Tuesday 8 March 2016
No Longer Poor in Poringland 
Now; And Very Soon.
Every 30 minutes, frequent?
Nowadays Poringland is entirely in the hands of GoAhead's Anglian Bus, The company web site is not helpful, offering only a complex summary table of everything to and via Poringland.
Whilst the 88s have their own table, getting a clear view of the 87s is tricky. (click to enlarge the table below)
The web site also proclaims that it has individual route maps for each service. The diagram that arrives is correct, but nowhere near as good as the geographical map.
The 88 information does not match on the two maps.
Traveline is more helpful. The 87 (formerly 587) is now half hourly ...
... with a few "portmanteau"! journeys to provide the evening frequency on the 88.
The map reminds us the the 87 is the less direct route via Stoke Holy Cross and Caistor St Edmund. The 88 is the "fast" route via the Trowse by-pass A146.
That is today.
But coming up ...
... is something new, that, in a sense, is not new at all.
First Bus are back in Poringland from 4th April. The new "Charcoal Line" runs fast like the 88 giving a "better" service to the hinterland of Poringland.
First's press release explains:-
The new service, numbered 40, will bring the villages of Poringland & Framingham Earl into the wider Norwich network, with a frequent 30 minute service running throughout the day from Monday to Saturday.
Two dedicated buses, both with leather seats and free wifi, will be used on the route which will be incorporated into the well-established colour-coded city network as the "Charcoal Line". The service will provide a direct link from the housing areas on the eastern side of the Bungay Road within the village, and then travel direct via the main road and Trowse bypass, terminating on St Stephens Street where passengers will be able to make easy connections to other buses to areas of the city.
The introduction of this exciting new service ...
... will provide an important link from these areas (at present not served by First Eastern Counties buses) to popular destinations such as the University of East Anglia,
Of course, being excited by a bus named after chunks of cooked wood, fbb is even more excited to see the exciting timetable. Off to First in Norwich:-
Not a smear of the amorphous carbon variant, let alone a bus branded with atomic number 6! What about Traveline. Please note that the query was dispatched to Traveline East Anglia. In amongst buses to Woking, High Wycombe, Stevenage, Brighton, Birmingham, Nottingham and Reading (all well know towns in East Anglia?) we are excited to find ...
... no mention of a bus to Poringland. Very Por indeed
fbb has requested timetables via the First Norwich web site. Reply? Possibly in 14 days, says the web. fbb also tried emailing the spokesman quoted in the press release by guessing his address. The email did set off into the ether, but with no reply either.
First Bus are really poor at getting their timetables out into the hands of the public. Bearing in mind the service was registered around St Valentine's Day it is unsatisfactory that we are still waiting four weeks later. With a modest 26 days to go before excitement overwhelms the People of Poringland, their exciting timetable remains tantalisingly (excitingly?) secret.
Next exciting bus blog : Wednesday 9th March