Autumn shake-up for Diss and Eye bus services

Galloways service at Diss bus station. Picture: Simon Parkin

Galloways service at Diss bus station. Picture: Simon Parkin - Credit: Simon Parkin

Bus services linking Diss and Eye to Ipswich could be facing a shake-up in October after an operator said it plans to withdraw from its local contracts.

Galloways has told Suffolk County Council that it will be withdrawing from the 112, 113, 114, 115, and 116 services from Ipswich to Diss, Eye, Mendlesham and Debenham on October 18.

The county is undertaking a shake-up of rural bus services but had not said these services were at risk and confirmed they will be put out to tender to find a new operator.

A spokeswoman for the county council said: "These routes will be tendered out shortly and whilst there may be some changes, we intend to stay as close to existing routes as possible.

"Most passengers will not be impacted as the new tender will commence the day after the current one ends. This is a good opportunity to try and integrate some of the other bus services which are currently under review."

The contracts had been due to be renegotiated in 2020. Galloways director Bill Hiron said his company had withdrawn in order to bring the process forward and would be bidding again.