More terrible news for the bus users of Suffolk. And especially those who cannot, cannot afford to, or are prevented by health and/or age considerations from driving a car. I have just had confirmation that the very popular Anglian bus 164 and 165 routes are to finish on June 28.
The status posting on their Facebook page says:
A decision has been made to cease the operation of services164 and 165 with effect from Friday 28th June 2013.
Both services have been operating at a significant loss, since Suffolk County Council withdrew the subsidy from the 165 in August 2012 and the losses are unsustainable.
‘ The 164 and 165 services are greatly loved and regularly used by many different Woodbridge people (including myself!). The loss of these services will have a dreadful impact on bus users all the way down Suffolk Coastal from Leiston to Woodbridge!
It will have an impact on travel to education, employment and training – and thus upon NEETS.
It will show up the Suffolk Conservative election pledge of a revived Youth Travel card as an exercise in lipservice. (What use is a youth travel card if there is no bus to travel on? )
It will continue the negative effect on tourism caused by our crackbrained system which sees would-be visitors to Suffolkk stymied by a double whammy of a rail company (Greater Anglia) that only performs engineering works at weekends and public holidays and a rural bus service that has stopped all services at these times. The Curious County? I rather think so!
I have been in contact with colleagues , constituents and Anglian Buses about this sad situation. Please continue contacting me about this. We must remember that the issue of rural transport is not a problem for ‘other people’ – it affects us all