I have received a number of query’s as to the future of the No 16 bus service after rumors of its demise started to circulate.
I want to explain that the No 16 is not going to be axed and I will try to explain what is going on in greater detail.
Labour are not axing the No 16 bus service, Ipswich Buses are De-registering the service which is not the same and does not mean the service will cease.
As Ipswich Buses no longer intend to run the service on a commercial basis there is a legal process they have to follow. They have to notify VOSA (Dept for Transport) of their intention to cease running these COMMERCIALLY.
Ipswich Borough Council are able to enter into a agreement with Ipswich Buses to continue to run these services with financial support if required.
Ipswich Borough Council has a budget which purpose is to support local bus services.
I understand this rumor has caused great distress to some of my residents and this distress was fanned by a factually inaccurate tory leaflet that was circulating at the weekend,
I want to assure you all the No 16 will continue to run