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Offline Steves

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Norwich - Birmingham Megabus is back
« on: June 06, 2017, 07:22:55 pm »
Not sure when it started but the service is running this weekend. One journey in each direction worked out of Norwich by Freestones, I assume.  Only operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Very limited stops - UEA, Cambridge and Coventry.  Cambridge stops are on Victoria Avenue westbound and Maids Causeway eastbound.

Thanks to Simon Norton for publicising it on another group otherwise I would not have known.  Are they trying for another secret coach service?

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Re: Norwich - Birmingham Megabus is back
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2017, 09:11:31 pm »
When I saw the title I was going to ask if they were going to try and keep it secret again!

Apparently yes? :-(

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Cambridge is so much in the wrong place on the map on their website I'd have concluded they didn't serve Cambridge at all!
« Last Edit: June 06, 2017, 11:51:25 pm by barryb »

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Re: Norwich - Birmingham Megabus is back
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2017, 10:32:35 pm »
I got a photograph of Freestones Irizar PB bodied Scania K380 E11 SPG (originally YN08 JBX) at Red Lodge working 0855 Norwich to Birmingham service on Saturday 5 August 2017.

http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/45283512

Never having travelled on a Megabus service before, and not having visited Birmingham for some time, I have managed to book a day trip using the service in a few weeks time. I managed to get the ticket at £1 each way plus 50p booking fee. A rather economical day out!

David

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Re: Norwich - Birmingham Megabus is back
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2017, 07:48:22 pm »
On Saturday 19 August 2017 I had a day out in Birmingham travelling on the Norwich to Birmingham Megabus service M37. This Saturdays only service is worked by Freestones Coaches of Beetley, near Dereham and the coach was E11 SPG, an Irizar PB bodied Scania K380 that had been new to Buzzlines of Hythe in May 2008 registered YN08 JBX. (I have also seen the same coach on the same service on two other dates – Saturday 5 August and 2 September).

The service leaves Norwich (Bus Station) at 0855 calling at UEA at 0910. The next timetabled point is Cambridge (Victoria Avenue) at 1020 – this is where I boarded. There were a number of people who alighted here from Norwich and I noticed the same faces returning on the service in the evening. The service then runs via the A14 to Coventry (Bus Station) at 1210 and Birmingham (Hill Street) at 1250.

The same coach and driver worked the return service from Birmingham at 1650 calling at Coventry (1730), Cambridge (1910), UEA (2030) and Norwich (Bus Station) at 2045.

Both my outward and return journeys were on time. Despite leaving Cambridge 7 minutes late on the outward journey the coach arrived in Birmingham 1 minute early. The return trip left exactly on time and arrived in Cambridge five minutes early.

Some photographs may be seen in my Megabus album:
http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/album/967234

I logged the timings for the journeys which can be seen in the attachment or by this link:
http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/45428154


« Last Edit: September 04, 2017, 07:50:58 pm by Spoddendale »
My photos may be seen at
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My 1960s/1970s snapshots taken when I worked at Yelloway:
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