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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Konect Bus: Services

Had a quick browse online. I found a new possible services for Konect?


KONECT BUS LIMITED, 7 JOHN GOSHAWK ROAD, RASHES GREEN
INDUSTRIAL ESTATE , DEREHAM NR19 1SY
From: ST STEPHENS ST, NORWICH
To: MARKET GATES, GT YARMOUTH
Via: Blofield, South Walsham & Acle
Name or No: 72
Service Type: Normal Stopping, Hail & Ride
Effective Date: 05May 2015
Other Details: Monday to Fridays

KONECT BUS LIMITED, 7 JOHN GOSHAWK ROAD, RASHES GREEN
INDUSTRIAL ESTATE , DEREHAM NR19 1SY
From: Roys, Wroxham
To: Gt Yarmouth
Via: Hemsby
Name or No: 71
Service Type: Normal Stopping, Hail & Ride
Effective Date: 05May 2015
Other Details: Monday to Friday

KONECT BUS LIMITED, 7 JOHN GOSHAWK ROAD, RASHES GREEN
INDUSTRIAL ESTATE , DEREHAM NR19 1SY
From: NORWICH BUS STATION
To: CUCKOOFIELD LANE, MULBARTON
Via: TUCKSWOOD, SWARDSTON
Name or No: 37B
Service Type: Normal Stopping, Hail & Ride
Effective Date: 03May 2015
Other Details: Sundays and Bank Holidays

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Termination....

Unfortunately, the interest on the blog has declined rapidly. We're not getting many page views at present, and I can appreciate this is because:
A) I haven't got the passion & determination to post as much.
B) there's less to report at present. It's all gone quiet!
C) The posts we do make don't really match those of fellow blogs.

I'd like to apologise that the blog terminates here until further notice, as a result. No posts will be made for the upcoming weeks, but I'll still try & keep Twitter updated with Fleet News, that'll I'll also provide on here as soon as I'm back.

Thanks for your continued support. In the meantime, check out our fellow blogs.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Part 2 ~ Skegness

Stagecoach Lincoln are the only operator to serve Ingoldmells, Skegness. They operate a number of services through this busy town, which unfortunately had a fatality a few years back. Whilst at Ingoldmells, I saw:

  • Numerous Wright Geminis, in the purple & gold variation of the Stagecoach Beach-ball livery. 
  • Numerous East Lancs Lolynes, also in the purple and gold colours. 
  • Enviro 200s, in the generic StageCoach beachball colours
  • 6 partially open-top ALX400s for their 3 Coastal Seaside services: Candy (pink, candy floss, 17673, BLZ1423), TIL7901 (17674, Rocky, In rainbow colours), Pierre (WOI3001, 17675), Sandy (17676 PIX4456), Shelly (WOI3002, 17677) and PSU443 (17678, named Sally Seasider, blue livery). These buses replace MCW Metrobuses that previously operate here. But it isn't just ALX400s on this open top service. I was lucky to see Hattie, IUI5454, an Alexander RL Volvo Olympian, originally registered as S314CCD when with South Coast services, from new, in 1998. Up until 2010, it was based at Stagecoach in Grimsby. 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Weekend Away ~ Part 1 ~ Cambridge

Over the weekend, I took a visit to both Cambridge and Skegness, but unfortunately didn't take any photos (it's going to be quite hard to explain this post without providing photos).

Anyway, Cambridge have 6 Park & Ride sites, split into 3 routes, using colour coded Enviro 400s, to allow travel into the city: Babraham Road & Milton (green livery), Madingley & Newmarket Road (red and burgundy livery) and Trumpington (blue). They also have a few grey livery versions, to be used as spare on any routes.

Cambridge also have services operated from City Sightseeing, using ALX400s (including a few converted versions, with the number plate XXXXNNO, sisters to those previously at Anglian). In addition, Go Whippet operate numerous services with their vast fleet selection in a variety of liveries.

Part 2, tomorrow, regards Skegness

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Welcome to April!

Sam's Bus Photography 
Hi folks, and welcome to April! Unfortunately, we haven't kicked off the month on the blog how we would have liked, as I'm going on Holiday (good for me, not as much for you). Therefore, as a result, there won't be no posts on the blog until at least the 8th. Sorry for any inconvenience. I hope you can understand how difficult it is, seen as we're technically a team of 1 at present and I have my own blog to manage.

Anyway, now on the positive news. I'll provide a short summary below:
  • AnglianBus - YN55PZF, a Scania OmniLink, the most recent addition to the Anglian fleet, has seen plenty of use this week, as reported on fellow blogs. I really like how this bus looks in the new style livery and, from what I've heard elsewhere, it's a fairly reasonable ride, too! It's sisters are expected at the fleet soon, as well as at Chambers and Hedingham. 
  • Hedingham - YN55PZF has many sisters, as stated above and before on NBP. However, it's not clear yet whether this bus is actual similar. From other photos I've seen, the Chambers versions have White LED destination screens, rather than YN55PZF with it's orange version. Will the other sisters at Anglian be the same? Or is it just Hedingham? We'll find out in time! 
  • First - 32061 has seen plenty of use in it's new livery naturally, so far only on the 1, 8 or 6/7. 36180 appears to have returned back to Norwich. 32064 continues to operate with only half it's fleetnames. It's assumed to go back to Rotherham next. 
  • BorderBus - They've acquired another E200, MX12DYU, to meet the demands for their service which seems to gradually be expanding; The 146 timetable was changed not too long ago. Photos on Steve's page. 
  • Konect - reported elsewhere it that KonectBus will take over all 6 routes for the Park & Ride, with the Costessey Park & Ride route reduced. Konect will be gaining additions for its fleet when they take over the routes, whilst it's likely the current Norse presidents will be sold/withdrawn/transferred, just like the Agora lines a few years back. 
That was your latest news roundup! Speak soon!

