Pride of place this week has to be the return of 32479 Volvo B7tl ALX400 AU53 HJV to Ipswich sporting the Eastern Counties Post Office Red livery. Unfortunately I was in Ipswich 24 hours early and so no pic on this blog yet but I can assure by the end of the week I will have photographed AND ridden her so you will get a truly all round review. After all there is more to a book than its cover.
With the exception of sister B7tl 32490 if my calculations are correct there are no Ipswich vehicles actually undergoing refurbishment. Ex Norwich B7rles 69011, and I believe 66959 are up in Rotherham, along with ex Clacton E200s 44517/8. The other arrival this week was E200 44519, which entered service on Thursday. The last of the quartet, 44516 was expected to arrive at Ipswich this weekend.
|E200 44519 on driver change on its first day out in its new colours, on the 53's opposite OCM in Ipswich|
|How do I get to Kings Lynn anyone? 33824 shows very confusing information on a very dark Lowestoft morning|
Something that has largely slipped under the radar is the acquisition of 10 Scania bendibuses by Beestons of Hadliegh. Formerly operated at Heathrow Airport by the distribution company Menzies it is currently unknown why they have been bought or what they are going to be used on. I have written to Beestons hoping for information and will pass on anything I hear. Could be bendibuses in Ipswich after all.
|Scania bendibus YT10 OBG now with Beestons. Pic by Solenteer reproduced on CCL.|
A few timetable adjustments have been announced, as is always the case this time of year with the new School Year approaching. Most notably First Lowestoft have closed some gaps in the timetables affecting the X2 and 99. The afternoon X2 from Norwich that currently terminates at Worlingham will now continue to Lowestoft, and one of the afternoon 99's that currently doesn't return to Lowestoft from Kessingland now will.
Most annoying from my point of view, though is that Anglian have withdrawn the 1555 relief service 88 from Norwich to Bungay. This service ran together with the 1600 to Halesworth and took a large proprotion of the school passengers, and ensured the 1600 operated along the fast route to Halesworth. Now not only will the 1600 be full to overloading but it now goes everywhere, arriving in Halesworth over 10 mins later. Cheers guys. No fast Halesworth services between the 1530 and 1700? Don't your Halesworth passengers matter?
I hope most of you will have read my rather scathing post regarding Victoria Coach Station. Well I can happily reveal I have been contacted by the General Manager of Victoria Coach Station, who has kindly invited me down for a meeting and tour of the Coach Station, so I can be informed of the plans for future development and improvement. Now THAT is the way to respond to criticism, and a few local managers could take note of that, rather than shutting up shop and refusing to communicate. I am really looking forward to my meeting and hope to publish a much more optimistic post about the future of VCS after my meeting in a few weeks time.