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Buses returned to the Cornhill in Ipswich town centre as part of a new transport initiative

PUBLISHED: 19:06 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:47 29 June 2017

The bus event took place on the Cornhill in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The bus event took place on the Cornhill in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Organisers saw a very successful turnout to the event which allows passengers to express their opinions on public transport services in the area.

Bus event on the Cornhill in Ipswich.L-R Danielle Devonish, Nigel Daniels, Jasmine Saliva.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNBus event on the Cornhill in Ipswich.L-R Danielle Devonish, Nigel Daniels, Jasmine Saliva. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

As part of the ‘Your Bus Matters’ campaign, which helps to give members of the public the opportunity to raise issues and make suggestions, was held at the Cornhill in Ipswich on June 28.

A spokesperson for Your Bus Matters, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to raise concerns, make suggestions and give feedback on services, as passengers don’t get the chance to speak to talk to local authorities.

“It is important that passengers can share their opinions to improve services in the future.”

Dawn Badminton-Capps, England Director for Bus Users UK, said: “The event at Ipswich was a great turn out. Many were interested in the new Park and Ride scheme, buggy spaces on buses and gave lots of feedback to help us improve services”.

A bus crossing the Cornhill in April 1963 on the service from Lloyds Avenue to the rail station. (Photo by Alan Valentine)A bus crossing the Cornhill in April 1963 on the service from Lloyds Avenue to the rail station. (Photo by Alan Valentine)

The event calls back to when services ran from the Cornhill until the early 1980s when the Cornhill and the town centre was pedestrianised.

Before then, the first trams were horse drawn running from the Cornhill in October 1880, before being replaced with electric trams in 1903.

As the engineering industry boomed, the electric trams were replaced with trolly buses by 1926 before these in turn were replaced with diesel vehicles by 1963.

Bus Users first launched 30 years ago, and help local authorities and the government improve transport services with events like this across the country.

1957. A busy Cornhill, Ipswich in 1957 with bus stops, parked cars and a busy crossroads of traffic.1957. A busy Cornhill, Ipswich in 1957 with bus stops, parked cars and a busy crossroads of traffic.

For more information on local events for Your Bus Matters, visit the Bus Users website.

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