*Proposed* Timetable Changes - 7 July 2019
Page last updated: 15/5/19 11:00 hrs
Affects routes; 3, 5, 5A, 5B, 5C, X6, 8, 9A, X11, 13, 14, 33, 37A, 50, 50A, 84, 501 & 502
Please see below *proposed* timetable changes to parts of the Konectbus network for Sunday 7th July 2019. We're pleased to announce significant improvements to our network. Straight8 between Toftwood, Dereham and Norwich will operate up to every 20 minutes in the daytime Mondays to Saturdays, and there will be a later journey back from Norwich to Dereham & Toftwood at 2220. Route X6 will be extended beyond Attleborough to Thetford giving fast bus journey times between Thetford and Norwich via the A11. The 5 series will be enhanced with the doubling of daytime frequencies to every 30 minutes between Eaton and Norwich, and Rackheath and Norwich. There will be up to 8 buses an hour along Yarmouth Road into Norwich. Park & Ride improvements include; a later bus back to Thickthorn P&R, later buses back to Sprowston P&R and an enhanced evening frequency to Airport P&R. There are other changes which are to reflect requests, improve reliability and better match supply with demand. The routes affected by these changes are listed above with details listed below.
We are keen to hear your comments on these proposed changes so please email us email@example.com by Tuesday 21 May at the latest. Proposed timetables are available to view below; we apologise they are in a plain format, once confirmed they will be presented in our usual style and our timetable leaflets will be reproduced.
Route 3 & 6
Thetford - Watton
Ashill - Watton
Watton - Hingham - N&NU Hospital (3) / Wymondham (6) - Norwich
- The 6 journeys which start and finish in Ashill will be extended back/to Necton via Holme Hale.
- The 1400 and 1500 6 from Watton to Norwich will operate via Hethersett Academy, New Cringleford and Cringleford replacing route 9A.
- The 1515 and 1615 6 from Norwich to Watton will operate 10 minutes later at 1525 and 1625.
- There will be a new route 3 0835 journey from Watton to Thetford via the villages on Saturdays. This bus will become the 0920 X6 Thetford to Norwich fast journey. There will be a return route 3 1515 journey from Thetford to Watton; the bus will have previously operated the 1420 X6 journey from Norwich to Thetford.
Postwick P&R - Norwich
Minor timetable changes at peak to allow for traffic congestion. Saturday afternoon buses from Postwick P&R to operate via the A47 and Bracondale due to continuing traffic problems at the end of NCFC home football matches.
Blofield Heath - Norwich - Eaton (5A)
Little Plumstead - Norwich (5C)
Eaton to Norwich will be served by route 5B (Stalham - Wroxham - Norwich) with an improved frequency of every 30 minutes through most of the day.
There will be a new Mondays to Saturdays evening 5C journey from Norwich to the Plumsteads at 1930.
Blofield Heath and Plumsteads to Norwich routes will stay the same with revised times. Most journeys will continue to Mulbarton replacing route 37A which will offer through journey facilities (including to retail outlets on Hall Road such as Asda, and Mulbarton to the Rail Station) and improved reliability.
Sunday timetables serving Blofield and Mulbarton will remain the same; the latter will be numbered route 5A (was 37A).
The current East Harling to Norwich route 37A journeys will be included in the revised route 5A/5C timetable; please note not all these journeys are shown in the proposed timetable.
Stalham - Wroxham - Norwich
Additional journeys will operate between Rackheath Industrial Estate and Norwich via Green Lane West and the normal 5B route. These additional journeys will operate between 0900 and 1700 giving Rackheath to Norwich a bus every 30 minutes and enhancing Dussindale to Norwich to 3 buses an hour.
There will be minor timetable adjustments to the Wroxham and Stalham end of the route to improve punctuality. Please note the route 502 express journeys between Stalham and Norwich will be replaced by new route X11, see below for details.
The 2030 from Norwich to Salhouse will be extended to Wroxham.
All buses will continue to Eaton village & Greenways replacing route 5A and doubling the frequency to every 30 minutes for most of the day.
