Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Waiting for the bus

Here is the Flexibus news
The ‘Harling’ Flexibus starts on Wednesday 1 July offering transport from here to the market towns of Attleborough, Diss and Thetford.
It aims to give you the opportunity to access shops, visit the doctors or take part in leisure activities. You can also extend your journey and connect to other buses, coaches or trains and visit Norwich or even London.
The service is open to all ages with reduced fares for under 16s and free travel to those with concessionary passes.
Young people can now get about more easily during school or college holidays.
So what exactly is a Flexibus? It is a different kind of public transport. It doesn’t have a set timetable. The bus will collect you from close to your home at a pre-arranged time and drop you where you want to go.
You have to pre-book your seat at least one day before you wish to travel (or by 5pm on Friday for journeys on the following Monday).
To book your journey call 0845 600 2315 between 9am and 5pm. Tell them your journey plan - what time, where you want to be collected from, what town or village you are visiting.
Then give your return details - what time, where you want to be collected from and where you are returning to.
Subject to availability the advisor will confirm your booking and tell you your approximate pick up times (you may need to be a little flexible with your arrangements).
The focus of the service is to link villages with local market towns, particularly Attleborough and Diss.
During school term time the hours of operation are 9.15am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday and from 8am to 5pm on Saturdays.
During the school holidays the times are 8am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday.
There are two buses. Bus 1 serves
Attleborough on Mondays and Thursdays,
Attleborough and Thetford on Tuesdays,
Diss on Wednesdays and Fridays.
On Saturdays there is a connection in Garboldisham to service 338 that goes to Bury St Edmunds.
Bus 2 operates Monday to Friday and is free to roam and does not have set destinations.
The villages that this flexibus service covers include Banham, Blo Norton, Bressingham, Brettenham, Bridgham, East Harling, Eccles, Fersfield, Garboldisham, Gasthorpe, Goose Green, Heywood, Kenninghall, New Buckenham, North Lopham, Old Buckenham, Quidenham, Riddlesworth, Rushford, Shadwell, Shelfanger, South Lopham, Wilby, and Winfarthing.

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