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Nightbus is set to be a crime buster

PUBLISHED: 12:58 29 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

LATE night buses in Ipswich could be extended into the New Year and become a regular service for clubbers in the town, it was revealed today.

A pilot scheme is due to come to an end on Tuesday, but a spokesman said there are hopes the buses could return "in the very near future".

LATE night buses in Ipswich could be extended into the New Year and become a regular service for clubbers in the town, it was revealed today.

A pilot scheme is due to come to an end on Tuesday, but a spokesman said there are hopes the buses could return "in the very near future".

Jane Kimber, community safety officer, said: "The nightbus service has been run as a pilot project this Christmas and will stop for the time being after New Year's Eve.

"We will then be evaluating the scheme and looking at passenger numbers and the impact it has had on crime and disorder. We hope to be able to run a commercially viable nightbus service in the very near future."

The buses, serving all four corners of the town, are part of a Nightsafe project funded by the Ipswich Community Safety Partnership.

They have been running on Fridays and Saturdays during December and will run tonight and New Year's Eve, leaving every half hour from the Old Cattle Market and Cardinal Park to Castle Hill/Whitton, Clapgate Lane/Gainsborough, Foxhall Road/Rushmere and Stoke Park/Chantry.

The buses will be running all evening from 7pm to 3am. They call at the usual bus stops and drivers can use their discretion to drop off passengers, particularly women travelling alone, at other places en route.

Superoute 66 is also running its usual night service to Kesgrave and Martlesham, as it has done throughout the festive season.

The nightbus service has proved popular with clubbers since its launch and last weekend more than 650 people used the service to get home.

When the service was launched, it came in for criticism from some taxi drivers, who feared it would take business away – and warned that travelling by bus was not as safe as being taken straight to your door.

However, Richard Farrow, manager of Avenue Taxis, in Ipswich, said today trade had not been hit by the nightbuses.

"It hasn't affected us one little bit," he said. "We have still been very busy – the demand has really stretched us. I think there's enough work in the town for both buses and taxis."


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