Attleborough - Norwich
Most journeys wil be extended beyond Attleborough from/to Thetford offering fast journeys between Thetford and Norwich!
There will be an additional journey from Great Ellingham (0710), Attleborough (0715) to Norwich via Thickthorn P&R (0740).
The section of route between Sprowston, Harvey Lane and Norwich will be replaced by new route 33, see details below.
Toftwood - Dereham - Norwich
The Mondays to Saturdays timetable will be increased to every 20 minutes for most of the day! Plus there will be a later journey on Mondays to Saturdays from Norwich to Dereham and Toftwood departing the Rail Station at 2210 and the Bus Station at 2220.
Additional city centre bus stops will be added on Prince of Wales Road (outside Budgens) and Red Lion Street (opposite Debenhams). The latter is hoped will appease those visiting the Theatre Royal.
The section off route between Riverside and Thorpe Road will be withdrawn due to lack of use. Buses will terminate/commence at the Rail Station bus stops on Thorpe Road.
All buses departing Norwich from 1850 onwards will call at Thickthorn Park & Ride replacing the late evening route 501 journeys.
N&NU Hospital - Cringleford - Hethersett Academy
This route will be replaced by altered journeys on route 6, see above for more details. The revised journeys will serve Intwood Road and Cringleford Old School. In order to cater for demand double deckers will be used on these journeys.
Sutton - Stalham - Wroxham - Norwich
Route X11 is a new fast route between Stalham and Norwich replacing the Stalham extensions on route 502. These express commuter journeys will no longer call at Sprowston P&R, but will stop on Sprowston Road at Blue Boar and at the Brickmakers. Mondays to Fridays only.
Shipdham - Watton
Watton - Hingham - Wymondham - Norwich
This route will be withdrawn at the end of the academic year as it is no longer viable due to declining passenger numbers in recent years. In September passenges will need to use route 6 (Watton - Norwich) and route 13B (Norwich - Easton College) instead.
Toftwood - Neatherd High School
The afternoon journey will be operated by route 8 which will call into Neatherd High School grounds at 1542.
Norwich - Harvey Lane - Plumstead Road - Norwich
Replaces route X6 between Sprowston and Norwich via Harvey Lane. This will provide new links between Thorpe Road and Plumstead Road surgery, and Plumstead Road area with Anglia Square and Magdalen Street area. Tesco Blue Boar will no longer be served due to low patronage. Mondays to Fridays only.
East Harling - Mulbarton - Norwich
Replaced by route 5A and 5C which will provide a direct link to the Rail Station, see above for more information.
Route 50 & 50A
Eaton Park/Cringleford - Norwich - Mousehold Heath
In the mornings buses heading to Mousehold Heath will omit Anglia Square, and in the afternoons buses from Mousehold Heath will omit Anglia Square. This change, and other timing changes, will improve reliability on this route.
Harleston - Hempnall - Norwich
A separate consultation is underway from Norfolk County Council regarding this route for late August. Please click here for more information.
Route 501 (Park & Ride)
Airport P&R - Norwich - Thickthorn P&R
The evening Mondays to Saturdays timetable towards Airport P&R will increase to every 20 minutes until 2030. Departure times from Norwich Bus Station to the Airport P&R after 1830 will be at 1850, 1910, 1930, 1950, 2010 and 2030. The 2010 and 2030 departures from Norwich will extend beyond the Airport P&R to Sprowston P&R.
After 1830 buses serving Thickthorn Park & Ride will be straight8 buses on their way to Dereham. Departure times from Norwich Bus Station will be at 1900, 1920, 1950*, 2020, 2120 and 2220. Straight8 journeys start at the Rail Station and offer good connections with trains.
* Thursdays and Fridays only
Sprowston P&R - Norwich - Harford P&R
The last two route 501 journeys at 2010 and 2030 to Airport P&R will extend to Sprowston P&R offering a later facility on Mondays to Saturdays.
The journey from/to Stalham will be renumbered X11, extended from/to Sutton and will be retimed - see details above. There will be other minor timetable adjustments to route 502.