West Norfolk Community Transport considering expansion to cover Stagecoach Norfolk cuts

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West Norfolk Community Transport (WNCT) has said it is considering expansion to cover gaps in service should Stagecoach close its Kings Lynn depot, the Eastern Daily Press reported.

The charity has provided door-to-door services for people unable to access public transport due to their location for more than 25 years. However, it also provides a number of public service routes on minibuses under its ‘Go To Town’ scheme, such as the number 10 Swaffham town service and the number 47 from Downham Market to King’s Lynn.

The organisation said it is ‘currently looking at purchasing options for new, larger vehicles’ and that it would recruit drivers, engineering staff and cleaners if it became the operator of any new routes.

A statement from the charity said: “We believe it may open up opportunities for us, as a charity, to become more self-sufficient and allow every bus passenger we carry to give something back to the community, simply by using our services.

“We are in the lucky position that we are currently planning a move to a new site for our offices and workshops. This will enable us to expand into new work. We will be able to make arrangements for larger vehicles.

“Whilst there are hurdles still to overcome, we believe that WNCT and local operators, with the support of Norfolk County Council, will be able to provide West Norfolk with the services which are expected.”

Lynx has already said it is looking to expand its business amid news of the Stagecoach review.