971 bus service from Hadleigh to Colchester to continue


Suffolk County Council are pleased to confirm that the 971 bus service from Hadleigh to Colchester will continue to run after the public subsidy is withdrawn.

Beestons, who are the current operator for the service has agreed to continue the contract on a commercial basis.

There will be a slight change to the route, which will now take the following journey: Hadleigh – Capel – Bergholt – Stratford – Colchester. This means that the bus will no longer stop in Layham, Raydon and Holton St Mary but people living in these villages can meet the bus in Hadleigh or East Bergholt.

Councillor Mary Evans, Cabinet member for Highways Transport and Rural Issues said:

“It is great that Beestons have agreed to take on this service commercially. It is an important route for residents in these villages, including students, who use the bus to get to post-16 centres in Colchester.

“This is a good example of how we are working with operators to find solutions where we are unable to fund services with public money. We are continuing our conversations with operators and local communities and are dedicated to seeking solutions like this for other services.”

A spokesperson from Beestons said:

“We are pleased to be able to take on this route commercially, to continue this bus service for our current and future passengers.”