Lynn bus station: Paul Tibbs
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More than 1,600 people have signed an online petition to save a West Norfolk coastal bus service.

The petition, set up by Colin Flowerday, has urged Norfolk County Council to ensure the Coasthopper bus route from King’s Lynn to Heacham, Hunstanton, Holkham, Wells, Blakeney, Sheringham and Cromer, would continue under a new operator.

Last month, bus operator Stagecoach announced it could close its Lynn depot in the wake of a “challenging economic environment”  with the potential loss of 120 jobs.

The petition, on the 38 Degrees website, states: “We urge the county council to work with other bus companies to make sure the Coasthopper continues to run with another bus company as we can’t lose this wonderful, reliable, service.”

Comments on the site include: “This is an important link to shops and services, work and college in a rural community. It also serves a large number of holiday makers. We will all be poorer without it.”

Following the Stagecoach  announcement, Saddlebow-based Lynx bus company and Lynn-based charity West Norfolk Community Transport both pledged to look into ways of covering routes.

A county council spokesman said:  “Norfolk County Council has had various meetings with both Stagecoach and other operators regarding Coasthopper and we are confident that this route will be covered going forwards.

“Further information will be released in the next couple of weeks.”

Meanwhile, talks were still ongoing this week with bus union representatives RMT.

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