May to June 2016

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Bus activity in the East Norfolk and East Suffolk area of England during the months of May and June 2016. Whilst the board concentrates on the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft area there are reports from elsewhere in the UK

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Another Great Yarmouth stalwart, Plaxton President bodied Volvo has been stood down from service is expected to foll. First Bus, Great Yarmouth, Buses And Trains, Stand Down, Busses, Coaches, Norfolk, Volvo, Transportation

Another President Goes

Another Great Yarmouth stalwart, Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 32211, has been stood down from service LT52WTU is expected to follow similar former Caister Road deckers in their onward transfer to the South West My thanks to sources at First for the information

The June saw the unusual sight of a Yellow line decker on the 8 service in Great Yarmouth. It was Norwich based Trident 32106 First Bus, Great Yarmouth, Yellow Line, Trident, Coaches, Norfolk, Buses, Volvo, Transportation

Yellow Eight

An unusual sight this afternoon on the 8 service in Great Yarmouth was Norwich based Trident 32106 (LT02ZCV), it wears the Yellow Line livery for Norwich Network services so was quite noticable in the town. It had just passed its MOT at Caister Road and was pressed into use due to a vehicle shortage. 32106 pictured on Barnard Avenue heading towards Caister. Another recent arrival from Norwich was also noted in use on the 1's today, I managed to Photograph Gemini 36180 in my home village of…

On the June Grahame reported that recent arrival from Essex, moved to Lowestoft on a permanent basis after a very brief spell back in Great Yarmouth. First Bus, Great Yarmouth, Buses And Trains, Busses, Coaches, June, Modern, Trainers, Buses

Latest from Caister Road

Latest news from Caister Road sees recent arrival from Essex 30887 moving to Lowestoft this evening on a permanent basis after a very brief spell back in Great Yarmouth. 30887 W742DWX awaiting transfer to Lowestoft this afternoon. Norwich based Volvo B9's 36172 & 36180 will move to Caister Road for the summer period, 36180 was at the depot on my visit this afternoon with 36172 which has been on loan at Lowestoft coming in return for 30887 later this evening. Ex First South Yorkshire Trident…

On June newly arrived in Eastern Counties heritage livery, worked the Bernard Matthews contract from Great Yarmouth along with Gemini 32629 On arrival at the factory the duo joined up with Great Yarmouth Transport heritage liveried 32059 Great Yarmouth, Bus Coach, Public Transport, Coaches, Norfolk, Buses, Volvo, Gemini, Transportation

Local Loanees

You will have seen from a previous post that there are a couple of deckers on loan at First's Caister Road depot Eastern Counties branded AU53HJV leads KP5454KAX on this afternoon's Bernard Mathews run I reported yesterday that heritage liveried Transbus ALX400 AU53HJV had found is way to Great Yarmouth. This afternoon it was working the Bernard Matthews contract from Great Yarmouth along with Gemini 32629 KP54KAX. On arrival at the factory the duo joined up with Great Yarmouth Transport…

The June saw the final journey of Craske Coaches Plaxton Paramount bodied DAF SB, registered on a lowloader. My thanks to Kevan Portas for the info and photo Tow Truck, Trucks, Great Yarmouth, Bus Coach, Coaches, Norfolk, Buses, Finals, Scrap

Craske Coach ~ Final Journey

Norfolk operator Craske Coaches saw the departure of a coach from their Catfield depot for its last time yesterday The Plaxton Paramount bodied DAF SB, registered ORY640, left on a low loader during yesterday morning after being owned by the company since August 2011. It started life as E986AHH with Yeowart of Whitehaven in January 1988. They sold out to SCoach and became part of the CMS coach subsidiary Coachline from where it gained its cherished plate from a stablemate Van Hool in…

The June also saw another liveried bus on the town's service between Caister's Marram Drive and the James Paget Hospital. Recently it had seen the use of yellow and pink liveried deckers and that afternoon a purple one was to be seen on the route! First Bus, Great Yarmouth, Purple Haze, Coaches, Norfolk, Buses, Volvo, Transportation, England

Purple Haze!

