Worker’s job fear as timetable is changed

Terry Martin. Concerned about impact of bus timetable changes.
Terry Martin. Concerned about impact of bus timetable changes.
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A shop worker fears he may lose his job because of bus timetable changes on the route he takes to and from work.

Last month, managers of Stagecoach in Norfolk, formerly Norfolk Green, announced plans to reform its services between Lynn and Hunstanton, following a campaign by residents and councillors along the route.

The proposals, which came into force yesterday, will see the 11 service reinstated, replacing the 12 from Lynn to Dersingham that was itself only introduced in May.

But Terry Martin, from Heacham, is worried that a later departure for the first southbound service each day will cost him his job with Thaxters in Dersingham.

Mr Martin, who does not drive, said the current service, which leaves Hunstanton at 6.40am, already makes him late for work, as he is scheduled to start at 7am.

However, under the new timetable, the first bus will not leave Hunstanton until 7am, meaning he is unlikely to get to work before 7.30am.

He is worried that may have implications for him and other people who rely on the service to get to work early.

He said: “It doesn’t have many people on it during the first part of the journey, but it does take a number of people who work full-time and need to get to work on time.”

A Stagecoach spokesman said that the 11 service had been brought back following feedback from customers.

Andy Campbell, managing director of Stagecoach East, said: “Our service changes in May saw the removal of service 11 and the introduction of a service 12, which operated between Lynn and Dersingham and ran less frequently than the 11.

“Following feedback from our passengers, we have reintroduced the service 11, hourly in each direction.

“We are also now serving the villages of Dersingham, Ingoldisthorpe and Snettisham with our Coasthopper service providing a bus every 15 minutes from Lynn to Hunstanton and the villages in between.

“When combined with the service 11 this offers passengers the choice of five buses an hour in each direction

“The first departure of the day from Hunstanton leaves at 7am and arrives into Lynn for 7.50am for people who start work at 8am.”