Cholsey Bus News – Too Many Buses Not Turning Up

Spoke today to John Hammond, Manager at Thames Travel as a result of numerous complaints about buses not turning up.

This state of affairs has existed for some time now and we have heard many reasons for it, relating specifically to new timetables, old buses, non arrival of new buses and maintenance issues.

The County Council can do little about what is going on as the services in question are not subsidised and the routes are not regulated. Apparently this is a free market and anyone can set up a bus company….

Mr Hammond says that the lack of vehicle availability is down to too many “maintenance related issues” and the fact that buses on the Cholsey routes tend to be the last out of the depot. Hence, if buses ahave broken down, there will be none left when it comes to Cholsey.

Things should improve as Mr Hammond has put more resources into engineering and is in the process of finding a further new mechanic.

Mr Hammond went on to say that passengers can ring for a taxi in these circumstances and claim the cost back from Thames Travel. I put it to him very strongly that people do not wait for a bus in order to travel, late, to their destination in a taxi.

He went on to say that he “hopes to see steady improvement going forward”.

Please let me or the Parish Council know if buses do not appear. Mr Hammond can be contacted on 837988. I will continue to monitor this situation.

Gravel News

It is looking increasingly likely that the county will have to re-draft the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy. This is due to the fact that the Government Inspector has questioned OCC’s lack of consultation of neighbouring authorities about their need for/ production of minerals.

I understand a paper will be brought to council on 9th July that will set out the options.

 

A329 Waterloo Bridge/ Moulsford Works: Start Date

I received the following e-mail today confirming a start date for the repairs to the A329:

Hi

 Thank you for your patience and apologies for the long silence.

 The very good news is that we have a scheme designed that will restore the damaged footway and we have a potential start date of late July 2013. We are aiming to complete the work in the school summer holidays. If the scheme does overrun into the school term it will not involve any more traffic management than is already on site. Obviously we will be working hard to avoid any overrun.

 All the best.

Keith Stenning

Area Steward – South

Oxfordshire County Council