28/12/2012

2012: The Review - Part 1 (January to March)

As 2012 draws to an end we are looking back over the last twelve months to see what was reported here on Andy's Bus Blog with a four part special, this is the first part and looks at January, February and March.

January

In January we looked back at the 1990's and early 2000's with a series of posts using photographs from David Bell's extensive archive, they featured mainly the early days of Norfolk Green but also included First Eastern Counties, Dereham Coachways, Fowlers Travel, Freestones Coaches, Konectbus & more!

© David Bell
© David Bell

See them again... part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5.

Also in January, Optare announced that they were to stop producing the original Solo in favour of the Solo SR, we went on a Norfolk Explorer to sample Konectbus' new Konectexpress8 Enviro400's on their first week in service - and there were trips to be had on their flexible friends too!

© Andy's Bus Blog

Meanwhile Norfolk County Council confirmed their rural bus service cutbacks, First announced that they were to quit Bury St Edmunds, West Norfolk Community Transport acquired their first full size bus and Norfolk Green announced that they were to launch a brand new city service in Ely.

February

In February, Norfolk Green had two new additions to the fleet - Agoraline 131 and Solo 625 and the heavy snow provided some great photo opportunities, Bob Tarling took some of The Busway in Cambridgeshire


© Bob Tarling

We looked at yet more Norfolk Green memories from the archives, David Bell spent an afternoon in Peterborough, we had a day out in Cambridgeshire for the first day of Norfolk Green's Absolutely! service, Go Ahead acquired High Wycombe based Carousel Buses, Stagecoach announced that they were to enhance their services on The Busway and Transport for London's first "Borismasters" entered service


© David Bell

March

March was a busy month on the blog, with lots of interesting posts. David Bell had a day out in Beccles, Norfolk Green announced the exciting news that they had ordered some brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro400's and Go Ahead acquired Hedingham Omnibuses in Essex.


© IanVisits

The new London Kings Cross station was unveiled, we gave the blog a facelift including new colours and an improved layout and looked back at King's Lynn buses in 2002 with a two part special - see part 1 and part 2, Go Ahead acquired First's Northumberland Park depot and operations in London and David Bell sent photographs of buses working at the Cheltenham Gold Cup races


© David Slater

Mulleys Moterways expanded ready to fill the gap left by First in Bury St Edmunds, Better Bus Area funding was awarded to Cambridge and Norwich by the government, who also announced that Anglianbus would be awarded £624,000 worth of Green Bus Funding and Stagecoach added four Enviro400's to their fleet in Peterborough

Thats it for the first part of our review of 2012, look out for the second part covering April, May and June coming soon!