First Norwich ‘Bus Bash’

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Heritage vehicles will be used on a shuttle service between the depot and Norwich city centre on the day

First Eastern Counties (FEC) is gearing up for the inaugural Norwich Bus Bash, which takes place on Sunday, August 13 at Roundtree Way bus depot.

Guided tours of the depot will take place on the day, giving people the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes. The business recently saw a £2.2m investment in improved facilities, increasing the number of buses that can be based there. There will also be opportunities to have photos taken in the cab of a bus, take a ride through the bus wash and take part in a ‘spin and win’ competition using a big wheel to win prizes. In addition, there will be a ‘rainbow’ line-up of buses in each of the Network Norwich colour-coded routes livery.

However, of particular interest will be a free bus service will be operating between the city centre and Roundtree Way depot between 1100 and 1600hrs. This will see a variety of heritage buses, some of which used to operate around the city many years ago, alongside a number of ‘visitors’ from elsewhere in the UK.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice Nook Appeal.

David Jordan, Marketing Manager at FEC said: “We’ve been operating bus services in Norwich for over 80 years and it was decided to celebrate our heritage with a special day of events across the city. The Norwich Bus Bash will see heritage buses operating around the city centre to our much improved and expanding bus depot at Roundtree Way, where we will have in place a variety of fun and informative events.”