Ipswich Buses Ltd have recently informed the Council of a number of changes to their commercially operated bus services, which will take effect from 18th February 2018.
This includes a change to the Monday to Saturday evening services currently provided by Service X5 (Heath Road Hospital via Foxhall Road) and Service 6A (Heath Road Hospital via Sidegate Lane and Renfrew Road). These services will be replaced at these times by new service 5E but this will not operate at 22:55 so the current last journeys of the day are being withdrawn.
The Council has decided to fund the continuation of a bus service for these areas as Service 5E for a 4 ½ year period. The cost for this is £4,118 per annum and will be arranged directly with the operator of the service, Ipswich Buses Ltd, via a service subsidy agreement made under the provisions of the Transport Act 1985 and The Service Subsidy Agreements (Tendering) (England) Regulations 2002 (both as amended).
The main alternative option would be not to subsidise the journey in question.
Decision type: Non-key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Wards affected: Alexandra; Bixley; Holywells; Rushmere; St John's;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/01/2018
Decision due: 5 Jan 2018 by Officer Decision
The Portfolio Holder for Transport & Environment and the Leader of the Council have been consulted on this matter. Suffolk County Council have also been consulted on the changes.