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Showdown over buses

By Jo Deeks on Thursday, 20th January 2000.

ANGRY bus users are to get the chance to confront representatives from Stagecoach Cambus and Suffolk County Council at a meeting in Haverhill tomorrow.
MP Richard Spring persuaded the two bodies to send someone to the meeting, organised by the local Forum 55 group.
The public meeting, which Mr Spring will attend, will be held at Haverhill Arts Centre at 2pm and questions may be submitted, in writing, on entry to the hall.
Mr Spring met Stagecoach Managing Director Philip Eden and Mike Jeanes, Suffolk County Council's Director of Environment and Transport, in Newmarket on Friday in a bid to get vital services there and around Haverhill restored.
After the meeting, Mr Spring said they had made some progress in getting new routes proposed for Newmarket, but he believed poor service had been the problem in the Haverhill area.
"I have persuaded them to come and I hope we can all sit down and work this thing out.
"It is clear to me that people need to talk directly to the management. I think the problem has been the terrible service people have received and they are aware of this," Mr Spring said.
One specific issue Stagecoach has promised to look at is a request for a service for staff and visitors to Eastcotts Nursing home at Calford Green, near Haverhill, which could be combined with the Kedington to Haverhill route and cater for for homes on that side of the town.
Mr Spring had called for an urgent meeting with Stagecoach, saying he believed they had badly let down his constituents.
People face difficulties getting to shops, surgeries and other vital services and others had been left stranded at bus stops because of operational failures by the bus company.

Haverhill Weekly News

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