I have been waiting over a week to break this news but thanks to the VOSA website being down have been unable to get all the details. However, hot on the heels of Konect's draconian cuts coming on November 2nd is the news that on the same day Anglian is cutting its services too, and reducing the on road fleet by some 33%. Please note the underneath is subject to change, but this is what I have gathered from multiple sources.
The main casualty is the 60, which runs between James Paget Hospital and Bungay via Lowestoft and Beccles. This service is being scrapped completely. The 60H from Beccles to Halesworth and 60S from Beccles to Southwold will continue to operate but with changed timetables, so as yet I don't know if frequencies will be maintained. For those in Lound and Blundeston, currently served by the 60 a new 60J will operate three times a day serving those villages.
The 7 and 61 is changing too. Again full details are to be confirmed, but from what I understand the 7 will now operate between Norwich and Lowestoft - in fact VOSA confirms that - with a change of bus required at Lowestoft for the 61 to Kessingland and Southwold. Frequency will be reduced to every 30 mins. There was debate about changes to the route between Lowestoft and Gorleston, but I have had no firm confirmation yet so won't publish the rumours!
The Beccles Town Service 82 is having route and timetable alterations. There was talk about the service being scrapped but that decision has been reviewed. However there have been no changes registered on VOSA for the 83/4/5/6, which are sponsored routes.
There are timetable changes to the 80/81 between Great Yarmouth and Diss. I presume most of these will affect the journeys between Beccles and Bungay. At the moment the 80 goes fast via Shipmeadow (very popular too I gather) but if the 60 has been scrapped I would think, though must emphasise not been confirmed yet, that the 80 will revert to its former route via Broome and Dtchingham. As soon as I receive confirmation I'll publish it.
The only positive news appears to affect the 88 between Halesworth and Norwich. It would seem that after the success of the one journey a day each way there are to be more X88 journeys running fast between Bungay/Poringland/Norwich. As a result the 88A from Southwold to Halesworth timetable is changing too. If this is the case I am delighted as I'll personally benefit from that. However the cynical side of me wonders if this is to match the journey time of Borderbus's 146 between Norwich and Southwold. Again I'll confirm when timetables are released.
All in all it's not good. When Go-Ahead took over Anglian there were over 100 vehicles. Now that will drop to less than 40. Go-Ahead? Seems a huge step backwards again. Anyway that is the jist of it as I know it. I was told Anglian were making a press release by the end of last week. They haven't. It is also notable that within a couple of days of notices going up on VOSA Konect had the details on their website. Anglian haven't, and I'm afraid that rather sums things up. Passengers are not just put last they don't even enter the equation right now. All very depressing, but as one of my commentors pointed out you can always jump in a taxi and we must have chosen to live in an area with poor transport links so really folks it's all our fault!
I'll publish full details on these changes as soon as I have them.