Norwich bus schemes win £2.6m grant

A series of schemes to boost bus use in Norwich are set to go-ahead after the county council won a £2.6m government grant.

The money will go towards plans for discounts on bus travel for 16 to 19-years-olds and a new bus lane on Grapes Hill in the city.

It will also fund improved provision for visiting coaches to support Norwich as a shopping destination.

The money is part of the Department for Transport's £31m Green Bus Fund.

Conservative-controlled Norfolk County Council also aims to remove general traffic from St Stephen's Street and Surrey Street to make it a more attractive area for shopping to support the economy and boost trade.

Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said: "This is great news for growth and jobs in Norwich and the wider Norfolk economy.

"Investment in bus services to attract more passengers onto the network will make it much easier for visitors and commuters to travel into the city and keeping cars out of the traffic-choked St Stephen's will make it a far more attractive place to shop and do business."

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