Sunday, 6 September 2015

Norwich Park & Ride Special Part 4 - Sprowston

As the new Park & Ride operation starts tomorrow, I thought I should probably catch up with our series looking at the six sights, and today we'll look at Sprowston.

Norse 7158 PN03ULL departing for Postwick
The site was the fourth purpose built Park & Ride for Norwich and was opened by Neville Chapman, who was the Chairman of Norfolk County Council on the 30th of September 2003. It is situated on the A1151 just on the outskirts of Sprowston, about a four minute walk away from a large Tesco.

7159 PN03ULP next to a vey helpful departure board
 As reported in Part 3, Sprowston Park & Ride is interworked with Postwick Park & Ride, with a fleet of Dennis Trident Plaxton Presidents operated by Norse Eastern Ltd. This creates a colourful scene between the two sites, with Postwick's red buses appearing at Sprowston, and Sprowston's purple buses appearing at Postwick.

Postwick branded 7160 PN03ULR in full sunlight. I got told off by the driver because I was taking photos on council property.
 There are 792 spaces, including disabled spaces, with recycling facilities and covered cycle parking areas. The services operate between 0650 and 1900 on weekdays. whereas on a Saturday the site shuts at 2000.

Norse branded 7171 PN03UMJ departing for Postwick
 Service 606 operates from Sprowston to Postwick, whilst the return leg is numbered 605. Both services call at Norwich Bus Station, and County Hall.

7165 at the pick up point, next to another solar powered departure board.
That concludes Part 4, and in Part 5 we'll be looking at Norse's third site at Norwich Airport.

Current Routes:
Part 4 - Sprowston
Part 5 - Airport
Part 6 - Costessey

New Routes:
Part 7 - Harford to Sprowston
Part 8 - Thickthorn to Airport
Part 9 - Postwick
Part 10 - Costessey

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