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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 protested to Greater Anglia in April when it was announced that advance purchase tickets would no longer be sold from station ticket offices.  We are pleased that as a result of a number of protests this policy has now been reversed.


We welcome the work nearing completion on the "Parcels Office" exhibition area and meeting room on Lowestoft station; but are concerned about the delay in starting work on the rebuilding of Saxmundham station, especially after we attended a very positive site meeting in November and were told work was planned to start in March 2019.

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