|109 on the first double deck run 17:10 X11 from St Stephens Street|
Following a recent rise in passenger numbers on Sanders service X11, presumably as a result of the withdrawal of First's matching 12 and 12A services, Sanders have taken the decision to operate two particular journeys with double deck vehicles.
The 07:24 journey from Stalham is one of the two journeys chosen, which means the usual seamless connection with the 34 is broken and a change was required. This is because of a number of low hanging trees along the route.
Returning, the 17:10 working from Norwich - popular with college students studying at City College and University Technical College Norfolk - is run by the same double deck vehicle. which today was recently reinstated Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 109 6546FN. The connecting 34 journey is broken, and the service is agreed with Sanders to be operated by Feline Travel.
|109 working the 15:15 10 from Norwich, seen here at Wroxham|
Interestingly, the duty also undertakes a number of journeys on the new service 10; this service indirectly replaces First service 12, operating between Wroxham and Stalham by way of Ludham, Horning and Catfield. The unusual site of a double deck bus in the area fazed many passengers, one of which at Anglia Square stop almost did not get on because they expected to see a single deck vehicle.
Of note also, as a few have raised this point, is that the 10 does not operate between Stalham and Norwich, only between Norwich and Stalham. Passengers at Horning, Ludham and Catfield are required to travel to Stalham on a 10 from Norwich and connect with an X11 for Norwich.