For several years ESTA has pressed for a shelter for passengers awaiting southbound buses outside Lowestoft rail station and even offered up to £500 towards the cost.


We are delighted that a shelter has now been erected in Waveney Road, where the buses to Southwold, Kessingland, Pakefield and Carlton Colville now stop. Suffolk County Council have been able to pay for this out of contingency funding.  Now we await timetable posters in one of the empty cases, and realtime-information screen and extra signage from the rail station. At present, only a poster on ESTA's board on platform 2 directs people to the Waveney Road stop.


Meanwhile, ESTA has produced two new coloured leaflets "Discover the Blyth Valley and "Saxmundham to the Coast" to promote the bus/rail integration at Halesworth (for Southwold) and Saxmundham (for Leiston and Aldeburgh).  We have also called for improvements to the arrangements at Halesworth station.


ESTA has written to Suffolk County Council expressing its concern at the proposed funding cuts which threaten bus services 62, 70, 71, 108 and 532, affecting Framlingham, Wickham Market, Sudbourne, Laxfield, Blundeston and Lound. We suggest alternatives involving better promotion and integration of these links and some reorganisation of other services.


Meanwhile, our Association awaits the rebuilding of Saxmundham station for which, we understand, funding is now available. We have also expressed our concern to Greater Anglia over plans to charge for car parking at some unstaffed stations.

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