More destination oddities

Sanders Omnidekka 113 YN54AFU operating the mysterious 55E
A month or so ago I swiftly mentioned my quest to photograph all the 'odd' routes and route deviations which have differentiated destination screens. Yesterday morning, whilst waiting around hoping for an appearance of Norwich newbee 66977 (Which did actually happen, see here), I managed to capture on camera some of the morning peak time workings which fit my category of 'odd'.

First up, and one I was totally unaware of, is Sanders service 55E - which is not listed anywhere on their website, or on the Traveline page. The 55E appears to be the 06:46 journey beginning at Mundesley, for North Walsham then Norwich where the bus continues through the city centre to Norwich School and Norwich City College. Looking back at the EXIF data of the photograph, the bus was actually operating the 07:35 from North Walsham, which operates to City College only. Sanders East Lancs Omnidekka bodied Scania N49UD 113 YN54AFU is pictured supposedly working the 55E.

First Norwich Gemini 36178 BD11CFU on the 26A this morning
Also photographed was a new service, which first began just twelve days ago now. First Norwich service 26A operates from the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and the University of East Anglia to Norwich City Centre and the rail station. The 26A differentiates to the standard 26, however, by operating via North Park Avenue and Northfields Estate, rather than operating direct via The Avenues. Three journeys operate each morning on a Monday to Friday, departing the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital at 07;20, 07:47, 08:05 and 08:35. The 26A was introduced to replace early morning journeys which were previously operated as a 27 - which operates from Riverside to Northfield Estate. 

Here is a good place to pop a link to the Norwich Buses Blog resources section, which includes a handy list of every registered commercial bus route operating into or through Norwich. The document can be accessed by heading across to our NEW resources section by clicking here.

33007 LK51UZE on one of the 15 reliefs to Broadland Business Park
At the morning and afternoon peak, there a large number of bus movements to and from Aviva at Broadland Business Park, many journeys of which are contracted to be operated by Aviva themselves. All these journeys run as a 15, which operates every 30 minutes daily through Broadland Business Park en-route to Blofield. Looking at the timetable, there are five morning runs from Norwich to Broadland Business Park, and seven return runs beginning at the site, rather than Lingwood. These relief journeys call at Old Chapel Way as well as the Aviva offices. On top of this, the journeys operating the full length of the 15  and 15A between Wymondham and Blofield Heath or Lingwood also deviate from Yarmouth Road to serve Old Chapel Road on most morning and afternoon peak workings, operating on an every 30 minute basis. The short workings on the 15 are completed by buses from all over the shop, including duties sent out to complete contracted school services and buses off the 24, 27 and 29.

Operating the short working of the 35 to UTCN was 3303 LK51UZS
One final oddity to share is the UTCN 35. This single morning short working of the 35 operates as far as the recently opened 'University Technical College Norwich' on Hall Road. On a non-school day, the journey would operate as a normal 35 past University Technical College Norwich to Long Stratton. Operating alongside this short working of the 35, are two Norfolk County Council contracted journeys from Norwich Rail Station, Castle Meadow and St Stephens Street to the site - which are worked by the single bus which spends the rest of the day on the 27 and one of the buses allocated to the 35 for the day.

On the contracted services mentioned, and the one return journey in the afternoon, passengers are only welcomed on board provided they have a Norfolk County Council Education Services travel pass; otherwise, they must use the commercially operated First 35, of which two journeys from Long Stratton call at the site in the afternoon.
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Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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