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Ipswich: Borough-owned firm wins back park-and-ride contract

09:34 13 July 2013

Malcolm Robson was delighted to have won back the park and ride contract.

Malcolm Robson was delighted to have won back the park and ride contract.

Borough-owned Ipswich Buses has won back the contract to run park-and-ride services in the town from later this year.

The company ran park-and- ride in Ipswich when the first centre at Copdock Mill was set up in 1997 until 2008 when First Group took on a five-year contract. That contract expires at the end of October, and now Ipswich Buses has won back the business and will be taking over services after November 2.

There are now just two centres, at Copdock Mill and Martlesham, after the Bury Road centre closed in early 2011.

A spokeswoman for the county council said Ipswich Buses was the clear winner because it submitted a tender that includes improvements and ideas that are both innovative and financially viable. Improvements include CCTV, next stop announcements on buses, reduced prices for group tickets and improved integration with other Ipswich Buses services.

Ipswich Buses also said it would support young people and long term unemployed into work as part of the successful bid. The firm’s managing director Malcolm Robson said: “We are delighted to have won back the tender to operate the Ipswich park-and-ride services.

“We look forward to working together with Suffolk County Council to provide a high quality service which we hope will attract even more users to the services.”

4 comments

  • Well done Ipswich Buses.

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    pukkatrukka

    Saturday, July 13, 2013

  • Despite how poor Ipswich Buses are these days they are better than First. I am not sure how bus integration won the day... the concept is you park your car outside the town then travel into town by bus... who is really then going to transfer from the town to an alternative bus route?! Madness. CCTV and next stop announcements (bit overkill in Ipswich tbh) should really be contractual obligation in 2013. As for group travel surely you pay per car, rather than per person?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Saturday, July 13, 2013

  • So... Ipswich council tax payers now win the contract for park and ride? So do we as owners get free journeys?

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    MRW

    Saturday, July 13, 2013

  • Good. In my experience, Ipswich Buses are far better than First. Perhaps not on Park & Ride, but some First buses have adverts over the windows meaning passengers cannot properly enjoy even looking out of the window.

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    IpswichMan

    Saturday, July 13, 2013

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