Lynn bus station: Paul Tibbs

Bus routes look set to be saved in West Norfolk after Stagecoach announced it was stopping its services due to a “challenging economic environment”.

It has been announced today that other operators, Lynx, Sanders Coaches and West Norfolk Community Transport, will take over the majority of the routes.

Stagecoach has confirmed its last day of operation will be April 28 for most services.

Thousands signed a petition to save one of the popular routes, the Coasthopper.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee said: “It’s very welcome news that the future of services on the Coasthopper route looks to be secure.

“Our transport team and local operators have been working hard to make sure that as far as possible the former Stagecoach services continue to run.

“Some services and timetables may differ from now. We’re expecting to have much greater detail on routes and timings over the coming days.

“As details emerge and services switch over to new providers we’ll continue to work with operators to review services by looking at passenger numbers and listening to customer feedback.”

Norfolk County Council said some services and timetables may differ from what currently exists and some areas may see a reduction in the level of service.

However the council said services will continue to be reviewed and developed, taking into account things like passenger numbers, customer feedback and key connections.

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