Tuesday Time Tunnel: Konect Coaches

Plaxton Viewmaster VIB5322 at Rouen Road (Colin Apps) 
In this week's Tuesday Time Tunnel we head sixteen years back to 1999 for a look at an operator who, besides a similar name, are completely unrecognisable from their origins. 

1999 was the year in which Konect were formed, registered to the owners address in South Wooton with the depot registered at Richmond Road in Saham Toney. By the end of the first year, the fleet stood at five coaches. These being Plaxton Viewmaster bodied Leyland Tigers VIB5321, VIB5322 and C105PCN, Duple bodied Bedford YMT MIB3378 and VanHool Alizee bodied DAF MB2000 JIL2146. The livery was a striking yellow and blue with large "Konect" vinyl. 

Originally operating a mix of local private hires and school contracts, Konect grew to launch bus services using a stunning fleet of Leyland Nationals. Moving forward, Konect had moved to Dereham and acquired the bus operations of Dereham Coachways, founding their Dereham Nipper branded service 1 to Toftwood - now apart of the Konectexpress 8. The early millennium network was very much restrained to the Brecklands area of Norfolk, between Dereham, Watton, Thetford and King's Lynn - and one service to Fakenham and Wells. Compare this operation to the Konectbus we know today, a modern fleet and a very strong network stretching across the entire width Norfolk!
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  1. Great pic!

    VIB5231/2 had Plaxton Supreme V bodies. C105PCN had a Plaxton Paramount 3200 IIE bod.