Transport issues to be discussed at East Suffolk Travellers’ Association meeting

Trevor Garrod

Trevor Garrod, chairman of the East Suffolk Travel Association, pictured at Oulton Broad South station. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A transport users' pressure group will discuss local train and bus issues at an annual meeting next weekend.

The East Suffolk Travellers' Association (ESTA) will hold its AGM on Saturday, May 14 in the Gannon Room, Station Approach, Saxmundham, starting at 2pm.

Speakers at the meeting will include Ipswich Borough councillor Philip Smart, who will give a presentation on rail developments in and around East Anglia. There will be reports and discussion of local train and bus issues, including the need to improve bus services to Leiston and Aldeburgh and demand-responsive transport, as well as actions to promote services.

ESTA Chairman Trevor Garrod said: 'There is now a good bus/train interchange at Halesworth for the Blyth Valley and Southwold, with through ticketing, and we want to see that continue. We have helped fund a new leaflet to promote it for this summer. We believe there is similar scope to improve interchange at Saxmundham for Leiston and Aldeburgh.'

Mr Garrod added that it was 'welcome news' that an hourly summer Sunday train service will be operating once more, from mid May, between Norwich and Lowestoft.


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'That must also be well promoted,' Mr Garrod said.

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