All change on Ipswich Park & Ride as new contract begins

It was all change on Suffolk County Council's Ipswich Park & Ride yesterday (Monday 4th October 2013) as Ipswich Buses began operating the network following a five year absence during which the services were operated by First.

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Ipswich Buses P&R Optare Versa 148 YK08 EPE, Kesgrave ©.Colin Humphrey/Ipswich Bus Page

Ipswich Buses' return to the routes, after being awarded the contract by Suffolk County Council earlier this year brings a new look livery and branding to the network which now runs cross town linking the Park and Ride sites via the town centre.

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Ipswich Buses P&R Optare Versa 146 YK08 EPC, Suffolk One © Colin Humphrey/Ipswich Bus Page

Although slightly older than the vehicles employed by First on the routes (58 reg v 08 reg) Ipswich Buses have acquired 8 ex Nottingham City Transport MAN powered Optare Versas 145-52 YK08 EPA/C/D/E/F/J/U/V to run the network - all of which wear the new Ipswich P&R livery and have been extensively refurbished including the fitting of leather seats and on board 'next stop' announcement systems.

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Ipswich Buses P&R Optare Versa 146 YK08 EPC, Kesgrave © Colin Humphrey/Ipswich Bus Page.

Also acquired as spare vehicles for Park & Ride as well as Ipswich Buses own town services are two brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro200s 081/2 YX63 LGE/F - these wear a half blue/half green livery to reflect their shared uses.

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Ipswich Buses ADL Enviro200 082 YX63 LGF, Kesgrave © Colin Humphrey/Ipswich Bus Page.

Many thanks to Colin Humphrey/Ipswich Bus Page for the photographs used in this post, for more of the new Park & Ride fleet as well as a look at First's last day on the network check out Ipswich Bus Page on Flickr.