Newmarket group retains contract for rural transport
A Newmarket-based community transport group is celebrating after regaining the contracts for two vital bus services which operate in Suffolk and Norfolk.
For the past two years the Voluntary Network, which is based in All Saints Road, has been running two Suffolk Link demand-responsive transport services covering the local towns including Newmarket and Mildenhall and more than 40 parishes including Gazeley, Elveden and Barton Mills.
Now, following a recent tender process, Suffolk County Council has said it can continue to provide the services up until 2016.
Caroline Cowie, Voluntary Network Manager, said: “We are delighted to have regained the contracts, which we see as a big endorsement of the professional, cost-effective and dedicated manner in which we have operated the service over the past two-years.
“These two services provide a vital transport link to many communities in the Forest Heath area, which allows them to link up with other bus and train services, as well as providing a way of getting to amenities such as shopping facilities, hospitals and leisure centres.”
Suffolk Links is a demand-responsive service, funded by Suffolk County Council, which primarily provides connections to bus and train links in rural areas.
The service is open to all members of the public and the vehicles are all wheelchair accessible.
It picks passengers up at a location convenient to them and takes them where they want to go on a pre-booked basis.
Both services run from 7am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday, while bookings can be made between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
For more information about both services can be contacted on 01638 664304.
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