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Thetford bus users set for flat rate fare in town from Monday after funding from the Department of Transport

Thetford bus users are set to benefit from a new flat fare on buses within the town zone thanks to funds being given to Norfolk County Council from the Department for Transport (DfT) to improve bus services.

The county council received the sixth highest allocation in the country, which consists of £30.9m of capital funding and £18.6m of revenue funding to improve buses in Norfolk.

So from Monday, town travellers in Thetford will pay £1.50 for any single journey that starts or finishes within the designated zone in the image below – both operators that serve the town, Coach Services Ltd and Konectbus have signed up to the scheme.

The Thetford town zone map. Picture: Norfolk County Council
The Thetford town zone map. Picture: Norfolk County Council

The Thetford town zone includes key locations such at Thetford Academy, Tesco, Sainsburys and the RAF camp.

Councillor Jane James, county councillor for Thetford East, said: “I am really pleased to see a reduced capped fare for a single journey launched in Thetford.

“The use of this funding to support our residents moving around our town for business, education or pleasure is very welcome and I know will be appreciated by the users of the service in the town and will enable accessibility to the service to more people.”

Councillor Terry Jermy, county councillor for Thetford West said he hopes it will encourage more bus journeys by residents of the town.

He added: This cut in the fares is a step in the right direction and will make journeys more affordable for people and open up opportunities locally for people to travel around.”

Approximately £5.3million of the funding Norfolk County Council received has been allocated to fares promotions to make bus travel more affordable in Norfolk over the next three years.