Improvements to the East Suffolk 521 bus service featuring more frequent connections will be launched tomorrow, with the new timetable coming into effect next Monday.

The rural villages of Benhall Green, Friston, Knodishall, Sternfield, and Thorpeness will have a bus every hour, rather than every two as currently.

Suffolk County Council won nearly £3.6m of government funding to improve bus services across the county over the next two years, of which £250,000 is being spent on funding an extra bus for the 521 route.

The service, operated by BorderBus, runs between Halesworth, Saxmundham, Leiston, and Aldeburgh.

On a Saturday, a bus will run every 90 minutes.

East Anglian Daily Times:

Speaking about the bus improvements across the county, Richard Smith, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for transport strategy, said: “Our focus was to look at how we could increase long-term patronage and revenues to stabilise the existing bus network, whilst also considering new ideas for services.

“We have chosen schemes that test different approaches to delivering public transport in our predominantly rural county, following parish council suggestions for new connections to help communities access services.”