Bus services reduced for peninsula during crisis

By Derek Davis

24th Mar 2020 | Local News

Bus timetable reduction
Bus timetable reduction

Bus services on the peninsula are the latest to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as reduced timetables are being rolled out.

Suffolk County Council today said new timetables were being put in in place for most public transport services until further notice, this is likely to affect the numbers 98 and 92 on the peninsula.

However, Ipswich Buses confirmed the 98 was still running to the normal timetable, to allow key worker and vulnerable children to get to Holbrook.

The changes in the timetable is due to the reduced numbers of people using the services as they stay at home, new instructions by the prime minister to isolate further, and reduced availability of staff who are having to self-isolate.

Already confirmed is the Ipswich Park and Ride service, run by First, which will be suspended from Wednesday, March 25.

Those who use public transport should check with their service provider for latest timetables.

Councillor Andrew Reid, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Working in partnership with transport providers, we are doing all that we can to help keep vital services going for those people who must travel – our key workers and elderly and vulnerable residents.

"The changes to timetables aim to balance the reduced levels of passenger usage as people follow the new instructions to stay at home with the need to reduce the number of people required to run transport services.

"These changes will also help ensure there are enough members of staff to keep vital services running over the coming weeks and months.

"We will continue to monitor the situation with our partners."

[L]https://www.suffolkonboard.com[L+] Suffolk On Board will have further information, with updates expected to be posted daily.

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