Major Changes to Ipswich services from 1st September 2019 - Updated 13th August 2019
From 1st September we’re making changes to some of the times and routes of our buses around Ipswich.
These changes are based on feedback from passengers, local stakeholders and our local driving team as well as extensive analysis of passenger journeys and punctuality of our services.
Our new ticket machines, introduced in May 2018, allow us to collect more detailed data on where and when people travel than has ever been possible in the past and we have carried out a detailed analysis of all of this information when designing these changes; many of which are intended to bring simpler, quicker and more direct journeys for the majority of passengers as well as ensuring the long-term sustainability of our network that is operated almost entirely without any sort of local authority subsidy.
Details of the changes can be found below, along with PDF copies of the new timetables (at the bottom of the page), complete with route maps and ticket information.
Printed copies will be available from our Ipswich Travel Shop in Old Cattle Market Bus Station and all of our usual outlets around two to three weeks before the new services begin.
Gainsborough (60A) & Greenwich (60) - Nacton Road - Ipswich Town Centre
We’re making some minor changes to times of buses on both 60 and 60A services in the mid afternoon to better meet demand at this time of day.
Service 63|64|65 & Service 800 to Rendlesham
Aldeburgh - Leiston - Saxmundham - Wickham Market - Melton & Woodbridge - Ipswich Hospital - Ipswich Town Centre
We’ll be introducing a new timetable across all of these services, to better match them to the journeys that people are making.
Service 64 will continue to operate between Ipswich, Leiston and Aldeburgh up to every hour throughout the day from Monday to Saturday calling at Woodbridge, Melton, Wickham Market and Saxmundham. However, buses will take a new, faster route through Woodbridge using Warren Hill Road and Old Barrack Road and will no longer travel along Newnham Road, Peterhouse Crescent and Bullard’s Lane from where only very small numbers of passengers use the bus each day.
Service 64 buses will also no longer serve Martlesham Black Tiles, and will travel between Woodbridge and the Martlesham Heath roundabout via the A12. Service 65 will operate a limited number of journeys each day that provide a link to Martlesham Tesco.
Service 800 (Ipswich Park & Ride) will no longer be extended beyond the park and ride site to Woodbridge, Melton and Rendlesham. Rendlesham will be served by buses on Service 65 which will operate a number of journeys throughout the day at the times when the majority of people are travelling, and will call at all stops to Ipswich town centre.
We will be operating a revised service 63 beyond Wickham Market to Framlingham with a return ‘shoppers’ journey on weekdays, arriving in Ipswich at around 1100 and leaving at 1405.
Service 66 (including X66|H66|67) - Updated 13th August 2019
Service 66 buses will operate a revised route around Martlesham Heath. On Monday to Saturday daytimes two buses per hour (numbered 66) will operate via Tesco and travel along Gloster Road to serve Adastral Park, returning to Martlesham Heath roundabout via the A12.
One bus per hour (numbered 66A) will not call at Tesco, but will travel via Gloster Road and operate along the length of Eagle Way before returning to Martlesham Heath roundabout.
In the evenings and on Sundays, all buses will operate as a 66, following the route via Tesco, Gloster Road and A12.
In Ipswich town centre, buses travelling between Tower Ramparts and Ipswich Rail Station will now travel via Civic Drive not Museum Street. Buses travelling towards Martlesham will no longer go into Old Cattle Market Bus Station, and will instead use the stop at Dogs Head Street/Revolution.
Service X66, fast between Ipswich and BT/Adastral Park will no longer operate. Instead, four service 800 journeys will operate between Ipswich town centre and BT/Adastral Park in the weekday mornings, following the normal direct route along Woodbridge Road and Kesgrave Main Road.
There will be a revised timetable on services 67 and H66.
Grange Farm - Kesgrave - Ipswich Hospital - Ipswich Town Centre
Due to the extremely small numbers of people travelling since its’ introduction in July 2017, unfortunately this service will be withdrawn.
Stowmarket Town Centre & Estates - Combs Ford - Needham Market - Claydon - Ipswich Town Centre
As a result of an extremely detailed analysis of the use of our buses between Ipswich and Stowmarket, we will be introducing a completely revised service and timetable to allow faster journeys between the main points on the route, better meeting the needs of the majority of passengers.
All buses will operate as service 88, following a standard route travelling from Ipswich along Norwich Road, Old Norwich Road and then calling at Claydon (The Greyhound) and travelling through Needham Market along Lower Street, Ipswich Road, High Street and Stowmarket Road. From there buses will call at Combs Ford, Cracknells Shop, then following Ipswich Road into Stowmarket.
This faster, more direct route will reduce journey times between Ipswich and Needham Market to just 31 minutes and Ipswich and Stowmarket to just 45 minutes.
Within Stowmarket buses will operate a simplified loop via Finborough Road, Onehouse Road and Chilton Way. Buses will then serve the new Northfield View development at the bottom of Chilton Way, via Bury Road, Brooke Road and Sorley Way, returning to Stowmarket town centre via Bury Road.
As a result of these changes, our buses will no longer serve Bramford Road, Bramford village, Claydon Estate, either estate in Needham Market, Melford Road/Lavenham Way in Combs Ford and St Edmunds Road/Mead Road/St Peters Road/Gainsborough Road/Thirlmere Drive in Stowmarket.
In all cases this is because of the extremely small numbers of people using our buses to and from these areas, the majority of which are within walking distance of an alternative bus stop, sometimes only reaching low single figures each week. Bramford village will be served by service 111 operated by Ipswich Buses on behalf of Suffolk County Council.
School bus 89A will be known at 989 and will operate via the current route, whilst school bus 987 will now start at Needham Market, The Swan before operating its current route to Stowupland High School.
Service 800 – Ipswich Park & Ride
We will be introducing a revised timetable on service 800, with changes to the times of some buses in the morning and afternoon peak periods to better match the times people travel and to reflect increased traffic congestion at those times of day. Buses will still operate up to every 15 minutes between both park and ride car parks and the town centre throughout the day from Monday to Saturday.
Buses will no longer extend beyond Martlesham Park & Ride to Woodbridge and Rendlesham. In term-time, all buses towards London Road Park & Ride will call at Suffolk One College.
Due to a lack of use over the past two years, the evening journeys to London Road Park & Ride operated by service 66 buses will be withdrawn. Evening service 66 buses to Martlesham will continue to call at Martlesham Park & Ride.