Tuesday Time Tunnel: The early millennium

Seen in 2001 is Handybus 491 (Peter Horrex)
For this week's Tuesday Time Tunnel we head back to 2001 and 2002, with another couple of photographs from Peter Horrex.

First up is First Eastern Counties 491 JDZ2337 seen on Castle Meadow in 2001, representing the cream and red livery used locally up until the standardization into Barbie livery. 491 is photographed operated the 14, which at the time operated between Dussindale Park and Hethersett. Buses to Wymondham were at the time at the hands of the 51, 52 and 53; all of which also operating via Hethersett,. Operating alongside the 14 was the 13, which operated from nearby Cringleford.

For those who's ears are now pricking up, the timetables for the 13 and 14 from 1999 are available in the historical archive. Infact, the entire collection of 1999 timetables for the Norwich area services are available to view!

One of the seven Renowns in service with Ambassador on the
Airport Park and Ride service (Peter Horrex)
One year ahead to 2002, we see Ambassador Travel 522. It was one of seven Wright Renown bodied Volvo B10BLEs delivered new in March 1999 for the newly won contract to operate the Airport Park and Ride service - then numbered 505. The seven Renowns operated alongside Plaxton Beaver bodied Mercedes Benz 811D 500 L983ORC and Alexander Dash bodied Volvo B6-50 505 L73UNG. At the time of photography, the Ambassador fleet totaled around sixty vehicles - around forty of which had been delivered new since 1989. I believe at the time Ambassador had an operating centre registered near Sprowston Fire Station. Once the contract to operate the service expired, the entire batch of buses moved to Transdev.
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