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King’s Lynn residents can ‘choose the bus’ more often thanks to bus service improvement plan

Earlier and later buses to and from King’s Lynn are due to start next week (w/c 6 May 2024) thanks to money that Norfolk County Council secured from the Department for Transport (DfT)

Service 5 which is operated by Go to town (WNCT Ltd) and runs between King’s Lynn bus station and the Gaywood Park Estate will now run from 7:37am (previously 9:31am) with the last bus now departing King’s Lynn at 6:15pm (previously 4:55pm) on Mondays to Fridays.

Go to town will also be running additional services on a Saturday with the first service starting at 8:37am and the last bus from Kings Lynn Bus Station being 5:15pm (previously 9:31am – 4:15pm).

Cllr Graham Plant, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said; “Regular and affordable bus services into our urban areas is key to getting more people to choose the bus for everyday trips and commuting. By running buses earlier and later we’re making it easier for the growing population around King’s Lynn to choose the bus for their daily commute.”

A single trip on the service will cost just £1.50 under the King’s Lynn flat fares scheme which was introduced by Norfolk County Council last year – also funded by the money secured from the Department for Transport.

Ness Reeve, transport and general manager of WNCT Ltd said “We are pleased to be able to offer this additional service, which has been introduced due to local popular demand. The earlier and later buses will allow residents better access to the town centre for work and connections to onward travel.”

This is one of a number of service enhancements which are being funded by the £49.55 million funding which Norfolk County Council was successful in securing from the Department for Transport (DfT) to use on improving bus services across the County over the next three years.

Approximately £12 million of the funding has been allocated to provide new or expanded bus routes and increase service frequencies on key routes, including more evening and weekend services.

Councillor Robert Colwell, local member for Gaywood South, said; “This is excellent news for Gaywood and the local community as residents had indicated previously, they couldn’t use the bus for work as it started too late and finished too early for their commute. These changes will make such a difference.”

Source: Norfolk County Council