Sanders’ Norfolk network

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The picturesque village centre of Holt with bus 517 (BX07 AZJ), a Volvo B7RLE with Wrightbus body. MARTIN CURTIS

Martin Curtis looks at the operations of Norfolk-based operator Sanders Coaches, which has a fleet of 100 vehicles

Any visitor or traveller in North Norfolk will inevitably notice the bright yellow buses of Sanders Services, linking the City of Norwich with towns and villages throughout the area. Sanders offers a high quality network of services across the region, in an area which was once a major part of a state-owned, regional bus company’s territory, until privatisation and deregulation started to change things.

Family ownership

The Sanders 100-vehicle operation is based on the outskirts of the delightful market town of Holt, located 23 miles north of Norwich, 35 miles east of King’s Lynn and 10 miles southwest of the coastal resort of Cromer. A second depot is located at North Walsham.

The company is an entirely family owned concern, and CBW caught up with Managing Director Charles Sanders recently, accompanied by his son Martin, a Chartered Accountant who had very recently joined the business. Charles explained that his mother and father, Norman and Gladys Sanders, moved to Norfolk from East London in 1968. His father initially joined Reynold’s Coaches of Cromer and later moved on to Bennett’s of Holt, an operator with five coaches.


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