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Bury St Edmunds bus services under threat from subsidy cuts are saved

Two Bury St Edmunds bus services which were under threat by council subsidy cuts have been saved.

The M33 at 7am from the arc shopping centre, arriving at 7.13am at Symonds Road and the M44 at 6.35am from Tollgate Lane, arriving at 6.56am at the arc, will continue after Suffolk County Council secured funding.

The authority has also secured £24,000 in extra money to extend the 387, 456, 112, 120 and 461 services until the end of March to allow time to find solutions to keep the services running.

Early morning M33 and M44 bus services were under threat. Picture by Mark Westley
Early morning M33 and M44 bus services were under threat. Picture by Mark Westley

The council says it is ‘confident’ solutions can also be found for the 375, 483 and 62 services.

It announced in June plans to axe its subsidy for 23 bus services to save about £340,000.

Bus contracts for which alternative provision has not been found will end by November 2.

Councillor Mary Evans, cabinet member for highways, transport and rural issues, said: "I am really pleased that we have managed to continue these services which were at risk, and I am hope we can find alternatives for the other routes.

"This demonstrates Suffolk County Council’s commitment to working with operators and communities.

"With a decreasing budget, we have had to make a tough decision this year to withdraw subsidy but today’s news highlights how local and commercial options can be found to enable services to run without public money.

"I recognise how important passenger transport is in Suffolk, and I remain committed to ensuring that we provide the best travel network that we possibly can."

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