Rochford councillors annoyed by cuts in no. 7 and 8 bus routes

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ROCHFORD district councillors have expressed their disappointment at bus service cuts by Arriva. The bus company has announced reductions on the no. 7 and no. 8 services from Rochford to Southend, leaving parts of Hockley and Hawkwell with just one bus an hour. Keith Hudson, councillor responsible for planning and transportation, said: “It’s very sad indeed. How can we encourage people to use the buses if they are not regularly available? “Rochford District Council will encourage Arriva to reconsider its decision, but at the end of the day it is a private commercial enterprise and we don’t have jurisdiction over them.” John Mason, Hawkwell Residents’ Association councillor for Hawkwell West, said: “I would like this referred to members at Rochford District Council for debate following an officer investigation on how this reduction could be reversed for the benefit of residents of my ward and wider still in the Hockley area in general.” Brian Guyett, chairman of Hockley Residents Associa-tion, led the opposition to the cuts and is urging all councillors to back their cause and ask Arriva to reconsider. He said: “Arriva is being very inflexible and we do feel there is scope for an imaginative solution. “I do hope Rochford district and Essex County Councils will want to be seen to support their residents.” Arriva said it will monitor services closely and urged customers to contact its customer services team on 0844 800 4411.

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8:46am Tue 30 Dec 08

SARFENDMAN says...

Here's a prime example of an unimaginative and inefficient bus company who fail to operate a decent public bus service in our area. Oh how we miss those old Southend Corporation blue buses. Surely smaller more fuel efficient and greener buses instead of those old double decker rejects from other companies at off-peak times would be a starter. No chance!
Here's a prime example of an unimaginative and inefficient bus company who fail to operate a decent public bus service in our area. Oh how we miss those old Southend Corporation blue buses. Surely smaller more fuel efficient and greener buses instead of those old double decker rejects from other companies at off-peak times would be a starter. No chance! SARFENDMAN
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4:10pm Wed 31 Dec 08

LocalBoy says...

The fickle British public will have forgotten that the rubbish privatised bus service we now have to endure is a direct result of Thatcher's deregulation of the bus industry in 1982.

People forget that the reason that we now have rubbish independent television channels in this country is that Thatcher turned the license bidding process into a money making scam for her government. Now the independent stations do not have enough money to produce quality British Television programs so we are fed cheap American rubbish or repeats.

I won't even mention National Express East Anglia, after all the Echo doesn't bother! When a story is run about the cuts that are being made or the disgraceful fares that are been charged, there seems to be problems trying to add any comments.

National Express haven't bought the Echo to avoid negative publicity have they?
The fickle British public will have forgotten that the rubbish privatised bus service we now have to endure is a direct result of Thatcher's deregulation of the bus industry in 1982. People forget that the reason that we now have rubbish independent television channels in this country is that Thatcher turned the license bidding process into a money making scam for her government. Now the independent stations do not have enough money to produce quality British Television programs so we are fed cheap American rubbish or repeats. I won't even mention National Express East Anglia, after all the Echo doesn't bother! When a story is run about the cuts that are being made or the disgraceful fares that are been charged, there seems to be problems trying to add any comments. National Express haven't bought the Echo to avoid negative publicity have they? LocalBoy
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6:36pm Tue 7 Jun 11

XdarksufferingX says...

arriva southend suck, means i'll be stuck inside more when this happens :-(
arriva southend suck, means i'll be stuck inside more when this happens :-( XdarksufferingX
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10:42pm Thu 18 Apr 13

max zorin says...

maybe they should invest in some new buses for 7s and 8s like they have done for the 1 and 9
maybe they should invest in some new buses for 7s and 8s like they have done for the 1 and 9 max zorin
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