06/09/2011

First day of the konectbus 1

Konectbus started their new service 1 from King's Lynn to Swaffham & Watton yesterday - buses also continue beyond Watton to Dereham as service 11.

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Optare Excel 2 W217PRB at King's Lynn bus station

I started my day by waiting at King's Lynn bus station for the first arrival from Watton which turned up bang on time at 0830 with freshly repainted Optare Excel 2 W218PRB, on collage days this journey usually continues to the Collage Of West Anglia.

After its generous layover at King's Lynn bus station W218PRB pulled around to stop 7 a few minutes before scheduled departure time of 0950 to pick me and a handful of other passengers before setting off on the first ever journey from King's Lynn at 0952.

Apon leaving King's Lynn we passed another freshly painted Optare Excel 2 W217PRB heading into town along Hardwick Road, from there the route heads straight along the A47 to Swaffham only picking up from stops along the main A47 itself in Middleton and East Winch. We arrived in Swaffham on time, Optare Excel 2 X229WRA was also seen heading for King's Lynn at Swaffham, after a short pause we departed Swaffham for Watton via Sporle, Necton, North Pickenham, Ashill (where we passed King's Lynn bound Optare Excel R835FNG) and Saham Toney picking up numerous passengers in these villages before arriving in Watton on time at 1110.

Myself and a number of other passengers opted to stay on the bus which formed the 1125 service 11 to Dereham via Shipdham (where we passed Watton & King's Lynn bound Optare Tempo MX05ELJ) we arrived in Dereham at 1145 where bus went off to operate town service 2 to Moorgate.

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Rear end shot of Optare Excel 2 W218PRB at Dereham

I decided that I would return on the next service to Watton for King's Lynn in 30 minutes time, whilst waiting for the bus to arrived I had a breif chat with Jonny who was driving DAF DB250LF/Wright Pulsar Gemini YJ05PXE on the str8 to Norwich.

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On the str8 Wrightbus Pulsar Gemini YJ05PXE awaits departure at Dereham for Norwich

Soon after he departed my bus back arrived this being the same bus I came on Optare Excel 2 W218PRB on the 1215 service 11 to Watton and then 1245 service 1 from Watton to King's Lynn, after a good journey back - despite the heavy rain in places we arrived back in King's Lynn on time at 1405.

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My steed for the day Optare Excel 2 W218PRB awaits departure from King's Lynn on the 1450 short working to Swaffham

Bus Log for the day 05/09/11 - all departure times from King's Lynn

0950 - Optare Excel 2 218 W218PRB
1050 - Optare Excel 2 217 W217PRB
1150 - Optare Excel 2 229 X229WRA
1250 - Optare Excel 1 200 R835FNG
1350 - Optare Tempo 405 MX05ELJ
1450 - Optare Excel 2 218 W218PRB
1550 - Optare Excel 2 217 W217PRB
1650 - Optare Excel 1 200 R835FNG
1750 - unrecorded

I think this is a fantastic service offering both new and alternative links, with reasonable fares plus discounted fares for 16-19 year olds and the Konectbus/Norfolk Green interavailable Explorer tickets as well as the usual high standard of time keeping and customer service Konectbus is well known for - I hope the service does well in the future!