Anger after bus link to important services is axed during day

Changes to the bus timetabling. No buses serving Beccles Road during the daytime when the No7 is rep

Changes to the bus timetabling. No buses serving Beccles Road during the daytime when the No7 is replaced by the X11 which will use the new link road. Tony Grice with Janice Perkins and parish councillors. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

A petition has been launched over bus route changes which could cut out access to vital services.

A stretch of Beccles Road in Bradwell will no longer be served during the daytime from Mondays to Saturdays as of May 29.

The number 7 service between Belton and Great Yarmouth will be replaced during the day by the new X11 service, which will instead go down the new A12/A143 link road. Beccles Road will still however be served by the number 7 on evenings and Sundays.

Janice Perkins, 72, from Belton, started and has picked up 80 signatures for a petition to prevent Beccles Road no longer being served.

She said: 'The changes are incredibly frustrating there are so many different groups of people it is going to affect.

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'You have the doctor's surgery there which is going to make it near impossible, especially for older people to have access there.'

Tony Grice, chairman of the East Norfolk Transport Association Users, sent a letter to First Buses on behalf of the group.

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In the letter they stated that it will affect Belton's residents travel to the following; Falklands Surgery, Ormiston Academy, Woodlands Venture Academy, Lynn Grove Academy and the dental surgery, pharmacy and foot clinic at Church Lane.

From the Bradwell residents point of view, it will affect their access to East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Great Yarmouth College, Gorleston High Street, Great Yarmouth Town Centre and the doctors surgery on Lowestoft Road.

He said: 'There is an argument that younger people can walk either to the A12/143 link road or the Barnados bus stop for alternative services, but for older passengers it is quite a distance from the Cornfields and Green Lane estates to the alternative sites.

'There is a lot of anger building up in both Belton and Bradwell regarding the loss of the 7 service during weekday hours. ENTUA has begun receiving letters from irate residents, and messages are being left on our website message board.

'We do not want to see First Eastern Counties shoot themselves in the foot over this issue. The company has built up a lot of confidence among the travelling public in the Great Yarmouth area over recent years, however, by removing the number 7 bus link, will be seen as a dumping a group of passengers who have been part of their success story over the past few years.'

Mr Grice said he would like to see an hourly service reinstated from Mondays to Saturdays.

No comment has yet been issued by First Buses over the residents concerns.

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