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MP gets set for late night sittings

PUBLISHED: 21:34 01 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

NEW Ipswich MP Chris Mole has performed one of his first duties for the town by launching a special weekend late night bus service.

He was at the busy nightspot area of Cardinal Park to get the first buses rolling round the streets.

NEW Ipswich MP Chris Mole has performed one of his first duties for the town by launching a special weekend late night bus service.

He was at the busy nightspot area of Cardinal Park to get the first buses rolling round the streets.

The buses will run half-hourly between 11.30pm and 3am, taking passengers to all four corners of Ipswich.

The partnership between Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, police and town organisations and businesses backing the project hope the pilot scheme, which will run on Friday and Saturday nights throughout December – including Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve – will become a permanent feature of Ipswich nightlife.

All buses leave the Old Cattle Market and Cardinal Park and routes include Castle Hill/Whitton, Clapgate Lane/Gainsborough, Foxhall Road/Rushmere and Stoke Park/Chantry.

Usual nightbus No 66 will be operating its normal service through to just after 3am.

There will be a charge – but during the trial period subsidies are coming from the partnership and the clubs themselves.

In his first public engagement as the town's MP Mr Mole said he hoped the scheme would be adopted in the long-term and praised the initiative that addressed to the root people's "major concern" about crime and disorder.

Police inspector John Fletcher said the extra service would see less people waiting to go home and reduce the potential for late night trouble.

And revellers themselves last night gave the project a thumbs-up.

Vicky Farrington, 21, who had travelled from Norwich for her night out, said she thought scheme was "a great idea".

"I only wish there was a similar service in Norwich!"


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