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Poll: New free bus to link Waterfront with Ipswich town centre - from Vodka Revolution to DanceEast

12:37 01 April 2014

Ipswich Central is launching a new shuttle bus from the town centre to the waterfront.
L-R Terry Baxter,Cllr Graham Newman,Malcolm Robson.

Ipswich Central is launching a new shuttle bus from the town centre to the waterfront. L-R Terry Baxter,Cllr Graham Newman,Malcolm Robson.

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A new free shuttle bus will link the Waterfront with the town centre from next Saturday.

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The service will use the bus that provides the free link between the town centre and council offices in Russell Road during the week.

It is being sponsored by Ipswich Central using finance it was granted by the government’s X-Fund which is aimed at boosting town centres.

The bus will operate from the stop outside the Vodka Revolution bar every 10 minutes.

It will follow a route stopping at the Foundation Street car park, Dance East, and St Peter’s Street before returning to Vodka Revolution.

It will run every Saturday from 10am to 6pm – and on Sundays when there is a special event at the Waterfront.

Terry Baxter, chairman of Ipswich Central, said: “It is very important to link the town centre with the Waterfront – making the point that we have this great attraction in the heart of the town.”

The bus is used during the week to provide a free bus service between the town centre and Russell Road which is financed by the parking fees paid by county council employees to use their multi-storey car park in Constantine Road.

The bus itself is equipped with broadband so users can connect to the internet on their journey to and from the Waterfront.

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18 comments

  • Not an April Fools, i saw this bus this morning on my way into work

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    Kev_b

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • The vomit comet. I know not everyone will be under the influence of the demon drink but dont forget the mop and bucket driver.

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    Ander P

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • According to google maps, Vodka Revolution to Dance East is 0.4 miles and takes 7 minutes to walk. Why on earth pollute the atmosphere with extra buses that will take just as long anyway as they crawl along the Star Lane gyratory? Crazy.

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    Ted Maul

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Absolutely quicker to walk than bus... Why not go from the Wolsey Theatre, or Lloyds Ave, places where people might think twice about walking? Revs is hardly town centre.... What a joke.

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    Ron Raga

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • This isn't an April Fool, it's all been dealt with properly through the Traffic Commissioners who licence bus services. It seems as it is being funded by money which does not come from IBC's "pot" and might not otherwise be used. No, it's not far; but it raises the profile of the Waterfront and we also need to think of folk who can't walk easily. I presume the bus being used is the one which operates the "enhanced" 38 service on weekday lunchtimes, when two vehicles are required.

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Ron Raga has the right idea. This would have been much better... Lloyds Avenue -> Museum Street (or Wolsey Theatre perhaps) --> Old Cattle Market Bus Station (at Revolution and cut through the bus station (if they hadn't blocked it!) otherwise fore street) -> Waterfront Dance East etc. **** As there is just one bus on the route they needed to make the route pointless to allow it to be every 10 minutes. Rather than say, every 20 minutes. I would hate to be the bus driver, so repetitive and boring doing the same small loop continuously. I really don't like pink - but I guess its just personal preference. I been on allaboutipswich website with its horrid colour scheme... having a bus that is largely black as a secondary colour is a big NO NO. Its spot on though... trying to brighten up a place that has died.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Surely this is an April's Fool? Why is this needed? There is nothing to do at the Waterfront other than have a walk...

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    miss piggy

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • REVOLUTION! There is no S! .... :)

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    Abbey Gilbert Ward

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • ipswich town centre to a bomb site for free not bad

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    pandy

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Whilst I welcome this new service I am bemused as to why Ipswich Buses have not also taken in other major Town Centre locations such as Tower Ramparts and the Wolsey Theatre to really boost visitor numbers to the Waterfront. I am also at a loss as to why the 38 free shuttle service which runs on weekdays could not be extended to serve the Waterfront (say, every hour) - particularly in the evening.

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    Matthew_Percy

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Plus it's only 0.6 km walk....with Ipswich's roads it will be quicker to walk

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    miss piggy

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • ipswich town centre to a bomb site for free not bad

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    pandy

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Surely this is an April's Fool? Why is this needed? There is nothing to do at the Waterfront other than have a walk...

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    miss piggy

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Plus it's only 0.6 km walk....with Ipswich's roads it will be quicker to walk

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    miss piggy

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Isn't this classed as misuse of funds? - the docks (or waterfront as they are lovingly referred to) cannot by any stretch of the imagination be called the centre of town. This therefore begs the question of how funds which are supposed to be used to draw people to town centres can be utilised to provide a bus designed to draw people away from the town centre. Town Centre business owners . . . this is how Ipswich Central supports your business, glad you pay that levy now?

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    dale craven

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • dale craven is spot on. *** This new bus is hideous. Flaw 1. Bus bright pink to attract female shoppers... but there is no retail at the waterfront. Flaw 2: The bus only goes as far from the Waterfront as (basically) the Old Cattle Market... if you can walk that you can walk the remainder... (if people wont walk that short distance its for an obvious reason) ... it should be doing the bus loop to Tower Ramparts, less of a problem on Saturdays. Flaw 3: (Apart from the odd events and at night) there is nothing going on at the Waterfront. Flaw 4: Internet connectivity for a 5 minute journey is pointless, time you have connected its time to go ... (unless you plan to stay on it all day without getting off). Flaw 5: The bus is neither electric or hybrid... just another bus to pollute the atmosphere with cancer causing diesel smoke.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • April fool.

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Come and see all the empty flats, the half-finished and derelict buildings and the walls covered with graffiti down at the Ipswich Waterfront. Hurry, hurry before The Mill falls down, but be careful to avoid any cladding that might fall from the winds that remain unrepaired six months later.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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