Thursday, 9 March 2023
Chaotic Consideration Of Cringleford (1)
Good Morning Mr Felps B B, In this envelope are details of the network of bus services run by Eastern Counties in Norwich in 1970. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a simple route diagram for inclusion in a top secret project headed by Mr K, a good friend of our Government. We expect our enemies to use every possible trick to impede this vital work.
Should you fail, or be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of you, your team or this vital project.
This tape will self destruct in five seconds.
fbb hardly dares to admit that he has never been to Cringleford. But the name joins a long list of arcane place names in the UK that includes Pratts Bottom, Plucks Gutter and the utterly delicious Nempnet Thrubwell!
Cringleford, and neighbouring Eaton, sat astride what became the A11 from Norwich to Wymondham and on to London.
Being 1970 and being typical of the former Tilling Group of companies, Eastern Counties would strive to serve every area of "greater" Cringleford and Eaton.
So task number one was to go to Google Maps and see if there was any evidence of today's buses travelling roughly where either of the two fbb-created maps suggested.
Mr K had provided destination names for each route.
90 - SCHOOL
There, at the junction of Cantley Lane and Keswick Road is what might well have been a school and schoolhouse but is now a private dwelling.
90A - COLNEY LANE
The road still exists ...
There is, however, a stop back at the junction with Newmarket Road ...
... then turn right over the super road, stopping as above before hanging a left on to the remnant of the original Newmarket Road.
90B - BLUEBELL ESTATE
Sweet! You get to it along Bluebell Road, quelle surprise! This time, it leads UNDER the A14 ...
... there is still a stop at the top of the hill today. fbb suspects that, back in 1970, buses would turn left in a little terminal loop.
90C - GREENWAYS ESTATE
The 90C travelled south down Church Road, left into Greenways ...
... presumably by reversing; and terminate it must; because a few yards further on, Greenways came to a blocked end. It still remains blocked to vehicles ...
So with his investigative hat on, fbb now wants to know what buses replace the 1970's 90, 90B and 90C, assuming, quite reasonably, that nothing now runs down Colney Lane as was once served by 90A.
Such an investigation is not relevant to fbb's Mission (Im)possible, but will give some extra local colour to the eventual results.
But sorting out today's bus services is more of a struggle than it ought to be.
But it is all on-line!
This modern picture shows a Pink Line bus en route to (or from) Eaton - so maybe we have a clue ...
Famous last words?
Next Cringleford blog : Friday 10th March