In the second part of our end of year reviews, we take a look at the principal happenings from the big group operators in Norwich and surrounding areas.
|One of a trio of deckers which arrived at Anglianbus this year|
November saw network revisions and some big cuts. There were substantial changes on the 80, 81, 81A, 87, 88 and X88. The 7 was extended to operate all the way through to Lowestoft before changing to a 61, and a new route through Gorleston taken. The Sunday and Public Holiday service was axed, leaving it solely in the hands of First's competing X1. The 60 was withdrawn between Beccles and Lowestoft and the other sections of the route split, whilst the 82 and 82A was rerouted to one service being the 82
|One of a fleet of new Wright Streetlite Maxs new in November|
Eleven new Wright Streetlite Maxs delivered in December saw the Green Line livery hit the street too. New Wright Streetdecks are expected for the Pink Line at some point during this year, which will add further colour to the Norwich rainbow.
Five Wright Eclipse Urban bodied Volvo B7RLEs have joined the Norwich allocation from Ipswich where reductions saw reduced PVRs. Alongside this was the introduction of 11 brand new Wright Streetlite Maxs during November and December for Green Line services. This has seen almost all of the Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7Ls leave the county for Bristol and Bath.
Early December saw big changes to the X1, with new links in Great Yarmouth, and the X2, with new direct journeys and a new X22 for the longer journeys. In Norwich, a 39A was introduced to create a new link to the newly opened ASDA supermarket at Hall Road.
|A sad moment on November 1st as the last ever 2 departs|
In May, Konectbus branched their network Eastwards with the introduction of new service 72 (Norwich-Brundall-Blofield-Acle-Great Yarmouth) and 71 (Great Yarmouth-Hemsby-Wroxham), plus service 16 linking Dereham and Wymondham. The latter was withdrawn in November due to very low usage.
August saw the introduction of a fleet of five brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro400s with charging points and high back seating with leather headrests for the Konectexpress 8.
From November 2nd, the 2 and 2A was controversially withdraw and swayed MP action and a petition of over 1,000 signatures.
Stagcoach in Norfolk
A small fleet of five Optare M990SLR were delivered over the summer for predominant use on the King's Lynn town network.
Stagecoach announced they would not be running the Coasthopper service over the Winter due to the losses it makes. Council funding was awarded to Lynx and Stagecoach chose to compete, which saw council funding withdrawn. Stagecoach re-registered with VOSA too late to continue operating the Wells-Sheringham section of the route and had to catch up with it a month later.