FIRST buses ran its last services in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.
First Group said in January that Bury had not been commercially viable for some time and blamed increasing costs and a 20 per cent cut in the Bus Operators’ Grant.
But the company’s decision to close its Bury depot and leave was described as ‘outrageous’ by the town’s MP David Ruffley when it was announced. He told the company: “Frankly there should be no good reason for this except, perhaps, that First Group were not offering a very good service in the first place.”
The majority of staff were offered jobs at First’s Ipswich depot but bus users feared a loss of service, especially to Moreton Hall.
But Mulleys began running a Moreton Hall service from mid-March and an additional service from Nowton estate.
Mulleys joint owner Jayne Munson said: “We’re happy to provide a reliable service because that’s something the people of Bury haven’t had.”
The Essex bus company Stephensons has also extended its Breeze service in the town.