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More bus services for Great Yarmouth thanks to Norfolk’s bus service improvement plan

Great Yarmouth is set to benefit from the latest bus service improvements which will see more frequent buses in the area funded by money that Norfolk County Council secured from the Department for Transport (DfT).

The changes are to services operated by First Eastern Counties and include an extension to the Coastal Reds 2 service and a new 3/3B service which will operate from Market Gates through the Barrack Estate to Gorleston, Bradwell, Burgh Castle and the James Paget Hospital.

The new service takes advantage of the opening of the new Herring Bridge and will operate in both directions through Bradwell – making it easier for residents to choose the bus.  

The Coastal Reds 7 service will also be improved with extra afternoon journeys during the week and a brand-new Saturday service as well as a late service departing Norwich at 23:30 running along Yarmouth Road and back to Great Yarmouth for 00:15. Perfect for those heading to Norwich for an evening out.

Cllr Graham Plant, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said; “Buses running more often, and more evening and weekend services were exactly what people said they wanted when we asked them how we could improve bus services in Norfolk. These latest enhancements will make a big difference to people travelling in and out of Great Yarmouth and provide quicker journeys by taking advantage of the wonderful new bridge connecting the two sides of town.”

Piers Marlow, managing director for First East of England said; “We’re thrilled to be able to introduce important enhancements to our popular coastal reds services. Being able to provide frequent and later departures is vital to the success of local networks and in encouraging local communities to use the bus to get around the county.”

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.

Source: Norfolk County Council