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Bus to skip bits of busy village

PUBLISHED: 03:03 27 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

A BUS firm boss has defended proposed route changes which mean his service will no longer visit one of the most highly populated areas of a village.

Pensioners are said to be upset that they will no longer have a day-long, door-to-door service following a decision by H C Chambers to re-organise its services in the Sudbury area.

A BUS firm boss has defended proposed route changes which mean his service will no longer visit one of the most highly populated areas of a village.

Pensioners are said to be upset that they will no longer have a day-long, door-to-door service following a decision by H C Chambers to re-organise its services in the Sudbury area.

For several years the firm has been operating a half-hourly link between the town and Long Melford, including a detour into the village's Cordell Road to pick up passengers.

From January buses will be bypassing the end of the road, as the company introduces a new circular route out of Sudbury that also takes in Great Cornard, Springlands (Sudbury), Great Waldingfield, Acton and Long Melford.

At half-hourly intervals, buses will leave Sudbury on alternate clockwise and anti-clockwise tours of the route which, says Melford resident Diana Greenham, effectively means the village is getting only an hourly service into the neighbouring town.

Mrs Greenham commented: "There is particular concern about the buses no longer turning into Cordell Road. A large number of users of the service off the road are elderly, and want the bus to get into the village to collect their pensions, or attend the library or other important services.

"Until now, the service has run half hourly all day from 8.30am to 5.30pm, and this is a facility that the many elderly people fell they need."

Alec Chambers, for the bus company, said major changes to all services in the Sudbury area were undergoing change, partly in the light of the withdrawal of services into the town by Eastern Counties.

Three operators continued to serve Melford, and some rationalisation was required. Another operator still visited Cordell Road, although the service finished at 2.30 pm, but by then many elderly people had completed their off-peak time journeys.


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