“Please help me persuade Anglian Bus & Coach to offer an express route 588 bus” – Andrew Scarle

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Andrew Scarle

I, and many other bus users from Bungay/Halesworth I speak to are fed up with the long journey on the bus around Woodton, Brooke and the offensive amount of stops in Poringland. Often you'll be lucky if 1 person gets of in Woodton, and when the bus stops in Brooke, a lot of people get off at "the crossroads" anyway so what is the point in the meandering route through brooke? As for ALL those stops in Poringland, some of them are only a few hundred meters apart. It seems like overkill.

So many I have spoken to, have suggested offering an alternative express 588 (perhaps called the 588A or something), avoiding the meandering route around Trowse, Brooke, Woodton and 1 or no stops in Poringland, would have an appeal.

If possible, investment over the next few years with a mind to make the service all double deckers would be appealing, The long journey home is highly uncomfortable on a packed single decker, and not always what you need after a long day.

Problem History

  • 1 Andrew Scarle reported the issue on FixMyTransport. close 13:50 17 Jan 2012
  • 2 Andrew Scarle wrote to Anglian Bus & Coach close 13:50 17 Jan 2012

    Here is the letter that Andrew Scarle wrote.

    Express Service And All Double Deckers.

    I, and many other bus users from Bungay/Halesworth I speak to are fed up with the long journey on the bus around Woodton, Brooke and the offensive amount of stops in Poringland. Often you'll be lucky if 1 person gets of in Woodton, and when the bus stops in Brooke, a lot of people get off at "the crossroads" anyway so what is the point in the meandering route through brooke? As for ALL those stops in Poringland, some of them are only a few hundred meters apart. It seems like overkill.

    So many I have spoken to, have suggested offering an alternative express 588 (perhaps called the 588A or something), avoiding the meandering route around Trowse, Brooke, Woodton and 1 or no stops in Poringland, would have an appeal.

    If possible, investment over the next few years with a mind to make the service all double deckers would be appealing, The long journey home is highly uncomfortable on a packed single decker, and not always what you need after a long day.

  • 3 Andrew Pursey responded to Andrew Scarle close 09:53 19 Jan 2012
    Andrew,

    Thanks for your e-mail.

    As always, there is a fine balance between offering a service that covers every village/stop enroute and doing an express (non stop) journey.

    This is why most of the buses to/from Halesworth don't go through Woodton, Broome or Trowse (other than morning peak to avoid congestion).

    The aim of the 587 is to cater for the Poringland demand, with the 588 'mopping' up any additional passengers.

    We will continue to monitor the loadings from Poringland, especially as the current and proposed housing developments grow.

    Regards

    Andrew Pursey
    Anglian Bus

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  • 4 Nat Bocking commented close 21:16 21 Mar 2012

    Well, it's been three months, how are the loadings looking?

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