A bad run continued for a North Norfolk bus company when one of its vehicles broke down outside a school this morning.

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The Sanders Coaches vehicle, which was carrying six passengers, stopped when it began to smoke as oil dripped on to its exhaust pipe.

Fire engines attended from Cromer and Sheringham and used granules to mop up the spillage, which happened outside Beeston Hall School on the Cromer to Sheringam coast road at 8.55am.

On Monday, a Sanders bus brought Cromer traffic to a halt when it broke down on Church Street.

And on Saturday, there were major headaches for motorists in Cromer at midday when first one Sanders double-decker broke down at the key junction of Church Street and Mount Street and then a second got wedged as it failed to negotiate a too-tight corner, at the junction of Cambridge Street and Mount Street, in a bid to bypass its out-of-action sister.

Charles Sanders, managing director of Sanders Coaches, used the North Norfolk News website to apologise for the inconvenience the firm’s vehicles caused on Saturday.

In a comment added under the about the incident, Mr Sanders said: “Unfortunately, with anything mechanical, problems and breakdowns do occur from time to time although this was a first for us in such a significant and key location.

“Fortunately our skilled engineers were able to fairly quickly attend to the problem.”

12 comments

  • Today, I had an abysmal service from FIRST bus, the No.16 was late and I could not get the connecting bus home, delaying me for an afternoon meeting. This si a regualr occurence with First. Our bus service is attrocious compared to that of Edinburgh, we are paying through the nose for a thrid rate service. And its not down to local buses but national greedy operators. The more local operators we have the sooner we get this sorted. We need 'bus tracker'! as it works up in Scotland, the system introduced here is total pants and shows you nothing, most times its not working, not even timetables at bus stops. But hey, we are subsidising an elaborately expensive P&R for cardrivers, how good is that? and council taxpayers who pay for this subsidy, on wanting to use the service alongside the route, without a car, are banned from P&R, thats utterly ridiculous. Write about that.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • ingo wagenknecht, why don't you use Konectbus route 5? Much nicer buses! - Also, the Edinburough tracking think you talk about, we have a system similar in Norwich, on most stops along Earlham Road. I 1st thought that it was just electronic, and told you the time it should arrive, but when it was snowing, it showed the delays of 10-15 minutes on there! - Touch screen too so you can listen to them tell you the times and more info Etc. Quite good.

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    benhagger@hotmail.co.uk

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

  • Has anyone given thought to the fact that since First busses ceased to provide a service between Norwich and Sheringham, Sanders coachers have not only maintained the service they were already running but have covered filled the gap left by first, coaches are now doing twice the milage, this combined with the recent warmer weather and the start stop nature of the job it is little wonder that some vehicles have suffered breakdowns, i'm sure had these recent breakdowns not have come all so close together, no-one would have batted an eyelid, love or hate Sanders their still cheaper than the train and just as reliable

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    h

    Friday, July 8, 2011

  • The council should never have scrapped the deals with Norfolk Green to provide an alternative. They were reliable and pleasant to deal with.

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    anglia_squared

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • Norfolk Green are a good company, won Independant operator of the year 2010...you can't argue with that! lol

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    benhagger@hotmail.co.uk

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • i have always found sanders to offer good service and been reliable and pleasant , unlike norfolk green when i went to norwich with my friend drove far too fast ! even a cyclist stuck his fingers up as he got in a bike lane.

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    pink lady

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • Unfortunately, Sanders does appear to be having a run of bad luck with it's bus fleet with both breakdowns and an unplanned and unscheduled detour. However, I see no problem with reporting these problems which have no doubt caused both problems and inconvenience for those people either directly or indirectly involved. Like it or not Sanders is in the business of providing public transport. If they have a succession of problems of due to mechanical failures which affects their fare paying customers then the public at large should be made aware, which was what the EDP was quite rightly reporting.

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    Douglas McCoy

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

  • Pink Lady - Maybe that's where our views differ. I want a bus operator to be on time - providing they arrive safely. The connections from Sanders with buses in Kings Lynn are far too frequently missed. With Norfolk Green they were not.

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    anglia_squared

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • This relentless need to report on these breakdowns smacks heavily of someone with a hidden, anti Sanders agenda...this issue is NOT newsworthy in any way shape or form (although something being newsworthy has not always been necessary for this site....54 yr old chip pan anyone??). Truly disappointing "journalism".

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    Ziggy

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • *Bus operator, not independant.

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    benhagger@hotmail.co.uk

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • I believe a Sanders bus also broke down on saturday afternoon, at Sheringham station.

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    Hugh

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

  • I would rather these instances were reported than ignored by the company. If the embarrassment prevents mistakes happening I'm all for it. I mean after all this will take up a small square in the newspaper at the most.

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    anglia_squared

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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