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Community Transport Invests £1m to Launch New ‘Go To Town’ Bus Routes

March 21st, 2018

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 Services Press Release

March 20th, 2018

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.

Click here to download the Stagecoach services list

Lynxbus: Telephone: 01553 611955
West Norfolk Community Transport: Telephone: 01553 776971
Sanders Coaches: www.sanderscoaches.comTelephone: 01263 712800
First Bus: Telephone: 03456 020121
Stagecoach: Telephone: 01553 776980 or 01223 433250