Massive investment in new buses

IPSWICH is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its own bus company next year.And to mark the centenary, Ipswich Buses has invested almost £1 million in a fleet of new vehicles to revolutionise its services.

IPSWICH will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its own bus company next year. And to mark the centenary, Ipswich Buses has invested almost £1million in a revolutionary fleet of new vehicles.

One of the new buses has been painted in an eye-catching gold livery which is attracting admiring glances on routes to Whitton, Castle Hill, and Gainsborough.

The company is currently taking delivery of four new double-deckers and four single-deck buses.

Most will be dedicated to the town's two park-and-ride schemes, freeing their existing buses to town routes.


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All the new buses are low-floor models, and the new investment will make Ipswich's fleet one of the most modern in the country.

Ipswich Buses managing director Malcolm Robson said: "Once this is completed we should have most of our routes operated by low-floor vehicles. We are spending a fraction under £1m on new vehicles, which means we should achieve the government's target of all low-floor routes ten years ahead of their 2015 deadline."

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Ipswich Corporation Tramways, the forerunner to Ipswich Buses, was formed in 1903, and next year there will be a series of celebrations.

See your Evening Star for special features about the centenary during the year.

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