Sanders, Coach Services and Konect were withdrawing double deckers from service, and Konect deemed the Acle Straight too dangerous for buses and diverted the 7 via Filby. However only one major incident was reported, that being an X1 travelling between Peterborough and Wisbech, which as caught by a particularly strong gust of wind and ended up on its side in a field. Thankfully there were no serious injuries and the driver was unhurt. The vehicle involved was 33808 YX63 LJO. Being an E400 there are rumours that the damage caused has improved its looks and increased its value by around £25,000. This is one of the pictures tweeted by the police, but for many more photos and detailed report head over to the X1 Blog by clicking here.
Adversity brings the best out of people, and while I was sheltering in my hovel monitoring the chaos it was heartwarming to see operators accepting everyone else's tickets on competing routes to ensure everyone got home. However it wasn't just competitors co-operating together. I also saw on Gerard's X1 blog a photo of Julian Patterson's Leyland National, looking great in its new Lynx livery (formerly Konect) operating a journey on the X1 from Kings Lynn to Swaffham. Absolutely superb and I would have got pretty excited had I been one of the lucky passengers. Julian has kindly agreed to let me publish the photo here, and I'm also grateful to Sam for being the messenger.
|What a picture. What a bus. pic (c) Julian Patterson