Norwich Buses Exclusive: First new Konectexpress Enviro400 arrives

The first of five new buses delivered for Konectexpress 8
This afternoon I have great pleasure in bringing to you photographs of the first new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 delivered to Konectbus for the Konectexpress branded service 8, operating from Norwich Rail Station and Bus Station to Dereham and Toftwood.

SN15HKB arrived at around 10:00am this morning all the way from the Alexander Dennis factory is Falkirk, Scotland. Its four sisters are expected to arrive over the coming week ready to make a debut on the 8 in mid August.

The new buses feature free onboard WiFi, complimented perfectly by USB charging points for phones, tablets and laptops beneath the seats. Unlike the current Alexander Dennis Enviro400s employed on the service, which were delivered in 2011, the new equivalents have moquette seating with leather headseats due to comments on the feeling of the black leather seats on warm days. The new livery is based on standard Konectbus colours and the old Konectexpress livery - with a new shade of blue and yellow in use; the dark rear shade of blue is slightly different to the standard Konectbus blue also.

The new style livery from the rear.
It is believed that the new buses are registered SN15HKA alphanumerically through to SN15HKE - with similar three digits as the Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs delivered to First Eastern Counties and used on the Harford Park and Ride service.

To reitterate what has been mentioned in previous posts, the five new buses are to replace the current five on the 8, which will be denoted to the 2 and 2A. The current bunch of regular Optare Tempos on this route will eventually head onto the 53 to replace the yellow Optare Versas - heading back to Anglianbus to replace the Wright Streetlites which will head back to the lease company. Furthermore, eighteen more Enviro400s will be delivered by the end of August for the new Norwich Park and Ride services beginning on September 7th.
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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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