Chaos in Great Yarmouth as Market Gates is closed

A First Enviro400 squeezes in between a Streetlite and an Ecocity
of Anglianbus following the closure of Market Gates Bus Station
First's Twitter accounts yesterday warned passengers of buses being diverted in Great Yarmouth Town Centre following subsidence on Regent Street. I headed out to Yarmouth this afternoon to photograph the changes along with local enthusiast Cameron. The subsidence has lead to the complete closure of the Western side of Market Gates bus station, which is home to all but one of the stops.

All buses heading towards Gorleston are currently moved to use the one stop outside the Troll Cart pub, usually occupied solely by First services 2 and 3 and National Express coaches. For the next three to five days, as predicted by authorities, almost all movements through Market Gates  Bus Station are being squeezed into one stop; which as I am sure you can grasp is creating a bit of madness in the area. Buses then operate via Yarmouth Way back to South Quay. First must be commended for swiftly sending out a representative to wander the bus station and point confused passengers over to the temporary stopping points, she was a pleasure to talk to and has done an excellent job today!

Buses back towards Norwich and local buses towards Caister are moved to run from Howard Street North, by Great Yarmouth Police Station.

First's summer service 3 has recommenced, and is currently being
operated on an hourly basis.
In other Great Yarmouth news, First's very popular seasonal service 3 has re-commenced this year; initially running hourly with a peak vehicle requirement of two buses, the service will increase to a thirty minute frequency with a double PVR once the summer school holidays begin in late July.

Following First's busy bank holiday weekend, all transfers of Wright Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs and earlier Volvo B7TLs from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft have been reverted and the Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Norwich allocations are back how they should be.

Noted as being newly on loan to First Great Yarmouth is Wright Renown bodied Volvo B10BLE 60621 R784WKW, which is there to cover for ALX400s being sent to Rotherham Paint Shop for conversion to meet the latest DDA requirements. Norwich Plaxton President 32200 LT52WTE remains on loan to Great Yarmouth.
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