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Campaigners to meet National Express today over axed coach service

PUBLISHED: 09:52 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 April 2013

Colin (left) and Liz Dunn (right) who have started a petition to keep the National Express bus service in Attleborough with June Baxter of Attleborough Travel.

Colin (left) and Liz Dunn (right) who have started a petition to keep the National Express bus service in Attleborough with June Baxter of Attleborough Travel.

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Campaigners fighting to restore a National Express coach service to their Norfolk town will be meeting with representatives from the firm today.

A delegation of Attleborough residents and National Express customers were due to hold a private meeting at the company’s Birmingham HQ to try and persuade the transport operator’s management to revive the Attleborough stop on the 727 route, which was axed on March 18 due to falling passenger numbers.

However, the meeting will now be taking place at the Connaught Hall in Attleborough after the campaigners started a petition which, as of late March, had collected nearly 1,000 signatures.

Attleborough resident Elizabeth Dunn, who lives in Poplar Way, said she hoped the meeting with senior managers would help persuade them to restore the stop on the Norwich to Gatwick route, which was axed along with another stop in nearby Wymondham.

Earlier this month, a National Express spokesman said the numbers using the service were low, with only one person getting on each time the coach stopped in Attleborough.

However, Mrs Dunn said travel agency Attleborough Travel alone had taken 60 bookings for the National Express service between the end of December and February 20 and there may have been more bookings from other sources, such as online ticket sites.

She has used the service to visit her daughter Karen Hanson, who lives in Surrey and often caught the National Express from Exchange Street when she went away on holiday with her husband Colin because the coach travelled between Norwich and the airports Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick.

The campaigners have also received support from Attleborough Town Council and mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman, who has written to National Express managing director Tom Stables and forwarded emails from the objectors.

To support the campaign, phone Mrs Dunn on 01953 456694 or email elizabethdnn@gmail.com. Attleborough Travel can be contacted on 01953 455003


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