So, people of Suffolk,will you be able to afford your new Community transport as re-engineered by your caring sharing Suffolk County Council? Will it accept your bus pass even? I really wouldn’t count on it.
In Suffolk Coastal we haven’t yet been told the situation, but elsewhere in the county people already have had very bad news. Predictably, LibDem anxieties about the format of Suffolk’s new Community Transport franchises are already showing themselves to be justified.
UPDATE: I am very happy and relieved to report Suffolk Coastal Community Transport -operated by previous operators CATS and FACTS(ibn Felixstowe)- will be operating the same services as before: a mix of Demand Responsive Transport (on which bus passes will be accepted), and door-to-door and community car services on which passes won’t be accepted (exactly as before.) They are available for booking by anyone – old, young, disabled, ablebodied, carowner or carless to and from areas without a bus service or with very sparse services. They will operate Monday to Saturday 7-7, and can be block-booked (better than before) up to two weeks in advance.
The phone number is 01728 635938
Please use it folks. Or lose it.
However in mid-Suffolk, the franchisees BSEVC have already announced that they will be operating no Demand Responsive Transport in their Community Transport offer – eg Bus Passes will NO LONGER be accepted, all fares will rise, under-16 fares will only apply if are accompanied by an adult, and the under 18 reduction is derisory. And, surprise, surprise, there seems to be no provision for young people to use SCC’s much vaunted youth card the Endeavour (that pallid simulacrum of the much more successful Explore card the young people of Woodbridge fought so hard with me to keep)
As Creeting resident Mark Valladares said bitterly on Twitter,
“My Conservative County Councillor claimed we would have a “better service at lower cost”. Now we know what he meant”
Mr Valladares also pointed out that BSEVC has scrapped the discounted return fare – his return fare is now up by 54%.
We wait for information
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