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'We'll keep the county moving' - Bus firms' vow despite driver shortages

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It has become a nationwide problem, and now Norfolk’s rural communities are set to be hit hardest following “frustrating” bus driver shortages.

Passengers could be facing long-term disruptions to many bus routes as driver shortages continue to impact services.

Already in Norwich, First Bus reported not operating some of its services around the city due to staff sickness. While Konectbus said there had been an increase in employees quitting to drive HGVs or delivery vans.

Some reasons given for the shortages include long delays to the approval of provisional bus driving licenses at the DVLA and the pressure of increased post-lockdown traffic.

Charles Sanders, managing director of Sanders Coaches. Picture: Mark Bullimore. - Credit: Archant

Charles Sanders, director of Holt-based firm Sanders Coaches, said the company was having to make timetables changes due to driver shortages – an issue which has plagued them “for a while”.

“Just this week, we have agreed with........

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