Lord knows how long they've been up, but instead of announcing the forthcoming cuts to services in their "News" section as Konect did, Anglian have sneeked them very quietly onto the timetable section, with the option to download the new timetables. I did just that and it's worse than I first thought. I'll go through them in numerical order.
7: Norwich - Yarmouth - Lowestoft
This service will run half hourly between Norwich and Lowestoft. There will be a reduction from 30 departures from Norwich on a weekday to 22. Middleton Rd (for Gorleston 6th form college) will no longer be served, instead the 7 will run via First's 1/1A via Avondale Rd to James Paget, where it will then run via Mariner's Compass (on First's 8 route) before resuming the normal route to Hopton. This has added 5 mins to the journey time from Yarmouth to Lowestoft. Onward passengers to Kessingland and Southwold will now have to change at Lowestoft where there is a convenient 17 min wait for the Southwold connection. THERE IS NO LONGER A SUNDAY SERVICE BETWEEN NORWICH AND LOWESTOFT.
60: James Paget Hospital - Beccles/Bungay
This service has been withdrawn in its entirety. New service 60J to operate 3 journeys a day between Lowestoft and JPH via Lound and Blundeston.
60H/S: Beccles - Halesworth/Southwold
Although the timetable has been changed the general frequency and number of services has been unchanged.
61: Lowestoft - Kessingland/Southwold
The basic 20 min frequency between Lowestoft and Kessingland remains. However the frequency to Southwold reverts to one an hour, with all journeys operating via Wangford. Kessingland Beach barely gets a service, with only 4 services each way a day. The evening services remain, but Sunday services are slashed, with an hourly service between Lowestoft and Kessingland, but only two hourly to Southwold, wth the last bus from Southwold leaving at 1503, and the last bus from Lowestoft leaving at 1704.
80/81: Diss - Bungay - Beccles - Yarmouth
This one took me by surprise. There is an overall cut in services on this route of around 40%. All services will revert to the former route between Beccles and Bungay via Gillingham and Ditchingham. There will be only 3 fast journeys between Beccles and Yarmouth with the other 3 (yes only 6 in total) operating via the current 81A route via Aldeby and Toft Monks. With the withdrawal of the 60 this means that instead of 22 services a day between Beccles and Bungay there wll now only be 7 - and one of those is at 6am.
82: Beccles Town Service
A revised route and frequency but 6 services a day
87/88/88A/X88: Southwold - Halesworth - Bungay - Poringland - Norwich
General daytime frequencies unchanged, with a basic half hourly service on the 87, and half hourly service between Norwich and Bungay. There are some peak time changes, however, and students in particular need to beware of those. Most journeys between Norwich and Halesworth are renumbered X88 but I can't for the life of me work out why as they are not any faster, and serve everywhere the current fast 88's do. The popular current X88's which run fast between Bungay and Poringland have been withdrawn and the two 1530 departures from Norwich have been merged into one slow service taking 20 mins longer to get to Halesworth. In fact the X88 will take precisely 1 min longer between Halesworth and Norwich than the current 88. Makes perfect sense and an opportunity missed there I feel.
That is it. All very sad, and not a single note of positivity to report. I think Go-Ahead should change their name because if these cuts, and those at Konect are anything to go by they could well be breaking the Trades Description Act. Huge steps backwards, and my word we need somene to step in and stop the rot.