This machine is currently out of service. Abellio Greater Anglia apologise for any inconvenience this may cause
I’m sure we all remember SCDC’s controversial closure of Woodbridge’s Tourist Information Centre last year. At the time, we Woodbridge residents were all assured that the new ticket machine at the station would be just as effective as the friendly and helpful staff who had been such an integral part of the Tourist Information Centre by Woodbridge station.
I have just had to make a 15mile round trip in the pouring rain to collect tickets from Ipswich because the machine is ‘currently out of service’. This is the second time in 4 days. Like many of my constituents I have limited transport choices, and am currently suffering from extreme mobility problems.
Some bright spark has just pointed out we could buy tickets on the trains. Why gosh, so we could. Buying my tickets on the train might meaan that travelling to the funeral I am attending next week would cost a little over £130, instead of the £25 return my prebooked tickets sitting in Woodbridge’s non-working ticket machine might cost, but hey – what is that? a mere bagatelle!
Taking the TIC away, and further limiting our choices by having a non-working machine has really not benefited all those who most needed it. Can I give a special thank you to the SCDC councillors of Woodbridge who made this decision on our behalf. We do remember who they are.
Incidentally, readers, are you as irritated as I am by the formulaic mantra whereby a company will ” apologise for any inconvenience this may cause“? What on earth do they mean by “any inconvenience”? Are they suggesting that some people will come along to buy a ticket from this non-operational machine and find themselves in any sense convenienced by its lack of action?
Abellio Greater Anglia – if the ticket machine doesn’t work , aren’t you – in your heart of hearts – expecting it to cause inconvenience to each and every passenger (I unapologetically use the old-fashioned term) who wants to buy a ticket? So, go on -why not apologise unreservedly to all of us?
I am delighted to pass on more excellent news about the restored Woodbridge to Ipswich 65b Sunday bus – a service which which we managed to get back a few months ago after much lobbying.
You may remember that Woodbridge residents were cut off for some years from any Sunday or holiday bus transport whatsoever (including to Ipswich hospital for visiting, A&E and and minor injuries), but that, after much lobbying, this was restored in July (see details here). We were told at the time – quite fairly in my opinion – it was a case of ‘use it, or lose it.’
Today I have heard that due to the level of patronage, the 65b service will continue at least until March, and with an enhanced service! The 65b will now run 5 times a day in each direction, and from Ipswich to Melton! The revised timetable with operate from Sunday 11th January 2015.
This is power and the point of local politics. Lobbying and local activism really can work on occasion.
It can also reverse some terrible decisions!
PS. On a smaller scale – if you are a smaller person you may notice that you can now read the timetables at the Turban Centre. I asked for them to be lowered and they have done so!
Here dead we lie Because we did not choose To live and shame the land From which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose, But young men think it is, And we were young. A E Houseman
Today – on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour – is the Woodbridge Armistice Day Ceremony
This is the day when our primary school children come to the War Memorial on Market Hill hear of the past, and relate it to our present.
It is very moving – and a very fitting complement to Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade .
Today, the war memorial will also be rededicated by Lord Tollemache.
I chose Housman’s poem to go on a brass plaque on the new bench in the newly refurbished Memorial Gardens (you may have seen Town Councillor Kay Yule herself, working very hard planting and making good over the last month to make sure everything was perfect for this important time). It sums up, on the one hand, the mindset of the young who went into the first world war – particularly in those first months a hundred years ago – and on the other, the sad, overwhelming loss of life , and all the future they lost.
Caroline Page, LibDem County Councillor for Woodbridge
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