New late night bus plan for film fanatics in Brandon

The Light's Walshall foyer gives an indication of what the Thetford cinema will look like
The Light's Walshall foyer gives an indication of what the Thetford cinema will look like
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A council is asking movie buffs if they would make use of a special bus service to Thetford’s new cinema.

The Light is set to open a three-screen, all digital cinema venue within Thetford’s 41,000 sq ft Riverside Leisure Development later this year.

This screen at The Light in Walshall indicates what the Thetford cinema will look like

This screen at The Light in Walshall indicates what the Thetford cinema will look like

And Brandon town councillor Peter Ridgwell thinks now is the right time to start looking at public transport to the site.

On Monday, the town council discussed his idea to introduce a Friday night bus service to enable cinema-goers to return home later than the current bus timetable allows.

Cllr Ridgwell said the last bus from Thetford to Brandon leaves at 6.30pm and all the young people he had spoken to thought a later service – at about 10pm – was a good idea.

He also thinks it could help address concerns over a lack of parking at the leisure complex and could prove popular with adults who want to enjoy alcohol while dining at its new restaurants.

“We’re just putting the floaters out to see what people think,” said Cllr Ridgwell, who has written to the manager of Coach Services to see if they would be interested in running the late bus.

He expects the fare would cost adults £4.10 and children £2.05 and has suggested The Light might be interested in subsidising the service.

“If we get 30 customers, I thought they might put in £30 – £1 a customer,” he said.

Keith Pullinger, CEO of The Light Cinemas, said: “We are delighted to see this initiative come through and would welcome visits from the people of Brandon. We would be keen to consider supporting this idea and would be happy to discuss it further.

“Excitement is certainly building as we get closer to our opening, which is planned to be the first week in November.”

Christine Mason, Brandon town clerk, said the proposal was ‘blue sky thinking’ at this stage as there were a lot of issues to consider, including the level of interest from residents and any possible objections from commercial bus operators.

Residents are being asked to let the council know what they think of the idea and if they would use the service.

“At the moment it’s just a thought - if we get no responses from residents we won’t pursue it,” said Mrs Mason.

Email your comments to brandontowncouncil@yahoo.co.uk.