Residents launch campaign for bus to pass through their village

X1 Bus Blogger Gerard Fletcher, left, and fellow bus enthusiast Bruce Billingham with the First Direct X1 bus. Picture: MATTHEW USHER X1 Bus Blogger Gerard Fletcher, left, and fellow bus enthusiast Bruce Billingham with the First Direct X1 bus. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Friday, December 6, 2013
11:52 AM

More than 240 people have signed a petition calling for a bus to pass through their village.

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A petition with 244 signatures demanding First UK Bus’ XI bus, which goes from Peterborough to Lowestoft, pass through Wisbech St Mary was presented to Wisbech St Mary Parish Council by former parish and county councillor Brian Sandall.

The bus currently stops at Guyhirn Shell garage then goes up the A47 to Wisbech.

Mr Sandall says there is widespread support for the route change in the village.

He said: “There is a strong feeling in the village about this. As well as being beneficial to villagers, it would help the bus company because they would become more economical since they would save money on fuel used up in traffic on the A47.”

The petition has received the wholehearted backing of the parish council.

Chairman Brian Payne said: “We wholeheartedly support this initiative since there is practically no public transport available in all our villages.

“It would be beneficial for people in Wisbech St Mary to have an express service which meant they could get to King’s Lynn or Peterborough more quickly.”

A First Bus spokesman said: “Our commercial team have been in contact with the local parish council and have been made aware of this petition.

“We try and act on our passenger feedback when possible, and our scheduling team are looking in to the feasibility of this proposal.

“However we must ensure the X1 service remains an ‘express service’, otherwise the 4.5 hour trip from Lowestoft to Peterborough could end up seriously lengthened,”

3 comments

  • First Bus - please read the above article.... your X1 service stops at GUYHIRN SHELL GARAGE, not Guyhirn Little Chef as you print in your timetables and announce on your buses. The Little Chef closed about 10 years ago but you obviously haven't noticed

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    Norfolk and Good

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • With a major new development including a cinema complex being built on Cromwell Road, it would seem to be a good time to move the current Weasenham Lane stop to a point nearer the new shops and Tesco store. If as the previous correspondent says, Norfolk Green provide an hourly service to March and King's Lynn, why has Brian Payne said "there is practically no public transport available in all our villages" ? Sounds like someone who never uses the bus to me. Senior citizens with bus passes can get into Wisbech and join the X1 by using Norfolk Green service of course.

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    nene-sidings

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • I've been through Wisbech St Mary on the X1 a few times when the A47 has been closed between Wisbech and Guyhirn. It was probably the roughest ride I've ever had on a bus due to the appalling state of the road, especially between WSM and Guyhirn, which is totally unsuitable for double deck express coaches. Norfolk Green already operates an hourly service along this road between March, WSM, Wisbech and Kings Lynn, which is a much better bus service than many other small villages enjoy! I did laugh at the First Bus spokesman's comment "we must ensure the X1 service remains an express service" - that must be why every journey spends half an hour stopping at every lamppost on the Toftwood Estate near Dereham! Far more useful than Toftwood or Wisbech St Mary would be a stop at Norwich Railway Station. Funny how First Group can send their buses via Kings Lynn and Peterborough railway stations (where they operate the train services) but can't be bothered to call at Norwich station (where they don't)

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

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