
The open-top service 3 returns with a new route between Haven Seashore Park and Pleasure Beach every thirty minutes, seven days a week. The service will travel along the entirety of The Golden Mile, serving Britannia Pier, the Marina Leisure Centre, the Sealife Centre and the Pleasure Beach, Additionally on Wednesday evenings it will run later in connection with the summer firework displays.

Service 4
Following passenger feedback, service 4 is to be re-timed to depart at 28 minutes past the hour from Market Gates. There are no changes to frequency or route.

Service 7
Sunday daytime services will be replaced by service X11, extending to Acle and Norwich via James Paget Hospital. There are no changes to early morning and evening journeys.

Service 9
There are minor changes to early morning services.

Service X1/X11
An hourly Sunday daytime service will be introduced on Service X11, which will provide Belton with a direct service to Norwich seven days a week. There will be minor changes to the X1 timetable between Lowestoft and Norwich and, combined with the X11, there will still be a thirty minute frequency between Gorleston High Street, Market Gates and Norwich on Sundays.
Weekday journeys starting from Belton on the X11 will be re-timed slightly to improve punctuality. There will be some very minor changes to morning peak journeys from Great Yarmouth.
Afternoon journeys from Norwich will be revised in order to provide extra buses and capacity to Great Yarmouth at the start of the rush hour.

The new timetables will be available in the next few weeks