Vital bus service reaches passenger milestone

More than 500 passengers have now taken advantage of a vital community bus service, which operates between Haverhill, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds.

However, the organisation operating the service says it has the capacity to carry many more passengers and is urging people to take advantage of it.

The Suffolk Links 3 Towns bus services, which runs between Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill is available to those who find it difficult to access other forms of transport.

Managed by the Voluntary Network, on behalf of Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Links 3 Towns primarily provides connections to bus and train links in rural areas.

The service is open to all members of the public and the vehicles are wheelchair accessible. The service picks passengers up at a location convenient to them and takes them where they want to go on a pre-booked basis.

Caroline Robinson, Voluntary Network Manager, said: “We are delighted to have reached the 500 passenger mark as it shows the service is being well used and that more and more people are becoming aware of its availability.

“However, we are certain there are more people living between the three towns who would benefit from the service but still do not know it exists, so we are trying to publicise it as widely as possible.

“Many parishes between the three towns are seeing a complete cut, or a major reduction, in commercial bus services.

“The situation has left many people feeling lonely and isolated.

“However, our Links service runs throughout the area, which is particularly important in places where there is no commercial service.

“The Links service allows people to link up with other bus and train services, as well as providing a way of getting to amenities such as shopping facilities, hospitals and leisure centres.

The Suffolk Links 3 Towns service is currently available in more than 25 parishes between the three towns.

The Suffolk Links services in run from 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday, whilst bookings can be made between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

The services can be contacted on 01638 664304.

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