Save our buses

Across the country bus services are being cut.

Unprofitable routes to rural villages and towns are being phased out and areas are getting cut off from the rest of the country. Regardless of bus companies profit levels, councils should ensure that rural villages and towns are well connected and people can get around using public transport.

This page pulls together local campaigns from across the country. Is there a threat to a local bus service near you? If so you can start a campaign here and get in touch with other campaigns to share tips on how to save your bus.

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  • Don't cut buses in Fleet and Church Crookham.
    Residents of Fleet and Church Crookham are alarmed and dismayed to learn that there will be severe and substantial cuts to the bus services in our area. Under these proposals Bus 72 will no longer go to Aldershot from Fleet, instead replacing the number 30 to Farnborough, thus preventing people from getting to work in Aldershot and children from much of Fleet being able to get to All Hallows School and Sixth Form college. There will be no buses between Fleet and Aldershot. The number 30 as well as going to Farnborough serves as a school bus service to Calthorpe Park School from Ancells Farm. Bus 77 is going to be cut, meaning that children will no longer be able to get the bus to Calthorpe Park School – this at a time when Calthorpe Park School is rapidly expanding. Getting to Frimley Park hospital will become much more challenging. Furthermore Pondtail, Crookham village, Zebon Copse and Quetta Park will no longer have any scheduled bus service at all, isolating many in these communities. This will be a severe disadvantage for elderly and disabled people in our area along with many young people.
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  • Termination of the 797 Greenline-London coach from Stevenage
    This service is used by a lot of local residents every day to go back and forth to London where they work. Without the 797 they will have to use the train at nearly double the cost. The students at Herfordshire University will be affected in the same way. Patients having to go to major London hospitals will be in the same situation. Old aged pensioners with freedom passes won't be able to use it in the train and won't be able to afford the train fare. Arriva operates the 757 service from Luton to London -Victoria. They run 45 coaches 24 hours daily. If Arriva says that they are discontinuing the 797 because it is not economical. The same applies to the five 757 services both ways between 1.00am - 5.00am in the morning. Arriva could cancel these five services and instead run a minimum 797 service which in the end will be more profitable for the operator. This way customers of the 797 won't be so badly affected by Arrivas decision.
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    Created by Kay Ashley
  • Save Weekly 73/73A Bus to Keswick
    This will be the only bus to Keswick from Mungrisdale, Mosedale, Hesket-New-Market, Caldbeck, Ireby and Uldale. It is a life-line for people in these remote Northern Lake District areas. If the bus is stopped, people who work in Keswick on a Saturday will have to leave their jobs or use a car and cause a lot more pollution. If the bus is stopped, this will mean that the tourists will not be able to get to the Northern Lake District, which will hurt local shops, pubs and bed breakfasts. It will also stop people from exploring this wonderful countryside. Keith Little is the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Work Email: Keith.Little@cumbria.gov.uk Has anyone had a reply from Keith Little? I have emailed him on numerous occasions, but he has never responded. If you have had a reply from him, please can you forward it on to me.
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  • Oxfordshire school-bus policies: "All change!!"
    We have no confidence in OCC's management of changes to home-to-school transport. We don't think the Council's changes, brought forward in Cllr Tilley's name, are going to save money; OCC can't tell us how they spend such a vast sum of money on taxis, nor demonstrate that they get value for (our) money; OCC are trying to run another sneaky consultation (on post-16 transport) lasting just two weeks, over the Summer ½-term, in the middle of the exams season, even while central government is running a consultation on precisely the same subject; OCC are introducing risk and uncertainty - where schools used to have partnerships and catchment. OCC should think again. This is a national problem, with local impact. EVERY local authority is bound to have regard to national guidance: EVERY young person should get the support they need to attend their local school. London's young people, while they remain in full-time education, remain eligible to receive FREE bus travel across London, whenever they need it, wherever they want to go. Even until they become 18. Not means-tested, just FREE. In Oxfordshire, the Council will only provide free travel until the end of a young person's time in Yr 11 (aged 16), and then only to their nearest school, and then only if it's more than 3 miles away. In Oxfordshire, the Council spends £7.9M p.a. on taxis to and from school but can only account for £4.2M p.a. of that spend: £3.65M p.a. remains unaccounted for (that's £10,000 PER DAY!!) In Oxfordshire, the penny-pinching is undermining and dismantling the valuable partnerships schools develop in their catchment workings. In Oxfordshire our A'-Level students are facing high and rising costs to get to their place of study, in spite of government guidance that special consideration be given to students in rural areas. Please, Leader, don't penalise our young people. The changes OCC intend have impact upon policies over schools, bus services, rural living, equity, fairness, access, transport, catchment, aspiration, inclusion, divide, agency, academies. The manner of the consultations they run should have been informed by plain English, gobbledegook, readability, anonymous responses.
