Monday, 25 July 2016

Konecbus take over Anglianbus 7

635 operating the X7 (renumbered from 503) this morning
Today was the first day of Konect's new service 7, which has been taken over from sister company Anglianbus. It has been rerouted to call in at Postwick Park & Ride; providing the first P&R service to Great Yarmouth, whilst alongside the renumbered 503 (X7), it offers a frequency of one bus every 15 minutes to the city centre.

Konect have repainted five of their 65 registered Park & Ride buses into a new livery which mixes the Park & Ride green with their "Straight 8" livery, but have decided against branding the service "Swift 7" after initially proposing that would be the plan. The buses which have been painted are as follows:

635 SN65OAU
636 SN65OAV
637 SN65OAW
638 SN65OAX
639 SN65OAY

636 approaching from Great Yarmouth on the 7
You may have already seen the repainted buses in service over the last week or two, void of any branding. A lot of people's (including myself) first impression of the new colour scheme was rather negative, but what a difference the vinyls make as today I take my negative opinion back. The buses looked very smart indeed, especially in the sun, with the colour scheme finished off with green destination screens. USB ports have also been installed, to bring the buses up to speed with those used on the "Straight 8" service and to add something extra which First currently do not offer on their rival X1 and X11 services. These additions walk hand-in-hand with the free onboard WiFi which altogether offers passengers total connectivity on board without having to worry about running out of battery.

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