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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Fleet Update ~ First

FirstGreat Yarmouth's 32059 W219XBD re-entered service yesterday after being repainted into the Great Yarmouth Transport heritage livery. Today I caught up with her on the 8s at James Paget Hospital and managed a brief respite from the sun to allow this photograph.


I've been informed that First plan on bringing three heritage liveried ALX400s from Eastern Counties to Old Buckenham Bus Rally in August, assumed to be 32479 AU53HJV from Ipswich, 32059 from Great Yarmouth and 30888 W743DWX from Lowestoft which is yet to return from the paintshop.

In other news, FirstNorwich's Purple Line Volvo B7TL Plaxton President 32203 LT52WTJ has been sent back to Rotherham to have an interior refurbishment.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Anglianbus and Konectbus Changes

Today, Konectbus registered their new Park & Ride routes with VOSA. The numbers differ slightly to those currently in place and the routes link up to other sites across the city.

501 - Thickthorn to Airport via bus station
502 - Harford to Sprowston via bus station
503 - Postwick to bus station

As you've probably noticed, Costessey Park & Ride is not included. All I can say is it will be; we haven't been given the go-ahead (if you'd pardon the pun) to publish yet but we've been told it won't be long!

Alongside these changes, the Sunday service 37B to Mulbarton has swapped hands back to Anglianbus.

Other timetable and route amendments will also be made. For the full report, click here.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Yarmouth Updates

16:10 - Firstly, 30901 W744DWX from the First Lowestoft fleet is still on loan and has seen use on a variety of routes. This afternoon I saw it on the 6/7 routes.

Next up, Danny Beales over a First Bus has allowed us to use a photo of 32059 W218XBD. It's now in Great Yarmouth Transport colours and doesn't it look great! Thanks to Danny for the photo permission, which has the only only GYT livery bus in the background.

(C) Danny Beales
Today from 2:30 and most of yesterday, some FirstGreatYarmouth 2, 6, 7, 8 & X1 and AnglianBus 61 service(s) are diverting via Gorelston White Horse Round about & Church Road (road closure due to damage to the road opposite Gorelston Library).

Also today, 20122 P732NVG was on Driver Trainer duties around Great Yarmouth. I've seen a number of new drivers, so only assume First are recruiting and it'll therefore mean we see more of the Training Fleet... Hopefully.

Finally, P656UFB which used to belong to the FirstBus Fleet, which was transferred to Gorelston Fire Service, has vacated it's space at the rear of the Fire Station. UPDATE 17:00 - Thanks to Jamie Skinner who has confirmed it is now at Alpha Recovery awaiting scrap.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Royal Norfolk Show Buses

I'm sure you all know that the Royal Norfolk Show took place at the Showground today and yesterday. And as usual, local companies were providing special services to and from the event with First operating the 100, Konectbus laid on extra buses on the 4, whilst they also offered a brand new service from Harford Park & Ride numbered the 400. Yesterday, I ventured out with my camera to photograph some of the workings.

konectbus 604 SN10CEX working a special 4 to the Norfolk Show at Norwich Bus Station
I was planning on seeing Norwich City's new kit for the Premier League be unveiled at 10 o'clock so my day started bright and early to allow myself spotting time at Harford Park & Ride before catching the bus to the city centre.


Due to Costessey Park & Ride being shut due to the extra traffic up those parts, Konectbus diverted their service 10 which runs to and from the hospital. For two days only, it operated from Harford. 803 BL57OXM is seen above in the early morning sun heading off towards the hospital.


Harford's entrance and exit have recently been resurfaced, with some very fine loose chippings creating a rally car effect as the buses drove past. Here, 802 BD57WCZ is seen kicking up some dust whilst working the special 400 service direct to the Showground.

36172 BD11CFV leads Routemaster 39480 JJD480D on St Stephen's Street
As mentioned earlier, First were also operating their annual 100 service. This year it was once again operated by some of Norwich's newer vehicles, namely a selection of their B9 Gemini fleet. The two new livery examples of 36172 and sister 36180 BD11CDZ were noted as was Blue Line branded 36168 BD11CFN.

Much to the public's delight, First's two Routemasters were also employed once more. 39480 can be seen behind 36172 in the photo above. Neither were displaying the route number however.


