Felixstowe: Bus route bid for new �1m surgery

TALKS are taking place with public transport officials to see if a bus service can be provided for Felixstowe’s soon-to-be-built �1million new medical centre.

Councillors have voiced concern that the edge-of-town site in Grove Road is the opposite side of a five-way junction and many people will have difficulty walking to it – though planners say it is only a 1,200-metre walk there and back from the town centre.

The surgery, next to The Grove and Abbey Grove woodlands, will replace Central Surgery in Hamilton Road, which has a bus stop alongside it.

Dr Stephen Feltwell, a partner in the surgery, said public transport concerns had been raised by patients.

“We are taking it extremely seriously and I have been in contact with the senior planner for public transport at the county council and I understand it will be technically possible to have the new surgery included on a bus route,” he told councillors.

Councillors agreed legal agreements should be drawn up to force the developers of the medical centre to spend �6,000 on bus stops and shelters at the site in readiness for the new bus link.