Regular Great Yarmouth bus service altered to include Gapton Hall Retail Park and Tesco Extra

The 71 service from Great Yarmouth to Belton, which is being withdrawn as part of changes to Anglian

The 71 service from Great Yarmouth to Belton, which is being withdrawn as part of changes to Anglian Bus' schedule - Credit: Archant

A regular bus service is set to be re-routed next month and will include a busy retail park and supermarket in Great Yarmouth.

Bus provider Anglian Bus has wheeled out a number of changes to its services, with its 61 service being altered to include Gapton Hall Retail Park and Tesco Extra on Pasteur Road.

It comes after a number of calls from councillors and campaigners to see both locations served by a regular bus service.

The hourly service, which operates between Great Yarmouth and Kessingland, via Lowestoft, Gorleston and the James Paget University Hospital, originally went down Southtown Road.

However, as of April 18, it will instead take Pasteur Road, before going onto the Gapton Hall Retail Park and Harfrey's Estate.


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Mick Castle, county councillor for Great Yarmouth North and Central and Northgate, said the news was a 'massive boost'.

He said: 'This is great news. People without cars will still need to cross the main road to get to Yarmouth Business Park and Trafalgar College, but this is a major step forward.

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'I am still campaigning for lay-bys to be provided to enable buses to pull in at potential bus stops on Pasteur Road and Gapton Hall Road and council officers from Great Yarmouth's transport and Infrastructure working group are currently assessing the feasibility of this.'

Steve Hewitt, of East Norfolk Transport Users Association (ENTUA), added: 'ENTUA has long campaigned for a service to both Harfrey's and Gapton and we are extremely happy to see this, the very first regular service from town to these ever growing retail areas.'

The service will not run on Sundays.

However, also included in the changes announced by Anglian Bus, was the withdrawal of two of the town's other services, including one which was introduced less than a year ago.

The 71 service was brought in to serve Great Yarmouth and Belton in September, however it is now being withdrawn, along with the 81 between Great Yarmouth, Beccles and Bungay.

An Anglian Bus spokesman said neither route had received sufficient support to justify their continuations.

Mr Hewitt added: 'I think it is a great shame to see these services cancelled, but if people are not using them I can understand the decision.'

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