Whilst most visitors and holiday-makers arrive in our area by car there are many residents who use and depend on public transport for their day-to-day shopping, leisure, work and social & medical care. The Society has always campaigned for better and more reliable transport links to the area - local & further afield - and monitors the performance, plans and promises of bus and rail operators. The prelude to the 2015 General Election produced a number of commitments to road and rail improvements. The Society will pursue these.
Over the years we have participated in a variety of traffic and parking surveys in Southwold and continue to be involved in the ongoing debate on solutions to the problems the popularity of our location poses for residents, visitors and businesses. The Society took part in the long debate on the "bus ban" and endorsed the project for the Shuttle Bus serving Southwold and Reydon. We also made a start-up donation. Timetables for the service can be found at: www.southwold.onesuffolk.net
We also support and the Reydon District Community Transport Association www.reydondistrictcommunitytransport.onesuffolk.net who have a mini-bus for hire and the Voluntary Help Centre which can organise volunteer drivers for hospital and other visits: www.southwoldvhc.com.
The Society encourages efforts to provide a 'longer transport day' with earlier and later services and more reliable long-distance links with logical connections -a bus service to Darsham Station and beyond, for example, as well as the restoration of basic Sunday services. We acknowledge that there is a commercial case to make and accept that there is a "use it or lose it" factor - hence our continuing support for the East Suffolk Travellers Association (ESTA) at: www.eastsuffolktravel.org.uk and other groups.
Train timetables and "live" information: www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Timetables and circumstances change and our rail services, for example, are subject to numerous week-end engineering works. The links above will not always indicate alterations but it is worth trying "live departure" information.
The Society has campaigned for better service and supports the Better Broadband for Suffolk initiative, including the programme to fill "blind-spots" and the introduction of super-fast services, although grants for businesses to upgrade do not currently cover the Southwold and Reydon area.
For the latest information: www.betterbroadbandsuffolk.com