KONECT was formed by Julian Patterson, Steve Challis, Andy Warnes and Maggie Challis in 1999. They acquired the former Eniway Coaches depot in Saham Toney from Norfolk Green, along with the goodwill and contract work. The initial fleet consisted of four coaches, no buses!
The ambition was always to run buses and gradually the coach fleet decreased and the bus fleet increased as additional tendered bus routes were won. In 2003 the company name was changed to konectbus and the final coaches were sold. In 2004 the 16 vehicle depot at Saham Toney had been outgrown and the company moved to a new, purpose built site at an industrial estate in Toftwood, Dereham; this was subsequently outgrown in 2005 and buses were parked in an overflow car parking site nearby. In March 2013 konect’s new depot in Rashes Green Industrial Estate opened.
In late 2005 Norwich’s Park and Ride sites were revamped with an additional sixth site being added. konectbus won two sites with required 11 new buses including some double deckers. These contracts were renewed in 2010 and konectbus retained the sites and added an additional site. The company won the prestigious ‘Independent Operator of the Year’ award in 2007 at the UK Bus Awards ceremony.
In 2009 konectbus celebrated 10 years of operation and refurbished 1977 Leyland National 152 (UFX852S). Leyland Nationals were the first buses Konect operated so it seemed appropriate to preserve 152 which has been with Konect since 2001. 152 only goes out as a last resort but can be found on local school runs and market day services.
March 2010 konectbus was bought by Go-Ahead Group plc.