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Relief as “vital” bus service saved

Sunday 27th March 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)
Relief as “vital” bus service saved

A vital bus route, which provides a lifeline for many residents – particularly pensioners – has been saved after Andrew intervened.

Arriva decided to withdraw the 10 and 10A services, which link Burton with the Acorn Inn in Anslow, to save costs.

Andrew contacted Arriva and the County Council on behalf of local residents who rely on the 10/10A bus services after being contacted by a number of concerned constituents.

Hundreds of people wrote or signed petitions in defence of the route. The petition jointly organised by the Shobnall Community Centre and the Shobnall Pensioners Club contained well over 100 signatures on its own.

Although Arriva could not be persuaded to change their mind about withdrawing from the Number 10 route, Staffordshire County Council has agreed to subsidise another company to run the route until September so that we they can see how much demand there is for the service.

The County Council has invited bids from local bus companies to run the service and they will shortly choose a new operator for the route.

Andrew called on local residents to make full use of the bus route:
“The new contract will be to run the number 10 service for the next six months and so it is absolutely vital that local residents use the service regularly so that we can show the County Council, and the new operator, that this is a route that people rely on.”

You can read the response that Andrew received from the County Council by clicking on the link below.

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