Protesters lose battle to save 2 bus routes

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CAMPAIGNERS have reacted with fury after losing their battle to maintain services through Hockley.

Bus company Arriva has announced its proposed cuts for the No7 and No8 buses have been agreed and will be going ahead from February 9.

It means just two buses an hour will run between Rochford and Southend – one No7 via Ashingdon and one No8 via Hawkwell.

Brian Guyett, chairman of Hockley Residents’ Association, who fought the changes, said in a letter to Arriva: “For the vast majority of Hockley and Hawkwell, there will be only one service an hour. Your comments are simply ‘spin’ and the reality is something like 20,000 people will have minimal access to Southend Hospital.

“Arriva has ignored suggestions put forward by residents to find a compromise and this gives the impression the whole consultation exercise has been a window dressing whitewash.”

More than 100 residents packed into a meeting with Arriva to express their concerns earlier this month.

Malcolm Spalding, commercial manager for Arriva, said the company recognised there had been tensions between ensuring the commercial viability of services and meeting the aspirations of residents.

Mr Spalding said: “While the principle of an hourly service on both the No7 and No8 routes between Rayleigh, Hockley and Southend remains, we will be providing some additional journeys in both the morning and evening peak periods and in the period immediately after 9am on weekdays.

“We will, of course, monitor the services closely when it changes and if customers experience any difficulties with the operation of the service I would encourage them to contact our customer services team.”

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9:59am Wed 24 Dec 08

tone1976 says...

How many of those people complaining actually used the those routes regulary every single day? Obviously Arriva felt they aren`t getting enough passengers to warrant running the services like they were.

Where I live in Basildon. I have one bus an hour. I have other bus services near by. but I cant walk far for long periods and I aint dicing with death trying to cross the five bells roundabout to get to the bus stop.

I do sympathise that bus services have been cut back but obviously those routes wasnt financially viable and so they get cut back.

Its like the signs in your local corner shops use it or lose it.
How many of those people complaining actually used the those routes regulary every single day? Obviously Arriva felt they aren`t getting enough passengers to warrant running the services like they were. Where I live in Basildon. I have one bus an hour. I have other bus services near by. but I cant walk far for long periods and I aint dicing with death trying to cross the five bells roundabout to get to the bus stop. I do sympathise that bus services have been cut back but obviously those routes wasnt financially viable and so they get cut back. Its like the signs in your local corner shops use it or lose it. tone1976
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2:17pm Wed 24 Dec 08

SARFENDMAN says...

Perhaps Arriva might occasionally think of running smaller, more modern and fuel efficient buses rather than the large reject museum pieces during off peak times.
A friendly efficient public transport system doesnt seem to a priority in this area. Nothing like driving folk back into the cars to further choke up the already congested roads.
Perhaps Arriva might occasionally think of running smaller, more modern and fuel efficient buses rather than the large reject museum pieces during off peak times. A friendly efficient public transport system doesnt seem to a priority in this area. Nothing like driving folk back into the cars to further choke up the already congested roads. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 4
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