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Bus services in Suffolk to see £300k in improvements including between Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket and Mildenhall





Bus services in Suffolk are set to see more than £300,000 in improvements.

The money is part of a larger £1.84 million grant from the previous Conservative Government to make bus services outside London more attractive, convenient, good value, and popular.

The Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) grant also saw the same amount being invested into a range of bus projects over the last year — this includes, for instance, the creation of new routes such as services 8B (Bramford – Ipswich) and 87 (Stowupland – Cedars Park – Stowupland), as well as increased frequency of others such as service 753 between Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham and Sudbury.

Bus Services in Suffolk are set to see more than £300,000 in improvements as part of the Bus Service Improvement Plan. Picture: Ross Waldron
Bus Services in Suffolk are set to see more than £300,000 in improvements as part of the Bus Service Improvement Plan. Picture: Ross Waldron

Several other projects are also still waiting to be launched such as the extension of services 15 (Haverhill – Bury St Edmunds) and 16 (Newmarket – Mildenhall – Bury St Edmunds) which will serve West Suffolk Hospital from the end of July.

Although most of this year’s grant is already reserved to maintain the new and improved services from last year as well as sustain certain services still struggling from COVID-19 impacts, a total of £300,000 will still be available for new improvements.

In his report due to be presented during Thursday’s cabinet meeting, Cllr Chris Chambers says: “There will be some funding remaining to improve some more services so the team will be reviewing the initial “scheme on a page” submissions that did not quite make the initial batch and see which can now be taken forward.

“The team is now gearing up for the busiest time of the year, processing applications for home-to-school transport for the new school year whilst work continues on the plan to reduce the home-to-school travel budget.”

The BSIP schemes the council has put on so far range between £6,000 and £220,000 per year, with these expected to be self-financing after two years.