Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Coleshill Saturday

A couple of days spent in the West Midlands for a family wedding. On Saturday afternoon we arrived in Coleshill on our way to our first night's b&b and was fortunate in observing two National Express West Midlands deckers passing along the High Street

The first is of Alexander ALX400 Dennis Trident Y788TOH, which was new to the company in June 2001 receiving fleet number 4161

The 70 route operates between Birmingham City Centre and Chelmsley Wood via Ward End (Fox & Goose Public House), Castle Bromwich, Water Orton and Coleshill. The Fox & Goose I remember really well as it was the regular watering hole for my brother in law!

As I was returning to the car, ALX400 bodied Transbus Trident 4445 (BJ03EUT), painted in the latest livery, came into view. I'm not sure if it was the rush to get the photo, or the excitement of seeing the new livery, that there was some camera shake resulting in a slightly blurred image! My apologies


Monday, 5 December 2016

Where Are They Now ~ P109WJO

In May 2014, I reported the disposal of Swift Taxis' Dennis Javelin P109WJO to 3D Travel of Cleator Moor in Cumbria. Up until now I had been unable to trace the former Great Yarmouth based vehicle in the colours of its new owner until I tracked one down on the Map Group Publications website

I am grateful to Andy Dyer at Map Group Publications for his permission to use the photo which retains his copyright


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Service Alterations Registered ~ 30th November 2016

Earlier today the Eastern Traffic Commissioner published his latest Notices and Proceedings Report. It appears that they are now being published on a weekly basis and this one contains no changes to our local bus services

However, the complete Report can be viewed HERE


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Seeing Red

A First Norwich decker was noted heading westbound over Great Yarmouth's Haven Bridge during this morning's peak hour rush

Red Line Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 33244 (LT52WUV) appeared not to be in service and is believed to be in town for its MOT at Caister Road

My thanks to Kyle Hewett for the information and photo


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Saturday In the City

Yesterday a pleasant sunny November day welcomed us in Norwich for some shopping and some time observing bus activity.

My first subject was seen at the top of the market, outside City Hall, in the form of a Whittles of Kidderminster Volvo B9R/Plaxton Elite YX62FLC. It appeared to be based in Great Yarmouth and was providing an outing to the city

After lunch, and with the better half shopping in Primani and elsewhere, I made my way to Castle Meadow for some photos and I immediately stumbled across Konectbus 600 (SN10CFD) on a Thickthorn Park & Ride service advertising the Radio Norwich Breakfast Show. With rumours circulating that the present incumbent may be on the move, this bus could be a candidate for an early relivery/repaint I would have thought!

Looking good in the sunshine were the many members of the First Norwich Blue Line fleet in their new liveries and latest branding with 36176 (BD11CDG), above, looking the part

Following closely behind was Sanders Coaches LJ53NHN, one of three ex-London VDL DB250LF Wright Pulsar-Geminis acquired by the North Norfolk independent late last year. From the presence of the X55 sticker in the window, I assume it is still awaiting its destination equipment.

Next up is Stagecoach East Coasthopper liveried Alexander Dennis Enviro200MMC 37435 (SN16ORC) in St Stephens Street with the X29 from Fakenham - incidently appearing nowhere near the coast! Similar branded 37438 (SN16ORH) was also seen on the X29

Also noted was a visitor from 'another country', presumably on tour, was Mid Wales Travel's YJ14CFL. The Van Hool TX15 Alicron still retains the base livery of the erstwhile John Fishwick & Sons of Leyland fleet

Finally, indulging in some night time photography I got this photo of Konectbus Alexander Dennis Enviro400 637 (SN65OAW) taking on passengers at Castle Meadow. It was working the 17:10 Norwich Bus Station to Caister via Great Yarmouth


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Service Alterations Registered ~ 23rd November 2016

After over a fortnight without publishing one, a second Eastern Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report has appeared on the Government's website today - in keeping with the old saying 'you wait a while for a bus and then two arrive together'!

The delayed 23rd November 2016 issue reports the registration of new services by National Express, a new operator and a service discontinued

Ambassador Travel's Caetano bodied Scania BF63ZSL
on the 371 Birmingham service in February this year
National Express is to introduce two new daily services between the area and the capital from the 9th January 2017. The first is the 497 from Market Gates Bus Station in Great Yarmouth to London Victoria Coach Station via Lowestoft, Bury St. Edmunds, Stanstead Airport, Stratford. The second is 
the 490/491 from Lowestoft Bus Station to London Victoria Coach Station via Great Yarmouth, Norwich, Thetford and Stratford 

Additionally, National Express is to amend the timetable of its 371 service between Birmingham and Great Yarmouth from the same date

Our Hire Limited of Acle has cancelled its 157 service between Bishopgate and St Stephens Street in Norwich under short notice - effective from 10th November 2016

Jubilee Coaches (Rollesby) Limited has had its application approved for a five vehicle operating centre at Jubilee Farm on Fleggburgh Road in the village

The complete Notice & Proceedings Report, covering the whole of the Eastern Traffic Commissioner's area, can be viewed HERE


Service Alterations Registered ~ 16th November 2016

This morning saw the appearance of the latest Eastern Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report dated 16th November 2016) on the www.gov website

The delayed publication reveals only a small number of changes to services in our local area. They all relate to the amending of the timetables of four routes operated by Borderbus. They are:-
⧫   Beccles Town Serrvice
⧫   146 Southwold to Beccles
⧫   146 Beccles to Norwich
⧫   580 Great Yarmouth to Bungay
All changes take effect from 3rd January 2017

The complete Notice & Proceedings Report, covering the whole of the Eastern Traffic Commisioner's area, can be viewed HERE