511, The Halesworth Hoppa, Bus Service
HACT have made the decision to stop the Hoppa on Monday and Friday afternoons until further notice. We will run today but that will be it for the time being. This has not been an easy decision. However, looking at numbers over the last 6 months we have had so few passengers that it is not economical or good for the climate to run an empty bus. Our fuel bill this month has almost doubled from the normal amount. This is not sustainable in todays financial climate.
If the fuel crisis gets better and passengers really miss the service then we can reconsider the position.
The Tuesday afternoon will still go ahead as this one does have regular passengers. It will also offer an afternoon to those who need it. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Halesworth Area Community Transport (HACT) provides the 511 bus service in and around Halesworth and Holton connecting them to the GP surgery, the Co-op supermarket, railway station and The Thoroughfare. It is manned by friendly and helpful volunteer drivers and offers bus buddies in the mornings who can assist passengers on and off the bus and offer advice on transport connections and local events and activities.
The 511 route is served by 16-seater minibus. Although we have a tail -lift at the rear of the bus this is used for pre-booked Community hires. We can take on board the Hoppa standard walkers and trolleys only. Heavy wheelchairs and luggage cannot be taken due to lack of space and the health and safety of our staff and other passengers. See attached Health and Safety Document The 511 Service is like any other route, passengers pay a fare or use a concession pass. Passengers can hail the bus anywhere along its route and the driver or buddy will provide assistance getting on and off the vehicle. If necessary drivers can use their own discretion to divert off the main route, for a short distance, to take those with impaired mobility closer to their door. Please call us by 9.15am if you need assistance on 01986 875900.
The 511 Bus service runs weekdays and Saturday, mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm and weekday afternoons (except Wednesday) from 1.45pm to 3.30pm, we do not run on Thursdays.