New ticket launched to take passengers all the way to the Suffolk coast

Celebrating the launch of the new ticket, l-r, Aaron Taffera of the East Suffolk Lines Community Rai

Celebrating the launch of the new ticket, l-r, Aaron Taffera of the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership; David Jordan,of First Eastern Counties Buses; Paul Haynes, Andy Chiu and Paul Wilkinson of Greater Anglia Picture: NICK STRUGNELL - Credit: NICK STRUGNELL

Bus and train providers have teamed up in Suffolk to make it easier for passengers to visit the coast.

A new rail/bus ticket to Aldeburgh has been launched under a partnership between Greater Anglia and First Eastern Counties buses.

The ticket will allow passengers to travel to Saxmundham on the East Suffolk Line and connect with a 64 bus service to the coast via Leiston.

It follows a similar scheme which allowed passengers to take a connecting bus from Halesworth to Southwold.

Tickets can be bought from any Greater Anglia ticket office, or via its website, and cost £14.30 from Ipswich, £21.60 from Colchester or £51.60 from Liverpool Street. Aaron Taffera, chairman of the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, said: “We are delighted to have worked with First Eastern Counties and Greater Anglia to introduce a new through ticket, which makes travel by rail and bus to the Suffolk coast much easier.”

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“For any area not physically connected to the rail network, travel via public transport can prove problematic with buses and rail tickets having to be purchased separately. However this new initiative will make it easier to travel to and enjoy the beautiful Suffolk coast.

Paul Wilkinson, Greater Anglia’s Integrated Transport Manager, added: “We are very pleased to work with the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership and First Eastern Counties to introduce this exciting new ticketing initiative. By having both bus and rail travel on one ticket, it will make passengers’ lives a little easier and boost tourism in the area.”

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David Jordan, Marketing Manager for First Eastern Counties said, “We are always keen to find ways to make leisure use of public transport a more attractive option when planning a day out. We look forward to our continued partnership with Greater Anglia and the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership in promoting the opportunity for a day on the Suffolk coast by train and bus.”

From 2019 Greater Anglia will be replacing its entire fleet with brand new trains and will introduce direct services between London and Lowestoft via Ipswich, Woodbridge, Saxmundham and Beccles.

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