Odd and Ends - 19/07/2015

The massively improved smart new seating onboard First Norwich
First up in this week's Odds and Ends is the refurbishment of First Norwich Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 32100 LT02ZCJ. The bus has had the seats re-padded and re-covered in beige eLeather, on the same frame as the previous moquette seating. Embroidered into each seat is the white First logo, with the wheelchair ramp now displaying "Welcome Aboard" as the Ipswich refurbishments did. I managed to sample 32100 on the 13 yesterday, and it really is an enormous improvement - the bus from the inside does not look thirteen years old, and the new seating is much more comfortable than previously. There were also some excellent comments from passengers on the upper deck. As previously reported, Purple Line 32203 LT52WTJ has been sent back to Rotherham for refurbishment with 33167 LR02LYF joining it when 32100 returned. Notable also, as seen in photographs by Sam Larke, is that the coloured block on the rear ends of repainted buses has been scrapped in favour of the standard purple rear. All buses returning back to Rotherham for repaint are having their rear ends repainted, and future repaints will be painted identically.

At Sanders, recently repainted Scania Omnilink 321 YN08HXZ entered service on the 35B on Friday 17th July. A photograph of it from regular contributor "Return2LayerRoad" can be seen here.

Norwich SOS Bus' purpose built Optare Versa AS05BUS was parked
outside The Forum yesterday on promotion work.
Yesterday, I was very glad to be able to photograph a local non-pcv which cannot usually be seen out on the streets before 9pm. Norwich SOS Bus purpose built Optare Versa AS05BUS was parked on Millennium Plain outside The Forum promoting the charity and the work it does.

News from the blog news this weeks comes as a new fleetlist has been made available. Accessed via the Fleetlists tab beneath the header, a document for Peelings Coaches of Tittleshall is now available.

BorderBus have been running shuttle buses from Halesworth, Southwold and Diss to Latitude Festival at Henham Park in Suffolk this weekend. I have been too busy to venture out and photograph the bus movements, however, the majority of vehicles running from Diss are hired in from local coach operators. Shuttles from Halesworth and Southwould have predominantly been operated by BorderBus' own Sir John Leman High School branded Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs.

On Saturday afternoon, a collison between a cyclist and pedestrian described as "serious" by Norfolk Police caused Theatre Street to be completely closed to all traffic. As a result, fourteen bus services were diverted and only picked up from Castle Meadow in the City Centre.

A new Peelings fleetlist is now available under the fleetlists tab
Onto the week's rare workings On Monday 13th July, First Norwich Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 33058 LN51GJK appeared on the usually Gemini worked 26. At Sanders, on the same day a Wright Cadet bodied VDL SB120 appeared on the 32. Tuesday saw the use of Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7L 66340 MV02VCP appeared on the usually decker worked 28. All was quiet for the rest of the week, with Saturday seeing yet more single deck adventures; Volvo B7Ls were noted on the 28, 24 and 35. Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 42921 EU05AUN appeared on the 12 and 12A, with Wright Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL 36171 BD11CFU appearing on the 23 and 23A.

Onto a week review, it's been quite a busy one with lots of news revealed here on Norwich Buses Blog. On Monday, news was in of First providing transport to Sundown and Reload festivals. It was then revealed that Konectbus was to open a new Norwich depot, which very quickly became the most read post on the blog of all time. Tuesday Time Tunnel this week took us to Pleasurewood Hills, we then brought the first pictures of the latest Sanders fleet update. Oddball Wednesday this week was a Yugoslavian built cheapskate. This was followed by the full details of the new routing for the Park and Ride services in September. Thursday saw a report from a pick and mix outing the previous day followed by a special report from Peterborough Bus Rally. Friday's Around The UK was another popular one, with loads of news and happenings this week. The latest changes at Anglianbus were then released in the afternoon. Saturday's Vehicle Focus was a bit of a local legend, which was followed by a surprise loan and news of a new vehicle coming to Norwich.
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About Kieran Smith

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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