Issue details

OD-17-60 Bus Service 9 – Subsidy

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 the withdrawal of the last journey of the day, Monday to Saturday, at 23:10 on Service 9, which serves the Whitton and Castle Hill areas of Ipswich via Norwich Road and also includes the route of Service 10.


The Council has decided to fund the continuation of this service 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: Castle Hill; St Margaret's; Westgate; Whitehouse; Whitton;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/01/2018

Decision due: 5 Jan 2018 by Officer Decision

Consultation process

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.