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Bus service improvement plan brings new town link to Kings Lynn

Norfolk County Council, 1 December 2023 22:57

Residents of King's Lynn will soon be able to travel around their town more easily as the new 3H Town Link bus service begins to run.

From Monday 21 August the new Town Link service, run by local independent bus company Go To Town, will be departing Kings Lynn Bus Station seven times a day on weekdays and six times on Saturdays, with services to the upcoming Primary Care Hub on Nar Ouse Way, due to open in 2024, and to the new St James Medical Practice in South Wootton.

The service will also serve Vancouver Avenue and Tennyson Avenue, providing access to the College of West Anglia and local schools, as well as stopping on Sandpiper and Dragonfly Way, South Lynn, and the North Lynn Industrial Estate.

The new route, operated by Go To Town, is part of Norfolk County Council's plans to provide a comprehensive service in King's Lynn, giving residents the option to reduce car use and to link all areas of the town. The new 3H service route will add to and enhance the other routes used by the current 3 service.

Cllr Graham Plant, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport, said, "Being able to bring this new service to King's Lynn, to connect parts of the town and even bring unused bus stops back into use as key links is exactly what we fought to secure this funding from the DfT for. We are giving drivers the choice to leave their cars at home for some journeys, and making sure that those who don't drive have regular, affordable transport to key parts of the town."

A single trip on the service will cost just £1.50 under the flat fares introduced by Norfolk County Council in King's Lynn, funded by money from the Department for Transport to improve bus services across the county.

The 3H service will improve the frequency of services around the North Lynn Industrial Estate, as well as connecting to the growing industrial estate area on Nar Ouse Way.
Cllr Lesley Bambridge, Norfolk County Councillor for King's Lynn North and Central, said: "I feel sure that these new services will help alleviate the concerns of residents about getting to the new surgeries, something that has been raised with me. It is very welcome news."

The new timetable can be found online.

Roads Minister Richard Holden said: "People up and down the country deserve a clean, reliable, and affordable public transport system. That is why we have provided Norfolk County Council with almost £50 million to boost its bus services.

"Supporting the Council and the operator Go to Town with this new service is fantastic for local residents, who will now be able to get to work, attend medical appointments and visit loved ones for less and more easily."

Norfolk Bus Service Improvement Plan

Norfolk received the sixth highest allocation in the country and the funding consists of £30.9m of capital funding and £18.6m of revenue funding.

The plans outline 17 new measures across the county which give buses priority on the roads. These include new bus lanes in Norwich, King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth and redesigned junctions across the county.

New or improved travel hubs are proposed for Sheringham, Cromer, Diss and Hunstanton which will provide better waiting areas with real-time information to help to give passengers a better experience as well as being integrated with walking and cycling facilities.

There will also be a county-wide review of bus stops with upgrades to improve access for people with disabilities, to provide more real-time information and a programme of works to reduce delays to buses.

Improved services already announced:

Norfolk County Council Net Zero

Encouraging more people to use the bus travel and other sustainable options is key to our ambitious aims of achieving net-zero in Norfolk by 2030.
Norfolk County Council has committed to achieve 'net zero' carbon emissions on its estates by 2030, but within its wider area, to work with partners towards 'carbon neutrality'. This also supports the government's ambition for a net zero country by 2050.

We will achieve this by implementing carbon conscious ways of working across our buildings and supply chain; putting in place the right infrastructure across the county to support the move towards net-zero; and by working together with partners to lead and inspire our colleagues, citizens, communities, and businesses to take action and play their part in protecting Norfolk for future generations.

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