|My first ever journey with Lynx in early January 2015|
The first time I travelled with Lynx I was impressed. It was January in their first week of service and if memory serves me correctly had four buses. Today, I spent the day on the North Norfolk coast - where Lynx have temporarily blessed the beautiful scenery after a what I like to call "the Stagecoach saga". After claiming the Coasthopper was not viable to run over the Winter, Stagecoach said no to running it until next Summer, following this a tender was awarded to Lynx to run an hourly service through the Winter period subsidised by Norfolk County Council... At this point, Stagecoach decide they will be running the Coasthopper - but it's too late to get all sections registered, so Lynx temporarily ran the service between Hunstanton and Sheringham - with the section as far as Cromer left bus less, and Stagecoach only operating as far as Wells. With all this placed upon a brand new operator, after today I am simply amazed. Notable is that for the first time ever, Sanders had the Norwich to Holt via Aylsham, Cromer and Sheringham section to themselves with no interference whilst Stagecoach sorted their registrations with the Traffic Commissioner out.
|A friendly message sent to the bus via the iTicketer system|
After a journey on the Stagecoach X29 from Norwich to Fakenham and 29 from Fakenham to Wells via Walsingham, I boarded an Eastward headed Lynx Optare X1060 Tempo 7 YJ58CEY, which was the first vehicle I travelled on on Lynx's Coasthopper service - whilst onboard I posted a photo onto the blog's Twitter account (See right sidebar) from the inside of the bus and less than ten minutes later (Being the only passenger on the bus), the driver announces "Are you from Norwich Buses Blog", holding a ticket in his hand. On it read "Welcome aboard to Norwich Buses Blog from everyone at Lynx.", sent via the impressive iTicketer system which integrates an office and depot to vehicle communication system within in. It was such a kind gesture, and one which is really appreciated. On Lynx 7 I travelled to the wonderful a Cley-Next-The-Sea for a few photographs among the beautiful village surroundings. All of Lynx's Coasthopper liveried Optare Tempos were acquired from Rotala Plc owned Diamond Bus North West, the former operation of South Lancs Travel.
|Lynx 8 PF10MDX at Cley-Next-The-Sea Delicatessen|
I next travelled on to King's Lynn on Lynx service 35, another immaculate vehicle and another top class driver. I've travelled on the 35 three times now, and each time there's been a group of passengers all talking about why the chose to travel with Lynx. Much like what I have said, their most commonly used words are always "cleaner", "friendlier" and "more reliable". Furthermore, changes to Stagecoach's Coasthopper between King's Lynn and Hunstanton has made Lynx's competing service the quickest option between the two towns. The 14:25 journey I was on was nearing full leaving Hunstanton, rather impressive for an operator taking on a big national company for less than one year.
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