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Labour councillors act to restore Sunday bus service along Felixstowe Road

Councillors have voted funding to bring back Sunday buses along Felixstowe Road and Bishop’s Hill.

In November First Buses diverted Felixstowe services along Woodbridge Road, leaving Felixstowe Road with no Sunday bus service. Tory-run Suffolk County Council, responsible for funding socially necessary public transport, refused to support the service via Felixstowe Road and Lindbergh Road.

Now Labour-run Ipswich Borough Council’s South East Area Committee has voted funds to add a Sunday and bank holiday service along Ipswich Buses No 4 route.

The proposed service will run hourly between 8.30am and 5.50pm from Tower Ramparts Bus Station via Felixstowe Road and back, using the same route that operates commercially during the rest of the week.

£9,900 has been pledged by Ipswich councillors towards supporting the service for an experimental period of eighteen months. The service has to be registered with the Traffic Commissioner and is expected to start in April.

Priory Heath councillor, Bill Quinton has pledged money from his locality budget to maintain the service, as has Mandy Gaylard whose St Helen’s division is also served by the route.

We are disappointed that First Buses failed to take up our suggestion to reroute the X7 service through the Racecourse estate, which would have helped residents affected by the loss of service along Lindbergh Road.

Councillor Sarah Barber says: “Hundreds of residents petitioned for the return of this service and we have done all we can to support them. This new Sunday and bank holiday service will go a long way to fill the gap. Unfortunately we still have no service along Lindbergh Road, leaving over 400 families over a quarter of a mile from their nearest bus stop. We will continue to press bus operators to serve this community as well.”

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