Meeting hopes to address concerns over buses

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READERS have been flocking to the Advertiser offices this week with tales of woe concerning the new bus timetabling in Buckingham.

Earlier this month, about 150 people attended a public meeting at Buckingham Community Centre over the proposed changes to the 32 and 32A bus routes, and hundreds of people have signed petitions.

This week, new timetables and routes have come into effect.

The 32A bus route, which used to loop between Buckingham town and the various housing estates, has been axed. Some elements of its route are now being replaced by the revised 32 route, and some by a new 130 Redline service.

A reader from Linden Village said she had caught the 10.55am bus to Tesco on London Road, only to go straight home again without doing her shopping because the next bus home was the 1.55pm, which would have taken her via Milton Keynes, not getting her home until 2.55pm.

“I couldn’t have bought anything for the freezer because it would have been defrosted,” she said.

Rosemary Stuchbury, from Tingewick, said the 32 bus no longer drives through the grounds at Milton Keynes Hospital, but now drops people on Saxon Gate.

She said: “It’s appalling. There is a bus stop dead opposite the A&E where it used to stop. Now you’re dumped on the main road.”

Readers also pointed out the 130 does not run on Saturdays.

MP for Buckingham John Bercow, local members, district councillors and the Aylesbury Vale Transport Users Group are meeting with Bucks County Council on May 18 to discuss future proposals for the services.