Odds and ends - 26/07/2015

Stagecoach Norfolk's Reepham outstation in one of its final days
Welcome to the final Odds and Ends of July, a month which has very much been a build up to a busy next two. The weather has quite frankly been awful for most of it, but the bus activity has been quite the opposite.

This week, I have been very reliably informed that Stagecoach Norfolk are to close three of their remaining outstation. Reepham, Tattersett and Cromer at the end of the July with operations transferring to Fakenham outstation at Highfield Road lorry park, already housing a handful of buses which work the X29, X8 and 29. This move is presumably for convenience in terms of maintaining vehicles. Cromer Outstation was beside a barn on a narrow road out of the Town centre, housing one Coasthopper bus. The facility at Reepham was also home to a single Coasthopper vehicle, which began its day on a Monday to Friday Schoolday duty on the 414 from Billingford to Reepham High School, and later on the Coasthopper services. Tattersett is out of my knowledge, so I'm unfortunately unable to comment. As a bit of a fan, its sad to see some of the final remaining outstations in Norfolk closing. To my knowledge, it now just leaves Sanders and Stagecoach Norfolk in Fakenham and Semmence in Haveringland.

Sanders are operating shuttles to the Norfolk Motorhome Show
As of tomorrow, a notable change to the Anglianbus 7 is that the service will now depart from Stand E in the bus station - which sits right outside the café, waiting room and toilets and is the first stop if passengers walk from Surrey Street. Interestingly, however, the stop is one ahead of the competing First X1. The 7 is timed within just five minutes of most First X1 departures - so no doubt there is a little bit more competition going on.

On Saturday 25th July, Sanders were providing pre-booked shuttles from Norwich City Centre to the Norfolk Motor Home show at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Three coaches were in use for most of the day, including wheelchair accessible 904 Plaxton Panther bodied Volvo B12B SGF965. On a separate, the fate of 115 YR10BBO is still unknown; although it is widely suggested that it may not be returning to the road.

With four double deckers down due to refurbishments and one on loan to Great Yarmouth, the single deckers are having some adventures at First Norwich. On Wednesday 22nd July, there were no less than three single deckers on the usually double deck worked 11 and 11A. Meanwhile, the Geminis have also been straying off their usual haunts on the Blue Line 25 and 26 this week; I've noted them on the 21, 23 and 28.

Photo of the week is this one of 66340 turning into Wymondham
Town Centre
Onto the week summed up; on Monday there was news from Bus and Us and some disappointment in Wymondham. Tuesday saw some news from Great Yarmouth 40, we headed back to 1978 in Tuesday Time Tunnel and then brought a round up of the day's happenings. It was an N&P Watch Wednesday, with absolutely loads of changes - we then brought a sneak peak of the new buses for the Konectexpress 8 and news from Sanders. Oddball Wednesday was the unusual Plaxton Verde this week. Throwback Thursday took us back to 2001, with an impressive line up from First Eastern Counties at Showbus, followed by another roundup of the day's happenings. Friday was time for Around The UK, which if growing evermore popular. On Saturday, we took a look at everything away for repaint and refurbishment and everything on loan currently.
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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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