I write to you ahead of the official public notice (unfortunately the news has leaked onto social media) to inform you of the forthcoming withdrawal of Konectbus services in South Norfolk and North Suffolk.
The current 88 timetable (Southwold – Halesworth – Bungay – Norwich) will be withdrawn between Bungay and Norwich via Ditchingham, Woodton, Brooke, Poringland) from Friday 1st March and between Southwold – Halesworth and Bungay from 31 March 2019.
The reason that we are withdrawing this route is that they have run at loss for a sustained period of time, direct competition from another bus operator has reduced revenues and there has been a general decline in the rural bus market.
We have advised both Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils of our intentions and will continue to work with then whilst they decide what bus services can be provided to cover parts of the withdrawn route where no alternative already exists.
I understand this news will be both worrying and frustrating for those who use the current bus services, but this decision has not been an easy one to make.
If you would like to make this information public on your website or other parish notice boards then please feel free to do so.
I would like to thank you for your support given to our bus service provision and hope alternative transport options can be found and published shortly.