06 JUL 2017

Calling for a rethink of bus service cuts

At a meeting last week I demanded that Stagecoach bosses rethink plans to scrap bus services.

The firm recently launched a two-week consultation over changes to their commercially-operated routes. It would mean some villages losing their only regular service.

I asked for the consultation period to be extended and Stagecoach agreed, pushing its deadline back to July 3.

I then met with the area's managing director Philip Norwell on Friday (June 30).

I am still furious that some people in this area face losing their only regular service. It's clear the original plans were badly thought through.

Yet Stagecoach have now promised to rethink scrapping route 15B, which would leave River residents sitting on a bus for an hour-and-a-half just to get to Canterbury.

They also said they would reconsider changes at Eastry, which would be left with only an hourly service.

And they pledged to hold talks with Kent County Council about ensuring villages left without any buses continue to get a bus service.

These promises are all very welcome, but they must result in action. So many people rely on buses to get around and they deserve a decent service.


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