Decision to cut back Cirencester's two main bus routes has outraged residents

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Sally Grimes is campaigning to save bus route 59. Pictured, a passenger gets off a route 59 bus outside the parish church. Sally Grimes is campaigning to save bus route 59. Pictured, a passenger gets off a route 59 bus outside the parish church.

A DECISION to cut back Cirencester's two main bus routes has outraged pensioners who say they are a vital lifeline.

From June 23, the number 59 and number 58 bus services will be trimmed by Stagecoach as part of cost cutting measures because the company claims not enough people are using them.

Currently both services run from Cirencester Market Place until around 6pm Monday to Saturday. Under the new plan the last bus would leave at 2.30pm.

Sally Grimes, who uses the 59 bus daily, said: “There are an awful lot of elderly people in the town that use the 59. People are in a panic because they cannot understand it. They will not be able to afford taxis.

“We could understand it if they cut it to 5.30pm but a lot of people use that service. I counted at least 20 people on the bus last night.”

The number 59 bus runs through several of Cirencester’s main neighbourhoods such as Chesterton and Stratton and the town centre. The number 58 serves Stratton and the town centre.

Cirencester mayor Joe Harris said he was puzzled by Stagecoach's decision.

“As somebody who has used both of these buses frequently it is very concerning. To stop it at 2.30pm seems very odd.

“There are a lot of people who use these buses later in the evening for getting back from work or school.

His views were echoed elsewhere in the town.

"There are children who want to use them to get back to Stratton or Chesterton in the evenings after school.”

Cllr Harris’ views were echoed by Vanessa Woodvine, manager of Age UK in Cirencester.“ It is a lifeline for those that use them,” she said.

“It would affect those who do not have any cars. Many rely on the service , they need it to get their pension and do not have anybody to help them.

“Those who use the transport, they rely on it. It does affect them a lot. Without those services they will be stuck.”

Rupert Cox, Managing Director of Stagecoach West dismissed claims that the bus services are frequently used and said that they are being cut back as it was not economically viable to run them anymore.

She said: “Services 58 and 59 were re-introduced in November 2013. Most morning and early afternoon journeys carry sufficient passengers to cover the cost of running the bus, however later afternoon journeys often carry less than five people. This low usage has meant that the journeys could not be sustained and so will be withdrawn later this month.”

When the busses are cut back the only late busses that people can get are the number 51 Cricklade bus, which stops at some destinations in Stratton and the Cheltenham bus which stops off in the town centre and Watermoor.

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7:48am Thu 5 Jun 14

cir3ngirl says...

This bus is lifeline for people going to and from the hospital. Why not use a smaller bus during the week like is used at the weekends to save money?
This bus is lifeline for people going to and from the hospital. Why not use a smaller bus during the week like is used at the weekends to save money? cir3ngirl
  • Score: 7

10:01am Thu 5 Jun 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

another ridiculous decision by Rupert Cox here:

http://www.wearebarn
sley.com/news/articl
e/3378/bus-driver-sa
cked-by-stagecoach

Seems commonsense does not enter his little world
another ridiculous decision by Rupert Cox here: http://www.wearebarn sley.com/news/articl e/3378/bus-driver-sa cked-by-stagecoach Seems commonsense does not enter his little world Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
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11:27am Thu 5 Jun 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Stagecoach are quick enough to put on extra double-deckers during Cheltenham race week, so you'd think they would have the acumen to roster smaller buses during the quieter periods

Punishing the pensioner seems to be the new game in town
Stagecoach are quick enough to put on extra double-deckers during Cheltenham race week, so you'd think they would have the acumen to roster smaller buses during the quieter periods Punishing the pensioner seems to be the new game in town Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 3

4:42pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Col Mustard says...

Vote Conservative ! Protecting your Local services!

Vote Libdem .Nick Clegg"Where the Liberal Democrats are in power, it's a different story. In every council where there is a Lib Dem majority we are freezing council tax, while protecting essential services from cuts."

These are the Bus subsidy figures from the DfT
https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/publicatio
ns/bus-subsidy-per-p
assenger-journey
Year Subsidy per Journey (2011/12 prices)
2011/12 9.4p
2012/13 7.5p
Percentage change -20%

That is the reason the services are being cut , allowing more money for HS2,EU membership cost increases,£53 billion - Additional cost of funding pay and pensions for public sector workers over and above the private sector average, based on analysis of figures from the Office for National Statistics and the Pension Policy Institute
£25 billion - Amount wasted through inefficient public sector procurementand poor use of outsourcing, based on an authoritative report from the Institute of Directors
£20.3 billion - Cost to the economy of public sector fraud, according to the National Fraud Authority
£5 billion - Amount paid in benefits to those with an income in excess of £100,000
£4 billion - Losses to the taxpayer from RBS and the sale of Northern Rock
£2.9 billion - Amount spent needlessly by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Department for Culture, Media & Sport, which should both be scrapped
£1.2 billion - Annual subsidy to foreign farmers through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy

