West Swindon bus route gripes raised by council at meeting

This Is Wiltshire: From left, Coun Jim Robbins, and Coun Peter Watts at the number 13/14 bus stop in Rodbourne Road by the Dolphin Pub Buy this photo » From left, Coun Jim Robbins, and Coun Peter Watts at the number 13/14 bus stop in Rodbourne Road by the Dolphin Pub

CHANGES to bus routes from West Swindon to Regent Circus were brought before full council last night as residents are finding it difficult to access the town centre.

Services 13 and 14 were amended at the beginning of January, and the routes no longer pass through the shopping district.

Local councillors Jim Robbins, (Lab, Mannington and Western), and Peter Watts, (Lab, Rodbourne Cheney), moved the motion expressing concerns about the decision, as they still consider it an economically viable route.

Coun Robbins decided to bring the matter to council after a number of complaints from residents.

He said: “The routes changed at the start of January. We had some contact from people before they changed, but now a large number of residents are finding it very difficult to cope with.

“The service used to go from Haydon Wick through Moredon, then around Regent Circus to Mannington and Western.

“While it used to go into and around Regent Circus, it now misses that part out, while that is where people need to get to.

“It is very clear this is something that is really affecting local residents.

“Lots of people living in Mannington and Western have been in contact with me to say that this is going to have a massive impact on them.

“We wanted to raise it at the council to make sure those voices are heard.

“There does not seem to be any financial reason for them not to run these services as usual.

“We are just encouraging people to have a look at this situation, and if it needs to be changed so certain routes can run on time that is what has to be done.”

Coun Robbins said the issue of timekeeping on these services could be solved without diverting the routes.

“If you have a lot of college students coming out at the same time on to one service, we need to look at how to cater for them, not alter existing routes,” he said.

“We are just asking Thamesdown to take into account all the views of these people.

“One of the problems I am told is that travelling around the new Whalebridge car park will cause some heavy delays.

“In that case there will be delays caused for everyone, but it would be more effective to adjust the timetable rather than cut out that part of town completely.”

Thamesdown Transport said the changes had been made in order to improve itsservice.

Paul Jenkins, the managing director of Thamesdown Transport, said: “The changes made to Services 13 and 14 have been made in order to improve timekeeping and reliability for passengers on these services.”

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7:00am Fri 24 Jan 14

Fox in Exile says...

West Swindon? Has someone moved Haydon Wick overnight?
West Swindon? Has someone moved Haydon Wick overnight? Fox in Exile

7:01am Fri 24 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Jesus, looks like Arthur Daley and his clone! and these people are running our town and we wonder why its a mess?
Jesus, looks like Arthur Daley and his clone! and these people are running our town and we wonder why its a mess? house on the hill

7:06am Fri 24 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

they look like they have eaten a bus between them!
they look like they have eaten a bus between them! house on the hill

7:15am Fri 24 Jan 14

GibRed says...

Fox in Exile wrote:
West Swindon? Has someone moved Haydon Wick overnight?
I know right? It's a bit misleading!

On a vaguely related point though, West could do with a service going up to Haydon Wick (well, the Orbital).
[quote][p][bold]Fox in Exile[/bold] wrote: West Swindon? Has someone moved Haydon Wick overnight?[/p][/quote]I know right? It's a bit misleading! On a vaguely related point though, West could do with a service going up to Haydon Wick (well, the Orbital). GibRed

7:22am Fri 24 Jan 14

street2000 says...

The only place Thamesdown go is ASDA.Big or small thats your choices
The only place Thamesdown go is ASDA.Big or small thats your choices street2000

8:02am Fri 24 Jan 14

John~R says...

How about the councillors first addressing the problem of traffic flow around the centre? It's understandable that the bus company want to avoid a loop in the route where timekeeping is erratic depending on the whims of the traffic lights. The Whalebridge fiasco is one factor disrupting the traffic flows while I wonder whether the Regent Circus area will get worse once the current roadworks are completed. As a minimum, the traffic generated by the new facilities in that area will be disruptive to others who are only passing through.
How about the councillors first addressing the problem of traffic flow around the centre? It's understandable that the bus company want to avoid a loop in the route where timekeeping is erratic depending on the whims of the traffic lights. The Whalebridge fiasco is one factor disrupting the traffic flows while I wonder whether the Regent Circus area will get worse once the current roadworks are completed. As a minimum, the traffic generated by the new facilities in that area will be disruptive to others who are only passing through. John~R

8:17am Fri 24 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

They could start by not starting the bin collections until 9am instead of making the morning rush hour even worse than usual. And why is it called the rush hour when nothing moves?
They could start by not starting the bin collections until 9am instead of making the morning rush hour even worse than usual. And why is it called the rush hour when nothing moves? house on the hill

11:05am Fri 24 Jan 14

dc the 2nd says...

Swindon in 1 picture.
Swindon in 1 picture. dc the 2nd

12:36pm Fri 24 Jan 14

beach1e says...

if the council spent money on improving the route from the north of the town into the town centre...money which they already have been given, the horrendous problems of getting into town may be alleviated
if the council spent money on improving the route from the north of the town into the town centre...money which they already have been given, the horrendous problems of getting into town may be alleviated beach1e

6:06pm Sat 25 Jan 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

what about the buses from the north side of Swindon penhill, Pinehurst Stratton, do they all go up commercial road then or are they dumped at the bus station...
what about the buses from the north side of Swindon penhill, Pinehurst Stratton, do they all go up commercial road then or are they dumped at the bus station... FLOGGITLAD

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