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Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« on: January 22, 2019, 11:52:38 PM »
Just seen the latest fleet list for Konnectbus on Steve Knights page, noticed the Tempos have been withdrawn also they appear to be using a coue of old buses for the Park and Ride, o e bus over 12 years old the other 9 years, thought the Park and Ride buses had to be within 4 years old

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2019, 06:54:52 AM »
Bus ages were specified when it was council controlled. Now it is a commercial venture they have free reign I believe.
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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2019, 02:59:32 PM »
Apparently at least some of the withdrawn Tempos have gone to Lynx: https://twitter.com/SamLarke/status/1080177444873736194 - one of them a sort of replacement for YJ58 CEY which has been sold to Safeguard of Guildford.

There are still four "5 series" branded Tempos left at Konectbus.
« Last Edit: January 23, 2019, 03:01:07 PM by Jos »

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2019, 04:17:16 PM »
Bus ages were specified when it was council controlled. Now it is a commercial venture they have free reign I believe.

Didnt know the park and ride had become commercial

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 07:08:08 PM »

https://www.konectbus.co.uk/news/bus-service-withdrawals/

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Konectbus regrets to announce a number of bus service withdrawals in South Norfolk and North Suffolk. The following routes will be affected:-

Routes 87 and 88 

Daytime buses on Mondays to Saturdays between Bungay and Norwich will run for the last time on Friday 1st March. Evening and Sunday buses operated for Norfolk County Council will continue until Sunday 31st March.

This change will mean that there will be no through buses between Halesworth and Norwich. We will still be running the Southwold to Bungay via Halesworth route during March. Passengers will need to change buses to a First bus in Bungay. This will mean buying two separate tickets for the journey and we will be reducing the price of all tickets between Halesworth and Bungay during this period so that customers will not have to pay more money. We will also offer refunds on tickets that can no longer be used for all or part of the journey. We do not have final details of the price change yet. 

**Update** Any passengers travelling between Stoke Holy Cross and Framingham Earl High School are advised to Apply for school transport as soon as possible through Norfolk County Council's website to be considered for transport assistance. The cost of transport will be £55 until Easter, then £110 from Easter until the end of the school year. 

Our contracts with Norfolk County Council for evening and Sunday buses, and with Suffolk County Council for buses between Halesworth and Southwold finish on Sunday 31st March. We will also be withdrawing our buses between Halesworth and Bungay from the same date. We are not yet aware of the details of any new contracts that county councils will be awarding.

We also intend to cease operating route 272 between Southwold and Bungay High School at the end of the spring term on 5th April and route 90 between Halesworth, Beccles and Southwold after operation on Saturday 20th April. We provide these routes for Suffolk County Council and we presume SCC will be able to find a replacement operator, as we were not the only company that bid to run these routes.

The reason that we are withdrawing these routes is that they continue to run at a loss. We have sustained losses of several million pounds in our Beccles based operation in the last few years. This has been because of the loss of contracts to other companies, the decline in the rural bus market and high operating costs and poor reliability which we have been unable to address at a small operation that is remote from our main business. We have also suffered from direct competition from First bus, whom most users now seem to prefer. We hope that First will have the good grace to step in and provide the extra facilities such as Sunday buses and the through route to Halesworth that we have hitherto provided, and not just focus on the profitable sections of route in Bungay and Poringland. 

We would like to thank our passengers who have supported these routes in the last few years. 

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2019, 10:52:05 AM »
11am number 11 to Watton

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2019, 01:38:36 PM »
Broken down 13:30 to Dereham

Still at bus station @ 13:37

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2019, 04:53:56 PM »
Notices and Proceedings number 2364 dated 27 February 2019 contains the following applications by Konectbus:

Section 3.2 – Registration of New Services Granted Under Short Notice

PF0002189/141 KONECT BUS LIMITED, 5-7 JOHN GOSHAWK ROAD, RASHES GREEN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, DEREHAM, NR19 1SY From: Victoria Place, Brightlingsea To: Pier Avenue, Clacton On Sea Via: Thorrington, St Osyth Name or No.: 7 / Service type: Normal Stopping / Hail & Ride Effective date: 25 February 2019 Other details: Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays


Section 3.5 – Cancellations of Existing Services

PF0002189/9 KONECT BUS LIMITED, 5-7 JOHN GOSHAWK ROAD, RASHES GREEN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, DEREHAM, NR19 1SY Operating between Bradenham and Dereham given service number 17 / effective from 02 April 2019.

PF0002189/97 KONECT BUS LIMITED, 5-7 JOHN GOSHAWK ROAD, RASHES GREEN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, DEREHAM, NR19 1SY Operating between SOUTHWOLD and HALESWORTH given service number 87 / 88 effective from 01 April 2019.

PF0002189/93 KONECT BUS LIMITED, 5-7 JOHN GOSHAWK ROAD, RASHES GREEN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, DEREHAM, NR19 1SY Operating between HALESWORTH and SOUTHWOLD given service number 90 / effective from 21 April 2019.

PF0002189/131 KONECT BUS LIMITED, 5-7 JOHN GOSHAWK ROAD, RASHES GREEN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, DEREHAM, NR19 1SY Operating between Halstead and Chelmsford given service number 352 / effective from 31 March 2019.

PF0002189/96 KONECT BUS LIMITED, 5-7 JOHN GOSHAWK ROAD, RASHES GREEN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, DEREHAM, NR19 1SY Operating between WANGFORD and BUNGAY HIGH SCHOOL given service number BH272 / effective from 01 April 2019.
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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2019, 04:55:51 PM »
Interesting they cut the 17 between Bradenham to Dereham which only runs twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday, dont know if its a subsidised route pr commercial

I will try to get a photo or two before the service finishes, would be rare to get a photo in some of the villages on route

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2019, 06:40:13 PM »
Yes, the 17 is supported by subsidies. The Friday only Dereham–Foulsham circular 18, operated by the same bus and driver, is also stopping from the same date (oddly, it's registered as part of service 21).

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2019, 09:57:35 AM »
10am service to Dereham

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2019, 11:56:10 PM »
Interesting they cut the 17 between Bradenham to Dereham which only runs twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday, dont know if its a subsidised route pr commercial

I will try to get a photo or two before the service finishes, would be rare to get a photo in some of the villages on route

Ah, Coach Services of Thetford are taking over the 17 and 18: https://www.konectbus.co.uk/updates/
« Last Edit: March 15, 2019, 12:03:03 AM by Jos »