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Jeff Morss of Fareline. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.
Jeff Morss of Fareline. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.

Falling passengers and a lack of funding may force a Wingfield man to bid farewell to the bus service he saved from extinction.

The 121 bus route connects Stradbroke to Ipswich - making 14 stops, including Laxfield.

But, circumstances could force Jeff Morss to give up the bus route he helped save on September 4.

“The route had been running for many years before I took it on four years ago,” said Mr Morss.

“It originally ran three days a week, before bus companies decided it wasn’t economical.

“I was approached by a number of villagers who were desperate to see the service continue.

“I decided to take on the challenge and keep the bus service running.”

Starting up one-man Fareline Coach Services in 1974, Mr Morss is one of Suffolk’s smallest independent bus operators.

He also runs the 170, 319, 320, 475 bus services, connecting Eye as far afield as Diss, Felixstowe and Bury St Edmunds.

“Less and less people have been using it,” explained Mr Morss.

“From a few days a week, the service now only runs once a month. But, it helps connect people in rural areas who rely on it for shopping, hospital appointments, and so on.

“It’s a real pity that I have to stop.

“But, it is just a sign of the times. Wherever you go in the country, its the same.”

However, Mr Morss has been trying to keep the route alive.

“I have approached parish councils and Suffolk County Council for subsidies, but they have not been forthcoming. It would be great if there was a way to keep the service going and I’m willing for people to get in touch.”

To get in touch with Mr Morss, call 07850 940445.

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