Our first revisited feature of 2018 goes back to September 2008 with a visit to Norwich and a look at some of the independent operators plying their trade in and out of the city.
First up is a new Volvo B9TL/East Lancs for Sanders, PL08YLZ & PL08YMA were purchased in August 2008, YLZ is seen above operating the 55 service to North Walsham. Both were later sold to Ensignbus, Purfleet.
Neaves of Catfield operated services into Norwich for many years starting with coaches before purchasing a batch of Leyland National Greenway conversions and various Mercedes Minibuses. The first low floor vehicle was ex Anglian Optare Solo AU03HWS seen above in the bus station awaiting its return to Stalham.
Anglianbus were using Scania K230UB/Wright YN08MRO on trial and i luckily caught it in service in Castle Meadow, It also saw use with First Leeds & Bradford given number 65800 before passing to Centrebus, working in Yorkshire & Derbyshire.
Eastons of Straton Strawless were using DAF SB220/Optare H843UUA on their service between Reepham and Norwich. It was new to KF Cars, Gatwick in 1990 and also used by Capital, West Drayton.
Finally, Norfolk Green were still under their own management and running out of Norwich was ex Trent Optare Excel S172UAL which had been purchased from Konectbus. Seen above in Castle Meadow.