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Offline HughT

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Beestons to drop Haverhill-Clare
« on: July 11, 2018, 03:55:56 PM »
I spotted that Beestons are discontinuing the Haverhill-Clare section of their service 236 (currently Haverhill-Sudbury) from the end of August. Whether there will be a Suffolk County Council replacement for that section of the route remains to be seen - if I lived in Sturmer or Stoke-by-Clare I'd be concerned!

Memory (possibly faulty) tells me that this is one of those relatively rare beasts - a surviving "rail replacement" service from the Beeching era and its aftermath (the railway line closed to passengers in 1967). I'm no expert on the history of services in this area, but I suspect this route was at one time operated by Theobald's, before being transferred to Beestons. Anyone have more information?

Offline John Wakefield

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Re: Beestons to drop Haverhill-Clare
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2018, 07:43:04 PM »
The Big Green Bus Company run a Monday to Friday No 18 service between Haverhill and Clare
file:///C:/Users/john/Downloads/tt-B_18_16-20181015-all.pdf

https://www.suffolkonboard.com/content/downloadstream/4934/17690/file/2018-08-28+18+236.pdf

« Last Edit: October 13, 2018, 08:42:38 PM by Spoddendale »

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Re: Beestons to drop Haverhill-Clare
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2018, 11:06:24 PM »
Stagecoach operate a 13 between Haverhill and Clare i believe one in the evening and one in afternoon on school days only...

https://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/East/CAMBRIDGE/CA%20-%20SERVICE%2013%20-%20SEP%202018.pdf
« Last Edit: October 14, 2018, 05:55:12 AM by Spoddendale »

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Re: Beestons to drop Haverhill-Clare
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2018, 03:55:48 PM »
The Big Green Bus Company run a Monday to Friday No 18 service between Haverhill and Clare
file:///C:/Users/john/Downloads/tt-B_18_16-20181015-all.pdf

https://www.suffolkonboard.com/content/downloadstream/4934/17690/file/2018-08-28+18+236.pdf

It was nice of them to put those two timetables together in the same document.  ::)

Not sure why though; ideal connections for anyone that wants to spend 20m in Haverhill (or Sudbury, if that's a connection) before 9am   :P

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Re: Beestons to drop Haverhill-Clare
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2019, 04:10:45 PM »
'Notices and Proceedings' number 2360 dated 30 January 2019 contains the following application:

Section 3.5 – Cancellations of Existing Services

PF0000003/11 BEESTONS (HADLEIGH) LTD, THE COACH DEPOT, IPSWICH ROAD, HADLEIGH, IPSWICH, IP7 6BG Operating between Sudbury and Haverhill given service number 236 / effective from 05 April 2019
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Re: Beestons to drop Haverhill-Clare
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2019, 04:26:05 PM »
'Notices and Proceedings' number 2360 dated 30 January 2019 contains the following application:

Section 3.5 – Cancellations of Existing Services

PF0000003/11 BEESTONS (HADLEIGH) LTD, THE COACH DEPOT, IPSWICH ROAD, HADLEIGH, IPSWICH, IP7 6BG Operating between Sudbury and Haverhill given service number 236 / effective from 05 April 2019

Does Stephenson operate that route as well

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Re: Beestons to drop Haverhill-Clare
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2019, 08:24:29 PM »
The 236 used to be a through route from Haverhill to Sudbury, but due to low patronage apart from school journeys it was divided into two by Suffolk CC who sponsor it.
Beestons do Sudbury to Clare and Big Green Bus Co Clare to Haverhill. But connection times are very tight at Clare so through journeys are not viable as there is a big risk of getting stranded at Clare should in coming bus be running late.
So as far as I can see Beestons dont actually run from Sudbury to Haverhill, (or from Haverhill to Clare)
Stevensons do not operate a public service over this route, only the 966 Clare via Hundon & Kedington to Haverhill Samual Ward Academy for students only.

Current timetable https://www.suffolkonboard.com/content/downloadstream/4934/17690/file/2017-09-04+236.pdf
« Last Edit: January 31, 2019, 08:45:36 AM by John Wakefield »