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First Buses to roll out changes to several services affecting Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:28 04 May 2017

A First bus driving through the village of Belton . Picture: James Bass

A First bus driving through the village of Belton . Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2010

First buses has announced it is rolling out changes to a number of services in the Great Yarmouth area at the end of the month.

After reviewing demand and passenger feedback, the provider has announced changes to 10 services affecting the town - effective from Sunday, May 28.

The following changes will be made:

Service 1/1A/1B

From Sunday May 28, Service 1B will become hourly throughout the day between Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth railway station and Hemsby Beach, providing extra capacity between Hemsby, Caister and Great Yarmouth seven days a week.

In mid-July, Service 1B will increase in frequency to every 30 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes. Alongside Service 1/1A, meaning Hemsby will have a bus every 15 minutes into Great Yarmouth town centre Monday to Saturday, and up to two buses an hour on Sundays, providing extra capacity and an attractive connection to the beaches and holiday resorts along the coast.

On Sundays, a through service will be introduced between Lowestoft and Martham on Service 1/1A, operating up to every 60 minutes during the day.

There will be a new journey from Tessera Park to Market Gates bus station at 9,30am on weekdays. Early morning and afternoon journeys that serve Flegg High School and East Norfolk Sixth Form College will see minor timetable adjustments to improve punctuality.

Service 2

In partnership with Norfolk County Council, we are pleased to announce that the frequency on Service 2 will be increased to every 20 minutes on Sundays, providing a fast and direct link from Barrack Estate to Great Yarmouth town centre, also serving the Pleasure Beach.

Summer Service 3

Back for 2017 is open-top Service 3, operating a brand new route between Haven Seashore Park and Pleasure Beach every 30 minutes, seven days a week! Our open-top bus will travel along the entirety of The Golden Mile, serving Britannia Pier, The Marina Leisure Centre, the Sealife Centre, and the Pleasure Beach, allowing passengers to enjoy the sunshine and sea air on the top deck. On Wednesday evenings, Service 3 will run later in connection with the local summer firework displays. It’s not to be missed!

Service 4

Following passenger feedback, Service 4 will be retimed to depart at 28 minutes past the hour from Market Gates bus station. There are no changes to frequency or route.

Service 7

Sunday daytime services will be replaced by Service X11, extending to Acle and Norwich via James Paget Hospital. There are no changes to early morning and evening journeys.

Service 9

There are minor changes to early morning services. No changes to the rest of the timetable.

Service X1/X11

An hourly Sunday daytime service will be introduced on Service X11, which will provide Belton with a direct, fast link to Norwich seven days a week. There will be minor changes to the Service X1 timetable between Lowestoft and Norwich. However, combined with Service X11, there will still be a 30-minute frequency between Gorleston High Street, Market Gates and Norwich on Sundays.

Weekday journeys starting from Belton on Service X11 will be retimed slightly to improve punctuality. There will be some very minor changes to morning peak journeys from Great Yarmouth.

Afternoon journeys from Norwich will be revised in order to provide extra buses and capacity to Great Yarmouth at the start of the rush hour.

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