Firstly it looks as though a new round of bus cuts is on the way, which is most definitely not good news. Beestons ae withdrawing the Sudbury - Great Cornard circular and reducing the frequency of their 91 Sudbury - Ipswich service, which I find astonishing as whenever I've used the 91 it's been very well patronised.
Sanders are also cancelling several services, although most seem to be Sheringham - Holt services, which will continue to be served by other services. The 33 North Walsham - Cromer will be operated by Our Hire, so I assume that is a tender changing hands. No details on either operator's website yet so I'll give more details when they are available.
Speaking of Beestons they have got their new 86 seater ADL E400 MMC SN17 MTK out on the road. The bad news is it's for Two Sisters contract/private hire work only so trying it out will prove tricky. My thanks to Dave at Beestons, though, for sending me a pic of this, erm beest! Dave also informs me another one is expected early next year.
|Beestons new E400MMC|
|66979 on the 1 to Lowestoft. pic (c) Cameron Robinson|
You can see how false and misleading this is. If anyone knows who is behind this account please let me know- anonymously if you like - so he/she can be stopped and dealt with. Thanks.
I managed a ride on one of Borderbus's newly acquired ex Stagecoach London Scania Omni Citi deckers last week. As I expected a decent ride, not many rattles, copious legroom upstairs but dear God the seats. I lasted half hour before my backside said enough. The sooner those seats are introduced to padding the better. Have to say though it did look good in Beccles.
|Former Stagecoach Scania LX59 CNJ in Beccles|
You will remember I had a pretty ghastly experience at Euston a few weeks ago courtesy of London Midland's non existent customer service. As promised I have been following up my complaint, and after a letter addressing the wrong complaint (they guessed) I finally got an email 3 weeks after sending in the complaint that they couldn't open the attachment so actually had no idea what the complaint was about. Negotiations are on going as they say but the way things are going I won't accept anything less than my own train!! It's a Go Ahead company btw.
Which brings me nicely onto Anglian. It has been decided to turn the Ellough site in Beccles into an out station, Go Ahead claiming that a PVR of 18 doesn't justify full depot status. As I understand it the offices and workshops are being mothballed, all management and admin are relocating to eithe Dereham or Norwich, and only two leading drivers, cleaners and a portakabin will remain at Beccles. Money will be paid in at Norwich, though how the 60H/S/61 drives are meant to do that is anyone's guess, and if a bulb needs replacing for example a van will be based at Norwich to speed to te assistance. All other maintenance will be carried out at either Konect or Hedngham. The company insist, though that Anglian is not closing.
Right that's it! See you soon.