First buses confirms changes to network around Norwich

PUBLISHED: 09:35 12 December 2012

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Bus operator First Norwich has confirmed it is to make changes to its network in response to passenger feedback.

The amendments affect the Orange, Pink and Purple lines and will come into effect on January 6 and include extended running times – which First says will improve punctuality and reliability.

Two buses every weekday on the Orange line will be diverted down Spixworth Road in Old Catton, expected to be the 9.30am to Norwich and the 2.45pm return.

Running times have been extended at peak periods, and extra evening buses to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have been added.

The Paddocks in Old Catton will be served every 30 minutes from January 6 on service 21, and service 22 will run via Lodge Lane.

Extra running time has been added to services to combat planned roadworks on Dereham Road due to start on January 7 near Old Palace Road.

The Pink line 11/11A services will run every 10 to 12 minutes, with peak running times extended and times tailored to suit evening visitors and staff at the N&N.

There will be no changes to the Sunday services on Pink or Orange lines.

Extra running time has been added to the Purple Line 36/37/38 services at morning and evening peak times, and some buses from Horsford, Mulbarton and Long Stratton will run slightly earlier.

See for full details or call First on 08456 020 121.


  • Their 1111A service more often than not runs to no timetable, or doesn't bother to show at all. They should be realistic with their timetable, rather than leave people standing in the cold. I fail to believe that they'll be able to run an even more frequent timetable, as they can't deliver the few buses an hour now on time.

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    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Perhaps first could remove 2 buses off the 25\25a route that appear every 2-3 down prince of wales rd, in 10 min walk down the road the other day there were a total of 6 that went past, all fairly empty! Can't see why the residents in Spixworth rd can't use the alternative Sanders Bus service that stops along that road, rather than causing more disruption to FirstBus services, but then what would they complain about instead?

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    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Of course, there's no sign of the revised timetables on the First website, nor is there anything under "Travel News". When can we expect the details to be published - Jan 17th? Which services will suffer so they can add yet more buses to the existing every-10-minutes routes? Last time they "improved" services, other routes went from a 15-minute service to a 20-minute serivce, but that wasn't advertised. It might not seem much, but when the peak-time buses are already full, reducing it from 4 to 3 buses an hour (one of which will invariably not turn up) makes a real difference.

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    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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