07/07/2011

Centrebus buys Kimes, Cambridgeshire bus cuts put on hold, Busway tests begin & Norfolk Green fleet update...

Centrebus buys Kimes Of Folkingham
It was announced yesterday that the long established Lincolnshire operator Kimes Of Folkingham has been purchased by Centrebus.

Kimes began life as a family business in 1945 before being sold in an employee buyout in 1997, they operate a fleet of buses on routes in Lincolnshire stretching into Cambridgeshire and Leicester including the popular 9 between Peterborough and Oakham.

Centrebus, who run buses in the East Midlands, Home Counties and Yorkshire have said that they have no plans to change the Kimes name or livery.

Cambridgeshire bus cuts put on hold
Cambridgeshire County Council have announced that the current proposals to cut all subsidised bus routes in the county have been put on hold whilst the impact of the savings on vulnerable groups is considered and the development of a project to encourage entrepreneurs and community groups to start running services takes place.

The council also faces a legal challenge after recieving a judicial review application which has been brought by Milton resident Jo Green, who used buses to take her disabled 6-year-oldson to medical appointments, the challenge was criticised by members of the county council’s cabinet, who said funds would be better spent on services.

The next round of cuts, due for October, will be postponed until the evaluation is complete and certainly until the authority agrees its budget for April 2012.

Under the council’s plans, all bus route funding, which stood at £3 million annually, will be removed by April 2015. Some services, including the free Cambridge city centre shuttle, have already stopped.

Cambridgeshire guided busway trials begin

Test buses have began running along the Cambridgeshire busway to test timetables and train drivers on the new routes.

The guide tracks are now completed which is allowing the tests to take place in advance of the 7th August opening date.

Contractors are still working on the footpaths and cycleways and this is expected to continue after the busway has opened - members of the public are being reminded that the busway is a construction site and that the footpaths and cycleways are closed to the public until 7th August.

Norfolk Green Fleet Update
Optare Solo 601 Y54HBT is due to go away to the paintshop next week, it will be repainted in a special pink livery to promote the work of national charity Cancer Research UK.

Optare Tempo 108 YJ06YSP and Optare Solo 624 YJ59GGO have been assigned their names, 108 will become Henry Le Strange whilst 624 will be known as Henry Bell.