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Campaign saves villagers from 'overcrowded' buses
11:30am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
VILLAGERS have been saved from an “overcrowded and cramped” bus service by a successful campaign.
Glazebury residents were joined by councillors to oppose Network Warrington’s plan to reduce the bus services through the village.
The plan saw the 19 and 28 services reduced outside of peak times, with only one bus per hour running through the village between 10am and 4pm.
Parish councillors Matt Smith and Chris Vobe wrote to Ann Marie Slavin, the chief executive of Network Warrington, following complaints from residents.
Clr Smith said: “The lack of adequate bus services through Glazebury during off-peak hours represented a real inconvenience to people in our village, many of whom felt cut off and effectively stranded.”
The councillors argued that the decision to cut buses to one per hour during off-peak times resulted in overcrowded and cramped journeys for some.
They cited one instance where, having already waited an hour, a parent with a double buggy was denied a space on the bus when it finally arrived because it was too full.
Network Warrington have confirmed that Glazebury will now have two buses per hour as a result of the campaign.
Clr Smith continued: “I am delighted that Network Warrington have carefully studied the concerns of residents and made these amendments to their recent timetable changes.
“These proposals will help to alleviate much of the anxiety that has been generated in recent weeks and we are grateful to for the time they have taken to address this issue.”
Clr Vobe said: “This represents a great victory for people in Glazebury. The village will now have two buses per hour during the day, with the peak time service arrangements remaining as they are.
“Residents petitioned very effectively on this matter and both Matt and I were determined to make the strongest possible case to rectify the reduction in service.”
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