From Monday 29th June, Norwich Park and Ride will reopen to allow more workers to commute by bus and to give shoppers the convenience of travelling direct to key city centre locations – the bus station, Castle Meadow and Anglian Square.
Thickthorn and Airport sites will be the first to re-open on Monday with Harford and Sprowston sites expected to follow later in the summer, and Sunday buses likely to resume in the autumn.
Buses will start at 0635 in the morning, running up to every 15 minutes during peak commuting times and up to every 30 minutes in the off peak (10am to 2pm) on Mondays to Fridays. On Saturdays buses will run up to every 15 minutes from Thickthorn Park and Ride and up to every 30 minutes from Airport Park and Ride.
Norwich Bus Station remains closed for ticket sales but you can still buy your tickets on the bus or in advance via our East Anglia Buses app or Holdall. Please pay contactless if you are buying your ticket on the bus.
Toilet facilities at both the bus station and sites unfortunately remain closed, for the time-being until the risk assessments are approved to allow their reopening. Please also remember that it is now mandatory to wear a face covering when travelling on our buses, unless exempt, to protect our drivers and fellow passengers. You can read a full list of those who are exempt on our website at http://www.norwichparkandride.co.uk/facecoverings. You should also bring hand sanitiser with you to use before and after your journey.
Jeremy Cooper, Managing Director of Konectbus commented
“We are delighted to restart buses from some of Norwich’s Park and Ride sites. This will give people, who need to travel into the city, an alternative way to travel as pressure on road space and city centre parking increases. We don’t want to emerge from lockdown into a city full of unpleasant traffic jams.
We have established enhanced cleaning and disinfecting programmes on all our buses, creating a safe environment for our customers and we actively encourage them to follow the government instructions to wash hands frequently, pay by contactless, and wear face coverings whilst on board.
We have also set clear social distancing measures, which have reduced the capacity available on our buses, however we will shortly introduce our new “When to Travel” tool (accessible via our website) so that customers can plan their journeys with confidence, knowing they will be able to board the bus at a particular time, and get home at a time that suits them.”
Cllr Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “Our city’s park and ride service offers an easy, affordable and greener alternative to driving into the city centre, and the reopening of their services is great news as local businesses start to reopen after lockdown. I know Konectbus will be taking hygiene and cleanliness on their vehicles very seriously and if passengers follow government guidance, including wearing face coverings and using contactless payment, I know these services can be resumed safely and smoothly.”
Following the council’s recent announcement, Postwick Park and Ride will continue to be used as one of the government’s pilot regional test sites, offering people both assisted and self-administered test for Covid -19, but no buses will run from there into Norwich.