ESTA is studying the consultation document issued by Greater Anglia for their main line and local train timetable from December 2021. It appears that train frequencies will be maintained on the Ipswich - Lowestoft and Lowestoft - Norwich lines, which is good, but in January we shall issue our comments and ask our questions on more detailed aspects.

Bus service 99A between Southwold, Halesworth and Bungay is likely to remain the same for a further year, but Suffolk County Council will consider how it may be developed in the longer term. This was revealed in a Zoom meeting which we held with councillors and officers in November. We were also told about a new demand-responsive service due to start between Campsea Ashe, Wickham Market and Framlingham in the New Year, and look forward to helping promote it.

Last year we made suggestions about bus services to Ipswich Hospital and are pleased that changes will be made to the bus waiting area. The space for First Eastern Counties and Ipswich Buses outside A&E will be doubled, with easier access; additional zebra crossings and a new car drop  area away from the buses. Also welcome is the promise to have timetables and ticket purchasing available at A&E.

ESTA is studying a further consultation document on the planned Sizewell C power station. It is not in our remit to lobby for or against nuclear power, but we welcome the proposal for additional freight train during the construction period. We reiterate our call to increase the capacity of the East Suffolk Line however, so that the passenger service is not reduced in order to accommodate the freight trains.

The end of the November lockdown saw the shop and visitor information office on Lowestoft station reopen its doors. As well as increased stocks of gifts, books and railwayana, it is now offering hot drinks, and is again open six days a week from 10:00 till 16:00.

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