OK I know I said no more posts tonight but I have just seen on the First website that they are upping the ante in Ipswich. From 25th May the 53, which runs to Chantry in opposition to Ipswich Buses service 13 is going to run into the town centre in a loop going past Old Cattle Market. I can see this luring customers away from the 13 who have Tower Ramparts or nothing really, so watch for IB to follow suit and the 13 to revert to its original town centre routing. The 53 will change to a 12 min frequency which is a reduction on the current 10 min frequency.
Also First's Superoute 66 is going to be extended from Ipswich Rail Station to serve Maidenhall and Halifax Monday - Saturday which will be in direct competition with IB's 15 and 7 services. This will give the residents from those areas a direct link to Ipswich Hospital which again I think will prove popular since IB stopped the through service a couple of years ago when they started using Tower ramparts as a hub. Again watch for IB to reintroduce through services linking the 5 and 11 with the 7 and 15 like it used to be! Only speculation but doesn't take much working out! How long before First combine the 53 with the 55? Only wish such battles were taking place in my village.
You can see the full list of service changes in Ipswich on First's website by clicking here.