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Lynx[1] is a bus company based in King's Lynn and operating services across west and north Norfolk and eastern Cambridgeshire.

Lynx
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A pair of Lynx Optare Tempos at King's Lynn bus station in March 2018
SloganThe new locally-owned bus company for West Norfolk
ParentStephen Challis
Jillian Patterson
Andrew Warnes
Founded6 January 2015
HeadquartersKing's Lynn
Service areaCambridgeshire
Norfolk
Service typeBus services
Routes18 (July 2019)
DestinationsMarham
Downham Market
Fakenham
Hunstanton
King's Lynn
Wells-next-the-Sea
Wisbech
Fairstead Estate
Castle Rising
Dersingham
HubsKing’s Lynn
StationsHunstanton
Websitewww.lynxbus.co.uk

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HistoryEdit

Lynx was founded by Stephen Challis, Jillian Patterson and Andrew Warnes in 2013. The trio had previously established Konectbus in 1999 before selling it to the Go-Ahead Group in March 2010.[2]

Operations commenced on 6 January 2015, with a school contract between Southery and Downham Market Academy. On 26 January 2015, it commenced operating route 35 from King's Lynn to Hunstanton.[2][3]

Having taken over three former Stagecoach in Norfolk routes in September 2017,[4] when Stagecoach in Norfolk withdrew most of its services, Lynx took over a further eight routes, including the western half of the branded Coasthopper service between King's Lynn and Cromer from 29 April 2018.[5][6] Lynx's section of the route was renumbered to the 36 and rebranded as the Coastliner, extended inland from Wells-next-the-Sea to Fakenham, with the section of route from Wells-next-the-Sea to Cromer being taken over by Sanders Coaches.[7][8] . Lynx took over another three services from Stagecoach in September 2018.[9]

FleetEdit

Lynx commenced operations with second-hand single-decker Optare Tempos.[10][11] By April 2018, it was operating the largest fleet of Tempos in the United Kingdom with 27.[5]

Since September 2016, Lynx has operated double-deckers; Optare Spectra bodied DAF DB250LFs, Wright Pulsar Gemini bodied DAF DB250s and Leyland Olympians.[12][13][14]

Lynx own a Leyland National, which is operated as a heritage bus in a semi-preserved state, painted in Lynx's standard red livery. Delivered new to Hants & Dorset in November 1977, it has been used in passenger service several times to mark special occasions, as well as attending industry and promotional events and bus enthusiasts' rallies.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Coastal Red Limited Companies House extract
  2. ^ a b Second time around for former Konectbus team Bus & Coach Buyer 11 February 2015
  3. ^ Lynx is launched Lynx 5 January 2015
  4. ^ New bus times from Sept 2017 Lynx
  5. ^ a b "All change in Kings Lynn as Stagecoach vacates the town" Coach & Bus Week issue 1340 1 May 2018 page 11
  6. ^ Stagecoach in Norfolk Stagecoach
  7. ^ "Stagecoach planning to shut King's Lynn depot" Coach & Bus Week issue 1328 6 February 2018 page 11
  8. ^ Stagecoach calls it a day in Norfolk and plans withdrawal Route One 6 February 2018
  9. ^ "Lynx :: New Services 54, 55A & 55B". www.lynxbus.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  10. ^ Lynx effect in Norfolk Coach & Bus Week 9 December 2014
  11. ^ "Lynx links Lynn" Buses issue 720 March 2015 page 10
  12. ^ "Fleet News" Buses issue 745 April 2017 page 72
  13. ^ "Fleet News" Buses issue 754 January 2018 page 73
  14. ^ "Fleet News" Buses issue 756 March 2018 page 73

External linksEdit

  Media related to Lynx (bus company) at Wikimedia Commons