02/11/2012

Catching up with Ipswich - photo special!

Its been a while since we last brought you a report from Ipswich where quite a lot has happened in recent months.

Competition between First and Ipswich buses has intensified, Ipswich Buses have introduced a new livery, First have begun rolling out their new livery in the town and most recently Stephensons Of Essex started operating their new Suffolk Express service to/from Bury St Edmunds.

Our friend and regular correspondant David Bell visited the Suffolk county town yesterday and sent us back the following selection of photographs illustrating the latest bus scene there.

Ipswich Special (c) David Bell
Stephensons Of Essex were using Scania/Irizar OW03LFL on the Suffolk Express, it wears full branding for the service which started last week.

Ipswich Special (c) David Bell
Ipswich Buses Dennis Dart/Alexander ALX200 Y262FJN is one of several of this type recently acquired from Stagecoach London via Ensignbus, it is seen working the X3 to Ravenswood.

Ipswich Special (c) David Bell
Another ex Stagecoach London Dennis Dart/Alexander ALX200 seen was Y295FJN working the X5 to Ipswich Hospital.

Ipswich Special (c) David Bell
Beeston Of Hadleigh recently acquired this Volvo B10BLE/Wright X568YUG from Transdev Lancashire United, it is seen above at Old Cattle Market bus station.

Ipswich Special (c) David Bell
Carters were using former RATP London United Dennis Dart/Plaxton Pointer MPD SN51SXU on the 70 to Woodbridge.

Ipswich Special (c) David Bell
First Ipswich Volvo B7RLE/Wright AU58FFS is one of a few of this batch previously used on Ipswich Park & Ride, now repainted in the new First livery they are used on normal services.

The photographs in this post were supplied by and are © David Bell.