Norwich park and ride

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Norwich Park & Ride
Park & Ride terminal, Norwich Airport - geograph.org.uk - 2106680.jpg
Parent Norfolk County Council
Founded 1990s
Locale Norwich
Service type Park & ride
Routes 6
Destinations Hethersett, Norwich, Norwich International Airport, University of East Anglia
Hubs Norwich Bus Station
Fleet Alexander Dennis Enviro 400
Operator Konectbus
Website Norfolk County Council
Norse Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 2 in September 2010

Norwich Park and Ride is a park & ride bus service in the English city of Norwich, East Anglia. The first of the park and rides was opened in the early 1990s at Norwich International Airport in Hellesdon,[1] while the sixth (and currently final) site was opened in Thickthorn in 2005.[2] With the addition of the final site, the Norwich Park & Ride became the largest park and ride services in the United Kingdom,[3] and provided the scheme with over 5,000 permanent car parks – at the time the highest number for a park and ride scheme in the country.[2] The scheme has proven to be quite successful, winning the British Parking Association Park and Ride award in 2004,[3] and in the 2006/2007 financial year, 3.3 million people used the service, keeping 940,000 cars out of the city centre.[4]

Thickthorn Park & Ride[edit]

Thickthorn Park & Ride is located near Thickthorn services in Hethersett (NR9 3AU). The site first opened in 2005, making it the newest Park & Ride site in Norwich.

It has 726 car parking spaces and is open Monday to Saturday. On weekdays it opens at 06:30 and closes at 20:00, with the last bus departing the bus station for the site at 19:30 (except on Thursdays when the site closes at 21:00, with the last bus at 20:30 in order to accommodate late night shopping in Norwich). On Saturday, the site is open between 06:50 and 19:00, with the last bus at 18:30.[5]

Harford Park & Ride[edit]

Harford Park & Ride is located on Ipswich Road, Norwich (NR4 6DY), and is accessed via an exit off the Harford Interchange where the A140 meets the A47.

The site is open between 06:50 and 19:00 on Monday to Saturday, the first bus departing at 07:00 and the last leaving Norwich bus station for the site at 18:30. The site has 1088 car parking spaces, including electric vehicle charging points, cycle parking and recycle facilities. A car boot sale is held at the site on a Sunday, when no services are in operation.[6]

In 2015, First Eastern Counties began to operate service 600 which travelled between the site and Norfolk County Hall on weekday mornings and evenings. This service was taken over by Konectbus when the new park and ride contract began in September 2015.

Airport Park & Ride[edit]

Airport Park & Ride is located on Buck Courtney Crescent, next to the entrance to Norwich International Airport. The site has 620 spaces and is open Monday to Saturday. On weekdays it is open between 06:30 - 20:00, except Thursday when it's open until 21:00. On Saturday it is open 06:50 - 19:00.

The site also has facilities for recycling and electric vehicle charging.

Costessey Park & Ride[edit]

Costessey Park & Ride is located next to the Royal Norfolk Showground in Costessey, Norwich. It has 1,100 spaces and is open Monday to Friday only between 06:50 and 19:00, being closed all weekend. There are recycling facilities at the site.

From September 2015, it became the only site which has no service to the City Centre at all. Services instead run from the site to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and The University of East Anglia only.

Postwick Park & Ride[edit]

Postwick site is located on Yarmouth Road at the junction with the A47 road NR13 5NP. It's open Monday to Saturday between 06:50 and 19:00. It has 552 car parking spaces. It also has recycling facilities.

Sprowston Park & Ride[edit]

Sprowston site is located on Wroxham Road, and has the same opening times as Postwick, except on Saturdays it is open until 20:00. It has more spaces than Postwick, with 792 in total. As with all other sites, recycling facilities are available.

2005-2010 contract[edit]

Between 2005-2010 the sites were managed and operated by three companies:[7]

2010-2015 contract[edit]

From 2010 until September 2015, the Harford, Thickthorn and Costessey sites are operated by Konectbus, and Sprowston, Postwick and Airport by Norse.

Konectbus purchased a fleet of Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 double deckers painted in a blue livery to operate the Harford contract.[8] Pink livery Wright Eclipse Gemini double deckers operate the Thickthorn service, while ex London General articulated Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses run between the Costessey site, the University of East Anglia and the city centre.

Norse operated a fleet of Plaxton President bodied double deckers to operate all their services, with Airport having a light blue livery and Postwick and Costessey sites being merged, operating via the city centre and Norfolk County Hall.

2015 contract[edit]

On 7 September 2015, Konectbus commenced a contract to operate all six park & ride service for a five-year period.[9][10][11] A fleet of 18 Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s painted in a new green livery were purchased.[12]

Current Routes[edit]

  • Service 501
    • Thickthorn Park & Ride
    • City Centre
    • Airport Park & Ride
  • Service 502
    • Harford Park & Ride
    • City Centre
    • Sprowston Park & Ride
  • Service 503
    • Postwick Park & Ride
    • City Centre
    • County Hall
  • Service 510
  • Service 511
    • Costessey Park & Ride
    • UEA
  • Service 512
    • Harford Park & Ride
    • County Hall[13]

Proposed development[edit]

Expansion of Postwick site[edit]

It is proposed to add 500 places to the Postwick site as part of the Postwick Hub development which is associated with the Norwich Northern Distributor Road development.[14]

Incidents[edit]

In May 2011, a Norse double decker operating on the Postwick park and ride service, caught fire on the A47. The bus was completely destroyed by flames after suffering an engine failure. Passengers were evacuated by the driver after stopping the vehicle on a roundabout, before the Broadland Business Park. Nobody was injured. Bus operator Norse, found the rest of the fleet to be in good working order[15]

In January 2013, passengers on board an Airport Park and Ride bus operated by Norse were evacuated while at the Airport Park and Ride site after the double decker bus caught fire. According to witnesses, black smoke was seen billowing from a vent above the drivers seat. Fire crews had extinguished the blaze within ten minutes and the bus remained in a decent condition.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Park and ride site too busy for own good". Norwich Evening News. 5 January 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "800-space park and ride to open". BBC News. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Work starts on new park and ride". BBC News. 19 June 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Figures for park-and-ride double". BBC News. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Norfolk County Council travel and transport". 2015-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Norfolk County Council Park & ride information". Retrieved February 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Award of Contracts for Norwich Park and Ride Norwich County Council 12 October 2009
  8. ^ konectbus choose first 5 new Enviro400s Alexander Dennis 23 March 2010
  9. ^ Pand ride plus - new Konectbus contract includes Norwich bus station Norwich City Council 2 April 2015
  10. ^ Konectbus finalises Norwich P&R win Bus & Coach Buyer 30 April 2015
  11. ^ "New Norfolk P&R to launch next week" Coach & Bus Week issue 1204 1 September 2015 page 10
  12. ^ Home Norwich Park & Ride
  13. ^ "Norwich Park & Ride official website - Routes". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "NATS/Northern Distributor Road - Progress Report" (PDF). Norfolk County Council. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  15. ^ "EDP Park & Ride fire". 
  16. ^ "EDP Airport Park & Ride bus fire caused by electrical fault". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 

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