The new Enviros are likely to be despatched at the rate of 5 per week once delivery starts. The vehicles will have advertising board frames fitted as we suspected, but not at the rear. Top speed should be 62mph instead of the 59mph currently attained by the Geminis and the 6.9 litre engines will be of equal horsepower to the B9s. A meeting was being held today to arrange additional accommodation in King's Lynn for the existing fleet while the changeover takes place. If this is not successful, the new fleet will be delivered to Norwich Rowntree Way and sent over to King's Lynn as required.
The current fleet will be transferred away as the new buses enter service, commencing with the B7s which will go to Newcastle-Under-Lyme. 37159 went to Full Circle for repaint today where it will join 37156 which arrived there on Friday. To cover the shortfall, Norwich Gemini 36180 has temporarily been allocated to King's Lynn once again. 37160 returned to traffic on Saturday.
37563-69 are going back to Lowestoft (where they were originally based) for work on the X2 and 37570-9 will go to Yarmouth for use on the X1 shorts and other associated services. The additional vehicles should also mean that they can be used as required for rail replacement work.
|Plaxton President 32209 seen on an X1 short in Acle on Thursday. These workings should shortly go over to Gemini operation. Photo Joe Leathers.|
The X1 blog will keep you updated on the arrival of the new fleet as and when it happens, so watch this space.