Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Views on bus routes sought

BUS users are to be consulted by Watlington Parish Council on the future of services.

BUS users are to be consulted by Watlington Parish Council on the future of services.

The move follows a meeting of the parish’s transport representatives group.

Bus subsidies are be withdrawn by Oxfordshire County Council on July 23 and services to Thame, Wallingford and Reading will end.

Different communities are now considering what they can do to fill the gaps.

Parish council chairman Ian Hill said: “What they would like is for parish councils to essentially take responsibility, not for running the service, but for finding uses for it.”



He said services could be provided occasionally for organisations, the disabled or elderly, or run on a specific day to take people to markets in other nearby towns.

Councillor Hill continued: “They have suggested a “market day’ approach, where a market day bus goes to Wallingford on a Friday and a bus to Thame on a Tuesday. We possibly provide a level of financial support but that’s not essential.”

He said the cost would be the fuel and the driver’s pay unless volunteer drivers were recruited. “What would be worth doing is getting a group of potential users of the services together to get their views,” he said.

Cllr Hill suggested having a subscription service, where users paid in advance for the right to use the bus but said he was unsure what would happen if more people turned up than seats were available.



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