Jordan Watson has been in contact and provided a lengthy report on recent happens in the Ipswich Buses fleet. Unfortunately I am unable to repeat the full report here but these I consider to be the main points.
Firstly, Jordan tells me the Scania OmniCity deckers are coming in thick and fast from Hants and Dorset Trim with 17 buses now confirmed to be converted to single door. The influx will mean that the last remaining Tridents due to go include 12 (LG02FDC), 13 (LG02FDF), 16 (LG02FDN), 20 (Y436NHK) and 22 (LR02BBJ). Remaining will be 7 (LX03BTF), 8 (LX04FYB), 25 (SN51 AXP) and 26 (LR52 KWH) - three ‘Carters’ buses and one an Ipswich town server.
Last Friday (16th) saw Mercedes Citaro 153 (BF65 HVT) on its first ever trip on service 6, it ventured off its normal Whitton 9/10 work to do the 6:25 outbound service 6. Although this was a one off there is also a permanent allocation for a Citaro of one morning service 4 and one PM service 13
MCV Evolution 156 (AY60BVD), previously with Carters, has been repainted and smartened up for full time town service work. It is mainly seen on the 13 with the occasional service 12 or 8. It wears the new refined green and purple livery with the white vinyl strip along the sides.
A few strange allocations have been reported by Jordan over the past week including Optare Versa 146 (YK08EPC) appearing on the decker dominant 15 and 15a service - although this was only for a brief morning spell.
Other noted workings comprised Dart Sprytes 93 and 98 both appearing on 6 and 2 after both seemingly being expelled from town to constantly run on the 97 to Shotley. Optare Excel 170 (YG52DGO) made one single trip on the new service 7 to Anglia Retail Park before returning to 9/10 work. What will be Scania 45 (YR61RVE) was seen on Carters service for a week still in London specification and livery. However, this has now been sent off for conversion.
Finally, Jordan provides details of some buses 'that are not playing nicely' which include Optare Solo 244 (YN53ELW) which was seen being towed back to the depot last Friday afternoon and has remained there since. It is now sitting on 'old crocks row' next to DAF 58 (PJ53OLA) which has been SORN and out of service with a mechanical issue. Solo 243 (YN04LWJ) has also been off the road for some time with its future uncertain although its still taxed.
My thanks to Jordan for his extensive report illustrated by his own photos. The blog is always pleased to receive topical reports with supporting photos. Contact details for each software platform can be seen in the left hand column on this page.
From the 3rd of April First begin to operate the X29 service between Fakenham and Norwich. The route was previously operated by Stagecoach. Four of the Recent Volvo B9TL arrivals from Leeds are being revamped to serve the route and the first vehicle to be treated made its way back to Norwich yesterday from Simon Morris in Ipswich.
36265 BG12YJX is pictured above in its new Yellow fronted livery in the winter sun.
36266 & 36268 are curently at Simon Morris in Ipswich to recieve their Yellow livery whilst former Yellow line liveried Trident 32105 is also there to gain the new generic Lilac front for any routes.
Many Thanks to Zak Nelson for his excellent photograph.
Today's Notices and Proceedings Report provides details of approval to three applications to vary existing services under short notice
Following the partial completion of work on the A47 Lowestoft Road in Gorleston, First Eastern Counties has gained retrospective consent to amend the route and timetable of service 9 between the James Paget Hospital and the town's Market Gates plus services 8/8A/8B between the hospital and Caister's Marram Drive.
Sanders Coaches is to amend the timetable of its 43/43A/43B Reepham Market Place to Norwich Bus Station route from 29th April 2018.
The East of England Transport Commissioner's full report can be accessed HERE
Amid all the Winter Weather the sun did shine in Norwich yesterday and Mark Doggett was out and about with his camera and has kindly sent us a selection of First Norwich vehicles enjoying the bright conditions.
First up is recent Volvo B9TL arrival from Leeds 36270 BG12YKC, seen here heading towards St Stephens at the top of Castle Meadow.
Heritage liveried Volvo B7L 60915 YG02DLZ is pictured in the same location working the Purple Line 37 service to Milbarton.
On to Theatre Street where we see Red Line liveried Volvo 66981 KX05MHK awaiting passengers for the 24A service to Thorpe St Andrew.
Finally we see Kings Lynn based Enviro 33808 YX63LJO heading out of the Bus Station heading for Peterborough. This part of the route has been renamed XL or Excel whichever you prefer and the bus has now been fitted with new branding for the service and updated Screen displays.
Many Thanks to Mark for his excellent photographs.