- 11 staff redundancies at Beccles - 8 drivers, 1 engineer, 1 cleaner and 1 supervisor
- Routes 71 (Belton - Great Yarmouth) and 81 (Bungay - Great Yarmouth) to be axed
- Route 61 to be heavily reduced in frequency
- Fleet to be cut from 27 to 18.
I can also reveal the not so interesting news that this year is going to be rather quiet as far as First are concerned. This is because all effort has been focused on the expansion of Roundtree Way depot in Norwich. Soon all but the Blue Line will be based there, transferring from the Vulcan Rd site. Today I caught up with First's Director of Operations, Chris Speed, who has headed up the project, for a guided tour.
£2.2m has been spent on the expansion, which includes strengthening and upgrading the engineering department so deckers can be lifted up, a new £56,000 bus wash that can wash not only the sides of buses but front, back and roof too, two new fuel pumps, a whole new training suite upstairs in accommodation that was previously just lying derelict, new crew accommodation including toilets, showers, rest room, drivers paying in room, supervisors office and tonnes and tonnes of new cement for the parking of up to 95 buses.
|Inside the workshop at Roundtree Way depot|
|Any excuse t get a Red Line Gemini in!|
|The new bus wash at Roundtree Way|
|The expanse of concrete outside the workshops at the expanded depot|