First to withdraw from Bury St Edmunds

First in Bury St Edmunds © David Slater

After several years of decline and with other operators in competition on all but one route, First Suffolk & Norfolk have announced that they are to close their six bus operation in Bury St Edmunds on 31st March 2012.

First issued the following press release earlier today...

We have advised staff in Bury St Edmunds that, in order to preserve employment, we do not anticipate any redundancies. Every member of staff affected by this closure will be offered employment at our Ipswich depot.

Our operations at Bury St Edmunds have not been commercially viable for some considerable time, and with continued cost increases facing the industry plus the Governments decision to reduce the BSOG (Bus Service Operators Grant) by 20% from April 2012, it is with regret that we have decided to withdraw all services at the end of March.

The withdrawal of services should cause minimal disruption to the majority of our existing passengers.

Nigel Barrett, Regional Managing Director, First South East and Midlands said: "It is a shame to withdraw services from any area in which we operate, but sadly our operations in Bury St Edmunds have not been commercially viable for a while. I am pleased that we do not anticipate any redundancies due to the withdrawal of services.'