On July 8th I contacted Graham Richardson at Plymothian Transit as I had heard rumours that the gas buses had been earmarked for transfer down there. He told me the same rumours had reached him but he couldn't confirm anything. Well today on his blog he has confirmed that later in the Summer the Anglian gas buses will be transferring to Plymouth Citybus. Roy Northcott of East Norfolk Bus Blog reported Graham's post, and Graham confirmed to Roy that he had been told by the MD of Plymouth Citybus of the transfer. I contacted Anglian, and a spokesperson informed me that no one at Anglian had been told a thing about it. No surprise there really - Go-Ahead only tell people things they want them to know and Anglian has been locked in a dark room for 4 years now.
The big question is WHY?? Why are buses iconic to the region, revolutionary at the time, brought here and paid for by Green Grants from the Government being moved? Why should our air quality suffer? Of course the theorists will be going into overdrive trying to work this out and I'm not going to miss the opportunity to give my two pennyworth too!
|Anglian 100 on the old 62|
I will be preparing a couple of posts dedicated to the gas buses over the next few weeks, using pictures of their construction and development never seen before as well as archived pics of them in service.
In other news that I don't think has been reported elsewhere Our Bus have won the tender for the 86, currently operated by Simonds. However at present details as to route changes and frequency are sketchy except the VOSA registration included Beccles, not currently served by the route, so it is possible an extended 86 could be replacing the withdrawn 81A to the villages concerned.