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More passengers needed on community bus from Cornard to Glemsford to ensure service's future


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Babergh District Councillor Michael Holt (4702054)
Babergh District Councillor Michael Holt (4702054)

The treasurer of a community transport scheme is urging more people to use a new bus service, warning a lack of passengers could jeopardise its future.

Charity GoStart, which provides low-cost transport services to pensioners, people with disabilities and voluntary groups, has launched a trial bus service, which operates from Great Cornard to Glemsford.

Charity treasurer John Phillips has raised concerns over the lack of passengers using the new service.

“I think there’s a lack of awareness,” said Mr Phillips.

One of the key stops along the route is Sudbury Community Health Centre, which can take some patients, who live outside Sudbury, more than an hour’s journey, as it requires two separate buses.

The service is set to be reviewed in December.

“Ideally, it will run for ever, but we have to prove it works first,” said Mr Phillips.

Babergh district councillor Michael Holt, who represents Glemsford and Stanstead, is among four councillors who have backed the scheme.

“This new service will help people in all three parishes of Great Cornard, Long Melford and Glemsford, who currently struggle to get to appointments at the health centre, which has been a problem from when it first opened,” he said.

“For those that rely on public transport, it will prove a vital new route; but it must be used or, like other routes, will be withdrawn as has been the case over the past few years.”



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