Cuts reduced but Droitwich buses still to be hit - The Droitwich Standard

Cuts reduced but Droitwich buses still to be hit

Droitwich Editorial 12th Jun, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

IT IS both good and bad news for Droitwich bus users now the changes to the town’s services have been announced.

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet confirmed which routes would be affected from September at its meeting on Monday (June 9).

While it is good news only £1.6million of the original proposal for £3million bus cuts will be made, a lot of services will still be affected.

This comes after a consultation earlier this year and at the end of last year which generated 8,500 responses and was described as the ‘best ever’ by the authority.

Among the services affected will be the 141 from Bromsgrove to Droitwich which will remain the same but will be less frequent on a Saturday.

Another is the 354 between Holt Health and Redditch which is run for children on school days and the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The school service will be replaced but the public will now only be able to travel by bus between Droitwich and Redditch. Holt Heath and Ombersley services will have alternative destinations.

The S1 between Droitwich and Blessed Edward Oldcorne School and the S2 from Droitwich and Primsland to Blessed Edward Oldcorne School via Fernhill Heath will remain the same but the fares will be increased.

The other services affected will be the 356-8 from Worcester to Droitwich which will mainly remain the same. But, buses from Oddingley and Shernal Green to Droitwich will no longer run and will be replaced with other community transport. The type of transport has yet to be confirmed.

Coun John Smith, Cabinet Member with Responsiblity for Highways, added: “I would like to thank everyone involved in this consultation and the officers who have worked tirelessly to come up with what I believe is a very acceptable solution to a difficult and highly challenging situation.

“We went out to a very wide consultation process and the response was absolutely incredible and probably was the best consultation exercise the county council has taken on board.

“Working with operators and partners some services will now become commercial and will be run with no subsidy with no cost to the taxpayer.”

* What do you think? Are you happy with these changes? Do you think Worcestershire has adequate public transport links? Email [email protected]

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