A government minister will visit north Norfolk on Thursday to take a trip on the Coasthopper bus service, which is under pressure from funding cuts.

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Transport minister Norman Baker has accepted an invitation from North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, and will this lunchtime board the bus at East Runton and travel to Blakeney.

The trip follows a meeting chaired by Mr Lamb last July at Sheringham, where councillors, transport officials and bus company operators gathered to discuss public service funding.

Coasthopper, run by Norfolk green and operating from King’s Lynn to Cromer, is also being hit hard by the concessionary bus scheme, with 70pc of its peak-season passengers getting free travel - a loss that cannot be recouped in full.

The problems are exacerbated by a £4.5m shortfall in government funding to Norfolk County Council, since administration of the concessionary fares moved to County Hall from district councils.

After the meeting, a delegation travelled to London to meet Mr Baker and invite him to use the Coasthopper service to understand its importance.

Mr Lamb said: “The minister was keen to come to Norfolk to hear about the issues in our area and we are looking forward to showing him the Coasthopper service.

“It is a vital service and we need to find ways to secure its future. We’ll be putting that point to him when he visits.”

9 comments

  • Ironic that a LibDum is worried about cuts that his party is making. Norman Lamb is a part of the problem, not the solution. Still, they've only got till 2015 and then they're history...

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    marty r

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • locally the liberals are concerned about the affect of council tax benefit cuts, ambulance cuts and now bus cuts all instigated by lamb !

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    Double Bill

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Mr Lamb is worried about this bus route. I have been trying to get help for a better service to Stalham and district for ages. There isn't a service at all on a Sunday. The local beach and coastal villages of Walcott, Bacton etc., are inaccessible by bus at weekends. Mr Lamb please stop publicity grabbing and look at the bigger picture.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • It's taken Lamb 7 months to organise this - disgraceful.

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    David Pritchard

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Is this another opportunity for Mr Lamb to pass the buck? Who voted for cutting local government funding which has meant cuts in bus subsidies?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Mr Lamb voted for the cuts . He`s at the Cabinet table . Yet he arranges a PR stunt for his own benefit ... And the Liberals want to take the Bus Pass from anyone who has saved a few pounds , or has any kind of a private pension . Meanwhile keeping it for those who`ve spent their money as they go , and never worried about tomorrow , because they know that the country [ ie The Rest Of Us ] , will keep them .

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    dragonfly

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • The LibDums waited almost a century for a whiff of power and have so comprehensively blown it they will be back to where they were pre WW2. My three children all voted LibDum, along with many of their friends, to keep the Tories out. Never has a generation been so betrayed. They will not forget. They will not forgive. Bye-bye LibDums! Off to obscurity for another century :)

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    marty r

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Nice to see Norman Lamb organising meetings to try to find solutions to the problems he created. That must be what he means by "responsible government". While I hope Mr Baker enjoys our beautiful scenery I am scepticle that his afternoon coastal drive will change anything. Still it is good PR for Lamb because it makes it justifies why he has at the cabinet table - the clout to bring Westminster ministers all the way to Blakeney!

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    Sam Rushworth

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Doesn't Lamb the sham realise he and Clegg have jumped into bed with a load of deviants who get off on persecuting the poor and vulnerable? Surely he should be blaming Labour? That's their favourite trick that has served them so well thus far, and no sign of anyone in the media exposing this deception. The ConDems, as illustrated by Dave Cam's series of speeches re-iterating the UK governments efforts towards cutting the governments budget deficit, and actual repayment of debt before the end of this parliament (2015) for which there is an ever present need for economic austerity which translates into deep cuts in government spending - for example Dave Cam on 10th October 2012 "Here’s the truth: the damage was worse than we thought, and it’s taking longer than we hoped. The world economy – especially in the Eurozone – has been much weaker than expected in the past two years. When some of our big trading partners like Ireland, Spain and Italy are suffering, they buy less from us. That hurts our growth and makes it harder to pay off our debts." The REAL TRUTH - no Debt has been repaid, and ConDem policies have seen to that by destroying any hope of recovery, instead UK government debt continues to accumulate at the SAME rate as it would have done under a Labour government. "we have cut a quarter off the deficit in the past two years. 25 per cent. That’s helped to keep interest rates at record low levels... ...keeping mortgages low." NOT SO, in fact the reason why interest rates are low is because the Bank of England is supplying the banks with cheap money and then buying UK government debt from the banks, thus forcing market interest rates down. The ConDems' actions in terms of cutting the deficit have had no impact on UK interest rates because the deficit has NOT been cut and in fact by the end of this financial year (2013), the deficit looks set to be higher than during the ConDem governments first year in office. Similarly the chancellor, George Osbo (2nd Dec 2012) issued another call to arms in respect of ever greater economic austerity to cut the deficit and debt - “It’s clearly taking longer to deal with Britain’s debts; it’s clearly taking longer to recover from the financial crisis than anyone would have hoped.” YES, because his incompetence over the past 2.5 years has destroyed the recovery! “I’m very clear going forward we’ve got to deal with this deficit, it is going to take longer – that means more difficult decisions and it’s got to be done fairly, and that means yes, the richest need to bear their fair share – and they will.” WHAT? The rich are about to enjoy an unprecedented tax cut - thank you George. The myth of austerity only exists as sound bites for the media to regurgitate, as the UK government's spending continues to grow each year, which means that the deficit persists virtually unchanged. So far the coalition government has done nothing that the Labour government would not have done in terms of the debt and deficits which remain on the SAME trajectory i.e. total debt is expected to hit £1.2 trillion by March 2013 which is set against the March 2010 Labour budget projected debt of £1.19 trillion, which illustrates the illusion that there is any difference between the political parties in terms of debt and deficits, as a consequence of Britain's debt based economy where the reality is that most of what you see in the media just amounts to over-hyped tinkering at the edges; an ideologically motivated attack on the public sector, welfare state, and the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

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    Monday, January 21, 2013

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