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Buses replace the train on Wells seafront

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Instead of letting the train take the strain as it has for the last 20 or more years, visitors to Wells will soon be hopping on a bus to get to and from the town and the beach.

The new beach bus service is scheduled to start operating in time for the start of the school holidays next month. It will replace the Wells Harbour Railway which was a familiar mode of transport until it closed last year amid some controversy and criticism.

The Holkham estate, which runs the service, has now announced full details of the buses that will replace the little rain.

The sleek green electric bus
The sleek green electric bus

The estate says: “Our main bus will be fully electric – the first of this particular kind in the UK – providing a transport solution which is pioneering and sustainable, recognising how important this will become between now and 2030. The electric bus will lower to kerb height with an access ramp to accommodate accessible needs.

“A 1951 Leyland Tiger – a vintage open-top bus that started its life transporting visitors around the Channel Islands – will accompany the service on high days and holidays. The Leyland Tiger will add additional capacity and a memorable experience, recognising the how much the Wells Harbour Railway was loved. It was wonderful to see people enjoying this bus at the recent Jubilee celebrations at Pinewoods Holiday Park.”

Dogs will be allowed on board both buses. In future years the service will run from April to October connecting the town and beach – operating a route from the football club car park to the roundabout at the beach end of Beach Road.

The vintage Leyland Tiger
The vintage Leyland Tiger

The estate added: “We hope the new bus service will allow everyone to reach the beach and town safely, especially important during school holidays when Wells Beach Car Park is full by mid-morning.”

To keep things simple it will offer single fares only. These will be payable by card at £2 per adult and £1 for under 16s. And rather than following a set timetable, the service will be flexible to accommodate demand and weather conditions.

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