Odds and Ends - 02/09/2015

Sam Larke has sent in this excellent photograph from the Park
and Ride launch yesterday
Another week, and in this case another month, of Odds and Ends - which this week includes the usual roundup of little bits which did not quite make a full post.

Yesterday, Saturday 5th September, was the last ever day of operation for the current Norwich Park and Ride system. Tomorrow, Monday 7th September, will see a new beginning with eighteen brand new buses and a revised network. Also yesterday was the launch part event for the new Park and Ride operation, which saw two Alexander Dennis Enviro400s and a Mercedes Benz Citaro artic row up outside The Forum with the Radio Norwich 99.9 street team. A number of photographs have been shared to Konectbus' and Norwich Park and Ride's Facebook and Twitter pages.

On Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August 2015, First Norwich 66112 R912BOU made an unusual appearance on a 28 and 37 Sunday and Public Holiday duty - so far, the loaned Renowns have seldom, if not never, seen use on a Sunday diagram. On Tuesday 1st September, Konectbus 2 and 2A branded 607 SN61CZX was employed on the 1 and 11 and Simonds Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B10BLE MSU916 made a somewhat rare appearance on the 2. Wednesday 2nd September saw First Norwich Purple Line branded 66327 MV02VBB on Green Line service 14A. The following day, Sanders Plaxton Premiere bodied Dennis Javelin 1007 YO52FHB made a very rare appearance on the 42. On Friday 4th September, First Wright Streetlite 47507 SN64CRJ was used on the 11 and 11A.

Following yesterday's report with a number of updates from First, Cameron Robinson reported that freshly repainted and refurbished 33152 LR02LXL was pressed into service the same evening onto Yellow Line service 28A.

Back on Wednesday, I published a quick Eastern Counties brain teaser on what on earth "Slipper Bottom" was... As promised, for those who did not get the answer - Slipper Bottom is a small area of Rackheath, near the Sole and Heel Pub roundabout previously used by as a terminus point by Eastern Counties. Well done to all who got the answer correct, and Melvyn King for being the first to figure it out! Although not shown on a timetable or destination screen anywhere, Slipper Bottom is on the route of First services 14 and 14A and Konectbus services 53.

Slipper Bottom is a small area of Rackheath previously used as
a terminus point by Eastern Counties.
Onto a review of the week, it's been another busy one: On Monday, we took at look at a heritage revival at North Elmham. Tuesday saw a note from some 1980s Eastern Counties nostalgia and a look at the former First Norwich Alexander Dennis Enviro200s which have been sent to Ipswich. Wednesday saw some First news and a surprise appearance of a Jersey Dart in Norwich, a look at the latest changes in Notices and Proceedings Watch and an Eastern Counties brain teaser! On Thursday, a review of the busy month ahead was published and we took a look at the new hugely improved BorderBus 146 timetable. On Friday it was a visit to Konectbus in Dereham to check up on the latest new arrivals at Konectbus and a report on life after Norfolk for a former Sanders Beaver. On Saturday, we took a look at a number of changes at the smaller independent coach operator's in the area and visited Roundtree Way depot for a check up on the repaint progress.
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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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