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Popular bus route to be extended into Norfolk market town

PUBLISHED: 16:09 27 March 2018

First Eastern Counties managing director, Steve Wickers. Picture: Nick Butcher

First Eastern Counties managing director, Steve Wickers. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A travel giant is boosting its links between Norwich and a north Norfolk market town with greener vehicles.

First Eastern Counties is introducing its first fleet of modern buses with environmentally friendly, low emission engines on one of its popular routes this week.

The new buses, with their bright yellow fronts, are part of the Yellow Line route which runs between Norwich city centre and Fakenham.

From Tuesday April 3, the Yellow Line will see buses extended along the A1067 Fakenham Road to Fakenham, along with a number of other improvements.

Steve Wickers, managing director at First Eastern Counties, said: “We are delighted to be extending our Network Norwich Yellow Line service to the market town of Fakenham, which we will be running on a commercial basis.

“Passengers will be able to benefit from simple connections and through tickets to our full range of city-wide destinations, such as the hospital and university, which they have hitherto been unable to do.”

He added: “The low-emission Euro 5 buses that we are introducing onto the Yellow Line service are part of our continued commitment to improving air quality across the city, and will join the ever-increasing numbers of similar modern vehicles that we are introducing across our network that we hope will continue to encourage more people to choose to travel by bus.”

Other changes to the X29 Norwich-Fakenham service include:

■Hourly journeys Monday to Saturday with more frequent journeys into and out of the city at weekday peak times. Buses will also operate every two hours on Sundays;

■Additional journeys have been introduced to and from the city along the main road from Taverham and Drayton during the busy morning and afternoon peak times from Monday to Friday;

■Yellow Line 29 buses will be extended beyond Byron Road to serve Orchard Bank and Shakespeare Way in Taverham.

The new service to Fakenham will provide access to the wider city bus network and it is hoped it will encourage people to use buses to Norwich landmarks including the University of East Anglia, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Broadland Business Park.

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