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  • Fare Deal for Bath Families
    Last school holidays I took my two children on the number 14 bus to Victoria Park playground. The return fare for one adult and two children from Bear Flat was £10. That's £10 to travel about one and half miles to a local park. If a child needs to take the bus to school it costs a fortune. A weekly pass is £15.50. If two children take the bus it costs the family £31 a week. That works out at roughly £1,200 a year for two kids in term time alone. These prices are just not affordable. You responded to consumer pressure in Bristol and reduced the cost of bus travel. We are asking you to act fairly in Bath because right now most families are priced off your buses.
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    Created by Melanie Delargy
  • Please bring back the No 30 bus
    The number 30 bus from Richmond to Keld in North Yorkshire is very important to me as it is my lifeline. Living in a rural area, independence is very important for me but following cuts by North Yorkshire County Council my bus service has been withdrawn completely meaning a loss of independence which in turn has triggered a return of severe depression and anxiety. I travel by bus regularly for my dentist,doctors and psychiatric appointments all of which are over 9 miles away. I am now no longer able to go shopping and do any kind of leisure pursuits with my son as I am unable to get a connection from Richmond to travel by train should I wish to do so. My son who also uses the bus has now had to stop drama classes as he can no longer get home in the evening. The loss of this service is having a detrimental impact on my state of mind and well-being and we feel our right to public transport has been taken away leaving us in total isolation. Richmond our nearest town is over 20 miles away. I cannot drive and I am unable to afford a taxi or costs of other transport as I live on a limited budget. Having to move away from this area would have a devastating impact on my mental health as I would have to leave my job, where my employers are totally supportive of my mental illness, my home where my landladies are also supportive of my mental illness. Many other people in the surrounding areas have also been badly affected. Both the Government and local council must understand that cutting bus services to make short term savings has hugely detrimental effects on people. Upper Swaledale also gets a lot of tourists and walkers along the Coast 2 Coast path and Pennine Way during the year who also use the bus services. Cutting off access to the countryside means that businesses and the tourist industry will also suffer. Please sign my petition to Leader of North Yorkshire County Council: Councillor John Weighell calling for them to think again and reinstate the number 30 bus service between Richmond to Keld.
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  • Reintroduce the local link 406 bus service!
    The decision to cut the service, ignored public opinion and contradicted the local authority's own comments just a few years ago, when in a press release it was announced that ‘due to a high number of passengers using the Local Link 406 service, these buses will run half-hourly rather than hourly on a three-month trial basis’ – So why remove a much needed and required service for local people! A local link bus service, like the 406, not only helps address the ever increasing number of cars on the road, thus reducing the cost of road repairs each year and burden on the local tax payers, enables people to be able to travel around the city and visit commercial premises, thus supporting the local economy, but more importantly helps reduce harmful pollution and impact on our city's environment.
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  • Stur newton-Poole bus route
    To give us the opportunity to go where the work is, give our young people the widest choice to access education and to stop the gentrification of our rural areas.
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  • Save the Rode 267!
    Many local people - young and old - rely on the regular service to Bath and Frome. Losing the 267 through Rode would cut people off and increase rural isolation.
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  • Bus service for Finchley Memorial Hospital
    We have a brand new, gleaming hospital which people cannot reach because it is not on a bus route. Many of the services based there: physiotherapy, falls prevention, community dieticians, are geared towards people who are frail and cannot walk long distances. 500m might not seem a long distance for most people, but on a zimmer frame or crutches it is forever. Parts of the hospital are empty because local GPs do not want to move to a building which their patients cannot access. The plans for this building always included a bus stop, but what we need now is a bus which will actually stop outside the hospital door. There is a cross party consensus that this needs to happen urgently. Please add your voice so the Mayor of London understands how important this is. Thanks.
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