Odds and Ends - 30/08/2015

803 makes a very rare appearance on the 1 on Thursday 27th.
It's been a busy week for news this week, which has also brought out a handful of very rare allocations and a few endings in the area.

We'll begin the post with the very rare allocations of the week, which came after a vehicle shortage at Konectbus on Thursday 27th August. Mercedes Benz Citaro artic 803 BL57OXM was in use on the 1 and 11, between Dereham, Swaffham and King's Lynn. On Saturday 29th August 803 appeared on a the 52 and Tesco Free Bus services at Sprowston, with sister 804 BL57OXN taking the reigns midway through the duty and finishing the day on the 5.

Thursday 27th August was the final day of operation for Peelings service PE4, a long operated rural service operating once a week in West Norfolk. Sadly, as I had booked Megabus tickets for the same day I was unable to venture out for photographs, however, regular contributor "Return2LayerRoad" has a whole host of photographs on his Flickr photostream here. The PE4 was one of a diminishing number of services of its type left in Norfolk; rural stagecarraige services operated by small local coach operators. The following day, it was the final day of operation for OurBus' Great Yarmouth Seafront Cicular service.

On Friday 28th August, a road traffic collision on the A47 at Guyhirn resulted in First X1 buses cutting the route short and terminating at Wisbech Bus Station for a few hours during the day. A full service was resumed by around 3 o'clock. 

Eastern Counties Lodekka OVF229 will be operating free
services in North Elmham this bank holiday.
A head's up for this weekend; on Sunday and Monday the Eastern Transport Collection Society will be operating a free shuttle service around North Elmham for the village festival. North Elmham is a very photogenic little village, so is the perfect opportunity for those rural snaps. Next weekend, on Saturday 5th September, Konectbus are hosting a "launch party" for the new Norwich Park and Ride outside The Forum - buses, fun, games and entertainment will all be on the scene.

More news has come out with regards to Lynx "taking over" the Coasthopper. It is circulated among drivers that Stagecoach will be running, on a commercial basis, between King's Lynn and Wells - to provide a feeder bus for the 29 to Fakenham. Meanwhile, Lynx are said to have won the contract to operate the Coasthopper service following Norfolk County Council putting the service up to tender. I must stress that this is not the final set in stone story, but is certainly a feasible reasoning. More news is due in the coming weeks.

Onto the rest of the rare workings of the week, besides the two which we began the post with, on Tuesday 25th August, Konectbus Optare Excel 219 W219PRB was employed on the 9. Thursday 27th August saw Sanders Plaxton Centro bodied VDL SB120 207 YJ07JSV in use on the 32 and First Norwich Purple Line Wright Eclipse Urban bodied Volvo B7RLE 66977 KX05MHA on Yellow Line 29, 29A, 29B and 29S journey and an early evening journey on the Red Line 24A. Also on Thursday, Konectbus 2 and 2A branded Alexander Dennis Enviro400 607 SN61CZX was on the 5 and 603 SN10CFG made an unusual appearance on the 1 and 11.

Three more former Ipswich Volvo B7RLEs are coming to our
City today. Two will be painted into Purple Line livery.
Whilst I was hard at work yesterday, regular contributor Cameron Robinson was in touch with the latest First news. As reported earlier in the week 66976  KX05MGZ, 66978 KX05MHE and 66980 KX05MHJ are transferring from Ipswich to Norwich today. 66976/8 are to be painted into the Purple Line livery, whilst 66980 will make up numbers in the Turquoise Line allocation - as two Volvo B7Ls previously did. The arrival of eleven new Wright Streetlites is still widely spoken of, and Cameron confirms that they will be arriving by the end of the year. Interestingly, the entire batch are slightly longer than the current six being 11.5 metre Streetlite Max variants; meaning they will be numbered in the national fleet numbering system under the '6' series. Two Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs are to move back to Norwich during September from Great Yarmouth, where the summer requirements are depressed as the summer holidays draw to a close. A big thank you goes to Cameron for his invaluable help. Over on East Norfolk Bus Blog is a report outlining changes at First Great Yarmouth, including some sad news regarding the Olympians. See more here.

And the week summed up... On Monday, with thanks to guest reporter Daryl we took a look at the scene in South Wales. On Tuesday news of changes reconsidered at First, replacement and alternatives came in followed by a special report from a former publicity photographer. On Wednesday, a Stagecoach Fleet Update and transfer news from First was made available. On Thursday, we took a look at what's where for the end of August and went on a big Stagecoach Dayrider Adventure. Friday saw news of a local Megabus cancellation and photographs of the first branded Park and Ride Enviro400s at Konectbus. On Saturday, more Go-Ahead news came in with updates from both Konectbus and Anglianbus.
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About Kieran Smith

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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