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.

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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.

18 comments

  • niknak that is the way First operate, so looks like you'll have to walk home lol

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    chebram71

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Edinburgh 's Lothian buses charge £ 3.50 for an all day ticket and their network is twice the size of Norwich network. Buses come when the indicator says they are coming, something the party politicians here have not achieved, shame.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • did not know that First employees were allowed to chip in here.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Yea Yea Yea Bookworm I think we all get it. You’ll wear your keyboard out at this rate! I’m waiting for your old favourite 30% fare increase comment you always like to post. I’m surprised you’ve got the time to catch the bus when you spend so much time on here moaning about them! Maybe you should get a bike and save yourself all this terrible stress it causes you.

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    Josh Helling

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • routes cut and the workers pay higher fares every year. this publicity campaign adds insult to injury. I agree that sometimes one has to walk home or even half a mile to the nearest stop.when a bus breaks down they don't replace it--i have often waited over an hour for a bus.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • first have no real competition so they will always win.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • so essentially they looked at the park and ride buses and took their idea ?

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    Double Bill

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • They could have a problem because they have new ticket machines ready to introduce in Norwich , before the Route Makeover . These went into buses at Lowestoft and Yarmouth on Sunday . I used one on the first day . Next day I went to Yarmouth on the X1 and it took 26 minutes to load the bus and get underway , so slow was the ticketing process . I timed an X1 coming into Market Gates to go to Norwich , it was 10 minutes from pulling in , to departing . The teething problems will no doubt get sorted out.... but it won`t be easy to combine new ticket machines with changes to routes . Not fair on the drivers to have two upheavals at pretty much the same time . Incidentally , First have improved their performance in the last few months , in my experience . The best they`ve ever been in recent years .

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    dragonfly

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Be careful - the way First manage to make a mess of most things they touch, if a bus has India on the tyres, you might end up in New Dehli!

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    Tractorboy

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • no such thing as a free lunch so how much will this marketing campaign hit the money in our pockets ?

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    Double Bill

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic-again.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • fares will rise and still pensioners get a free ride to where ever they want.Prices are too high as it is. so what if the buses are painted differently?the will still be late and pricey.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Great idea apart from people who might be colour blind.

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    chebram71

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Another lick of paint to justify a price rise. Edinburgh's Lothian buses can manage on a £3.50day ticket for the whole network, they operate a system were no change is given , you have the right change when you get on and don't have to wait for change. This is sordid, an eyewash, plainly speaking, its crap and our party politicians, once again, failed abysmally. First has got to be the worst option for Norfolk Taxpayers and the No. 16 bus is the pits, late most times you can never get your connecting buses. Thanks for nothing.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Didn't they try this colour-coding shtick a few years ago? Pink stripe for Costessey, purple for Hellesdon, green for Sprowston etc and the buses got into a right old muddle. Personally I find that great big NUMBER and DESTINATION on the front of the bus a fairly reliable indication of intent.

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    galrita

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • so they give discounts to teenagers,but stop the last bus home for people who work till 11,yeah,really great decision,and dont give me it was the council cutbacks b******s

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    niknak 42

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • lower the fares. i dont care if they put in flowery seats and have teatowels printed with the routes.its all window dressing.they are making too much profit to tinker round like this.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Just another way to waste money and push fares up

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    Jacob Burns

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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