How will you get to work or school on Monday if workers at Ipswich Buses go on strike as planned?
- Credit: Sarah Lucy brown
Ipswich Buses has published an emergency strike timetable for Monday after members of Unite the Union revealed they would be staging a walk-out.
The union announced a 24-hour strike earlier in the week in a dispute over pay, with around 110 Unite members expected to walk-out from 5am.
There has been wide-spread concern that passengers will be forced to turn to their cars, bringing chaos to the town centre.
Find out if your route will be affected below.
The following services will be Cancelled completely:
• X1 (Tower Ramparts to Greenwich via Nacton Road and Gainsborough)
• 4 (Tower Ramparts to Bixley via Felixstowe Road and Broke Hall)
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• 12 (Tower Ramparts to Cambridge Drive via the rail station and Chantry)
• 14 (Tower Ramparts to Stonelodge Lane West via rail station and Aster Road)
• 16 (Tower Ramparts to Belstead Road via rail station and Stoke Park)
• 17 (Stratford Court to Tower Ramparts)
• 19 (Tower Ramparts to Dale Hall Circular)
• 38 (Town centre free shuttle bus)
• 202 (Cattle Market to Shotley via Chelmondiston)
Ipswich Buses hope to operate the following services to and from Tower Ramparts on a half-hourly basis between 7am and 7pm, but a Facebook post from the company said they may have to resort to hourly services if drivers fail to attend work.
After 7pm, no services will run from the Tower Ramparts bus station.
Double decker buses will be used on appropriate routes to cater for as many people as possible.
A standard fare of £1 will be used for all journeys, with passes valid as normal.
Ipswich Borough Council meanwhile has announced it will be reducing the cost of its day parking at its car parks, and will be a maximum of £3 instead of £5.
A borough council spokesman added: “The council will have staff at each of its main car parks to assist motorists find the best car parking.”
• X3 (Tower Ramparts to John Lewis/Waitrose via Nacton Road)
• X5 (Tower Ramparts to Ipswich Hospital via Foxhall Road)
• 6 (Tower Ramparts - Gainsborough - Ravenswood - Ipswich Hospital - Rushmere - Northgate - Tower Ramparts)
• 6A (Tower Ramparts - Northgate - Rushmere - Ipswich Hospital - Ravenswood - Gainsborough - Tower Ramparts)
• 8 (Tower Ramparts to Asda Whitehouse via Bramford Road)
• 9 (Tower Ramparts to Castle Hill via Norwich Road)
• 10 (Tower Ramparts to Whitton via Norwich Road)
• 13 (Tower Ramparts to Tesco Copdock via rail station, Chantry and Pinewood)
• 15 (Tower Ramparts - rail station - Maidenhall - Stoke Park - Thorrington Park - Pinewood - Chantry - Tower Ramparts)
• 15A (15 service reversed)
• 98/98A (Cattle Market to Shotley via Holbrook and Harkstead)
School routes running as normal:
-11A (St Albans High School)
-501 (One from Needham Market, Stowmarket and Stowupland)
-502 (One from Grange Farm, Felixstowe, Walton and Trimley)
-914 (Debenham High School from Cattle Market, Witnesham, Henley and Coddenham)
-988 (Claydon High School)
-92-96 (Carter’s Coaches routes)
Suffolk County Council confirmed it had put replacement services in place for all dedicated school buses in a bid to lessen the impact of the strike.
County council cabinet member for highways and transport James Finch said: “Our team has worked swiftly to arrange alternative provision for school transport which is an incredibly important service we provide to young people and their families across the whole county.
“We are working with Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich Buses to keep people informed of the affected services during the strike action, and to keep Ipswich moving. As this may cause additional traffic in the town on Monday, I would ask as many people as possible to consider travelling out of the normal rush hour period.”
For the full timetable visit www.ipswichbuses.co.uk/services/timetables/