Meanwhile our pensioners and elderly get treated with utter contempt..
Support a people revolution and start making the change!
Vote Conservative ! Protecting your Local services! Vote Libdem .Nick Clegg"Where the Liberal Democrats are in power, it's a different story. In every council where there is a Lib Dem majority we are freezing council tax, while protecting essential services from cuts." These are the Bus subsidy figures from the DfT https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/publicatio ns/bus-subsidy-per-p assenger-journey Year Subsidy per Journey (2011/12 prices) 2011/12 9.4p 2012/13 7.5p Percentage change -20% That is the reason the services are being cut , allowing more money for HS2,EU membership cost increases,£53 billion - Additional cost of funding pay and pensions for public sector workers over and above the private sector average, based on analysis of figures from the Office for National Statistics and the Pension Policy Institute £25 billion - Amount wasted through inefficient public sector procurementand poor use of outsourcing, based on an authoritative report from the Institute of Directors £20.3 billion - Cost to the economy of public sector fraud, according to the National Fraud Authority £5 billion - Amount paid in benefits to those with an income in excess of £100,000 £4 billion - Losses to the taxpayer from RBS and the sale of Northern Rock £2.9 billion - Amount spent needlessly by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Department for Culture, Media & Sport, which should both be scrapped £1.2 billion - Annual subsidy to foreign farmers through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy Meanwhile our pensioners and elderly get treated with utter contempt.. Support a people revolution and start making the change! Col Mustard
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6:48pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Union Man says...

When car park charges were raised under the Lib Dem dominated CDC of the late 1990s the buses were full and car parks empty.
When the Lib Dems get back into power in 2015 they can raise car park charges until the pips squeak and drive motorists onto the buses again, problem solved!
When car park charges were raised under the Lib Dem dominated CDC of the late 1990s the buses were full and car parks empty. When the Lib Dems get back into power in 2015 they can raise car park charges until the pips squeak and drive motorists onto the buses again, problem solved! Union Man
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Union Man says...

Sorry just read Paul Hidgkinsons plea for lower car park charges, sorry old people, even if the the lib Dems get in in 2015 it still looks like you will have to walk. Maybe Paul and Joe could get copies of the same song sheet?
Sorry just read Paul Hidgkinsons plea for lower car park charges, sorry old people, even if the the lib Dems get in in 2015 it still looks like you will have to walk. Maybe Paul and Joe could get copies of the same song sheet? Union Man
  • Score: 1

7:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Scissorhands says...

Hmmm! Is the bus that runs through Chesterton at around 11pm still up and running??? Stagecoach, be ashamed!!! Did you know... As all stagecoach buses are kept at the 29th regiment overnight bus drivers drive there, leave their cars whilst they're at work and once their shift is over they are transported back to the army barracks by taxi?? This is daily and more than once a day I might add?????
Hmmm! Is the bus that runs through Chesterton at around 11pm still up and running??? Stagecoach, be ashamed!!! Did you know... As all stagecoach buses are kept at the 29th regiment overnight bus drivers drive there, leave their cars whilst they're at work and once their shift is over they are transported back to the army barracks by taxi?? This is daily and more than once a day I might add????? Scissorhands
  • Score: 1

8:12am Fri 6 Jun 14

swindonman89 says...

Evening journeys extend to serve Cirencester Cranham's Lane, Cirencester Chesterton Lane and Cirencester Watermoor Road http://www.stagecoac
hbus.com/uploads/51.
pdf
Evening journeys extend to serve Cirencester Cranham's Lane, Cirencester Chesterton Lane and Cirencester Watermoor Road http://www.stagecoac hbus.com/uploads/51. pdf swindonman89
  • Score: 1

11:44am Fri 6 Jun 14

Tomdog says...

Very simple why the vehicles are kept overnight at South Cerney camp when they where kept in Love Lane then Kingshill the local Scoats kept vandalising the vehicles. To the extent it put the viability of the services in question. As to the cutting of the services 58/59 would you open a business and run at a loss that's why we see closed business' premises. I think the term is use it or lose it I think the latter applies.
Very simple why the vehicles are kept overnight at South Cerney camp when they where kept in Love Lane then Kingshill the local Scoats kept vandalising the vehicles. To the extent it put the viability of the services in question. As to the cutting of the services 58/59 would you open a business and run at a loss that's why we see closed business' premises. I think the term is use it or lose it I think the latter applies. Tomdog
  • Score: 4

3:04pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Col Mustard says...

"When the Libdems get back in power in 2015".......

The best laugh of the week !!!!

Vote Libdem Get Pervs !
"When the Libdems get back in power in 2015"....... The best laugh of the week !!!! Vote Libdem Get Pervs ! Col Mustard
  • Score: -1

10:25am Tue 10 Jun 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Perhaps if Stagecoach stopped running a doubledecker bus and provided a smaller vehicle then the problem of expense might be solved. And to stop it at 1430pm.. crazy!! That is not late afternoon, that's lunchtime for some!
Perhaps if Stagecoach stopped running a doubledecker bus and provided a smaller vehicle then the problem of expense might be solved. And to stop it at 1430pm.. crazy!! That is not late afternoon, that's lunchtime for some! Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 2

3:58pm Wed 11 Jun 14

MR DOBBY says...

WAIT A LITTLE LONGER AND THEY WILL HAVE A FEW MORE PASSENGERS WHEN THEY BUILD ALL THESE HOUSES AT CHESTERTON.
WAIT A LITTLE LONGER AND THEY WILL HAVE A FEW MORE PASSENGERS WHEN THEY BUILD ALL THESE HOUSES AT CHESTERTON. MR DOBBY
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