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Ipswich park and ride to close

PUBLISHED: 09:28 13 October 2010

The Bury Road Park and Ride site in Ipswich

The Bury Road Park and Ride site in Ipswich

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IPSWICH’S Bury Road park and ride is to close in January.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet today agreed to withdraw the subsidy for the service after the Christmas period - although the future of the car park site has yet to be decided.

County councillor with responsibility for transport Guy McGregor introduced a report to the Cabinet showing that park and ride in Ipswich was costing the authority £800,000 a year - and the number of vehicles using it was falling.

Cutting the Bury Road service would save £150,000 in the first year and £230,000 in subsequent years.

He said: “we know the service is valued but the costs are rising and sadly we have no choice but go bring this forward.”

16 comments

  • Bury is a nice place to shop. £2 all day car parks and a nice Cathedral to wander round before shopping.

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    zaax

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

  • Hopefully some of the money saved will be used to subsidiary some of the ridiculously overpriced car Parks in town and maybe bring some shoppers and diner's back into the town centre.

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    morgs

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

  • Give up on Ipswich. Go shopping in Norwich instead.

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    Steve Smedley

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

  • There is a common theme of comments here and seems to me that most citizens of ipswich have more common sense than the councillors that are so single minded and short sighted. They come up with these stupid ideas that are a complete waste of time and money and never thought through properly. Its about time that the people of ipswich had more say. Because if we did ipswich would probably be a better place.

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    law abiding citizen

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

  • Evenin' all. I can't help but agree with Steve Smedley's comment - it beats me why anyone would want to shop in a dump like Ipswich. You won't find a single shop here that you can't find in Colchester, Norwich, or Cambridge. Even Bury St Edmunds has overtaken Ipswich for quality and variety of retailers. This has become the "pound shop" capital of East Anglia.

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    PC Plod

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

  • Good job! It will cut down on the speeding and jumping of red lights on Norwich rd. And if anyones got any common sense they will get rid of the bus lane as it was put in specifically for the park and ride. It will widen the road again making it safer for cyclists travelling out of town.

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    law abiding citizen

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

  • Why would anyone choose to actually venture into Ipswich Town Centre? Maybe for a show at the Regent or to Watch the football, but would anyone really choose to sit in monumental daily traffic jams for ages, only to arrive in a town that charges a fortune to park your car, and to dicover the delights of a variety of Pound & 99p shops, Charity shops and the multi nationals you can fins in every single town the length and bredth of the country. Ipswich is dying, even little Bury St Edmunds offers people a much better day out. Ely is historic and has ample free car parking. Colchester is better too in all areas too, and Norwich is everything Ipswich should aspire to be. Councillors should be ashamed of the way they have decimated Ipswich in the past ten years, and their own buses admit this in advertising shopping centre in Norwich!! Do yourselves a favour, and forget Ipswich, especially if you have a car, as the Councillors here don't want car drivers in their town anyway!

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    england1770

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

  • Part of the much lauded "Green Policy" - a waste of rate payers money and now its closing ...... quelle surprise.

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    Red Robbo

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

  • All buses should be banned from the roads of Ipswich and be replaced by Private Hire vehicles which could pick up at bus stops. I have seen this system working well in other countries and if we had it the horrendous congestion of our roads would stop.

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    Peter Turtill

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

  • Excellent news, the end of an expensive green agenda experiment. Now we just need to get Ipswich travel planners to learn that traffic lights are not the answer to every travel problem...

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

  • generally speaking its cheaper to take my car into town than catch the bus so why isnt the goverment stepping in and forcing a reduction on their charges which would then make it a more attractice option which would then cut down on traffic problems!!

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    Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

  • hopefully, they will lose the bus lanes from Asda and also Norwich road. No longer required.

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

  • Ref comment by Ipswich Man.. with extra cars travelling into town I too hope they do away with the bus lanes... but interestingly the Bury road is to be resurfaced this weekend.. WILL IT BE RE-WHITE-LINED TO ALLOW FOR NO BUSES I WONDER.... or is this thinking too far ahead for our council planners !!!

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    Al K Hall

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

  • Isn't that saving roughly the same as Andraya Hill's salary? Out of Bury Road Park & Ride & Andraya Hill, I know which is better value for money.

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    James Lakin

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

  • And yet another few million wasted on building the park and ride site which will no doubt stand empty for years, well until Tesco ask to build a new supermarket there.

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    Colin Smith

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

  • Let's be honest, there are still buses from the likes of Claydon, Stowmarket etc. It's not like this is going to leave anyone stranded.

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    Citizen

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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