Katch electric taxi bus service now running to Snape Maltings
One of Suffolk’s most popular destinations is now easy to reach without needing a car following the launch of an extension to electric taxi bus service Katch.
The on-demand service now runs to Snape Maltings, the arts, retail, and heritage site on the banks of the River Alde, near Aldeburgh.
With its converted Victorian buildings, Snape Maltings is home to independent shops and galleries and several performance venues, including the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Katch is led by Suffolk County Council in partnership with CarsSmart, and with support from East Suffolk Council, Framlingham Town Council, Wickham Market Parish Council, Community Rail Network, East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership and Greater Anglia.
Katch helps deliver on the commitment Suffolk councils have made to grow the region’s passenger transport in a sustainable way and plays a part in cutting carbon to help reach the Government’s ambition of zero emissions by 2050 and Suffolk County Council’s own target of being carbon neutral by 2030.
Katch is a travel solution for residents and visitors in Wickham Market and Framlingham, as well as enabling people using the Ipswich – Lowestoft train line to book the taxi bus for a journey to Snape Maltings from Wickham Market railway station in Campsea Ashe.
It uses electric vehicles operating as shared taxi buses serving Framlingham - Wickham Market - Wickham Market Railway Station (at Campsea Ashe) - Tunstall - Snape Maltings - Snape.
It serves fixed bus stops and journeys can be booked on-demand by telephone or via the Katch app, charging fares in line with a bus service. Payment can be made by contactless card or cash.
Councillor Alexander Nicoll, Suffolk County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport Strategy and county councillor for the Wickham division (covering Wickham Market and Campsea Ashe) said: “I am delighted Katch is now able to help people visit Snape Maltings, which is such a popular arts and heritage destination.
“It is only by making public transport a viable alternative for all in our county that we will get more people to leave their cars at home, which will play a big part in our efforts to reduce vehicle emissions and cut carbon.
“Katch is also part of our wider strategy to help, especially rural, communities with better public transport connections to facilitate work, education and leisure needs.”
We are delighted to be working with Katch to help people from both the local area and further afield to reach Snape Maltings using low carbon transport and without needing a car. We are eager to make the site more accessible to everyone, and to reduce our carbon footprint.
Harry Young, Britten Pears Arts
Aaron Taffera, chair of the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, said, “We were very keen to support the expansion of this service to make it easier for people to access train travel in a rural area; at the same time tourists will now be able to easily visit Snape Maltings in addition to Framlingham Castle using the rail network.
“With rail travel being the third most sustainable form of transport after walking and cycling, a combined journey using the train and Katch will help to cut down on emissions and pollution from car use in our countryside and encourage people back to rail."
Katch launched on a 12-month trial in May 2021. It is available seven days a week, Monday to Friday 7.50am to 8pm, Saturday 8am to 8pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am to 6pm.
Journeys can be booked up to 30 minutes in advance via the Katch App or telephone by calling 01728 55 44 55.
The cost of a return journey is £7 and a single journey is £4 for an adult or children's fares are £3 return and £1.50 single. For further information about Katch visit www.katchalift.com
My little girl and I absolutely loved today. We will definitely be back to more events in the future. The staff were all so friendly and accommodating. I do not have a bad word to say about my experience. The event itself was perfect for my little one and the site is absolutely beautiful and easily accessible with a pushchair. I used the Katch transport which was simple and easy to use and convenient. Thank you so much!
Audience Member, December 2021