Seafront bus to stop at Great Yarmouth train station

Picture by James Bass. Picture by James Bass.

Friday, May 9, 2014
7:15 AM

Buses will pull up outside Great Yarmouth train station for the first time in years following months of campaigning by public transport passengers.

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The East Norfolk Transport Users Association (ENTUA) has been negotiating with bus firm First and train operator Abellio Greater Anglia for several months, highlighting the need for bus to and from Vauxhall Station.

Passengers currently have to jump in taxis or walk into town after stepping off trains and while the recent refurbishment of Vauxhall Bridge has greatly improved the walking route, not everyone can manage the distance.

The new Number 3 service from First will stop at the station after collecting passengers from Hemsby, Newport, Scratby, Caister, north Yarmouth, Britannia Pier, Market Gates, and the Vauxhall Holiday Park.

While it will not serve the Golden Mile, ENTUA said the summer bus will serve most of Yarmouth’s most popular tourist spots while making across town travel easier for locals.

The service will run hourly from May 25 to September 20, going up to every 30 minutes from July 27 to August 30. The timetable will coincide with train arrival times.

Steve Hewitt, chairman of ENTUA, said: “We’ve pushed for this for months and we’ll keep pushing now for more locals to use the service, particularly people coming from Caister and Newtown.

“Our aim, and we are talking to First about this, is to have the service running all year round. It’s crazy to not have buses running to the train station.”

The summer seafront service is not new, but previously stopped at Market Gates.

“At the end of last summer we suggested that the service start calling at the railway station,” explained Steve.

“In November last year we got a meeting organised between us and all the heads of the various firms and we took another step forward in January. We’re really pleased with the outcome.”

Steve heaped praise on Danny Beales, of the First depot in Yarmouth, for listening to ENTUA’s ideas and contributing to a good working relationship.

Mr Beales, operations manager at the depot, said: “We are delighted to bring back the Great Yarmouth summer seafront service. This is a very popular service for both tourists and local people which we run every year during the summer.

“Timings are based on the scheduled train arrivals and this service will make it easier for tourists, holiday makers and commuters to access the town and surrounding area.”

The service will be operated by low floor, fully accessible buses and will run seven days a week including Bank Holidays from May 25 to September 20.

James Reeve, head of customer service north for Abellio Greater Anglia added: “We are pleased to work with FirstGroup at Yarmouth to promote the service between the rail station and the key tourist leisure centres in the district. Many visitors to the town arrive by train and being able to offer a seamless travel experience for onward journeys from the station is very important for our customers and helps to showcase Great Yarmouth as a great holiday destination.”

The Number 3 stops will be: Great Yarmouth Rail Station, Vauxhall Holiday Park, Market Gates, Britannia Pier, Seashore Holiday Centre, Caister Post Office, Scratby, Beach Drive, Newport Caravan Park, and Hemsby Beach. It will also call at the Waterways in north Yarmouth, Yarmouth Racecourse, Yarmouth Stadium, California Holiday Village and Hemsby’s Kingsway shops.

8 comments

  • Oh wooow what a concept seamless public transport. I can give the chauffeur the day off now!

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    Paul Morley

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Summer only service is no good for locals that need to travel out of the town early morning what is needed is a service from gorleston and caister from early morning through the day till last connection off 23.00 from norwich the no 3 is no use at all to local people its easier for me to get a 7 for X1 early to Norwich then train to London Yarmouth must be the only railway station I know off with out a bus service

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    Glenn Rivett

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Daisy. I remember them and also the blue buses going to the holiday camps, but there were buses from the outlying areas also going to the station. Do you remember that trial of a park and ride at the Gapton hall retail park and how did they get you from there to the town centre ?. On Lord choo choo. How pathetic. Obviously Hewett has a vested interest in the seafront. I hope none of our taxes are going towards paying for this idiot ?

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    "V"

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Well If V is as long in the tooth as I think he is he will remember the fleets of Eastern Counties buses which used to meet the Liverpool and other trains at weekends to carry campers to the camps at Caister and Hemsby. In case you hadnt noticed the south of the borough is getting all the job opportunities and facilities whilst the north is being preserved for tourism But of course V is right, but all that is needed is a bus from the bus station every few minutes-it could serve Asda too-and anything less than every 15 minutes would be no good, because the traffic jams are so bad that buses will be snarled in them and unable to keep to timetables.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • The concept of "integrated transport links" moves a little closer to GY PLC?

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    The Lone Gunman

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Forgot to add What about the other areas, Gorleston, Bradwell, Belton etc ?

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    "V"

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Funny how it is for the summer only, for the seafront and the holidaymakers. What about the rest of the town, or dont we count for anything ? Perhaps Hewitt might like to explain ?

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    "V"

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Why has this taken so long? It is not rocket science to appreciate visitors to the town don't want to walk or take an expensive taxi.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Friday, May 9, 2014

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