Ipswich: End of the line looms for Bury Road park and ride
PUBLISHED: 12:13 28 January 2011
ipswich: Bury Road park and ride on the edge of town closes tomorrow.
The county council is closing the site as part of its programme of spending cuts and expects to save £150,000 a year.
It will continue to operate the park and ride sites at London Road and at Martlesham – which are run as a cross-town service also providing links with the railway station and hospital.
From April people with bus passes will not be able to ride free on park and ride services – they will be charged along with other users.
Suffolk councillor with responsibility for transport Guy McGregor said he was disappointed that the Bury Road park was having to close, but it would save money and should help to make the other services more sustainable.
The London Road site, next to Tesco at Copdock, is only a short journey along the A14.
And he said the charges for concessions was being introduced in an attempt to cut the cost of providing that service.
He said: “The county has taken over the operation of the concessionary fares and we have to look at ways of cutting the cost. The £1.50 charge will be introduced from the start of April.”
The Liberal Democrat opposition called for Bury Road to be maintained.
Deputy leader Dave Wood said: “The Bury Road Park and Ride is a highly valued service and contributes to the health of the economy of Ipswich. It also reduces the number of cars travelling into the centre. To even consider cutting this service makes a mockery of SCC’s aspiration to be the Greenest County!”
The party’s transport spokeswoman Caroline Page said charging the concessionary bus pass holders would make the park and ride service break even and would remove the need to close Bury Road.
The Bury Road site is owned by Ipswich Council and will be handed back when the county’s lease expires later this year.
An attempt by another operator to run a different type of park and ride from the site proved to be uneconomic so the site will be left empty until a new use is found for it in the future.
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