West Haddon Parish Council

Serving the people of West Haddon

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Clerk: Mrs Gill Wells
PO Box 6583, Rugby
Warwickshire CV21 9QT

Tel: 07493 366527

URGENT - BUS NETWORK REVIEW - HAVE YOUR SAY

Dear Residents - I received the following email regarding a review of the bus network. The email was received on 11th November. They have requested a response by 2nd December. This is a very short time frame and I am concerned that users of the bus services do not have an opportunity to be involved and feed in to the review. Despite asking and pointing out my concerns that users should be involved or results will be skewed they have advised I can publish their letter but any responses should not be forwarded to them but to myself - please respond via email to myself by 1st December in order I can collate any comments and forward on West Haddon residents behalf. Also, please be mindful that with the cost of living crisis rural areas such as ours may be more and more reliant on public transport as cars are considered a luxuryMy email address is:- executiveofficer@westhaddonparishcouncil.gov.ukDear Sir / Madam

I am writing to brief you on a bus network review which SCP are undertaking on behalf of West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) covering the West Northamptonshire area and services operating into surrounding counties. I would also welcome your initial views on bus services in your area, as detailed below.

Background

WNC have commissioned a bus network review in order to plan for a future, sustainable network that provides a stable and financially sustainable bus network. The Council's objective is to avoid reverting to the underlying trend of declining patronage and service provision in the area, as seen prior to and during the Covid pandemic.

The Study

The aim of this review is to assist WNC to identify and deliver a core bus network which is commercially viable and which increases bus use within the council area.

As a local council, representing your community, your input is crucial to helping to determine what the future network should look like. We recognise that not all communities are served by local bus services, but opportunities for volunteer run community buses, demand responsive minibuses and integration with other services will also be explored to improve connections in rural areas.

The review will categorise the existing bus services into 3 categories: green (viable), amber (marginal) or red (non-commercial). We will be working with local bus companies to understand their plans for the services they provide now and in the future, as well as assessing the value of the council funded bus services that currently fill in gaps in the commercial bus network.

The output of the review will be a report which clearly identifies potential improvements and a draft network plan based on evidenced need. The wider strategic issues, including economic and financial pressures, will be considered to assist planning for the medium and long term of public transport in West Northamptonshire.

Initial Request for Information

Following the study there will more opportunities to give your views through a formal WNC consultation on the proposals but to inform our work on the review we are seeking your initial views on the following questions:

  • Is your community served by a local bus service and if so are residents satisfied with the service?
  • Evidence of any barriers to bus use in your community (excluding the impact of the Covid-19pandemic) – for example concerns about frequency, routes, destinations, times, fares?
  • SCP is a trading name of Singleton Clamp & Partners Limited An RSK Company Registered in England No. 3728935 Offices in Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Chelmsford and Bristol
  • What do you think could be done to make bus use more attractive?
  • Do you have any ideas or options which you believe should be included within the review?
  • All information should be provided to our project manager, Lucy Crann by Friday 2nd December.It is expected a draft Bus Network Review will be produced by January 2023, after which stage formal community and stakeholder consultation will be undertaken by WNC.Bob Pinkett Transport Director On behalf of SCP
  • Yours sincerely

Posted: Wed, 16 Nov 2022 09:39 by Gill Wells

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