Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Service Alterations Registered ~ 17th October 2017

Again there are no changes to local bus services to relate following the publication of today's Notices & Proceedings Report by Eastern of England Transport Commissioner.

However, the full report can be viewed by clicking HERE


Recent Transfer at Work in Leeds

Volvo B7L 66345 MV02VCY recently transferred up to First West Yorkshire from Norwich and is now based at Leeds Bramley Depot.

It has been fitted with new destination equipment and is seen here working the 86 service to Rodley.

Many Thanks to Matthew Jimmison for use of the photograph.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Brighton Sightings Thursday

As part of the short break down south we just had to pay a visit to Brighton and so it took place on Thursday 12th October.

We used the Stagecoach South 700 Coastliner to travel from Worthing to Brighton. On the journey we passed ADL Enviro400 bodied Scania N230UD 15983 (YN64XSK) heading westbound at Shoreham.

As it was a warm sunny day, we decided to leave the bus at Grand Avenue in Hove and continue our journey on foot to Brighton Pier; visiting the compact and bijou Pool Valley Coach Station on the way. Only one National Express coach was present and that was Caetano Levante FJ11MJK from West Drayton's Sipson Road depot awaiting its next duty on the 747 route.

Arriving at the Pier, Brighton & Hove's OmniDeckka open topper 920 (YN06NYL) was offering a sightseeing tour. Incidentally similar 919 (YN06NYK) was also noted on the route later in the day.

With Churchill Square not providing much variety, I decided to concentrate most of my sightings in the Steine Gardens area in the hope of seeing one of the two recently transferred bendybuses from Konectbus - unfortunately I was out of luck! However, I did see Mercedes-Benz 0530G Citaro 107 (BD57WDK) which had lost its normal service 25 branding in favour of  a '# Science on Buses' livery.

Metrobus also had a presence and pictured is route 270 branded Alexander Dennis Enviro200 6780 (YY15GCZ) at Old Steine. The 270 links East Grinstead to Brighton via Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill. Similarly branded 6781 (YY15GDA) was also observed during my visit.

The Big Lemon also serves The Steyne area and early on most of their workings eluded my camera, but I was in the right place at right time for the next photo. It is of the first decker the operator has acquired since an Olympian in its early days. TransBus President bodied Volvo B7TL PJ53NKK is captured in St James's Street and was new to Go-Ahead London.

My final photo is that of a Coliseum Coaches 2017 registered Scania YR17RJO. Coliseum is part of the Fareham based Lucketts fleet with another representative of the fleet in attendance in the form of Worthing Coaches Scania YN64AGZ.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Short Break

Apologies for the lack of posts over the past few days with the reasons being twofold. Firstly, as highlighted elsewhere, there has been little (or nothing!) to report of late and, secondly, I have spent the last week away on the south coast at Worthing.

However, what I can bring you is some photos of sightings in Worthing on Monday 9th October. The first features a Metrobus Scania OmniCity on Marine Parade. 6551 (YN05HCG) is arriving on the hourly 23 service from Crawley.

On South Street can be seen Stagecoach South Enviro200 36054 (GX58GLK) which was, at one time, an incumbent of Basingstoke.

The other bus operator in the town is Compass Bus which was using similar GX13FSU on its 16 route to West Tarring.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Service Alterations Registered ~ 11th October 2017

There are no changes to local bus services to report following the publication of today's Notices & Proceedings Report published by Eastern of England Transport Commissioner.

However, the full report can be viewed by clicking HERE


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Future Of Ex Swift Vehicles Uncertain

The O-licence of 3D Travel, based in Whitehaven, Cumbria, has been revoked by the Traffic Commissioner for the North West, Simon Evans. The revocation takes effect from October 20, 2017.

Former Swift Taxis coach GLZ3141 in 3D Travel colours.  Photo: Mark Egdell
The partnership running the business, Peter Kermeen and Elaine Fletcher, were each disqualified from holding or obtaining an O-licence for nine months, while Peter Kermeen lost his repute as transport manager and was disqualified from this role for two years.

The Traffic Commissioner highlighted a number of negatives which he said outweighed all of the positive changes the operator had made since it was called to public inquiry

This means that the future of former Great Yarmouth Swift Taxis coaches acquired by the company is now uncertain. We will keep an eye on this operator and let you know of any further developments.


Monday, 9 October 2017

Catfield Catches

Heading for the North Norfolk coast on Saturday, I thought I would divert via Catfield to locate the premises occupied by Craske Coaches.

Having easily found the site, I observed that three of the fleet's five coaches were present. The trio included Van Hool bodied Scania JUI7364, whist standing together were Scanias CNZ6130 and XIL6507; the latter has an Irizar body whilst the former is a Berkhof

On the adjoining site were three minibuses operated by Feline Travel - Mercedes-Benz Sprinter PO54ODX (pictured), Irisbus ET07FET and another Sprinter in the form of FY03WZR.

Well worth the diversion.