With this in mind on VOSA this week Suffolk Norse have cancelled just about all their services in the Ipswich area. The 179 from St Augustines - Newbourn, the 173 from Woodbridge - Trimley St Martin, the 163 from Levington - Ipswich, and the 72 between Woodbridge and Ipswich have all been cancelled effective March 26th. Now this could just be a tender change and Suffolk Norse have decided to pull out of service work, concentrating on school/swimming contracts etc, but we shall see.
I'm grateful to Trevor Arbon, who alerted me to the fact last week that Galloway had cancelled the 482 between Frramlingham and Diss. Thankfully this appears to be just a tender change as Simonds are taking the service over from March 29th although no tenders have been published.
Also on VOSA this week Norfolk Norse are amending the route and timetable of the weekly 143 from Bury St Edmunds - Norwich, and First Norwich are operating the Norfolk Showground - Norwich City College service 100 on exam days 9 - 11th Feb, 26th May, 7th and 9th of June only.
Yesterday I braved the wind and rain and popped into Chatham for a couple of hours to see what was going on. Arriva are the main operator but my friends at Nu-Venture have a number of routes there too. I spotted a couple of "Nu" arrivals yesterday.
First up is ex Stagecoach London ALX400 Trident V364 OWC. This vehicle was last seen with Geldards of Leeds.
|Nu-Venture Trident V364 OWC at Chatham|
|Nu-Venture Trdent V142MEV at Chatham|
I won't do too much on Arriva in this post but I am reliably informed that this is an incredibly rare working. Normally decker operated the 700 from Medway to Bluewater gets very busy. So when I saw an E200 pull onto the stop at 1530 yesterday it caught my eye. When the driver who took it over had an incredulous look on his face and checked the carline number at least 5 times my instincts were confirmed. I'm glad I wasn't waiting at Bluewater for the return journey. I imagine it was rather cramped. I did catch it for a 10 min ride just to see what another 09 reg E200 was like and it wasn't too bad. However not as good as the other 09 reg E200 I'm familiar with!
More to come as week goes on.
|Arriva 4054 E200 GN09AXG on the 700 to Bluewater|
He must be very proud of you. As it happens I'm not going to either delete your kind hearted posts or disable anonymous comments as it means some decent people can't comment. I'm hoping someone will recognise your style and then I can tell the world who you are. And enough of the old too!ReplyDelete
I was shocked when I read what the above tool has written. Amazed how some people can treat another human being like that. I hope you find out who he is. Anyway, I was going to comment to just let you know the 143 is a Suffolk Norse service :) Good to catch up on Monday tooDelete
You're right! Just testing! Surprised my friend above didn't pick up on that. Was good to see you Monday too and I was well impressed with your new style report - original and well compiled. Do I get royalties for my split second appearance?Delete
haha I thought you might notice that!Delete
I take it Nu-Venture's latest deckers don't bode well for the one remaining Titan which normally works the 282/285 circuit over at Tunbridge Wells. I had some good times working there a few years ago before ill-health took over so it's nice to get occasional updates even though I'm back in the East these days.ReplyDelete
Hi Nigel - I'm pretty sure I saw that Titan last week while driving through Tun Wells when I bottled out of the M25! However I'll double check with Chris at Nu-Venture and let you know.Delete
I was correct! T907 is still operational in Tunbridge Wells during both peaks although quite often works all day. It is hoped to keep using it until the MOT runs out in October.Delete
Excellent, thanks for that Steve!Delete
Update on the agora lines soon?ReplyDelete
I can give you that now - sadly none are on the road and it is unlikely they will ever return due to persistent reliability and mechanical issues. I hope to get some final pics tomorrow if I can.ReplyDelete
The Suffolk Norse routes mentioned are all part of Suffolk CC contract CON179, which has been out to tender (http://www.suffolkonboard.com/tendering-and-contracts/current-tender-opportunities/). Presumably Suffolk Norse haven't retained it.ReplyDelete
It also isn't a case of them surrendering the contract early, as the list of contracts (http://www.suffolkonboard.com/tendering-and-contracts/current-contract-prices/) shows that the current contract was scheduled to expire on the date that Suffolk Norse have cancelled the service from.
Many thanks for that, buddy, and this is precisely the reason I keep Anonymous comments open.Delete
great post as always steve thanks for being a great page beter then magazinesReplyDelete
Why thank you kind sir or madam. Much appreciated :)ReplyDelete