First Bus – New Excel Buses

First brought their new Excel buses into service in February 2020, although circumstances have meant that they’ve obviously been heavily under-used since. They run between Norwich and Peterborough, stopping at Dereham, Swaffham, King’s Lynn and Wisbech.

This was my first foray onto public transport since March and so this Norwich bus station queueing system was new to me.

There were only two of us attempting to board the bus in Norwich, so the queueing system wasn’t exactly overloaded.

The front of the bus, with a clear new display screen.

And looking back to the rear.

The interior upstairs is light and airy, there are no shortage of windows.

There are now tables at some of the seats and the seats themselves have USB power, wi-fi and there’s a stop button on every pair of seats. The seats are leather, which I personally find can get quite sticky in the heat, but there’s a modern feel to the whole arrangement.

The seat and it’s clear they’ve spent a chunk of money on these buses. The ride doesn’t feel that comfortable, but it might well be that this is more to do with Norfolk’s roads than anything else.

Health arrangements on-board.

And, safely in King’s Lynn.

Another one of the same fleet of buses in King’s Lynn.