Lynx’s Coastliner benefits from BSIP funding
Lynx’s Coastliner 36 service is to benefit from DfT funding to allow it to continue to run its summer timetable throughout the winter months.
This means that on Sundays and Public Holidays there will be an hourly service running from King’s Lynn to Fakenham along the coast (instead of every two hours).
There are also enhancements to the 35 service which runs from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton which means that buses will now run every 20 minutes on Sundays and Public Holidays (instead of every 30 minutes).
These are the first in a number of service enhancements which are being funded by the £49.55 million BSIP funding which Norfolk County Council was successful in securing from the 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.
More new and improved routes across Norfolk are planned to start early in the new year and are expected to be announced soon.
“While services are generally quieter in the winter months there’s still demand for travel and this funding is invaluable in ensuring access to employment, shopping and leisure facilities” – Graham Smith, Commercial Manager at Lynx
Graham Smith, Commercial Manager at Lynx, said: “The enhancement of frequency to our Sunday/Public Holiday buses between King’s Lynn, Hunstanton and along the Coast towards Wells-next-the-Sea will be welcome news to existing and new customers alike. While services are generally quieter in the winter months there’s still demand for travel and this funding is invaluable in ensuring access to employment, shopping and leisure facilities.”
“Supporting Lynx in running its summer timetable also through the winter is great for local passengers” – Bus Minister, Richard Holden
Bus 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 Lynx in running its summer timetable also through the winter is great for local passengers, who will now benefit from new routes and more frequent services to make the most of the fantastic work, business and leisure opportunities Norfolk has to offer.”
New or improved travel hubs are proposed for Sheringham, Cromer, Diss and Hunstanton which will provide better waiting areas with real-time information. 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.
Encouraging more people to use the bus travel and other sustainable options is key to the county council’s 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’.