Bus service improvement plan brings ‘flat fares’ to King’s Lynn
Residents in King’s Lynn are set to benefit from cheaper bus travel within the ‘town zone’ thanks to money that Norfolk County Council secured from the Department for Transport (DfT) to improve bus services across the County.
The new flat fare which starts on Monday 21 August will mean any single journey that starts and finishes within the King’s Lynn town zone will cost just £1.50.
All five bus operators who serve the town have signed up to the scheme – Lynx Bus, WNCT Ltd, Stagecoach, First Bus and Coach Services Ltd.
The area covers key locations such as the Gaywood estate, Q.E Hospital, Hardwick Retail Park, North and South Wootton (map of the area can be found in the link below).
Cllr Graham Plant, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “We know that making buses the most affordable choice is key to more people using them. By reducing prices in urban areas people can choose the bus for the daily commute or when popping into town which will not only save them money, but also help to play a part in reducing congestion and improving air quality for all.”
Cllr Lesley Bambridge, county councillor for King’s Lynn North and Central said; “This is really good news for residents. The local bus service is used by a large number of the community, and I am sure this will be very welcome.”
Cllr Alexandra Kemp; county councillor for Clenchwarton and King’s Lynn South said; “ I am overjoyed at the introduction of the new flat bus fare across Lynn. I have long campaigned for improvements to public transport in West Norfolk. This new flat bus fare is a real equalities measure and a help with the cost of living, that will benefit people and communities across the town, where the greatest concentrations of income deprivation in West Norfolk lies. It will make travel more affordable, help to end isolation, and also encourage the use of public transport, and decrease short car journeys and congestion around Lynn.”
This is the second in a series of fares promotions to be announced for Norfolk. Approximately £5.3 million of the funding the county council received has been allocated to fares promotions to make bus travel more affordable across Norfolk over the next three years.
Roads Minister Richard Holden said: “This new scheme will help unlock opportunities for passengers in King’s Lynn, by giving them access to cheaper fares and easier journeys, supporting them with the cost of living. We want everyone up and down the country to have a modern, reliable, and affordable public transport system. That is why we have supported Norfolk County Council with more than £49.5 million to boost its bus services.”
Source: Norfolk County Council