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Friday, December 15 2017

Dear All

Some of you may have become aware of Norfolk County Councils difficulties with next year budget and the provisional suggestion to cut £500,000 from the local Bus service support budget from April 2018. I have written to every councillor in the Counct as well as all the MP's advising them they could be about to undo all the work both, we as an operator, and their excellent team of staff in the Travel and Transport department at County Hall have done over the last 20 years. By way of recap there used to be only 4 journeys a day between Mundesley and Cromer 20 years ago and now there is a bus nearly every half hour, and it is run commercially by ourselves. The X44 was just 2 buses each way and look at that now. Initially the 5 service was fully supported, operators need support/ pump priming  to get things up and running and then hopefully the services become better used and successful like the 5 has. However the more rural services are a real challenge for both ourselves and the Council, difficult to generate sufficient usage to justify commercial operation, but none the less absolutely vital to communities who have been stripped of their village shops, post offices and other services. A link to their nearest Town is there only access to the services they need. Not every one can drive or remains fit to drive, social isolation can lead to depression and more pressure on our already very busy health services.

There is no need to panic right now, all services will continue as they are until April 2018. The Council currently are consulting on their proposed cuts and any comments need to be with them by 2nd January 2018.  If you need more information there is a council website you can look at the address is: www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-and-how-we-work/our-budget-and-council-tax/our-budget/setting-next-years-budget  They like to make it nice and simple to get at !!!

If you would like to support local bus services or provide a comment you can also e mail HaveYourSay@norfolk.gov.uk before the 2nd January. Please do support your rural friends and villagers who will be most affected by any decisions taken to cut local bus service support.

I thank you for taking the time to read this article and wish you all the very best for the coming season. Merry Christmas everyone.

Kind Regards

Charles Sanders

Wednesday, November 08 2017

Please note there will be no bus services operating at all on Christmas Day - Boxing Day and New Years Day - On all other Days we will be running a full scheduled service.

On NEW YEARS DAY Norwich City have a home match so our usual match day services numbered -  1 from Holt - Sher - Cromer  - 2 from Fakenham  - 3 from Nth Walsham and Aylsham and 11 from Stalham Wroxham and Sprowston will operate as normal.