Norfolk has been successful in securing £49.55m of funding from the Department for Transport to make the county’s bus services and facilities better.

In October 2021 the county council published Norfolk’s Bus Service Improvement Plan which outlines the ambitions for the next five years.

In April this year the DfT notified the county council of an indicative allocation of funding for three years. The county council has since worked alongside bus operators to shape details of what the money would be spent on should we secure it.

To help shape the plans, in May the council launched a consultation asking for residents’ views on bus services in Norfolk. More than 1500 people took part in the consultation which helped to identify what the barriers are to using buses and which of the priorities within the plan are most important to them.

The final plan includes lower fares for under 25s, bus priority schemes, more real time information, improved waiting areas and integrated travel hubs and new and more frequent services.

The full detailed plan of what the money will be spent on will go to Norfolk County Council Infrastructure & Development Select Committee on 14 September.

(Source: NCC)