A meeting was held at Colston Bassett on 28th January with Chris Ward (Team Manager, Transport and planning operations, Notts County Council) and representatives of the Parishes affected by the County sponsored ‘853’ bus service. There have been many complaints about the adequacy, timekeeping and poor quality of this service.
Statistics prepared by the County showed at the most 2 and usually 0 (Zero) people per day used the service from Cropwell Bishop and Cropwell Butler. The meeting agreed that it would be preferable to separate the Kinoulton/Hickling to Keyworth service from the Colston/Owthorpe/Cotgrave/Cropwell service.
There was uncertainty about the need for a direct service to Morrisons supermarket. (I understand the Friday bus to Morrisons and Asda has very few shoppers from Cropwell)
Following the meeting Chris came up with some suggestions for an 852/853/854 service.
Keyworth – Widmerpool – Kinoulton – Keyworth 852
Monday to Saturday
KEYWORTH Square – 1005 1105 1205 1305 1405
Widmerpool – 1015 1115 1215 1315 1415
Willoughby on the Wolds – 1020 1120 1220 1320 1420
Hickling Main Street 0935 1035 1135 1235 1335 1435
KINOULTON Main Street 0940 1040 1140 1240 1340 1440
Kinoulton Kinoulton Lane 0945 1045 1145 1245 1345 1445
Stanton on the Wolds 0955 1055 1155 1255 1355 –
KEYWORTH Square 1000 1100 1200 1300 1400 –
Morrisons – Cotgrave – Cropwells – Morrisons 853
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday only
GAMSTON Morrisons – 1009 1109 1309 1409
COTGRAVE – 1015 1115 1315 1415
Cropwell Butler – 1025 1125 1325 1425
Cropwell Bishop Hoe View Road 0930 1030 1130 1330 1430
Colston Bassett Dairy 0940 1040 1140 1340 1440
Owthorpe 0945 1045 1145 1345 1445
COTGRAVE 0955 1055 1155 1355 1455
GAMSTON Morrisons 1001 1101 1201 1401 –
Cotgrave – Cropwells – Bingham 854
Tuesday and Thursday only
COTGRAVE – 1115 1315
Owthorpe – 1125 1325
Colston Bassett Dairy 0930 1130 1330
Cropwell Bishop Hoe View Road 0940 1140 1340
Cropwell Butler 0945 1145 1345
BINGHAM Church Street 1000 1200 1400
BINGHAM Church Street 1010 1210 1410
Cropwell Butler 1025 1225 1425
Cropwell Bishop Hoe View Road 1030 1230 1430
Colston Bassett Dairy 1040 1240 1440
Owthorpe 1045 1245 1445
COTGRAVE 1055 1255 1455
It is my view that the 853/854 bus could be better used to serve Cropwell; see Better Options http://www.cropwellbishopplan.co.uk/pdf_files/Extending%2022%20and%20853%20service%20210215.pdf
The next meeting was held at Barnstone on 10th February, to discuss issues associated with the Rushcliffe Greens service. Again Chris Ward invited one representative from each of the communities affected. Christian Allen Clay attended on behalf of Trent Barton.
Whilst many problems were aired it was a constructive meeting with both the County and Trent Barton agreeing to address the issues where they can (Please see Notes on this meeting). http://www.cropwellbishopplan.co.uk/pdf_files/Rushcliffe%20Greens%20Meeting%20Notes.pdf
At the meetings, I continued to push for reinstatement of the 22 type service to serve Cropwell Bishop and in particular Hoe View Road. My suggestions for an extended 22 service (or failing that a much improved 853 service) have been circulated to Chris Ward and the Parish representatives.(See Better Options link above)
My thanks to Cllr Richard Butler and Cllr Gordon Moore who have been extremely supportive of Cropwell Bishop’s needs throughout the discussions.
We are now awaiting further proposals from the County and Trent Barton.
Cllr John Greenwood
We have today received an e-mail from Chris Ward at Nottinghamshire County Council with regard to the bus services as follows:-
Subject: Revised Bus Service
Good morning Janice,
We have received a number of emails regarding the revised bus services, the most recent of which asks for further information ahead of your Parish Council meeting this week.
We sent a full reply to the Cropwell Bishop Parish Council re their initial concerns regarding the new bus services. This makes a commitment to review the services later this year when they have been operational for a couple of months. Once we have the operational data and customer feedback we can judge, along with Trent Barton, if any changes are needed. We can then also have further discussions with all the Parish Councils. We need to remember that the new service operates to a number of villages who seem very pleased with them.
At the current time there is nothing further that I can add to our previous responses.
Team Manager, Transport & Planning Operations
Transport & Travel Services
The Parish Councils Response is as follows:-
Villages such as Granby, Elton, Orston, Aslockton, and Whatton may well be pleased with the new service as they now have 2 buses per hour to Nottingham as well as sensible links to Bingham.
Some villages (Langar, Barnstone, Granby) also have the number 24 service which runs in to Bingham every couple of hours. Aslockton has its rail services.
What does Cropwell have ? – One unreliable bus to Nottingham each hour, and a 45 minute rural journey to Bingham (provided you set off back from Bingham before 14.10).
