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'Use it or lose it' - Bus service at risk as it loses £30-a-day on route

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A town's "lifeline" bus service could leave dozens of passengers "isolated and lonely" if numbers don't pick up.

BorderBus' Beccles town service route offers passengers a chance to get into the town and back home for just £3.20.

But with the service losing the company around £30 each day, its future is now at risk.

Nicola Pursey, of BorderBus, said: "This bus service is crucial to so many people who rely on it as a lifeline and the potential loss of it would be catastrophic to them.

"It's great for people's mental health to help them get out and about when maybe they can't walk very far.

"Unfortunately at the moment a reduction in passenger numbers means we are losing around £30 each day just to operate.

"We have a morning and afternoon school run and that is currently subsidising our town service route."

Mrs Pursey said while the service has never been a profitable one, its importance to the town means it is worth keeping active.

She said: "We get £1.32 from Suffolk County Council (SCC) each time a concession pass is used.

"Through Covid SCC were reimbursing us based off our pre-pandemic numbers, but that has stopped now and we have only seen 70pc of our concession numbers come back.

"This service has never made a profit and only sometimes breaks even, but we want to stick with it because we know how crucial it is to our passengers.

"But this loss is too much to take with wages, rising fuel costs, maintenance of our buses and taxes."

Caroline Topping, leader of the Green, Liberal Democrat and Independent........

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