Public meeting in Great Yarmouth to discuss public transport issues

Steve Hewitt and Tony Grice of ENTUA

Steve Hewitt and Tony Grice of ENTUA - Credit: Archant

A transport pressure group is giving members of the public the chance to voice their transport concerns at an open public meeting.

The East Norfolk Transport Users Association - which marks its 40th anniversary this year - is holding a meeting at Christchurch in Deneside, Great Yarmouth.

Members of the public will be able raise their concerns and opinions on public transport in the region.

The group has also invited a representative from each of the region's transport providers, including bus operators and councillors.

It is hoped the meeting will be attended by representatives from First Eastern Counties, Anglian Buses, Greater Anglia, Our Hire and Norfolk County Council.

After each representative has been given the opportunity to make addresses, attendees will be given a chance to question the representatives and raise any concerns.

The meeting will be held immediately following the group's annual general meeting, and unlike the AGM which is members-only, it is open to anybody to attend.

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It comes as the group - which fights for improvement to public transport in the region - celebrates its 40th anniversary, having been formed in 1977.

Steve Hewett has been a member of the group since 1981, after seeing a poster for the organisation, and has amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of public transport, having relied on it his entire life.

He said: 'We meet three times a year with operators First, Greater Anglia and Anglian Buses. They usually produce something.'

The group was originally called the East Norfolk Travellers Association, however following a mix-up which saw them mentioned in the House of Commons for the wrong reasons, its name changed.

Mr Hewett added: 'We have had one or two re-births. In 1984 we lost our chairman James Apsey who lived in Acle and there is a plaque for him at the station.

'We then suffered another blow in 2011 when Colin Litterman passed away.

'Since then we have grown in stature.'

The meeting is due to take place on Wednesday, August 16, from 2.30pm. It is expected to last until around 4pm.

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