Bus service cuts a ‘tax on students’

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THE withdrawal of an evening bus service is greatly inconveniencing students and shift workers.

The number 90 bus from Hadleigh to Ipswich was axed earlier in the year as Suffolk County Council, in a bid to save money, made alterations and cuts to services.

However, the bus, which ran twice during the evenings from Monday to Saturday and six times on a Sunday, provided a vital link to college or work for many people.

Jacob Redmond, a student who travels to Suffolk New College in Ipswich from his home in Red Hill Road, Hadleigh, said the loss of the service had led to a number of problems.

“It is pretty annoying that the number 90 doesn’t run any more,” said the 18-year-old.

“It is now really expensive for people who have to find alternative transport – a slight increase makes a big difference to someone who hasn’t got much money.”

Jacob, who has to travel to college three times a week, said the last bus from the town was now at 6.15pm, which was too early for some people working shifts or students taking part in extra-curricular activities.

“Lots of people who used to catch the bus have been complaining,” he said.

“There is nothing after 6.15pm to Hadleigh so if I’m working in Ipswich I have to stay over with my brother who lives there.”

A petition calling for the cancelled 90 service to be reinstated has been launched and has collected 1,200 signatures.

Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for roads, transport and planning, said the authority was working on providing another service in the Hadleigh area.

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.