All change at Anglianbus and Konectbus

The current buses on the 8 will be replaced and moved onto the 2,
catalyzing a timeline of other cascades.
A lot is to happen over the next few months at local Go-Ahead owned operators Anglianbus and Konectbus all of which, for ease of information, is summed up below. Everything is very much taking place in a cascading process, so I have tried to list things chronologically where possible.

Five brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro400s are to be delivered to Konectbus for Konectexpress service 8. These buses are set to have moquette seats with leather head rests, rather than full leather seating. These are expected in the coming two months. There is also set to be a much brighter, striking new livery, but that's still a secret.

Eighteen Alexander Dennis Enviro400s will be delivered in time for Monday 7th September when the new Norwich Park and Ride network will begin. These will be equipped with free WiFi and next stop announcements. Two of the three Wright Pulsar Gemini bodied DAF DB250s have been repainted into standard Konectbus livery. 500 and 501 have both made an entry into service mid way through last week and sister 502 is to be sent away imminently. It is also worth noting that come September, the Norwich Park and Ride operation is entirely commercial, funded by Konectbus. There are new route numbers for the revised network, but for purposes of respect towards the commercial team at Konectbus, I will keep them hush until details are "officially" released - but as I said, they certainly are different! A commercial operation allows much more flexibility into routes and expansion, meaning there could be even more changes if everything runs smoothly. Furthermore, this also explains the move to accepting Konectbus and Anglianbus "Anywhere" and "CityZone" tickets on the services from Monday 7th September.

After a period of much uncertainty, it is provisionally decided that at least three of the Mercedes Benz Citaro articulated buses are to be retained for use on the UEA link and N&N Hospital link from Costessey, both of which are to be run separately - not as a combined service as many thought. Two are also expected to be retained for busy event days, such as the Norfolk Show and the Lord Mayors Procession. However, these are likely to be stored away from the main depot in Dereham. On the same subject, an announcement is to made shortly as to the storage of the twenty three buses incoming, but it is hoped they can all be squeezed into the depot.

The five buses on Konectexpress service 8, which will be replaced (see point one), will be moved onto the 2. Thanks to Sam Larke for informing me of this a couple of months ago. It is expected that some of the former London General Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs will move to pastures new and the Optare Tempos will be used elsewhere on the network.

The yellow Optare Versas are to move back to Anglianbus.
The batch of five yellow Optare Versas at Konectbus will move back to sister company Anglianbus later in the year when the lease on the four Wright Streetlites expires. Moving on to service 53 as a result will Optare Tempos, many of which will be freed up due to new the current Konectexpress 8 buses moving onto the 2.

I hope that provides some clarification, and as I always say, things do change in any industry - but all of the above I have been reliably informed of, with enormous thanks going out to my contacts at Konectbus. On a separate note, Anglianbus Caetano Ecocity bodied MAN 18.270 104 WX62HGG is now officially listed as withdrawn, with loaned Alexander Dennis Envrio200 YW14FHS staying in the fleet until a replacement vehicle is sourced. East Lancs Lolyne bodied Dennis Trident 725 W725NNJ is now withdrawn also.
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Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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