Suffolk County Council bus service cuts will 'ruin people's lives' says Rougham resident Angy Keeble
A council’s plans to axe bus services in Bury St Edmunds will ‘ruin people’s lives’, according to a resident.
Angy Keeble, 60, uses the 377/386 service, which is one of 23 routes to be affected by Suffolk County Council’s county-wide subsidy cuts, on a daily basis to get from her home in Rougham to her work in Bury.
Under the new plans, which will save £340,000, this service will only stop in some of the villages on the route twice a day – at around 7am in the morning and at 6.30pm in the evening.
“A lot of people use that service and it’s full of pensioners and mums taking their children to school,” said Angy.
“If an older person is popping into town in the morning, they can’t be expected to wait around until 6pm for a bus home. And what are parents supposed to do if they’re picking up kids from school in the afternoon?
“This could ruin people’s lives as they might have moved to villages on the basis that the bus service could take them to town. It’s leaving people with nowhere to turn.”
Angy added that the council has made the changes with no regard for pensioners who could become isolated as a result.
“Some of those villages don’t have shops and for some of the older people who get on the bus, a trip into town is all the interaction they get all day. I’m worried about them,” she said.
“I think this will have a knock-on effect to people’s mental and physical health but the council hasn’t thought about any of that. They haven’t looked at the bigger picture.”
In a statement made earlier this month, Cllr Mary Evans, cabinet member for highways, transport and rural issues, said that the council had considered ‘key measures’ before making the ‘tough calls’.
“I recognise the importance of passenger transport and I remain committed to ensuring that Suffolk’s residents have access to it,” she said.