Public reactions following withdrawal of Konectbus 2 and 2A

The Save Konect in North Norfolk campaign has been set up by
North Norfolk Labour.
Following the announcement that Konectbus are to withdraw services 2 and 2A, operating between Norwich and Sheringham, Sheringham and Holt and Holt and Dereham, there has been a considerable response from local people.

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrays MP for North Norfolk, has already taken action and has claimed to be pursuing the matter after a number of locals contacted him on Twitter. North Norfolk Labour have had an official website and petition set up - see here. The petition had been signed over 500 times in just two days. As well as this, many North Norfolk people have said to be writing letters to Konectbus in an attempt to save the service.

The Eastern Daily Press released an article on the withdrawal of the 2 and 2A,which has lead to a number of comments being made. The article can be viewed here.

Meanwhile, Charles Sanders - Managing Director at Sanders Coaches - released the following statement on their website on Thursday 17th September:

"Dear All

There seems to be some dissappointment with the withdrawal of the Konect service number 2. However we will continue to operate the X44 service as we have done for over 20 years and hope that we can continue to serve the population of North Norfolk and Norwich. We will be assessing our timetables over the next few weeks to see what we can do to improve them further. This is not a task that can be undertaken quickly as we have to bear in mind all of the villages we serve and ensure that they mainatain their connections to both Market Towns and our lovely City. Once completed we have to make decisions and then register any changes with a 56 day notice period.

Sanders have claimed that they will be upping their service X44
We are expecting our buses to get busier of course and we do realise that in the run up to Christmas there may be an additional demand. We are already working on a plan to run duplicte vehicles if required and assure you as a local company employing local people we will continue to serve you all to the best of our ability.

We are not a company that just wants to just operate at the peak travel times and will continue to run the evening and Sunday journeys as we have done for the last 3 years without any subsidy at all.  We do not run seasonal timetables and we aim to deliver an all year round timetable that can be relied on. We do not pull our vehicles at the first hint of snow and understand fully that our services are a lifeline for many in this very rural county.

We hope that those affected will understand that we believe public transport is for all and we have continued to serve every stop even though we know we have lost out on some journeys to our competitors.  We hope you will bear with us initially whilst we look to see if we can supply you with more direct journeys in the new year."

As always, I welcome your opinions in the comment section below. Is the 2 and 2A a service which you will miss, or are you happy to use Sanders services instead?
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  1. Norman Lamb is a Lib Dem MP, definitely not Labour.

  2. It is a shame to see this service go, reducing the number of journeys into North Norfolk from Norwich every hour which is a shame. Hopefully the Manager at Sanders will see from the comments on the petition how resented his service really is!

  3. Stagecoach waiting in the wings...