I have today received quite extraordinary news regarding the restructuring of services operated by Anglian and Konect effective July 25th. I will go through the changes as sinply as possible, but to be honest it's not all that simple!
Services 1/11/12 These routes will now operate on a commercial basis. The Swaffham - Kings Lynn section of the route will be withdrawn. Service 12 will have a revised timetable but the same number of journeys. Connections at Watton with the 3 from Norwich will be improved.
Service 71 An additional peak journey will operate between Wroxham and Great Yarmouth, returning in the afternoon
Park and Ride 501: Timetable revisions. A 15 mins frequency will operate between the Airport and Thickthorn throughout the day.with additional short journeys between City Centre and Thickthorn in the peaks
Park and Ride 503: This service is being extended to Great Yarmouth and will replace the current Anglian 7 service. Two buses an hour will extend from Postwick to Great Yarmouth matching the current Anglian 7 frequency. Peak journeys will extend into Caister. From Postwick into the City alternate journeys will operate via County Hall and Yarmouth Rd/Rail Station
Service 7/7A: Service 7 is withdrawn and replaced by the extended Park and Ride service 503. Service 7A will continue to operate on College days
Services 60H/60S: A revised timetable with fewer journeys on the 60H
Service 61: There are major route changes to the 61. After leaving JPH heading to Yarmouth the 61 will serve Magdalen Estate, Gorleston High Street, Market Gates and continue to Barrack Estate. The section of the route between Kessingland and Southwold is WITHDRAWN due to "the level of competition reducing the viability of this route".
Service 82: The Beccles Town Service will now only operate on Fridays
Service 83/84: The tender has been extended for a further two years. Timetable changes to even out the journeys will be made, but due to poor patronage the 83 will no longer operate on Saturdays
Service 87/88/X88/88A: All journeys on departure from Bus Station will operate via St Stephen's St due to the success of the
School buses 90. BH272 and 5 (Framingham Earl) will also be withdrawn.
Wow! This is serious stuff. The main headline has got to be the withdrawal of the Southwold - Kessingland section of the 61 - a huge victory for Borderbus. However it will also mean no Sunday service to Southwold so expect First to make a move - maybe even extending the X1 to Southwold to maintain the popular cross Lowestoft link. I emphasise that is just my speculation and no decisions have been made. The P&R extension is rather pleasing personally - I told Go-Ahead management last year that the only way to compete with the X1 was to put deckers on, and match comfort and WiFi. Job done there but how successful it will be remains to be seen. I like the Caister extension too, but why not all day, giving Caister a direct link with Norwich? Also how will ticketing work? Will Postwick be the only place Concessionary Passes are not accepted? The details when published will be interesting.
Rural routes hit again, with Watton - Kings Lynn the most significant cut. I guess that's par for the course these days. Surprised about the 83 on a Saturday. That won't encourage independence for the next generation either.
All in all quite a surprise, and gas buses running around Barrack Estate will be a sight too. What this means for the Anglian fleet remains to be seen - hopefully some older Omnilinks will disappear which will be good news for posteriors! More updates as and when I get them