In these times of increasing cuts, our bus services have declined,
particularly in the evenings and on Sundays. Apart from the 'bus war' areas
in town, our daytime services are threatened with further cutbacks. Had the
buses not been deregulated, a transport planner might be making the most of
what we have, rather than leaving it to commercial pressures.
Many of the Ipswich town routes sensibly employ a loop, but the economic
advantages of this fail to be grasped by those that provide the longer
distance out-of-town services. An instance of this insanity is provided by
the services to Shotley, which comprise two routes run by the same provider,
one via Chelmondiston, the other via Holbrook. Each runs every two hours and
returns by the same route every two hours. Anyone travelling from Ipswich to
Freston (where the loop starts) or on through to Shotley thus has an hourly
service, but for anyone else on what could be a loop it remains two-hourly.
The same applies to return trips. A simple solution requiring the bus out
via Holbrook to return via Chelmondiston, and vice versa, would improve the
frequency to those on the loop to an average hourly service, and all without
any additional drivers or buses. More service for no additional resource.
Surely this is the sort of thing we should be doing when resources are
A similar situation exists with the hourly services to Aldeburgh and
Leiston. One route goes via Saxmundham, the other via Snape, each returning
its own way, when a continuation around the loop would provide a better
service for all. Here admittedly the two services are in the hands of
different providers, but is it not about time this deregulation was ended
and this sort of anomaly removed?
Cover, issue 191