Proposed changes to bus services
Some infrequently used or expensive services are changing in Wootton Bassett and Cricklade – Efficiency and procurement savings of £850,000 and the use of additional income from car parking to help fund bus services has meant that it has been possible to limit to £600,000 the amount that has to be found from making changes to bus services.The intention behind the proposals is to minimise the impact on users as far as is possible, by spreading the changes across the county and withdrawing services or journeys where alternatives are available, or which are relatively poorly used or expensive to run per passenger carried.
The main changes affecting the Wootton Bassett and Cricklade area are;
- Reduction in the frequency of Sunday evening services on Service 55A (Chippenham – Calne – Lyneham – Wootton Bassett – Swindon) from hourly to two-hourly after 7pm
- Withdrawal of all Sunday journeys on service 51A (Cirencester – Ashton Keynes – Cricklade – Swindon)
- Reduction in the frequency of the Connect 2 Wiltshire shared taxi service in the Purton / Wootton Bassett area
Changing bus services will inevitably have an impact on users, and feedback from communities is welcomed if they are aware of particular difficulties that will result. It may be possible in some cases to fund a limited alternative service, or to help local people develop community transport solutions.
Responses are requested by 1 May so that there is the opportunity if necessary to investigate alternative provision before the changes. Replies should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org in the Council’s Passenger Transport Unit.