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New bus service for pupils

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 August 2010 | UPDATED: 09:18 16 September 2010

PUPILS travelling from Lowestoft to a high school in Beccles will be able to tra vel on a new bus service from September, thanks to parent pressure.

Anglian Bus and Coach is introducing a new route between Beccles and Lowestoft in a bid to meet high demand for pupil transport.

PUPILS travelling from Lowestoft to a high school in Beccles will be able to tra vel on a new bus service from September, thanks to parent pressure.

Anglian Bus and Coach is introducing a new route between Beccles and Lowestoft in a bid to meet high demand for pupil transport.

From September 2, 525A, 525B, 525C will provide transport from Lowestoft, Oulton Broad and Carlton Colville to Sir John Leman School in Beccles in time for the new school term.

David Pursey, the company's managing director said: “The new services have come about because Anglian Bus was asked by the parents who have children travelling daily from Lowestoft to the Sir John Leman school in Beccles.”

He added: “The buses used on this service will also be deployed on new services in South Lowestoft numbered 525.”

From September 6, the new 525 bus service between Beccles and Lowestoft will see the use of new low-floor single deck vehicles. Buses will depart every hour, from Old Market in Beccles to Lowestoft Bus Station, and every 30 minutes from Ashburnham Way, Long Road, Carlton Road and London Road South to Lowestoft Bus Station.

The route that will carry high school students is a public bus that will also be available to all transport users.

Sir John Leman headteacher Jeremy Rowe said First Eastern Counties, the company which carried a service, and Anglian Bus, together with Waveney MP at the time Bob Blizzard, had all worked together to find ways to benefit pupils.

He credited all parties for the new set-up, saying that for many years there had been a “huge demand” for transport between the towns.

A First spokesman said the company continues to operate the X2 between Lowestoft and Beccles.

Anglian Bus, which runs 70 buses in Norfolk and Suffolk from bases in Beccles and Rackheath, Norwich, will see six new buses come into service during September, three of which will be used on the new Lowestoft services.

Mr Pursey said: “Anglian Bus is always keen to seek out and develop new opportunities,” adding that his company does not intend to undercut any other company in order to gain business.

For information visit www.AnglianBus.co.uk

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