A surprise working was one of Norwich's new StreetLites. 47511 SN64CRX was working the 100 most of the day, after working the morning 600 from Harford Park & Ride to County Hall earlier in the day.

During the day, I also visited Postwick and Sprowston Park & Ride for the next two parts of our Park and Ride series. To catch up, click here for Part 1 (Harford) and here for Part 2 (Thickthorn).

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Norwich Park & Ride Special Part 2 - Thickthorn

Welcome to our 1000th post!

Today brings Part 2 of our new series focusing on Norwich's Park & Ride services and this time we'll be focusing on the Thickthorn site.

502 YJ05PXC sits in green surroundings. This bus is expected to be repainted later this week
Thickthorn Park & Ride is operated by Konectbus and runs every twelve minutes to and from the city centre. It is situated just off the roundabout where the A11 crosses the A47. It is the sixth purpose built site for Norwich and was opened on the 29th March 2005 by the Chariman of the County Council, Richard Rockcliffe.

504 YJ05PXE is in Konect's standard livery but is being used whilst the Pink buses get repainted
Unlike Harford, there are no electric car charging bays but the site does offer cycle parking and recycling facilities. But similarly the journey to and from the city takes approximately ten minutes.

503 YJ05PXD has also seen recent use on the service
The site is smaller than Harford with 726 spaces and the service has a PVR of three vehicles. These are usually three 2005 registered VDL DB250LF Wright Pulsar Geminis with a special pink livery specifically for the service however very recently these buses have been repainted into Konect's standard fleet livery pending the arrival of a batch of new buses to enter service from the 7th September.

500 YJ05PXA seen in the trees just a week or so before being repainted out of her pink guise
That concludes Part 2, keep an eye out for Part 3 which will see a visit to Postwick.

Fleet List Update

Our July fleet lists are now online our Facebook group which can be viewed here. Annoyingly, there seems to be a problem with our .pdf host which means I am currently unable to upload the lists to the blog. I hope to have this problem recitified as soon as possible, but in the mean time, please go to the Facebook page!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Fleet Update ~ Anglianbus and Konectbus

Anglian's latest official fleet list has incorperated the withdrawal of 104 WX62HGG after it's accident on the A47 in March. It also lists the last Konectbus liveried Trident, 725 W825NNJ as withdrawn.

Meanwhile, Konectbus report that the second Thickthorn Park & Ride bus has returned from Full Circle repainted into fleet livery. 500 YJ05PXA joins sited 501 YJ05PXB in her new colours. 502 YJ05PXC is expected to receive the same treatment later this week.

725 with sister 723 W823NNJ at Anglian's depot in Beccles

Monday, 29 June 2015

New Norwich Park & Ride

A new website has been launched for Konect's Norwich Park & Ride ahead of the new network which takes place on the 7th of September. It follows the template of the Go-Ahead group companies Anglianbus, Hedingham, Chambers, and of course Konect themselves. It can be viewed here.

It features a revamped logo, and the new colour scheme which is to be rolled out across all six sites with a fleet of brand new Enviro400s, accompanied by one of Konect's current Citaros and Enviro400s which will both be refurbished and repainted.

 A new Facebook group has also been created along with a new Twitter feed.


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Fleet Update ~ FirstNorwich - UPDATED

The repaint programme is well under way at Norwich, and ex-Yarmouth 42921 EU05AUN re-entered service yesterday in her new guise. Gemini 36172 BD11CFV entered service today on the Blue Line.

Dan High has kindly allowed me to use his images of 42921, which he took whilst it was operating the Yellow Line.
© Dan High

© Dan High
To keep up to date with what's where from the Norwich fleet, take a look at our new livery database.

UPDATE:

Dan also managed to capture this shot of 36172. Seen behind her is 42921!
© Dan High

Fleet Update ~ Konectbus

Konectbus 501 YJ05PXB has been repainted into Konect's standard fleet livery. The Wright Pulsar-Gemini formerly wore a pink livery for Thickthorn Park & Ride, but due to the delivery of 18 new Enviro400s for the services in September, the current fleet will be passed on to regular service. Click here to go over to Konect's enthusiast page.