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PUBLISHED: 16:44 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 July 2010

It is an old complaint: you spend ages waiting for one and then they all come along at once.

But in one village no-one is getting tired of hanging around following a boom in bus services.

It is an old complaint: you spend ages waiting for one and then they all come along at once.

But in one village no-one is getting tired of hanging around following a boom in bus services.

Coaches, double deckers and mini buses run by an array of operators can all be seen snaking through the streets of Acle.

The excellent public transport including the railway service to Great Yarmouth and Norwich is being credited for providing a boost to house prices in village.

Despite the gloomy property market Sheron Harley decided to take over the Acle branch of Property Shop when the chain of estate agents went into receivership last month.

“There is a premium on property in Acle and prices in the current market have not been affected too badly,” she said. “The excellent bus and rail services are a bonus and the village is in a good location equidistant between Yarmouth and Norwich.

“Acle is a very popular retirement location and for younger people there is the attraction of an excellent primary and high school. You can get around quite easily as it is a compact village and there are two banks, a chemist, GP surgery, dentist, solicitor, two butchers and a good range of pubs and restaurants.”

First Eastern Counties recently increased the frequency of its peak time Excel X1 service between Yarmouth and Norwich to 15 minutes.

The A47, run by rival operator Anglian Buses, has also proved to be a hit with passengers on the flagship route since it was launched at the start of the year.

National Express coaches from Gorleston to Birmingham and London stop in the village alongside local services run by Anglian, Travel Royall, Albies Taxies and Acle Flexibus.

First Eastern Counties spokesman Gussy Alamein said: “Our service was increased due to customer demand at peak times there were problems with people getting on the buses in Acle because they were so full.

“The Excel X1 now carries around one and a half million passengers each year which has been boosted by the launch of concessionary passes. A lot of commuters use the service too along with people visiting patients at James Paget Hospital.”

Acle resident Julie Grint, a regular bus user travelling to Yarmouth to shop and visit friends, has seen the expansion in services first hand.

She said: “Buses are regularly arriving within five minutes of each other at peak times and they are well used -there are so many I cannot keep track of them.

“It is incredible to think quite how many buses are travelling through the village, together with the trains we probably have the most public transport for a village in Norfolk.

“For years it has been looked down on as a second class form of travel but now lots of people I thought would never give up their cars are getting bus passes.”


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