|The ZF-Tronic gearboxed Enviro200 trialed by BorderBus|
BorderBus, heading into their third year, have recently been on the up. I have noticed a huge increase in loading recently on their 146 service between Southwold and Norwich, which celebrated a year of operation in July. BorderBus also trialed a ZF-Tronic gearboxed Alexander Dennis Enviro200 midway through the year.
The Thetford based independent added two former Stagecoach London Scania Omnicity double deckers to their fleet this year, sending two Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs out of the fleet. Various coaches have come and gone through the fleet throughout the course of the year.
Eastons continued to operate a wide range of holidays and excursions this year, whilst adding a a Duple Vega bodied Bedford to their vintage fleet and demonstrating an Sitcar Voyager bodied Iveco Daily. Their new website Norfolk Vintage Hire was launched in September.
|Lynx had an unfortunate encounter with Stagecoach in September|
Following Stagecoach's decision to withdraw the Coasthopper over the winter period, a Norfolk County Council subsidy was awarded to Lynx to operate the service. Following this, Stagecoach (In a highly competitive move) re-registered their commercial operation. The funding for Lynx was withdrawn. Stagecoach had not registered their service in sufficient time to begin operating between Wells and Cromer, so Lynx operated the full stretch of the route for a month-and-a-half, with Stagecoach operating between King's Lynn and Wells. Four Optare X1060 Tempos were acquired for use on the service, which entered service in the blue livery of their former operator with Coasthopper names.
Our Bus took on the TR3 and TR4 services from Swift of Great Yarmouth and the 730 from Ambassador Travel midway through the year. For the services they acquired Alexander ALX300 bodied Volvo B10BLE VAG680R and Optare Solo YE52FHC.
|Sanders added six of these smart Pulsars to the fleet in 2015|
Expansion for Sanders came in September with the withdrawal of First services 12 and 12A between Wroxham and Stalham. Further to this, the withdrawal of the First 11A from Greenborough Road saw the former-Neaves 32 extended to serve the area. Passenger numbers have increased heavily on the X44, 44 and 44A after the withdrawal of the Konectbus 2 and 2A between Norwich and Holt.
This operator has had a relatively stable year in terms of fleet changes. The only major change this year was the loss of the contact to operate the Suffolk County Council subsidised service between Diss and Ipswich to Galloway of Mendlesham.