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Norwich park and ride

Norwich Park & Ride
Park & Ride terminal, Norwich Airport - - 2106680.jpg
ParentNorfolk County Council
Service typePark & ride
DestinationsHethersett, Norwich, Norwich Airport, University of East Anglia
HubsNorwich bus station
FleetAlexander Dennis Enviro400
WebsiteNorfolk County Council
Norse Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 2 in September 2010

Norwich Park and Ride is a park & ride bus service in the English city of Norwich, East Anglia. The first of the park and rides was opened in the early 1990s at Norwich Airport in Hellesdon,[1] while the sixth (and currently final) site was opened in Thickthorn in 2005.[2] With the addition of the final site, the Norwich Park & Ride became the largest park and ride services in the United Kingdom,[3] and provided the scheme with over 5,000 permanent car parks – at the time the highest number for a park and ride scheme in the country.[2] The scheme was awarded the British Parking Association Park and Ride award in 2004,[3] and in the 2006/2007 financial year, 3.3 million people used the service, keeping 940,000 cars out of the city centre.[4]

Thickthorn Park & Ride

Thickthorn Park & Ride is located near Thickthorn services in Hethersett (NR9 3AU). The site first opened in 2005, making it the newest Park & Ride site in Norwich.

It has 726 car parking spaces and is the only site to open 7 days a week.[5] [6]

Harford Park & Ride

Harford Park & Ride is located on Ipswich Road, Norwich (NR4 6DY), and is accessed via an exit off the Harford Interchange where the A140 meets the A47.

The site has 1088 car parking spaces, including electric vehicle charging points, cycle parking and recycle facilities. A car boot sale is held at the site on a Sunday, when no services are in operation.[7]

In 2015, First Eastern Counties began to operate service 600 which travelled between the site and Norfolk County Hall on weekday mornings and evenings. This service was taken over by Konectbus when the new park and ride contract began in September 2015.

Airport Park & Ride

Airport Park & Ride is located on Buck Courtney Crescent, next to the entrance to Norwich Airport. The site has 620 spaces and is open Monday to Saturday. The site also has facilities for recycling and electric vehicle charging.

Costessey Park & Ride

Costessey Park & Ride is located next to the Royal Norfolk Showground in Costessey, Norwich. It has 1,100 spaces and is open Monday to Friday. From September 2015, it became the only site which has no service to the City Centre at all. Services instead run from the site to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and The University of East Anglia only.

Postwick Park & Ride

Postwick site is located on Yarmouth Road at the junction with the A47 road NR13 5NP. It's open Monday to Saturday. It has 552 car parking spaces.

Sprowston Park & Ride

Sprowston site is located on Wroxham Road. It opens Monday-Saturday and has 792 spaces. A boot sale takes place there on Sundays.

2005-2010 contract

Between 2005-2010 the sites were managed and operated by three companies:[8]

2010-2015 contract

From 2010 until September 2015, the Harford, Thickthorn and Costessey sites are operated by Konectbus, and Sprowston, Postwick and Airport by Norse.

Konectbus purchased a fleet of Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double deckers painted in a blue livery to operate the Harford contract.[9] Pink livery Wright Eclipse Gemini double deckers operate the Thickthorn service, while ex London General articulated Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses run between the Costessey site, the University of East Anglia and the city centre.

Norse operated a fleet of Plaxton President bodied double deckers to operate all their services, with Airport having a light blue livery and Postwick and Costessey sites being merged, operating via the city centre and Norfolk County Hall.

2015 contract

On 7 September 2015, Konectbus commenced a contract to operate all six park & ride service for a five-year period.[10][11][12] A fleet of 18 Alexander Dennis Enviro400s painted in a new green livery were purchased.[13]

Current Routes[14]

  • Service 5
    • Postwick Park & Ride
    • City Centre
    • Queen’s Hills (Some Journeys)
  • Service 500
    • Postwick Park & Ride
    • City Centre
    • County Hall
  • Service 501
    • Thickthorn Park & Ride
    • City Centre
    • Airport Park & Ride
  • Service 502
    • Harford Park & Ride
    • City Centre
    • Sprowston Park & Ride
  • Service 510
  • Service 511
    • Costessey Park & Ride
    • UEA

Proposed development

Expansion of Postwick site

It is proposed to add 500 places to the Postwick site as part of the Postwick Hub development which is associated with the Norwich Northern Distributor Road development.[15]


In May 2011, a Norse double decker operating on the Postwick park and ride service, caught fire on the A47. The bus was completely destroyed by flames after suffering an engine failure. Passengers were evacuated by the driver after stopping the vehicle on a roundabout, before the Broadland Business Park. Nobody was injured. Bus operator Norse, found the rest of the fleet to be in good working order[16]

In January 2013, passengers on board an Airport Park and Ride bus operated by Norse were evacuated while at the Airport Park and Ride site after the double decker bus caught fire. According to witnesses, black smoke was seen billowing from a vent above the drivers seat. Fire crews had extinguished the blaze within ten minutes and the bus remained in a decent condition.[17]


  1. ^ "Park and ride site too busy for own good". Norwich Evening News. 5 January 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b "800-space park and ride to open". BBC News. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Work starts on new park and ride". BBC News. 19 June 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Figures for park-and-ride double". BBC News. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Site Facilities". Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  6. ^ "501". Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Norfolk County Council Park & ride information". Retrieved February 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Award of Contracts for Norwich Park and Ride Norwich County Council 12 October 2009
  9. ^ konectbus choose first 5 new Enviro400s[permanent dead link] Alexander Dennis 23 March 2010
  10. ^ Pand ride plus - new Konectbus contract includes Norwich bus station[permanent dead link] Norwich City Council 2 April 2015
  11. ^ Konectbus finalises Norwich P&R win Bus & Coach Buyer 30 April 2015
  12. ^ "New Norfolk P&R to launch next week" Coach & Bus Week issue 1204 1 September 2015 page 10
  13. ^ Home Norwich Park & Ride
  14. ^ "Norwich Park & Ride official website - Routes". Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  15. ^ "NATS/Northern Distributor Road - Progress Report" (PDF). Norfolk County Council. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  16. ^ "EDP Park & Ride fire".
  17. ^ "EDP Airport Park & Ride bus fire caused by electrical fault". Retrieved 15 October 2015.

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