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Night buses in trial success

PUBLISHED: 10:51 25 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:26 03 March 2010

NIGHT buses in Ipswich could become permanent following a successful pilot project over Christmas and the New Year.

Nearly 3,000 passengers used the weekend service - to four areas of the town during the four-week trial.

NIGHT buses in Ipswich could become permanent following a successful pilot project over Christmas and the New Year.

Nearly 3,000 passengers used the weekend service – to four areas of the town during the four-week trial.

Now the Ipswich Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership is hoping local bus companies will make it permanent.

Suffolk County Council representative, Bryony Rudkin, said: "This was a Nightsafe initiative aimed at getting clubbers home quickly and safely. The service was well used and popular with passengers, 82 per cent of whom said they felt safer as a result.

"The police reported an eight per cent reduction in the number of public order and assault offences during the trial period."

Ipswich council's David Ellesmere, added: "The Christmas and New Year trial was a great success, so we are now looking at whether a year-round service is feasible."

A meeting with Ipswich taxi drivers is being held today and local bus companies will be invited to run night services from Cardinal Park to four different areas of town: Castle Hill/Whitton; Gainsborough; Stoke Park/Chantry and Whitehouse.

It is hoped the services will run on Friday and Saturdays, between 11.30pm and 4.30am, with passengers charged a flat-rate of £2 a journey.

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