Identical sister G521VBB at London Bridge (Peter Horrex)
In our latest Vehicle Focus, we take a look a bus which is found running the streets of Norwich daily after entering service in the capital twenty five years ago.

G520VBB was new to Kentish Bus in January 1990 as 520 to work Transport For London contracted service 22, 22A and 55. It was part of a batch of forty three delivered, consecutively registered from G514VBB through to G256VBB. The Northern Counties Palatine bodied Leyland Olympian spent time being passed from depot to depot with Kentish Bus and their later formation into Arriva. 

The 22 operates between Putney Common and Picadilly Circus. The 22A, between London Bridge and Clapton Park Estate, was withdrawn in 1998. The 55 operates from Lea Bridge Road to Oxford Circus Station

G520VBB seen recently in Norwich with Awayadays
In May 2003, G520VBB was transferred to Thornton Heath garage and later repainted into the white and grey scheme used at the time by Arriva to identify ancillary vehicles. In 2004, she moved to Beddington Farm garage for continued training use for the next three years.

It was in 2007 that G520VBB's London life came to an end. She was sold to the Ensignbus dealership for onward sale. In 2008, it was snapped up by McMaster of Wood Dalling, who trade as Awayadays, and given a partial open top conversion. It replaced older Alexander bodied MCW Metrobus ULS621X, which I have no record of current existence for from the 2009 tourist season.

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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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