Also, remember to visit my train page

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Special Post ~ Further Afield ~ Liam Contribution

Liam sent us this:

"On a cold Febuary morning, I visited Chichester and Bognor Regis. All these photos are my own and are copyrighted.




Once arrived, we settled into the bus station, and started taking photos. My first photo was of Chichester’s ADL Enviro 400 Fleet No.10008 (GX12 DXP) operating the 700 Coastliner to Felpham from Portsmouth. This bus has now reportedly been painted into the new Coastliner 700 livery, but not fully.

My next find was Chichester’s ADL Enviro 300 Fleet No.27742 (GX11 AKV) operating the 60 from Midhurst to Bognor Regis via Chichester.

I caught the 700 Coastliner to Bognor Regis. It was a lovely ride, despite some other youths on the top deck throwing sweets at people! Anyway, here is Chichester’s ADL Enviro 300 Fleet No.27655 (GX10 KZH) operating the 60 from Chichester to Bognor Regis





Next, after a spot of lunch and a wander around Bognor Regis, we caught the 700 back to Chichester, to photograph some more buses. Here is the newly introduced ADL Enviro 300 Fleet No.37271 (SL64 HXF) operating the 53 from the Witterings to Chichester.


Here is our next catch, Chichester’s Optare Solo Fleet No.47644 (GX58 GJO) operating the 50 from Chichester to Graylingwell. Rumour has it that this bus may be cascaded to Aldershot’s depot in the near future.

Here is the final photo worth mentioning, Chichester’s ADL Pointer 2 Dennis Dart SLF Fleet No.35252 (GX56 0GC) operating the 50 from Tangmere to Chichester. This bus is advertised in the route 55 branding however.

Overall, the trip was a lovely day out. As I am new to bus photography, these were my first few photos of buses, I think they came out rather well for a beginner. I would certainly recommend Chichester Bus Station as a photography point, as for rail enthusiasts, you have the West Coastway line running alongside, which provides a great spot for photographing various trains running along that line."

Thanks Liam! Great to see photos from Further Afield.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Further Afield & Update

Following the demise of Western Greyhound, as seen on the news fairly frequently so far, many of their fleet passed over to First or the council (Who took the services over, along with some of the staff). But what about the rest of the fleet? Well, some have been bought by Ensign, but have been loaned elsewhere. For example, WK11APO, on loan to Yeovil SouthWest Coaches. An Interesting Read

Also, Fellow blogs report the introduction of YN55PZE, now at Anglian. See links in the sidebar!

Also, 36180 was on the 8 today. It was on the 1 yesterday, as reported in yesterday's post!

Interested in trains too? Visit http://eastangliarailscene.blogspot.co.uk !

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Fleet ~ IpswichBuses and AnglianBus

Please visit Steve's page for photos of Ipswich Buses X93LBJ, which has returned to Suffolk is now in Ipswich bus new livery. X98LBJ is be believed to be repainted next. Also, YN55PZF, ex-metrobus, has arrived at Anglian Bus Beccles. You may remember us posting pictures earlier this year?

Also, 36180 from the Norwich depot is on the 1 today (16:10 ENSFC - Martham). It's assumed to be on loan due to a bus shortage, which isn't helped by the numerous College (881/882 often run from Great Yarmouth, and also 1/1A), school (809, etc...) & BM contracts (1 & 2) from the depot. 65588 is out of service at present, and 2 ALX400s at Repaint (although 60618/22 are on loan), which isn't helping this situation.

Finally, a few articles that are worth a read:
  • Anglian GasBus WX62HGG has sustained rear damage, and FJ09DXE at the front -http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/acle_straight_reopens_after_bus_and_coach_crash_on_a47_injuring_three_people_1_4005308
  • And Norwich traffic - http://www.edp24.co.uk/home/motoring/heavy_traffic_and_bus_delays_cause_commuter_woes_in_norwich_this_morning_as_roadworks_continue_1_4006394

Monday, 23 March 2015

Fleet ~ FirstGreatYarmouth

Cameron, from YarmouthBusPage, has been in touch. He informs us that "42921 EU05AUN, which was believed to be on loan from FirstGreatYarmouth, will remain at Norwich, and will be repainted very shortly. In return, another Eclipse Single decker will move to Great Yarmouth, taking them up to four!

Friday, 20 March 2015

What could've been...

After visiting Asda at Great Yarmouth earlier this morning, in my college free, I thought it was a perfect time to sample the Free Asda shuttle, back into Market Gates. But unfortunately, it didn't go to plan.

After a short wait, S350SET, a Scania L94UB Wright Axcess Floline, pulled up. This bus is generally used most. As I went to board, I thought to myself "great, finally chance to experience my FIRST EVER Ambassador Travel Journey". Obviously, I'd never even been on this bus before, and wasn't set to after the driver alighted, abandoning the bus.

After a quick query ("when will you be returning"). His reply, " I'm not. Another drivers taking over". He walked off whilst I was mid-sentence to ask when that would be, and before I knew it had made it into his car. An absolutely rude member of staff. Would've been my 1st ever Ambassador journey, but I think it may have also been my last!
Not only that, but to Abandon a bus, leaving the doors open, to go off home, when another driver might not show up for hours.

This situatuon proves the point that first impressions really do count, and this is the overall moral of this post. It's vital to keep your customers happy in order for them to return. In this case, it's down to 1 individual who's ruined the reputation in my eyes of a small independent company who probably do need the custom!