As usual the Tories are running a short consultation period for an important service. The Park and Ride contract ends in October 2013 and the tender documents are being drawn up now. The survey period has run for just a few weeks and ends on January 5th, so please act now.
The survey is online at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IpswichPR2012
It will ask you whether the service should continue to run straight through from the Copdock site to Martlesham and vice versa. These were originally two separate services and they both ran in a loop around the town centre. It was much easier for people to find the return bus stops and it was also easier for people with mobility difficulties, as they could get on and off at the same stop, thus limiting the amount of walking they had to do.
When the service was combined many people stopped using the service to get to work as it became less punctual – any hold up at either end of the route resulted in major delays. Many older people also stopped using the service, because they had to walk too far to the return stop.
People using the service for the first time get very confused about where to get the bus back. When there were two routes you could still transfer to get to the hospital by getting off one bus and onto the next at any of the town centre bus stops. In the reverse direction you could do the same if you wanted to get to the station.
If you want to have your say on this important service do fill in the survey. It will only take a couple of minutes.