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ESTA is pleased that Suffolk County Council has given financial support to a replacement for bus service 88, withdrawn at the end of March by Konectbus. The new service 99A is operated by First Eastern Counties and runs between Bungay, Halesworth and Southwold.  It is less frequent and the connections at Halesworth are less convenient - but at least it is a service and ESTA is publishing a leaflet to promote it, while continuing to lobby for improvements.


ESTA welcomes  the introduction of through train and bus ticketing to Leiston and Aldeburgh  and will do its best to promote these.  Meanwhile, we continue to publicise bus/train co-ordination to Southwold through our leaflet "Discover the Blyth Valley".


Saxmundham station: following ESTA's suggestion, two seats have been moved  under the canopy.  ESTA took part in a site meeting in November to hear about plans for rebuilding the station.


At a Rail Users' Forum in London on January 21st we were told that the new fleet of bimode trains  should all be running on our local services by December 2019. However, they will operate the existing timetable until at least May 2020, after which a new timetable will be introduced in stages and associations like ESTA will be consulted about it.


ESTA representatives have also met First Eastern Counties managers to discuss a range of bus issues at places from Ipswich to the Norfolk border.  The company's southbound buses  from Lowestoft will no longer call at the Denmark Road bus stop but at Waveney Road instead. Recent temporary routing because of roadworks show that this is quicker. ESTA has been pressing for a shelter there and has been assured by the County Council that one will be provided this spring.

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