Can the County not see the imbalance of the current provision. Payments to Trent Barton for the rural Vale services have increased from £375 per day to £524 per day (which does include a replacement for the old 55) but our service to Cropwell has been drastically cut with the daytime 22 removed leaving only the unreliable Green into Town and the odd 853 service to Cotgrave. This represents extremely poor value for money spent and leaves the residents of Cropwell disappointed and frustrated at the poor service.
Residents should continue to report their problems with the bus service to the County ( Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org ) and to Trent Barton ( email@example.com ) The Parish Clerk, Jan Towndrow (firstname.lastname@example.org ) will forward on any complaints she receives.
Cllr. J.G. 3/9/14
Please find below the new timetable for bus services into Cropwell Bishop as of 4th August 2014.
The timetables from Trent Barton are now available to view on:-
Or, if you use the ‘travelineeastmidlands’ journey planner and put in a date of travel after August 4th.
Update (12/07/14) on Changes to Bus Services for Cropwell Bishop
We now have a little more information from the County Council about the changes to our bus services from August 4th 2014
The 22 will not serve Cropwell Bishop during the daytime. It will run only between Cotgrave and Nottingham except for 2 morning and evening commuter services to Cropwell and the Vale villages.
The Rushcliffe Greens will continue to serve Cropwell Bishop as at present with an hourly daytime service to and from Nottingham Friar Lane, via Radcliffe. The Green service will then carry on into the Vale serving Langar, Barnstone, Granby, Sutton, Orston, Whatton, Aslockton and Bingham. It does provide a link to Bingham but it is rather a long way round for Cropwell residents.
We are still awaiting timetable information from Trent Barton for the revised 22 and Greens service.
Nottinghamshire County Council has published a leaflet listing the new supported linking services. There is one small piece of good news for Cropwell Bishop. The 853 Cotgrave to Kinoulton and Keyworth service will travel via Cropwell Bishop. This means there will be buses (Monday to Saturday) from Hoe View Road (via Cropwell Butler) to Cotgrave (Candleby Lane) at 10.45, 12.45 and 14.45 and returning from Cotgrave (Candleby Lane) at 11.15 and 13.15.
Unfortunately the 853 times do not seem to connect with the 22 service at Cotgrave nor do they offer any beneficial link with the Cotgrave Connection services. However, the 853 service does provide a trip to Keyworth (11.25 from Hoe View Road, returning at 14.10 from Keyworth)
Copies of the NCC leaflet giving 853 times are available in the Cabin or can be viewed at the following web site:
The Parish Council has written a formal letter of complaint to the County Council, pointing out the poor service for Cropwell Bishop and requesting restoration of the 22 daytime service to Cotgrave, Morrisons and Nottingham. Our County Councillor, Richard Butler, is also campaigning on our behalf to have a reasonable service and local links restored.
Prepared by: Coordination Officer
Tel No. (0115) 9774702
Fax No. (0115) 9773614
Date: 16th April 2014
TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OF ROAD
Road & Location:
1(a) Fosse Way (old A46), East Bridgford, from Tenaman Lane, Car Colston, to Margidunum Roundabout, Bingham.
Diversion route: Via Tenman Ln, Car Colston,Carr Ln, Hawksworth Rd, Scarrington, Main St, Abbey Ln, Aslockton, New Ln, Whatton, A52 Grantham Rd, Bingham, Grantham Rd, Long Acre, Fairfield St, Chapel Ln, Margidunum Roundabout for Bingham from A46: via A46 – Bingham Roundabout – Saxondale Roundabout – Nottingham Rd,Bingham
Anticipated dates – 28th ,29th and 30th Aprill, 8th May and 15th May 2014
2(a) Fosse Way, Bingham from the A46 southbound on slip and Saxondale Roundabout
Diversion route: via –Chapel Ln – Kirk Hill – Nottingham Rd, Bingham – Saxondale roundabout and vice versa
Anticipated dates: 24th , 25thApril, 8th May and 16th May 2014
3(a) The Fosse, Cropwell Butler, from Radcliffe Rd, Cropwell Butler to Nottingham Road, Cropwell Bishop
Diversion route: via Nottingham Rd, Cropwell Bishop –Church St – Cropwell Bishop Rd, Cropwell Butler – Tithby Rd – Main St – Radcliffe Rd and vice versa
Anticipated dates: 22nd April, 8th May and 17th May 2014
4(a) The Fosse, Cotgrave, from Owthorpe Rd to Colston Gate, Cotgrave
Diversion route: Colston Gate – Bingham Rd – The Cross – Plumtree Rd – Scrimshire Ln – Owthorpe Rd and vice versa
Anticipated dates: 23rd April, 8th May and 17th May 2014
Carried out for: Nottinghamshire County Council
Carried out by: Tarmac Ltd
Nature of restriction: Temporary Road Closure
Description of works: Surface dressing
Enquiries to: Richard Crow
Tel – 01623 873933
Emergency Contact: NCC Contact Centre
Tel – 0300 5008080
The closures may be in effect from 06.00 hours until 19.00 hours daily Between 22nd ApriL and 31st May 2014. days may vary as these works are weather dependant. Advance warning will be
posted on site
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There is currently a Consultation on Bus Service Changes in our area being undertaken by Nottinghamshire County Council.
If you wish to have your say with regards to the changes then Consultation Forms are available from The Cabin or the Co-op and will take just a few minutes of your time to complete. They are a Free Post form so just pop them in the post when you have completed them to make your opinion count.
Janice Towndrow – Clerk