Sunday bus scheme pilots in Sudbury

A PERMANENT Sunday bus service linking Sudbury with two other towns could be established if a pilot scheme is successful.

The service will operate between the town, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester during December, and started at the weekend.

If demand for the service is high, negotiations will begin to make the service permanent in the new year.

The service has been set up through a partnership between Sudbury-based community transport operator Go START, and Go Ride, a not-for-profit company dedicated to cutting carbon emissions and increasing the provision of public transport.

Between them, the organisations will provide drivers and vehicles, with journeys subsidised to make them affordable.

John Phillips, Go START founder, said: “There hasn’t been a Sunday service between these three closely linked towns for several years, which is really disappointing as we believe there is a big demand for such a service.

The service will run every two hours on Sunday, December 11 and 18 and will include stops at Bures, Great Cornard, Long Melford, Great Waldingfield and Lavenham – identical to the 753 route which operates on weekdays.