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Bus consultation was not thorough enough
11:30am Friday 12th October 2012 in Letters
Sir.–Regarding your article “Commuters have their say on town bus services” in last week’s Gazette.
How can Stagecoach or the Tory administration claim that they have given residents a real chance to be heard? Just two hours spent in Brighton Hill mid-morning and just two hours midafternoon in Popley!
What about people who are at work during the day, or who are trying to sleep as they work nights, or people who don’t live in Popley or Brighton Hill but who are still affected by what we feel is the poor and expensive service provided by Stagecoach? What about people who work at the hospital or visit there?
The bus service stops before the end of hospital visiting and it’s a nightmare if you have to get a connecting bus to get home in town or to a village.
Back in March, a part solution was being negotiated with developers’ money – the number 4 bus would run half-hourly via the hospital. What will they come out with after this farce of a consultation? Oh yes, the number 4 will run half hourly! Not a new idea and not from this public consultation.
There is £770,000 unspent in developer money for transport from the Marnel Park development, and with Stagecoach’s profits, we feel there is money to use for passengers and not just for shareholders.
–Cllr Jane Frankum and Cllr Paul Frankum, Popley Labour Councillors, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.