Over the last couple of weeks or so the town's service 8, between Caister's Marram Drive and the James Paget Hospital, has seen the use of yellow and pink liveried deckers, This afternoon a purple one was to be seen on the route! Norwich Purple Line's Plaxton President bodied Trident 33166 LR0LYD is seen leaving Market Gates Bus Station heading for the James Paget Hospital I understand from Grahame that Norwich Red Line Trident 33233 LT52WWV is also in town Roy

The June witnessed a couple of vehicle swaps taking place which saw Lowestoft based Enviro 200 45118 go on loan to Ipswich Depot as cover for their Enviro fleet whilst Ipswich Volvo 66850 moved in the opposite direction to the Suffolk Coast. Suffolk Coast, Great Yarmouth, Coaches, Norfolk, Buses, Volvo, About Uk, Vehicle, Couple

Lowestoft Loanee

A couple of vehicle swaps have taken place this week which has seen Lowestoft based Enviro 200 45118 ST09JPT go on loan to Ipswich Depot as cover for their Enviro fleet whilst Ipswich Volvo B7RLE 66850 MX05CHD moves in the opposite direction to the Suffolk Coast. 66850 Pictured in Kessingland working the 99 to Lowestoft on Tuesday morning. Grahame.

 We begin with news that a batch of Volvo Geminis are being transferred to E. First Bus, Great Yarmouth, Line Branding, Double Deck, Busses, Blue Line, Coaches, Norfolk, Long Distance

Latest First Happenings

A busy start to the week for First Eastern Counties. We begin with news that a batch of Volvo B9TL/Wright Geminis are being transferred to East Anglia from First Leeds. The full list of arrivals due is 36181 - 36202. 36181 (BF12KXU) & 36185 (BN12JYM) were collected today and have now arrived in Norfolk. The vehicles were purchased new in 2012 for First Games Transport operations for the London Olympics prior to heading North to Leeds. Pink Line branded 35198 SK16GVX in Temple Road today…

BorderBus began trialling Optare's new MetroDecker at its Beccles base on Moor Business Park during yesterday The Suffolk operator hopes. First Bus, Great Yarmouth, Busse, Norfolk, Trials, Volvo, Park, News, Business

BorderBus Trials New MetroDecker

BorderBus began trialling Optare's new MetroDecker at its Beccles base on Moor Business Park during yesterday The Suffolk operator hopes to commence using the 11.1 metre orange demonstrator on its services from Saturday with it staying for a fortnight for evaluation purposes. Optare launched the MetroDecker during 2014 and the delays of getting it into service were down to parent Ashok Leyland's insistence that it was thoroughly tested and not developed in the field after going into…

On June both heritage deckers appeared on with and appearing together in Norwich Bus Station Great Yarmouth, Bus Station, Coaches, Norfolk, Buses, England, Activities, Modern, Trainers

Heritage Deckers on X1/X11

I was in Gorleston High Street this afternoon and noted Eastern Counties heritage liveried Transbus AU53HJV on the X1 13:30 Lowestoft to Norwich. As I didn't have my camera with me, I had to make do with the mobile phone and this is the result below Some ten minutes later the 13.57 X11 from Belton went past with Great Yarmouth Blue Bus W219XBD in charge, also on its way to Norwich. However, it was too quick for me to get a photo..Knowing that others may be interested in the workings I…

Ross Newman at Ensign has recently published details of the comings and goings at the Purfleet dealer during May in Castle Meadow. State Of Play, Great Yarmouth, Trident, My Ride, Coaches, Norfolk, Axe, Buses, Devon

