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FEC SoTD 2015
« on: February 18, 2015, 05:46:23 PM »
Not sure how unusual it is but ALX400 B7TL AU05MUV (I think) and at least one of the 53 plated ALX400s were working 64/64A's in Aldeburgh today.

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Re: FEC SoTD 2015
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2015, 10:17:59 PM »
Not sure how unusual it is but ALX400 B7TL AU05MUV (I think) and at least one of the 53 plated ALX400s were working 64/64A's in Aldeburgh today.

Not that rare, given that the 66 usually only needs 7 or 8 B7TLs, which leaves 5/6 spare for the 64s, Felixstowes, and general maintenance. However, rumour has it that the 05 plate B7s are to be fitted with guidewheels and branded for the 66 in the near future, so on paper those three won't be appearing on other routes. In practice though, that won't be the case almost certainly.  :P
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Re: FEC SoTD 2015
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2015, 07:41:40 PM »
Lowestoft based Alexander Dennis Enviro200 (Yes you have read that right!!!) 44513 DX57SXG was used on the Eastern section of the X1 today!

http://norwichbusesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/an-afternoon-on-x1-including-super-rare.html

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Re: FEC SoTD 2015
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2015, 05:10:30 PM »
Lowestoft based Alexander Dennis Enviro200 (Yes you have read that right!!!) 44513 DX57SXG was used on the Eastern section of the X1 today!

http://norwichbusesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/an-afternoon-on-x1-including-super-rare.html

I can't imagine that offered a smooth or comfortable journey somehow.......still, at least it is more presentable than the pair of battered 02 plate Plaxton coaches that sometimes work the X1.

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Re: FEC SoTD 2015
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2015, 07:16:36 AM »
Let's be honest it's not the X1 we all grew to love, and yes I know they are running a business, but I'm a 7/61 man now.

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Re: FEC SoTD 2015
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2015, 10:47:10 AM »
Let's be honest it's not the X1 we all grew to love, and yes I know they are running a business, but I'm a 7/61 man now.

There has been much comment, over the years, as Norfolk Green, Konectbus, Anglian Bus, et al increased their influence and FEC withdrew as to FEC's commitment – or lack thereof – to E Anglia.

Throughout all of that, however, there was one light shining in the darkness: the X1, a frequent service with high standards and modern good-quality vehicles.

What will the future hold?
  • Stagecoach in Peterborough with Norfolk Green collaborating on their own Peterborough-King's Lynn express?
  • A similar collaborative extension of the X4 to King's Lynn?
  • Konnectbus/Anglian Bus developing a King's Lynn-Norwich-and-beyond express?
  • FirstGroup getting a grip and showing a commitment to the X1?

I wonder what would seem the most likely?

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Re: FEC SoTD 2015
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2015, 02:43:14 PM »
As said bus services are a business and an operator making a loss or minimal profit on one part of a route can recover these costs on profitable sections.
However when other companies cherry pick sections of a route it can then put the whole route at risk.
I fear this might be happening to X1.

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Re: FEC SoTD 2015
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2015, 06:45:04 PM »

What will the future hold?
  • Stagecoach in Peterborough with Norfolk Green collaborating on their own Peterborough-King's Lynn express?
  • A similar collaborative extension of the X4 to King's Lynn?
  • Konnectbus/Anglian Bus developing a King's Lynn-Norwich-and-beyond express?
  • FirstGroup getting a grip and showing a commitment to the X1?

I wonder what would seem the most likely?

I would have bet on the last one with previous management but I am much less sure now.  First are coming back in some areas and I think that includes Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft.  What do others think about Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft?