Ipswich Buses Ltd operate a bus service (Service 14) between Ipswich town centre and the Gippeswyk Park area. Following changes made in September 2016, this service now only operates 3 return journeys per day on Saturdays, which operate 2 hours apart. The Council has become aware of complaints from members of the public that this level of service is insufficient and therefore the Council has given consideration to subsidising an additional 3 return journeys per day on Saturdays so as to result in an hourly service between approximately 10am and 3pm.
The cost to the Council for these additional services is £145 per day of operation and, following consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Portfolio Holder for Environment & Transport, it has been decided that the Council should subsidise these additional 3 journeys on a trial basis in order to ascertain the level of usage.
The main alternative option would be not to subsidise the additional journeys and leave the service as it is. Whilst there is a financial cost to the Council of subsidising bus services which has to be taken into account, in this case the Council’s policies on encouraging the use of sustainable transport are considered to justify the subsidy of the specific journeys for this bus service on a trial basis.
Decision type: Non-key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Wards affected: Gipping; Sprites;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 29/12/2016
Decision due: 23 Dec 2016 by Officer Decision
The Leader of the Council and the Portfolio Holder for Environment & Transport.