Wymondham shuttle disappointment and City Centre sightings

First 33060 at a very cloudy Wymondham Cross earlier today
With the summer holidays upon us, I celebrated the first day in typical style: with nothing to do. So, I decided I'd head out to Wymondham where drainage works is preventing First 14 from operating between Wymondham Town Centre and Silfield. As a result, Norfolk County Council have provided a free shuttle which will follow the lengthy diversion to save buses being delayed elsewhere on the route.

Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in photographing this due to the timings of the service. But I am no doubt even half as disappointed about this than the local residents are of their temporary shuttle. Buses operate between Silfield and Wymondham ten times a day on a weekday, and return eleven times. Silfield is a small village, and the bus service to the village is used mainly by elderly passengers who are unable to walk the some thirty minute, at walking speed, trip into the town centre. The replacement shuttle which is provided offers three journeys towards Wymondham at 07:30, 09:30 and 11:30. As far as I can see, these do not even properly connect with the First 14; if the passengers would usually use the service all the way through to Hethersett, Norwich or maybe even out to Wroxham, you're looking at a twenty or so minute wait in the town. Returning, shuttles run at 13:10, 16:10 and 18:10 - somewhat restrictive to say the least. If you had an appointment in the town at 13:15 and relied on the bus from Silfield, you'd be stuck for another three hours. Whilst in the town, however, I did take the opportunity to snap First Norwich Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 33060 LN51GJU with the picturesque Wymondham backdrop behind it.

The stunning ML13XNZ picking up passengers at Castle Meadow
And so, I headed back from Wymondham on the Konectbus 6A - arriving in Norwich Bus Station shortly after three o'clock in the afternoon. There was very little going on there, so I headed down to Castle Meadow. The visiting coaches today were notable; spotted at Thickthorn on my journey back from Wymondham was new Shearings Grand Tourer Mercedes Benz Tourismo 740 BN15YWC headed for Great Yarmouth. Alfa Travel Plaxton Paragon bodied Volvo B12B 56 YN10EOC, a regular visitor the area, was noted running an excursion into Norwich from the holiday's base at Cromer. The best of all most certainly has to go to this Neoplan N5217SHDC Starliner 2, visiting the area from Edwards of Llandtwit Fardre. The Neoplan Starliner is now discontinued on the British market, with MAN-owned Neoplan focusing on sales of the much less impressive Tourliner. The Starliner comes as standard on a fully integral 13.99 metre long combination, and when released has the largest double height front window ever produced on coaches in the world. The interior was pioneered by Neoplan to have balanced acoustics throughout the passenger area of the coach, allowing effective use of PA Systems during excursions requiring a tour guide.

Ensignbus 393 remains on loan to Awaydays whilst the regular is
off the road.
Ensignbus Alexander RH bodied Volvo Olympian 393 P493MBY spent its third day on loan in Norwich to cover for Awayadays native Olympian G520VBB, which is off the road with mechanical difficulties. Patrick Burnside informs me that the usual performer broke down at Mousehold Heath on Friday with the rear nearside brake seizing on causing the engine, gearbox and wheel to overheat, along with a coolant leak and failed power steering. One of the regular drivers informed me that on the day of the breakdown, the passengers on the tour affected were transferred onto a Richards Coach from Guist which was on layover between duties near Riverside. G520VBB is currently at the Renault Trucks plant near Sprowston having repair work completed. The full report on the vehicle's arrival can be found here.
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  1. Awesome post! i think shuttle is helpful in lots of ways. For me, Especially airport shuttle. Everytime I go to airport i use shuttle. Maybe it is expensive however, for Sydney, shuttle is cheaper than train.