New Norwich P&R network to launch next week

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A major shake-up of Norwich’s Park & Ride service will be launched on September 7, following a £3.3m investment by Konectbus, the Eastern Daily Press has reported.

The new buses, along with improved frequency and free WiFi, are part of a multi-million deal which heralds radical changes to the city’s Park & Ride.

Norfolk County Council has handed the contract to run Park & Ride services to Konectbus, which currently runs three routes, but will run all of them from September 7. It is taking on the Norwich International Airport, Postwick and Sprowston services from Norse.

Konectbus has bought 18 new buses specifically to run on city centre services. The Dereham-based company also said that, by linking up cross city routes, passengers will get a better service and a new link to Norwich Railway Station.

One major change is that the Costessey Park and Ride will now only call at the UEA and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Gavin Hunter, Konectbus MD, said, “We are really proud to have been chosen by Norfolk County Council as the operator of the highly successful Norwich Park & Ride and want to make sure all current and future users have all the information they will need ready for the start of the new services.”