The official launch of the new Southwold add-on ticket took place at Halesworth rail station Friday 31 May 2013. Officials from Halesworth town council, Suffolk County, Waveney District Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Greater Anglia, Anglian Bus, ESTA, the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, and MP Therese Coffey officially dedicated the new service. The 27 minute journey to the seaside resort coincided with a similar dedication in Southwold.
The new link provides a one-ticket one-fare integrated rail and bus ticket to and from Southwold via Halesworth rail station. The joined up service, which has been available since 19 May, allows passengers to buy one ticket for that is good on both Greater Anglia train services and the direct Southwold-to-Halesworth 88A bus service from Anglian Bus.
Anglian’s No. 88A bus runs hourly between Southwold and Halesworth station making for quick connections with Greater Anglia’s hourly train service. The Anglian bus shelter is adjacent to the southbound platorm at the railway station which provides a seamless link. The add-on is just £2 one way or £4 return. One ticket, one fare.
Travelling to Southwold
For those starting a journey to Southwold by rail it couldn’t be easier. The Southwold combination ticket can be purchased online at the Greater Anglia website, at any staffed rail station, or from the conductor on the train. Just ask for Southwold Bus as your destination. Present your rail ricket to the bus driver at Halesworth station for a direct connection to Southwold via Anglian Bus.
Travelling from Southwold
Traveling from Southwold to Halesworth station for onward travel via Greater Anglia rail services? Purchase your all-in-one ticket at the Greater Anglia website for posting to your address. Select ‘Southwold’ as your starting point and any rail station as your destination. Present your rail ticket to the Anglian Bus driver.
Season tickets are also available in both directions.
The new combined rail-bus ticket is flexible and allows you to break your journey at Halesworth to explore this historic market town including its many unique shops along the pedestrianised high street known as The Thoroughfare. Halesworth town centre is less than five minutes walk from the rail station.
Additional Ticket Options Starting in September
Starting in September you’ll also be able to purchase the Southwold all-in-one ticket on your mobile phone, use the new print-at-home option, or buy your ticket at any rail ticket machine.
The new Southwold ticket is made possible by a cooperative effort between rail operator Greater Anglia, Anglian Bus, Suffolk County Council, and the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership.