Returning from Rotherham this week to Ipswich were Volvo B7rle's 69010 and the first ex P&R to be refurbished 69425, although no one has reportedly seen them yet. (Update - since this post went up 5 hours ago they have been seen, pictured and posted elsewhere.) Going the other way were 69423/4. Seeing what has been reported elsewhere I feel I can now reveal that the next two Scanias to leave the Ipswich scene will be 65673/5 which will be going back to Essex. These have been chosen as they have the longest MOT's. A lot of Ipswich and surrounding area bottoms will breathe a sigh of relief. It also means the likes of 65579/88/89 will get a stay of execution.
As you may have seen the first Volvo B9tl to be painted into X1 livery, 37578, has entered service. If you missed the report it can be viewed by clicking here.
But the best news of the week regarding First was revealed by Roy's East Norfolk Bus Blog in that withdrawn Yarmouth Olympian 34110 is to be prepared to re-enter service. 34110 was the last ever Voilvo Olympian built, so it is fitting that she should be given a new lease of life, which will hopefully lead to her preservation upon eventual final retirement.
|34110 in Acle last year on an X1 Short.|
Well sort of Carters. I was looking through Ebay the other day and came across an ad for former Carters Olympian 479 - another red and yellow decker with fleet number 479! Anyway she is being sold by a mystery seller in the Nottingham area and is yours for £3,200 plus VAT. I've taken the pic below from the ad, which can be viewed by clicking here.
|Former Carter's Olympian L679 HNV for sale on Ebay|
Not so much news but an open letter to Anglian, for reasons that will become clear by reading on.
After having a rethink I have sent the letter that was here direct to Anglian and if it gets reposted will depend on their response. Apologies to those who are now scratching their heads wondering what was said but it's better tyat they have a right to reply first. What I can say is 3 buses having zero or misleading destination scfreens was one of the issues I raised, as demonstrated below.
|Streetlite 353 yesterday minus any route indication whatsoever|
My Scottish correspondent found this online. Rumours that Chris Speed is considering putting this on the back of all First buses are unconfirmed!! Only joking Chris!