First in Norfolk and Suffolk have announced their forthcoming 99 service from Lowestoft to Kessingland on their website. The article claims the service is "in response to customer feedback" and will be the last piece in their Lowestoft jigsaw. However, the main incentive for catching the service seems to be aimed at tourists, with £2 off entry to Africa Alive on presentation of a valid bus ticket. You can read the full post on First's website by clicking here.
It still remains to be seen what vehicles First intend to use on the 99 in competition with the gas buses. Anglian seem to be concentrating their efforts on retaining regular passengers by reducing the price of their daily and weekly Lowestoft area tickets, including Beccles, which is also part of First's Lowestoft Town area. Do the good people of Beccles know they are part of Lowestoft town?
I think it will be very interesting to see who comes out on top in Kessingland. As yet First haven't released the timetable, but I'll keep my eye out and post the link as and when it is.
UPDATE: Norwich Bus Page has been told by First that two of Yarmouth's vehicles are to transfer to Lowestoft to help them cope with the requirements for the 99 - Caetano Nimbus 42358 and a Gemini. I find this confusing as the 99 is going to need at least 3 buses and Lowestoft have had to borrow constantly from Yarmouth in recent days anyway - 34114 is still there and 33423 was there last week. I also heard from an extremely reliable and distinguished source that Yarmouth aren't exactly flush themselves with vehicles to spare. They have gained 4 ALX 400's, but lost 20514/5 to Norwich, 60807 to the driving school and have 34114 and Lowestoft. No wonder the Olympians are making a comeback. So can they really spare two vehicles to Lowestoft? I still think there may be a surprise in store in the next couple of weeks. If 42358 does transfer it won'tbe on the 99's. The 99 is a big bus route so 42358 would have to release something off the 101's I guess. Of course there's always the Routemasters................