Campaigners in North Norfolk are calling on the Konect Bus company to save the 2/2A bus service – just three years after the service was first launched.
There had been rumours the service between Dereham and Holt, and Sheringham and Norwich was being axed since the start of September, but reports have now circulated on the Norwich Bus Blog that Konect will end the popular route from November 2nd.
The reasons behind the decision have not been explained – but the service has remained popular with passengers regularly filling up double decker services between North Norfolk and the city.
The timetable begins at 6.10am in Holt serving commuters working in the city and continues by serving those in North Norfolk heading to Norwich School, City College, and Easton College. It runs throughout the day until early evening when it takes students and commuters back home from the city.
The North Norfolk Labour Party has created a petition calling on Konect Bus and local authorities to work together to keep the service running.
Jono Read from the local party said: “This is a very popular service and we are disappointed it will no longer run from November. It is fast, it is affordable, the drivers are always friendly, the buses are clean and modern, and the service is reliable. It’s no surprise so many use the 2/2A from North Norfolk.
The axing of this service would make it difficult for users to get to Norwich in time for school, college, or work early morning, and we fear it will put jobs at risk too. I cannot understand why they wouldn’t want to continue investing in the service.
We want Konect and local authorities to work together to explore all of the options before cancelling this service. The end of the service would be detrimental for bus users where healthy competition has been welcomed.”
The petition online at norfolklabour.co.uk/savethe2 aims to communicate the possible axing of a popular service, and to call for the company and authorities to look at different options to keep the service going.
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