29/12/2011

2011: The Review - Part One

2011: The Review as reported on Andy's Bus Blog - Part One

As the title suggests, this is the first of three posts looking back at the main events of 2011 as reported here on Andy's Bus Blog (ABB) todays post covers January to April whilst a further part covering May to August will appear over the weekend and finally September to December will be covered in early January...

January


© Des Speed

On Tuesday 4th January ABB was born, since then I have had a great year blogging about buses and trains in East Anglia & beyond, it has been a great year with 254 blog posts and over 83,000 hits - a figure I never thought possible. I have you, the blog readers to thank for that and I look forward to the next year of ABB and hope you'll continue to enjoy reading the blog! :-)

So, what else happened in January 2011?...
Optare Spectras 5 & 6 joined the Norfolk Green fleet, Our regular correspondant David Bell sent us his first report - on the See London By Night sightseeing tour, Anglianbus took over First's operation on the 99 route between Lowestoft & Southwold, In a special report we looked at the bus route between King's Lynn and Hunstanton then & now, Norfolk Green Optare Solo 618 lost its M&GN livery following repaint into a special version of the Coasthopper livery, and Cambridgeshire County Council announced plans to axe bus subsidies across the county

February
New Stagecoach E400 © John Marsh
© John Marsh

Norfolk County Council announced that they had a £4.5 million shortfall in funding for concessionary bus travel, they also announced a series of cost cutting changes to Norwich Park & Ride services, Elsewhere our friends over on the X1 blog hit the headlines appearing in the EDP, The Sun & Daily Mail. Stagecoach announced a raft of service changes to their services throughout Cambridgeshire - many due to council cuts whilst Stagecoach Peterborough recieved 14 new ADL Enviro400's for the citi 1

March 2011


© David Bell

David Bell visited Diss on a market day, Norfolk Green announced their takeover of the Norfolk Council Council funded evening & Sunday network in King's Lynn, David Bell sent in another market day report - this time from the city of Ely. ABB celebrated 3000 hits and joined Twitter, further afield Brighton & Hove recieved 21 brand new Gemini 2's and ABB reported their delivery with photos kindly supplied by Gregg Collins, Konectbus had a Brighton & Hove bendybus on loan for route evaluations and Firstgroup announed a massive 955 order for new vehicles.

April

© Rob Bennett

Volvo B7TL's 701/3/7 arrived at Konectbus from sister company London General whilst Norfolk Green aquired Optare Spectras 7/8/9 from Reading Buses and Optare Solo 623 from Courtney Coaches and were announced as official sponsors of Lifestyles, I attended the fantastic North Norfolk Railway vintage bus event for the first time, ABB reached 7,500 hits and was given a major revamp into the design you see today. John Marsh reported on the UK Coach Rally at Peterborough whilst David Bell reported on the Maidstone & District 100 rally. John Marsh also reported on the end of Stagecoach service 22 in Market Deeping

The big news of April was the announcement that First were to pull out of King's Lynn & Hunstanton selling their town routes to Norfolk Green after five years of competion between the two companies, Norfolk Green soon announced a raft of improved services and released new timetables well in advance of the 12th June takeover. They also purchased a selection of extra vehicles including Irisbus Agoralines 124-9 in readiness for the new and increased services


I hope you enjoyed our look back at January, February, March & April 2011, check back at the weekend for the next part of our 2011 review!