With Festival Too due to start this weekend we are looking forward to continuing the recent tradition of the buses adding to the free music experience with free buses home.
Service 3 – Due to the road closure on Langley Rd from 25 June until 29 June 2018, we have had to amend the timetable. We have tried to still accommodate as many stops as possible, but we are unable to serve Grimston Rd, top of Langley Rd and ASDA in either direction. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and hope that you understand this is a situation beyond our control. The revised timetable is on our website and leaflets are available from drivers or bus station.
Due to resurfacing on Austin St, in King’s Lynn, the Service 3 will be taking a detour, when leaving Lynn Bus Station, for the next two Sundays. This means we will not be able to serve the bus stop at Kettlewell Lane for those two days.
Go to Town buses, coming from West Norfolk Community Transport, is ready to launch this Sunday, April 29th. The first big day is Monday.
Local drivers have been employed and are being trained, and buses have started to arrive in Lynn from builders in Lancashire and Northern Ireland. Timetables are available from the bus station, online at www.wnct.co.uk (whilst we wait for the launch of our new Go To Town website) or by phoning 01553 776971 during office hours.
The town routes which will move to Go To Town are the 2 from North Lynn, the 3 from North and South Wootton, the 4 from Grange/Pandora which will now be routed via Lynnsport Way and North Lynn, and the 5 from Gaywood Park.
New fares and tickets will be introduced. The standard adult fare will be £2 with a LynnGo day ticket for as many journeys you want to make for £3.20. The LynnGo weekly ticket will be a straight £10 for as many trips you want to make across these routes for seven consecutive days.
Children under their 16th birthday will be charged at half fare and young adults 16 to 20 get 25% off. And to offer even greater value, in what is thought to be a UK first, the Young Adult fare will remain in force for not quite so young adults holding a Young Persons Railcard, currently available to their 26th birthday.
A cap of just £1 will apply on all single journey tickets sold before 9am. So adult fares will be halved and a third taken off young adult fares.
Howard Russell, Chief Executive, said Go To Town is well placed to make a real difference to using buses in the town. “We’re pleased with our new team of drivers, and our brand new low emission buses, some of these will be delivered before we launch, others will follow shortly afterwards, as a result, we regret that for the first few weeks some will not be painted in our instantly recognised blue colour. Importantly our commitment to hand any financial surpluses we make on these routes to our charity division remains from day one”.
For more information, pick up a timetable at the bus station, go on-line
(www.wnct.co.uk) or phone 01553 776971.
West Norfolk Community Transport Ltd, which already trades as ‘Go to Town’ on some routes it runs into Lynn from outlying areas not served by conventional bus companies, has announced its investment of £1 million to launch new routes for the town and area following the decision by Stagecoach to largely exit the area.
The company is a registered charity, so that any money made over and above costs is guaranteed to be ploughed back in to provide specialist dial a bus routes for those people who are unable to use ordinary buses, either because of their own mobility issues or because local transport is not provided in their village or near to their home.
The fund has been put together in order to buy a new depot, offices and maintenance area at Old Meadow Road, Hardwick, plus nine full size buses, all of which will be fully accessible, and all but two of which will have ’18 plate registrations and should be delivered from their British builders in time for the launch date. In a major boost for the town’s air quality, these brand new vehicles have all the latest engine technology, and on-the-road tests show them to have emission levels so low that they equate to one tenth of modern diesel cars.
The company will strengthen its ‘Go to Town’ brand and take over from Stagecoach town routes 2 to 5 on Sunday April 29th. Routes 2 (North Lynn) and 3 (South and North Wootton) will both run every half hour six days a week and less frequently on Sunday. Route 4 will be diverted via North Lynn and Lynnsport Way and run at up to half hourly intervals, so that parts of North Lynn will have an increase from the existing three to in future four per hour. This new route, is to get ready to provide buses to the new Orchard Place development, when the roads are completed and open.
The range of fares and tickets on offer will be changed and expanded, and whilst fares will be a little higher than with Stagecoach the discounts available are aimed to attract new users to the buses.
“This unprecedented investment by a local charity is good news for the whole town” commented Howard Russell, Chief Executive of West Norfolk Community Transport Ltd, who was new to the post last November. “It is good news because it makes a real step forward to dealing with air quality issues, and it is good news too because it will help fund our charitable aims and objectives”.
He added that the investment would only work if the plans attract people back onto the buses and help free up the ever-more-clogged town centre area roadspace. “It is not good news for anybody to be sitting in the routinely gridlocked traffic around the town centre” said Howard “and especially not for us to invest to stand still and that is why we are calling on both the County and Borough Councils to take bold and radical steps to end the current state of affairs which, as one South Wootton Councillor recently described it, will strangle the town centre’s economy.”
Details of the company’s new route timetables can be viewed on our website here or on our Facebook page, where fares and ticketing information will be added nearer the introduction date. It is also creating a new website dedicated to ‘Go to Town’ routes which will be launched soon. Further information is available on 01553 776971.
Stagecoach have announced they will be withdrawing from a number of bus routes in Norfolk, their last day of operation being 28 April 2018 in most cases.
Norfolk County Council has been working with alternative local transport providers to ensure there are replacement services that are sustainable for the future, and the good news is that local operators have agreed to cover the services on a predominantly commercial basis. Some services and timetables may differ from what currently exists and some areas may see a reduction in the level of service, however services will continue to be reviewed and developed, taking into account things like passenger numbers, customer feedback and key connections.
In addition we are working with operators on areas such as through ticketing and connecting services so that journeys can be made as seamless as possible. Passengers are advised to check new timetables with individual operators – details should be on their websites within the next 2 weeks. Contact and website details below.
Some services also provide journeys for students attending schools, sixth forms and colleges. If you have a pass issued by Norfolk County Council you will be written to directly within the next 3 weeks confirming the new travel arrangements. If you have a pass issued by Stagecoach you will need to contact them directly regarding any possible reimbursement.
The following list shows which services are going to be retained by Stagecoach, as well as those that will be replaced and by whom, subject to final acceptance by the bus regulatory body.
Lynxbus: www.lynxbus.co.uk Telephone: 01553 611955
West Norfolk Community Transport: www.wnct.co.uk Telephone: 01553 776971
Sanders Coaches: www.sanderscoaches.comTelephone: 01263 712800
First Bus: www.firstgroup.com Telephone: 03456 020121
Stagecoach: www.stagecoach.com Telephone: 01553 776980 or 01223 433250
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