Sunday, 26 March 2017

Norfolk Green Solos in Wigan

On my recent travels I visited Stagecoach's depot in Wigan for a quick look inside. Upon arrival I was quite surprised to see a number of ex-Norfolk Green vehicles present. After a little research, I found out that four Optare Solos are currently being stored there awaiting collection by their new oweners, McGills in Scotland. I managed to snap all but one, MX55WCV.




Tuesday, 21 March 2017

First to Expand Charcoal Line

Today a number of changes to First's Network Norwich have been made to commence on Sunday 14th May. These changes are now on Vosa and are as follows:

Red Line 23/24
The temporary diversion route on services 23, 23A and 23B which operates via Salhouse Road rather than Plumstead Road East will become the permanent route following positive feedback from passengers and drivers.

a Green Line bus at Postwick last year
Green Line 14/15
Service 15 will be extended to Acle in order to provide a connection with the X1 and X11 services to and from Great Yarmouth, Belton and Lowestoft, however as a result of this the service will no longer serve Blofield Heath.

Service 30/30A/30B
First will be extending three buses a day to serve parts of Taverham, Thorpe Marriott and Drayton villages which are not covered by the Yellow Line services.

Charcoal line 40/41/X41
a Charcoal Line bus in front of Anglian's X88 service
© Sam Larke
NEW services 41 and X41 will provide direct main road connections between Norwich City Centre and Bungay. Buses will operate via Ditchingham and will serve all bus stops along the main road to Poringland and Norwich. The X41 will offer journey times between Bungay and Norwich of just 45 minutes. As a result of this, minor timetable changes will be made to existing service 40. 

It is expected that a number of Volvo B9TL Wright Eclipse-Gemini's will be acquired for the new services.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Simonds Re-Registrations

Simonds of Botesdale have re-registered some of their vehicles, with two noted so far. Enviro200 WA09FHJ now wears DSU116 (thanks to Cameron for that one) whilst I noted Scania N94UD East Lancs OmniDekka BV55UCY now wearing WVE284. I'll make sure to keep a close eye on any Simonds' vehicles that go past from now on, and don't forget if you notice any you can get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or by email at

WA09FHJ at Diss Bus Station

Monday, 13 February 2017

Demonstrator in Service

With thanks to Gerard Fletcher from the X1 Blog, I was aware that the X1 Demonstrator YN16CFU was going to enter service today, and he was right! It did, and whilst I was stuck at work he has kindly sent over this photograph he took in Wisbech earlier this morning.

© Gerard Fletcher
Gerard wasn't the only one out and about trying to capture the Scania N250UD Alexander Dennis Enviro400MMC though. Cameron Robinson ventured out to King's Lynn to photograph it and this is his result:

© Cameron Robinson
Thanks gents for the efforts!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Fleet Update: FirstGreat Yarmouth

There've been a few whispers recently about another withdrawal from First and I can now confirm that they are true. Volvo B12M Plaxton Paragon 20500 AO02RBX has been withdrawn and subsequently sold alongside double deckers 30887 W742DWX and 30902 W757DWX. The pair of Volvo B7TL Alexander ALX400s were withdrawn at the end of December as they didn't meet DDA requirements.

20500 in Chelmsford in 2014 working on the X30 to Stansted Airport

the coach also had a brief spell in Norwich in the middle of last year, here it is photographed at Roundtree Way depot

outside Caister Road depot about to complete some contract work. © Cameron Robinson

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

X1 Demonstrator

King's Lynn depot have taken delivery of a Scania version of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400MMC on demonstration. Registered YN16CFU, the bus will be used on the Western section of the X1 to begin with as First start to decide what will replace the current fleet when the time comes. More at Gerard's X1 Blog here: