Exploring the North Norfolk coast on Coasthopper

During the penultimate week of Stagecoach’s tenure in King’s Lynn, I explored the Coasthopper route all the way through to Wells-next-the-Sea and Cromer.

The stalwart of the North Norfolk coast transport network, the Coasthopper services are a tourist attraction in their own right – even featuring on road signs in the region.

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Giving the Green Light to Green Line’s demonstrators

Green Line has been home to a wide array of demonstrators the past three months.

In preparation for a brand new fleet to enter service later this year, Reading Buses have been trialling all of the latest and greatest vehicles the industry has to offer.

I’ve had the pleasure of travelling on most of these vehicles and have summarised my thoughts on them below.

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Reading’s original premier route has just levelled up

The talented folks at Reading Buses were very busy over the Christmas period – setting up the new Green Line operations; filling in the gaps in First’s Slough network; and adding many new buses to their fleet. One route to gain new buses was the original¬†Premier route: the Purple 17, which runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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My Lake District trip – Glenridding & Aira Force

The village of Glenridding sits at the southern end of Ullswater, the second largest lake in the Lake District. It’s accessible by Stagecoach’s route 508; the Saturdays only route 208; and the Ullswater Steamer ferry. I opted to travel on route 208 from Keswick, as this bus starts in Carlisle as route 73. These routes offer some of the best views I have ever witnessed – some what impressive given the route is the operated by Solos!

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Exploring the Lake District in all its beauty…

I began my 7 day extravaganza at the tail end of the hottest June week in over 30 years, hotly anticipating basking sunshine and glorious vistas. So confident of hot weather was I that I left my house wearing shorts. Cut to the penultimate day of the trip where it’s raining so hard I had to, sadly, abandon my plans. But that’s enough about my weather woes.

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