Stowmarket: ‘Improvements’ needed to town shuttle

A BUS service which was only launched two months ago is being re-examined after a town councillor said it needed to improve.

First Group is investigating the Stowmarket Shuttle bus service which was introduced in July.

Stowmarket town councillor Nigel Rozier and Mid Suffolk councillor John Matthissen held a meeting with First to discuss the service.

Mr Rozier said although he was delighted when the service was introduced, he now said that “improvements” were needed.

Iain Rankine, network manager for First in Suffolk, said the meeting had been “positive” and the company was working on making the route more reliable.


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“We have carried out an investigation about the service and we have been getting evidence from drivers,” he said.

“Buses are having to wait at the rail crossing but there were not many other issues with the route.

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“The delay caused by that was the thing stopping it from running to time and it is an issue for people concerned with other services.

“We are reviewing the time- table and there are some issues that need addressing. Once we get the new timetable, it will be circulated to the public.”

Mr Rozier, who first proposed the route four years ago, said the meeting had been useful and should mean there will be a real improvement to the punctuality and connections with the Stowmarket to Ipswich service, route 88.

The hourly 87 service, which went from Stowmarket to Ipswich and around Needham Market, was withdrawn in July.

The 88 service was changed to a half-hourly service but only goes through the High Street in Needham Market.

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