‘It’s more than a bus, it’s a community,’ says mum

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A YOUNG mum from Page Hill has started a petition against the proposed changes to Buckingham’s 32A bus service.

Italian-born Chiaretta Wilks, who moved to Buckingham two years ago, said the bus service is one of the things that most impressed her about the town.

“It’s more than just a bus, it’s a community,” she said. “If you want to know what’s going on, you should catch the bus. It’s such a good service and some of the drivers are so polite. They know all the customers by name.”

And she added, if elderly people can’t get out of the house, they will become depressed.

Mrs Wilks, who doesn’t drive, said people in Page Hill will not have a bus service any more if the changes go ahead, and there is no local shop in Page Hill.

But she said the changes will affect everyone.

“Even if you’re not affected, it could be your neighbour or your mum affected,” she said.

And she urged people to have their say at the Aylesbury Vale Transport Users Group meeting at Buckingham Community Centre on Tuesday, April 3.

MP for Buckingham John Bercow is attending and passenger transport contract manager Andrew Clarke from Transport for Bucks will also be there.

Mr Clarke said any views expressed at the meeting will be taken into consideration.

He said: “All areas currently served will still have a bus service but the changes will mean some lower frequencies.

“We have tried to match the level of service being proposed to the numbers actually travelling as in some cases there are only one or two per day which doesn’t justify subsidising an hourly bus service.”