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Ipswich: New timetables published for First Bus services including the 66, 89 and 77 routes

PUBLISHED: 18:03 12 May 2014

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Bus users in Ipswich can expect better and more punctual services when changes are made to a number of routes in the town at the end of this month, bosses at First Eastern Counties have said.

Among the changes due to come into effect from May 25 will be an extra morning service from Bramford to Ipswich, which has followed requests from passengers who say the service often gets overcrowded.

Meanwhile, the number 66 service will have its route extended so it will now travel from the rail station to the Maidenhall Green and Halifax areas, from Monday to Saturday.

Officials at First say this change is part of an ongoing strategy to improve the town’s services and that it will provide people living in Maidenhall and Halifax with a direct bus service to the hospital.

Chris Speed, business manager for First Eastern Counties, said: “We are always reviewing our routes and looking for ways to improve our services and passengers’ experiences.

“These changes will improve the punctuality and frequency of some services across our network.

“A number of these changes were made following passenger and driver feedback.

“We have added an extra journey on service 89 from Bramford to Ipswich to help ease overcrowding and improve passengers’ comfort on this busy route.”

Other changes which were announced yesterday were that the 4 and 4A services will no longer operate via the Rivers Estate and will instead operate direct from Clapgate Lane to Cliff Lane.

Meanwhile, the 77 service between Ipswich and Felixstowe will once again run on Sunday, with some small timetable adjustments and the 53 service between Ipswich and Brookwood will now operate up to every 12 minutes from Monday to Saturday.

The Sunday times for that service have changed but the frequency will still be every half hour.

For more information about the changes and to find out how they will affect you, please visit www.firstgroup.com or, alternatively, call 08456 020121.

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