Norfolk Show Special

Norwich meets Ipswich outside the Norfolk Show entrance
As I am beyond certain you are aware, today was the first day of the Royal Norfolk Show at the Norfolk Showground in Easton. I spent the day out in Easton photographing the special services and visiting coaches.

Starting with First, the usual service 100 was running this year. Special vehicles drafted in were both heritage AEC Routemasters from Great Yarmouth and the Eastern Counties heritage liveried Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL 32479 AU53HJV, which operated alongside the standard allocation of Wright Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs. A surprise for me was the appearance of Wright Streetlite 47511 SN64CRX on the shuttles all day. In previous years, First have parked their buses for the show shuttles behind Longwater Retail Park, however, parking restrictions meant they were parking buses beside the turning circle outside the Showground entrance. This allowed some nice line ups of buses to be spotted - but unfortunately were in appalling light for most of the day. I did, however, manage the above shot of Ipswich based 32479 alongside Norwich based 36168. First sent out a team of five or six customer service representatives to point passengers in the right direction of their respective buses.

Konectbus Citaro 802 operating the new Park and Ride service 400
As for Konectbus, additional relief buses were employed on the 4 operating direct from Norwich Bus Station and St Stephens Street through to the Norfolk Show. Konectbus operations manager Steve Royale was on hand all day. New for 2015 was the 400 from Harford Park and Ride to the Norfolk Show, which was at the hands Mercedes Benz Citaro artic 802 BD57WCZ. Loadings were fair, but much less than I expected - although the comments being made by the people using the service were extremely positive, and the bendy buses were of course an instant hit! Operating again this year was the City College shuttle bus, operated by Citaro 804 BL57OXN.

There was a great number of visiting coaches too, including most local operators and a few from as far afield at Colchester and Coventry. There are also a few Fleet Updates to report over the coming two weeks which have been sighted today, all of which will go live once I've done my research!
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