Townspeople can’t prevent more bus cuts

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A PETITION has been set up to fight bus cuts as more are announced by service providers.

The Gazette has reported that Hemel Hempstead’s Service 1 route between Adeyfield and North End Farm no longer stops at Briery Way, Masons Road or New Park Drive.

Service provider Arriva has made the cuts, introduced a couple of weeks ago, to cope with reductions to its subsidy by Herts County Council.

Pensioners Noel Swinford and Moira Scott, who are Briery Way neighbours, are now putting together a petition against the subsidy cuts.

Mr Swinford said: “We have collected about 300 signatures at the moment and we have not spoken to everybody.”

Route 62 from High Wycombe to Hemel Hempstead bus station narrowly escaped being axed after being placed on review by Arriva.

But its school-days-only service at 7.45am from Amersham to Berkhamsted, the 15.52 from Amersham to Northchurch and the 16.58 from Northchurch to High Wycombe will be cut from May 15.

Arriva spokesman Linsey Frostick said: “Our initial thoughts were that the 62 would not survive. We are now saying it will not be wholly withdrawn.

“We did think we might have to close it down, and that was on the cards. But now we are definitely not completely withdrawing it.”

The 773 service between Aylesbury and London, which closed in February, reopened earlier this month under provider Minibus Exec Travel.

It will stop in Berkhamsted, Tring and Hemel Hempstead.

For details of revised timetables, go to www.arrivabus.co.uk or call 0844 800 4411 to order one in leaflet form, or visit www.minibusexectravel.co.uk for details on the 793 service.