Norwich Quick Ticket machines taken out of service

Above: Pictures of the Norwich Quick Ticket machines taken by Des Speed.

As part of their cost cutting measurements Norfolk County Council have taken out of service the fifteen quick ticket machines that are located at key bus stops across the city including four each in St Stephen's Street and Castle Meadow, two at Norwich bus station, and one each at Norwich rail station, the UEA, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Theatre Street and Red Lion Street

Passengers who attempt to use the machines are being told to buy tickets from the bus driver.

The county council said it would save £25,000 a year in maintenance, cash collection and other costs.

Major bus operators tickets were available from the machines including NCC Park and Ride, Norfolk Green, Anglian, First and Konectbus.

The machines were designed to speed up boarding times by enabling passengers to purchase their tickets before travelling, and they were situated at busy points across the city. It meant the driver was not bombarded with small change, but it now means that boarding will be even slower.

All passengers boarding now, will have to pay the driver.

The machines were installed in 2005 as part of a bigger £9.5m county council project to improve public transport in and around Norwich.