Six 'expensive' bus routes could be axed

Braintree and Witham Times: Six 'expensive' bus routes could be axed Six 'expensive' bus routes could be axed

Six bus routes including one that takes pupils from Rickstones Academy to Witham could be scrapped as they are too expensive to continue. 

Essex County Council is proposing to cut the 383 Grahams Coaches service from Rickstones Academy to Witham along with five other services but are consulting the public before making a final decision. 

The other routes in question are 443 from Chrishall to Saffron Walden, the 236 from Wickford to Basildon Festival Leisure, the 85/86 from Mistley to Brightlingsea, the 17 from Great Bardfield to Saffron Walden and the 347 from Harlow to Hatfield Broad Oak.

Essex County Council has a policy to pay no more than £5 per passenger and these services are currently costing an average of £8.29 per person.

Council leader councillor David Finch said: "We need to ensure we have services that deliver value for money to local residents. This includes reviewing services to see if we can fund or provide them differently.”

To take part in the consultation from Monday June 2 to Friday June 27, write to: Passenger Transport Liaison Team, STC, Essex County Council, Council, County Hall, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1QH or email Passenger.TransportLiaison@essex.gov.uk

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11:39am Mon 2 Jun 14

The Stinker Returns says...

I'm not surprised the buses are costing the council so much. If I get a bus into Witham town it costs us (2) more than a taxi and then we have to walk to our chosen drinking establishments! In my experience the buses are underused, unreliable and slow. It takes people ages to get on and off (usually because they are elderly, fat or have umpteen bags of shopping - or all three) and then to find their money etc etc. They make unscheduled stops - like blocking the entrance at Witham station in the rush hour to let passengers off before the bus stop. And then they stop the service so early that you can't get a bus home at a reasonable time. Useless
I'm not surprised the buses are costing the council so much. If I get a bus into Witham town it costs us (2) more than a taxi and then we have to walk to our chosen drinking establishments! In my experience the buses are underused, unreliable and slow. It takes people ages to get on and off (usually because they are elderly, fat or have umpteen bags of shopping - or all three) and then to find their money etc etc. They make unscheduled stops - like blocking the entrance at Witham station in the rush hour to let passengers off before the bus stop. And then they stop the service so early that you can't get a bus home at a reasonable time. Useless The Stinker Returns
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12:00pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Bhudeeka says...

well lets hope you never get slow and elderly then! as for blockages outside Witham station no-one complains about that idiot newspaper van that is complete nuisance
well lets hope you never get slow and elderly then! as for blockages outside Witham station no-one complains about that idiot newspaper van that is complete nuisance Bhudeeka
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