Lib Dems push for local Night-Bus service

29 Nov 2023
Cllr Caroline Ackroyd, James Hawketts, Cllr Judith Lubbock

Above: Lib Dem University Ward spokesperson James Hawketts with Lib Dem Cllrs Caroline Ackroyd & Judith Lubbock, having presented the Night Bus motion to council.

Lib Dems on Norwich City Council secured unanimous support for our motion calling for a night-time bus service between the UEA and city centre at the meeting in November.

The motion, written by our University Ward spokesperson James Hawketts, and proposed by Lib Dem cllrs, calls on the county council to use some of its newly awarded £50m for bus improvements to implement a night service, which would cost only 0.1% of the fund, but so far it has refused to do.

First Bus used to run a blue-line service into the night before the pandemic, and reinstating it would be a win-win for all involved. Locals could sleep easier as fewer students are forced to walk home from the city, students, particularly women, could feel safer getting around at night, and our city-centre businesses would thrive from the increased footfall.

We believe residents and students in our area deserve this service, and will continue to call for its implementation in collaboration with the UEA Student Union.

For more on the approved proposal:

Read the text of the motion proposed and unanimously agreed:

Watch Cllr Judith Lubbock of the Lib Dems propose the motion at the city council debate: