Thursday, 23 August 2012

Changes to First Bus Norwich Network

The Norwich bus network is set to be given a big revamp next month, it has been announced at a launch event by Norfolk’s main bus operator First.

The new network, which will be operated specifically by the newly-named First Norwich, has been colour-coded in an effort to ‘simplify’ the city’s network for passengers.

Giles Fearnley, managing director for First UK Bus said that Norfolk is ‘a very important part’ of the company nationally and said:

“What we have done is make the network more efficient in the way we have linked up each route.

“Things such as rather than drivers sitting idle waiting for their next trip, that is where we have been able to find some efficiencies by linking up different services.”

First are hoping the new network will further improve punctuality and offer a better service, using the eight differently coloured routes, which will come into action on Saturday, September 22.

The launch event, held in the Top of the City lounge at Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium, also saw some good news for college students.

That is because the age limit on child fares have been extended from applying for five to 15-year- olds, up to five to 19-year-olds, re-naming it the ‘Young Person’ fare.

This initiative will benefit anyone aged between five and 19 who travel on services in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Kings Lynn.

This means a discount of around 30pc on an adult fare for people up to 19 years old, from Saturday, September 1.

These changes are bound the be an improvment for First Norwich. 

List of Bus Routes and allocated Colurs:

- Blue - 25, 25A, x25 (Rail station, Norwich, UEA).

- Red - 23, 23A, 23B (Heartsease, Norwich, Costessey), 24, 24a (Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, Costessey).

- Orange - 21, 21A, 22 (Old Catton, Norwich, Bowthorpe, UEA or N&N).

- Turquoise - 13, 13A, 13B, 13C (Spixworth, Norwich, Wymondham, Attleborough).

- Green - 12, 12A (Stalham, Wroxham), 14, 14A (Wymondham, Hethersett, Norwich, Wroxham), 15, 15A (Wymondham, Hethersett, Norwich, Blofield Heath or Lingwood


  1. Hopefully we'll get the new livery too. These are just guesses but i think the 25A is now what is the 35 and X25 is the 30. The 21 and 21A will be the 16/16A, with the 21 or 21A either going to Bowthorpe or Queens Hills. The 24/24A will probably stay the same just be extended to Costessy.
    God its complicated!

  2. The New livery is coming to Norwich with the ''First Norwich'' branding, like how most of the city's that First operate have that sort of branding. Your are probably right about the routes ;)

  3. Think its stupid really, First gave up Overground years ago! Just keep the routes the same theyre fine.


  5. I'm still waiting for this new livery..... lol


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