Campaign launched to save bus service in South Ham

Basingstoke Gazette: Cllrs Colin Regan and Sean Keating, with bus users Chris Basley and Adrienne Dunford Cllrs Colin Regan and Sean Keating, with bus users Chris Basley and Adrienne Dunford

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save a “vital” bus service in South Ham after Stagecoach announced it is to cut the route in February as part of major changes to the network.

At the beginning of December, Stagecoach South announced that it is planning to make changes to the Jazz 3 service which runs through the Berg Estate and South Ham, connecting residents to the town centre.

Under the plans, the Jazz 3 bus, which currently operates every 10 minutes, will access the town through Worting Road instead of Winchester Road, leaving Stagg Hill, part of Sandys Road, Hill View Road and the Berg estate without the service.

The Berg estate will instead be served by the hourly 4/4A service, which will run through Brackley Way, Woodroffe Drive, along Buckland Avenue and into Worting Road from Monday to Saturday, with no service on a Sunday. The changes are set to come into force on February 16.

Jennifer Ball, of Hulbert Way, organised the save-the-bus petition after learning of the cuts from leaflets handed out at the bus station at the beginning of December.

The 78-year-old grandmother has been drumming up support knocking on doors. A copy of the petition she left in McColl’s off-licence, in Buckland Avenue, has already generated more than 200 signatures.

Mrs Ball told The Gazette: “A lot of people didn’t realise that Stagecoach is intending to take the service away.

“A lot of the residents are elderly, and the bus service is a lifeline for people who may lose their independence and feel isolated in their own home. Just in my road, there are so many elderly people who struggle and use the bus for shopping.

“Stagecoach has been very clever to put the news out prior to Christmas, and to say this is a public consultation is ridiculous. I need the bus for essential shopping and as the bus station is right by the train station, I can nip into Sainsbury’s and I also use it for the Crown Heights medical centre in town.”

Colin Regan, borough councillor for South Ham, said: “Both South Ham and the Berg Estate have a high number of elderly and disabled people who are reliant on the bus services. We will be expanding the petition and putting leaflets out to the homes affected, and informing people.”

Andrew Dyer, managing director for Stagecoach South, said: “We are changing our network in Basingstoke following extensive research and customer feedback.

“Our plans will mean that most passengers in Basingstoke will see an improved service, with either faster trips into town, better frequencies or both.

“However, sadly we cannot please everyone when we change bus services. We are currently in discussions with Hampshire County Council to finalise how their supported services complement our commercial ones. Once we have jointly put the finishing touches to our plans we will be able to release timetables.”

* Do you have a view on the bus timetable changes? Have your say by writing to The Letters Editor, The Gazette, Pelton Road, Basingstoke, RG21 6YD, emailing editor@ basingstokegazette.co.uk, or by using the comment facility below.

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9:09pm Sun 26 Jan 14

deepinsight says...

Stagecoach have a track record of ignoring customer requirements and feedback and focussing on profits before all.

This is NOT how local services should be run, and it's shame upon successive conservative authorities and governments for letting us end up in this appalling and profiteering state.

"Extensive research and customer feedback" - Andrew Dyer needs to Listen to Mrs Ball, Basley, Dunford and the Councillors - not to mention the 600 ( latest count 25-Jan) who vae signed the petition. Can't think of any better customer feedback than that.

Come on Stagecoach, stop acting like Dick Turpin ( who had the good grace to wear a mask) and act in the interest of your most vulnerable customers.
Stagecoach have a track record of ignoring customer requirements and feedback and focussing on profits before all. This is NOT how local services should be run, and it's shame upon successive conservative authorities and governments for letting us end up in this appalling and profiteering state. "Extensive research and customer feedback" - Andrew Dyer needs to Listen to Mrs Ball, Basley, Dunford and the Councillors - not to mention the 600 ( latest count 25-Jan) who vae signed the petition. Can't think of any better customer feedback than that. Come on Stagecoach, stop acting like Dick Turpin ( who had the good grace to wear a mask) and act in the interest of your most vulnerable customers. deepinsight
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9:42am Mon 27 Jan 14

amleyland says...

One of the issues is the lack of provision on Sundays when the No 3 is the only bus serving 3 churches in the South Ham area. Badly admittedly, and bus users have to arrive late or leave early or hang around depending on the church but no bus service at all? At least a Sunday morning service would get people to and from church and into and back from town.
One of the issues is the lack of provision on Sundays when the No 3 is the only bus serving 3 churches in the South Ham area. Badly admittedly, and bus users have to arrive late or leave early or hang around depending on the church but no bus service at all? At least a Sunday morning service would get people to and from church and into and back from town. amleyland
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2:34pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sonobuoy says...

"* Do you have a view on the bus timetable changes? Have your say...". Difficult to do when we don't know what the new timetables are!
I cant get any detail on Stagecoach's website & there are no links in the article. I'm skeptical of the new timetable having any improvement for Buckskin (such as any buses at all on Sunday)
"* Do you have a view on the bus timetable changes? Have your say...". Difficult to do when we don't know what the new timetables are! I cant get any detail on Stagecoach's website & there are no links in the article. I'm skeptical of the new timetable having any improvement for Buckskin (such as any buses at all on Sunday) sonobuoy
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8:18am Thu 30 Jan 14

jonone says...

sonobuoy wrote:
"* Do you have a view on the bus timetable changes? Have your say...". Difficult to do when we don't know what the new timetables are! I cant get any detail on Stagecoach's website & there are no links in the article. I'm skeptical of the new timetable having any improvement for Buckskin (such as any buses at all on Sunday)
http://www.stagecoac
hbus.com/Basingstoke
.aspx

Google can be damnably difficult to work sometimes can't it? Searching on "stagecoach basingstoke new network" would be challenging to many people.

Oh, and the link was given on a previous report too, not that this stop the "thumbs down" brigade!"
[quote][p][bold]sonobuoy[/bold] wrote: "* Do you have a view on the bus timetable changes? Have your say...". Difficult to do when we don't know what the new timetables are! I cant get any detail on Stagecoach's website & there are no links in the article. I'm skeptical of the new timetable having any improvement for Buckskin (such as any buses at all on Sunday)[/p][/quote]http://www.stagecoac hbus.com/Basingstoke .aspx Google can be damnably difficult to work sometimes can't it? Searching on "stagecoach basingstoke new network" would be challenging to many people. Oh, and the link was given on a previous report too, not that this stop the "thumbs down" brigade!" jonone
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6:34pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Hampshire Rambler says...

sonobuoy wrote:
"* Do you have a view on the bus timetable changes? Have your say...". Difficult to do when we don't know what the new timetables are!
I cant get any detail on Stagecoach's website & there are no links in the article. I'm skeptical of the new timetable having any improvement for Buckskin (such as any buses at all on Sunday)
The new timetables have been on the Stagecoach website since last week. There is no need for scepticism - Buckskin will be having an hourly service on Sundays. Enjoy.
[quote][p][bold]sonobuoy[/bold] wrote: "* Do you have a view on the bus timetable changes? Have your say...". Difficult to do when we don't know what the new timetables are! I cant get any detail on Stagecoach's website & there are no links in the article. I'm skeptical of the new timetable having any improvement for Buckskin (such as any buses at all on Sunday)[/p][/quote]The new timetables have been on the Stagecoach website since last week. There is no need for scepticism - Buckskin will be having an hourly service on Sundays. Enjoy. Hampshire Rambler
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