Tuesday Time Tunnel - Norfolk County Services Park & Ride 2005

This week, I'm upping my game and attempting to revive some of the old series' that Kieran wrote on the blog. 

This week, Tuesday Time Tunnel looks back at the Norwich Park and Ride operations eleven years ago, in spring 2005. In April that year, renewed Norwich Park and Ride operating contracts commenced, and so in these photos taken by Grahame Bessey in late February, we see some buses repainted into the new liveries ahead of the changeovers. 

This shot is an illustration of just that, Norse lost the Sprowston operating contract, but gained the Airport contract in 2005. The Irisbus Agora Line's new for the Sprowston service when it opened in 2003 were repainted operate on the Airport service instead. Unfortunately the Agora Line fleet were fitted with Brightech destination screens, which are difficult to capture on a photograph.

New colour-coded liveries were introduced in favour of running green buses on all sites to simplify travel for passengers. The use of OY53RDZ on the Sprowston service in the new Airport yellow colour rather defeated the aim.

Illustrating the original livery for Sprowston Park and Ride is OY53RDU. You may have noticed that the route number for the service was 509; until April 2005 (and since September 2015!) all of the Park and Ride services in the city were numbered in the 500 series. Luckily for Grahame, the destination screen turned out okay in this shot!

For next weeks Tuesday Time Tunnel, we'll be looking back at the Eastern Counties operations on Norwich Park & Ride in the same period. In the meantime, I am still welcoming anyone interested in joining the blog as an editor to get in touch via email.
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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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  1. has cherneys got a new coach to there fleet only asking saw a white coach with UPV 337 plate today along A47 near blofield

    thanks robert

    1. News to me Robert, thanks for the update

  2. Norwich buses are convenient to use if you want to travel in the city or airport. But for now that I am bringing huge luggages I tried to use my car and surprisingly there is a cheap airport parking Norwich rates that saves me money.