Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 7°C


Bury St Edmunds: Bus service axed after low usage

10:31 30 August 2014

A Mulleys bus pulls up to a bus stop on Symonds Road

A Mulleys bus pulls up to a bus stop on Symonds Road

A bus service in parts of Bury St Edmunds will be cut due to insufficient passenger numbers.


Stephensons of Essex will withdraw its Breeze 3 service in Moreton Hall from next week after running the route since 2012.

Mulley’s Coaches, which also operate on the estate, will continue to operate its M33 service.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “The Moreton Hall estate has a long history of operators trying to make the route profitable and all failing to do so due to insufficient passenger numbers using he services.

“Stephensons has operated these routes since April 2012 so have given them a reasonable chance to attract sufficient passengers.”

He added the council was “currently in negotiations with another operator” to provide a service into Bury at approximately the same time and was exploring longer- term solutions.

Trevor Beckwith, who represents the area at the county council, said he believed that there simply wasn’t enough business for two operators on the estate and hoped the cutting of the service wouldn’t “compromise too many people”.

The change follows the launch of an online travel survey designed by the town’s county and community discussion group Our Place.

Green county councillor Mark Ereira said it was important to see what people could embrace when it comes to getting around.

“We have a chance here in Bury to really go for more sustainable travel options – walking and cycling keeps you fit, healthy and feeling alive.

“We need to see if people are willing to change they want to see in their local environment.”

Mr Ereira said that there was a tendency for people to not use buses if they did not have a pass.

He added: “Moreton Hall has the highest level of driving to work in county.”



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The fire service cordons off an area near Marks and Spencer on Westgate Street where UK Power Networks works to find a gas leak.

A shop in Ipswich high street has been evacuated as carbon monoxide has been detected in the basement.

Artist's impression of the homes there were proposed for lane close to Poplar Lane, Sproughton.

Babergh district councillors last night said they had voted against officers’ advice and refused a 475-home development on the edge of Ipswich because its design was “appalling”.

Police at the scene of the alleged robbery

A 25-year-old man from south London who was arrested following a robbery at a convenience store in Claydon has been charged.

Could the Crown car park be replaced by a prefab platform like this one at Manningtree?

Should Ipswich Borough Council spend £3million on doubling the size of the Crown Car Park – or go the whole hog and quadruple it at a cost of about £12m?

On going work at Ipswich Station

Work on a near-£2million refurbishment of Ipswich railway station has started – and is set to continue until August next year.

Nick Alexander, who died in the Bataclan massacre, in Paris, France. Photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office/PA Wire.

The singer from the Eagles of Death Metal has paid tribute to Nick Alexander for his selflessness during the massacre at the Paris theatre where 89 people died almost two weeks ago.

Juliet Bellfield's charity committee has raised almost £1m for cancer care

Fellow fundraisers have paid tribute to the “inspirational” leadership of a Suffolk woman who helped generate almost £1million for cancer care.

Ipswich Crown Court.

A 43-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl has told a court he drove off in his car when he was confronted about the allegations by her father because he did not want a fight.

An artist's impression of the restored brewery.

This is a first look at how a refurbished and converted former Tolly Cobbold brewery will be at the centre of a new housing development on Ipswich waterfront.

Colin Noble

Suffolk County Council could consider increasing its element of council tax bills for the first time since 2010 following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24