Ipswich Borough Council has stepped in to save a number of bus services across the town.
After requesting quotations from a number of operators the Council has announced it is able to provide a subsidy to ensure:
Service 16, which operates along the Belstead Road corridor and around Montgomery Road, will run unchanged on the same timetable.
Service 14/14A in the Gippeswyk Park area of Chantry will also continue to run with the same route and frequency as now.
A new service, 19A, will be provided to complement part of the existing Service 19 in the Dales Road area of Castle Hill to continue to provide buses every half hour during the day (Monday to Saturday).
The Borough Council is also in discussions with the County Council over routes 22 and 31 in the north east of the town.
Ipswich Buses “de-registered” three routes – 14, 16 and 22 – in June and reduced the frequency on the number 19. But Councillor Philip Smart, Ipswich Borough Council’s Transport portfolio-holder, said today: “We have taken decisive action to ensure passengers enjoy an unchanged service on two of the routes and an improved service on a third. We are using part of our annual public transport budget to keep these buses on the road because we are committed to giving Ipswich residents a comprehensive and convenient public transport service that serves their needs.”
Councillor Smart also announced that the Borough Council would be re-routing Service 4/4A on Sundays and Bank Holidays so itoperates via Broke Hall again from next month. The link into Broke Hall was cut in April because of legal reasons but these have now been resolved.