Hadleigh: New bus service gets full community backing

THE first passengers to use a newly reinstated evening and Sunday bus service from Hadleigh to Ipswich are “delighted” that the county council has agreed to fund the scheme.

Teenagers Charlie Brace, Dawn Smith and Josh Shakespeare were first on board the new 16-seat minibus on Monday evening, at the launch of the Hadleigh Community Transport Group-operated service.

All journeys will be made via the Cardinal Park Leisure Area and some evening trips will go via Suffolk One college. These routes were withdrawn by Suffolk County Council last year, but after around 4,000 people signed a petition, the decision was reversed and funding for the service was reintroduced.

Boarding the bus, Charlie said he would use the service mainly for evening social trips into Ipswich, adding: “I have been waiting a long time for the bus service to be brought back. I will also be able to use it when I am doing shift work in town.”

Other passengers were planning to use the service for cinema trips and Sunday shopping excursions.

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At the launch, community transport group manager Joy Moran said four extra drivers had been trained to operate the new routes. She added: “People have campaigned really hard to get this up and running and we are very excited to be able to offer a much-wanted service to the community of Hadleigh.”

This week, new shopping services on Wednesdays from Bildeston to Bury St Edmunds, and Thursdays from Whatfield to Ipswich have also started. Call 01473 828202 for full details.

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