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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Just seen the latest fleet list for Konnectbus on Steve Knights page, noticed the Tempos have been withdrawn also they appear to be using a coue of old buses for the Park and Ride, o e bus over 12 years old the other 9 years, thought the Park and Ride buses had to be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Apparently at least some of the withdrawn Tempos have gone to Lynx: https://twitter.com/SamLarke/status/1080177444873736194 - one of them a sort of replacement for YJ58 CEY which has been sold to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.
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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 »

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2019, 01:09:36 PM »
New service

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2019, 06:02:39 AM »
Timetable changes

https://www.konectbus.co.uk/news/timetablechanges-july2019/?fbclid=IwAR33kvivQU5bb_iOwf8Qbr7HEXLk-v2Op41WmG-NOe-CmPAMgFy0pWZtARc

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*Proposed* Timetable Changes - 7 July 2019

Page last updated: 13/5/19 route 13 |

Affects routes; 3, 5, 5A, 5B, 5C, X6, 8, 9A, X11, 13, 14, 33, 37A, 50, 50A, 84, 501 & 502

Please see below *proposed* timetable changes to parts of the Konectbus network for Sunday 7th July 2019. We're pleased to announce significant improvements to our network. Straight8 between Toftwood, Dereham and Norwich will operate up to every 20 minutes in the daytime Mondays to Saturdays, and there will be a later journey back from Norwich to Dereham & Toftwood at 2220. Route X6 will be extended beyond Attleborough to Thetford giving fast bus journey times between Thetford and Norwich via the A11. The 5 series will be enhanced with the doubling of daytime frequencies to every 30 minutes between Eaton and Norwich, and Rackheath and Norwich. There will be up to 8 buses an houralong Yarmouth Road into Norwich. Park & Ride improvements include; a later bus back to Thickthorn P&R, later buses back to Sprowston P&R and an enhanced evening frequency to Airport P&R. There are other changes which are to reflect requests, improve reliability and better match supply with demand. The routes affected by these changes are listed above with details listed below.

We are keen to hear your comments on these proposed changes so please email us feedback@konectbus.co.uk by Tuesday 21 May at the latest. Proposed timetables are available to view below; we apologise they are in a plain format, once confirmed they will be presented in our usual style and our timetable leaflets will be reproduced.

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Route 3 & 6
Thetford - Watton
Ashill - Watton
Watton - Hingham - N&NU Hospital (3) / Wymondham (6) - Norwich

The 6 journeys which start and finish in Ashill will be extended back/to Necton via Holme Hale. The 1400 and 1500 6 from Watton to Norwich will operate via Hethersett Academy, New Cringleford and Cringleford replacing route 9A. The 1515 and 1615 6 from Norwich to Watton will operate 10 minutes later at 1525 and 1625. There will be a new route 3 0835 journey from Watton to Thetford via the villages on Saturdays. This bus will become the 0920 X6 Thetford to Norwich fast journey. There will be a return route 3 1515 journey from Thetford to Watton; the bus will have previously operated the 1420 X6 journey from Norwich to Thetford.

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Route 5
Postwick P&R - Norwich

Minor timetable changes at peak to allow for traffic congestion. Saturday afternoon buses from Postwick P&R to operate via the A47 and Bracondale due to continuing traffic problems at the end of NCFC home football matches.

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Route 5A/5C
Blofield Heath - Norwich - Eaton (5A)
Little Plumstead - Norwich (5C)

Eaton to Norwich will be served by route 5B (Stalham - Wroxham - Norwich) with an improved frequency of every 30 minutes through most of the day.

There will be a new Mondays to Saturdays evening 5C journey from Norwich to the Plumsteads at 1930.

Blofield Heath and Plumsteads to Norwich routes will stay the same with revised times. Most journeys will continue to Mulbarton replacing route 37A which will offer through journey facilities (including to retail outlets on Hall Road such as Asda, and Mulbarton to the Rail Station) and improved reliability.

The East Harling to Norwich route 37A journeys will be included in the revised route 5A/5C timetable.

+ View timetable (5A)
+ View timetable (5C)

Route 5B
Stalham - Wroxham - Norwich

Additional journeys will operate between Rackheath Industrial Estate and Norwich via Green Lane West and the normal 5B route. These additional journeys will operate between 0900 and 1700 giving Rackheath to Norwich a bus every 30 minutes and enhancing Dussindale to Norwich to 3 buses an hour.

