Councillors fight to keep bus services

This Is Wiltshire: Couns Rex Barnett and David Renard, who have been lobbying to stop changes being made to a vital bus service in Haydon Wick Couns Rex Barnett and David Renard, who have been lobbying to stop changes being made to a vital bus service in Haydon Wick

COUNCILLORS in Haydon Wick have been lobbying to stop changes being made to a vital bus service in their area.

From Sunday, Thamesdown Transport will introduce revised routes or timetables for a number of services, including the Service 11 from Haydon Wick to East Wichel.

The service, which runs to Broadway in Rodbourne Cheney, the town centre and Great Western Hospital, will be re-routed via Whitworth Road instead of Beech Avenue.

It will no longer go via Broadway and the change has upset Green-meadow residents who use the bus to reach shops, churches and the post office on Moredon Road and Cheney Manor Road.

Coun Rex Barnett and Coun David Renard, (Con, Haydon Wick) met the managing director of Thamesdown Transport to discuss the changes, which also include a new number 12 Service which will see the former Service 24 renumbered and rerouted via Pinehurst Road instead of Cirencester Way, providing a bus every 30 minutes from Blunsdon via Abbey Meads, Haydon Wick, Pinehurst, Fleming Way, Old Town and Lawn to GWH.

Coun Renard said: “The main problem is that the route via Broadway is longer than the new one and, if they are to continue to offer a regular 15 minute service, it cannot be done using the old route.

“It only affects a minority of their passengers and the decision is taken for the benefit of the vast majority of passengers.

“But it is unfortunate, especially for the elderly who have no other way of getting from Larchmore Close to Broadway where there are a number of shops, three churches and a post office.”

Coun Barnett said: “Thamesdown Transport did agree to review the new service and might reconsider.”

The councillors said those unable to get off at Larchmore Close and go along Whitworth Road, can take the 11 or 12 to ASDA Walmart and change to the 13 or 14 which will go via Broadway, but take longer.

The changes to the services are being made in response to passenger usage, as well as the ending of NHS funding for bus services ot the GWH, which was only provided for 10 years after the hospital was built.

Paul Jenkins, of Thamesdown Transport, said: “We found only 26 passengers out of 394 on Service 11 between Asda Walmart and Green-meadow alighted at The Broadway, the majority went to the town centre and back.

“The 11 and 12 will therefore run from Greenmeadow to Pinehurst via Whitworth Road. Passengers from Greenmeadow who want to go to The Broadway can go change to Services 13 and 14 at Adsa. We are sorry for any inconvenience.”

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9:56am Fri 4 Jan 13

Robh says...

Bus routes are not meant to be convenient for the public. The idea is that all buses go to the town centre and you then get another bus to where you want to go. We have the council's wanting to reduce car travel and bus companies making buses an expensive time consuming option.
Bus routes are not meant to be convenient for the public. The idea is that all buses go to the town centre and you then get another bus to where you want to go. We have the council's wanting to reduce car travel and bus companies making buses an expensive time consuming option. Robh
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10:03am Fri 4 Jan 13

Fox in Exile says...

Could someone investigate why there is no 21:00 service from my front door to the Pub. Thanks in advance
Could someone investigate why there is no 21:00 service from my front door to the Pub. Thanks in advance Fox in Exile
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1:24pm Fri 4 Jan 13

house on the hill says...

"God I hate you Butler!"
"God I hate you Butler!" house on the hill
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1:48pm Fri 4 Jan 13

dglaholm says...

The elderly could use dial a ride....
Which SBC subsidises...
The elderly could use dial a ride.... Which SBC subsidises... dglaholm
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2:28pm Fri 4 Jan 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

If the bus service was that 'vital', it would be commercially viable.
If the bus service was that 'vital', it would be commercially viable. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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11:11pm Fri 4 Jan 13

John Smith II says...

These are councillors from the ruling party on the council - the same council that is proposing to spend how many millions re-modelling a few junctions on Great Western Way, whilst cutting back on public transport spending?
These are councillors from the ruling party on the council - the same council that is proposing to spend how many millions re-modelling a few junctions on Great Western Way, whilst cutting back on public transport spending? John Smith II
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6:20pm Mon 7 Jan 13

itsamess3 says...

dglaholm wrote:
The elderly could use dial a ride....
Which SBC subsidises...
But they are cutting the funding--and putting it out to tender to drive the costs down further.
[quote][p][bold]dglaholm[/bold] wrote: The elderly could use dial a ride.... Which SBC subsidises...[/p][/quote]But they are cutting the funding--and putting it out to tender to drive the costs down further. itsamess3
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