UPDATE: Celebration planned to mark re-opening of Cromer bus station

Dignitaries will gather on Wednesday for the official reopening of Cromer bus station - a week after vehicles began to use it again after six years.

Cromer's Prince of Wales Road interchange was the subject of planning appeals and intense public pressure when developers tried to turn the site into flats, but it quietly started welcoming buses again.

There was no grand opening ceremony or ribbon cutting when buses began to use it on August 1.

But on Wednesday, a bus will drive through a ribbon and there will be a bus-shaped cake to celebrate the breakthrough.

Among those present will be Norfolk County Council chairman Shelagh Hutson, returning to the town of her birth for the event, North Norfolk District Council chairman Benjie Cabbell Manners, who is also a district councillor for Cromer, and Cromer town mayor Gregory Hayman.

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The county council spent �300,000 to revilatise the bus station, installing an electronic time board and ticketing machine and a new shelter for passengers.

There was initial confusion when the station reopened, with some people mistakenly queuing at the old stop and having to scurry across the road to the station when buses arrived. Later in the morning, clear timetables were put up clarifying where passengers needed to wait.

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The saga began when First buses left the site six years ago. Developer Ortona, which owns the land, had hoped to build 12 flats and a shop on the site, but its application was refused by North Norfolk District Council due to opposition from local residents and campaigners

Several court actions and planning appeals followed, as county, district and town councils, together with North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, campaigned for the station.

Last year the developer agreed to lease the site to the county council for use as a bus interchange.

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