Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Axed bus service could be revived

A BUS service between Watlington and Lewknor could be brought back.

A BUS service between Watlington and Lewknor could be brought back.

Watlington Parish Council is consulting with neighbouring parish councils about the possibility of extending the former Go Ride service to make it more financially viable.

Support has already been received from Chalgrove and Cuxham councils.

The Go Ride service, which was launched in 2008, was axed earlier this year after Oxfordshire County Council decided not to renew its £11,500 annual subsidy.

An average of 64 passengers a day used the service via Shirburn on weekday mornings. An evening service operated on demand.

Ian Hill, chairman of Watlington Parish Council, said: “The problem with the service was that it was very specific and served a very specific need. It would be more beneficial to have a more general service.

“Creating a link in both directions and involving more communities will result in a much better chance of it being viable and create a better transport system for Watlington as well as the other communities.

“There is a fair demand from people in Benson to get to junction six of the M40 to catch the Oxford tube to London and there are some people in Watlington who want to have a service that is more frequent and at more appropriate times. It could even go as far as Oxford Road in Wallingford to allow people to get the bus to Oxford.”

The council plans to launch a public consultation to see if there is enough demand.

Cllr Hill said: “We want to know where people want to go and at what sort of times as well as have an idea about how frequently they would use the service.”

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