Sunday, 18 March 2018

First Trident gets a Makover

The First Trident from the Norwich fleet has been given a makeover into the new generic Lilac fronted livery for vehicles available for all routes within the city. 33167 LR02LYF has lost its Turquiose front in favour of the new colour at Simon Morris in Ipswich.

33167 recently carried an allover advert for Adsa over the Christmas period and was stood down from its Turquiose line duties and moved to the 36/37/38 services.

Above it is pictured in Castle Meadow back in 2015 shortly after gaining its first new look away from standard Barbie livery.

Many Thanks to Bryan Dickson for use of his photos at Simon Morris.


Saturday, 17 March 2018

More Streetdecks for Norwich

First Norwich are now expecting a further two Wright Streetdeck vehicles for their fleet. The vehicles are coming from First Bristol in the shape of 35149 SN65OMT & 35150 SN65OMU.

Both carry Lilac fronts, a colour that will also be used on more Norwich vehicles in the coming weeks as the fleet upgrade continues.

This now looks subject to change as both vehicles are rumoured to be transferring down to Cornwall shortly, we shall keep you all updated!

Thanks to David Oakley for the photo and Chris Speed for the information at First.


Friday, 16 March 2018

Western super Mare Visit

Following the previous report on Crosville Motor Services workings in Weston super Mare, I also have put a post together of other operators' workings observed in the resort.

First Somerset & Avon ADL Enviro400 33829 SN63MYM awaits departure on Marine Parade for X2 Bristol service
First West of England appear to provide most of the bus services in Weston with them using a variety of liveries. They included an Excel branding for the X2 to Bristol and an Airport Flyer livery for the service to Bristol Airport.

First Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC 67108 SN67WYW on Airport Flyer duty
Another operator of interest was Citistar which provides a small number of services in the Weston super Mare area. The photo shows it operating local bus service 4 to Hutton on a contract gained from North Somerset Council in September 2017.

Citistar Optare Solo MX54KXZ was new to Henderson of Hamilton in February 2005
On one of the days we walked back to my niece's house, we came across this red liveried Olympian parked next to St Paul's Church on Wallscote Road. The former First Bristol Northern Counties Palatine bodied Volvo was acquired in 2014. Although new to Bristol in December 1997, R663NHY also saw use with First Cymru. It was used on outings but with its 'carer' at St Paul's moving on it is now static and mainly used by the youth club.

Ex First Volvo Olympian R663NHY observed at St Paul's Church in Weston super Mare
An interesting time observing activity with photos taken over the two days appearing shortly on our Flickr site.


Crosville Motor Services

Last weekend's visit to Weston-super-Mare coincided with recent press reports on the cessation of bus services in the town by Crosville Motor Services (CMS)

Dennis Dart KU02YTY travels along the sea front heading for Sand Bay on the 100 service
The company currently provides two local services in the form of commercially operated 100 Sand Bay to Tesco/Regent Street and the supported 106 from Worlebury Golf Course to the same terminus. These will both cease on Saturday April 21st 2018

Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL V139LGC arrives at Tesco with the 106 service
CMS has taken the decision with some regret which 'was simply because the market is too challenging with passengers numbers falling and competition fierce'. The operator is part of JJP Holdings South West and employs 10 full time and 11 part time staff plus casual workers. It runs a 30 strong fleet.

V125LGC is one of four former London Central buses in the Crosville fleet and is seen in Regent Street
JJP Holdings also owns a heritage fleet which will be used on the final day; these are being retained by the holding company.

Therefore, I had to put some time aside to get some photos of Crosville vehicles in service during my short stay.


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Service Alterations Registered ~ 14th March 2018

Yesterday's Notices and Proceedings Report contains a 'bumper bundle' of changes to services in our local area.

The report gives details of the replacement of many Stagecoach Norfolk services by West Norfolk Community Project Limited. One entry includes a Monday to Friday Fakenham to Easton College route from 30th April 2018, running on college days only.

Sanders Coaches have lodged a number of changes including a daily service 4 linking Cromer with Wells-Next-the-Sea via the Runtons, Blakeney and Stiffkey. Other variations to existing routes include timetable changes to the following:-

Konectbus is to alter the timetable of its  87/88/X88 Halesworth to Norwich service from 15th April 2018

Coastal Red (Lynx) has also made applications to provide a daily 36 Fakenham to Wells-Next-the-Sea service, operated on an hourly basis, plus the two hourly Kings Lynn to Fakenham. It is also to amend the timetable of its 36 route connecting Hunstanton with Wells-Next-the-Sea. All changes are to start from 29th April 2018.

Hope you got all that! However, the East of England Transport Commissioner's full report can be accessed HERE


First Lowestoft Update

Grahame has informed me that two First Great Yarmouth deckers have moved south to Lowestoft on loan. They are Volvo B7TL 32210 (LT52WTR) and B9TL 36185 (BN12JYH).

Grahame's photo shows BN12JYH leaving Lowestoft on the X2 service to Norwich this morning.

From Easter Sunday, the summer Sunday hourly timetable on the 99 service to Southwold begins and is expected to operate until September.


Network Norwich News

After my return from a short break in the southwest, I have a number of post to catch up with and my latest is an update on First Norwich fleet.

As you may have seen elsewhere, the second batch of Volvo B9TL's arrived at Roundtree Way yesterday from First Leeds. I understand that two of them are shortly to visit Simon Morris for a new style yellow line branding. The only bus to appear in service from Leeds so far is 36272 (BJ12YKE) which has seen use on the 24s and 13s this week.

Current yellow line Volvo B7TLs 32105-7 (LT02ZCU-X) are shortly to receive new lilac front ends following their replacement on the 28 and X29 routes by five of the former Leeds B9TLs. This is part of an ongoing plan to upgrade all the routes one after another. This also means the yellow saloons will look different too with at least one probably having a lilac front end.

Turquoise line Trident 33167 (LR02LYF) has also made its way to Ipswich to receive the new plain livery with a lilac front, as seen elsewhere within First Group. Lilac buses are being allocated to workings which operate more than one route during the day or evening.

Also reported on the Facebook First Eastern Counties blog is the future arrival of two more deckers at the end of the month

My thanks to my contact at First for the update and to Zak Nelson for the use of his photo.