Chippenham and Malmesbury villages and pupils isolated in bus cuts

This Is Wiltshire: Chippenham and Malmesbury villages and pupils isolated in bus cuts Chippenham and Malmesbury villages and pupils isolated in bus cuts

Changes to Wiltshire Council bus services through Chippenham and Malmesbury are due to come into effect at the end of March, after months of consultations.

But the revised timetable has come as a shock for passengers who rely on public transport for school runs, shopping and to get to work, particularly for those who were unaware of the consultations last year.

Among affected services are the 35 Castle Combe to Corsham, the 91 Malmesbury to Chippenham bus through villages, and 99 Monkton Park to Chippenham.

Mother-of-three Leanne Woodford, 34, said two of her children would now have to get a taxi to and from Malmesbury Primary School after their bus via Charlton was withdrawn.

“My nine-year-old and 11-year-old children can no longer get their 8.25am bus to school. It will be going to Cross Hayes and then they are expected to get a taxi from there,” she said.

“We moved to Charlton and my little boy was told he has to go to school in Lea, so I can’t be in Lea and Malmesbury at the same time.

“No one informed me about this and it was actually the bus driver who told my daughters. The changes mean that the first bus leaves at 11.13am now.

“It doesn’t go through Lea, either, now and there’s a teacher at my son’s pre-school who’s not going to be able to get there by bus in the mornings.”

Andy Bus in Malmesbury lost the tender for the Malmesbury service in favour of Coach Style in Chippenham.

Proposed changes to services is expected to save Wiltshire Council £115,000 a year.

Jennie Waldron, of Great Somerford, was baffled that the changes meant she could easily get to Swindon to shop, but not to her local town, Malmesbury. She will stop shopping locally because of the lack of parking.

“There’s one lady who lives opposite me who says she does not know what she is going to do because, she can’t get into Malmesbury because she does not drive,” said Mrs Waldron, an assistant manager for the Sue Ryder charity shop.

“My husband usually drops me off and I get the 5.25pm bus home, but now I am going to have to drive in and get caught in all the traffic that’s in Malmesbury.

“Someone said I should just park around the streets, but I don’t do that. I will have to park in the long-stay car park.”

Changes can be seen at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council/consultations/ consultationbusroutes.htm

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “We have to save money by reducing some services which are not well used. We have done everything we can to reduce the impact on people by accommodating as many suggestions as possible.”

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2:05am Fri 21 Mar 14

tragbag says...

This is appalling! There isn't the room for everybody to live in Malmesbury - people do have to live out in the villages and public transport services should be in place to serve them. In particular it's essential that children are able to get to school, and elderly people can get to local shops and services.
This is appalling! There isn't the room for everybody to live in Malmesbury - people do have to live out in the villages and public transport services should be in place to serve them. In particular it's essential that children are able to get to school, and elderly people can get to local shops and services. tragbag
  • Score: 4

2:09am Fri 21 Mar 14

tragbag says...

Surely the use of public transport should be encouraged rather than forcing people to rely on cars so contributing to pollution, road congestion, and parking problems!
Surely the use of public transport should be encouraged rather than forcing people to rely on cars so contributing to pollution, road congestion, and parking problems! tragbag
  • Score: 3

9:33am Fri 21 Mar 14

Harry_Collier says...

Problem is, people pay heavily for thei cars - buying them, maintaining them, taxing them, buying high-priced fuel. But people who want buses don't expect to pay the full cost and expect other people to subsidise THEIR transport. Not fair. Most buses I observe round here only carry 2-3 passengers, even at prices subsidised by my taxes.
Problem is, people pay heavily for thei cars - buying them, maintaining them, taxing them, buying high-priced fuel. But people who want buses don't expect to pay the full cost and expect other people to subsidise THEIR transport. Not fair. Most buses I observe round here only carry 2-3 passengers, even at prices subsidised by my taxes. Harry_Collier
  • Score: 2

12:29pm Fri 21 Mar 14

kimcrawley says...

Harry_Collier,
The transport provided by buses is a PUBLIC SERVICE!
The £200 billion pounds we gave to the banks is not. Why should I have to subsidise ludicrous bonuses for the idiots that have ruined our economy.
Remember what the tories said when they 'Privatised' public transport, how the market would reduce fares, pah.
A properly regulated and funded integrated transport system will be of far more benefit to this country than paying billions in bonuses to the useless tory bankers.
Harry_Collier, The transport provided by buses is a PUBLIC SERVICE! The £200 billion pounds we gave to the banks is not. Why should I have to subsidise ludicrous bonuses for the idiots that have ruined our economy. Remember what the tories said when they 'Privatised' public transport, how the market would reduce fares, pah. A properly regulated and funded integrated transport system will be of far more benefit to this country than paying billions in bonuses to the useless tory bankers. kimcrawley
  • Score: -2

8:22pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Harry_Collier says...

