Route change keeps users on the buses

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A TOWN’S bus users will be able to continue using the service after an operator agreed to divert some of its routes.

After negotiations with Suffolk County Council, Coach Services Ltd has agreed to change elements of its 193 route through Brandon to accommodate more stops.

The route, which runs from Santon Downham to Bury St Edmunds, will now take in stops at Green Road, Thetford Road, George Street and Bury Road before continuing into Rattlers Road to resume its normal route.

The changes will affect the 10.24, 12.24 and 14.24 services and are set to begin on August 30.

The county council began negotiations after suggestions were put forward by Brandon Town Council in a meeting on June 6.

Town councillor Peter Ridgwell was pleased with the outcome after Coach Services enacted nearly all the council’s suggestions.

“This new route will help a lot of people, particularly on the Bird Estate, to get into the town.

“Most of the bus users in Brandon travel in the morning at around 10 or 11 o’clock and this will relieve the burden on other routes into town,” he said.

Cllr Ridgwell said the service would cushion the blow of other bus routes in the town being cancelled.

“If we are going to lose town buses and would have to pay to replace them, it makes sense to make the most of what we do have,” he said.

Coach Services has also agreed to divert the 200/201 service from Mildenhall to Thetford to allow more passengers to access the town.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said Coach Services had been ‘understanding and extremely co-operative’ in the negotiations.

He added: “We hope that residents will support these services with their patronage and in doing so ensure their long term survival.

“We realise there is still some way to go and other work is continuing with members of the Town Council to see how we can assist in progressing these.”