There will be minor timetable adjustments to the Wroxham and Stalham end of the route to improve punctuality. Please note the route 502 express journeys between Stalham and Norwich will be replaced by new route X11, see below for details.

The 2030 from Norwich to Salhouse will be extended to Wroxham.

All buses will continue to Eaton village & Greenways replacing route 5A and doubling the frequency to every 30 minutes for most of the day.

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Route X6
Attleborough - Norwich

Most journeys wil be extended beyond Attleborough from/to Thetford offering fast journeys between Thetford and Norwich!

There will be an additional journey from Great Ellingham (0710), Attleborough (0715) to Norwich via Thickthorn P&R (0740).

The section of route between Sprowston, Harvey Lane and Norwich will be replaced by new route 33, see details below.

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Straight8
Toftwood - Dereham - Norwich

The Mondays to Saturdays timetable will be increased to every 20 minutes for most of the day! Plus there will be a later journey on Mondays to Saturdays from Norwich to Dereham and Toftwood departing the Rail Station at 2210 and the Bus Station at 2220.

Additional city centre bus stops will be added on Prince of Wales Road (outside Budgens) and Red Lion Street (opposite Debenhams). The latter is hoped will appease those visiting the Theatre Royal.

The section off route between Riverside and Thorpe Road will be withdrawn due to lack of use. Buses will terminate/commence at the Rail Station bus stops on Thorpe Road.

All buses departing Norwich from 1850 onwards will call at Thickthorn Park & Ride replacing the late evening route 501 journeys.

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Route 9A
N&NU Hospital - Cringleford - Hethersett Academy

This route will be replaced by altered journeys on route 6, see above for more details.

Route X11
Sutton - Stalham - Wroxham - Norwich

Route X11 is a new fast route between Stalham and Norwich replacing the Stalham extensions on route 502. These express commuter journeys will no longer call at Sprowston P&R, but will stop on Sprowston Road at Blue Boar and at the Brickmakers. Mondays to Fridays only.

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Route 13
Shipdham - Watton
Watton - Hingham - Wymondham - Norwich

This route will be withdrawn at the end of the academic year as it is no longer viable due to declining passenger numbers in recent years. In September passenges will need to use route 6 (Watton - Norwich) and route 13B (Norwich - Easton College) instead.

+ View 6 timetable
+ View 13B timetable

Route 14
Toftwood - Neatherd High School

The afternoon journey will be operated by route 8 which will call into Neatherd High School grounds at 1542.

Route 33
Norwich - Harvey Lane - Plumstead Road - Norwich

Replaces route X6 between Sprowston and Norwich via Harvey Lane. This will provide new links between Thorpe Road and Plumstead Road surgery, and Plumstead Road area with Anglia Square and Magdalen Street area. Tesco Blue Boar will no longer be served due to low patronage. Mondays to Fridays only.

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Route 37A
East Harling - Mulbarton - Norwich

Replaced by route 5A and 5C which will provide a direct link to the Rail Station, see above for more information.

Route 50 & 50A
Eaton Park/Cringleford - Norwich - Mousehold Heath

In the mornings buses heading to Mousehold Heath will omit Anglia Square, and in the afternoons buses from Mousehold Heath will omit Anglia Square. This change, and other timing changes, will improve reliability on this route.

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Route 84
Harleston - Hempnall - Norwich

A separate consultation is underway from Norfolk County Council regarding this route for late August. Please click here for more information.

Route 501 (Park & Ride)
Airport P&R - Norwich - Thickthorn P&R

The evening Mondays to Saturdays timetable towards Airport P&R will increase to every 20 minutes until 2030. Departure times from Norwich Bus Station to the Airport P&R after 1830 will be at 1850, 1910, 1930, 1950, 2010 and 2030. The 2010 and 2030 departures from Norwich will extend beyond the Airport P&R to Sprowston P&R.

After 1830 buses serving Thickthorn Park & Ride will be straight8 buses on their way to Dereham. Departure times from Norwich Bus Station will be at 1900, 1920, 1950*, 2020, 2120 and 2220. Straight8 journeys start at the Rail Station and offer good connections with trains.

