Saturday 3 January 2015

Norwich 2005 A Look Back

As promised i have stumbled upon an old hard drive which has plenty of my photos on from around 10 years ago and luckily having a new HDD Dock i plugged it in and all was well!

First post goes back Ten years to 2005, Norwich was seeing a few changes with all the Park & Ride contracts changing hands and it also saw the start of the new Bus Station being built on the old Surrey Street Depot site of Eastern Counties.
First Huddersfield 32540 on loan in Castle Meadow on the 25's in April 2005

A batch of Wright bodied Geminis from First West Yorkshire were loaned to FEC whilst some of their Alexander bodied Volvo's were repainted into the new Blue livery for Harford Park & Ride services, the vehicles were taken from the Norwich fleet but the vehicles used on Park & Ride were operated out of Great Yarmouth Depot, First also operated the Sprowston site and new Volvo B7RLE 69005 - 69011 were purchased for use and painted in a lilac/purple livery.
Ex Postwick Park & Ride 65556 moved to Norwich and is seen here in Castle Meadow on the 22 to Sprowston

The Postwick & Airport site tenders were won by Norfolk County Council and these were operated by Irisbus Agoralines in Red (Postwick) & Yellow (Airport). The Costessey and Thickthorn sites went to Konectbus who introduced Green Optare Tempos on the Costessey route whilst DAF/Wright Deckers were purchased for Thickthorn in Salmon Pink livery.
Optare Tempo Demonstrator YJ05JWY seen in part of the new Bus Station being constructed in April 2005
Final photo shows former X94/X1 Volvo B10M 20121 P731NVG working the X2 to Lowestoft in its Barbie 2 livery, awaiting passengers at Surrey Street.

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