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New bus service to historic site

PUBLISHED: 00:18 04 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:57 03 March 2010

DISABLED people will find it easier to visit Sutton Hoo next week after the launch of a community bus scheme.

The service will provide access to those with limited mobility, including people with disabilities, senior citizens and disadvantaged groups.

DISABLED people will find it easier to visit Sutton Hoo next week after the launch of a community bus scheme.

The service will provide access to those with limited mobility, including people with disabilities, senior citizens and disadvantaged groups.

Launched on June 6, the service aims to bridge the gap between the town and countryside and enhance opportunities for people to take part in National Trust and other rural volunteering activities. It has been supported by a Countryside Agency grant through the Wider Welcome Rural Transport Partnership scheme.

The bus will form part of the National Trust's promotion of the Countryside Agency Walking for Health initiative. Trips will be arranged to the Suffolk Coastal area and Dedham Vale, both designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ana Selby, chief executive of Suffolk Coastal Primary Care Trust is delighted with the scheme. She said: "The support from the National Trust is an extremely important part of our healthy walks initiative.

"The success of such schemes depends on being able to rely on our partners and with the National Trust's support, we are already well on the way to a successful scheme at Sutton Hoo. The community bus project is a good example of how well the Primary Care Trust and the National Trust can work together."

Organisations are invited to register for membership by e-mailing communitybus@nationaltrust.org.uk or by telephoning 01394 389729.

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