31/12/2012

2012: The Review - Part 3 (July to September)

As 2012 draws to an end we are continuing our four part special looking back over the last twelve months of what was reported here on Andy's Bus Blog, this is the third part and looks at July, August & September.

July

July was a very interesting month, it saw the arrival of Norfolk Green's first two brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro400's, we published several posts including their arrival in King's Lynn which gave us the first proper look at their livery and branding - we then covered the first day in service for 21 SN12EHM when along with David Bell we visited the Wisbech Rose Fair and then two days later it was time for both new buses to enter normal passenger service and we were out & about in King's Lynn to see them.

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In other news, the last ever North Weald Bus Rally took place and the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay passed through the area

Olympic Torch relay vehicles through Sandringham (c) David Bell
© David Bell

Meanwhile Peterborough Bus Rally was cancelled at very short notice due to the very wet weather, Stagecoach announced a series of enhancements to their services on The Busway, New Bus For London "Borismaster" deliveries were completed, we had a quick trip to Hunstanton, Konectbus launched a new range of value for money day tickets and David Bell sent a set of photographs of coaches at the Sandringham Flower Show.

August

August was another interesting month as the London 2012 Olympic Games gripped the nation, we provided coverage of bus operations associated with the games, there were some unusual vehicles to be found with Stagecoach in Cambridge and Peterborough as vehicles from around the country covered for local vehicles that were sent away to work special services in London. David Bell also helped us cover the London based special services for the games with a series of popular photo specials - part 1, part 2 and part 3

Buses at the London 2012 Olympics (c)DavidBell
© David Bell

Elsewhere in August, work began on an extension to Babraham Road Park & Ride in Cambridge, an event to mark the 90th anniversary of Morleys took place in Whittlesea, Norfolk Green had an Alexander Dennis Enviro200 on demonstration, David Bell found a remarkable ECOC survivor, Konectbus started recieving a batch of East Lancs bodied Dennis Tridents from Brighton & Hove and a fantastic day was had at the ETCS Old Buckenham Bus Rally



The month ended with a day out & about in West Norfolk with Damon Powell and finally photographing one of recently converted Stagecoach open toppers in Cambridge

September

September was a quieter month, the main event of the month was of course britain's biggest bus rally Showbus, which took place at the Duxford Imperial War Museum, we decided to give the event a miss but David Bell helped cover the event with a three part photo special - part 1, part 2 and part 3

Showbus 2012 selection (c) David Bell
© David Bell

Also in September, there was a Lincoln open top tour photo special, Delaine's third new Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 2 entered service, Eastern Transport Collection Society operated a free vintage bus tour for Heritage Open Day in King's Lynn, Anglianbus announced the return of their X47 service between Norwich, Yarmouth & Gorleston and there were hot off the press photographs of the latest batch of Konectbus Enviro400's at the ADL factory in Falkirk

Konectbus 610 SN62AVG, ADL Falkirk (c) Julian Patterson
© Julian Patterson

Transport for London announced they had ordered 600 New Bus For London "Borismasters", we looked at Reading Buses Spectras before they were with Norfolk Green and First launched their new colour coded network in Norwich.

Thats it for the third part of our review of 2012, look out for the final part covering October, November & December - coming soon!