Norwich P&R Tridents

Ross Newman at Ensign has recently published details of the comings and goings at the Purfleet dealer during May PN03ULL in Castle Meadow in June 2011 with a Sprowston Park & Ride service Photo: Grahame Bessey Of interest is that the penultimate Norwich Park & Ride Trident at Ensign has found a new owner. PN03ULL is now with Axe Valley of Seaton in Devon. By my reckoning that leaves just PN03UMC as the last of the ten arriving there in last November The fourteen ex London General Tridents…

A fourth former Norwich trident arrives and is immediately pressed into service on the between the JPH and Caister on May First Bus, Great Yarmouth, Beauty First, Trident, Coaches, Norfolk, Buses, Transportation, Modern

Fourth Ex-Norwich Trident Arrives

So far unreported on the blog is the arrival of a fourth Trident from the First Norwich fleet in the last couple of weeks or so. 33246 LT52WUX left the fine city on Friday evening after having its branding removed Ex Norwich Trident 33246 LT52WUX on the 8 this afternoon complete with the latest destion display It immediately entered service on Saturday morning working the 8s between the James Paget Hospital and Caister Second Avenue. It joins the ranks of 33004/7/151 already transferred from…

As you will probably have guessed, I am back from my trip to the west coast of the USA and will be posting about our San Francisco experienc. Great Yarmouth, The Office, Norfolk, Buses, Offices, About Uk, Coast, Public, Tours

Service Alterations Registered ~ 22nd June 2016

As you will probably have guessed, I am back from my trip to the west coast of the USA and will be posting about our San Francisco experience later in the week I would like to thank Grahame for holding the fort and for his contributions to the blog whilst I have been away; his tribute to Jim Long couldn't have been an easy one for him to write In my absence, the East of England Traffic Commissioner issued his latest Notices and Proceedings Report last Wednesday, so here's the main points as…

On the 21st June Grahame had the unenviable task of writing a tribute to his friend Jim Long. He wrote: 'It is with great sadness and shock we are reporting the sudden passing of Jim Long. Jim was a regular contributor to our blog and has been a truly good friend to myself for the past twelve years or so.  Our Thoughts, Prayers and Love are with Jim's wife Eve and his family. Great Yarmouth, Bus Coach, Coaches, Sadness, Buses, Bristol, Eve, Prayers, The Past

JAMES LONG

It is with great sadness and shock we are reporting the sudden passing of Jim Long. Jim was a regular contibutor to our blog and has been a truly good friend to myself for the past twelve years or so. I first came across Jim after he emailed me back in 2004 regarding a photo of mine he had seen in Buses magazine and he asked me if i could send him a copy to which i duly obliged and from that day on we became firm friends and began to share our photographs from our local areas. Jim was…

Two more deckers join the First Great Yarmouth fleet with First Essex Alexander bodied Volvo 30887 arriving at Caister Road on July. The second bus, Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 32955 was also due from First South Yorkshire First Bus, Great Yarmouth, Buses And Trains, South Yorkshire, Trident, Norfolk, Volvo, June, England

Two More Deckers

First Great Yarmouth were expected to have taken delivery of another two double deckers during the weekend First Essex Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL 30887 W742DWX arrived at Caister Road on Saturday. The second bus is Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 32955 X611HLT which was due from First South Yorkshire yesterday 30887 W742DWX on North Denes Road on Bernard Matthews duties on 6th February 2012 W742DWX is no stranger to Great Yarmouth having previously worked here during 2012…

Yesterday saw the start of First's new weekday Summer timetable; Beacon Park, Great Yarmouth, Busses, Norfolk, Gates, June, Activities, Summer, Summer Time

Summer Weekday Timetable Starts ~ Updated

Yesterday saw the start of First's new weekday Summer timetable; although if you look at the weather you wouldn't have believed it! Wright StreetLite 47506 threads its way through Shrublands Estate yesterday on the first day of the weekday service As part of the summer changes two new routes have commenced including the 9 between Market Gates and the James Paget Hospital. The service replaces the 2 which previously served the Gorleston area with a tour around Cliff Park Estate tacked on for…