First phase complete in project to improve bus travel in Great Yarmouth

The new bus information sign at Market Gates bus station in Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan

The new bus information sign at Market Gates bus station in Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

The first phase of a scheme to improve bus travel in and around Great Yarmouth has been completed.

A hexagonal information sign has been installed in Regent Road which aims to help passengers complete their journeys more easily.

The board will show a wide range of publicity including a bus network diagram, a route finder, and popular destinations to aid passengers unfamiliar with the network.

There will also be a timetable for connections and also a large real-time information screen which shows a composite of all departures from the bus station.

The works are being delivered by Norfolk County Council funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership's Growth Deal Fund.

A spokesman for the county council said the hexagonal sign is the first stage of a variety of measures to improve the provision of printed and electronic travel information and also the waiting environment for passengers at bus stops.

Other improvements will include the creation of a modern transport interchange on Gorleston High Street.

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A later phase of the work will also see the introduction of real-time information screens at up to 14 bus stops across Great Yarmouth area.

The spokesman added: 'Subject to Great Yarmouth Borough Council approval, there are also aspirations to upgrade Market Gates Bus Station.

'This would include replacing the existing bus shelters and railings and also the introduction of low-level lighting to enhance the ambiance of those stops under the shopping centre.

'Works in Market Gates and at bus stops in the surrounding areas are part of a larger programme to enhance the provision of printed/electronic travel information and waiting environments, with the purpose of improving the travel experience of bus passengers.

'All improvements have been subject to feedback from various stakeholders including bus passengers, local transport interest groups, bus operators and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.'

Works will continue throughout 2017 and 2018 and subject to funding, further improvements may continue beyond that.

The paving area around the sign has now re-opened after it was fenced off for the works.