Long-term future of bus service rests on crunch meeting

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The uptake of a reinstated bus service will be scrutinised during a make-or-break meeting to decide its future.

Evening and Sunday services were brought back in Hadleigh after more than 3,500 residents signed a petition calling for their return in the summer.

The outcry followed Suffolk County Council’s decision to axe the number 90 bus to Ipswich in order to cut its transport budget.

Next month, campaigners who fought for the return of the service will meet with the council to review the service, which was reintroduced on a trial basis.

“I have got a good feeling as all I have heard is positive things about the service,” said district councillor Brian Riley, who helped drum-up support for the petition.

“I have used it myself and lots of people have been embracing it to extend their activities.”

The service is run by Hadleigh Community Transport using a 16-seater mini-bus. It has allowed residents to attend education classes, jobs and entertainment, with the last bus leaving Ipswich at 10.30pm.

“It is a very useful service to many people and we don’t want to lose it,” added Mr Riley, from Benton Street, Hadleigh.

“We are hopeful it will continue.”

Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, approved the new service for six months in August.

A meeting to review its success will take place on February 4.