ESTA has been in dialogue with Suffolk County Council about the cuts to sponsored bus services due later this autumn. We made a number of constructive suggestions on how services can be reorganised to maintain links to Framlingham, Laxfield, Blundeston and Lound, for example. We have also offered to consider putting our own timetables on bus stop boards if operators or parish councils are unwilling or unable to do so.


Meanwhile, ESTA has paid to have new boards at Somerleyton, Haddiscoe and Westerfield stations to tell users what we are doing and give useful journey information.


ESTA made representations to East Suffolk Council on the fire-damaged station building at Saxmundham. We are pleased that on October 8th the Planning Committee voted unanimously to accept Greater Anglia's plans for a bungalow-style building and remodelling of the car park. We hope that some improvements will be made to the other platform at the same time.


ESTA has continued to press for better integration between the trains and service 99A at Halesworth. We also submitted proposals for the development of this bus link after the current contract expires. We submitted further Stage 4 comments on the transport aspects of the proposed Sizewell C power station, without taking sides for or against nuclear power.


52 people attended ESTA's public meeting in Lowestoft on October 5th, to hear local train and bus managers and to ask them questions. This meeting will be fully reported in the winter issue of ESTA News.

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