It was a steady stream of visitors to the Town Hall throughout Wednesday afternoon and early evening. Stagecoach South were holding a Drop-in session to take opinion on the changes to the local bus services introduced at the end of August.
Topics raised included dangers at new turnings, safer pavements in the centre, distances to stops, the effects of parking, access to the care homes, the reduced 86 services and the improved timetable to Andover.
Suggestions from local residents
Many suggestions were presented ranging from returning buses to Newbury/London Street and reversing the ‘loop’ around town, to removing the Town centre roundabout and introducing a Newbury service. Bus stop names also got an airing as did coordinated ticketing with the trains and even reverting Lynch Hill Park to being a no-through-road (as it was many years ago).
Stagecoach have promised further consultation as well as a survey of passengers.
The pilot on the present services will run to the end of February 2016, after which Stagecoach said they would consider all feedback before making their decisions on future provision.
Adam is to be thanked for his very calm and professional manner in which he dealt with the wide range of views.