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To: Essex District Council

Save the 505 Chingford to Harlow bus service

Please ensure that the 505 bus route from Chingford to Harlow remains operational, with its current or increased level of service, from 9th May 2015.

Why is this important?

The 505 bus service is under threat on the grounds of running at a loss and being underused. Public transport is a public service - financial viability shouldn't be a consideration. Epping Forests' bus services are already few on the ground but are vital for the many residents who don't drive, the elderly, disabled people, students and the low waged/unwaged. We need more services, not fewer.

The 505 service is currently operated by Arriva and Network Harlow. Arriva made £373 million profit in 2013. If they are unwilling to continue providing the service Essex County Council needs to find an alternative company to run the route, with subsidies if necessary, or set up a not-for-profit operator to take it over.

The Epping Forest Guardian covered the situation here:
Epping Forest District

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2015-04-24 21:54:28 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-04-11 12:49:05 +0100

The good news: there will be a 505 bus service after 9th May.

The bad news: it'll only be six buses a day Monday - Friday, some service on Saturdays and nothing on Sundays.

It's a start but it's not good enough! Please help spread the word. If you're tweeting please use the hashtag #Savethe505


Dave Plummer

2015-03-25 21:58:54 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-03-25 21:05:05 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-03-25 20:09:14 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-03-25 15:27:21 +0000

10 signatures reached