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First Bus unveil new Norwich network and colour-coded route system

PUBLISHED: 16:38 22 August 2012 | UPDATED: 17:05 22 August 2012

First buses in Red Lion Street, Norwich.

First buses in Red Lion Street, Norwich.


The Norwich bus network is set to be given a big revamp next month, it has been announced at a launch event by Norfolk’s main bus operator First.

The new network, which will be operated specifically by the newly-named First Norwich, has been colour-coded in an effort to ‘simplify’ the city’s network for passengers.

Giles Fearnley, managing director for First UK Bus said that Norfolk is ‘a very important part’ of the company nationally and said: “What we have done is make the network more efficient in the way we have linked up each route.

“Things such as rather than drivers sitting idle waiting for their next trip, that is where we have been able to find some efficiencies by linking up different services.”

First are hoping the new network will further improve punctuality and offer a better service, using the eight differently coloured routes, which will come into action on Saturday, September 22.

The launch event, held in the Top of the City lounge at Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium, also saw some good news for college students.

That is because the age limit on child fares have been extended from applying for five to 15-year-olds, up to five to 19-year-olds, re-naming it the ‘Young Person’ fare.

This initiative will benefit anyone aged between five and 19 who travel on services in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Kings Lynn.

This means a discount of around 30pc on an adult fare for people up to 19 years old, from Saturday, September 1.

To see how your route will change, as well as much more information announced at the launch, see tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

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