New bus link to Aylsham attractions

A new bus service linking Aylsham town centre with two key neighbouring tourist attractions will be piloted in August.

The hopper service between Bure Valley Railway, Blickling Hall and the town has been designed to make life easier for both tourists and locals wanting to move between the three venues.

The fares are �2 per adult, �1 for students and pensioners and free for accompanied children. Fares include hop on, hop off travel for the day. However, for the duration of the pilot the fares will technically be suggested donations due to licensing conditions.

The pilot starts on August 6 and will run Monday to Friday for three weeks. Exact timetables are to be announced soon.

The bus has 11 seats but the longer term plan involves funding a new, larger bus, with more stops and to make the bus available to local schools for short range trips.

Deborah Blake, chairman of the Aylsham Business and Enterprise Forum (ABEF), said: 'We believe there is a real need for this service.' The project has come about thanks to joint working between ABEF and Aylsham Care Trust (ACT).

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