Simonds of Botesdale

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Simonds of Botesdale
Simonds of Botesdale (logo).svg
YJ11 AOH, Van Hool, Simonds, Botesdale, Norfolk. May 2011.jpg
Van Hool T915 in May 2011
Founded 1927 [1]
Headquarters Diss
Service area Norfolk
Suffolk
Service type Bus & coach services
Routes 9
Destinations Norwich, Diss, Long Stratton & Bury St Edmunds
Fleet 52 (October 2013)
Chief executive Martyn Simonds
Website www.simonds.co.uk

Simonds of Botesdale[2] is a bus and coach operator based in Diss.[3][4]They currently operate nine bus services in the Diss, Norwich, Long Stratton and Bury St Edmunds areas of East Anglia as well as coach charter services and school buses[5] using a fleet of 52 buses and coaches.[6] under the branding of Simonds CountryLink.[7] In 2012, they won a London 2012 Olympics contract to operate four coaches during a three-week period.[8]

Previously the company operated services between Diss and Ipswich, however these were withdrawn in 2015 and handed to Galloway.

The company's flagship route is the service 1, which operates between Norwich and Diss, calling at Burston, Long Stratton, Tasburgh, Flordon, Newton Flotman and travels into the city via Ipswich Road and Norwich City College.[9] This competes head to head with First's 35 route, which travels only as far as Long Stratton.[10]

Simonds is the only company to run a Sunday service between Norwich, Long Stratton and Diss.This service travels directly along the A140.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.whtimes.co.uk/sport/olympics_2_405/diss_bus_firm_secures_olympic_contract_1_1112126 Welwyn Hatfield Times
  2. ^ Companies House extract company no 2299468 Simonds of Botesdale Limited
  3. ^ "inorfolk.co.uk". Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Home". Simonds.co.uk. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Local Bus Service Simonds of Botesdale
  6. ^ Simonds fleet list Norwich Bus Page 1 October 2013
  7. ^ http://www.simonds.co.uk/local-bus-services Local Bus Services
  8. ^ http://www.royston-crow.co.uk/news/business_2_1572/diss_bus_drivers_head_to_london_to_fulfil_olympic_contract_1_1450773 London 2012 Contract
  9. ^ "Simonds timetables". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "First 35 timetable". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 

External links[edit]

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