Recieved by email on Wednesday 2nd February:
SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL
Dear Parish Representative
CANCELLATION OF SERVICES 62A & 62B
Suffolk County Council Passenger Transport is advising bus users that services 62A and 62B are to be withdrawn from Sunday 27th February 2011.
Service 62A operates between Ipswich, Woodbridge and Wickham Market, whilst service 62B operates between Ipswich, Woodbridge and Rendlesham.
Both services operate Monday to Saturday in the evening and all day Sunday.
Daytime services 63/64/65 operated by First and service 165 operated by Anglian will not be affected by this withdrawal.
I would ask that this information is made available to residents of your parish, as you feel appropriate. May I also suggest that you arrange for the placement of these changes in your parish letter/magazine or on any public notice boards available to you. Any other timetables or information for these services should also be removed at this time.
For further information on public transport in Suffolk, visit www.suffolkonboard.com
I hope that this information will be of help to you and your fellow residents.
Passenger Transport Officer (Data & Information)
Passenger Transport Group
This letter is finished with a little tag saying “We are working to make Suffolk the Greenest County.” Do the people who run this county have no sense or irony? or maybe they have an overdeveloped one!
Please read this letter in connection with my page (below, written February 2010), which it glosses:
Things are not looking good for the bus services in Woodbridge. From a ‘high’ of 4 Ipswich buses an hour back in the heady mid-nineties, we are now making do with 2 which come fairly reliably as long as you don’t wish to travel in the evenings or on Sundays and public holidays. As if, eh?
And, to be fair, travel to Ipswich hospital remains possible within working hours Monday to Saturday just as long as you don’t mind a half mile walk to South wards. Although the new Garrett Anderson block incorporates a bus turning circle , no Woodbridge buses pass near that way. It adds too long to the timetable, explained the operator’s Suffolk County Council apologist. I wonder if they realise that the bus timetable is meant to serve the public’s needs rather than the other way round.
This is, of course, in work times. If you wish to visit the hospital in the severely restricted evening visiting hour be resigned to the fact that there is NO BUS AT ALL that goes anywhere near. Woodbridge’s evening, Sunday and bank holiday bus the 62a/b – the one subsidised by Suffolk County Council – doesn’t follow the daytime routes of the 63,64 and 65. Instead it makes its way from the Buttermarket in Ipswich, along the Nacton Road and manages to avoid the hospital completely. You could almost think it was happening on purpose..
A cynic might suggest that the 62a/b is travelling THE least populated route because it will make it easier to cut the service in future… (after all, if it doesn’t pass the hospital it can’t be counted an essential service, can it?)
Remember folks, when it comes to buses its use it or lose it. Its fine to disregard them when you have a car – but there are times when people can’t – or can’t afford to – drive. And where is your bus then? We are reaching a Beeching situation with local buses – if we lose them now we may never get them back.
On a brighter note, we’re having better news with the rail service locally, in that – twenty years after it was first announced – it looks as if we may finally have an hourly service to and from Ipswich at the end of 2010.