* Thursdays and Fridays only

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Route 502
Sprowston P&R - Norwich - Harford P&R

The last two route 501 journeys at 2010 and 2030 to Airport P&R will extend to Sprowston P&R offering a later facility on Mondays to Saturdays.

The journey from/to Stalham will be renumbered X11, extended from/to Sutton and will be retimed - see details above. There will be other minor timetable adjustments to route 502.

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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2019, 08:00:05 PM »
https://www.konectbus.co.uk/events/?fbclid=IwAR02IKBVoQRrrprgr08VS79tH02AvfzZvgz1yZpEVIUjhtDm_xRbZ8JlYX8

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Events Calendar 2019

Below is a list of events throughout the year that Konectbus (including Norwich Park & Ride) will operate special services for. This page will be added to throughout the year.

NCFC Promotion Parade | Let's Rock! Norwich | Sunday Sessions | Take That | Royal Norfolk Show | Lord Mayor's Procession | Run Norwich 10k | Big Boom Fireworks | Christmas Light Switch On | Christmas

Let's Rock! Norwich

Saturday 25 May
Earlham Park

We will be operating two Park & Ride routes for this event at the following car parks;

Costessey Park & Ride (Blue parking)
County Hall (Yellow parking)

Car parks are operated on a first come first served basis. In the past two years there has been space for everyone.

Buses will operate between 0930 and 0000 throughout the day with enhanced frequencies during peak times.

Fares charge will be; Adult £5, 16-19 £4, Child £3 and Group (max. 5 people) £15. Fares can either be bought on the bus with cash or on the East Anglia Buses app.

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Sunday Sessions

Sunday 26 May
Earlham Park

We will be operating two Park & Ride routes for this event at the following car parks;

Costessey Park & Ride (Blue parking)
County Hall (Yellow parking)

Car parks are operated on a first come first served basis. In the past two years there has been space for everyone.

Buses will operate between 0930 and 0000 throughout the day with enhanced frequencies during peak times.

Fares charge will be; Adult £5, 16-19 £4, Child 3 and Group (max. 5 people) £15. Fares can either be bought on the bus with cash or on the East Anglia Buses app.

+ Visit Sunday Sessions website

Take That

Thursday 30 May
Carrow Road Stadium

Airport, Harford and Thickthorn Park & Ride will operate later to cater for this event. Buses will operate frequently between 2230 and 0000 from Norwich Bus Station, only a 18 minute walk from Carrow Road stadium. People heading into the city centre will be able to alight on Castle Meadow as usual and walk 15 minutes to Carrow Road stadium.

Special fares will be in operation on route 501 (Airport & Thickthorn) and route 502 (Harford) for passengrs wishing to use the later evening journeys. The return fares will be; Adult £5, 16-19 £4, Child £3 and Group (max. 5 people) £15. Fares can either be bought on the bus with cash or on the East Anglia Buses app.

We will have control staff on hand at Norwich Bus Station between 2200 and 0000 to assist and answer queries.

+ Visit Norwich City FC's Take That webpage

The Royal Norfolk Show

Wednesday 26 & 27 June
The Royal Norfolk Showground

Route 4 between Norwich Bus Station and the Royal Norfolk Showground will operate to an enhanced frequency with buses up to every 30 minutes.

Take advantage of our recently reduced return fares; Adult £4.30, 16-19 £3.40, Child Return £2.90 and Family* Return £8.60.

*group of 4 people, maximum 2 adults, 16-19s count as adults.

Norwich cityZone and Anywhere tickets will be accepted on route 4 as usual if you are travelling on more than one Konectbus route. Route 4 will provide a direct link every hour between Dereham and The Showground via Mattishall.

Why not consider using Norwich Park & Ride and changing onto route 4 at Norwich Bus Station? Let us do the driving to the Show! Norwich cityZone tickets can be purchased on Norwich P&R routes.

+ Visit the RNAA's webpage

Lord Mayor's Procession

Saturday 6 July
Norwich City Centre

More information to follow

+ Visit Norwich CC's Lord Mayors Celebration webpage

Run Norwich 10k

Sunday 21 July
Norwich City Centre

More information to follow

+ Visit Run Norwich's website


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Re: Konnectbus Happenings 2019
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2019, 05:33:31 PM »
Mercedes SLF HF55 JZJ on the 17:40 X6 Norwich to Attleborough