New operator, Coastal Red Ltd of North Runcton, King’s Lynn is to introduce route 35 between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton from January 26, 2015. Also serving Dersingham, Snettisham and Heacham Monday to Sunday, it will compete with services already provided by Stagecoach-owned Norfolk Green.
Coastal Red, which will trade as Lynx – a play on Lynn links, applied for a six-vehicle O-licence in July. The firm was established by former Konectbus directors, Stephen Challis and Andrew Warnes who have now been joined by their fellow director from that time, Julian Patterson. Konectbus sold to Go-Ahead Group in 2010 and Julian has most recently been MD of Go-Ahead’s East of England companies.
Four Optare Tempos have been acquired for route 35. Three are 41-seaters of which two came from Marchant’s, Cheltenham, the third from Pygall’s Coaches, Peterlee. The fourth bus is a 34-seat former Optare demonstrator. A 57-seat Plaxton Premiere-bodied Volvo B10M has also been added to the fleet.