More roads, less buses, millions wasted on consultants and residents deprived of vital services for want of a hundred thousand or so – despite declaring a climate emergency, County’s strangely dual attitude to money and transport continues this month..
Suffolk County Council announces funding cuts to subsidised bus routes Suffolk County Council has announced that 23 subsidised bus routes will no longer receive funding from the council, in a bid to save £340,000. This means that over a third of subsidised bus routes in the county will lose their funding. This will include the early morning 71 we can take from Woodbridge to Ipswich to get us there in time for work/college.
The decision to cut £340,000 from the subsidised buses budget was made in February, when the Council agreed on the budget for the current financial year. I spoke against this cut at the time, as well as other cuts that will affect bus users such as the decision to no longer print bus timetables. It seems that not everybody listened. Continue reading Woodbridge: What’s been happening – July
Concerns about Kier – Suffolk’s Highways Maintenance Contractor After Kier shares tumbled 41% last week concerns have been raised about the longterm viability of Suffolk’s outsourced Highways Maintenance department, whose share value is now down 85% over the last year.
As you may remember, the Council’s Conservative administration outsourced its entire roads maintenance team to Kier in a five year contract back in 2013, maintaining, despite opposition concerns ,that the private sector could do the same work more efficiently for less money. Despite significant continuing problems with the contract, they renewed it early, in 2015, for another five years. Continue reading What’s been happening, May to June 2019
Social media, the press and my own email inbox have all been buzzing about the recent, very yellow, repainting of all the enforceable road markings in Woodbridge.
Enforceable road markings are being refreshed across Suffolk in advance of CPE (Civil Parking Enforcement) – the transfer of the enforcement of on road parking from the police to the district councils.
This process has been in operation for a while.
A brief background:
Continue reading Yellow Lines in Woodbridge Streets