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Chatty Bus to travel between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury to mark Mental Health Awareness Week

A bus service focused on connecting people and promoting social interactions is set to hit Suffolk roads tomorrow.

Go East Anglia’s Chatty Bus will be travelling between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury from 10.25am as part of Mental Health Awareness week.

The company, which owns Konectbus and Hedingham and Chambers, has teamed up with mental health charity Mind to launch the service for the first time since 2020.

Two Chambers buses at Sudbury bus station. Picture: Anne Wise
Two Chambers buses at Sudbury bus station. Picture: Anne Wise

Ellie Winch from Suffolk Mind said: “Projects like the Chatty Bus are invaluable for our local communities, particularly for people living in rural areas.

“As humans we need to feel part of a community, to be able to give and receive attention and form connections with others.

“Meeting people and having conversations can really improve our mental wellbeing.

“Suffolk Mind is pleased to support this initiative and we always take great delight in collaborating with our neighbouring local Minds.”

Chatty Bus will also be travelling in Norfolk and Essex as part of the initiative and once the bus reaches its destination, there will be opportunities for passengers to grab a coffee before making the return journey.

The Suffolk services are as follows:

Route 753: Bury 10:25 – Sudbury 11:28

Route 750: Sudbury 12:35 – Bury 13:26

Route 753: Bury 11:25 – Sudbury 12:28

Route 753: Sudbury 13:05 – Bury 14:09

For more information on Chatty Bus, click here.

According to the service provider, one in three people catch the bus to have some form of social interaction and two-thirds of bus-users believe that the bus creates strong community ties.