kimcrawley wrote:
Harry_Collier,
The transport provided by buses is a PUBLIC SERVICE!
The £200 billion pounds we gave to the banks is not. Why should I have to subsidise ludicrous bonuses for the idiots that have ruined our economy.
Remember what the tories said when they 'Privatised' public transport, how the market would reduce fares, pah.
A properly regulated and funded integrated transport system will be of far more benefit to this country than paying billions in bonuses to the useless tory bankers.
A public service? But hardly any member of the public in Wiltshire wants to use them! The last time I went on a bus (in London) the woman I was with was mugged by an enormous gorilla and her credit cards stolen. Since then, like most people, I take care to avoid "public services" which seem to be inhabited by drunks, thieves, or people with horrible diseases. All most of us do is ... pay for the few people who want to use these near-empty buses belching diesel fumes. Public buses have had their day, thank goodness.
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: Harry_Collier, The transport provided by buses is a PUBLIC SERVICE! The £200 billion pounds we gave to the banks is not. Why should I have to subsidise ludicrous bonuses for the idiots that have ruined our economy. Remember what the tories said when they 'Privatised' public transport, how the market would reduce fares, pah. A properly regulated and funded integrated transport system will be of far more benefit to this country than paying billions in bonuses to the useless tory bankers.[/p][/quote]A public service? But hardly any member of the public in Wiltshire wants to use them! The last time I went on a bus (in London) the woman I was with was mugged by an enormous gorilla and her credit cards stolen. Since then, like most people, I take care to avoid "public services" which seem to be inhabited by drunks, thieves, or people with horrible diseases. All most of us do is ... pay for the few people who want to use these near-empty buses belching diesel fumes. Public buses have had their day, thank goodness. Harry_Collier
  • Score: -4

10:57pm Fri 21 Mar 14

kimcrawley says...

Harry Collier
You just don't get it do you, we pay billions of pounds for the criminal activities of bankers and you begrudge a pittance that enables people without cars to access vital amenities.
How heroic of you to watch a woman being mugged, if that's the best you can come up with as a critique of public transport along with the description of the public as drunks, thieves and disease ridden you overplay your prejudices.
You are just another nasty little tory ****.
Harry Collier You just don't get it do you, we pay billions of pounds for the criminal activities of bankers and you begrudge a pittance that enables people without cars to access vital amenities. How heroic of you to watch a woman being mugged, if that's the best you can come up with as a critique of public transport along with the description of the public as drunks, thieves and disease ridden you overplay your prejudices. You are just another nasty little tory ****. kimcrawley
  • Score: 0

3:22pm Sat 22 Mar 14

kimcrawley says...

Looks like Wiltshire Council are employing a rapid rebuttal squad.
Cost of using leisure centres goes up we get a nasty little tory (Wilts_ born_n' bred) claiming that overweight people are sky subscribers, smokers and benefit scroungers.
Now we have the intellectually challenged Harry Collier who thinks that people who use public transport are disease ridden, drunken thieves.
Come on Scott you should be able to do better than that, after all just like Cameron you are an accomplished liar.
Looks like Wiltshire Council are employing a rapid rebuttal squad. Cost of using leisure centres goes up we get a nasty little tory (Wilts_ born_n' bred) claiming that overweight people are sky subscribers, smokers and benefit scroungers. Now we have the intellectually challenged Harry Collier who thinks that people who use public transport are disease ridden, drunken thieves. Come on Scott you should be able to do better than that, after all just like Cameron you are an accomplished liar. kimcrawley
  • Score: -3

6:40pm Mon 24 Mar 14

martin2014 says...

The change I am the most disappointed with is the withdrawal of the first journey on service 41 from Malmesbury to Yate and back.

I always felt really proud of the fact that the area I lived in (Yate) had good bus links from a range of areas such as Malmesbury and Tetbury, enabling people from those areas to access the facilities that Yate has to offer but in the last couple of years the direct route from Tetbury to Yate has been all but withdrawn and the frequency reduced and now the Malmesbury route is being cut back too. I feel so sorry for those people who do use that service to travel to Chipping Sodbury and Yate for work, healthcare appointments or recreational purposes.
The change I am the most disappointed with is the withdrawal of the first journey on service 41 from Malmesbury to Yate and back. I always felt really proud of the fact that the area I lived in (Yate) had good bus links from a range of areas such as Malmesbury and Tetbury, enabling people from those areas to access the facilities that Yate has to offer but in the last couple of years the direct route from Tetbury to Yate has been all but withdrawn and the frequency reduced and now the Malmesbury route is being cut back too. I feel so sorry for those people who do use that service to travel to Chipping Sodbury and Yate for work, healthcare appointments or recreational purposes. martin2014
  • Score: 2

8:52pm Mon 24 Mar 14

kimcrawley says...

Well said martin 2014.
Harry Collier and the other political Neanderthals who think that every body has a car or can afford a taxi, live in a Daily Mail world that thinks all services are a waste of 'their' money until they need: The Fire Service, Health Service or the Police Service.
Just like all the other public services Libraries, Parks, Education and Social, these people use them but don't want to pay for them.
Transport subsidies enable people without cars to access vital resources. What do the stupid Daily Mail readers suggest, that you can only live in a rural area if you own a car? What will they do when they are unable to drive because of infirmity or finances - fly?
Well said martin 2014. Harry Collier and the other political Neanderthals who think that every body has a car or can afford a taxi, live in a Daily Mail world that thinks all services are a waste of 'their' money until they need: The Fire Service, Health Service or the Police Service. Just like all the other public services Libraries, Parks, Education and Social, these people use them but don't want to pay for them. Transport subsidies enable people without cars to access vital resources. What do the stupid Daily Mail readers suggest, that you can only live in a rural area if you own a car? What will they do when they are unable to drive because of infirmity or finances - fly? kimcrawley
  • Score: 4

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