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Night bus service launched for clubbers

PUBLISHED: 02:08 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

JOURNEYS home after a night out on the town are to become a little bit easier and safer from the weekend as Ipswich's night bus service is launched.

Hundreds of partygoers are set to take advantage of the new service which starts on Friday and will run every Friday and Saturday throughout the Christmas and New Year season.

JOURNEYS home after a night out on the town are to become a little bit easier and safer from the weekend as Ipswich's night bus service is launched.

Hundreds of partygoers are set to take advantage of the new service which starts on Friday and will run every Friday and Saturday throughout the Christmas and New Year season.

The buses will run half-hourly between 11.30pm and 3am leaving from the Old Cattle Market and Cardinal Park, taking revellers home to various areas off the town.

The pilot service, which is hoped to become permanent in the future, has been launched by the Ipswich Community Safety Partnership as part of its Nightsafe initiative.

The partnership includes Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Police, the Ipswich Partnership and a range of voluntary groups and businesses working together to promote the heart of Ipswich town centre.

Ipswich Borough Council representative, Keith Rawlingson, said: "The explosion of nightlife in Ipswich town centre in recent years has not been matched by a corresponding growth in public transport. Until now the route 66 has been the only night bus available."

Bryony Rudkin, Suffolk County Council representative and councillor for Priory Heath, added: "With this experimental Nightsafe initiative we hope to get people home safely and quickly at this particularly busy time of the year.

"This will help to reduce noise levels in the town centre and limit the scope for drunken and violent behaviour."

Passengers will be charged a nominal fee for their journeys, but for the trial period the buses will be subsidised by funding from the partnership and the town's nightclubs.

The number 10 bus will run to Castle Hill and Whitton with the first service leaving the Old Cattle Market and Cardinal Park at 11.40pm and 11.43pm respectively and the last at 3.10am and 3.13am.

Clapgate Lane and Gainsborough will be covered by the number 33 with the first bus leaving the Old Cattle Market at 11.45pm and Cardinal Park at 12.13am and the last at 3.15am and 3.13am.

The number 5 service will take people home to Foxhall Road and Rushmere. The first will leave the Old Cattle Market at 11.37pm and Cardinal Park at 11.35pm. The last bus will leave the same bus stops at 3.07am and 3.05am respectively.

Stoke Park and Chantry will be serviced by the number 15 bus with the first leaving the Old Cattle Market and Cardinal Park at 11.35pm and 11.38pm respectively and the last at 3.05am and 3.08am.

In addition, the route 66 will operate its normal service to Kesgrave and Martlesham leaving the Old Cattle Market at 11.53pm and every eight minutes past the hour from 1.08am until 3.08am.

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