End of year review - A look at the year on Norwich Buses

Day one of 2016. I would like to extend my best wishes for the year to all the readers, contributors and supports of the blog, it would not be the same without you.

I make special mentions to Graham Bessey, Mark Bowerbank, Luke Champeney, Bryan Dickson, Syd Eade, Richard Haughey, Dan High, Marcus Kerton, Sam Larke, John Law, Mark McWalter, Clive Nixon, Roy Northcott, Daniel Peart, "Return2LayerRoad" and Cameron Robinson for their  contributions and assistance with reports. To mention everybody would be an impossible job, so apologies if you aren't mentioned! From the operators, I must thank Simon Spencer at Richard's of Guist, Rob Crawford at Coach Services, David Smith and Steve Royal at Konectbus and Lee Howes, Daniel Beales, Chris Speed and Sheldon Rees across the local First operations. Contributions from those running the buses and coaches are truly humbling.

2015 has certainly been the biggest year so far for Norwich Buses. Here are a few statistics to put that into perspective:
The new Norwich Buses launched just a few days ago
  • Over 700 individual posts, doubling that of 2014.
  • Launch of reader's forum on Facebook, now with over 300 members.
  • Growth on Twitter to have almost 600 followers.
  • Over 364,656 individual visits from January 1st-December 31st 2015.
  • Views from across the world, including the Philipines, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, USA and Australia.
This year has been thoroughly enjoyable, and one full of memories. I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite moments from the year:
I enjoyed a wonderful 'bus-mans holiday' in August
  • NCFC Play Offs at Wembley: Not for the football, I could not care less, but for the operation in terms of coaches. I visited with the coach operator I work for and was privileged to play a part in the day's logistics. It was a day where Norfolk was almost empty of people, everybody seemed to know everybody wearing a Yellow shirt and the day the most horns were sounded on the A11... Maybe.
  • Old Buckenham Rally: The Eastern Transport Collection hosted an excellent rally this year. What made it most of all was the many friends there. Obviously the fondest memory for them was me falling off the back platform of a bus.
  • Yorkshire Holiday: I had a wonderful holiday on the East Yorkshire Coast in early August, and an excellent opportunity to sample some of the excellent buses in service there. Not to mention the highly competitive Scarborough seafront buses!
And a few key moments for the blog:
  • The launch of our brand new look just a few days ago, including fully redesigned fleetlists and resources.
  • The launch of our Historical Archive, which has grown from hosting just a small handful to over 1,000 historical timetables.
And for next year...
  • Twenty more weeks worth of Oddball Wednesday lined up... Including a unique Enviro400, some interesting Dennis Darts and a Spanish built oddity.
  • Special monthly sub-series coming soon!
  • The new look implemented
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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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