Passenger views affect bus timetables

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THAMESDOWN Transport’s tinkering with bus services in Swindon will see changes come into effect from next Tuesday.

More than 60 members of the public responded to the proposed changes during Thamesdown’s consultation in March, which led the firm to modify its plans.

Users welcomed the increase of buses on Service 2 to run every 12 minutes from 7.45am until 6pm as it was felt it would reduce crowding on the bus.

The plan to run Service 16 to the Great Western Hospital every 12 minutes but call at New College in place of Service 3 received a mixed response, with passengers welcoming the more frequent service to the hospital but raising concerns over the number of students taking this route. As a result, Thamesdown will run extra Service 13 and 14 buses between Fleming Way and New College before 9am and after 4pm. The Monday to Friday daytime buses to and from the hospital will carry the service number 16X to signify that they call only at New College.

In response to demand, there will be two new Service 13 journeys at 4.05pm and 5.05pm from Dorcan Industrial Estate to Fleming Way and more evening buses will be added to Service 15 to Haydon Wick.

Service 19B will run five minutes earlier and there will be minor changes on Services 19 and 19A to improve timekeeping.

Due to insufficient demand Service 20 will no longer run on Saturdays and minor changes will be made to the Monday to Friday timetable before 9am.

Timetables will be available on the buses from Friday.

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9:26am Wed 21 May 14

Sir Fawn Maker says...

would have thought that timing the buses from Dorcan at 10 past the hour would have made more sense. Most people work until "o'clock" - doesn't give a lot of time to get out of the building and get to a bus stop.
would have thought that timing the buses from Dorcan at 10 past the hour would have made more sense. Most people work until "o'clock" - doesn't give a lot of time to get out of the building and get to a bus stop. Sir Fawn Maker
  • Score: 3

10:00am Wed 21 May 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Despite huge public subsidies financing the bus services there is not enough demand on some routes, my suggestion would be to scrap the subsidies, let the users be the payers, let the bus companies be run as a commercial entreprises rather than social services!
Despite huge public subsidies financing the bus services there is not enough demand on some routes, my suggestion would be to scrap the subsidies, let the users be the payers, let the bus companies be run as a commercial entreprises rather than social services! A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -3

10:04am Wed 21 May 14

swindondad says...

On a purely selfish note can I say that I do not mind paying a small subsidy (threw my council tax) for the bus service as it means more room on the roads / car parks for me.
On a purely selfish note can I say that I do not mind paying a small subsidy (threw my council tax) for the bus service as it means more room on the roads / car parks for me. swindondad
  • Score: 2

10:45am Wed 21 May 14

Richard Symonds says...

Council Leader Renard recently admitted at a Cabinet Meeting Forum that no survey had been undertaken to establish customer bus requirements.

As the Council ie us owns the Thamesdown Transport why do they not know what the community requires and builds services that meet that requirement?

Now there is a requirement for the 19 service to go beyond its dead end in Sparcells onto the North Orbital Centre as it does on Sundays under the control of that Commercial organisation called Stagecoach, but Lead Member for Transport and Thamesdown Director Keith Williams tells me that it is not possible because the service would then require an additional bus. So put one on then please.

The whole Service needs to be radically overhauled on the basis of need and economic sustainability and that is what I will be seeking if I am elected.
Council Leader Renard recently admitted at a Cabinet Meeting Forum that no survey had been undertaken to establish customer bus requirements. As the Council ie us owns the Thamesdown Transport why do they not know what the community requires and builds services that meet that requirement? Now there is a requirement for the 19 service to go beyond its dead end in Sparcells onto the North Orbital Centre as it does on Sundays under the control of that Commercial organisation called Stagecoach, but Lead Member for Transport and Thamesdown Director Keith Williams tells me that it is not possible because the service would then require an additional bus. So put one on then please. The whole Service needs to be radically overhauled on the basis of need and economic sustainability and that is what I will be seeking if I am elected. Richard Symonds
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